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Get the picture?

I attended the Raith Rovers v Dumbarton SFL division one game yesterday.

Starks Park Kirkcaldy is one of several monuments to the frankly barmy SPL. A 10,000 seater stadium which has never, and will never hold a capacity crowd.

Dunfermline, Livingston, Airdrie and Partick Thistle all have similar follies.

Yesterday’s attendance at Raith was just over 1,300.


“Spread out and make it look busy”

Quite how this level of support is deemed sufficient to maintain a full time playing staff I just don’t know

And yet the administrators (sic) of the game in Scotland are running around like headless chickens precisely to try to keep clubs like the ones mentioned, full time.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who were second in the SPL at the time, attracted only 2,529 to their game against Kilmarnock in midweek.

Stark Choice

When business is tough, the first thing any sensible owner does is to try to maximise his income. Once every avenue and possibility for that has been explored, then he must look at his costs and try to modify them so that the business, by living within its means, can continue.

But We are All Crazy Turnbull Hutton….

However the path that Scottish football is on is to try to find a way for clubs like Raith to continue chasing a crazy, unattainable dream, and to continue living beyond their means doing it. The starting and finishing point of the proposed reconstruction in the game is apparently to keep the middle ranking clubs full time.

It won’t work.

It’s the economy stupid.


5 Responses

  1. The last time I was at that ground a few years back, there were over three times the amount of people at the game than attended yesterday. It was a (new) second division game versus East Fife.

    I believe that there were 5600 at the, in my opinion, wonderfully untouched, Cappielow yesterday.

    I cling to the sliver of hope that there is interest waiting to be generated in the Scottish game outside the Old Firm but…ach, what’s the point.
    Whatever needs to be done, we can be sure the administrators will do the opposite.

    • Aye Bobby, the East Fife game you speak of was of course a local derby and exceptional from that point of view. Similarly the Morton v Thistle game was the top two in the league and another exception which proves the rule. There is interest in the game outside the Old Firm – very much so, but the vanity project of full time football indulged in by the middle ranking clubs is threatening the viability of such interest.

  2. Raith Rovers will finish this financial year by returning a profit, will we?

    • Depends who we are, but no matter who it is, there is a fair chance that the answer is no.
      I believe that Raith have been cutting their cloth accordingly and have both part time and full time players in the squad.

  3. Well, I sat next to you Rab, and I’m still not convinced there were even as many at the game as reported.

    It is of course the economics of the madhouse, one which sees entry to aformentioned game being £17 per adult, a situation which can only result in a further eroding of the customer base.

    I note Tam Cowan is banging on about this in The Record, but to be honest I’ve felt for some time that clubs are basically now down to the hardcore support and even free admission wouldn’t dramatically alter things.

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