The Roary Club held a very special press conference on Easter Monday at Stark’s Park. In a packed 200 Club, young fans grilled manager Ray McKinnon and first team players David Bates and Ross Matthews on a range of subjects.

There was advice on how to become a professional football player, an insight into what players eat before games (a lot of pasta and poached eggs on toast) and thoughts on Rover’s chance of promotion if they do go on to secure a coveted play-off spot.

Ross Matthews revealed that he had been a Hearts season ticket holder as a boy while David Bates rather reluctantly admitted having been a Rangers fan, although he did stress that he would like nothing more than to see a Rovers victory over the Glasgow side this weekend. Scott Lavelle asked who the panel who they thought had been the best ever Raith Rover manager. After much debate Ray McKinnon gave his vote to Jimmy Nicholl for the League Cup win and taking the club into Europe for the first time. Both David and Ross decided to take the diplomatic approach and opted for their current boss, Ray McKinnon. A wise choice perhaps when he’s sitting right next to you and can decide how much extra training you get that week.

Question of the day went to James McLellan who asked how many Easter eggs Rory McKeown was hiding in his beard. We didn’t get an exact answer from the manager but we did learn that the young defender had allegedly promised to shave it off if we reach the play offs. So finger crossed we see a clean shaven Rory before the season finishes.

After the question and answer session the manager and players posed for pictures and signed autographs. Roary Rover was also on hand for high fives and to hand out Easter eggs. It was a hugely entertaining session and given the quality of the questions, there is sure to be a future journalist or two amongst the young audience. Many thanks to all the Roary members who came along and asked such great questions and to the manager and players for giving up their time on an Easter Monday to keep us entertained.

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