Monthly Archives: May 2019

S8E46 Daleks on the Wireless

It’s the usual Trio on the Podcast this week, and it’s trebles that take up most of the theme for this week – but that’s not where we start.

The Scotland Women’s National Team played their final World Cup warm up game against Jamaica at Hampden and came through an entertaining game with a 3-2 win. Over 18000 turned up at the National Stadium, a new record for a Women’s International in Scotland, to lend their support to Shelley Kerr’s side ahead of the big event in France. We wish them all the best and hope they can do something the men’s side have never done in advancing to the knockout stages.

Speaking of the men’s team, Steve Clarke named his first squad as Scotland manager for the upcoming double header against Cyprus and Belgium. A minimum of three points from those games is required to kick-start our Euro 2020 qualification hopes.

Our focus then turns to the Premiership Playoffs between St Mirren and Dundee United. A forgettable first leg at Tannadice was followed by a penalty shootout at the Simple Digital Arena, with United missing all four spot kicks to preserve St Mirren’s status. Their celebrations were ridiculed by Tom English, an overwhelming Twitter poll result proves his criticism was over the top.

Saturday saw Celtic secure a hat trick of trebles with an Odsonne Edouard double clinching a 2-1 win over Hearts. Immediately after the match, Neil Lennon was offered the Celtic job, a decision that has split the Celtic support.

In the Juniors, Auchinleck Talbot are looking to clinch their treble in this Sunday’s Junior Cup Final against Largs Thistle in the Sam Sparro Final! Largs are looking for their first Junior Cup Final triumph since 1994.

Thank you to everyone who has listened and interacted throughout the season. As a treat, listen to the end to hear some of the utter nonsense that goes on before we officially start recording!

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S8E45 All About The Rangers’

The two John’s are joined by a special guest this week, Cove Rangers striker Paul McManus.

McManus talks about Cove’s historic promotion from the Highland League to the SFPL set up, and his moment of joy in scoring the final goal of the 7-0 aggregate win over Berwick Rangers, consigning them to the Lowland League. He talks about the rise of the club, how they overcame disappointment of last seasons playoff heartache against Cowdenbeath to go one better, the standard of football in the Highland League, his partnership with Mitch Meginsson up front and his battles with injury this campaign. Naturally, he talks about the celebrations over the weekend and not needing to buy a drink in Aberdeen!

A tactical substitution sees Paul depart and replaced by Krys to round off the rest of the weekends action. Clyde sealed promotion to League One following their playoff win over Annan Athletic. It wasn’t to be three out of three promotions from the playoffs as Queen of the South comfortably saw off Raith Rovers to preserve their Championship status.

The Premiership playoff will be contested between St Mirren and Dundee United, after Hamilton secured a sixth term in the top flight with victory over St Johnstone. Both Saints and United go into the two legged playoff in decent form, so it’s a tough one to call.

At the top end, Kilmarnock secured third place and guaranteed Europa League football with a late winner over Rangers. It proved to be the perfect goodbye for Steve Clarke, who left to become Alex McLeish’s successor as Scotland manager, the lads agree it’s the right appointment. Despite victory over Hibs, Aberdeen finished fourth and will now be hoping that Celtic defeat Hearts in the upcoming Scottish Cup Final in order to secure European Football for the sixth season running.

Chat moves onto this weekends Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts. Will it be a triple treble for Celtic or can Hearts cause an upset? Talk then turns to Junior football as Auckinleck Talbot clinched their League title last week.

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S8E44 Flanagan’s Fire Drill

It’s the two John’s and Krys on this week to discuss what’s been going on in Scottish football.

The race for the final European places continues to the last day of the season after Aberdeen and Kilmarnock both won at the weekend. St Mirren managed to beat Hamilton to give them hope of avoiding the playoffs.

There’s a wee bit of chat too on Rangers improvement this season and Celtic’s options for their next manager. Flanagan’s elbow is discussed with news today of potential retrospective action even though he was given a yellow card.

We record as a couple of playoff fixtures are getting played with there being all to play for.

The result of the weekend saw Cove win the Rangers derby convincingly. The guys discuss how well they could progress up the leagues potentially.

We finish off with a bit of chat on Women’s football with the Scotland squad being announced soon for the World Cup.

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S8E43 Mad Dog Scott Brown

It’s Krys and the two John’s on this week to cover the going ons in Scottish football.

It’s getting to the business end of the season with plenty more being decided on who will play where next season.

We record as some of the playoff games are being played with most ties finely poised going in to the second leg.

John has managed to arrange an interview with title winner Scott Brown though not the one Krys would have hoped for. Thanks to Scott for agreeing to the interview.

Dundee were finally relegated and Celtic finally won their eighth title and trophy in a row as Krys is keen to talk about for some reason.

There is a wee bit of chat about pyramid system and calls for an expansion to the Championship in 2020/21.

We conclude the podcast with talk about mental health and urge anyone who feels they are struggling to get in touch with us or many of the organisations available. Please check out the SAMH website for a number of options.

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S8E42.5 Podcast Bonus – Begg and Stark

Series 8 Episode 42 featured a tribute to the late Lisbon Lions duo Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers, who lost their lives to dementia.

As part of the tribute, we spoke to Aberdeen fan and former Celtic TV presenter Ally Begg, and former Celtic midfielder Billy Stark. Now you can hear the interviews in full and unedited.

Begg recalls the sound advice McNeill gave him during his time at Celtic TV, in particular how to better himself in the face of hate mail. He also recalls McNeill’s legacy at Aberdeen and just how fond he was of the great man and the respect McNeill showed him, even if he did call him “Sheepie.”

We spoke to Billy Stark on the same day of Chalmers passing. He recalled how good a striker, and how good a person, Chalmers was and both his and McNeill’s roles in Celtic’s great 1967 side. However, it was mainly Stark’s time as a player and the impact Billy McNeill had as a manager during the Centenary year, where Celtic won the Double.

We hope you enjoy listening to their memories to two legends from the Lisbon Lions Era.

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