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Dorothy Wilson elected as the next Supporters’ Director

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Following a closely-contested election, the votes have now been counted and verified, and we would like to congratulate Dorothy Wilson on becoming our next elected representative to the board of Raith Rovers.

In total 341 votes were cast, 12 of which were submitted anonymously and could not be counted, and 3 from voters whose eligibility could not be confirmed. Of the 326 valid votes, two abstained and one expressed no preference. So the final result was as follows:

  • Steven Graham 150 (46.0%)
  • Dorothy Wilson 173 (53.1%)
  • No preference 3 (0.9%)

The calibre of the two candidates was incredibly high, and the willingness of both Dorothy and Steven to get involved with building a stronger club gives us great hope for the future.

Raith Supporters Trust: Working Together For A Stronger Raith Rovers

Friday, April 15th, 2022

The board of Raith Supporters Trust were appalled to read the interview with the club’s owner today. Having had 10 weeks to reflect on the David Goodwillie signing, it appears that he is deaf to the concerns of fans, and unrepentant about the damage caused to the club.

At a time when the club are preparing for a vital run of matches which could secure promotion to the Premiership this was not a welcome intervention. We stand against John Sim’s threat to close the club down, and we stand for every Raith Rovers supporter who believes in a strong future for a club at the heart of the Kirkcaldy community, one that we can be proud of and which cares about more than just football.

As always, we are committed to building this future, and believe passionately that supporters’ voices should be at the heart of our club.

Raith Rovers Supporters’ Director – Election Hustings

Monday, March 28th, 2022

An online “hustings” event, where you will have the chance to put questions to the two candidates to become Supporters’ Director and represent your interests at Starks Park, will be held next Monday.

Please submit your questions in writing, in advance, via chairman@raithtrust.org.uk – these may be put directly to Steven and Dorothy, or grouped with other similar questions if appropriate. If time allows, there may be an opportunity to ask “live” questions, but we hope that you appreciate that this may not be possible given the level of interest in this election.

Raith Rovers Supporters’ Director – Candidates Statements

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Following last week’s deadline for nominations for the post of Raith Rovers Supporters’ Director, we are delighted to announce that two excellent candidates have expressed interest in the role: Steven Graham and Dorothy Wilson.

A hustings event took place online on April 4th, with questions submitted in advance – you can view a recording of the event here (the 90 minute recording has been split into 6 sections):

2022 Hustings (1 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpKhPHz_6PE

2022 Hustings (2 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJthEVu9yLg

2022 Hustings (3 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6uuB0QYPs

2022 Hustings (4 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg0gvYbOEio

2022 Hustings (5 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqmFtDpgXZA

2022 Hustings (6 of 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQmHz132F2Y

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Nominations sought for the role of Supporters’ Director at Raith Rovers

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

The nomination process for the Supporters’ Director role at Raith Rovers FC is now open.

Andy Mill has resigned from the board of directors, and nominations are therefore sought from Rovers supporters interested in fulfilling the role. Nominations are therefore sought from Rovers supporters interested in fulfilling the role, by completing a nomination form and returning it by post or email to secretary@raithtrust.org.uk.

To carry out this role, candidates must be current adult members of any of the Raith Forum groups (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South, Fife’s Finest, The Neeburs Of Geordie Munro and Raith Supporters Trust) OR a Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

Details on the duties and responsibilities of the role can be obtained here.

Nominations, seconded by two members of Raith Forum organisations (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South, Fife’s Finest, The Neeburs Of Geordie Munro and Raith Supporters Trust) or by two Raith Rovers FC season ticket holders, should be received no later than Friday 18th March 2022.

In the event of more than one nomination being received an election will take place between Tuesday 29th March and Friday 15th April 2022.

GDPR compliance
The election will be administered by Raith Supporters Trust, on behalf of all supporters. For this purpose, names and email addresses (but no other personal data) will be shared by other supporters groups with the Trust, and deleted after the election is complete. If you do not wish to be included in the election process, please let the group you are part of know and they will remove your name from the voters list.

RRFC takes the first step to recover

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The events of the last 72 hours have been extremely difficult for all who hold Raith Rovers close to their heart. We welcome the fact that those in charge now recognise the magnitude of their mistake and that this player will no longer represent our club. It is the necessary first step in rebuilding trust and recovering from the significant damage caused to our football club.

If there is anything positive to be taken from the distressing events this week, it is the number of supporters and volunteers willing to stand up and be counted on this issue and the support expressed by fans of other clubs. The people who had the best interests of the club at heart throughout the last week have been fans. The Raith Supporters Trust would like to publicly thank everyone who took a stand and made their opposition clear. We believe that these individuals reflect the true values of our club.

