The regular sight of runners and dog walkers and the distinct smell of frying haggis were noticeably absent as the early morning sun lit up the picturesque Kirkcaldy Bay. It was safe to say that the good folk of Kirkcaldy were feeling somewhat worse for wear.
Plucky Raith Rovers had made an astounding start to their second season in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The side was showing that you can win things with kids as they sat third in the league, well behind leaders Celtic but just one point back from Rangers, and looking forward to a League Cup Final against the former.
Raith Rovers boss Robí di Lathamé came into the summer of 2023 on the back of a string of successful few seasons as a football manager. Having navigated Scottish League One at the first attempt, he'd then won the Championship after two seasons then led the side to a mid-table finish in the Premiership.
English manager Robí di Lathamé had a season to remember in his first year in charge of Raith Rovers. He'd led the Fife side to a third League One title and had the town of Kirkcaldy excited about the prospect of Championship football in 2020/21.
Fledgling English manager Robí di Lathamé had made a strong start to life in Fife with Raith Rovers. 15 games into the league he was still unbeaten and second only to Falkirk on goal difference in League One.