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Raith Supporters Trust pick up the tab for season ticket refunds

Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Raith Supporters Trust have stepped in to make sure that the club don’t lose out on recent season ticket refunds. Raith Rovers had offered all season ticket holders a refund due to not being able to finish the season, with a small number of supporters taking up the offer. The Raith Supporters Trust have offered to cover the cost of the refunds to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially and the club have accepted.

Trust Chairman Alan Russell said “This is a difficult time for many supporters and offering fans a refund was the right thing to do. It was great to see club go even further and extend an offer to help fans who are struggling in any way they could. As a Supporters Trust we wanted to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially, so we have made a donation to cover the cost of the refunds that were given. It has been great to see the fans come together the last few months and work to support the club. We are proud that Raith Rovers is a strong community club where the voice of fans is heard and valued.”

2020 Summer Update

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Despite the prolonged absence of Scottish football action there has been plenty to keep our attention – and we need to recognise and be thankful that Raith Rovers are weathering this storm in better shape than many clubs. That is no small part due to the efforts of the players and backroom team up until March 13th, keeping their noses in front of Falkirk, Airdrieonians, Montrose and East Fife. This secured promotion after three seasons in League One, and we wish those four teams the very best of fortune in next season’s campaign, whenever it begins. It was a genuine five horse race in 2019/20, with fantastic matches against each of those teams (and some really stern tests from those who finished further behind the top five). It does not feel right that these teams were not given the chance to fight for the second promotion place that would otherwise have been up for grabs.

Raith Rovers Football Club have also benefited from strong and decisive leadership within the boardroom – we were one of the first clubs in the country to launch a crowdfunding campaign, which brought in a massive amount of money. Rovers fan Ruaridh Kilgour’s company, Fanwave Digital, were the brains behind the innovative donateaticket.com fundraising platform which has raised over £150,000 for clubs across the country – including more than £15,000 donated by Rovers supporters. The Raith Rovers family have put their money where their mouth is and dug deep to help the club, and we are immensely proud of the way in which we have come together to ensure that our club survives and is in the best shape it can be by the time the Championship campaign begins.

As a Supporters Trust we have not wanted to distract from the clubs fundraising efforts so we helped to promote these through all of our social media channels. But we have still been busy and have been using this time to prepare for the future and are delighted to now have an online membership platform ready to launch, automating many of the more time-consuming tasks involved in running the Trust, and will be able to communicate directly with members more easily in the future. When the new season is finally upon us we will be encouraging every Rovers supporter to use this platform to sign up as a Trust member, with our focus shifting from share ownership to supporter engagement.

We will also be catching up with governance activities after lockdown, having postponed our AGM until face-to-face meetings are once again permitted. In the event that restrictions remain in place long-term we will move this process to an online platform, but our preference is to meet with you in person. We’ve missed you all!

Remembering Bill Powrie

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

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 Trust AGM

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

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.

Win tickets for the Raith Supporters Trust Burns Night!

Monday, January 21st, 2019

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:

2018/19 Membership Renewals

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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.

Raith Trust Goes Contactless

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Raith Trust are making it even easier for fans to buy tickets for the upcoming Burns Night. Fans attending the home game against Ayr on Saturday can now make card payments at the trust table. The new facility takes all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express as well as contactless payments including Apple Pay or Android Pay. As well as the Burns Night tickets, you can also use the facility to pay membership fees or donations making it easier than ever to support the trust.

Trust Chair Receives Richard Lillicrap Award

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Alan Russell, chair of the Raith Supporters Trust, recently received the Richard Lillicrap Award for Outstanding Services to the Supporters’ Trust Movement. Alan is the first Scottish recipient of the award which was established to remember the legacy of Richard Lillicrap, a Board member at the Swans Trust who was passionate about helping supporters and Supporters Trusts with their aims and ambitions for representation within their club.

Alan received the award for his work in developing the SD Scotland Index, a document which offers transparency on who owns what within Scottish football and how clubs are engaging with their fans. The Index looks at the breakdown of ownership and governance at every SPFL club.

Alan said, “I was extremely surprised but very honoured to receive the Richard Lillicrap Award. In truth, my main motivation to begin the work on the SDS Index was to satisfy my own curiosity, but I am delighted that it has also proved to be useful to others in Scottish football.”

“Supporters Direct’s input was invaluable in expanding the scope of this work from ownership to also monitor the levels of engagement and transparency at our clubs, and we will continue to refine the Index and keep it up to date as (hopefully) clubs use this as a source of identifying best practice.”

Raith Supporters Trust Increases Investment In RRFC

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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

Courier article

Raith Supporters Trust AGM, 17th December 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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:
2013-14 Accounts
2014-15 Accounts
2015-16 Accounts