Sammy Conn 1961-2014

The club were saddened to hear the loss of former youth coach, Sammy Conn who passed away at the age of 52 on 17th August after suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

Born in Lanark in 1961, Sammy played for a number of clubs including Falkirk, Albion Rovers and Clydebank.

He finished his career at Cowdenbeath where he later became manager for a season.

Sammy joined Ayr United as a youth coach in 1998, working alongside George Logan under Campbell Money who was at the time Head of Youth Development.

He was employed until 2004 and was an inspirational and knowledgeable coach, proving influential in the development of up and coming footballers.

Most notably, Scotland internationalist Craig Conway, now plying his trade at Blackburn Rovers was coached by Conn and holds him in high regard.

Under Conn and Taylor, Ayr reached the final of the Scottish Youth Cup, losing 2-0 to a Rangers team containing Charlie Adam and Chris Burke.

After leaving Ayr United he went on to become Assistant Manager at Dalry Thistle & Kilwinning Rangers

Sammy & Margo had 3 children (1 Boy, 2 Girls) and were very proud grandparents.

Ayr United Football Club would like to express the condolences to family and friends of Sammy.

The funeral will be held in Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn on Friday, at 10am.

People attending are asked to wear bright colours and instead of flowers, donations are welcome for the Ayrshire Hospice who provided much needed care for not only Sammy but for the family as well.