Launch night for Fife footballing legends book

Fife author Tom Bulimore
Fife author Tom Bulimore

A LAUNCH night is being held for a new book which looks at the many footballers who made it big in the game who originally hail from Fife.

‘Heroes and Legends in Fife’ is the work of established author Tom Bulimore, who came up with the idea after writing a biography of one of Scotland’s most famous footballers.

“I wrote a book on Willie Johnston called ‘Sent Off At Gunpoint’,” Tom said. “It was whilst writing that book and doing the research for that it struck just how many big names in football came from Fife. So I decided that would be the subject for my next book.”

Tom spent two years researching and writing the book which will be launched at a sportsman’s dinner at the Beveridge Park Hotel. “We would also like to try and raise funds for the youth development clubs of East Fife, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline,” said Tom.

During his research for the book Tom said he was amazed at how many Fifers had played at the top level: “Of all the names in the book there’s probably about 50 that you could rightfully call legends who played for Scotland.

“Names like Jim Baxter of course, then you’ve got Alfie Conn, Maurice Malpas and Craig Levein. Then there’s Willie Johnston - we’ll call him an honorary Fifer!”

Tom’s book will be launched at the Beveridge Park Hotel on May 12. Comedian Bert Allan will be appearing alongside confirmed guest speakers Alan Rough, Willie Johnston, Colin Cameron and Alex Smith, with more to follow.

Tickets are £40 which includes a three-course dinner and a copy of ‘Heroes and Legends in Fife’. Call Tom on 07519992275 or John Hay on 07847540132.