The Raith Trust are delighted to announce the date for our 3rd Burns Night fundraiser.
The 2017 Raith Trust Burns Night will take place on Saturday 28th January at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy.
There will be a traditional Burns Supper, and the evening will include a number of Burns recitals from some weel kent faces as well as our special Raith Trust Raffle & Auction. Val McDermid has kindly agreed to be our main speaker for the evening and we hope to announce some more special guests over the coming weeks.
Tickets cost £25 per person, with a £5 discount for Raith Trust members (contact us to get the top secret discount code for online sales!) and anyone wishing to book a table of ten will be able to book a table for £200 – a £50 saving. Please note that we can only offer one of these savings with any purchase.
Tickets can be bought through the following methods…
Online – http://raithburns.brownpapertickets.com
At the Raith Supporters Trust AGM next Saturday (17th December), at the Trust table in the South Stand concourse at the home matches v Dundee Utd (17th December), Dunfermline Athletic (2nd January), Falkirk (7th January) and the cup tie v Hearts (22nd January).
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Keen-eyed Trust members will already know that we increased our investment in the football club last week. Mindful of the impact of Saturday’s postponement, and of the fact that this is typically a time of year when the club’s cash-flow is stretched, we chose to invest a further £5,000 in New Raith Rovers Ltd.
We were delighted to see the Jim McMillan Club and the 200 Club make similar contributions to the football club, and hope that our combined efforts – and the non-financial contributions of other supporters groups and individual volunteers – help the club through to the new year when we we have a more favourable run of fixtures.
RRFC website article
Fife Free Press article
Our next Annual General Meeting takes place at 1.15pm on Saturday 17th December in the Adam Smith Centre, Kirkcaldy. This AGM will present the last 3 years Trust accounts for your review, and will be followed by a more informal session to discuss a number of fundraising initiatives.
If you cannot attend and require any vote to be cast on your behalf, please contact me to request a Proxy form.
The formal business of the AGM will commence at 1.15pm. As normally happens at our AGMs, two of our board members will be standing down on rotation. Both have indicated their willingness to be considered for re-election, alongside any member who wishes to stand for election. Fresh blood on the Trust board is always welcomed, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in becoming more involved in the Trust to come forward at this point, at the AGM or at any point in the future.
Accounts can be viewed at the following links:
In 2008 we published our first summary of “who owns what” at Raith Rovers, and since then we have continued to update this to incorporate changes to the ownership structure and trends in the club’s performance on and off the park.
Thanks go to John Litster for granting us permission to use the historical financial data originally published in his excellent book “Always Next Year”. The figures for the years since its 2008 publication are taken from the accounts of Raith Rovers FC Ltd, Raith Rovers Holdings Ltd, New Raith Rovers Ltd and Starks Park Properties Ltd – and all figures have been adjusted for inflation to 2016 prices.
This document is best viewed in large format – for best results click the link below and then print it out on A3 paper.
Who Owns What? (2016 version)
For the fifth successive year, Barcelona-based Trust member Carol Smith is taking part in a triathlon this weekend in order to raise funds for the Raith Supporters Trust.
This year, she is swimming 1.9km, cycling 90km, and running 21km – her furthest distance yet. Please give generously to support her, using the link below!
Read more about Carol’s challenge here.
Four Men, One Cup, Seventy Points, and Seven Raffle Prizes
At our fourth annual quiz night, reigning champions “Four Men One Cup” fought off stiff competition to retain their trophy. They now have two cups and will have to change their name. For the second year running they also declined their cash prize, and we would like to publicly thank them for their generosity and congratulate them for their wit and intelligence.
A capacity crowd formed 12 teams, with five of the RRFC board represented in two of the teams; and first team squad members Kevin McHattie, Joel Coustrain, Yaw Osei and Andreas Thorsen forming another RRFC team along with goalkeeping coach Wayne Henderson.
Scoring was unbelievably close right until the end, with 3 points separating the top 4 teams after 10 rounds. The RRFC players almost lifted top prize, until an arithmetical error was uncovered on their scoresheet! The highlight of the quiz was the now infamous “career paths” round, although it was slightly less cryptic than in previous years.
The booby prize (aka The Jim Leishman Memorial Trophy) went home with a team from the local SNP constituency office. For some reason they seemed delighted with the prize.
A straining raffle table was cleared at the end of the night, with the proceeds contributing to a very healthy profit of £525 for the evening.
The board of the Raith Supporters Trust would like to thank everyone who attended, and also those who contributed raffle prizes. Thanks also to the team behind the bar in the Raith Suite, and last but definitely not least Steve Wallace for compiling the quiz and compering the event.
The Raith Trust are holding their annual Quiz Night on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 7pm in the Raith Suite, Starks Park.
Tickets are £10 a head for teams of 4, which includes pies, a drink from the bar and entry to the quiz itself.
Some of the finest minds in the Rovers support will be in attendance (!), along with teams from the Starks Park office, players and coaching staff.
Any Trust member that wants to join a team (or wants to bring a pal – membership of the Trust isn’t mandatory) is more than welcome, so please contact email@example.com if you’re like to book a place on the Trust team, or to enter a team of your own.
The Trust Quiz has been running for 4 years, and is always an entertaining night with a raffle and auction during the evening to compliment the quiz.
Following the stirring derby victory over Dunfermline Athletic recently, Trust board members Steve Wallace and Alan Russell met with Gary Locke to welcome him to the club, congratulate him on the afternoon’s victory, and present him with a framed print of James Muddiman’s iconic painting of Starks Park.
Gary assured us that the print would be taking pride of place on the wall of his office in Starks Park, and we wish him a long and successful reign in Kirkcaldy.
As part of the programme of testimonial events for fan’s favourite David McGurn, there will be a pool tournament on Sunday 2 October from 2.00 pm at Styx Kirkcaldy.
Don’t miss the first of the events to mark “The Witch’s” service to Raith Rovers, which will include:
- an exhibition pool tournament between Raith Rovers players and supporters
- photo opportunities
- auction of Rovers memorabilia
- surprise guests
Tickets are £15 each, include food and automatic raffle entry, and are available online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-mcgurnstestimonial-pool-afternoon-tickets-27286163650
Last week, the Livi For Life trust and the Raith Supporters Trust sent a joint letter to Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, regarding the rescheduling of the final set of fixtures in this season’s Championship campaign. Following this, we were pleased to speak to Mr Doncaster to discuss the issues raised in our letter.
The key concerns we raised included:
- Whether the impact of moving 5 fixtures in order to accommodate 1 fixture in the TV schedule was acceptable or appropriate
- What consideration was given to the financial impact on clubs of fixture changes, and what consultation takes place with clubs
- What consideration was given to the impact on the supporters’ matchday experience, and what consultation takes place with supporters
- What mechanisms are in place for clubs to challenge the rescheduling of their fixtures
Many of the issues we discussed are confidential in nature, relating to the commercial arrangements with various broadcasters. We can report, however, that Mr Doncaster acknowledged the difficulties that the rescheduling of fixtures raised for supporters, particularly those at key points in the football season; and that our concerns were listened to and understood by Mr Doncaster, and in many cases shared. Where we weren’t in total agreement, we were pleased that the constructive tone of the conversation allowed these concerns to be noted for consideration in future.
We will strive to ensure structured dialogue on issues such as these takes place, and would welcome any opportunities for supporter representation in discussions with broadcasters going forward.
We would like to express our gratitude to Andrew Jenkin of Supporters Direct Scotland for helping to arrange this conversation. SDS and the network of Trusts that it supports provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between supporters across Scotland, and with the football authorities, and we appreciate the opportunities that this creates.