This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Baxter’s epic performance in Scotland’s 3-2 victory over England at Wembley in 1967. As you may remember, England had just won the World Cup, so this made Scotland the “unofficial world champions”.
As well as the scoreline, the match was memorable due to Jim Baxter’s antics on the pitch, taunting the English players with his keepie-uppie skills.
Raith Rovers were Jim Baxter’s first senior club and, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his most famous match, the club are organising an event in the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy on the evening of Monday 17th April. The show will have film highlights of the 1967 game and footage of many other memorable Baxter moments, as well as personal inputs from several celebrities who had connections with ‘Slim Jim’. There will be contributions from Willie Johnston, Craig Brown, Val McDermid, Gordon Brown and Jim McCalliog.
Standard tickets are £20 and VIP tickets are £30 which get you a pre-show ‘Pie and a Pint’ and the opportunity to meet the celebrities. Tickets are now on sale at the Adam Smith Theatre Box Office Tel: 01592 583302 or online here (standard tickets only).
The show starts at 7.30pm, with access to the VIP area open from 6.45pm.
Developing the Next Generation of Jim Baxters
The purpose behind the event is to raise funds for the Raith Rovers Player Development Squad, so we can aspire to find and nurture the next generation of players with some of Jim Baxter’s skills.
Just nine months after the establishment of the new development setup in the club, led by Craig Easton, the squad are only one point away from winning the Development League East. You can keep track of the results here, and follow their progress on Twitter rrfcdev
We’d like to thank all of those that have contributed to the fund so far, and look forward to seeing the results on the pitch in the years to come as the youngsters develop into first team regulars.