Looking back at the Raith Ramsdens Cup win with final hero Baird

John Baird scoring the only goal of the game. (Pic: Tony Fimister)John Baird scoring the only goal of the game. (Pic: Tony Fimister)
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Ramsdens Cup hero John Baird has been sharing his memories of the day his goal brought the Challenge Cup trophy back to Kirkcaldy.

On April 6, 2014, Baird’s goal saw Raith beat Rangers 1-0 to lift the trophy and, speaking to PLZ Soccer - The Football Show the striker said he remembers how Rovers were almost completely written off before a ball was kicked.

“Every interview we did leading up to the game was all about Rangers, how it would be their first trophy of the season and some people were saying how it would be the first trophy in their history,” said the forward.

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“It was a Rangers Cup Final, so to speak. But we all know what happened in the end.”

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Baird said one of his abiding memories of the day was hoping to avoid going to penalties after the match went to extra time.

“I just didn’t want it to go to penalties,” he said, “I was terrified because I knew that I would have to take responsibility and hit one but my legs were jelly.

“It was the full occasion. It would have got too much for me going into the penalty kicks. And if your penalty taker is feeling the pressure you wonder what the other players are thinking.

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“So to pop up at that late stage in the game to finish it was massive.”

As for the goal itself, Baird says he had a last-minute change of mind before putting the ball in the net.

“I think the ball has gone out to Foxy (Liam Fox) and he’s just hooked it around the corner and wee Spencey (Greig Spence) had come on as a sub.

“He’s gone about (Rangers defender) Moshni and Moshni slipped, then (Lee) McCulloch’s gone to chip it.

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“For me, he wasn’t a centre half. That he’s chipped it in the box tells you he’s not a centre half. He should have just cleared it.

“But it’s landed to Spencey. He’s had an effort, the goalie’s saved it, and Spencey’s gone to tap it in, but I’ve shouted for it and basically just took it off his foot.

“I was actually going to hit it with my laces but for some reason I changed my mind and side-footed it, and the rest is history as they say.

“I‘d always dreamed of running around the goals at Hampden in a cup final, but even though it was Easter Road I made sure I ran around the back of the goals!

“The goal was actually on 117 minutes but the celebrations went on for about three minutes and then the whistle went about a minute after!”

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