Raith Rovers under-20s forced to backtrack after celebrating title win too soon

Sean Gibson
The Telegraph
A view of the future? This is what it will look like if Raith eventually win their league - @RRFCdev/Twitter
A view of the future? This is what it will look like if Raith eventually win their league - @RRFCdev/Twitter

For a brief moment, Raith Rovers thought they had it won.

The Kirkcaldy club's under-20's team had seemingly triumphed atop the Scottish Development League East, having beaten nearest rivals Berwick Rangers 2-0 on Monday night, and thus began their exuberant dressing-room celebrations.

The partying included the now-obligatory celebration pic, published on social media with the simple caption: "Champions!"

Then, amid the hullaballoo, a sage staffer double-checked the league table – and discovered the awful truth.

Raith had not, in fact, won the league.

<span>For a few minutes, Raith thought they were champions</span> <span>Credit: @RRFCdev/Twitter </span>
For a few minutes, Raith thought they were champions Credit: @RRFCdev/Twitter

The glory tweet was swiftly deleted and the team apologised, sheepishly explaining their coach's "nightmare with the maths".

"Champagne's back on ice," they added.

Raith are still in a commanding position at the top of the league, currently seven points clear with only one fixture to play themselves.

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However, though second-placed Berwick – seven points adrift with only two games to play – cannot catch them, third-placed Forfar are still able to match Raith's points total if they win all three of their remaining matches.

Scottish Development League East | League table, as it stands

The unlikely reversal would also require a not-impossible goal-difference swing of 11, with Forfar demonstrating their intent to keep chasing the league leaders with a forceful 5-1 win at home to Alloa last Tuesday.

Will the cock-ups continue for Raith? Have they lost the psychological edge? All they need is a point at home to Livingston in their final match and the world will forget about their premature celebrations.

This is not the first time a football team has got their maths wrong; Manchester City famously spent several precious minutes of their final match of the 1995-96 season thinking that their 2-2 scoreline against Liverpool would be enough to save them from Premier League relegation. By the time they realised the truth, it was too late – they were down.

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