WE hope fans get behind us
Raith Rovers have issued a rallying cry to supporters after slashing their prices to the lowest in the Championship.
The club has reduced adult entry to just £15 ahead of the first home game of the league season against St Mirren on Saturday, while under 16s will only pay £5 when accompanied by an adult.
There are also significant discounts for seniors, students, disabled supporters and jobseekers as the club looks to boost attendances at Stark’s Park.
Eric Drysdale, Raith chief executive, said: “We hope the local public will respond to these huge discounts by coming along and seeing how the team – and the club as a whole – is progressing.
“The board hopes this initiative will result in materially increased attendances in 2016/17 that will allow us to maintain discounted prices going forward.
“We have listened to fans’ concerns about the affordability of live football, especially for those with young families, and we have decided to cut prices as low as we possibly can.
“I really hope the local community responds in big numbers.”
The discounts will remain in place for 12 of Raith’s 18 home league fixtures this season, with prices for the eagerly anticipated clashes against Dundee United, Hibernian and Dunfermline announced ahead of each fixture.
Rovers are also reporting record season ticket sales with nearly 1200 fans already signed up, including around 150 new purchasers.
Raith, who are top of the table after the opening round of fixtures, welcome Alex Rae’s Buddies to Stark’s Park on Saturday hoping to build on the impressive victory at Ayr.
Manager Gary Locke expects a tough game against a side who are tipped to make a promotion push this year after a largely disappointing campaign last season following relegation from the Premiership.
“You just need to look at their front four – Shankland and Hardie were both lads we looked at,” Locke said.
“Then they’ve got experience of Sutton and Clarkson, so they’ve got plenty firepower.
“They’ve also got the old head of Webster at the back, so I fully expect them to do well this season.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game but it’s certainly one we’re looking forward to.
“It’s too early to talk about six-pointers. We just need to make sure we put in a similar performance to Saturday - if we do that, we’ve got a great chance of getting the three points.”
While injuries have left Rovers short in defence, Locke is hopeful that competition