Trust gives £1000 to club Print This Post

Cheque handover

John Mainland hands over cheque to director Dave Wann


Whilst most Raith fans were enjoying their half time pie or praying we could hold onto our 2-0 lead against Morton on Saturday outgoing Raith Trust board member John Mainland handed over a cheque for £1000 to Raith Rovers director Dave Wann.

The money represents the profits made from last summers beer festival and the sponsored triathlon Carol Smith (from Barcelona) did to raise money for the club. That makes a total of £6000 the trust has handed over to the club this season.

The trust board wishes to thank John for all his hard work with the trust where he has been a board member since the beginning. We are sure he will continue to be involved in the club and be seen at the trust table in the south stand.

Who Owns What? Print This Post

Five years ago we published our first summary of “who owns what” at Raith Rovers. At last night’s AGM we shared an updated version of this, which brings the data up to date and also tells the story of how the football club’s structure has evolved over the last 130 years.

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Thanks go to John Litster for granting us permission to use the historical financial data originally published in his excellent book “Always Next Year”. The figures for the years since its 2008 publication are taken from the accounts of RRFC Ltd, Raith Rovers Holdings Ltd, New Raith Rovers Ltd and Starks Park Properties Ltd – and all figures have been adjusted for inflation to 2012 prices.

This document is best viewed in large format – for best results click the link below and then print it out on A3 paper.

Who Owns What (2013)?

AGM on Monday 25th March at 7pm Print This Post

The AGM of the Raith Supporters Trust wil be held on Monday 25th March at 7pm in the Raith Suite at Starks Park. This is a chance to be updated on what has been happening over the last year and discuss the way ahead for Raith Rovers and the Trust. All welcome.

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Rovers to Help The Pars….off the pitch!! Print This Post

Raith Rovers announced last night that a donation will be made to the Dunfermline Athletic Steering Group immediately following this Staurday’s derby match. This is to help our neighbours and biggest rivals in their time of need as they fight to help their club survive.

The donation will be part of the gate receipts, from those Dunfermline fans in the north stand in excess of 2,000. A large crowd will therefore benefit both clubs this Saturday, and we encourage all fans from both sides of Fife to come along and bring as many others with them as possible. Let’s fill the stadium, and give both clubs a great pay-day.

In these days of “self preservation” it is rare to see such generosity in the face of our own financial difficulties, and the Raith Supporters Trust would like to thank and congratulate the board of RRFC for this tremendous gesture.

http://www.raithrovers.net/8024/rovers-to-help-the-pars-off-the-pitch.htm

Report from Fan Meeting on Reconstruction Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust attended the Fans meeting on League Reconstruction last night at Starks Park. It was an interesting and frank session with Turnbull Hutton and Eric Drysdale leading the discussion and a number of other Rovers Directors present. Below is a brief summary of the main points discussed:

The SFL have a ‘shopping list’ of issues they’d like to address in any reconstruction, namely:

  1. A single league body
  2. Fairer distribution of money
  3. An easing of the ground regulations to get into top flight (seats, undersoil heating etc)
  4. Voting rights being dominated by the Old Firm
  5. More promotion and relegation between divisions
  6. Number of teams in each division (bigger divisions, not playing each other 4 times)

The Board of RRFC felt that the 12-12-18 proposal meets all these except the last item on the above list.

  • The SPL and SFL will merge, this is not a takeover by one of the other
  • The Old Firm veto will end as the new league body will have 9 Directors: 3 from the Premier, 2 from the Championship, 1 from the National League, 2 Non-executive Directors and a Chairperson
  • There will be two automatic promotion spots from National League to the Championship, and a 6-team playoff between the bottom 2 in the Championship and those in positions 3-6 in  the National League
  • A pyramid has been proposed, but this is dependent on the SFA being able to get agreement with the non-league bodies to set up two national feeder leagues – It was felt this probably won’t happen in the short term.
  • SPL teams are giving up money in order to create a better model lower down the league structure. This means teams finishing in the top half of the Championship before the split receiving significantly more money than at present (an additional £419k for the winners). For example if Raith Rovers finished second again  they would receive an extra £352k on top of the current £90k
  • The other potential benefit to clubs lower down in the structure will be that any sponsorship or TV money over and above what is currently raised will trickle down to all 42 clubs, rather than being kept by the SPL clubs.
  • Ground regulations will be relaxed and will be handled more on a case-by-case common sense basis.
  • Promotion and relegation between Premier and Championship will be done through the “Middle 8 split” consisting of the bottom four teams from the Premier and top four teams from the Championship. The middle 8 would start with everyone on zero points potentially making it a more exciting ‘sprint’

The Board of RRFC felt that while 12-12-18 is not seen as ideal, it is really the only model on the table. Many other configurations have been discussed and researched, but could not be made to work financially. The club is concerned that if it doesn’t go ahead then the SPL will invite clubs into an SPL2 and do nothing to address any of the concerns on the shopping list.

