Previous Clubs: St Johnstone, Morton, Ayr United and Hamilton
The former Hamilton stopper, known as ‘The Cat’, was a key member of Accies’ promotion winning team last season where his last actions were saving two penalties in that dramatic and unforgettable Premiership Play Off shoot out at Easter Road last month.
With over 260 appearances for St Johnstone, Morton, Ayr United and Hamilton behind him, Kevin’s arrival will further strengthen Grant Murray’s team as we continue to gear up for the start of new season in the Scottish Championship. Kevin made his Rovers debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a pre-season friendly on 19th July 2014.
2. Jason Thomson
Born: 26th July 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Bryce Phillips
Away Sponsor: Alan Carnegie
Previous Clubs: Hearts
Jason is a product of the Hearts Youth Academy and made over 30 first team appearances for the Tynecastle club before spending 6 months at Dunfermline at the start of season 2011-12 where he made 14 starts for the Pars.
Jason came to Starks Park on loan in March 2012 and helped the club move away from the relegation zone at the end of the season. He made his move to Stark Park permanent in the summer of 2012.
The full-back secured both the Player’s Player of the Year and the Supporter’s Club Player of the Year awards for 2012-13 and signed a new one-year contract in May 2013 and extended that contract in May 2014.
Ross joined Rangers in 2006 and stayed with the Ibrox club until 2012. He had spent loan periods at Oxford United in 2009 and Falkirk in 2011. In total he made 36 appearances for Rangers and was also capped for Scotland at U-19 and U-21 level gaining a total of 16 caps for the U-21's. Ross missed the whole of last season with ankle ligament damage suffered in a pre-season friendly. Ross signed for Rovers on Friday 18th July and made his debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a pre-season friendly on 19th July 2014.
4. Paul Watson
Born: 20th December 1990
Home Sponsor: DBP Architects Ltd
Away Sponsor: Jim Clark
Previous Clubs: Livingston
Paul was in the same Hutchison Vale team as Johnny Brown (Brechin), Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) and Danny Galbraith (Limerick) but was spotted by a scout and taken down to Ipswich.
He was offered a contract at 14 and moved down south at the age of 15 moving into digs.
He settled really well and but unfortunately it didn’t work out as the Ipswich manager Jim Magilton felt he was too small to make it as a centre-back and Paul was released. The timing was unfortunate because before Paul could pack his bags Magilton was sacked and Roy Keane took over. With no games left to demonstrate his abilities to the new manager Paul made his way back North and joined Livingston in the summer of 2010.
Paul went on to help Livingston win the Scottish Third Division title in his first season at Almondvale. He also helped the West Lothian team to win the Second Division title the year after as Livingston made their way back up the leagues.
In total Paul made 116 appearances for Livingston over four seasons and scoring six goals in the process. Has been out of action with a broken bone in his foot following a training ground injury in November 2013, returning in March 2014 and scored his only goal of the season in the 3-2 win over Queen of the South in April 2014. Paul extended his Rovers contract on 27th May 2014.
Former member of the very successful Falkirk Under 19 side, signed for Alloa in July 2004 before moving to Cowdenbeath where he won Players’ Player of the year and Fans’ Player of the year awards and a Third Division championship medal. After three seasons at Central Park, he returned to Alloa, and signed for Rovers in the summer of 2009. Dougie is a no-nonesense central defender who always gives 100% and stepped in to the role vacated by Mark Campbell extremely well. Dougie turned full-time in 2010 but returned to part-time, signing a new one-year contract in May 2012. Dougie scored in the first two competitive games of the 2012-13 season and has contributed goals throughout the campaign.
Signed a new one-year contract in May 2013. Was voted Man of the Match in the historic Ramsdens Cup win in April 2014. Extended his contract by a year on 28th May 2014.
Liam first started out as a youth team player for his local club Hearts before he graduated into the professional team playing alongside young talents such as Craig Gordon and Ian Black. However only making the match day team as a substitute once meant he was loaned out to Irish club Crusaders where he made 10 appearances and scored 1 goal. Signed for Inverness CT on his return to Scotland making 26 appearances scoring 4 goals.Moved to Livingston in 2006 and became a firm favourite with the fans. He made nearly 200 appearances for the Lions scoring 22 times. Scored in his final appearance for them in the last game of the 2012-13 season against Rovers.
Signed a one-year deal with Rovers in June 2013 and extended that contract in May 2014.
