RAITH Rovers supporters have been praised after digging deep to help their club cope with a financial black hole.
The Stark’s Park outfit were idle last weekend because of their bye to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and have seen Saturday’s home clash with Morton postponed because their opponents are on cup duty.
It leaves the Kirkcaldy club without a home match at three o’clock on a Saturday since against Hibs in the middle of October, with the recent encounters with Queen of the South and Ayr United taking place on a Saturday evening and Tuesday night, respectively.
With their next run out at Stark’s Park not scheduled until Dundee United visit in a fortnight’s time, chief executive Eric Drysdale has confessed Rovers’ income is below expected levels.
And he has hailed the actions of three fans’ groups who have stepped in with donations totalling £14,000 to help the club through a ‘difficult’ spell.
Drysdale said: “The board of directors would like to thank three supporters’ organisations for their generous financial support to the club at a time where cash flow has been badly affected by fixture postponements and reschedulings.
“With the club not having had a Saturday 3 p.m. home match since 15th October and the next one not due until 17th December, and with other matches being switched to unpopular times due to TV scheduling, the club is in the middle of a two-month period where income is well down on forecast.
“Supporters groups didn’t even wait to be asked for help by the board, they understood our difficulties and independently decided to make contributions that will make a real difference to their football club.
“It’s testimony to the strong relationship that exists between these organisations and the board that they have not hesitated to offer financial support to help get us through a difficult period.”
The Jim McMillan Club handed over a cheque for £4,000 last week and have been followed by a donation of £5,000 from the 200 Club and a further £5,000 from the Raith Trust.