It is important to remember that the headlines of the last three days will have caused significant pain to the victim involved in this case and many other victims of male sexual violence. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has suffered in this way. That our club inflicted this pain knowingly and has failed to apologise for it is unforgivable.

This highlights a fundamental weakness around the decision making process and ownership structure at our club. This is something that needs to be addressed urgently. We will be consulting with our members, other fan groups and the wider support about how best we address these concerns and restore our position as a genuine community club.

Disgusted Raith Legend withdraws from Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

League Cup winner Stephen McAnespie has today instructed his lawyer to write to Raith Rovers asking that he be removed from the clubs Hall of Fame.

“I am disgusted… Disgusted by the signing of that player by the club I love”

He went on, “I’ve coached here in the USA since 2002 with boys, girls and young people at every age group. I’ve coached several women who’ve gone on to play for the USA. I have been involved in football all my working life promoting being both better players and better people”

“We are role models. Young people look to football players and clubs for examples of how to play, to act and to live. I know and understand how important a clubs reputation is”

“My lawyer is issuing a statement today, it needs more of our guys to make a stand. I have a daughter and we all have females in our life. The club statement was embarrassing, whoever wrote it needs to step down and apologise”

“I’m beyond livid, I loved being proud of being a Rover”

“So many Raith fans are like me disgusted… They are stopping giving money to the club and many have contributed instead to the fundraiser for Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline. Supporting all victims of this sort of act, victims who will be upset and appalled by events at Starks Park”

“The fans, the volunteers, all those who have felt forced to step away or resign deserve better than this. Like so many who love the Rovers I am horrified and deeply upset by this episode. I’m disgusted…”

“I’m withdrawing my Hall of Fame membership with a heavy, heavy heart. I can’t be involved with an organisation that excuses that sort of behaviour”

David Goodwillie

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

The board of Raith Supporters Trust strongly oppose last night’s transfer deadline signing of David Goodwillie, which runs contrary to the values of Raith Rovers as an inclusive club at the heart of its community. When speculation about this transfer began in late December the reaction from fans, shareholders and sponsors was clearly stated, and the board of Raith Rovers Football Club must have anticipated the backlash this morning.

We will be at our usual meeting point in the South Stand concourse at Starks Park this evening for the match against Queen of the South, to listen to the views of our members and the wider support, in order that we can properly represent their views in discussions with the club. Those members and fans who can not attend can reach us to share their views regarding this signing via email: chairman@raithtrust.org.uk

Our focus has always been on the long term future of our football club, and we will continue to work together with others for a stronger Raith Rovers.

Ticket Prices for 2021/22 Season – good news for fans of the future!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

The Raith Supporters Trust welcome the recent announcement of Raith Rovers season ticket prices, which includes significantly reduced pricing for younger fans.

Trust Chair Alan Russell, speaking after the announcement of the coming season’s prices stated:

“Affordable pricing for young supporters is something we have been actively campaigning on for the last three or four seasons. We are delighted that the club has listened to the views of fans and set season ticket prices for Under 16s at a realistic, affordable level. Our research has consistently shown that the cost of bringing children along to Stark’s Park can act as a barrier to attendance and at one stage our under 16 season ticket prices were the most expensive in Scotland outside the Old Firm. That is why we are delighted at the £10 offer for young fans renewing and the club taking on board our suggestion of a discounted rate for those of primary school age.

“This is a definite win for families and younger supporters. We have seen fantastic developments in the match day experience for younger fans in recent years including the introduction of the Roary Club, which we are proud to have supported since it was first established. Affordable pricing for younger fans is the next step in developing the fans of the future and securing a strong Raith Rovers going forward.

“We were also pleased that the club invited us to help shape their pricing strategy, and while we believe that all tickets should be affordable, with prices increases kept to a minimum for all fans, we stressed four principles in our dialogue with the club:

  1. Pricing is an opportunity to grow the fan-base of the future – the more young fans attend regularly, the more adult fans we’ll have in the future.
  2. The number of fans we have now is not enough – we need to price RRFC in such a way that it attracts large numbers of new fans.
  3. Price increases should be focussed on those who can afford it most – and if a supporter stops attending temporarily for financial reasons, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever come back regularly.
  4. It’s great to reward fans for their loyalty, but most of them will be loyal regardless – giving them something extra may be a more meaningful way of saying thank you than giving them a discount.

“We hope that fans renew in large numbers, and that we also see many new faces at Starks Park when we return this season.”

RRFC Supporters’ Director Election: Update

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

The nomination process closed last week, and one nomination was received which met all of the eligibility criteria, so there will be no election. Andy Mill is duly confirmed as our Supporters’ Director for the next three years, continuing in the role he has held since 2018.

Thank you, Andy, for your continuing commitment to the Rovers.