Raith Rovers Football Club was established in 1883. The club draws its name, Raith, from a vague historical association with the region of Fife from Kirkcaldy (where the club is based) to Lochgelly.
The Rovers first used a badge on their kits during the 1912/13 season. This early badge included a lion rampant holding a belt buckle, the latter of which being borrowed both from the Kirkcaldy coat of arms. A variation of this badge was used until the 1949/50 season, when the Scottish royal coat of arms, featuring a yellow shield with a red lion rampant, was used to mark the Rovers’ promotion to the Scottish top tier. The following season, the more traditional badge returned to the kit.
By the 1960s, crests became less popular in Scottish football, in favour of calligraphic club initials. A new badge was used intermittently between 1976 and 1985, when another badge came into use. By 1998, the traditional badge was again reinstated and some variation of this badge has been used ever since.
For my redesign, I decided to forego the lion rampant image. Instead, I created an ‘RR’ monogram, with one ‘R’ reversed so as to suggest the traditional buckle image. A red football is superimposed over the monogram and all of this is placed within a shield. The monogram and football also resemble a wide-open eye and lashes, which call back to the Kirkcaldy motto: VIGILANDO MUNIO, ‘I secure by watching’.
The home kit is inspired by the Rovers’ home kits from 1950 to 1954, in particular, the kit worn during the 1953/54 season. So as to avoid the overuse of a red colour scheme (a frequent away scheme for the club), the away kit makes use of a black and white scheme and is inspired by the home kits from used from 2003 to 2006.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.