Former Raith chairman Turnbull Hutton dies

Turnbull Hutton
Turnbull Hutton

Turnbull Hutton, the outspoken former chairman of Raith Rovers, passed away last night (Sunday) after a short illness.

Mr Hutton, who was also Honorary President of the Stark’s Park club, was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and had been admitted to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh just over a week ago.

The retired former drinks industry director joined the Rovers board in 2000 but stepped down at the end of last year after overseeing the club’s return to the second tier, a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance and last year’s Ramsdens Cup triumph, all while helping to restore financial stability to the club.

Mr Hutton’s outspoken and forthright nature also saw him become a reluctant hero for taking a public stance against plans to fast-track Rangers back to the top flight following their financial problems, which saw him regarded by many as a champion of sporting integrity.

He is survived by wife Margo, son Neil and daughter Lindsey.