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The Only Power in the World Capable of Uniting Claude Anelka and Gordon Brown

Continuing on the Scotland theme: I’ve been meaning to write something about my favorite Scottish club, Raith Rovers, who sensationally won the Second Division championship with a 1-0 win against Queen’s Park at Hampden last weekend, and who are miraculously on the right track after years of unfortunate and sometimes self-inflicted languishing. (At one point, Nicolas Anelka’s brother paid them £300,000 to let him become their manager. This worked out roughly as well as you’d imagine.)

I was planning to write about all this, but as in so many other things, I’ve been beaten to the punch by the Prime Minister. Raith’s most famous fan reflects on their recent history in a piece for the Independent this weekend, and as a bonus, he also talks about Cowdenbeath. Worth a look.

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The Only Power in the World Capable of Uniting Claude Anelka and Gordon Brown

by Brian Phillips · May 9, 2009

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