Remembering Bill Powrie Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust were saddened to learn last year of the death of long-standing member Bill Powrie, who passed away following a prolonged illness. Bill had followed the Rovers for most of his life, and had been a member of the Trust since the Reclaim The Rovers campaign in 2005.

Bill started coming along to Starks Park in the early seventies with his friends from Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy High School. Bill was a junior season ticket holder in those early days and on more than one occasion he was lucky enough to get his ticket pulled out of the hat to win a trip on the team bus to away matches. George Farm’s team, in particular the scoring exploits of Joe Baker (34 goals in 49 appearances), cemented Bill’s affection for ‘all things Raith’ and he listed Joe, Bobby Reid, Roddy Georgeson, Malcolm Robertson, Gordon Wallace (mark 1) and Murray McDermott amongst his favourites. Even when Bill moved away from the Kirkcaldy area, he never wavered in his support of the club and would still make the effort to come back for games when he could.

In his estate, Bill kindly made a generous bequest to the Raith Supporters Trust. After consulting with Bill’s family, we decided to use Bill’s legacy to help grow the next generation of Raith Rovers supporters. Fans are the lifeblood of any football club, and with so many other things competing for their attention, it is often a challenge to attract younger fans through the turnstiles. Due to Bill’s generosity, the Raith Supporters Trust were able to subsidise the cost of more than 200 season tickets for young supporters this season, making it easier for them to support their local club. We were delighted to learn last week that almost all of the reduced priced tickets had been sold and we hope that the young supporters go on to develop the same affection for the club that Bill felt during his life.

We would like to express our sincere condolences again to Bill’s family and thank Bill for his generosity towards both the Raith Supporters Trust and Raith Rovers in his will.

Raith Supporters’ Fund Print This Post

Following a successful supporter consultation, Raith Rovers FC were pleased to launch the Raith Supporters’ Fund earlier this week (on Monday 1st July).

An initiative that has been in the planning stages for some time, this is being overseen by Rovers Director Ali More and is an opportunity for Rovers fans to be able to make a monthly contribution towards the first team playing budget and the funding of our young apprentices.

With a healthy uptake of interest already expressed by Rovers supporters in the new Fund since Monday, we have set an initial target of £10,000 per quarter which will be a huge assistance to our club.

The Raith Supporters’ Fund replaces the previous Player Development Fund. Existing contributors to this do not need to resubscribe – their contributions are most welcome and will continue seamlessly into the new arrangements.

2017/18 Accounts & AGM Print This Post

Thank you to those members who either attended last week’s AGM or sent their apologies and proxies. It was a straightforward meeting, and after a discussion about priorities for engaging with the club we agreed that the board would meet to discuss ways of building the Trust.

Further to the accounts that were distributed in advance, we would like to make the Chairman’s Statement available to all members. It can be downloaded from the link below, and we invite comments and questions from those members who couldn’t make it to the AGM.

Raith Supporters Trust AGM Print This Post

All members should have now received notification of our Annual General Meeting, to be held on Thursday 30th May, at 7pm, in the 200 Club at Starks Park. This AGM will present last year’s Trust accounts for your review, and will be followed by a more informal session to discuss a number of fundraising initiatives.

Some members have advised us that they were unable to open the agenda, proxy form and accounts which were attached to their notification email. These documents will be available in hard copy on the 30th, but can also be downloaded here:

The formal business of the AGM will commence at 7pm, following the order set out in the agenda.

As normally happens at our AGMs, three of our board members will be standing down on rotation. All 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 we 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.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the 30th.

2018/19 “Player of the Year” Awards Ceremony Print This Post

We are pleased to have secured a number of places at this year’s “Player of the Year” awards ceremony, to be held at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 27th April, following our final home game against Brechin City. The event will kick off at 7.30pm.

The new format player of the year awards have been a sell out for the last 3 years, so ticket allocations have been given to all of the supporters groups to ensure a fair chance of attending for all. These have all been terrific events, and while our chances of securing the title look extremely slim, we hope to at least send the team into the play-offs in great form and with memories of a great evening behind them.

