Everyone at Raith Rovers FC is saddened to learn of the passing of Ian Redford, a member of our League Cup winning squad of 1994.
Although he joined Rovers in the twilight of his career, and played only 15 matches, his experience and influence on the talented youngsters around him was immense.
During the legendary Cup run, he played 81 minutes of the 3 – 0 win over Premier Division Kilmarnock, and came off the bench during extra time in the glorious win over Celtic in the Final.
The League Cup winner’s medal was the swansong to a glittering career.
Redford begun his career with Dundee in 1976 and his dazzling displays soon caught the attention of bigger clubs. In 1980 he became Scotland’s most expensive footballer when he joined Rangers for a fee of £210,000
He won four domestic trophies at Rangers before moving to Dundee United where his performance in the Nou Camp against Barcelona is still talked about on Tayside. Unfortunately United lost the UEFA Cup Final to Gothenburg.
A short spell at Ipswich Town followed before moving back to Scotland, joining his boyhood heroes St Johnstone, thereafter taking the managerial reins at Brechin City. It was somewhat of a surprise when Jimmy Nicholl brought him to Raith in August 1994, but his season at Stark’s Park provided a First Division Championship medal as well as the famous League Cup medal.
After hanging up his boots Ian spent his time in Perthshire where he set up a successful fishing holiday business, and latterly moved to Ayrshire.
Everyone at Raith Rovers send their deepest condolences to Ian’s family at this sad time.