Raith ready for oppponents in next round of Donate A Ticket cup competition

Raith Rovers have learned their opponents in the next round of the Donate A Ticket Scottish Cup.
Ruaridh Kilgour (left) with Raith Rovers commercial director Tom Morgan. (Pic: Tony Fimister)Ruaridh Kilgour (left) with Raith Rovers commercial director Tom Morgan. (Pic: Tony Fimister)
Ruaridh Kilgour (left) with Raith Rovers commercial director Tom Morgan. (Pic: Tony Fimister)

They will face Ardrossan Winton Rovers in the second round of the online competition.

The ties in the last 16 of the tournament – the brainchild of Raith Rovers fan Ruaridh Kilgour – were announce on Thursday night with Rovers’ name in the hat after they knocked out Blantyre Victoria in the first round of 32 by 216-89.

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The 32 teams involved have they raised around £17,000 between them.

Ruaridh said: “The initial concept was that fans could donate the cost of a match ticket for the rest of the remaining league fixtures after lockdown, but with them having come to an end, I thought how could we make this a little bit different.

“I found that the competitiveness of the fans and the clubs on the leaderboard was really powerful so I thought about doing a knock out tournament to take it one step further.”

The ties were posted on donateaticket.com with fans now having until the same time on Sunday to make a donation.

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“There were some great ties in the last round,” Ruaridh said, “the Stenhousemuir v Berwick Rangers game had double the amount of tickets than the last time the teams met in real life! 

“I was told that Berwick raised two and a half times more than they would for a normal game.

“The Cambuslang Rangers tie had one fan donate 17 times on the last day, which can be up to £20 a transaction, so he spent around £400 just to see his team over the line against Neilston.”

“We have a timer countdown until the end of the ties and live updates with how many tickets have been sold, it helps create a buzz and excitement that fans have been missing from normal football. 

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Supporters can make donations by buying up to four tickets at a time at five pounds a ticket and with every Raith ticket sold the club will put the fan’s name into a raffle with a prize to be won. 

“It’s taking up more of my time than I expected!” Ruaridh said, “but it’s worth it.

“St Roch’s from Glasgow have raised £5000, which is fantastic, and Raith have raised just under £11,000.”