Cup win places Raith boss Murray in exclusive club

Grant Murray celebrates with the Ramsdens Cup. Pic: Neil Doig
Grant Murray celebrates with the Ramsdens Cup. Pic: Neil Doig

The Raith Rovers cup final winning managers club has doubled in size.

Grant Murray is now one of two men to have led Rovers to silverware following Sunday’s dramatic Ramsdens Cup final win over Rangers.

For the past 20 years Rovers managers have lived in the shadow of Jimmy Nicholl, who guided the team to a famous penalty shoot-out win over Celtic in the 1994 League Cup final.

Now Murray has taken his place alongside the Northern Irishman as the second manager to have delivered a historic cup final win against the Old Firm.

“It’s fantastic,” Murray said. “I feel very proud of the players and delighted for everyone involved at the club and the supporters.

“In football, it’s probably up there with the best achievement I’ve ever had.

“Just to see what it meant to the supporters at the end, and to the players and their families, it was great.

“It was a big task against Rangers. They are a massive club and I have a lot of respect for them.

“But I told the players that if they had belief and gave everything on the day they had a chance of winning a gold medal for themselves, and a trophy for the club, the fans, and everyone in Kirkcaldy - and they’ve done it!

“What an achievement they’ve given me, the board of directors, the club and the fans.”

The Ramsdens Cup is sometimes viewed as minor competition due to the fact that no Premiership clubs are involved.

However, Murray’s achievement has been made all the sweeter due to the Old Firm opposition.

“To beat the Old Firm in any game is a massive achievement on its own, but to do it in a cup final is incredible,” he said.

“We knew going into it that it was a unique final.

“What’s happened to Rangers doesn’t take anything away from our players going out and beating Rangers in a cup final.

“It probably won’t sink in for a day or two, until they realise what they’ve achieved for the club, and for themselves as well.

“Nobody can take it away from them. They will always look back on that day as one of the best of their football carrer.”

“It’s difficult to single-out individuals but the back four and goalkeeper were excellent to keep Rangers out considering the amount of goals they’ve scored this season.

“Bairdy popped up with the winner and the headlines for him have been great, but everyone played their part, including the subs who came on.”