In conjunction with Raith Rovers Former Players Association, Davie McGurn’s Testimonial Committee are delighted to be able to announce the date for a challenge match in honour of one of the club’s greatest goalkeepers.
Sunday 23rd September 2018 at Stark’s Park will see a host of former players grace the field in what will certainly be a fitting occasion to honour a longstanding commitment to Davie. The committee have managed to assemble a team comprising John McGlynn’s league winners from season 2008-09 in a ‘friendly’ match against a team of Raith Legends, which will certainly contain some well known and loved players from yesteryear.
It was John McGlynn who signed Davie from Greenock Morton in May 2008 and he quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite. In his first season he had 15 clean sheets as the Rovers won the SFL Second Division title.
The following season Davie kept up his good work in the higher division. An unforgettable triple save in a crunch match against rivals Ayr United helped the team stay in the old First Division; Most people regarded this as a genuinely world class save.
Davie’s own personal favourite was a stunning flying one-handed save at East End Park from a bullet Graham Bayne header in August 2009, that not only prevented a Dunfermline equaliser but it set up a counter attack that led to Darren Smith setting up Damian Casalinuovo to put Raith Rovers 2-0. Amongst his highlights were beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie and Rangers at Ibrox, both in Scottish Cup ties.
In total Davie made 241 appearances for the club, which puts him in the top 45 players of all time. On November 9th 2015 David McGurn was inducted into the Raith Rovers Hall Of Fame and was not only a popular team mate but regarded firmly as a fans favourite in his time at Stark’s Park.
Organiser John Greer added “It is tremendous to finally be able to make a fitting tribute to a Rovers legend, and Wayne Henderson and myself have had a great response from many players keen to be involved in this occasion. Thanks also to the club for supporting the committee in enabling us to fulfil this commitment to Davie. More details will be announced soon but I am already looking forward to a great day.”
Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Venue: Stark’s Park, Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife,KY1 1SA
Prices: £10 adults / £5 children