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S11E3 SFF Lower League Preview

For our latest episode, the two John’s are joined by a selection of guests. We have reigning Lower League Predictions champion Ally Graham, Davie Irons, Paul from the Scottish Fans Supporters Association and Stirling Albion fan Marc.

It’s excitement overload with everyone loving being able to get back to games. To kick off we discuss the West of Scotland briefly and the threat to teams in League Two with regards to the Pyramid system.

Davie discusses the difficulties of trying to prepare each season in terms of trying to build a squad to compete. There’s a wee bit of reminiscing from Ally and him with regards to pre match meals at Clydebank and what it meant if you got chips with your meal.

We preview the Championship, League One and League Two with regards to who we think will win it, be competing for playoffs and who we think may be relegated. Throughout we look at some of the best signings and possible players to watch out for.

There are views too from our listeners in terms of what they expect from their teams this season.

Our guests get the chance to predict scores in the Lower League Predictions game against Ally.

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S11E2 SFF Premiership Preview

A new season is upon us with it being the most anticipated season in quite some time. Fans are back after a season which will be remembered for differing reasons.

It wouldn’t be a season without pie chat and we’re quickly in to it with the introductions on the podcast.

It’s not only some of the teams in the league who have shown ambition but ourselves with a record number of guests on the latest episode. Every team is represented by fan or expert.

John is joined by regulars Erin and Scott, returning guests Andy Skinner (@andydskinner), Laurie (@lauriedunsire), Nory (@Nory1884) and Paul @PaulHMcNeill) plus we have Ethan (@DensParkChoir), Jeff (@JMW1867), Harry (@Harry_McArthur), David (@AETShirts), Andy (@mfcpodcast86) and Andy (@AndyLoughran) making their debuts on the podcast.

Can Rangers make it two league titles in a row? Who will be involved in the battle for the top six and who is facing a relegation battle? Surely no one cares about that when the real battle is for 8th place.

We preview the upcoming Scottish Premiership by looking at what teams have done so far. Who needs strengthened and where? 

The podcast concludes with a summary of how you can get involved in our Fantasy Football league over on the Fantasy Football Scotland app.

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S9E54 Ally Graham Special

The two John’s are on for this episode are joined by man of many clubs Ally Graham.

We kick off the show by talking about what’s been going on recently and the hope that Scottish football is back soon in some way. Ally talks about his coaching career and how much he enjoys being involved in the game.

There are career highlights from his time at the likes of Albion Rovers, Ayr United, Raith Rovers and Stirling Albion. 

We hear some interesting negotiating tactics from a certain manager who paid for Ally’s summer holiday.

Some fantastic stories from winning a major trophy with Raith and playing against the legendary Bayern Munich.

The quickfire stuff is terrific but we’re a bit concerned by poogate. Ally picks a best eleven of some top players that has some top internationals in it.

All in all, he’s a great guest and we hope to have him back on in the future.

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S817 – Simulation Jackson

t’s the Two John’s this week as Krys takes a weeks break. As usual, there was a lot to discuss.
Both Old Firm sides had contrasting results in their Europa League matches, and the theme continued domestically on Sunday. Was a red card shown in the wrong game?
The rest of the Premiership action brought lots of talking points as Aberdeen moved into the top six, St Johnstone made it five wins in a row without conceding a goal, Kilmarnock became the first side to win at Tynecastle (can they do a Leicester this season) and the bottom two did little to enhance their confidence in a draw at Dens Park.
Scotland’s upcoming Nations League matches against Albania and Israel brought the usual discussion on who should make the starting line up, thoughts on the latest withdrawals and call ups, particularly in the goalkeeping department.
In the lower divisions, Partick Thistle continue to slide, Arbroath’s surprise march goes on and Albion Rovers hope the only way is up under new manager Kevin Harper.
It was also a big week for TV deals as the SFA announce a deal with Premier Sports and BBC Scotland for the Scottish Cup, whilst the Sky v BT bid for Premiership rights is discussed.

S8E6 Croatian Mummy

It’s the two John’s on this week as they discuss the week gone by and what’s to come.

The guys start off with chat from the European fixtures which resulted in mixed fortunes. Hibs went out completely while Celtic dropped down to Europa League.
Last week we spoke about potential shocks in the Betfred Cup and we weren’t to be disappointed as Ayr managed to progress at expense of Dundee. All the other games went as expected. John was at the Aberdeen cup tie and was pleased with what he saw as they put in a great attacking display. Morelos went away with his first match ball in Scottish football as he scored the ‘perfect hat trick’.
The podcast ends with a wee bit of chat about the lower leagues and news of the Scotland under 21 squad being announced.
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A reminder too about the charity game that John B is organising on the 9th September at Falkirk Stadium. You can find out more info @jbleasdale81 on twitter.

S8E1 Champagne Mondays

We’re back for an eight season to preview the Scottish Premiership and cover what’s been going on at the World Cup.

