Kirkcaldy Neeburs bring ‘Guid Luck’ to FC Ingolstadt!

Martin Christie, 'Chef de Neeburs' (second from left) and Robert Main (third from left) make a presentation of a quaich, pennant, whisky and shortbread to their German hosts ahead of the live televised game.
Martin Christie, 'Chef de Neeburs' (second from left) and Robert Main (third from left) make a presentation of a quaich, pennant, whisky and shortbread to their German hosts ahead of the live televised game.

The Neeburs o’ Geordie Munro are a close group of friends that have two main things in common – a love of Raith Rovers and a love of good beer and wine!

Since 1991, they have been sponsoring a Rovers end-of-season game so when it came to celebrating their 25th season in-a-row, something special needed to be organised to mark the occasion.

With German people well known for their love of football, beer and wine, there was only one place to visit – Kirkcaldy’s twin town Ingolstadt.

Enquiries were made through Robert Main, chairman of Kirkcaldy Town Twinning Association, to help with organising a trip to see FC Ingolstadt in an end-of-season game. Little did the Neeburs know at the time of the booking that FC Ingolstadt would be playing for the title and a place in the Bundesliga.

As reported in the local Ingolstadt paper, the Donau Kurier, the Neeburs brought ‘Guid Luck’, with the home side winning 2-1 against FC Leipzig.

Sebastian Wagner, from FC Ingolstadt, who manages the various FC Ingolstadt Fan Clubs, made sure the Neeburs enjoyed the generous German hospitality, including VIP treatment to the late night celebrations with the players, including photos with the league trophy.

A party of 16 made the trip from Scotland and their itinerary included a city walking tour, a trip down the Danube from Kelheim to the monastery in Weltenburg for some beer tasting, a stadium tour, hospitality and food in a local beer garden, and late night championship and promotion celebrations after Sunday’s game.