The Fans’ Plan for the Future of Scottish Football Print This Post

Supporters Direct Scotland, the voice of football supporters’ trusts in Scotland, today publishes The Fans’ Plan – key recommendations to shape the future of Scottish league football based on the results of supporters’ surveys over the past two years and a detailed analysis of the issues facing the game.

The Fans’ Plan calls for:

  • greater competition within Scottish league football structures
  • equal funding for each team in a league
  • support for clubs by central league management to increase the average attendance over a season of 20% by 2016, and achieve an average stadium capacity utilisation of 65% within 10 years
  • two leagues of 16 teams, and a qualifying league of 10
  • re-introducing the League Cup, with a mini-league qualifying format structured on a geographical basis with four teams in each group
  • improved training and professional development for all players including greater use of Modern Apprenticeships and post-career planning
  • the establishment and implementation of a strong club licensing scheme

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Sportsman’s Brunch Print This Post

The Backroom Boys at Stark’s Park are holding their 4th Sportsmans Brunch on Sunday 11th March, 1pm at the Gilvenbank Hotel, Glenrothes.

Guest Speakers include Paul Reid and Les Peters, and kit manager Brian Marr welcomes all members of the Raith Rovers family along to join in the fun and to help fundraise for the Backroom Boys.

Tickets are £25 (which includes a 3 course meal) and can be purchased from the office by coming and paying the money/cheque or calling Laura Jarvis on 01592 263514 to book the place.

Tribute to Frank Connor and Rovers legends of the 1987 Promotion season and beyond! – Friday 2nd March Print This Post

Raith Rovers Former Players’ Association and Rovers Down South have got together to organise a unique tribute to former manager Frank Connor and the players of the successful 1987 promotion winning team, and Frank’s players up until 1990 in a reunion event to be held on Friday 2nd March, the day before Rovers Down South sponsor the match against Morton.

Frank Connor who did so much to lay the foundations for Jimmy Nicholl’s glory years, will be joined by a host of stars – Hamish McAlpine, Gordon Arthur, Jock McStay, Paul Sweeney, Gary Voy, Eric Archibald, Shaun Dennis, Billy Herd, Colin Harris, Andy Harrow, Gordon Dalziel, Ian Gordon, Ian Ferguson, Billy Spence, John Wright… with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Ally Gourlay said “This occasion is very unique, and while most people regard the ’94 Cup Winning side as the greatest ever, and rightly so, it should also be remembered as a culmination of what Frank Connor started back in 1986. Never in 25 years have Frank’s charges got back together, and who knows when it may happen again.”

The event takes place at the Abbey Hotel, Milton Road, Kirkcaldy from 7.00 pm. There are a limited number of tickets available for supporters to say thanks to these great club servants. The £20 ticket includes a 3 course meal, a Q&A session, and an auction of Rovers memorabilia. There may also be video footage of Frank’s Rovers on display on the night. Any proceeds will go towards RDS sponsorship of the U17s and Rally Round Rovers.

Tickets are sure to sell fast – to reserve your seat or if you have any queries please contact roversdownsouth@hotmail.co.uk. Tickets should also be available via the various Supporters’ groups that make up RRR.

So join us and a host of Rovers legends for a special night out. Let’s Rally Round The Rovers, past and present!

Decembeard extends into Januhairy Print This Post

Two members of the Trust Board have been taking part in Decembeard which has involved not shaving for the whole of December. John and Steven have been collecting sponsorship all month and the total money raised will be split evenly between Raith Rovers FC and Maggies. The guys have agreed to extend their hairy period for an extra two days to take in the Dundee game on January the 2nd.  So there is still a chance to sponsor John or Steven and help raise some vital needed funds for the Rovers and for Maggies. They will be at the Supporters Trust table in the south stand and any last minute donations are welcome!

News Round-Up from SD – 16/12/11 Print This Post

News from the football world, as selected by Supporters Direct.
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Barnardo’s backs young Rovers ticket scheme Print This Post

A scheme that provides free match tickets to young people around the Kirkcaldy area has received the backing of Barnardo’s Scotland. The initiative which has been running for three years was set up by Rovers Down South, a group of Rovers exiles based south of the border and has been supported by the Raith Rovers Supporters Trust. It distributes around 40 free tickets each season and many children and young people who have benefited from the scheme are from disadvantaged backgrounds in the local community and may not normally get the chance to support their local team.

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News Round-Up from SD – 02/12/11 Print This Post

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Decem-beard! Print This Post

A number of Rovers fans (including Trust board members John and Steven) are participating in “Decem-beard” to raise funds for the Rally Round Rovers campaign. If you would like to join them, please download a sponsorship form below and let one of them know at the Trust information point in the South Stand on matchdays. Alternatively you can contact Andy Campbell of the 200 Club (andycam8@hotmail.co.uk) and register through him.

Decembeard sponsor form

Some events coming up Print This Post

There are a few Rovers related events over the next few weeks which need your support to raise as much money as possible for Rally Round Rovers.

The 200 Club are organising a race night at Charley’s on Dunearn Drive on Friday 25th November. The first race is at 8.00pm but get along earlier to choose your horses and have a flutter!

The Big Fundraising Gig is on Sunday 27th November at Kittys with  5 bands and 3 comedians. Get along between 2.00 and 9.00pm and celebrate the anniversary of Rovers winning the Coca Cola Cup.

On Monday 28th November there is a Poker Night at Styx starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome including beginners wanting to try out their Poker face!

 

All these events are organised by the fans and are raising money for our club so please try and get along to support them if you can.

Supporters Put Their Trust In McGlynn Print This Post

Raith Supporters Trust has marked the anniversary of John McGlynn’s first five years in charge of Raith Rovers by presenting him with a framed collection of photos from some of his finest moments.

(Photo copyright: Fife Free Press)

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