Scottish League One leaders Raith Rovers are seeking donations from fans to help them during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The club say the significance of losing revenues due to football being suspended ‘cannot be overstated’, with many sides up and down the country now facing uncertainty.
Football, as well as all sport and mass gatherings, is suspended pretty much across the world at this moment in time, as the virus continues to infect globally.
There was no choice but for football to halt, and Raith are now understandably turning to their loyal support for a helping hand during an undeniably tough time.
A statement on their website read: “Every Scottish football club at our level has a heavy reliance on gate income as a main source of revenue. Therefore, the cancellation or postponement of home fixtures is a significant issue, particularly as a large amount of costs will still be incurred regardless such as wages, council tax, etc. during this period.
“To compound the issues, we’ve also had to cancel other fundraising events that were planned.
“We have set up a crowdfunding campaign on JustGiving, setting an initial target of £25,000.
“You can donate money on our page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/raithroversfc.”
More clubs to follow suit?
It is completely understandable that Raith are asking for help at such an unprecedented time, and it would not be surprising to see others follow suit.
No football for the foreseeable future has undeniable financial consequences and for a lot of clubs, the threat of going under is real.
Hopefully, the Kirkcaldy club’s loyal fanbase can help out during this challenging time, and the football season can eventually resume with John McGlynn’s side currently top of League One and in a promising position to achieve promotion as champions.