Book to tell the story of Raith’s greatest triumph

Cover of Raith Rovers book ' Unthinkable ' written by Steven Lawther
Cover of Raith Rovers book ' Unthinkable ' written by Steven Lawther

A Raith Rovers fan is writing the story of the club’s greatest ever triumph.

Steven Lawther is hard at work putting the finishing touches to his book ‘Unthinkable,’ which tells the story of Rovers’ dramatic rise from the lower reaches of the Scottish League to their magnificent League Cup win over Celtic in 1994.

“I’d been thinking about writing the story of the League Cup win for a while,” said Lawther. “With the 20th anniversary this November it seemed the perfect time to do it. I approached the club and they gave me their backing which was fantastic.”

Lawther, who is a season ticket holder and on the board of the Raith Supporters Trust, has spent the last six months researching the events surrounding the dramatic cup win and interviewing the players who helped make it happen.

“It has been a lot of work as I wanted to do such a great story justice, but is has been hugely enjoyable,” he explained. “It was a real privilege to speak to Rovers’ legends like Jimmy Nicholl, Gordon Dalziel, Frank Connor and the rest of the players. They were all great characters and everyone has been really supportive.”

Interviewing the players directly has enabled Lawther to put together a book which tells the inside story of the cup win.

“It has been great to be able to write a book which tells the story from the players’ and managements’ perspective,” he says.

The book will be published by Pitch Publishing and is due out in October. It will include a foreword by crime writer and Rovers’ director Val McDermid.