‘Bomber’ Harris joins Raith Hall of Fame greats

Colin Harris. Pic: FPA
Colin Harris. Pic: FPA
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Raith Rovers’ legendary striker, Colin Harris, has been voted by the public to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

The 1980s hitman, nicknamed ‘Bomber’, had two spells at the club where he scored 82 goals, making him quite simply one of the best Rovers strikers ever.

Colin Harris in his playing days at Raith

Colin Harris in his playing days at Raith

He’s the latest inductee unvield by the organising committee ahead of the sold out show at the Adam smith Theatre on Monday, November 9.

Ally Gourlay, part of the organising committee, along with Allan Crow, Alistair Cameron and Willie MacGregor, said Harris’ selection was richly deserved.

“He was a brilliant, natural goalscorer - one of the club’s all time greats,’’ he said. “His goalscoring record was extraordinary and it stands the test of time.”

Harris had been at the club as a youngster and was signed again as an 18-year-old by manager Gordon Wallace, making his debut in 1980.

“Gordon gave me a chance after Andy Harrow was sold to Luton,” he said. “I was really surprised, but I was given a chance and I took it. You’ve got to when you get an opportunity like that.”

Harris quickly set up a lethal goalscoring partnership with Ian Ballantyne.

“Aye, big Basher was a good player. He scored a barrowload of goals but I’d like to think that it was me who set a few of them up for him!”

Harris points to a cup tie against Aberdeen as the highlight of his first spell with Rovers.

“I scored against them in the Scottish Cup. Alex Ferguson was the manager and they were a great side with players like Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and Mark McGhee so that was memorable.”

After leaving the club, Harris had spells with Dundee and Hibs before returning to Stark’s Park for another two seasons where he scored an astonishing 50 goals, before leaving under less than perfect conditions.

“I fell out with Frank Connor. That’s my biggest regret, especially when you look at what was to come.”

Harris finished playing in 1996 and after a spell coaching Rovers’ U17s, now works as a contractor for Diageo. He says he’s proud to be a Hall of Fame inductee.

“It’s a nice honour and the fact that I was voted for by the public means that bit more. Normally I’d sit in the background and let others take all the plaudits, but I am really looking forward to it,” he said.