A strip to be worn with pride

Raith Rovers away kit 2014-15'McCrae's Battalion colours
Raith Rovers away kit 2014-15'McCrae's Battalion colours
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Raith Rovers will remember its players who served in the First World War with a special commemorative away strip next season.

The unique new kit breaks from traditional team colours to honour the sacrifice its players made during the Great War, the centenary of which is being remembered this year.

The strip features the colours of the Hunting Stewart tartan worn by the Royal Scots Regiment, while on the chest, there is a poignant one word message - ‘RemembeR’ - and a tribute to McCrae’s Battalion.

In 1914, seven Raith players - James H Logan, George McLay, Willie Porter, Willie Lavery, Jimmy Todd, Jimmy Scott and Jock Rattray - signed up to McCrae’s Battalion along with footballers from Hearts and several other clubs.

Three of those players - Todd, Scott and McLay - paid the ultimate sacrifice. Ten other Raith Rovers players also enlisted for service in other regiments.

Launching the new kit, club chairman Turnbull Hutton said: “The board has been considering a suitable way to mark this centenary in an appropriate manner so we have brought these two ambitions together with our new green and black strip.

“We hope that it captures the imagination of the Scottish footballing public and, through next season’s sports pages, that it ensures that we really do ‘remember’ the sacrifices of our players and so many others 100 years ago.”

The new strip has proved a huge hit across social media since images were released on Sunday evening, with the McCrae’s Battalion Trust describing it as a “truly fantastic move” on Twitter.

The strip should be available to buy in the spring.