Frank Connor latest name to be added to Raith Hall of Fame

Frank Connor celebrates as Raith win promotion from the Second Division in 1987.
Frank Connor celebrates as Raith win promotion from the Second Division in 1987.

Former Raith Rovers boss Frank Connor is to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame this year.

He is the second name selected by the public vote after David McGurn, and will also be joined by the committee’s first pick, Joe Baker.

Frank Connor with Tom Houston at the first Raith Hall of Fame event in 2012.

Frank Connor with Tom Houston at the first Raith Hall of Fame event in 2012.

Speaking to the Press the 79-year-old said to be nominated by the Raith Rovers support was “something special”.

“I can’t believe it,” he said. “I loved every minute of my time at Raith Rovers and I had a great camaraderie with the supporters.”

Connor took over the hot seat at Stark’s Park in 1986 having been sacked as assistant manager to Davie Hay at Celtic.

“I was on a low after Celtic and I was ready for Raith Rovers.

My philosophy was try and leave something a bit better than it was when you first arrived

Frank Connor

“I remember when I went in for the interview.

“When you’ve been up at the top like I had you want to get back there so I looked them in the eye in the boardroom and said I don’t know how I’m going to get there but I’m going back to the Premier league if you want to come with me, I’m your man!”

Connor didn’t quite make it to the Premier League with Rovers but set the foundations for the latter successful years under Jimmy Nicholl, who he signed as a player.

“My philosophy was try and leave something a bit better than it was when you first arrived.

“When I came to Rovers they were in the second division but I got lucky, we brought in some great experienced guys like Hamish McAlpine, big Bobby Glennie and Cammy Fraser who was different class.

‘They worked well with the young local guys at the club.

“I enjoyed my time at Kirkcaldy every bit as much as I did at Celtic.’’

Frank can’t wait for Hall of Fame

Frank Connor said the Hall of Fame night will be an emotional experience for himself and his family.

“Never in a million years would I have imagined that I’d be inducted,” he said.

“I was just doing my job to the best of my ability. This will be a really special thing for me and for the supporters to have voted me into the Hall of Fame is something else.

“Looking back I think it was fate. I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t gone to Raith Rovers.

“I loved it because Kirkcaldy was me. It’ll be a great night.”