Raith Rovers’ keeper David McGurn said he is “absolutely delighted” to be named as the first inductee voted for by the public to enter the club’s Hall of Fame this year.
The committee - Ally Gourlay, Willie Macgregor, Allan Crow and Alistair Cameron - were swamped with votes for the fans’ favourite to join other famous names from the past at this year’s sold out event at the Adam Smith Theatre on November 9.
It would have been an honour enough just to be named as a nominee but to actually be inducted is just tremendousDavid McGurn
McGurn will join Joe Baker who was revealed as the committee’s first entrant last month.
Joining the club in 2008 McGurn quickly established himself as the club’s number one and his whole hearted performances, maturity and experience has made him universally popular with the supporters at Stark’s Park - many of whom feel he should be playing at a higher level.
“I just can’t believe it,” said McGurn. “It would have been an honour enough just to be named as a nominee but to actually be inducted is just tremendous.”
Born in Glasgow in 1980, McGurn spent six years at Morton before signing for Rovers seven years ago and much to the supporters’ delight signed a two year deal to stay at Rovers last month.
“I love playing here, love training and really wanted to stay. It was just a case of sitting down with the board and working out a deal.
“It’s a part-time deal which suits me and suits the club I think.
“It’s changed a lot since I first joined but I’ve loved my time here.”
Committee member Ally Gourlay said he agreed with the public’s choice.
“We had a flood of entries for Davie, and one or two others as well, but he proved so popular that we wanted to put his name out quickly.
“Without doubt, he deserves this. He is one of the top three keepers in Rovers’ history along with Murray McDermott and Bobby Reid; in fact I think he might pass Bobby’s appearance record next season.
“Everyone knows how many points Davie is worth to the club every season and you can tell that he loves the Rovers as well.
“This award is thoroughly deserved and I’m delighted for him.”
McGurn added: “It’s going to be a great night and for me personally it will be really special.”
Joining a long list of legends...
David McGurn will join some of the most famous names in Rovers’ illustrious history when he is inducted at the fourth annual hall of fame evening.
Some of those entrants so far include Jim Baxter, Alex James, Gordon Wallace and the entire Coca-Cola Cup winning side of 1994.