7. Grant Anderson
Born: 20th August 1986, Rutherglen
Home Sponsor: Bryan Fisher
Away Sponsor: Ann Brand
Previous Clubs: Stenhousemuir, Hamilton
After spending time with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Grant joined Stenhousemuir where he made 35 apperances for the club scoring 7 goals. Grant moved to Hamilton in June 2011. He made 25 appearnces before moving back to Stenhousemuir on-loan where he finished the season scoring a goal in each of the last 3 games.
Grant joined Rovers in the Summer of 2012. He can play wide on either side of midfield although this season he has mainly played wide right.
Made 47 appearances in 2012-13 scoring 12 goals.
Signed new contract in May 2013. Scored the winning goal in the 3-2 win over Hibs at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup back in February 2014. Grant signed a new contract on 1st July 2014.
8. Kevin Moon
Born: 8th June 1987, Perth
Home Sponsor: Ian Ferguson
Away Sponsor: Red Circle Communications
Previous Clubs: St. Johnstone, Forfar (on-loan), Alloa
Kevin got his first professional contract with St. Johnstone in 2004. He made his debut against Raith Rovers in the League Challenge Cup in 2004. He went on-loan to Forfar in 2006 and made 25 appearances for the club, being voted Players' Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year at the end of season awards. In total he spent 9 seasons at the Perth club having made 81 appearances before moving to Alloa in February 2013. Signed for Rovers in May 2013. Was voted Players’ and Managers’ Player of the Year 2013-14. Kevin extended his contract in May 2014.
9. Mark Stewart
Born: 22nd June 1988, Glasgow
Home Sponsor: Alan Provan
Previous Clubs: Falkirk, Stranraer (on-loan), Bradford City, Hamilton (on-loan), Dundee, Kilmarnock, Derry City
Mark played youth football for Celtic and Partick Thistle before joining Falkirk in 2006. He scored within two minutes of his professional debut in a 5-0 win over Cowdenbeath. He went on to make nearly 80 appearances for the Bairns, scoring 19 goals. Mark joined Bradford in 2011 with the Yorkshire club paying Falkirk £213,000 for training and development compensation fees. He made 12 appearances for the club and went out on-loan to Hamilton during that period, He joined Dundee in 2012 where he made 15 appearances, scoring 3 goals. He had a trial for Luton Twon before joining Kilmarnock in August 2013. He made only four appearances for the Rugby Park Club before breaking his jaw in a training ground accident. He was released after five months and joined Derry City, scoring on his debut against Shamrock Rovers.
Signed for Rovers on June 23rd, 2014 and made his debut against Edinburgh City in a pre-season friendly on 9th July 2014.
Signed for Hearts in 2004 and made his senior debut as a substitute against Inverness CT in 2004. He scored his first Hearts goal against Inverness CT in December 2005. Went on-loan to Motherwell in 2006, Livingston 2008 and Dundee 2011 but that didn't stop him making over 100 appearances for Hearts. He moved to Lithuanian club Zaligris Vilnius in 2012 and made 39 appearances scoring 17 goals. On return to Scotland he helped Alloa secure promotion to the First Division.
He is a Scotland U-20 and U-21 international.
Signed a contract with Raith Rovers in June 2013 and extended that contract in May 2014.
11. Martin Scott
Born: 15th February 1986
Previous Clubs: Ross County, Hibernian and Livingston
28 year old midfielder Martin Scott has previously played with Ross County, Hibernian and Livingston. The player will strengthen manager Grant Murray’s squad for the challenges ahead. Martin, known as ‘Jimmy’ for reasons yet to be established (!), was a regular for Livi last season and received widespread acclaim for scoring one of the goals of last season, a 40 yard screamer against Alloa, one of 5 times he found the net in 31 starts.
'Jimmy' made his debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a pre-season friendly on 19th July 2014.
12. Ross Callachan
Born: 4th September 1993, Scotland
Home Sponsor: Scott Clachers
One of five young players whose performances in the youth sides earned him promotion to the senior squad and a full-time contract in June 2010.
Ross got some invaluable experience when temporarily transferred to Musselburgh Athletic until summer 2012. An intelligent player who always looks to open up defences and controls the game from the centre of midfield.
Made 4 league starts in 2012-13 season and signed a new one-year contract in May 2013.
He featured in the pre-season friendlies at the start of the 2012-13 season. In 2013-14 he has really established himself as a first team player and was awarded the 2013-14 Young Player of the year.
