Ian St John's summer football camps in Kirkcaldy inspired a host of young players

The death of Liverpool legend Ian St John will spark many memories of his annual football summer camps he staged in Kirkcaldy.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:11 am
Former Liverpool and Scotland star Ian St John hosting his annual soccer camp, staged at Kirkcaldy High School in summer holidays, late 1980s (Pic: Bill Dickman/.Fife Free Press)

The Scottish international, who went on to become one half of Saint and Greavsie – England star Jimmy Greaves – one of the most popular football shows on ITV, died today after a long illness. He was 82.

St John was a key player in Bill Shankly’s transformation of Liverpool, and scored the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup final,

In the late 1980s, he came to Kirkcaldy to host a hugely popular annual camp attended by huge numbers of young players.

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Ian St John soccer camp, staged at Kirkcaldy High School

They were organised by the late Finlay Urquhart from Kirkcaldy High School, and the Saint’s presence brought a number of top rated players along to assist as fellow coaches.

They included Cammy Fraser of Raith Rovers and Rangers.

The week-long camps, held next to the school, ran for a number of years and were always fully subscribed.

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