Anderson hopeful of repeating cup success
GRANT ANDERSON was part of the Raith Rovers side that stunned Rangers in one of the most famous Challenge Cup showpieces of all time.
It remains the only senior final he has played in and is the solitary medal in the winger’s collection.
Anderson, 33, still cherishes that unforgettable afternoon at Easter Road.
And he is adamant Rovers can repeat the feat this season as they booked their place in the final four.
The Fifers reached the last four of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup with a breathless 3-2 victory over Elgin City on Friday night.
It leaves John McGlynn’s men just 90 minutes away from their first final since that iconic 1-0 triumph over Ally McCoist’s Rangers in the 2013/14 campaign.
“Because the Premiership teams don’t participate, you can get the feeling that no-one is interested,” said Anderson. “But it’s the only silverware I’ve won in senior football so it’s a competition close to my heart.
“We’re in the semi-final now with a great chance to get to the final and experience that again.
“You’ve got to savour those moments. I’m 33 years old now and that’s still the only senior final I’ve played in. So you cherish it – even more when you win, as we managed to.”
John Baird was the hero in front of a crowd of 19,983 at Easter Road that day, notching the game’s only goal in extratime in Leith.
The fixture was a complete sell-out and, with the benefit of hindsight, could justifiably have been held at Hampden.
“I remember we beat Annan [3-0 in the semi-finals] then Rangers had their semi-final – and I was a Rangers fan for that day!” added Anderson. “We were desperate to play them.
“We thought we might get to go to the national stadium, but it ended up being at Easter Road.
“Even then, it was full and the occasion was incredible.
“We had a party the next night with all the wives and girlfriends and it was just a weekend we’ll never forget.”