Two of the most powerful men in Scottish Football have joined the star-studded VIP guest list for the Raith Rovers Hall of Fame night on November 10.
The chief executives of the SPFL and SFA, Neil Doncaster and Stewart Regan, are the latest star names to agree to attend the gala event as the countdown to the evening continues.
The celebration to mark 20 years since Raith Rovers brought the Coca-Cola Cup back to Kirkcaldy at the Adam Smith Theatre has been completely sold out since the start of the year. In fact the organising committee of Allan Crow, Alistair Cameron, Willie MacGregor and Ally Gourlay report that such is the clamour for a ticket that the event could have been sold out twice over.
And as this year marks a special anniversary of the night that Kirkcaldy will never forget, the committee wanted to raise the bar with the standard of guests attending and have pulled off a major coup with the latest two VIPs.
Neil Doncaster was appointed chief executive of the SPFL last year having previously held the same position at the SPL since 2009, whilst Stewart Regan has held the same post at the SPL since 2010
Alistair said: “We are delighted that Neil and Stewart have accepted our invitation to attend. I’m sure they both go to many football events given their positions so it will be nice that they’ll be able to spread the word around about how we do our show.”
Other guests confirmed include Craig Levein, Hamish McAlpine, Andy Walker, Provost of Fife Jim Leishman, who is representing Fife Council, as well as the main speakers Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and Charlie Nicholas - and yet there will be more to come.
“We’re still hoping to get one or two more special guests, said Alistair. “And we’d like to have a couple of surprises on the night for the audience!”
Alistair said that having to tell people the tickets are all gone has been the hardest part.
“We’ve had loads of request from people looking for tickets,” he said. “It’s a real shame but it’s completely sold out and has been for quite some time.
“Maybe in the lead up to the show one or two may become available as people find that they can’t make it but we’ve quite a lengthy reserve list, so none will be put back on public sale.
“We as a committee don’t have any tickets either - it’s all been looked after by the theatre. That’s the way it has been operated since day one.
“It was great that it sold out so quickly but the only downside, for me personally, has been having to say no to people on a daily basis over the last couple of weeks.”
The committee held a dress rehearsal last night (Wednesday) and Alistair says they are looking to make it an evening to remember.
“We’re looking to put on a really impressive start and end, and I think the opening is really quite interesting and we think the stage setting is going to look really good.
“That’s all I can say at the moment - all will be revealed on the night!”
We asked you to send in your memories of the day Raith Rovers brought the Coca-Cola Cup back to Fife.
One of the first to respond was Craig Hutton who says quite simply it was the best day of his life.
“I came home from Stirling Uni for the weekend and met up with mates Brian Moffat, Scott Macher and Davy Taylor. When we arrived at Ibrox, the Coca-Cola girls were kind enough to give us free top ups of Coke for our vodka we had with us, happy days!
‘‘The game itself went past in a blur. We had a routine after the semi final of changing places at the penalty shootout and superstition meant we did it again.
‘‘Leaving Ibrox ecstatic, we realised the underground was useless and had no way of getting back, and lots of angry Celtic fans about. Thankfully a supporters bus brought us home.
‘‘We went down to the High Street and round all the bars, heading down to Jackie O’s almost when it opened.
‘‘We had a great time in there. The team all came in and the place was just going nuts.
‘‘Eventually I walked home to the Gallatown and I got called into the old Nairn Club (now a gym) by some guys to regale my stories of the day for more drinks and rolled in home about 5.00 a.m.”