Everyone at Raith Rovers would like to say a massive Happy Birthday to former player Charlie Drummond who turns 90 today!
Charlie signed from Lochore Welfare on the 30th March 1952.
The Kirkcaldy Times, described his signing as such, “Drummond had arranged to travel to Middlesbrough to arrange an interview the following Wednesday, when on the Sunday evening he was at the cinema in Stirling, a notice came on the screen asking for a Charles Drummond of Carronshore to come to the foyer”. Where he was met by the Raith Rovers’ manager Bert Herdman. He signed for the Rovers.
Charlie made his first team debut at Stark’s Park on 21st of November 1953, in 2-1 defeat against Rangers in front of a crowd of 15,500. He replaced regular goalkeeper George Johnstone.
The Rovers team that day was:
Drummond, Kirk, McNaught, Williamson, Colville, Leigh, MacEwan, Young, Copeland, Kelly and Scott.
Charlie went on to make 25 appearances that season and established himself as the Raith Rovers number 1 goalkeeper.
In season 1956-57, Raith Rovers reached the Scottish Cup semi-final for the second year-in-a-row. The previous year, Charlie missed the Rovers’ cup-run but this time Charlie was ever-present as they took on Falkirk at Tynecastle, the first game finished 2-2 although Rovers had what appeared to a very good goal by Ernie Copland disallowed. Falkirk won the replay. Both games were watched by a total of 53,751 spectators.
While playing with Raith Rovers, Charlie played alongside Scottish International Willie McNaught and future Scottish players Jim Baxter and Willie Wallace.
Charlie Drummond played his last game for Raith Rovers against Motherwell on the 4th of February 1960.
He made 202 appearances before signing for Cowdenbeath on the July 1st 1961.