Livi to dine out on their finest hour

Stuart Lovell
Stuart Lovell
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LIVINGSTON will hold a commemorative dinner in March to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their League Cup final win.

In conjunction with the Livingston Youth Foundation, the West Lothian club will reunite members of the team which beat Hibs 2-0 to claim their only major trophy to date at the Marriott Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 15.

The captain who lifted that League Cup, Stuart Lovell, will be in attendance alongside a celebrity host and guest speaker, plus a host of Livingston players from that era.

The event will also include a fund-raising auction, silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will be split between Livingston FC and the Livingston Youth Foundation.

“In terms of achievements when you’re up against it, that trophy means so much to everyone involved,” explained Lovell. “We went into administration the previous month in the lead-up to the semi-final with Dundee. Then we had six players made redundant. Going into the semi-final, we were told the club was entering administration so we went into the game thinking that could be our last.

“It was a great effort from the lads to reach the final and not be sidetracked by all the financial issues surrounding Livingston at the time. I remember looking round the dressing room after the final whistle and it was very emotional for a number of people. Lee Makel lost his father-in-law the night before the final and had to leave the hotel to be with his wife about half past nine or ten o’clock. He had to get his head round that incident then come back and play in a cup final.

“Normally you would think the dressing room afterwards would be a very joyous place but it was very emotional and there were a few tears shed. A few people were thinking about the guys who had been with us earlier in the season and the fact they were missing out. It was a different kind of atmosphere. Not sombre, but kind of surreal. The mood was more reflective but eventually we snapped out of that.

“Not many people get the chance to get to a cup final at Hampden and win. I said to the lads to enjoy it because things like that don’t come along very often for clubs like Livingston. The ten years since have proved that.”

Tickets for the event cost £55 plus VAT individually, or £50 plus VAT if you book a table of ten. For details and to purchase your ticket, please call Leigh Lauder on 01506 403341.