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Armagh Rover



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2023 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe just maybe an olive branch might be offered to the Womens team and accepted
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2023 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it that the majority of the previous directors, up to yesterday and including the two ladies, one of whom was the Supporter's representative, have now departed from the boardroom?
Interesting times indeed.🤔
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2023 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

embow wrote:
I take it that the majority of the previous directors, up to yesterday and including the two ladies, one of whom was the Supporter's representative, have now departed from the boardroom?
Interesting times indeed.🤔


Nothing mentioned on that front. My notes:

Raith TV Interview with John Sim, Andrew Barrowman and Ruaridh Kilgour, 5 May 2023

- 0:00 -

Discussing the group and how the contacts came about:

JS - Confirms Ruaridh was the "grandson" he mistakenly referenced, actually a son. Goes on the mention Kelty's development of Community Spaces

JS - Steven MacDonald wanted recruitment, which resulted in Allan Halliday joining, Allan had the Kelty contacts.

JS - Colin Smart was out until his wife relented in January.

JS - Ruaridh was involved all across football, especially during COVID (ticket scheme), and brings many contacts while having been involved with the club for years.

JS - Barrowman is well known for his Pars time, but was the Joma Rep for Raith for several years, so was well known.

JS - Dean Mckenzie has the passion, but is also very shy (Raith TV later accepted the challenge of getting an interview).

JS - Investemtn had been stagnent for a while, the plastic pitch only happened becaise Sinton took the charge to get it done.

JS - Time > Money. His absence handicapped the Board, which hasn't properly functioned for at least a year.

JS - The 2005 Supporters Document is basically much of what Dean and Andrew are going to be doing. it's about:

     Sustainability

     Part of the Community

     Best Team

     Football Pathway

     Community Club link to the Football Club

JS - Referenced a "squad in transition"

- 9:05 -

Andrew Barrowman

AB - Day to day CEO. Growth and Development remit, lots of change over time (stages), passion and energy now. Understands both sides since he's been both a player and an administrator.

- 11:50 -

Ruaridh Kilgour

RK - Social Media, on a consultancy basis versus day to day. Runs one of the largest Social Media companies in U.K. and Brazil. Lifetime links to RRFC with involvement.

- 14:30 -

Others in the group:

- Steven MacDonald, Chairperson - "Talk is cheap, we want to be judged on our actions and outcomes"

AB - Talk is easy, but action is where its at. Everything will be staged, but the fans can expect a "remarkable difference" when they get back to Starks Park next year.

- Colin Smart, Vice-Chair

RK - Everyone in the group has expeience and is putting money and time in.

- Dean Mckenzie, General Manager

AB - Most driven individual I've ever met. The Kelty to Raith move is more of 10 years with an individual load there and a new challenge here. At Kelty, the drive did it more than money. "Knowing what good looks like".

JS - Story on Dean, he was out at 7AM lining the pitch at Starks Park years ago, before being really involved, just to save the club £500.

- Allan Halliday, Football Operations Manager

AB - Allan's involvement is as a football nut, a "get things done guy". Will be the contrat with SPFL and SFA, God help him.

- 21:35 -

What's happening:

JS - Plans have been here for a long time, but nothing has happened. Those plans have been reviewed, updated, prioritized and scheduled.

RK - 1) New hospitality will be placed in the Main Stand, downstairs, through the back, in the old physio area, 80 or so capacity.

RK - 2) New Players Areas A) Home Changing Rooms redone B) Away Changing Room moves to old Boardroom C) New physio area in old Away Changing Room area.

AB - 3) Significant changes to Pratt Street facade to improve apperance/attractiveness.

AB - 4) Fan experience/hopitality investment (not a huge amount of money, staged improvements)

AB - The basic Player facing area changes will happen immediately, due to the season break.

JS - The Raith Suite lacks disabled access. It would require 3 elevators if you include the new hospitality for full access. This new areacan allow the Community Foundation to generate club revenue in excess of match hospitality in the new area. Paul Wilson is consulting on revenue ideas.

RK - There is discussion of reloacting the Club Offices to the hill area, replacing the offices with a Sports Bar/Club Bar and then a possible food kiosk below that serving "street food" (Colin Smart's idea).  This would have the benefit of the school kids heading to Morrison's for lunch as a potential initial customer base, with a 7 days a week plan going forward.

JS - Reassured the "missing top soil" is stored and will be replaced in a new rememberance garden. Noted Bob Farmer suggested a chippie in the North Car Park years ago.

- 31:20 -

Big Picture:

AB - The focus is more on infrastructure than playing budget, investing. Creating an investment is a long term proposition/project.