They felt that while the proposals don’t deliver bigger leagues at the top end of the game they do mean that the majority of the 42 teams in Scotland will play a greater number of teams each season than they currently do. They see the current proposal as a window of opportunity to move forward, and the only option that will allow Raith Rovers to break out of its current financial situation. They recognise that it is not perfect, but believe it is the only way forward which is likely to be offered. While not perfect, going forward the single league body and change in voting rights mean that it will be much easier to change the make-up of the divisions in future if 12-12-18 is found not to be the right structure.

The session was well attended and we appreciate the RRFC Board giving us the chance to find out more about the proposals and put our views to the Board. If you have any thoughts then please let us know at chairman@raithtrust.org.uk

 

Clyde FC to be debt-free and self-sufficient in 2014 Print This Post

Great news from the Bully Wee – they’re making great strides towards putting their financial problems behind them. Congratulations to all involved there!
Club Debt Falls Below £100k

Trust Newsletter, February 2013 Print This Post

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Survey Shows Fans Unconvinced By League Shake-Up Print This Post

Our recent survey of Raith Rovers fans has shown that most still need convincing on the radical changes to Scottish football being discussed this week.

The survey of almost 300 Rovers fans showed that less than a quarter of fans support the move to a 12-12-18 set up splitting into three leagues of eight (23%). There was more encouraging news on other aspects of the proposals with the move to one league body and a fairer distribution of money in the game both strongly supported (88% and 98% respectively).

87% of fans didn’t feel adequately consulted by the football authorities.

Commenting on the results, Chairman of the Raith Supporters Trust Alan Russell said “I am hugely encouraged that there is agreement on a move to one league body and a fairer sharing out of money. These are two changes that would benefit both Raith Rovers and Scottish football.

Russell added ‘These results also show that there is a lot of scepticism amongst Rovers fans about the proposed league structure and a degree of frustration around the lack of proper consultation with supporters. The most disappointing thing about this whole debate is that yet again the views of fans seemed to have been ignored.  Over the last few years at Raith Rovers we have made great progress with fans and the club working together and fan representation on the Board of Directors. It is just a shame that the wider football authorities still haven’t woken up to the contribution supporters can make. Football is for fans and if those in charge listen to their views then Scottish football can have a much stronger future”.

You can view the full results here

We want your views on league reconstruction! Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust are keen to find out what Rovers fans think of the league reconstruction being proposed by the football authorities. We have put together a short online survey which you can access at the link below.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRFCfansurvey

The survey should only take five minutes to fill in as it is all tick the box questions and all responses are completely confidential.

We will be using the results to let the RRFC Board know how Rovers fans feel on this important issue.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a Supporters Trust member or not, we are keen to hear from as many Rovers fans as possible so please take the time to fill it in and tell as many fellow fans about it as possible. Your views are extremely important to us.

 

 

League Reconstruction – What Do You Think? Print This Post

A press conference was held yesterday at Hampden to announce the latest reconstruction plans. Read the article on the BBC website for more information on the key points:

  • SPL proposal is for a 12-12-18 structure
  • Top two leagues to split into three leagues of eight after 22 matches then play a further seven home and seven away games
  • Leagues will be called Premier Division, Championship and National League
  • Top eight teams to play for title and European places; middle eight to contest promotion and relegation in and out of Premier Division; bottom eight to decide who drops into National League
  • 11 out of 12 SPL clubs need to vote in favour of plans, while the proposal requires approval of 23 out of 30 SFL clubs
  • One league body to replace SPL and SFL

We’re talking with the Raith Rovers board to find out their thoughts on the proposal, and would also like to know the views of as many of our members as possible. Use the comments area here, our Facebook page, or come and talk to us at the Trust table in the south stand on match days.