Monthly Archives: July 2019

S9E4 The Kevin Harper Interview

F-Bomb John shows off his proud new nickname in front of Good John and No Nickname Krys on this week’s podcast.

We start off with a review of Celtic in Europe as they advance in style past Nomme Kalju and onto Cluj, with Krys firing off as many bad puns as he can manage. There’s previews of both Rangers and Aberdeen later this week as they both hope to Progres to the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The League Cup sectionals come to an end and there’s a couple of surprise names in the second round, with East Fife particularly happy to get one of the big names in the draw. Forfar got there thanks to another defeat for St Johnstone, leaving Tommy Wright unsurprisingly one of the favourites in the sack race.

Meanwhile Albion Rovers came close to getting out of their section ahead of St Mirren, which leads us nicely into Good John’s interview with Albion Rovers manager Kevin Harper. Kevin tells us about his time in charge at Cliftonhill so far, saving Albion Rovers from the playoffs in the process, and his thoughts going into the new season for both his current team and also how his former team Hibernian might do.

Back on the podcast, we take a look at our league predictions for the coming season. For full coverage check out the blog where you’ll find them all including our thoughts on the cup competitions. We end with a look forward to the opening day league fixtures this weekend.

It’s not mentioned on the podcast this week, but we’re running a fantasy football league this season. Check out Fantasy Football Scotland, download the app and join our league on XJVYXIM7

Hopefully we’ll have another guest on next week. Thanks as always for listening, and thanks to Kevin Harper for his time on this one!

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S9E3 Invisible John

Three episodes into the new season and we’ve dropped to the standards of Kilmarnock with a podcast which finishes about as effectively as the home strikers at Rugby Park.

It started so promisingly too. Two Johns and a Krys for the first time this season and they rip into Kilmarnock like… well, the Connah’s Quay Nomads. Thankfully the rest of the European chat is positive as Celtic and Aberdeen both progress while Rangers double down on that and progress to Progres. There’s also some chat about hopefully Nomme meeting Shakira… or at least it’s possible that was one of Krys’s attempts at saying Shkendija.

The League Cup chat picks up where last week’s podcast left off and rounds off the midweek games from Wednesday before looking at the weekend fixtures. St Johnstone, St Mirren and Dunfermline all have their own disappointments and Krys dreams of Celtic getting Edinburgh City in the second round draw.

Then we run out of things to talk about so Krys starts browsing the pyramid system on wikipedia and talk about what he finds there. Good John brings it back to talking about mental health, while Bad John just disappears entirely. Then we end up back in the 90s again, which is always a good place to reminisce when you’re filling for time.

No goal of the week or tweet of the week this week, hopefully we’ll have more chat of those once domestic football is properly back up and running with the league fixtures.

Thanks for listening, or at least persisting this week!

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S9E2 The Ten O’Clock News

It’s episode two and this time Good John is unavailable. John returns and is joined by Krys.

The season may have just started again but there has been plenty of football player already.

We had our European contingent starting off last Tuesday with all four teams winning their first leg which was pleasing.

The teams not involved in Europe kicked off their season in the League Cup which saw a few shocks take place.

We start off our new regular feature of tweets of the week with talk of Livingston’s dump and Shay Logan’s rant at ScotRail. If you’ve seen anything yourself on twitter relating to Scottish football that has amused you then send it on.

Another feature will be goal of the week so again send your contenders on to us @sffpodcast on Twitter.

The podcast concludes with chat about the upcoming Scottish Cup preliminary round draw.

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S9E1 Back Onside with Aaron Connolly

It’s our ninth season in a row as the Podcast team return for another campaign – just four weeks after the last podcast of season eight!

We are one John down but John B and Krys are joined by special guest Aaron Connolly of Fauldhouse United. The guys start by summarising the cruel ending to the Scotland Women’s World Cup adventures, where they went out in typically Scottish fashion. Whilst we are gutted for them, there is a recognition of how far the Women’s game has come in the last two years and we hope that they learn the harsh lessons going forward.

The subject of mental health has always been a talking point and few know more about the depths of depression than Aaron. He talks very openly about his darkest and lowest moment when he was ready to take his own life, only to hear the voice of his son as the starting point to saving his life. Aaron goes into detail about the moment he was found by Police, his visit to A&E, four weeks at Leverndale Mental Hospital and being in a better place now.

Aaron is now an ambassador for Back Onside, who reached out to him when he was at Leverndale, and he gave a great insight into the work the founder Libby Emmerson and her team do to reach out to people who suffer from mental health and encourage them to speak out. For further information, please go to https://backonside.co.uk/.

Turning attentions back to the senior game, four of our clubs are in European action this week. Celtic kick off their Champions League campaign in Sarajevo, whilst Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock take on opposition from Gibraltar, Finland and Wales in their quest to qualify for the Europa League. Here’s hoping they all progress to push the co-efficient up.

The other domestic sides all begin their Betfred Cup campaign this weekend, starting with Hearts v Dundee United on Friday.

We are glad to be back for another season. Thank you to everyone for subscribing and interacting with us.

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