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‘The most united it has felt in years’ – Ross County supporters feel a sense of momentum after securing Premiership football for the 2024/25 season

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County supporters say there is a real sense of momentum around the club after the way the 2023/24 season ended.

Four victories and two draws in their final eight games of the campaign – including that historic win over Rangers – saw the Staggies preserve their Premiership status for at least another year.

It may not have been as easy as County would have liked, still needing a play-off against Raith Rovers to seal the deal, but the sense of unity certainly seemed to be growing over the final weeks of the season.

There was a sense that everyone, from players and coaches to staff and supporters, were pulling in one direction in Dingwall. Picture: Ken Macpherson
There was a sense that everyone, from players and coaches to staff and supporters, were pulling in one direction in Dingwall. Picture: Ken Macpherson

With strong travelling support at Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Raith, there is a sense of optimism around what is building in Dingwall – and what that could lead to on the pitch.

“I think we lost that togetherness over the last few years,” supporter liaison officer, and spokesman for the Supporters’ Club, Shaun Campbell said.

“When we came back into the Premiership, I think that togetherness was there at first but we lost that. The club have done a lot of work off the pitch to get that back, and the Staggies Bar has been a big focal point of that for fans.

“The Supporters’ Club has come in and been that bridge that it was designed to be between the fans and the club, and I think going forward that will only be stronger.

“The fans have come out in their numbers, and that proves everyone feels part of the journey, and that the club is something for the whole community.

“Teams come here and get sucked in by it. I think that happened to the ‘big’ clubs – Hibs, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hearts have all struggled. We are so close to the pitch, we need to make that count for the boys, and over the off-season we will look at making that better as well.”

Others also point to results at home against some of the biggest teams in the country as evidence of what can be achieved, while highlighting the role that manager Don Cowie has played in uniting the club and its fanbase.

“Last season I thought that the way we stayed up could have been a platform to build on, but then it fell away,” host of The County Corner podcast Ross Morren said.

“The momentum that we’ve ended the season with under Don, especially at home, there’s a real feeling of unity around the club. I think it’s the most united it has felt in a number of years.

“Even for big games, we would never have had the vocal support that we’ve had previously.

With what Don has achieved as a player, and now as a manager, everyone wants to see him do well. He speaks really well too, and all we want as fans is a team that is going to give 100 per cent out on the park.

“Quality will come and go over the years, we know that, but if we see players who are fighting for the shirt and the badge on the shirt we can ask for any more than that.

“Don has said that that’s his blueprint, and I think we have seen that over the last few weeks and results. In the matches against Rangers and Hearts, we’ve seen quality on top of that as well, so if we can mix the two I think there will be good things to come.”

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