Monthly Archives: April 2020

S9E46 Ken Eadie Interview

The two John’s are joined by Clydebank legend and all time top scorer Ken Eadie.

He joins us from Florida so we discuss how moving there came about and what life is like there.

We start off with some chat about the current reconstruction talk in terms of what may happen.

Ken talks us through his career which includes some terrific stories including hanging out with Wet Wet Wet and jumping in a taxi to Glasgow with team mates after Scottish Cup semi in 1990.

He talks about his thoughts on coaching in Scottish football, his playing career which includes being inducted in to Hall of Fame at Clydebank and some fun stuff such as his desire for a Scotch Pie.

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S9E45 Paul Lawson Interview

The regular trio are reunited for the first time in a while and are joined by ex Celtic, Ross County and Motherwell player Paul Lawson. Paul is currently manager of Formartine United in the Highland League.

We kick off by talking about potential reconstruction in the senior leagues and what it may look like. This leads on to what’s been going on in the non league setup with declarations of titles and East of Scotland Juniors season being declared null and void.

Paul talks about his ambitions for Formartine United, how the job came about and his success so far at the club.

We then move on to talk about his playing career from his time coming through at Celtic to the success he had at Ross County and finishing his senior career at Motherwell.

The podcast concludes with some quick fire questions, Paul picks his best team of players he has played with and we finish off with some Football Manager chat.

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S9E44 COVID-19 Statement League

Good John and Krys are joined by Statement League creator Lewis Cumming. As you can imagine, his phone has went into meltdown recently.

We start off by chatting about the Government’s decision to extend the lockdown by three weeks. It is agreed that this is optimistic and we expect the lockdown will continue into the summer. We can only hope that the numbers come down as soon as possible so we can get back to normality.

The conversation moves onto the controversial SPFL proposal to conclude the Championship, League One and League Two season, which needed a 75% vote from each division to be passed. After the mystery of Dundee’s alleged missing vote, the proposal went through to crown Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers Champions with Partick Thistle and Stranraer relegated. Brechin avoid a potential relegation playoff against Brora Rangers or Kelty Hearts.

The Leagues decision means that Hearts and Hamilton will lead reconstruction talks. This requires an 11-1 majority. Will we see proper change to Scottish Football, or will the clubs effectively vote for Hearts to be relegated? One way or another, the credibility of our governing bodies has plummeted further. One reconstruction that has happened is the creation of the West of Scotland league, effectively ending the Junior game in the West.

We round off by chatting about the classic matches being shown by Sportscene and various social media channels. The guys also give their favourite XI of the teams they support from their lifetime.

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S9E43 Willie Garner Interview

The two John’s are joined by ex Aberdeen player and assistant manager Willie Garner.

He talks us through his career as a player and the early success he had at Aberdeen. Willie was lucky to have played under Ally McLeod, Billy McNeill and Alex Ferguson so gives us an insight in to what they were like.

Willie became a player manager of Alloa at the age of 27 and talks about how this came about. He then lets us know how assistant manager job came up at Aberdeen and how his time at the club ended.

He has some great stories to tell from his time in football and his role as an ambassador at Aberdeen.

We finish off with some fun questions and what his best 11 if of players he played with.

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S9E42B Brian Irvine Interview Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of the Scottish Football Forums interview with former Falkirk, Aberdeen, Dundee, Ross County and Scotland centre half Brian Irvine.

In the summer of 1995, Brian’s world came crashing down when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He talks openly about how he came through that shock, how he learned how to manage the condition and fight his way back into the first team. He then discusses the hurt at being released by Roy Aitken in 1997 and how that spurred him onto have two impressive seasons with Dundee, including scoring in a Dundee Derby at Tannadice.

Brian ended his career with four years at Ross County under Neale Cooper then Alex Smith before going into coaching and management. He speaks about the difficulties of his job with Elgin and coaching abroad. We round off the interview with a few quick-fire questions, including who the funniest personalities in the Aberdeen changing room were and why Eoin Jess left a pair of predators underneath his dressing room peg.

We thank Brian for giving his time and hope you enjoy the second part of this interview.

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S9E42A Brian Irvine Interview Part 1

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.

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S9E41 Mick Kennedy Interview

The two John’s are joined by current Darvel Juniors manager Mick Kennedy.

We’re pleased to have him on especially in current situation where we’re all desperate for any kind of football chat.

Mick talks his through his career from his time playing in amateur football where he became a Scotland player at that level. He then leads on to his transition to management in the amateurs where he had tremendous success in a short space of time.

He speaks about why Darvel were the right fit in terms of moving in to management in the Juniors. One of the main things that comes across is the professional approach he takes with Sports Science being a big part of things. There is some pyramid chat with all that is happening currently with that regard.

We finish up with some fun questions and get Mick to pick a best eleven of players he has played with or managed.

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