Raith Hall of Fame beckons for a ‘humbled’ Peter Hetherston

Peter Hetherston is embraced by a fan after winning First Division title in  the 1992-93 season
Peter Hetherston is embraced by a fan after winning First Division title in the 1992-93 season

Peter Hetherston says he is “honoured and humbled” to be named as the latest inductee into the Raith Rovers Hall of Fame.

The midfield star, nicknamed Silky, who had two spells at the club as both player and manager, was told of his nomination at the club’s golf memorial day for Ronnie Coyle and Ally Gourlay – and told committee member John Greer that it was about time!

Peter Hetherston on stage at last year's Raith Rovers Hall of Fame show

Peter Hetherston on stage at last year's Raith Rovers Hall of Fame show

He said: “Joking aside, I’m delighted and I got a wee bit emotional when John told me.

“I can’t believe it to be honest. I’m really honoured, especially when you think of all the great players who have played there over the years.

“I had a wonderful time there and they have a great support and the committee and the board have always been fantastic with me.”

Peter signed from Falkirk in 1991 and went on to make 108 appearances over the following three years, scoring 10 goals into the bargain, and proved to be a pivotal signing for the club in a transitional period.

John Greer said: “Jimmy Nicholl, who was manager at the time, said Peter was the final piece in the jigsaw that was needed to take the team from the First Division and eventually on into Europe.

“Peter always says he played his best football when he was here and he has remained a loyal Rovers man.

“We’re delighted to induct him into the Hall of Fame.”

Peter says winning the First Division championship was the highlight of his time at the club.

“I think that may have been the first time that Rovers won promotion form the First Division so for me to have been captain was quite wonderful.

“Everything clicked in that three year period and I played alongside some great players.

“It was also great seeing the younger players coming through like Stevie Crawford, Colin Cameron and Jason Dair who all went on to do well.”

After leaving the club for Aberdeen in 1994, Peter had spells with Airdrie and Partick Thistle, before returning to Stark’s Park for a less than happy spell as manager, but says he has no regrets.

“It wasn’t so good and I accept that,” he says.

“I knew it was coming too soon for me but I couldn’t turn it down.

“It didn’t go well but I don’t regret it and it takes nothing away from what I achieved here as a player.

“That I’m still associated with the club 20 years later just shows what a wonderful family-orientated place it is.

“I’m always getting asked to come back and join in with things which is great.”

Having been a guest at all the previous Hall of Fame nights, Peter says he’s looking forward to the sold-out show at the Adam Smith Theatre on November 7.

“It’s always a magic night and I think it’ll take a wee bit of time for it to really sink in how much it means to me to be inducted.

“I’m humbled.”

Raith Rovers fans now have their chance to nominate inductees to join Jimmy Todd, Jimmy Scott, Murray McDermott and Peter Hetherston in the Hall of Fame for 2016.

An email address has been set up by the committee and they want supporters to name their favourite players.

Email a name and reasons why they should be inducted to raithinductee@gmail.com.