Ellis proud to enter Raith Hall of Fame

Laurie Ellis (right) receives his Hall of Fame trophy on stage from former Raith manager John McGlynn (left) and host Bill Leckie (centre) on the Adam Smith Theatre stage. Pic: Neil Doig
Laurie Ellis (right) receives his Hall of Fame trophy on stage from former Raith manager John McGlynn (left) and host Bill Leckie (centre) on the Adam Smith Theatre stage. Pic: Neil Doig
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Laurie Ellis will never forget the date of Monday, November 11, 2013.

It was the day the Raith Rovers defender was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at a sold-out show in the Adam Smith Theatre.

Ellis has had many special moments over his 11 years, and three spells at the club, and last week’s event was right up there with the best of them.

“It was a special night - a really proud moment,” he told the Press. “All my family were there.

“Just because of nerves the actual evening was a bit of a blur - it’s totally different to being on the football pitch.

“To be part of an awards ceremony with the other inductees, and global names like Graeme Souness, Liam Brady and the ex-Prime Minister, will take a while to sink in.”

Ellis’ special connection to Raith stretches even further back than the day he first signed as a YTS aged 17.

“It’s been a long journey at the club,” he said.

“I can remember the very first day when my dad drove me through from Edinburgh.

“From my apprenticeship under Jimmy Nicholl up to being on the coaching staff today it’s been a great journey and one I’m really proud of.

“Even that first day was special because my mum grew up in Kirkcaldy and I passed the club dozens of time on the train to visit my gran. I used to come over to Stark’s Park watching Hearts, and that initial connection I had to Kirkcaly made signing for the club extra special.

“Back then, the thought of playing one first team match would’ve been a privilege.

“To have gone on and made over 370 appearances is just great.”

Fittingly, Ellis appearance at Dens Park just two days before the Hall of Fame show took him to 373 games, and into the club’s all-time top 10.

“There’s not many players that have been at club as long as I’ve been here,” he said.

“On top of that, not many players are fortunate enough to be welcomed back for a second and third spell.

“It’s difficult for players coming back to a club but I had confidence in myself and knew I had a good affiliation with the fans and the club in general.

“I’m really grateful for that, and proud that I’ve been able to make this third spell work.”

Ellis has already made a significant impact on Rovers history, but now working alongside manager Grant Murray, he hopes he can help shape a successful future.

“There’s no doubt in future of this club there will be great times,” he said.

“We want to bring them to the club as soon as we can - whether we have success in the next couple of years, or just lay the building blocks that mean there is success further down the line. We just want to make sure we do our best in our time at club.

“In every training session, and every game, we’re looking to do our best, and hopefully that leads to bigger success later on.”

At the age of 34, and with a cup final on the horizon, Ellis best days as a Rover could still be around the corner.