Gordon Brown supported Raith Rovers from childhood but then went on to support England’s World Cup bid and then, horror of horrors, said that one of his favourite football memories was the Paul Gascoigne goal for England against Scotland in Euro 96! That betrayal did him little good in the end, I’m pleased to note.
The new Labour Scotland Branch manager, Richard Leonard, has admitted that he would support England against Scotland even though he’s spent most of his life up here. I’m OK with that. At least he’s honest about it. Does anyone think that him pretending to support Scotland would gain them a single vote? The first cut is the deepest. I’ve lived in Ayr for 33 years, exactly half my life, but Falkirk FC are my team still.
Better meddle wi’ the De’il than the Bairns of Falkirk!
I’m more interested in which team in his constituency, Central Scotland, he supports. They may all be below him and he’s sticking with Leeds or Huddersfield or some other big English club. He’s got a choice between the Bairns, Hamilton, Motherwell, Airdrie or Albion Rovers. If it’s Hamilton, he’d be well-advised to keep quiet about that after them beating Rangers. He could lose a few votes there. I’m guessing it’s Albion Rovers. I can’t prove they have Anglophile roots but look at that Tudor rose in their badge. Also, see this justification for Richard Leonard (Richard the Lionheart?) choosing them:
Perfidious Albion England or Britain considered as treacherous in international affairs, in a rendering of the French phrase la perfide Albion, said to have been first used by the Marquis de Ximenès (1726–1817).
It’s still being used today:
‘Perfidious Albion hands murderous Assad a spectacular victory’
Anas Sarwar or Anwar Sadat as I once confused his name with, has probably called him worse than ‘perfidious’ in the last few days.
Note: Dear readers, I am aware that this piece may seem a little eccentric and wandering.