It is great to see that our own enthusiasm has been matched by the first people we have shared our plan with.
Having been contacted by Andy Mill I popped in to see him before the recent Hibs game and was delighted by the clubs donation. The 200 club got us up and running as a fundraiser. This has also been a springboard for opening discussion with the Raith Rovers fans forum representatives and boy have they delivered in kind with each of the 5 groups getting behind me in terms of encouragement and financially placing their collective weight behind McCraes Battalion Trust cycle fundraiser.
The 5 groups are; The Raith Rovers Supporters club, Raith Rovers Down South, Raith Trust, Jim McMillan Club and the aforementioned Raith 200 club
The 200 club is a Raith Rovers institution: Fundraising for the club, entertaining home and away fans, hosting events to entertain and generally welcoming anyone who expresses a respectful interest in our team.
If you are local on match day pop in, you will meet good people and you might even bump into the manager or some of the players if they are in for a pint.
Manager and fans share a pint
Raith Supporters Trust was set up in 2001 to make sure that the voice of the Raith Rovers support is heard.
The Trust are a democratic organisation made up of ordinary fans of Raith Rovers FC. They work with the football club board and other fan groups to help make sure that Raith Rovers FC has a strong and stable future as a club at the heart of the community.
The Trust is the legal vehicle for the Raith Forum’s shareholding, which represents approximately 14% of the total shares in the companies which make up Raith Rovers. As a result the fans are now represented on the board of the football club with a ‘Supporters Director’ giving Raith fans a real say in the direction and running of the club.
Raith Rovers Supporters club
Raith Rovers Football Supporters Club was formed in 1926, the Supporters’ Club is a major shareholder in Raith Rovers F.C Holdings Ltd.
The aim of the club is to assist fans in their efforts to attend matches both home & away, and to encourage them to become involved in the club at times other than on match days.
Most people support “the team”, The Supporters’ Club also supports “the club”. Over the years we have received requests from The Rovers to assist in the purchase of equipment, and whenever possible we have been happy to oblige. During the Frank Connor years we helped with the purchase of suits for the players. We also stocked up the gym with up to date equipment for Jimmy Nicholl. The old shop at the rear of the main stand was converted into a laundry room with washing & drying equipment paid for by the Supporters’ Club. And during the much publicised “Save the Rovers” campaign, members of the Supporters’ Club spent many hours fundraising in shopping centres and supermarkets. In the last few years the Supporters’ Club have contributed over £100,000 to help in the running of Raith Rovers Football Club.
Rovers Down South
Raith Rovers fans who reside south of the border, many years on from when the London Rovers took their first faltering steps back in 1993 – the group now have 100+ Contact and host a whole host of events guided by their mission to support the club in as creative a manner as they possibly can. what have they done since ’93…..
• Sponsoring the Under 15/16 team
• Supporting the Kids’ sponsored tickets scheme with Barnardos
• Jersey sponsorship for first team players
• Sponsoring the Stramash beer festival
• Sponsoring Rock the Rovers
• House of Lords reception
• Ball sponsorship, Match sponsorship
• Legends 5s – with former players in the wilds of Woolwich – original home to Kirkcaldy founded Arsenal
Jim McMillan Club
Situated in the body of the Turnbull Hutton Main Stand the club offer a safe haven for its members to chew the fat over a pie and a pint while they develop their plans to support Raith Rovers.
The Jim McMillan Club was formed back in 1992 and was originally called the ‘Rovers Return’ Club. It’s name was changed the following season in honour of founder member and Rovers stalwart Jim McMillan who has since sadly passed away. Jim was a lifelong Rovers man who had been secretary of the 200 Club for many years and long time fund raiser for RRFC. Our club has some 50 members and since inception has raised £117,000 for Raith Rovers to help with day to day costs and youth development
The Raith forum has a voice at board level by appointment of the Supporters-Director whose role it is represent the investment of the Raith Rovers supporters in the running of the various companies:- Raith Rovers Football Club Ltd; Raith Rovers FC Holdings Ltd; and New Raith Rovers Ltd. The first responsibility is to act in the best interests of the company, as with any company director. Beyond this it is expected that the role will allow Raith supporters, primarily through the Raith Forum but also in other ways, to exert an influence in the direction and running of the club.
Equally important are the wider groups of pals, friends and buddies who get together to travel the length and breadth of the country to back the team. some groups evolve to the point where they regularly contribute to the season to season fabric of the clubs calendar.
One such group are “The Neeber’s O’ Geordie Munro” who are almost synonymous with the sponsoring of the last home game of each season (amongst others)
I was delighted by a message I received on the day the kit design was due to be sent of asking if they could join the wide list of kit sponsors. Given we had the kit sponsored it was even better as we added our pals name to the kit and were able to pass all monies direct to the MBT.