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.
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.
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.