THE doors to Raith’s Hall of Fame are formally open for 2013.
And our first inductee is another player who gained legendary status in the game, but whose heart remained in Kirkcaldy.
Alex James was one of the fabled ‘Wembley Wizards’ - the Scottish side which demolished England 5-1 at Wembley in 1928.
He is a revered figure at Arsenal where he captained the side to FA Cup glory and won a string of championship medals.
James is the first of four inductees to be picked by the organising committee which comprises Ally Gourlay (chairman, Former Players Association), Alistair Cameron (ACA Sports), Willie MacGregor (MacGregor Solicitors) and Allan Crow (editor, Fife Free Press).
The three other high profile players will be revealed in the coming weeks before the public vote is launched to allow fans to choose five other inductees from across the decades.
The Hall of Fame show is on Monday, November 11 at Adam Smith Theatre - and it is expected to be a sell-out on the back of last year’s acclaimed live event which saw nine players inducted in a star-studded night.
The Hall of Fame board is now installed in the sponsors’ lounge at Stark’s Park, and organisers plan to place a replica outside the dressing-room - and add new rolls of honour each year.
The 2013 show will celebrate Rovers’ rich history - and the organisers already have some surprises up their sleeves.
Ally said: ‘‘Our aim is to put on an even getter show - and since the bar has been set very high that’s a great challenge
‘‘Inducting Alex James means we will be able to go deep into the club’s history for this show, and the ideas we have will really catch everyone’s imagination!’’
>> See this week’s Fife Free Press for a full profile of Alex James.