It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of former Raith Rovers player David Thomson.

David was 65 and passed away last weekend after a short illness.

David Thomson signed for Raith Rovers on 1st of March 1976 and went on to make 206 appearances, scoring seven goals.

He played for Warout Thistle, a juvenile side from Glenrothes. While playing for Warout Thistle, David then went on trial to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.

On his return, he had signing offers from Dundee, Dunfermline, East Fife and Raith Rovers.

He was signed by Raith Rovers manager Andy Matthew. Andy promoted a lot of young local footballers, who all went on to have great careers with Raith Rovers, including Chris Candlish, Tom Houston and Brian McDonaugh.

David was an elegant defender. He won promotion with the Rovers team in season 1977-78, where the club finished second on goal difference to Clyde.

David also played under managers Willie McLean and Gordon Wallace. He was proud of his record against local rivals Dunfermline Athletic, winning 2-0 at East End Park and beating them 2-0 in a Fife Cup Final.

He fondly remembered the famous 6-0 win on New Year’s Day 1983:

I do remember that four days before that game, we were due to play Airdrie at Broomfield and my wife Lynne went into labour and I went to Forth Park Maternity Hospital. I had to phone Gordon Wallace to say that I wouldn’t be available, although I was desperate to play in the Dunfermline game on New Year’s Day. My son Scott was born on the 28th of December 1982. The team won 2-1 at Airdrie, so I though my chance had gone.

But I was still selected to play against Dunfermline. I do remember it was a great atmosphere, Bobby Russell scored twice, Jim Kerr scored one, Colin Harris scored, Ian Ballantyne got one and I remember my goal clearly. Colin Harris took a corner and I came running in, hit a header straight into the net.

These New Year’s games were brilliant, great atmosphere and big games. I was fortunate to play in quite a few.”

In the last year or so, David Thomson was a very well received guest at a Reminiscing Raith session. His stories of his career at Raith Rovers went down a storm with all those present. He attended some of the Rovers games in the season that has just finished.

David was a loving husband to Lynne, a proud father to Scott and Laura, and a loving grandfather to five grandchildren. He was treasured friend to all that knew him.

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