The unlikely manager and Britain’s worst football team

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Russell MacMorran did not expect to find himself managing Fort William FC

At the beginning of last season Russell MacMorran had no idea he would end up as a football manager let alone the boss of a club with the worst record in British league football.Russell was not even involved in football when Fort William FC kicked off last summer.The club started the season as it had ended the previous one – in crisis, having just gone a full season without a win and yet again finishing bottom of the Highland League, the fifth tier of Scotland’s league structure.The part-time club, which pays its players an average of £20 a week, had been bottom of the table for 14 of the past 20 seasons but because there is no relegation it managed to hold onto its place in the Scottish football league structure. However, the pressure was taking its toll and there was talk of throwing in the towel and dropping into junior football.Fort William were down to just five signed players and the existing management board had announced they were packing it in so an emergency meeting was held to find new blood to save the club. This would be a task as huge as the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which looms over the club’s Claggan Park ground.

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Fort William’s ground lies close to Ben Nevis

Russell went to the open meeting and stuck up his hand to volunteer. Before he knew it

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