Hall of Fame: A one-club man who gave 50 years to Raith

Andy Leigh pictured on his retiral as groundsman at Stark's Park, surrounded by the Raith team of the day.
Andy Leigh pictured on his retiral as groundsman at Stark's Park, surrounded by the Raith team of the day.

Raith Rovers’ longest ever servant is the latest name to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Andy Leigh, who served the club for almost 50 years, has been voted by the public to join other legendary inductees from the club’s past such as Jim Baxter and the Coca Cola Cup winning side of 1994.

Andy, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 75, made an incredible 487 appearances from 1948 to 1963.

He was part of the famous back line alongside Andy Young and Willie McNaught, in an era where Rovers were one of the top sides in the country.

Following his retirement Andy became the club’s coach and was instrumental in setting up its Development Association.

After that Andy switched to groundsman in 1982 and stayed in that role until he finally retired in 1994, though the Rovers diehard still helped at the club on a part-time basis and was rewarded with a testimonial against Ron Atkinson’s Coventry City in 1996.

His son Brian said that his late dad “would have been delighted”.

He added: “It’s great news.

“My brother Andy and I are proud and happy that he’s being inducted.

“I think it’s right that it’s happening. He was a great player.”

As well as being a loyal servant to the club, Andy was also regarded as something of a character.

Brian said: “He had some great stories to tell!

“He had seen so many players come and go during his time at the club.

“There was Jim Baxter of course and Willie Wallace who went on to become one of the Lisbon Lions.

“He and my dad were really good friends.”

Brian is keen to point out that Andy was a one club player.

“He was Raith Rovers through and through,” he said.

“You don’t get many players doing that anymore because they’re lured away by money.”

The Leigh family are now looking ahead to the sold out Hall of Fame event which is taking place on November 9 at the Adam Smith Theatre where Andy will be inducted alongside David McGurn, John McStay and others.

“I’ve not been at any of the past Hall of Fame nights so it’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Brian said.

“I’ve got friends who’ve told me how good it is so it can’t come quick enough.

“It’s great news that my dad is going to be inducted.

“It’s a real honour.”