Ten years on, O’Brien recalls Livingston’s League Cup joy

Livingston's Burton O'Brien rushes to Jamie McAllister who scored the winner in the CIS Insurance Cup Final
Livingston's Burton O'Brien rushes to Jamie McAllister who scored the winner in the CIS Insurance Cup Final
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Burton O’Brien openly admits he probably took Livingston’s League Cup success for granted in 2004.

Therefore, he is grateful for the opportunity to reminisce about the biggest achievement of his career at the West Lothian club’s commemorative dinner to mark their only trophy win.

March 14 is the tenth anniversary of Livingston’s 2-0 triumph over Hibs at Hampden, a day when O’Brien, Stuart Lovell and the rest upset the odds to lift silverware. O’Brien was only 22 at the time but ten years on he fully appreciates the magnitude of the achievement.

Lovell captained Livingston to that League Cup win and is helping the Livingston Youth Foundation reunite the class of 2004 for a fundraising dinner. That takes place on March 15 this year at Edinburgh’s Marriott Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club. O’Brien is eager to catch up with old team-mates on the night and pour over past glories.

“It’s the only trophy I’ve won so it’s right up there for me,” he told the Evening News. “Funnily, the relief from staying up on the last day of the season in 2005 was probably a better feeling.

“I don’t know why that was, maybe because there was so much at stake if we’d been relegated. Winning the League Cup with Livingston is one of the best memories of my career.

“Being so young, you maybe take it for granted. It didn’t sink in until maybe a year or two later when you look back on it. I’ve got great memories of the build-up, the day itself and everything about it. When I came back to Livingston last year it refreshed my memory from speaking to people about the League Cup win.”

O’Brien now likes to recall his 2004 memories to his two young sons. Memorabilia from that day is certainly not difficult to come across in and around the family home. “My dad’s got the strip up on his wall so any time I go to see him I’m reminded of it,” he continued. “I’ve got two young boys now so they see it and ask questions about it. Sometimes they will get the programme from the game out.

“It’s great that Stuart and the Foundation are organising this dinner because it will be good to catch up with a lot of the boys and get us all together again. I’m looking forward to seeing some guys I haven’t seen for quite a while.

“We’re hoping a lot of fans will come along on the night. The thing is, a lot of Livingston fans now are maybe too young to remember us winning that trophy. Our crowds aren’t what they were then so it would be nice to get some of them back.”

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.