‘Superman’ McGurn is Rovers’ saviour

'SUPERMAN WITHOUT THE CAPE':  David McGurn on top form - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy. Pic: Neil Doig
'SUPERMAN WITHOUT THE CAPE': David McGurn on top form - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy. Pic: Neil Doig

THE time is 4.45 p.m and the 90 minutes are almost up.

Raith Rovers are 2-1 up on Queen of the South at Stark’s Park, but the visitors have a corner.

Everyone, including Queen’s goalkeeper Lee Robinson, is in the Raith box.

As we await the delivery, news filters through that, 100 miles away, Ayr United have taken an 89th minute lead over Dundee.

It means Raith MUST hold onto the win to secure their first division survival – an equaliser now would take the battle to avoid a relegation play-off into a final week.

The corner comes in, Stark’s Park holds its breath, but through the crowd of bodies emerges David McGurn, who catches the ball to an almighty roar from 2000 relieved Fifers.


He then kicks the ball downfield for substitute Pat Clarke to race through and score the clincher.

All that came just a few minutes after the save of the season that arguably kept the club in the division.

Queen’s striker Gavin Reilly was just six yards out when he connected with a diving header, and an equaliser that could have altered the course of history beckoned.

But McGurn, like Superman without the cape, flew to his right with a fully extended arm to somehow push the ball to safety.

“I was happy with the save – it’s probably my best of the season considering how important it was,” McGurn told the Press.

“I just remember scrambling across my line, and I managed to get a fingertip on it.

“That would have made it two each at a time when they were on top, so it was a massive moment.”

McGurn missed out on the title run-in last season having lost his place to Andy McNeil – a decision some Raith fans still insist cost them promotion to the SPL.

But playing such a key role this season, never more so than on Survival Saturday, has helped McGurn make up for that disappointment.

“Staying up means a lot to the club,” he said.

“It secures first division football, and depending on who comes down, that could be very financially beneficial.

“As players we want to play in the highest league you can.

“From nearly making it to SPL last year, to almost being relegated this year is a big difference, but the boys have dug in and worked hard.

“Hopefully we can pick up next year.”

McGurn has made enough wonder saves during his four years at Stark’s park to bring out his own DVD.

And the out of contract shot-stopper hopes he can continue making them for more years to come.

“I’ve had four great years here and I’d like to stay at the club,” he said.

“There has been no talks as of yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully something can be worked out.”

A sentiment no doubt shared by Raith fans everywhere.