Flag day as Raith’s Coca Cola team reunited at show

Pictured with the flag are Willie McGregor, Alistair Cameron, Jimmy Nicholl, Allan Crow, Scott Thompson, Ally Gourlay
Pictured with the flag are Willie McGregor, Alistair Cameron, Jimmy Nicholl, Allan Crow, Scott Thompson, Ally Gourlay

November 27, 1994, is a day that will live long in the memories of Raith Rovers supporters, the greatest moment in the club’s history.

It was the day when the underdogs from Kirkcaldy defeated Glasgow giants Celtic to win the Coca-Cola Cup and bring it back to the Lang Toun.

Now the entire squad will gather together to celebrate the historic occasion on November 10 at a sold out Adam Smith Theatre.

To launch the reunion, organisers Alistair Cameron, Allan Crow, Ally Gourlay, and Willie MacGregor, were joined by Jimmy Nicholl, the side’s manager, and goalkeeper Scott Thompson, plus a 50-foot flag made by well known Rovers fan John Greer, to follow the team on its European travels two decades ago.

Ally, chairman of the Former Players’ Association, said: “It went with us to the Faroes, Iceland and that amazing night at Bayern Munich. We may include it in the show but that’s not been decided yet!

“I’ve been in touch with every member of the team and I’ve had a firm commitment from all of them that they will attend.

“It’s going to be difficult for some as they have a distance to travel - Steve McAnespie is in America, but he’s told me he really wants to come.

“All of the players are really excited about it. It’s going to be a fantastic night.”

Another big name hoping to join the celebrations is Celtic and Scotland legend Paul McStay who hopes to be able to travel to Kirkcaldy all the way from his home in Australia.

“Paul was one of Ronnie Coyle’s best friends and through talking to him whilst organising Ronnie’s fundraising match in 2011 he’s become a very good friend of the club.

“He hasn’t confirmed 100 per cent that he’ll be able to make what with him being so far away but he has said that he would definitely like to come.

“Along with our two main speakers Jeff Stelling and Charlie Nicholas and lots of other big names, it’s going to be a phenomenal show.

‘‘The night is all about the Coca Cola Cup team but we’ll pay homage to the Ramsdens side as well - they can get their own tribute night in 20 years time!”

“The players will be there as I made sure to get all of their phone numbers as one or two have now left the club. ‘‘

One aspect of the 1994 side that Ally says is overlooked is how well the team all got on.

“They had a lot of happiness between them. That happens a lot with successful sides,” he said.

“It was a great dressing room and everybody had a bit of banter - young players would make fun of senior players and vice versa, and with Jimmy Nicoll in there you were guaranteed a great team spirit.

“The event will be a laugh a minute .’’