Raith Rovers 1921 squad

Raith Rovers Football Song

I love finding old songs and poetry printed in newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th century. There’s something particularly innocent and fun about them. They are the sort of thing that would be seen as embarrassing by many modern day football supporters.

I think they’re delightful.

This one was written about Raith Rovers, published in the Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian on 22nd October 1921.

RAITH ROVERS

Raith Rovers, as a football team, are very hard to beat;
Wee Archibald at outside left is really quite a treat.
And Jimmy Brown, the goalkeeper, can use both hands and feet
As the ball goes rolling on.

Bill Inglis is a hefty back; I’m sure you will agree
Jock Rattray, Collier, Morris make an appetising three.
And Jennings in the centre never needs to wait and see
As the ball goes rolling on.

The brothers Duncan on the right are quite a lively pair;
Dave Moyes is a clever back who makes the critics stare
And _______ like Winston Chrchill, is always here or there
As the ball goes rolling on.

Raith Rovers, as a football team, are good enough for me-
I’d rather stay a year in Fife, than ten years in Dundee-
And in the mathes yet to come more victories you’ll see
As the ball goes rolling on.

W.S

Raith Rovers vs Hamilton Academical
Raith Rovers vs Hamilton Academical – Jan 1921

Raith Rovers finished the season in an excellent third place behind champions Celtic and runners-up Rangers. This song published above is marvelous, but it’s not the only reason Raith Rovers had a great team. In May of 1920 the Fife Free Press reported on Raith’s “new training methods”. This included “The principle o training, without going into details is ball practice of an unusual but very effective kind. Hiterto ball practice has been an absentee from the training curriculum on the ground that being away from the ball for the week imparted eagerness on the Saturday.” The movement towards players at Raith Rovers not working full-time clearly appeared to have an effect also, but it’s nice to think the song and a bit of ball practice were the main drivers behind the Rovers’ success.

From the incredible: http://britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/