It’s been nine years on Thursday past since Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers first met on the ice where Scotland’s most recent sporting rivalry was born and Adam Walker, who played for them both, reckons it’s one that will continue to grow.

Clan, under their old name of Braehead, beat Todd Dutiaume’s Flyers in a 7-4 game that saw the two teams first come together, with Jordan Krestanovich scoring a hat-trick and Matt Haywood winning the man of the match award.

Walker, wearing Clan purple that night, recalled the game and the feeling of coming up against his hometown team at Braehead Arena in Clan’s second season and Fife’s first after they had joined the Elite League that summer.

“I remember being excited for it as Flyers had just made the step up,” Walker recalled.  “I knew some of the players on the Fife team and I just wanted to do well against them. It meant more to me because I was playing against a team I used to play for, who happened to be my hometown team.

“We won 7-4, but there was one game, at the end of January, when we won 2-1 after penalty shots and there was a bit of niggle at the end of it, with our coach at the time, Drew Bannister, involved as I recall.

“The edge between the teams seemed to grow from there and I think in Ryan Finnerty’s years, it was enhanced even more when you had the big characters like Chris Frank, Matt Nickerson and Zack Fitzgerald involved.  Year on year, it’s grown and grown which is great for Scottish ice hockey.

“There’s an element of ‘East versus West’ or the fact that Fife, as one of the oldest clubs and a rich history against the new kids on the block, having only been formed in 2010. As a rivalry, the one between Clan and Flyers is intense in its own way and will only intensify as the years go on and they compete against each other more and more.”

Walker knows all about playing for one club then the other, even though he didn’t play for Fife in the Elite League era and misses being part the games between them now that he’s player-coach at SNL side Paisley Pirates.

“Both sets of fans are passionate and when I left Fife, I wasn’t getting the ice time I needed so went to Guildford and I recall coming back as an 18 year old and thinking how great it would be to see familiar faces and for them to see me,” he said. “As I soon found out, I got a tirade of abuse, mostly from my friends.

“I never left Braehead and came back to play against them, but I imagine I would have got the same reaction as I got as a teenager in Fife. There is a part of you who leaves a club where you hope you get a warm welcome back and that isn’t always the case.

“Nowadays, watching the games are hard because I still wish I was playing.  But Fife and Braehead, latterly Glasgow are the two teams I look out for the most.  When I was young, all I ever wanted to do was play for Fife Flyers and that remained all the way up to the day I decided to move on.

“They’ll always have a special place for me, but on the other hand, I had an amazing experience at Braehead, spending three great years there with a great fanbase, plus I live in Glasgow so they remain special to me too."