Oh When The Raith Go Marching In...

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Murray out, Laing in

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Former player/manager has left the club following a dispute with the Raith Rovers owners. Murray spent around 4 years at the club, making 106 league appearances in the process. His departure has triggered shock around the town of Kirkcaldy, with fans wondering what happened to cause such a surprising event.

So who's the new guy?


Kieran Laing was appointed immediately following Murray's resignation. Despite not having any previous experience at a football club, Kieran has been a life long Raith fan and believes he has got what it takes to turn the clubs' fortunes around.

"I've been a season ticket holder for 10 years. I've witnessed many highs and lows. I understand that fans are slightly wary of my appointment but as a local lad growing up here, I think my love for the club can bring some success. Our budget may be minimal and we might not have the best facilities, but I think the current group of players have what it takes to do well this season."

 

Kezza96

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Pre Season
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Let Assistant take friendlies
Some transfer activity
Couple of cup games

Transfers
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With a tiny wage budget and no transfer budget, there isn't much else to do other than loan players in or sign people on frees. So far, I have Louis Laing on loan(same surname as me!) and Eric Addo on a free. Both are Centre backs and one, if not both of them can fit in to the first team straight away. Was lacking in quality at the back anyway!

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Squad
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Hardly any depth at all so will need to dip into the transfer market a bit more.

Key Players
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Allan Walker will be the heart of the midfield for at least the next 2 seasons. As for strikers, Brian Graham is currently my best striker but Greig Spence is almost as good and only 20. Will be tough to choose as I will be playing one up front!


Future Stars?

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If my staff are correct, Reece Donaldson has the potential to become a leading SPL player. Not my first choice right back but I will give him some game time to help him develop.
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Challenge Cup
1st Round

Cowdenbeath 1-2 Raith Rovers
Spence(2)

Good win over our Fife and 1st division rivals.

League Cup
1st Round
Peterhead 2-1 Raith Rovers
S. Anderson
Huge disappointment to lose to a 3rd division side. We must do better than this.
 

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Good luck. Your squad may be low in depth but you can get trialists in for free 1-4 week cover as well as unlimited loans.
 

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Always had a soft spot for Raith since the days of Dalziel, Cameron etc and I distinctly remember their games against Bayern Munich. Never been to a game there but passed Starks Park on the train many a time!!!

Good luck.
 

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August

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Just a famous HT scoreline!

Decent start to the Season
More disappointement in the Cup
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Raith 1-0 Hamilton
Clarke

Happy with this, always good to get a season underway with a win.

Falkirk 1-1 Raith
Graham

Considering that Falkirk are one of the stroger teams in the league, a draw away from home is decent!

Raith 1-0 Livingston
Clarke

Clarke, for the second time already this season, pops up with the only goal of the game. 1 conceded in 3!

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Challenge Cup 2nd Round

Raith 1-1 Livingston (Livi win on penalties)
Graham

Frustrating, but hey-ho, still the Scottish Cup left.

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League Table
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Player of the Month
Pat Clarke
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Kezza96

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Always had a soft spot for Raith since the days of Dalziel, Cameron etc and I distinctly remember their games against Bayern Munich. Never been to a game there but passed Starks Park on the train many a time!!!

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Good luck. Your squad may be low in depth but you can get trialists in for free 1-4 week cover as well as unlimited loans.
Thanks guys!
 

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September

Raith Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline
Graham

Gutted, conceded in the 90th minute!

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Airdrie 0-0 Raith Rovers

Non event here, though we were the more likely team to possibly score.

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Morton 2-2 Raith Rovers
Graham (2)

Another draw!!! Went 2-1 up before conceding at around the 80 minute mark.


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Raith Rovers 2-1 Cowdenbeath
Hammill, Smith

Excellent! 2 late goals sealed us the win.

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Raith Rovers 6-0 Dumbarton
Graham (2), Clarke (2), G. Anderson, King

First comfortable win of the season. Rounded off another unbeaten month!

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League Table

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Player of the Month
Brian Graham

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October

Partick Thistle 0-2 Raith Rovers
Graham (2)

Excellent win against the team that was top of the league.
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Hamilton 0-2 Raith Rovers

Clarke, Hill

This is some start! Routine win.

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Raith Rovers 0-1 Falkirk

First defeat of the league campaign. Couldn't last forever.

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League Table
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Player of the Month
David McGurn
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November

Livingston 1-2 Raith Rovers

Clarke (2)

Got back to winning ways with a good away victory.

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Raith Rovers 1-0 Airdrie
Smith

2 disallowed goals in this match, before Smith scored in the last seconds of the game!

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Dunfermline 2-5 Raith Rovers
Graham, Clarke (2), G Anderson, S Anderson

Good to get one over your fierce rivals, and we did exactly that.

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Raith Rovers 4-1 Morton
Clarke (3), Graham

Clarke just can't stop scoring!

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Cowdenbeath 1-2 Raith Rovers
Clarke, Smith

Clarke gets his usual goal while super sub Smith secures the 3 points.

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Inverurie Loco Works 0-2 Raith Rovers

Graham, Spence

Win this cup tie with realtive ease. Complete domination.

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So, a pretty fantastic month overall, winning every game in my path. My strikers are starting to really perform now and thatnks to these wins I now hold a commanding position in the league table! Promotion is the aim and I am one step closer.
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League Table

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Player of the Month
Pat Clarke
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December

Dumbarton 4-1 Raith Rovers
Graham

We did have a cup game that lasted 120 minutes that may have been caused the players to be tired out for this game, but still unacceptable.

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Raith Rovers 3-2 Partick Thistle
Hamill, Clarke (2)

Clarke with his shooting boots on again, great win to get back on track.

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Raith Rovers 3-0 Hamilton
Clarke, G Anderson, Graham

A comfortable result. Things are really going my way!

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Raith Rovers 3-2 Livingston
Spence, Graham, Hill

We were 3-0 up and cruising, until they scored 2 late goals. Happy to hold on to another 3 points.

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Falkirk 2-2 Raith Rovers
Graham, G Anderson

Squandered a 2-0 lead here which was disappointing, but a point will do, I guess.

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Raith Rovers 1-1 Alloa
Clarke

Alloa 1-1 Raith Rovers (3-4 on penalties)
Graham


Well at least we are through, though I would have liked to wrap things up against the 2nd division outfit a little bit earlier. We play Livingston in the 5th round of the cup.

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So, apart from that loss against Dumbarton another solid month. Still going well in the league and getting far in the cup (Even though the games have been easy). Time to push on!

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League Table
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Player of the Month
Grant Anderson
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Kezza96

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Just back from a real Raith game (We won 2-1 :)) In a good mood and home alone tonight so I will try give you guys a few more updates tonight!
 

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January

Airdrie 1-3 Raith Rovers
G Anderson, Spence (2)

Expected a win and we delivered.
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Raith Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline
Hamill

Two goals in the last 10 minutes- a fair result.


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Morton 1-1 Raith Rovers
Spence

Another Draw -_-


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Partick 1-3 Raith Rovers
Graham, Spence, King

Excellent result against a team who I often struggle against on FM.

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Not a bad month but Falkirk just can't stop winning at the moment and too many draws can allow them to catch up!

League Table

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Player of the Month
Greig Spence
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Kezza96

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I will cetainly do February and possibly March updates later on.
 
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