Archive for April, 2012

News Round-Up from SD – 27/04/12

Monday, April 30th, 2012

News from the football world, as selected by Supporters Direct.

Raith Supporters Trust to sponsor Roary’s Lotto

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Steven Lawther, Roary and Alan RussellWe are delighted to announce that the Raith Supporters’ Trust have agreed to sponsor Roary’s Super Lotto for one year, with a view to extending this for a further year. We are doing so in partnership with Red Circle Communications a company owned by Trust Board member Steven Lawther. The sponsorship will benefit the club and help raise the profile of the Supporters’ Trust and the work we do amongst fans and the wider Kirkcaldy public.

Announcing the deal, Raith Supporters Trust chair Alan Russell said “Like all Rovers fans, we want to help make sure that the club is on a more secure financial footing and our sponsorship of the community lottery demonstrates our commitment to both the Football Club and the people of Kirkcaldy.  These are difficult financial times for all football clubs in Scotland and only by the club and supporters working together can we help build a strong Raith Rovers.

Steven Lawther, Managing Director of Red Circle Communications said, “This is an exciting opportunity to put something back into the club that I have supported for the last thirty years.  I am delighted to be able to sponsor the Lottery in partnership with the Raith Supporters’ Trust.  I have only been on the Raith Supporters Trust Board for a few years but I have seen the hard work and effort the Trust Board put in and the important role they play in making the voice of fans heard. Football is nothing without fans and the work the Raith Supporters’ Trust and other fan groups do makes a real difference to the club.”

The Supporters Trust will be handing out our latest newsletter at the match this coming Saturday or you can pick one up at the Trust table in the South Stand.

Financial Fair Play – a model for Scotland?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Football League in England have agreed a Financial Fair Play framework that will come into force next season, with sanctions being introduced in 2 years time. Would you like to see something similar north of the border?

Our long term future is as a community club

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There have been press reports that the team that are talking to Queen of the South about a possible takeover also approached Raith Rovers.

While new investment in Raith Rovers is always to be welcomed it is important that we don’t chase finance with no thought to where it is coming from. The lessons from Claude Anelka situation and the current position at Rangers should be a reminder that not all new investment is in the long term interest of football clubs.

The best way to secure the long term future of Raith Rovers is as a community club run with fans being listened to and having a say in the future direction of the club. The Trust will continue to work with the current board of Raith Rovers FC to ensure that we build towards a stronger and stable Raith Rovers in future. The first step in doing that is securing our First Division status in the next three games so let’s get right behind the Rovers!