Tickets are £30 each, and are strictly limited, so our allocation will be offered to Trust members on a first come, first served basis. Contact us at chairman@raithtrust.org.uk to secure your place!

Win tickets for the Raith Supporters Trust Burns Night! Print This Post

In honour of the superb Scottish Cup win over Dunfermline last weekend, The Raith Supporters Trust are giving away three pairs of tickets for this weekend’s Burns Night event in the Raith Suite.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, simply answer this question…

Rover’s hat trick hero, Lewis Vaughan has scored how many goals for Raith Rovers?

Email your answer to steven_wallace@btinternet.com by 5pm on Wednesday 23rd January, along with your name and contact details, and we will draw out three lucky winners and notify the winners on Thursday.

This is the Raith Supporters Trust’s 5th annual Burns’ Night event, this weekend, Saturday 26th January.

John McGlynn and Paul Smith have already pledged their support and will be joining us on the night as well as some other special guests and surprises on the night. Guests will be treated to a traditional 2 course Burns Supper with a wee dram or two to toast not only Rabbie Burns, but also to a fine win over Dunfermline.

Not only will the Raith Suite bar be open but we will also be offering an exciting range of Scottish craft beers and ciders to enjoy on the evening.

There will be Burns readings, bagpipes, the Big Burns Raffle and auction and more.

A limited number of tickets are still available at £25 per person and can be bought in the following ways:

WANTED: Supporter Liaison Officer for RRFC Print This Post

In 2012, UEFA introduced a requirement for all clubs competing in their competitions to appoint a Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) to act as their key contact point for supporters, and in 2017 this also became a Scottish FA requirement for clubs seeking to obtain a “silver” or “gold” licence. Club licensing sets out standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football – ground safety, pitch size and surface type, floodlight quality, facilities for supporters, provision for disabled supporters, media facilities, first aid and medical provision, coaching standards, ground tenure, financial management processes, and so on – the list is almost endless! Raith Rovers currently hold a “bronze” licence, and aspire to hold “silver” or even higher – at present, only three Scottish clubs (Celtic, Hibs and St Mirren) hold the highest level of licence.

The SFA support the development of this role through their partnership with Supporters Direct Scotland, who provide training to SLOs, access to best practice from around Europe, and host networking and development events for the SLOs throughout Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »

2018/19 Membership Renewals Print This Post

Raith Supporters Trust members will receive membership renewal invitations this week. Members paying by standing order do not need to take any action, other than letting us know if any of their contact details have changed. If you have not received a letter or email from us by the beginning of next week please get in touch with us via membership@raithtrust.org.uk

We have kept the membership fee at the same level since 2007, so if possible we would encourage you to consider adding a monthly donation to your membership. Many members already do so and this extra income allows us to do increase our investment and funding in the Football Club. To do this simply contact your bank to amend your Standing Order, or click here to make a one-off payment.

Season Ticket Push! Print This Post

We hear from the club that season ticket sales have been very encouraging so far, but that the total sold is still down on last season. With pre-season friendlies starting tonight the new season is almost upon us, so time is running out to purchase your ticket for the coming season.

Every pound that the club brings in over the summer helps us put the best possible team on the park. If you’ve been meaning to renew but haven’t done so yet, please get in touch with the club!

Andy Mill is the new RRFC Supporter-Director Print This Post

Voting for the position of Supporter-Director closed at 10pm on Friday 1st June 2018, and the results have been counted and verified.

ELECTION RESULT

The election was contested by four candidates, and carried out using the Single Transferable Vote method where one candidate is eliminated in each round, and their votes distributed to other candidates on the basis of voters’ second, third and fourth preferences.

David Proudfoot was eliminated after the first round, and Paul Gilfillan was eliminated in the second round. The results of the third round of voting were as follows:

  • Andy Mill – 203 votes
  • Bill Gilby – 160 votes

Andy Mill is therefore elected, with 55.9% of the votes in the final round of voting. He will therefore be appointed to the board of New Raith Rovers Ltd and (with the consent of the directors) Raith Rovers Football Club Ltd & Raith Rovers FC Holdings Ltd.

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