It’s the two John’s who are on and they start off with the World Cup. The guys discuss whether it’s possibly the best one they’ve watched. There has certainly been plenty of drama with a few big teams going out early and a chance for a new winner if Belgium or Croatia are successful.
The first Scottish team to return to competitive action will be Celtic as they aim to negotiate four qualifying rounds to get to group stages of Champions League. Hibs and Rangers face the same fate as they try to get to group stages. Aberdeen got the the toughest tie as they drew Burnley in the second qualifying round.
Hearts and Rangers have been the busiest clubs in the transfer market ahead of the new season. Celtic, Kilmarnock and St Johnstone have been the quietest with only two signings each.
It’s too early for predictions so we’ll make them later on.
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S7E40 Shinnie’s Scotland Stag

It’s the two John’s as they discuss the week gone by and what’s to come.

It’s been an eventful season with three games to come. Can Livingston complete the job or will Partick Thistle preserve their Premiership status?
Will Celtic complete the double treble or can Motherwell stop them?
The guys discuss the playoffs so far with it being a mixed bag in terms of teams going up against teams remaining in the league they’re in.
Ross County looked like they may avoid automatic relegation but it was not to be.
Aberdeen managed to win for the first time in league since 2004 at Celtic which clinched second place for the fourth season in a row.
The game of the season took part at Easter Road where Hibs managed to come away with a draw after being 3-0 up.
The Scotland squad was announced with a few high profile players being excused. It will be a good chance for others to impress McLeish.
The guys preview the Scottish Cup and discuss whether Motherwell can stop Celtic. The game gives us our last charity bet of the season as we pick a first goal scorer. Thanks again to McBookie.

S7E39 For Floodsake Willo

Tony makes his second appearance on the podcast as he joins the two John’s.

The charity bets were unsuccessful as we look to get over the £700 mark.
The playoffs are in full swing with Raith being sick of the sight of Alloa. There will be at least two new teams in League One next season as Queen’s Park drop down to League Two.
In the Premiership, second place and relegation is yet to be decided. After tonight we know Hibs can’t finish second. Aberdeen remain unbeaten after the split as they look to secure second again. Its all to play for on the last day of the season. In terms of relegation, it’s going to be either Partick Thistle or Ross County.
Predictions are made with the guys not agreeing on any results. Charity bets are chosen though. Thanks as always to McBookie for their support.
The guys finish up with talking up our game after Gerrard was announced as new Rangers manager. At that point, it was suggested that it was the lift that Scottish football needed. People forget though are plenty good things happening across all the leagues. Two leagues weren’t decided till the last day of the season.

S7E38 Rangers PR is Murtyfying

It’s the two John’s again to discuss an eventful week in Scottish football.

The charity bets were unsuccessful but we have a belter for the upcoming weekend if it comes in.
Hibs managed to clinch the youth double as they beat Aberdeen in the Youth Cup final. They were a bit more streetwise than the young Dons side.
It was a good week for Ayr, Montrose and Celtic as they all clinched their respective league titles.
The playoffs have now started so it’s all to play for in terms of who gets promoted, relegated or remain where they are. The playoff between Cove Rangers and Spartans saw the Highland league team win 4-0. They will be firm favourites to face Cowdenbeath in the Pyramid playoff.
In the Premiership, the race continues to be exciting in the quest for second place. Aberdeen and Hibs both got favourable results ahead of their meeting this Saturday. Rangers though were demolished by rivals Celtic. This led to Murty being sacked with three games to go as speculation increases that Steven Gerrard will take the job.
The bottom six saw Hamilton pick up a vital win which may lead to them being safe. Its a big game on Friday as the bottom two face each other.
Thanks as always to McBookie for their support.
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S7E37 Doncaster’s Fixture Farce

The two John’s are on to discuss the current events in Scottish football.

There is good news to start with as the charity bet treble with McBookie came in. That takes us closer to the £700 mark.
The champions in League One and League Two have yet to be decided with only one set of fixtures left to be played.
The Junior Cup final has been decided with Auchinleck Talbot and Hurlford securing their places. The game takes place on 27th May at Rugby Park. Auchinleck Talbot will look to secure their 12th win in the competition while Hurlford look to win for the second time.
In the Premiership, we have reached the point where Celtic can secure the league against Rangers. After the farce that led to fixtures being announced, the authorities look very foolish. McInnes continues to have the upper hand against Clarke’s Kilmarnock as they continued their fantastic record against the men from Ayrshire. It’s all to play for in terms of the European places with Hibs and Rangers both winning.
At the other end of the table, Partick Thistle picked up a vital win as they look to escape the drop. Dundee won too in what was a bit of a grudge match after the recent McCann and Clark/Wright incident.
There is a brief bit of chat about Thursday’s Youth Cup final between Aberdeen and Hibs. The match kicks off at Hampden at 1930.
Predictions are made and charity bets chosen. Thanks as always to McBookie for their support.