Rovers unveil the Turnbull Hutton stand

1510p026 raith fans 'Turnbull Hutton at Hampden Park, Glasgow - Raith Rovers against Dundee United FC at Hampden Park, Glasgow in the semi-final of the Active Nation Scottish Cup
1510p026 raith fans 'Turnbull Hutton at Hampden Park, Glasgow - Raith Rovers against Dundee United FC at Hampden Park, Glasgow in the semi-final of the Active Nation Scottish Cup

Raith Rovers will formally unveil the Tunbull Hutton stand at Stark’s Park tonight.

The main stand will renamed in his honour before tonight’s friendly against a Celtic development side.

Hutton, who died at the age of 68 earlier this year, was hailed as a standard bearer for sporting integrity when he spoke bluntly against plans to parachute Rangers into an SPL2 following the Ibrox side’s financial collapse.

His straight talking on the steps of Hampden, broadcast in news bulletins, caught the mood of many fans - and the idea was quickly buried as Rangers were demoted to the bottom rung.

The formal naming ceremony will take place before tonight’s game, which kicks off at 7.45 p.m.

It also acknowledges his huge contribution to Rovers where he was a director from 2000, and also served as chairman, steering the club through some tough financially challenging years.

Announcing the Turnbull Hutton stand, Eric Drysdale, the club’s chief executive, said: “Turnbull did a huge amount for this club and Scottish football and he departed this life far too young. We wanted to make sure his name will never be forgotten.

“It is particularly appropriate because around 12 years ago, when this club was in financial trouble, we needed to replace the roof of the main stand - but we simply did not have the money. Turnbull paid for that out of his own pocket, which just sums up the man. It’s fitting that stand will bear his name now.”