Neil Warnock Pledges Allegiance To The Ton

Greenock Morton is important to you and I, but I never thought I'd see the day that the club were of such significance that the Prime Minister would be discussing us at 10 Downing Street - but that's exactly what happened earlier this week.

On Monday afternoon, Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock accompanied Sean Scannell - one of his players at Palace - to Number 10 after he had been invited because he won the Championship Apprentice of the Year award last season. Warnock and Gordon Brown got chatting and, somewhat inevitably, the conversation turned to football. Warnock had this to say about the discussion in his regular Independent column:

As soon as Gordon Brown saw me he came over and I couldn't stop him talking. Straight away he said, "Unlucky that goal at Bristol" – you remember Freddie Sears' "goal" that went in but the ref didn't realise. I asked him about his Raith Rovers allegiance and told him mine was for Greenock Morton as that's where Sharon's grandparents live. He knew all about the area, and how much it's changed in recent years. We were chatting so much one of his staff had to interrupt and tell him to circulate.
Warnock has made no secret of his soft spot for the Ton. In the summer of 2006 be brought his Sheffield United side north for a pre-season friendly (pictured, above left: Warnock shares some advice with Jim McInally) and bought a brick for the wall outside the main stand - now he's gone a step further and done what we've all done: bore someone else to tears by talking about the Ton, only he managed to do it with the Prime Minister. You're welcome back at Cappielow anytime Neil (just bring a few loan players with you if you don't mind).

The Independent - Neil Warnock: What I've Learnt This Week (07.11.2009)

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