Fife Flyers 75 greats 26-50

Milan Figala
Milan Figala

26 Cal Brown

Captain of Fife Flyers’ Division One championship team in 1991-92. After leading the team to promotion in that legendary showdown with Ayr Raiders, returned the following season only for tragedy to strike.

Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch

In a challenge game against Billingham Bombers, Brown went to block a shot and was struck on the head by a skate. It was a horrible accident with life-changing consequences. The injury was so severe he was forced to retire.

27 Roy Reid

One of the stand-out netminders from Flyers’ golden period of the 1960s, Reid also established a record for shot-outs - five games in 1964-65 - which stood until Stephen Murphy raised it to seven in 2006-07. Also won the Pete Smith Memorial Bowl for the league’s outstanding goalie.

28 Ally Brennan

Kokrment, Figala and Lukac

Kokrment, Figala and Lukac

Brave, versatile player who shares the home-based record for most assists in one game - nine, with Gordon Latto. Paisley born, he played seven seasons with Flyers in the late 1970 and mades 47 world championship games with GB. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990

29 Jim Lynch

Lynch iced in 1980-81 - he was joint winner of the league’s ’Overseas Rookie of the year’ award - and again in 1987-88, returning as coach in 1993 when he signed Doug Smail, and, more significantly, Mark Morrison.

A player with great vision, Toronto-born Lynch enjoyed success with Flyers and Murrayfield Racers. Also one of the first imports with Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

Derek King

Derek King

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

30. Milan Figala

Outstanding, and much loved Czech defenceman who settled in Kirkcaldy and played for Flyers across several seasons.

With 90 international appearances which included the 1979 world championships with Czechoslovakia, Figala was something special. His debut season in Kirkcaldy saw him record stats of 14+62 in 34 games, but he remained in the area, icing again and coaching in the early and mid 1990s. He also formed a superb coaching partnership with Jim Lynch, firstly at Dumfries and then at Ayr.

John Haig

John Haig

31 Vincent Lukac

One of the three world class Czechs brought to Fife in 1988. For one season their astounding skill levels thrilled the fans. Lukac was undoutebly the star with a staggering 88 goals and 73 assists in just 34 games.

32 Jindrich Kokrment

His partnership with Lukac recorded a huge 265 points - and it could have been much more had Kokrment, the quiet man of the trio, not returned home through injury mid-season. His place was filled temporarily by Tim Cranston.

Kokrment only played 26 league games, scoring 51+54.

33 Derek King

Doug Marsden

Doug Marsden

Made his debut aged 17 and went on to patrol the blue line with distinction for two decades. Spent almost his entire career at his home town club, except for a three-year sojourn to Cardiff from 1990 to 1993. Retired in 2011 after 636 games for Fife.

34 John Haig

Prolific scorer with clubs across the UK in an 18-year career and a huge part of the Grand Slam team after returning home in 1996. Equalled club record for most goals in a game by a home-based player with eight in 1997.

35 Andy Linton

Strong forward, great on the puck and a first line player in the early 1980s . Made over 160 apperances with Fife and also iced with Nottingham and Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

36 Neil Abel

A decade of service with Fife formed part of a remarkable 27-year career for the big defenceman. A stalwart of the Heineken era, he went on be part of Sheffield Steelers’ great teams before spells with Blackburn, Hull and Edinburgh led him into coaching with great success.

37 Joe Baird

Former Falkirk player who established himself one of the sport’s great characters - great hands and vision, he played centre for club and Scotland and was well respected in the dressing-room.

38 Chick Mann

One of the great post-war players, Mann’s haul of 185 points in season 1948-49 stood as a record until it was equalled by Dave Stoyanovich in 1984-85.

39 Sam McDonald

Part of the famous ’Perth line’ Sam donned the gold, white and blue jerseys in the mid 1960s, and was also an All-Star nominee.

40 Bud Scrutton

One of the great post-war skaters, and goalscorers. Scrutton added his name to the record books with a 188 point haul in 1948-49 - the year he was listed in the SNL’s all-star team.

41 Jimmy Spence

Part of Fife’s great Perth contingent of the 1960s - in a 23-year hockey career he appeared in three world championships and proved himself as a natural goalscorer. Spence wrote his name into the club rcord books netting eight goals in one game in 1964.

42 Stu Drummond

Seven seasons with Flyers which spanned the NIHA and Heineken era, ‘Dum Dum’ was an under-rated player who iced in 60 British league games with stats of 18+21 and 102 PIMs. In the NIHA he made 29 appearances for Fife.

43 Jimmy Jack

Forward who spent three seasons with Flyers in the 1980s, splitting them between a stint with Murrayfield Racers. Jack iced in 1980-81 with stats of 23+32 from 31 games. Returned briefly in 1983-84, and then again in 1986-87 when he played 32 games, scoring 9+8.

44 Jimmy Pennycook

The hugely popular ‘JP’ played for 10 clubs in a 19-season hockey career. Part of Flyers’ 1985 Wembley winning side, he iced for four seasons in the 1980s and returned again in 1992-93.

45 Doug Marsden

One of the most popular and colourful characters of the 1990s, Marsy had two seasons with Fife between 1994-96 and then became the arch villain as he brought his volatile Paisley Pirates to town for some epic head to heads! An indestructable forward who notched 88 points in a gold, white and blue top.

46 Al Sims

One of Flyers’ big import signings of the Heineken era, defenceman Sims played played two seasons from 1986-88 on the back of a 10-year NHL career which started with Boston Bruins where he partnered the legendary Bobby Orrs. Sims notched regular season stats of 52+86 in 86/87 and then 33+42. After returning to North America, he was assistant coach to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

47 The Taylor Brothers

One of the key ‘hockey families’ at the heart of Flyers - brothers Jim, Hugh, George and John formed four-fifths of a Kirkcaldy line at one stage; netminder Jim, defenceman George and forwards John and Hugh.

48 Ake Alm.

Player and coach from Sweden who also played with Murrayfield. Regarded as ‘before his time’ he was at the helm from 1981-83 - brought new level of professionalism to dressing room.

49 Andy Samuel

Sammy was a championship winner with Fife and Dundee having made his breakthrough in 1994/95. He was the engine room - the guy who skated two ways every shift, every game. Twice crowned players’ player of the year.

50 Harry McQueston

Netminder who brought wealth of North American experience to Fife in 1952-53, having played with clubs including Minneapolis Millars.