RK - We are looking at improving the match day experience. Need to engage the South Stand "Ultras" and create an atmosphere at home ("shouting, singing and swearing"). Engage the younger fans and schools.

- 35:40 -

Season Tickets and News:

RK - U-12 Season tickets will be free.

AB - More exciting news soon.

RK - New website, ours is hamstrung by being produced on a shoestring budget. Improve social media (TikTok, better YouTibe channel, etc.).

- 37:50 -

Playing Budget:

AB - This whole situation has been hard on players and the manager. We started a few weeks ago offering contracts, there are live offers out, there has been external recruitment, and there will be transition/changes.

JS - Competative/Healthy playing budget, absolutely as I understand it talking to other directors. 21-22 was a 50% increase on the 20-21 player budget as a one off to reach promotion. JMcG understood this was a one off, and at the end of the season elected to move on. Andrew is scouting and player backgrounds, Allan is contracts.

- 40:40 -

John Potter:

AB - John Potter is coming in a Technical Director with a remit in recruitment, medcial/sports science and data analysis. Final decision lies with the first team manager, but we need a structure in place beyond the managers (often short) time spans.

- 41:55 -

Player Pathway:

JS - A player pathway to replace Fife Elite and the Reserve League teams will be necessary. Potter will work with the Community Foundation on that.

JS - We need a competative Ladies Team back, part of Andrew's role. 

AB - Local kids playing football with a pathway from the Community Club to the team is needed, but not a "B" team, but some transfer between the groups. Will not occur next season, it's too soon. Again, thats part of Potter's job.

- 44:50 -

Commercial Lead:

RK - Greg McEwan joining as Commercial Manager. He left Hibs, in that role, to start his own consultancy, and is working with Raith in addition to that. He's been in place for the last 3-4 months.

JS - He is looking at the National market in addition to the Local market. Mentioned John Reed pushed U-12 for free for years without success. It can help involve Primary Schools and Youth Clubs in the "catchment area" and might need to include plans for a couple of transferable adult season tickets few to herd groups of kids.

- 47:55 -

What is success in the short term...23-24:

AB - That the Club fans are proud of us.

RK - Deliver on promises.

JS - Sort the football side, support yhe manager, get the right players in, support the backroom staff.

AB - Culture throughout the club, "What does good look like".

- 51:25 -

Parting message:

AB - Come with us, we need everyone.

RK - Apprehension with change is understandable. "Belonging", leaving no one behind. If you have ideas, reach out to us.

AB - "Tonight might be the last game of the season, but it's also the first game of next season." 
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2023 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, basically, we’ll be allowing young kids in for free, giving out free drums, and paying for it from the Balwearie High School kids’ lunch money? Interesting strategy 😂
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2023 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That post was longer than Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly...
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was quite critical of this takeover but admittedly and obviously didn’t know much about the detail. I’m encouraged by the new ideas especially making SP open 7 days. The sports bar idea is great.

Only criticisms so far would be that there’s a hint of too many back room people perhaps with competing agendas. Too many chiefs maybe? And also what these individuals will cost the club.

What draws fans and revenue is the product on the pitch, appreciate the building of foundations and sustainability within this but this is what will drive up income.

Good luck to the new board and thanks to John Sim. Good to see Raith fans on the Raith board.

Keep Tom Lang if at all possible
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So who owns the stadium now?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolfman Jack wrote:
That post was longer than Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly...

I don't give a damn for his post but he still didn't answer my basic question which he quoted.🥴
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where exactly is this 'street food' stall going to be located and is there any chance that the council will turn down the relevant permits/licences for it to operate?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castle wrote:
Where exactly is this 'street food' stall going to be located and is there any chance that the council will turn down the relevant permits/licences for it to operate?


Under the current Club Offices location. Who knows, but I’d expect this was already explored with the council.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castle wrote:
Where exactly is this 'street food' stall going to be located and is there any chance that the council will turn down the relevant permits/licences for it to operate?


Bottom of the currently dug up hill I think with the offices on top, probably accessed from the top of the ramp up to Starks.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No mention of the existing Board members but I would be amazed if the consortium made a misstep such as returning to an all male Board, especially so soon after the previous lack of diversity was highlighted and had been addressed to some extent.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not?

Surely the board make up is based on what someone brings to the table and their experience
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vinnie wrote:
Why not?

Surely the board make up is based on what someone brings to the table and their experience


This.
Gender, race or religion are irrelevant unless you are a box ticker. What matters is can they do the job. I don't care what you look like, what you believe in, can you do what you are employed to do.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2023 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be amazed if the fans rep was jettisoned.
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