News Round-Up from SD – 27/04/12 Print This Post

News from the football world, as selected by Supporters Direct.
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Raith Supporters Trust to sponsor Roary’s Lotto Print This Post

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? Print This Post

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 Print This Post

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!


Raith Supporters Trust AGM, 24th November 2011 Print This Post

Venue: Raith Suite, Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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Trust Board Meeting, 12th March 2012 Print This Post

Venue: Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Present: Alan Russell (AR), John Mainland (JM), James Proctor (JP) and Steven Lawther (SL)
by invitation Steve Wallace, Niall Russell and Blair White

Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC) & Tam Cunningham (TC)
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Pleased to welcome two new members on Board Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust has appointed two new Board members as we gear up for the next few years.  Rover’s fans Steve Wallace and Niall Russell are the new recruits while Blair White has stepped down after his second spell on the Raith Supporters Trust Board.

Niall and Steve have both been supporting the Rovers since the eighties so it is great to have another two real Rovers diehards on the Board of the Supporters Trust. Niall works as a Freelance IT Training Consultant and is involved in the running of the official Raith Rovers website, while Steve works as a buyer for a large supermarket chain and is a veteran of the Rover’s European adventure to the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Munich.

We’d like to thank Blair White for the effort he has put in over the last few years. Blair has done a tremendous job on the membership side of things and leaves us in a strong position with membership numbers up from four years ago. The more fans that join the Trust the stronger voice we have in influencing the direction of the club.

We will be announcing a few new initiatives from the Trust in the coming weeks so look out for the announcements. If you want to get involved in helping out the Supporters Trust in any way then please just get in touch.

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

Read the full article on the Supporters Direct website

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 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!