Raith Rovers’ fine start to the season has been recognised by the SPFL who, today, awarded Grant Murray the accolade of ‘Championship Manager of the Month’ for September.
Representatives from television and newspapers were on hand this afternoon at Stark’s Park where Grant received his award.
During September Murray led Raith to a Ramsden’s Cup 3rd round win over Falkirk, and Championship victories over Queen of the South and Alloa Athletic (and a draw against Falkirk) as the club consolidated their place at the top end of the table and built on August’s fine work.
Speaking to raithrovers.net, Grant said, “I’m delighted to have won the award but the credit has to go first and foremost to the players who have worked exceptionally hard and have reaped the rewards of that work.
Credit also has to go to Paul Smith and Laurie Ellis and the other coaches at the club. Everyone at Raith Rovers works extremely hard and the support I receive from all the staff from the top down has helped me no end during my time as manager. This award is as much theirs as it is mine.”
Although the award is for September, the story of the season so far makes pleasant reading indeed. In fourteen competitive games so far, Raith have won nine, drawn four and lost only two – and of course one of those matches was to Hearts on penalties in the League Cup.
And of course there is the small matter of making the Ramsden’s Cup Final courtesy of Sunday’s victory over Annan Athletic – a result which means Grant Murray becomes only the fourth manager to lead Raith to a national Cup Final – following in the footsteps of James Tod (1913), Bert Herdman (1949) and of course Jimmy Nicholl in 1994.
So while everything in the garden has a rosy outlook, Grant was quick to remind everyone that it is still very early in the season. “There is no talk in the dressing room of anything more than taking one game at a time, and while it may seem clichéd it’s exactly that philosophy which has served us well. It’s far too early to talk of anything else, although it’s nice to have a Cup Final to look forward to. However there’s a lot of football between now and then.”
With such a grounded figure leading the club, ably assisted by Smudger and Laurie, there’s reason among the Raith support to feel optimistic about the season ahead.
Everyone at Raith Rovers congratulates Grant Murray on his award and hope it’s the first of many to come.
Written by Ally Gourlay