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Fife Flyers are celebrating 75 years
Fife Flyers are celebrating 75 years
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Allan Crow unveils the Flyers 75 - the greatest players in the history of the ice hockey club

Look down on the ice pad any game night and you can sense the stars of yesteryear - seven decades of players and coaches who have donned the gold, white and blue with distinction.

Gordon Latto

Gordon Latto

Fife Flyers aren’t just the UK’s oldest club or its most successful - they are a team which sits at the very heart of its community.

And in their 75th anniversary season it is fitting that we reveal, and celebrate, the greatest players ... ever!

Picking the very best from championship winning sides, Grand Slam teams and play-off masters across eight decades has been no easy feat, but today we finally unveil the people we believe are the true greats.

The long list of nominees ran well into three figures and came from fans, players, officials and volunteers.

Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison

They spanned every single generation from the 1938 debutants to the current team which has ignited the league with its stunning push for the play-offs.

It included legends as well as the unsung heroes - the guys who made the showmen sparkle.

And it acknowledges the role played by the coaches who guided Fife to incredible success.

Of course any ‘best of’ list is subjective - I have no doubt the debates rinkside this weekend will include a few conversations relating to player ‘x’ who didn’t make the cut or why player ‘y’ got the nod for a top half place.

Russ Parent

Russ Parent

Indeed, that’s half the fun, and I look forward to the feedback.

When you watched your hockey may well shape your own views on the Flyers 75, but, having tapped into the knowledge and expertise of a number of people, I’m confident our list is definitive.

As always we guard against the sin of omission - and to the players who didn’t make the cut I can only say there were simply too many to choose from.

We picked 75 to tie in with the anniversary theme. We could easily have listed the top 100.

John Haig

John Haig

So who are our top 10 choices, and who is the greatest servant ever?

Over the next three days here at FifeToday, we will reveal the list and I hope the names and notes spark memories of great hockey nights in the most evocative, atmospheric ice rink in the country.

I am also indebted to Steve Fleming, Francis Maxwell, David Rae, Steve McLean and Chic Cottrell for their great assistance in pulling together our Flyers 75.

We couldn’t have done it without them.