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    Raith Rovers -V- Inverness CT - Preview


    They'll be dancing on the streets


    After more than twenty years of trying to beat the Caley Jags, Raith Rovers will never get a better chance to win a game against us than this weekend at Starks Park. The last time we lost, Steps were top of the charts with 'Stomp'. The untennable word is ready to hit the press as Inverness continue their downward spiral after eight big boy games in a row without a win and only one draw to show for it. No excuses anymore, we have underperformed everywhere we go and the current regime are taking this club down to the gutter. Billy Dodds is under fire and rightly so as football is a results driven business. He might be the fall guy here though and none of his seniors at the club is smelling of roses at the moment. Robbo can be seen elsewhere on Saturdays while his team suffer another embarrassing defeat. Scot Gardiner is dishing out jobs for the boys and the stench of failure is unbearable. When will it stop? When will the Chairman wake up and smell the stench? One point from a possible twelve is relegation form. Better managers have been sacked for less. How long do we wait???


    Match/Ticket Info

    Supporters Bus £20

    Supporters Trust


    trust meeting.jpegThe Supporters Trust have called for an open meeting to discuss the Matchday Experience Survey and the demise of our club amongst other things.

    The natives are restless and the long knives have been drawn for a while now with most fans not liking the direction we are moving towards. One point from a possible twelve makes us relegation candidates and management decisions are being questioned by a disgruntled support who feel many of these decisions are not in the best interest of this club.

    Come along and let the voice of the support be heard on Saturday 23rd September before the Dundee United game,12:00 – 14:15 The Innes Bar (Beer Garden), 61 Innes St, Inverness IV1 1NR






    Venue H2H v Raith Rovers Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 21 14 5 2 40 15 +25
    Away 17 9 5 3 34 21 +13
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 38 23 10 5 74 36 +38

    We first met Raith in 1999 and went down 2-0. Report by Ian Broadfoot: Caley Thistle lost this game because of a dismal first half performance. They came out fighting in the second half and matched Raith well but produced no goals. Raith took the lead in the ninth minute after a Jay Stein corner from the right - Marvin Andrews rose above Mann to head downwards and into the net. In 24 minutes the second goal came courtesy of an error. Mann was too slow passing back to Fridge and Didier Agathe stepped in and he ran on and volleyed past Fridge from 20 yards. Caley Thistle hit on the occasional breakaway but to little effect. A disappointing afternoon for the home support despite a spirited fight back. Caley Thistle now slip to second bottom of Division 1. Sounds familiar!!!

    Fast forward to October 28th 2000. Five defeats and a draw later for the Caley Jags, Raith Rovers would win their last fixture against us over 90 minutes. Unbelievably that is 23 years next month. That unbeaten run is under serious threat as under fire Billy Dodds takes his hapless cloggers down to Kirkaldy. I fear there will be dancing on the streets of Raith after this one. Prove me wrong!

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Raith Rovers
    2 - 0
    2 - 2
    1 - 1
    2 - 0
    3 - 2
    1 - 1
    0 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 0
    1 - 0


    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    Ayr United v Partick Thistle (Friday night 19:45)
    1. Dundee Utd 4 3 1 0 10 1 10
    2. Raith Rovers 4 3 1 0 9 6 10
    3. Queens Park 5 3 0 2 8 8 9
    4. Partick Thistle 4 2 1 1 10 6 7
    5. Airdrieonians 4 2 0 2 5 6 6
    6. Arbroath 5 2 0 3 6 8 6
    7. Dunfermline 4 1 2 1 4 4 5
    8. Morton 4 1 0 3 6 11 3
    9. Ayr United 4 1 0 3 3 8 3
    10. Inverness CT 4 0 1 3 3 6 1


    1.  Ayr United v Partick Thistle


    1. Arbroath FC v Airdrieonians
    2. United v Morton
    3. Queens Park v Dunfermline 
    4. Raith Rovers v Inverness CT

    Last Championship game v Pars

    Our last Championship game saw us gain our first point of the season. However one point from a possible twelve is nothing to crow about. We took an early lead throgh a Nathan Shaw strike with the keeper not covering himself in glory. Alas the confidence is not there and Dunfermline thoroughly deserved their point and probably were unlucky not to take all three but for a great late save from Mark Ridgers. However the defence will be disappointed with the goal we lost as the errors continue to mount up. Current League Form 

    Latest Team News 

    Billy Dodds will be without MacGregor, Nicolson, Welsh and the suspended Harry Lodovica. We had made eight changes to the starting XI last week against Arbroath, therefore I would expect Billy Mckay, Danny Devine and Max Anderson to be back in the side (should Max be fit). Wallace Duffy was replaced just before the interval last week and is a doubt with a hamstring niggle. Mark Ridgers will surely be back between the sticks, although in his last appearance he was a bit suspect at the Dunfermline goal along with two or three of his defenders. Nikola Ujdur might be over here by next week according to Dodds, i'll no hold my breath...

    A less than ebullient Billy Dodds



    What's new at Stark's Park

    In: Jack Hamilton, forward (Livingston); Keith Watson, defender (Ross County); Kevin Dabrowski, goalkeeper (Hibs); Euan Murray, defender (Hartlepool United); Josh Mullin, midfielder (Ayr United); Dylan Corr, defender (Celtic); Scott McGill, midfielder (Hearts, loan to permanent); Callum Smith, forward (Airdrie). Loan in: Shaun Byrne, midfielder (Dundee).

    Out: Jamie MacDonald, goalkeeper (Morton); Brad Spencer, midfielder (Falkirk); Tom Lang, defender (Falkirk); Ryan Nolan, defender (Hercules); Connor McBride, midfielder (Gateshead); Greig Young, defender (Dumbarton); Luke Mahady, forward (Bonnyrigg Rose). Loan ended: Isma Goncalves, forward (Livingston); William Akio, midfielder (Ross County); Kieran Ngwenya (Aberdeen). Loan out: Andy McNeil, goalkeeper (Edinburgh City); Kieran Mitchell, forward (East Fife).

    Last Championship game for Raith Rovers

    Ian Murray's Raith beat ten man Queens Park 3-2 after coming from behind with two late goals by substitute Lewis Vaughan in the last five minutes. Raith had opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Callum Smith's header. Queens then had William Tizzard sent off before the interval. They hit back after the hour with goals from Turner and Thomas before Vaughan's late brace secured the points that keeps Raith level at the top with Dundee United. Current League Form:  F9 A6

    Raith lineup v Queens Park
    Millen   Watson   Murray (Ross 84)  McGill (Dick 75)
    Mullin (Easton 75)  Byrne   Stanton (Vaughan 62)   Smith
    Hamilton (Gullan 45)
    Subs not used: Thompson; Dick Arnott, Masson


    ImageA game at the Gleaner Arena, or as we all know it, Boroughbriggs. 

    Good luck to our u18's as they take on Elgin City in the Scottish Youth Cup.



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