Man City Transfer Target!
Jun 26, 2019, 11:00 AM
Location: The North. 'Ich hassen lehm kopfs'
Team(s): Crewe Alex and obviously England.(Unlike a lot on here)
Sun 6 Aug 2000 00.25 BST First published on Sun 6 Aug 2000 00.25 BST
I was brought up in Kirkcaldy, near to where Raith play. I started going in the 1950s when I was about seven or eight.
The first game I remember seeing was an East Fife-Raith Rovers derby on New Year's Day. My father took my older brother, John, and myself. For much of my youth John and I sold programmes outside Stark's Park on matchday. You queued up before the season began to become a programme-seller; once you had your slot you had it for the whole season. I went along on a Saturday about two hours before the match started, sold the programme and then, before half-time, I was allowed in free to watch the game, as well as being paid.
The great Jim Baxter was playing for us then. He was a superb left-half, a tremendous passer of the ball. I remember the time he was playing for Scotland against England and taunted the English by playing keepy-uppy.
We snapped him up while he was working as a miner in Fife: many of the Rovers players came from mining backgrounds.
Becoming a footballer was seen as a way out of the mines. I think that's why so many players, and also managers such as Jock Stein and Bill Shankly, came from mining areas like Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.
When Baxter left us after three seasons for Rangers, people complained that the transfer fee ( £20,000) was a disgrace, that he'd been sold far too cheaply. It was said that Baxter left Rovers because he'd had a fight with the chairman's wife - as if Raith Rovers could have held onto a player of his special talent for another few years!
Sadly Raith have never had as much success as I'd like. People sometimes ask why politicians talk about skills and training all the time. I tell them they would too if they had to go and watch Raith every week.
Our best moment was beating Celtic in the final of the Scottish League Cup in 1994. The match was played at Ibrox - I'm sure Rangers helped us by flooding the pitch or something! The tragedy for me was that I had to do a television interview in London that morning and my plane to Glasgow afterwards was cancelled: I had to listen to the radio commentary on the match being played down a friend's phone. We won 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. It's still the only major trophy Raith have won.
We then drew Bayern Munich in the Uefa Cup and at half-time in the second leg over there the scoreboard carried the immortal scoreline: Bayern Munich 0 Raith Rovers 1. (We lost 2-1). Part of the reason we aren't any better is that there are three other teams in the area: Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and East Fife. So I'm not very popular in some parts of my constituency because I support Raith.
Of course there are many more glamorous clubs that have huge amounts of money and watching them on television is very enjoyable. But I'm a firm believer that supporting your local team, the team you've been brought up with, is very important.
Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is MP for Dunfermline East. Interview by Denis Campbell
July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 69 / 59 / 10 / inc 2 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 19 / 09 / 2019.
2019/20. Benelux = Bel = 0-0-0-(0-0-0)-(0-2-1-1)/ Lux = 0-2 / Neth = 0-0-0-(1 - 2) Others France = 0-0 / Germany =0-0-0 / Italy =0-3(Act 4- Frosinone new ground)./ Iberia = P = 0-1 & S = 0-0.
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(This post was edited by dottirofhod on Jun 26, 2019, 11:01 AM)