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.

Trust Chair Receives Richard Lillicrap Award Print This Post

Alan Russell, chair of the Raith Supporters Trust, recently received the Richard Lillicrap Award for Outstanding Services to the Supporters’ Trust Movement. Alan is the first Scottish recipient of the award which was established to remember the legacy of Richard Lillicrap, a Board member at the Swans Trust who was passionate about helping supporters and Supporters Trusts with their aims and ambitions for representation within their club.

Alan received the award for his work in developing the SD Scotland Index, a document which offers transparency on who owns what within Scottish football and how clubs are engaging with their fans. The Index looks at the breakdown of ownership and governance at every SPFL club.

Alan said, “I was extremely surprised but very honoured to receive the Richard Lillicrap Award. In truth, my main motivation to begin the work on the SDS Index was to satisfy my own curiosity, but I am delighted that it has also proved to be useful to others in Scottish football.”

“Supporters Direct’s input was invaluable in expanding the scope of this work from ownership to also monitor the levels of engagement and transparency at our clubs, and we will continue to refine the Index and keep it up to date as (hopefully) clubs use this as a source of identifying best practice.”

First SD Scotland Index on Governance and Ownership Released Print This Post

Supporters Direct Scotland (SD Scotland) have released the findings of their first index into the governance and ownership of clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

The index builds on a Working Group Report on Supporter Involvement in Football Clubs (made up of the SFA, SPFL, Supporters Direct Scotland, Scottish Government and Sportscotland) which provided recommendations on reducing barriers to further involving fans within their clubs. Some of these recommendations were ultimately not accepted or pursued by clubs, but are still regarded by SD Scotland as good practice, and have been used as the basis for the SD Scotland Index.

Raith Supporters Trust are proud to have played an integral role in developing the SDS Index, building on our “Who Owns What?” research into the structure of Raith Rovers

The SDS Index can be viewed here.

5 Days Left To Complete The 2017 Scottish Football Supporters Survey! Print This Post



Go to http://www.scottishsupporters.net/complete-the-2017-scottish-football-supporters-survey/ to add your views to the survey, and by submitting your email address along with your response you could win 2 tickets to the Scotland vs England match at Hampden on 10th June!

Raith Supporters Trust Burns Night – 28th January 2017 Print This Post


The Raith Trust are delighted to announce the date for our 3rd Burns Night fundraiser.

The 2017 Raith Trust Burns Night will take place on Saturday 28th January at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy.

There will be a traditional Burns Supper, and the evening will include a number of Burns recitals from some weel kent faces as well as our special Raith Trust Raffle & Auction. Val McDermid has kindly agreed to be our main speaker for the evening and we hope to announce some more special guests over the coming weeks.

Tickets cost £25 per person, with a £5 discount for Raith Trust members (contact us to get the top secret discount code for online sales!) and anyone wishing to book a table of ten will be able to book a table for £200 – a £50 saving. Please note that we can only offer one of these savings with any purchase.

Tickets can be bought through the following methods…

Online – http://raithburns.brownpapertickets.com

At the Raith Supporters Trust AGM next Saturday (17th December), at the Trust table in the South Stand concourse at the home matches v Dundee Utd (17th December), Dunfermline Athletic (2nd January), Falkirk (7th January) and the cup tie v Hearts (22nd January).

All other queries should be directed to events@raithtrust.org.uk

Raith Supporters Trust Increases Investment In RRFC Print This Post

Keen-eyed Trust members will already know that we increased our investment in the football club last week. Mindful of the impact of Saturday’s postponement, and of the fact that this is typically a time of year when the club’s cash-flow is stretched, we chose to invest a further £5,000 in New Raith Rovers Ltd.

We were delighted to see the Jim McMillan Club and the 200 Club make similar contributions to the football club, and hope that our combined efforts – and the non-financial contributions of other supporters groups and individual volunteers – help the club through to the new year when we we have a more favourable run of fixtures.

RRFC website article

Fife Free Press article

Courier article

Raith Supporters Trust AGM, 17th December 2016 Print This Post

Our next Annual General Meeting takes place at 1.15pm on Saturday 17th December in the Adam Smith Centre, Kirkcaldy. This AGM will present the last 3 years Trust accounts for your review, and will be followed by a more informal session to discuss a number of fundraising initiatives.

If you cannot attend and require any vote to be cast on your behalf, please contact me to request a Proxy form.

The formal business of the AGM will commence at 1.15pm. As normally happens at our AGMs, two of our board members will be standing down on rotation. Both have indicated their willingness to be considered for re-election, alongside any member who wishes to stand for election. Fresh blood on the Trust board is always welcomed, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in becoming more involved in the Trust to come forward at this point, at the AGM or at any point in the future.

Accounts can be viewed at the following links:
2013-14 Accounts
2014-15 Accounts
2015-16 Accounts

Who Owns What? Print This Post

Click here to explore the current analysis of Raith Rovers’ ownership.

Click here to explore more detail of Raith Rovers’ attendances.

In 2008 we published our first summary of “who owns what” at Raith Rovers, and since then we have continued to update this to incorporate changes to the ownership structure and trends in the club’s performance on and off the park.

Click here to download a PowerPoint file which shows how the structure of Raith Rovers evolved over the last 35 years. If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft.

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 Raith Rovers FC Ltd, Raith Rovers Holdings Ltd, New Raith Rovers Ltd and Starks Park Properties Ltd – and all figures have been adjusted for inflation to current prices.

TRI-ing for the Rovers 2016 Print This Post

tri-ingFor the fifth successive year, Barcelona-based Trust member Carol Smith is taking part in a triathlon this weekend in order to raise funds for the Raith Supporters Trust.

This year, she is swimming 1.9km, cycling 90km, and running 21km – her furthest distance yet. Please give generously to support her, using the link below!

Read more about Carol’s challenge here.




“Four Men, One Cup” win second cup! Print This Post

Four Men, One Cup, Seventy Points, and Seven Raffle Prizes

Four Men, One Cup, Seventy Points, and Seven Raffle Prizes

At our fourth annual quiz night, reigning champions “Four Men One Cup” fought off stiff competition to retain their trophy. They now have two cups and will have to change their name. For the second year running they also declined their cash prize, and we would like to publicly thank them for their generosity and congratulate them for their wit and intelligence.

A capacity crowd formed 12 teams, with five of the RRFC board represented in two of the teams; and first team squad members Kevin McHattie, Joel Coustrain, Yaw Osei and Andreas Thorsen forming another RRFC team along with goalkeeping coach Wayne Henderson.

Scoring was unbelievably close right until the end, with 3 points separating the top 4 teams after 10 rounds. The RRFC players almost lifted top prize, until an arithmetical error was uncovered on their scoresheet! The highlight of the quiz was the now infamous “career paths” round, although it was slightly less cryptic than in previous years.

The booby prize (aka The Jim Leishman Memorial Trophy) went home with a team from the local SNP constituency office. For some reason they seemed delighted with the prize.

A straining raffle table was cleared at the end of the night, with the proceeds contributing to a very healthy profit of £525 for the evening.

The board of the Raith Supporters Trust would like to thank everyone who attended, and also those who contributed raffle prizes. Thanks also to the team behind the bar in the Raith Suite, and last but definitely not least Steve Wallace for compiling the quiz and compering the event.