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2018/19 “Player of the Year” Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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!

WANTED: Supporter Liaison Officer for RRFC

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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. (more…)

Season Ticket Push!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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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RRFC Supporter-Director: Election Open

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Nominations for the position of Supporter-Director have now closed.

The Candidates

There have been four nominations submitted to serve in this role, they are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bill Gilby
  • Paul Gilfillan
  • Andy Mill
  • David Proudfoot

Further info on the candidates can be viewed below.

The Role

The successful candidate will 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. The position exists because of the ongoing collective investment that fans make through their supporters’ organisations.

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Voting opens today and closes at 10pm on Friday 1st June 2018.

To vote in this election, voters must be current adult members of any of the Raith Forum groups (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Supporters Trust) OR an adult Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

The election will be by Single Transferable Vote where each candidate is ranked from 1 to 4. This will allow people to express their full preference of the candidates. Voters will be able to cast their vote online; emailed instructions on how to do this will be sent out to all eligible individuals in the next 48 hours.

Those individuals who have not submitted an email address to any of the Forum groups (or Raith Rovers FC for season ticket holders) will receive a postal ballot form in the post in the next 3-5 working days.

Hustings Event

There will be an election hustings event on the evening of Monday 28th May, at 7.30pm in the Raith Suite at Starks Park, where voters will get a chance to hear the candidates speak, as well as an opportunity to put any question to the candidates.

 

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Nominations Sought For Raith Rovers’ Next Supporter-Director

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

The nomination process for the Supporter-Director role at Raith Rovers FC is now open.

The current Supporter-Director’s term of office has come to an end, Gordon Adamson is not standing for re-election but will stay in the role until a successor is appointed.

Nominations are sought from Rovers supporters interested in fulfilling the role.

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 and Raith Supporters Trust) OR a Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

Details on the duties and responsibilities of the role can be obtained by emailing:

secretary@raithtrust.org.uk

Nominations, seconded by two members of Raith Forum organisations (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Supporters Trust) or by two Raith Rovers FC season ticket holders, should be received no later than Friday 11th May 2018.

In the event of more than one nomination being received an election will take place between Monday 14th May and Friday 1st June 2018.

Raith Rovers Takeover – an update

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Since initially hearing about the proposed takeover of Raith Rovers by Starks Park Properties a fortnight ago, the board of Raith Supporters Trust have participated in further discussions to discover more about the detail of the deal. Whilst nothing concrete has been finalised, we feel that it is important to share as much of this information as we can with our members, and will continue to provide regular updates as we learn more.

The proposals by Starks Park Properties stress the importance of the club operating sustainably within its means, and being an asset for our community. The Trust share these principles entirely, and we welcome the opportunity of exploring how this can happen in practice. Football is not an industry in which financial prudence and responsibility are rewarded in the short-term – in most seasons the leagues are won by the highest spenders, and the culture of “speculate to accumulate” dominates. The proposals from Starks Park Properties do not yet address this challenge, and we look forward to seeing a business plan which demonstrates how Raith Rovers could buck this trend.

We are excited by Starks Park Properties’ ideas for developing our home, and look forward to discovering more about what is planned. Despite its limitations it is a unique football ground, and in any redevelopment we will be keen to see this unique character retained while it is modernised to help the club improve its commercial performance.

We have approached John Sim to initiate discussions that will help us understand more about the takeover proposals and the plans for the club, but have not yet managed to speak directly with him. We believe there is broad alignment between how he would like to see the club operate and what we would like, and also hope there is some scope for flexibility in how any takeover happens. As we made clear in our statement last week, we believe in shared ownership of football clubs and observe that the most common route to clubs’ demise is when a single individual takes control – regardless of their intentions or the robustness of their initial plans. Football can be a precarious business, and we will strive to ensure that permanent structural safeguards are incorporated in any deal that takes place in the coming months.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about the proposed takeover, please post them in the comments section of this post or come and speak to us at the Trust’s information point at our next home match.

Possible takeover at Raith Rovers

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

The Raith Supporters Trust have been advised of the initial discussions between Starks Park Properties Ltd and New Raith Rovers Ltd regarding the proposed changes of ownership at the football club. We share the concerns of the boards of both companies that the football club must live within its means sustainably and play a long-term active role in the Kirkcaldy community. Relegation has brought additional financial pressure to the club, which was already struggling to thrive in challenging economic circumstances.

We intend to play as active a role as possible in ensuring that Raith Rovers navigates these challenges, and are open to discussing how best to achieve this. Supporters trusts will always be wary of situations where one individual can control the direction of the clubs we love; even with owners who have the best of intentions we have seen the dangers of this model play out in front of us. In our discussions over the coming weeks we will stress the need for permanent safeguards to be built into the structure of the club and its associated companies to protect Raith Rovers against this.

The supporters’ place on the board of the football club exists due to the hard work and generous financial contributions of Raith Rovers fans over the years. The Trust’s shareholding is owned on behalf of all supporters, whether they are members of the Trust, other supporters groups, or just as individual supporters whose contributions helped us to secure our voice in the Starks Park boardroom. We believe that it is imperative that the Raith Rovers supporters’ voice continues to be heard and that the wishes and concerns of the fans are fully considered in any changes to the structure and direction of the football club.

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

David McGurn Testimonial Pool Afternoon

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

mcgurnAs 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