Team Pd GD Pt
1 Inverness CT 9 8 22
2 Raith Rovers 9 5 17
3 Kilmarnock 9 5 17
4 Partick Thistle 9 9 15
5 Arbroath 9 9 15
6 Ayr United 9 -4 11
7 Queen of the South 9 -4 9
8 Hamilton Academical 9 -12 8
9 Greenock Morton 9 -7 6
10 Dunfermline 9 -9 5
Updated: 16th Oct

Rovers Abroad

Friday April 21st 2017

When a Raith Rovers fan embarks on their first ever visit to Stark’s Park, the chances are the journey will involve a short car or bus journey, followed by a walk along Pratt Street. It certainly wouldn’t ordinarily involve a nine hour flight, but then Canandian, Steve MacLeod isn’t a typical Raith fan.

The Edmonton native took the opportunity to see Raith in the flesh during his holiday in Scotland with his wife, Alison, taking in the matches against Falkirk, Dunfermline and Morton, but it was the home fixture which he was most excited about.

Supporting a provincial Scottish football club from approximately 4,000 miles away might seem like an unusual pastime, but as Steve explained, his love for Raith Rovers started when he was researching one of his other great passions, ice-hockey;

“About 14 years ago, my wife and I were thinking about moving to Scotland, and if a Canadian is moving to Scotland then he’s going to be looking for hockey. I looked for areas in Scotland where the sport was popular and Kirkcaldy popped up.”

“I didn’t know anything about the town, so started seeing what else was going on there, and I discovered Stark’s Park and Raith Rovers. I read up on the history of the place and saw the club’s crest which I really liked, so I started looking out for their scores. I then started following them online through message boards and checking out conversations with the supporters on there.”

While Steve was able to keep up with events, it was the creation of Raith’s in-house TV service which really saw his affiliation to the club take off;

“It became easier to find out what was happening with the advent of Twitter, but it got really exciting when Raith TV came along.”

“The first initial thing was just a commentary, there was no pictures, so I bought that, but it’s been amazing since they started showing games live.”

“The matches start at 8am Canadian time, so my typical Saturday morning normally involves me making myself a coffee, hooking it up to the big screen and watching the game.”

“I’m really thankful for the service they provide, it’s a great thing for me.”

His first opportunity to watch the team in the flesh was the recent trip to Falkirk, and while the team lost 1-0, he was still thrilled at being able to take in his first Scottish encounter;

“It’s so much better live. The intensity of the crowd, the atmosphere. It was a great experience.”

While he always enjoys his weekly Raith fix, he didn’t have to think too long and hard for his favourite Rovers memory;

“I get something from all the games, especially the ones we win where we weren’t expected, they’re the best. There’s always ups and downs though, it’s part of being a fan.”

” However, watching John Baird score against Rangers in the Ramsdens Cup Final was a really, really amazing feeling. I was freaking out when that one went in.”

Steve, Alison and their friend Peter were given a guided tour of the stadium before the weekend’s match with Morton, and delighted to meet the Raith TV team for the first time;

“We’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s friendliness and how welcoming everyone has been. We’ve loved every minute of our trip.”

Hugh Shaw is appointed new manager of the club following Bert Herdman's departure.
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