Frank Connor looking forward to tribute night

Frank Connor - Rovers manager as they win promotion from the Second Division in 1987.

Frank Connor - Rovers manager as they win promotion from the Second Division in 1987.

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“I WAS only a part of it - I was surrounded by a great bunch of guys, I was very lucky.”

Frank Connor is remembering his time as Raith Rovers manager ahead of the tribute night being held for him and his players on Friday March 2.

The evening is being held in aid of Rovers Down South and Rally Round Rovers and Frank is looking forward to it immensely.

“I’m going to love it,” he said. “I can’t wait to see all the boys again. Just keeping it informal and having a blether. It’ll be a great night.”

Frank’s time at Rovers is seen as pivotal in sowing the seeds of the side that Jimmy Nicholl took on to great success. But when he arrived at Stark’s Park the club was in the doldrums.

“They were second or third bottom of the Second Division,” he said. “So I had to build the club up from scratch. I got a couple of experienced players in like Cammy Fraser who was magnificent.

“You’ve got to remember we were only part-time then. I only had the players two nights a week.

‘‘My one and only regret is that we were never able to go full-time when I was there.

“I remember we drew with Rangers 0-0 in the Scottish Cup.

‘‘There was a couple of days before the replay and the weather was horrendous so I went to Balwearie High School to ask if we could use their gym, rather than train in Beveridge Park. They said no!”

Frank keeps himself busy and would like to get back into football, but for the time being he is looking forward to returning to Kirkcaldy.

“When I got the Rovers job I was at my lowest ever point having just been sacked by Celtic, but it became one of the very best times of my career and Kirkcaldy has a very special place in my heart,” he said.

“The directors, the players, everyone at the club at the time were brilliant. I was very fortunate.

“You can have one man at the front but he can’t do it alone.”