The Raith Rovers Hall of Fame night on Monday, November 10, pays tribute to the Coca-Cola Cup winning side of 1994.
To mark the occasion, over a series of articles, we take an in-depth look at the players who were in the Raith squad at the time of that historic success.
All profiles written by Ally Gourlay.
SCOTT THOMSON (pictured)
Heroic goalkeeper who’s save from Paul McStay in the penalty shoot out won the Coca-Cola Cup for Rovers. Started his career at Dundee United and actually played on loan at Raith in a league match at Stranraer in 1985/86. A further loan spell was spent at Barnsley before being transferred to Forfar Athletic in 1991. Jimmy Nicholl signed him for Raith in September 1993. He went on to make 165 appearances for Rovers before joining Hull City in the summer of 1997. He enjoyed further spells at Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Dunfermline Athletic, and from the latter spent part of his final season on loan at Brechin City. Now a highly respected goalkeeping coach he currently works with Ross County.
A former youth with Aberdeen, McAnespie joined Raith from Vasterhaninge IF in January 1994. An accomplished full back he made 63 appearances, scoring 1 goal before his blistering form in the UEFA Cup attracted a record £900,000 bid from Bolton Wanderers. He spent two years at Burnden Park before moving to Fulham in another six figure deal. He spent some time on loan at Bradford City before joining Cambridge United. He finished his career back in Scotland with Partick Thistle before moving across the Atlantic to become player-coach with New Orleans Shellshockers. He remains in New Orleans where he currently coaches Louisana Fire Juniors.
Began his career in 1981 at Sheffield United, moving to Scunthorpe United in 1983. During his four years at the Old Show Ground, he became one of their top 25 goalscorers of all time. A three year spell at Barnsley followed, before a year at Plymouth Argyle. In December 1990 he moved to Scotland and joined St Mirren. He spent eighteen months at Love Street, which included a loan spell back at Scunthorpe, before a short spell at Partick Thistle. Jimmy Nicholl signed him for Raith in the summer of 1993. In just under three years in Kirkcaldy, Jules made 108 appearances, scoring one goal. When Jimmy Thomson carried out wholesale changes in March 1996, Julian was moved on to East Fife. A further season at Ross County followed before he hung up his boots and moved back south, joining the Greater Manchester Police. He has since been put forward for two ‘commendations’ in 2001 and 2008, the first of which came after he saved a teenage girl’s life.
DAVID NAREY (pictured)
David Narey MBE will always be a Raith Rovers legend, despite spending only one year in Kirkcaldy. It is with Dundee United that he will always be linked having played for 21 years for the Arabs between 1973 and 1994. During his time at Tannadice he won the League Cup twice and the Scottish Premier League Championship. He captained United in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. During his glittering career he also won 35 Scotland caps, and most famously scored a stunning goal against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. He also played in the 1986 World Cup in |Mexico. Narey moved to Raith Rovers in August 1994, and although most observers saw his move as a career wind-down, he won a First Division Championship medal and was awarded the Man of the Match in the Coca Cola Cup Final. He may have only played 26 games for Raith, scoring one goal, but he will always be given legendary status in Kirkcaldy. Nowadays Davie spends his retirement away from the limelight, enjoying golfing and gardening.
SHAUN DENNIS (pictured)
In terms of appearances, Kirkcaldy born Shaun is the sixth greatest Rover of all time. He had been attached to Raith as a youngster from the age of 13 in 1983. Frank Connor handed him his debut in a friendly match against Rangers where his performance earned him rave reviews. It was during the 1989/90 season however that Shaun made the number 5 jersey his own and would become part of the ‘new breed’ of youngsters who would take Raith to unimagined heights. In 1991 he became the first Rovers player to play for the Scotland Under 21 team when he was capped against Switzerland. He won First Division medals in 1993 and 1995 as well as the Coca Cola Cup winners medal, and would play a prominent part in the European campaign the following season. He joined Hibernian in January 1997, winning another First Division medal in 1999. He returned to Raith on loan in September 2000, returning permanently in February 2001, winning a Second Division Medal in 2003. A move to Brechin City followed but when Claude Anelka’s disastrous spell at Raith came to an end, Shaun returned from Brechin to steady the ship. He then became Gordon Dalziel’s assistant as they tried to rebuild a broken club. Shaun’s 453 appearances for the club will always mark him as one of the greatest ever Raith Rovers players. These days Shaun is mine host at the Abbey Hotel in Milton Road.