A glittering array of stars from the world of football has been lined up for this year’s Raith Rovers Hall of Fame.
The star-studded sold out event, which is taking place at the Adam Smith Theatre on November 10, is being held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rovers’ legendary Coca Cola Cup win over Glasgow giants Celtic.
Nearly all of the cup-winning squad have agreed to participate and Ally Gourlay, who is part of the organising committee along with Allan Crow, Alistair Cameron and Willie MacGregor, announced that two ex-Scotland managers and a Rovers legend have agreed to attend and said other big names will follow.
“Craig Levein, who supported Rovers as a kid, has agreed to come,” he said. Levein, currently director of football at Hearts, managed the club for a brief spell in 2006, which Ally said was down to his love of the club.
“He’s a Rovers fan and his one regret is that he never got to play for us.
“As he said at the time when he came here as manager, considering the level we were at, Raith Rovers was the only club he would have come to at that time.
“Rovers actually signed his brother Paul, whilst Craig was signed by Cowdenbeath - he’s never let us forget that!”
Levein would go on to manage Scotland as did special guest Craig Brown on 70 occasions, more than any other Scotland manager. He also managed Clyde, Preston North End, Motherwell and Aberdeen before retiring from management last year.
Ally said: “He agreed to come in a minute. He was here last year and really enjoyed it. And from our point of view, an ex-Scotland manager is a great thing to have.
“I think the reputation of the Hall of Fame goes before itself now.
“It’s easy for me to say to people in the game, look if you want a testimonial just speak to Gordon Strachan who was guest speaker in 2012, because he always talks it up.”
Joining Levein and Brown will be ex-Rover keeper Hamish McAlpine, who spent two years at the club after a 20-year spell at Dundee United.
During his spell at Stark’s Park he helped the club win promotion from the Second Division, played 72 times and even scored a goal!
“Hamish was up for it right away,” says Ally.
“He’ll probably come down with Dave Narey.
“Hamish will add a bit of gloss to the occasion being a Rovers legend.
“For us to be able to attract such big names - and we’re working hard to bring in some more - is a testament to the show itself and the reputation it’s getting.
“It’s Raith Rovers-centric of course, but you need to put something on for the wider football public too.
“The Ramsden’s Cup squad will be there too so our plans are coming together.
“It’s good that the public have embraced it - and having Jeff Stelling come is just fantastic too. I just thought why not ask him?
“I refuse not to reach for the sky, I don’t like going for second best!”
WHAT ARE YOUR CUP FINAL MEMORIES FROM 1994?
You’ve read others memories of that quite incredible day - now it’s over to you! What were you doing on November 27 1994. Did you go to the game?
Were you watching it at home? Were you unable to go and listened on the radio?
Do you remember the party on the High Street afterwards? Whatever your memory is of Rovers famous win we’d love to hear it.
You can get in touch with us in a few different ways. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to 23 Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EP.
Or if you’d prefer you can post your memories on our Fife Free Press Facebook page. We’ll be printing the results in our Hall of Fame supplement in November. So come on - get writing!