Monthly Archives: June 2020

S9E60 A Coaching Education with Greig Paterson

The two John’s are joined by Head of Coaching and Education Development Greig Paterson.

We speak initially about his role with SFA and how they have adapted their coaching courses. This leads on to the different initiatives such as Project Brave.

There is discussion on the development of the women’s game in terms of getting more women involved in coaching.

We finish off with some slow fire questions where Greig ends up asking us some questions of his own. Good John then gets him to pick a best Scotland eleven.

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S9E59 Dave Buglass Interview

In our second podcast this week, Good John speaks to Berwick Rangers Director and Glasgow City’s Head of Football Operations Dave Buglass. From our perspective, it was good to get an insight into the Lowland League and Women’s game, and Dave answers all questions very honestly.

Born in Berwick, Dave talks about the pride of being asked to help out in January this year as Berwick struggled in adapting to life in the Lowland League following their relegation from the SPFL set up last season. He talks openly about the hours he and his fellow Directors put into restructure the business in order to stop the club from folding at the end of the season, and how they engaged with the local community to bring people back to Shielfield and get the club back on track off the pitch. Even with the problems that have arisen from Covid-19 pandemic, the club are, thankfully, in a better position than they were six months ago. Being a Lowland League side, Berwick have aspirations to work their way back to the SPFL, so Dave gives an honest assessment into the reconstruction farce of the last two and a half months.

Moving onto his role at Glasgow City, Dave gives an insight into the role in working with Laura Montgomery and Scott Booth. He gives an update as to where the Women’s game is in terms of restarting their season, which is becoming more important to City with a rearranged Champions League tie against Wolfsburg scheduled for August in Spain. He also talks about the potential missed marketing opportunities others have had in promoting the Women’s game better and how interest has dipped since the World Cup last year, something the media are guilty of. With City being managed by a male, Dave adds that he’d have no qualms in adding a female coach to the staff at Berwick, providing they were right for the job.

We round off with the usual, what is now, slowfire questions rounding off with a best Berwick XI.

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S9E58 David McCracken Interview

It’s the two John’s on for this episode and we’re joined by co Falkirk manager David McCracken.

David talks us through his playing days with the likes of Dundee United, Wycombe, MK Dons, St Johnstone and Falkirk. We don’t focus quite as much on Brentford.

We kick off by talking about how David has been busy during lockdown and his thoughts on how the season ended. This leads on to the disappointment of reconstruction not happening and a lack of information about when football will return in League One.

There are some terrific stories of his playing career with learning his trade at Dundee United and the fear that players had of Jim McLean. David is brutally honest about how his time at Dundee United came to an end and how a move south helped rejuvenate his career.

His time in England saw him under a Martin O’Neill clone and the man they call The Guvnor. David speaks highly though with regards to another manager who he says has played a significant part in how he is as a manager now.

We speak about him returning north with St Johnstone under Derek McInnes and about his time as a player at Falkirk where he played in the Scottish Cup final and Premiership playoff final.

The podcast concludes with what we now call the slow fire questions. One of the best moments is David picking his best eleven with him trying to include a certain keeper from Spain that we don’t recall playing in the UK.

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S9E57 Throwback Thursday Scots at the Euros

The regular trio of the two John’s and Krys are joined by Famous Tartan Army Magazine Editor Iain Emmerson.

It’s another throwback Thursday theme as the guys revisit Euro ‘92 and Euro ‘96, the two Finals that Scotland have played at. The ‘92 Finals saw Scotland, led by Andy Roxburgh, come away with plaudits following impressive performances in defeat to European Champions Holland and World Champions Germany, before comprehensively beating CIS.

At Euro ‘96, Craig Brown’s side wrote the latest chapter of the ever growing Glorious Failure novel by going out on goal difference. If only Gary McAllister hadn’t missed at Wembley and Patrick Kluivert not scored a consolation for the Dutch. Let’s just blame David Seaman!

The podcast rounds up with the lads wishing for a return to tournament football and Iain promoting future editions of the magazine, which Good John has contributed to. We will send the link when it’s out.

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S9E56 David Robertson Interview

The two John’s are joined by ex Aberdeen, Rangers and Leeds player. He’s the current Real Kashmir manager which some of our younger listeners may be more familiar with.

We start off by talking about his time in India and his difficult journey to get home during lockdown.

David talks about how he got in to football with the 1976 Scottish Cup final that perked his interest. He talks fondly about his time playing for his boyhood club and in particular the successful 1989/90 season when Aberdeen won the cup double. There was the disappointment of his last game at the club in the league decider against Rangers who he moved on to the summer after.

This led to a successful time at Rangers where he played a significant role in helping Rangers win 9 in a row, played in the Champions League and won domestic cups. He talks about who helped him settle in and shares his regret at not going out the night Rangers clinched 9 in a row.

David moved on to Leeds but unfortunately his playing time was cut short by injury. He discusses the other clubs who were in for him but the part George Graham played in getting him to sign.

We finish off by talking about his management and coaching career prior to his time at Kashmir.

As always we conclude with some quickfire questions and get David to pick his best eleven of players he played with.

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S9E55 Throwback Thursday Season 2007/08

Regulars Good John and Krys are joined by Director of Podcasting Craig, who returns after a two year absence. Welcome back boss!

The guys go back in time to season 2007/08, one which their respective club sides feature prominently, particularly in Europe.

To summarise, it was a season that gave renewed hope for our game. The Scotland National Team were punching well above their weight, winning in France and comprehensively swept Ukraine aside at Hampden and looked good for qualifying for Euro 2008. Ultimately, it ended in glorious failure once more after a cruel defeat by World Champions Italy in the final minute.

Our domestic sides were performing well on the continent too, with THREE sides still in Europe after Christmas. Aberdeen thumped Copenhagen to reach the UEFA Cup last 32, and gave Bayern Munich a scare at Pittodrie before going out. Celtic reached the last 16 of the Champions League, defeating defending Champions AC Milan on their way. Rangers had the disappointment of dropping into the UEFA Cup, but made up for that by going all the way to the Final in Manchester. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t go according to plan on and off the pitch.

Domestically, the Old Firm were involved in one of the closest title races ever, with the destiny of the title not decided until a rearranged last day of the season. Ultimately, it was Celtic who came out on top with a third consecutive title, with Rangers winning the Cup Double. Their Scottish Cup Final opponents were First Division Queen of the South, who caused the biggest upset of the season by beating Aberdeen in the Semi Final.

The campaign was also tinged with sadness as we saw the tragic passing of Phil O’Donnell and Tommy Burns. It was also the campaign where Gretna declined as rapidly as they rose, ending in liquidation just six years after being elected into the Scottish Football League.

The guys have fun recalling their memories of 2007/8, a season that turned out to be a false dawn rather than the start of something good for Scottish Football.

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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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