The Story of '97
by Craig Benson
by Craig Benson
Following a run of defeats, Killie fans rolled into Rugby Park with a sense of dread for this game against rampant Rangers. The dread was banished however as Bobby Williamson's side more than held their own against the league leaders.
A string of fine saves by Lekovic in the first half kept us well in this game, so much so that it was Killie who took the lead through Colin McKee, or as the Scottish sporting press referred to him, 'self-confessed Rangers fan' Colin McKee. Colin clearly couldn't forget, when in primary school he always wanted to play for Man United but as a foetus, he wanted to play for Killie.
Errr... where was I? Ah... Colin McKee gave us the lead. Played into the box, and with the visiting defence seemingly unperturbed by his presence, McKee curled the ball just off the fingertips of the Rangers goalie to nestle in the back of the net.
Lekovic's good performance continued as he produced more fine saves in the second half.
When he was drawn out and beaten, it was McCoist who was on the end of it. He would do something that would become all too familiar in his later years with us. He missed an absolute sitter of an open goal...
We held out as long as we could, but in the end we were finally broken down by the visitors. Professional fishing and chicken enthusiast Paul Gascoigne got the leveller after his initial shot was saved following a Brian Laudrup cross.
It finished 1-1 and Killie clung onto 8th place in the league, level on points with Motherwell. Killie then looked ahead to what would turn out to be a quite historic weekend ahead.
Lekovic, MacPherson, Kerr, Anderson, McGowne, Findlay, Mitchell, Reilly, Wright, McIntyre, McKee
Subs: Bagan & Burke for Wright & McKee
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