14. Ryan Conroy
Born: 28th April 1987, Vale of Leven
Away Sponsor: Robyn Mennie
Previous Clubs: Celtic, Partick Thistle (on-loan), Queen of the South (on-loan), Dundee
Ryan joined the Celtic Youth Academy in 2005 and spent six years with the Parkhead club making two league appearances. He had a loan spell at Partick Thistle 2010 making 15 appearances before the end of that season. He spent the following season at Palmerston where he made 11 league appearances for Queen of the South, scoring three goals. Ryan moved to Dens Park in June 2011 and went on to make over 100 appearances and scored 25 goals. He scored seven times last season including the opening goal against Rovers in Dundee's 2-0 win back in November 2013.
Ryan signed for Rovers on July 10th 2014.
16. Lewis Vaughan
Away Sponsor: Neil & Sean Langtree
Lewis was awarded a two and a half year professional contract by then manager John McGlynn in January 2012. Lewis impressed with his performances for the U-19 team having stepped up at the young age of 16.
Edinburgh based Lewis has been at Stark's Park since the age of 14, and is one of a crop of promising youngsters available to Grant Murray this season.
Lewis made his first team dubut in the final game of season 2011-12 coming on as a second half substitute in the 3-1 victory over Morton.
Lewis made 3 league appearances in 2012-13 season.
Lewis made a number of valuable contributions during the 2013-14 season with six assists and three goals.
17. Ross Laidlaw
Born: 12th July 1992, Livingston
Home Sponsor: Red Circle Communicatiosn Ltd
Impressive young keeper who has shown great promise and a safe pair of hands in his performances for the Under 19 side. Regular No2 to David McGurn.
He made his first team debut for Rovers in a 5-0 win over Morton back in March 2012.
Ross has made a significant contribution in the 2012-13 season stepping in for the injured David McGurn and retaining his place with some confident performances well beyond his years.
Made 12 starts for the team in the 2012-13 season and signed a new 2 year contract in May 2013.
20. David McGurn
Born: 14th September 1980, Scotland
Home Sponsor: Gordon Pringle
Away Sponsor: David Codd
Previous Clubs: Greenock Morton
Began his senior career with Morton in 2003 when he was signed by John McCormick from Hillend Boy’s Club.Spent much of season 2003/04 on the sub’s bench but was a regular first choice keeper when Jim McInally replaced McCormick.
Signed for Raith in May 2008 and played an important part in helping Rovers to the 2nd Division Championship 2008/09 and continues to be first choice at Stark’s Park.
David is one of the best shotstoppers in the league and in season 2011-12 made some unbelievable stops to help Raith steer away from the relegation zone.
David was awarded the Manager's Player of the Year and Supporter's Player of the Year for season 2011-12.
He signed a new one-year, part-time contract in June 2013. David tore his achilles tendon in the game against Morton in October 2013. He went through an intense rehabilitation programme and is expected to return to action in July 2014. Signed a new contract on May 30th 2014.
23. Rory McKeown
Born: 8th April 1993
Home Sponsor: John Greer
Away Sponsor: Fife's Finest
Previous Clubs: Kilmarnock, Cowdenbeath (loan)
Rory started his career as a youth team player for Ipswich Town. He went on to develop in the Ipswich under-18s and reserve teams before he was released in June 2011. He was signed by Kenny Shiels at Kilmarnock and scored on his competitive debut against Dundee United for the Rugby Park club. He joined Cowdenbeath on-loan in February 2014 and scored on his debut in their 2-0 victory over Dundee. His only other goal for Cowdenbeath was in the 2-1 win against Rovers back in April 2014. Signed for Rovers on June 23rd, 2014 and made his debut against Edinburgh City in a pre-season friendly on 9th July 2014.
24. Laurie Ellis
Born: 7th November 1979, Edinburgh
Away Sponsor: Douglas Roberts
Previous Clubs: Links United, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath
Laurie was highly rated enough by the management team of Nicholl and Smith to be mentioned in first team contention within six months of signing. Ultimately he made 5 subs appearances before starting the last 4 games of the season.
In the process he established himself as one to watch in many fans' eye. Laurie started 1999-2000 as many people's choice for left back, but had to settle for a place on the sidelines as Greig McCulloch became the first choice left back, briefly. He only made a few appearances that season and new boss Peter Hetherston put him on the open to transfer list in the summer despite having a year left on his contract.
His attitude the following season though won over the boss and he started 27 matches with 4 subs appearances. He was then offered a new 2 year deal by Hetherston in the summer of 2001.
2001-2 was a mixed season for Laurie as he struggled to hold down a regular slot. His early season form was excellent but dipped a bit later on due to the in and out nature of his appearances.
