Welcome to a special edition of the Scottish Football Forums Podcast with me Good John. This is a two-part special where I spoke to former Falkirk, Aberdeen, Dundee, Ross County and Scotland centre half Brian Irvine, one of my favourite players growing up as an Aberdeen fan.
In the first of a two-part special, Brian talks about present day life as a key worker in two sectors with Marks and Spencer and as a Care Worker, which leads to an open discussion about the Coronavirus Pandemic and mental health in general. This leads to him talking briefly at his two jobs at the start of his career, working full time in a bank and part time with Falkirk for two years before joining boyhood hero’s Aberdeen. He goes onto speak about learning his trade at the Dons, being stand in for legendary centre back pairing Willie Miller and Alex McLeish and filling in as a right back, central midfielder and even goalkeeper. He became a regular in the 1989/90 season and wrote himself into Dons folklore by scoring the winning penalty in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic – the last time Aberdeen won the trophy.
Irvine went onto win 9 caps for Scotland and he spoke of his pride of representing Scotland, including getting the shirt of a top Italian striker. He goes onto speak about the disappointment of missing out on the 1991 Premier Division title, playing his best football under Willie Miller and his part in keeping Aberdeen in the top flight in 1995 when it looked certain the Dons would go down.
Without further ado, here is Part One of our interview with Brian Irvine.