Kevin McAllister: Falkirk fans want to name stand after former Hibs winger

Crunchie’s time at Bairns could be honoured

By David Oliver
Friday, 5th June 2020, 7:45 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 7:45 pm
Kevin McAllister made 112 appearances for Hibs.
Kevin McAllister made 112 appearances for Hibs.

Former Hibs winger Kevin McAllister could be honoured at his hometown club under plans from Falkirk fans.

A group calling themselves ‘The Crunchie Initiative’ is proposing to name a stand at The Falkirk Stadium after the club legend who had four spells with the Bairns, as well as playing at Hibs and Chelsea.

Organisers are raising funds for a permanent re-branding of the home end and could look to either of his former clubs to help re-launch ‘The Kevin McAllister Stand’.

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Dave McInally from the group said: “Other clubs have stands and areas dedicated to former players and while we’ve had players who the fans hold in high regard, Crunchie tops that list by a mile.

“He was popular at Hibs too, but he’s massive to the Falkirk fans, and we want something that reflects that status and is lasting.”

McAllister had two spells at Falkirk either side of six years at Chelsea before leaving Brockville for Hibs in 1993 where he played 112 times in three and a half years. He later returned to the Bairns and was named Player of the Millennium before a move into management with Albion Rovers.

McInally added: “We had hoped to have this in place by next season but the current situation has delayed us and there’s no point unless the fans are in there to celebrate it.

“Chelsea would be a glamour name, but we have had some great matches with Hibs in recent years and they brought a great support for his testimonial in 2002. He was well thought of there too so it would be great to have them involved.”