A regular during the promotion winning season of 2002-3, Laurie enjoyed his best run of form in a Rovers jersey. However cost cuting led to his release in the summer of 2003 and he joined St Mirren on a 2 year deal.
On his second visit back to Stark's Park with Saints he was unfortunate enough to score an own goal in Rovers' 3-2 Bell's Cup win.
A regular in his first season with the Buddies, Laurie broke his leg just before Christmas 2003 but bounced back into the first team before the end of the season.
2004-5 saw fewer outings for Laurie with St Mirren but he did score against Rovers in April 2005.
Released by the Buddies in the summer of 2005, he was one of Gordon Dalziel's summer signings.
Virtually an ever present throughout Laurie had a steady season despite playing both at left-back and on the left of midfield. Discovered a previously hidden talent for scoring, netting 3 goals against Stirling Albion, Gretna and Dumbarton.
Off the park he coached the Rovers' U14s and also supported a number of Reclaim the Rovers events.
He was released by the club for a second time in the summer of 2006 and went on to enjoy spells with Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion. Was re-signed by John McGlynn in May 2008 and made his 250th appearance for the club in a 3-1 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston in August 2010
Marked his 300th appearance for the club by scoring the opening goal against Partick Thistle in October 2011.
Laurie received a serious injury in the match against Falkirk in April 2012 with his jaw being fractured in two places requiring two operations.
It is to Laurie's immense credit that he is back playing at his best in such a short period of time.
Laurie enjoyed a testimonial against Hearts back in July 2012 and made 23 league starts in 2012-13 season.
He is currently first team coach.
25. Grant Murray
Born: 29th August 1975, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Kirsteen Wright
Previous Clubs: Hearts, St Johnstone, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock
Initially signed on a two year player contract in July 2009. Grant is a very versatile player who has played in many position across the back four as well as midfield. He began his career at Hearts, signing for the Edinburgh club in season 1996/97. In 2001 he moved to St Johnstone, and after two seasons at McDiarmid Park he signed for Partick Thistle. He moved to Kilmarnock in 2006 and was released in June 2009.
John McGlynn installed Grant as club captain for season 2011-12. He was voted the Player's Player of the Year for season 2011-12.
With John McGlynn's departure to Hearts Grant's leadership qualities, experience and contribution to the club made him an obvious choice for the Board of Director's as the next club manager and he signed on a 2-year contract in July 2012.
27. Christian Nade
Born: 18th September 1984, Montmorency, France
Home Sponsor: Rovers Down South
Away Sponsor: Craig Rutherford
Previous Clubs: Troyes AC, Le Havre (on-loan), Sheffield United, Hearts, Alki Larnaca, Dundee
Christian came through the ranks with French club Troyes AC before signing a three year contract with Sheffield United. in June 2006. He made 25 appearances scoring three goals before being offered a deal with Hull City in the summer of 2007 but it fell through and he joined Hearts. He went on to make 83 appearances for the Tynecastle club, scoring eight times. He joined Cypriot club Alki Larnaca on a three year contract in 2010 and also went on to play for Thai club Samut Songkhram. He was due to sign for East Fife in the summer of 2013 but the deal fell through. He joined Dundee in January 2014 and played a major part in their successful Championship win. Signed for Rovers on 17th June 2014 and made his debut against Edinburgh City in a pre-season friendly on 9th July 2014.
29. Liam McCroary
Home Sponsor: Rovers Down South
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
30. Callum Robertson
Home Sponsor: David Greig
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
31. Ross Matthews
Home Sponsor: I A Software Ltd
Away Sponsor: I A Software Ltd
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013. Made his first team debut as a second half substitute in the friendly against Sheffield United in July 2013. Ross started at right back in the first friendly of the 2014-15 season against Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium.
32. David Bates
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013. David started against both Edinburgh City and against St. Johnstone in the first two friendlies of the 2014-15 season.
33. Kieran Campbell
Kieran signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
34. Jonny Court
Jonny signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
35. Scott Law
Scott signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
55. Craig Barr
Born: 29th March 1987
Home Sponsor: The Hilliard Family
Away Sponsor: Bill Gilby
Previous Clubs: Gretna, Queen of the South, Livingston, IFK Ostersund and Airdrieonians
Craig 'Mango' Barr joined Rovers on a pre contract agreement and finalised the move as the registration window opens. The experienced and versatile defender / midfielder ended this season with Airdrieonians, following a short spell with Swedish outfit Ostersunds. Craig previously spent a successful three year period at Livingston.
Craig grabbed the headlines in June 2014 when he officiated at his best friends wedding in New York after being ordained as a Humanist celebrant.
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