Scottish second division football club Raith Rovers will be wearing the Canary Islands on their away strip in the forthcoming season.
The choice of putting an outline of the Canary Islands on their shirts has nothing to do with promoting the islands, but instead commemorates the centenary of an unforgettable trip in the club’s history, when they played several friendly matches on Gran Canaria in summer 1923.
To get to the islands, the Raith team boarded a boat from London that was shipwrecked near the Galician port of Vigo, with all passengers evacuated in lifeboats. However, no one was lost or injured, and the team continued to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , where they won all six of the friendly games arranged against Victoria Porteño and Marino – two of the clubs that later fused to form UD Las Palmas – and Real Vigo.
News of the strip has prompted keen demand in the Canaries, surely helped by the fact that it is in the yellow worn by “Los Canarios” – the newly-promoted UD Las Palmas.
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