Andy Mill is the new RRFC Supporter-Director Print This Post

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 Print This Post

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 Print This Post

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.

Bid Now To Win Jason Dair’s Club Blazer! Print This Post

Cup-winning club legend Jason Dair has made an incredible contribution to the Raith Supporters Trust’s Burns Night, which will be held this Saturday night at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy. He has donated his club blazer and tie, which was worn to the big games in his time with the club, including the Coca Cola Cup triumph and the UEFA Cup campaign which followed it.

This is a really special item for which we are immensely grateful to Jason. The blazer and tie will be auctioned off at the night, but we would also like to make it possible for those who cannot make it in person to bid.

Bids should be sent to chairman@raithtrust.org.uk by 7pm on Saturday night, the winning bid will be revealed then and will be subject to other bids from the room on the night.

Tickets are still available for the Burns Night at raithburns.brownpapertickets.com for £25 per person – Trust members can receive a £5 discount by using the offer code RABBIEMUNRO.

 

Raith Trust Goes Contactless Print This Post

The Raith Trust are making it even easier for fans to buy tickets for the upcoming Burns Night. Fans attending the home game against Ayr on Saturday can now make card payments at the trust table. The new facility takes all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express as well as contactless payments including Apple Pay or Android Pay. As well as the Burns Night tickets, you can also use the facility to pay membership fees or donations making it easier than ever to support the trust.

Burns Night 2018 Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust are delighted to announce their next event, the 4th Annual Raith Trust Burns Night!

The Burns Night will be held at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 27th January 2018.

The evening will consist of a 2 course Burns Supper, Piping in the Haggis, Address to the Haggis, interviews with some weel kent faces, music, poetry, readings, and of course the big Burns Night raffle and auction. Special guests will be announced shortly and there will be a few surprises on the night. Anyone that has been to the Burns Night events in the last few years will testify that this is a great night out – fun, football and culture all combined!

If you’d like to come along and perform  a reading, sing a song or anything else, come and see us at the Trust Table on match days or email us at events@raithtrust.org.uk and we’ll get you on the bill – we’re always looking for volunteers to stand up and perform a turn!

Tickets for this event are available to buy from the following sources:

For any queries, please contact events@raithtrust.org.uk

Tickets are priced as follows:

  • £25 per person
  • Discounted rate of £20 per person for Raith Trust members
  • £200 for a full table of ten

This is of course, also the ideal Christmas present for the Rovers in your life….

Aidan Sutherland Memorial Match Print This Post

On Sunday 22nd October, a memorial match will be played at Starks Park in aid of Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation. The match will be in memory of Aidan Sutherland, the young Raith Rovers fan who tragically died recently.

Kick-off is at 1pm, with entry costing £5 (under 14s can enter free of charge), and will be contested by Kirkcaldy YM and Steadings AFC. There will also be guest appearances from some well-known faces…

For tickets call 07539 729304 or 0800 612 2711, or email as5memorial@gmail.com

Please come along and enjoy the match, support a great cause, and remember Aidan.

Supporters Direct Scotland Announce New Structure Print This Post

Following the Supporters Direct AGM on July 2nd, Supporters Direct Scotland (SD Scotland) are pleased to announce SD members voted unanimously in favour of SD Scotland incorporating locally in Scotland.

The new organisation will be run and.directed from within Scotland and all football activity including SD Scotland’s work supporting Supporters Trusts and organisations, Supporter Liaison Officers and the Scottish Supporters Network will be transferred to this new organisation which is to be established and registered as a Community Benefit Society and owned by its Scottish members.

The new organisation will incorporate a new governance structure which will reflect the wide scope of its current activity and allow SD Scotland to serve its membership and mission with the SD Scotland Council becoming the Board of the new entity. The revised structure will also encourage and allow for individual membership and participation. The SD Scotland Council anticipate incorporation will allow SD Scotland to continue and grow the level of support and representation it offers fans and communities across Scotland.

SD Scotland are the fans representatives on the Board of the Scottish FA Congress and have been working with Scotland since 2003, assisting in the creation of over 30 community sport organisations in the process.

Andrew Jenkin, Head of SD Scotland, said: “This is an exciting time for SD Scotland. We’re undertaking a greater scope of work supporting fans and their representation within clubs than ever before. This decision will enable us to continue to grow the level and quality of activity we’re undertaking on behalf of our members and fans, with our influence and reach never greater”.

SD Scotland will continue to participate in the UK football agenda and will maintain a structured relationship with SD which sees both organisations extract the benefit of working together, but with autonomy. SD Scotland will be working through a transitionary process with the aim of having the new structure in place by the end of 2017.

Raith Rovers Takeover – an update Print This Post

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 Print This Post

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.