Monthly Archives: September 2020

S10E13 (Robert) Love Will Take You Apart

F Bomb John is joined by Tony and our latest guest Robert Love who is currently player and assistant manager at Annbank United.

The podcast starts by discussing the change to West of Scotland league setup, the challenges of taking on a management role in the current climate and concerns about the future of clubs in the non league setup.

We take a look at Robert’s career in Senior football and success in the playoffs for Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers. Robert talks about how he got involved in football and the setbacks he had as a youngster making his way in the game.

His time in the Juniors is discussed mainly focusing on his time at Cumnock, rivals Auchinleck Talbot and the success he had there and Largs. Robert speaks openly about how he considered stopping playing as he had fallen out of love with football but thankfully he found his appetite for the game again.

As is standard when we have a guest on we get him to pick a best eleven of players he played with. There are also funny stories in terms of away trips and pranks in the dressing room.

The podcast concludes with a review of some of the weekend action and some slowfire questions for Robert.

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S10E12 Good John Meets Big Bad John

In the second of our special guests for the week as Good John is joined by Airdrie legend John Martin.

John talks through his 19 year spell with The Diamonds, from taking over as number one from Ernie McGarr to leaving the club in 1999, three years before the clubs unfortunate demise. He fondly recalls the 90’s where Airdrie reached two Scottish Cup Finals, four League Cup Semi Finals, won the B&Q Challenge Cup, had two years in the Premier League and played Sparta Prague in the 1992/93 European Cup Winners Cup. John also speaks highly of his teammates such as Alan Lawrence, Jimmy Sandison, Kenny Black and Owen Coyle.

After leaving Airdrie, John had short spells at Cowdenbeath, Preston Athletic and Bo’ness, plus a role in the movie “A Shot at Glory” alongside Robert Duvall, Ally McCoist and Michael Keaton amongst others. John also speaks of his pride at being a club ambassador for Airdrie and at being named in their hall of fame.

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S10E11 Rocky Montage

F Bomb John is joined this week by Scott from The Footy Blog Net.

We kick off by talking about latest government announcement relating Covid and implications on Scottish Football.

There were three Scottish teams in European action who all progressed. We discuss whether they and Celtic can reach the Europa League playoff round.

The weekend action is discussed with Rangers conceding their first goals of the league season. Before the Aberdeen game the news broke out that a deal had been accepted for Scott McKenna. The guys discuss what impact the sale may have and whether he will be replaced.

The podcast concludes with other news in Scottish football relating to the women’s game and lower leagues.

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S10E10 Colin McCredie Interview

Good John is back with another guest special, this time it’s not a footballer or coach. He was joined by Actor and St Johnstone fan Colin McCredie.

Colin starts off by talking about the effects Covid has had on the acting industry and concerns for the future, though he was able to do some work by using his daughter’s bedroom for a scene. He then goes through his acting career, mainly his role as DC Fraser in Taggart including working with fellow co-stars James McPherson, Blythe Duff, John Michie and Alex Norton. He talks at length about the storyline of his character revealing that he was gay and how that was received within the media, and also the sour axing of his character after 15 years on the show. He also covers off roles in River City, Wooly and Tig and Still Game as well as pantomine roles.

Away from the sets and stage, Colin talks fondly about his love for St Johnstone FC from the early 80’s starring Ally McCoist and Jim Brogan to the present day. The interview couldn’t be passed without recalling the clubs finest hour on 17 May 2014 when they won the Scottish Cup. He also gives his thoughts on the current squad and hopes for the season. We then round off with the usual slow fire questions, including who his ideal on-screen wife would be and a best Saints XI.

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S10E9 The Wright Stuff

John is joined by Tony this week as we discuss what’s been going on in Scottish football.

We start off with discussion about the non leagues being a bit further forward in terms of fixtures being announced. The West of Scotland League has now confirmed that the conferences will be split in to two groups with fixtures due out on Thursday.

Discussion moves on the the weekend where the league looks like it is starting to take shape. The top four look like they are going to pull away from the rest of the league. Motherwell got their first win of the season while Livingston lost again at home.

There is some brief discussion about the upcoming European fixtures too.

To finish off we round up with other news in Scottish football.

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S10E8 Davie Irons Special

Good John is back and so is the return of our special guests features, starting with current Stenhousemuir Manager Davie Irons.

Davie begins by talking about how the Covid situation has affected his main job as a Police Officer as well as the club. With the new season coming up in a few weeks, the fear of no crowds being allowed in is something of a concern. On the pitch, Davie is hoping that his second spell at Stenny can see them improve on last seasons 8th place finish.

We move onto Davie’s playing career, which started back in 1979 at home town club Queen of the South before joining Junior side Kello Rovers. He then moved onto Ayr United, where he played under ex-Scotland Manager Ally McLeod. From there, he joined Clydebank and then Dunfermline under another great character of the game in Jim Leishman, winning promotion to the Premier League in his first season and helping the Pars consolidate in the League.

Irons next move was to Partick Thistle and worked under their legendary Manager John Lambie, where they won promotion to the Premier League in 1992 and became the last winners of the Tennents Sixes. Irons scored in the Final and won player of the tournament, so he has fond memories of the competition. His playing career wound down at St Johnstone, Clydebank, Annan Athletic (as player/manager) and Gretna.

Becoming Rowan Alexander’s Assistant, Irons enjoyed a rollercoaster ride at Raydale under owner Brookes Mileson. They won three consecutive promotions and reached the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, losing to Hearts on penalties. Irons recalls the difficult scenario in the First Division campaign that saw him take over from Alexander as Manager and saw them over the line in dramatic circumstances at Ross County to win a place in the Premier League. He also points out the financial difficulties the club ran into the led to his departure mid-season to join Morton. After two years in Greenock, Irons then went to Stenhousemuir for 18 months, almost guiding them to the old Second Division playoffs, before a change of career led to his departure and then returning seven years later.

The podcast ends with a chat on the importance of Mental Health, including how his daughter Amy has coped since losing her partner to suicide, and a round of slow fire questions. There’s a particularly good story involving John Lambie’s car in Blackpool.

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S10E7 Czech Mate

It’s the same trio on as last week as John is joined by Scott and Tony.

We’d like to call it a Scotland special but there wasn’t much to get excited about over the two games. Have we learned much ahead of our crucial game next month ahead Israel?

The guys discuss what few positives there were and why performances were not of a particularly great standard.

News broke on Tuesday that Aberdeen and Ross County have been allowed some fans back at football this weekend. Let’s hope it all goes well so there can be a return to some more normality.

There has been announcements made with regards to the Lowland League starting up again so we discuss that briefly. Following on from that there is some discussion on speculation that West of Scotland Leagues will be split in to two groups and what that may mean.

The podcast concludes with the latest transfer news and speculation ahead of the return to domestic football.

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S10E6 Fantastic on Plastic

F Bomb John is joined by Scott and Tony this week as they discuss the week gone by and what’s to come.

It’s early in the season so there is plenty to discuss with the European qualifying rounds, domestic action and upcoming Nations League Campaign.

We discuss the fall out from Celtic getting knocked out of the Champions League qualifying rounds. A fair bit of focus surrounds the decision not to play a recognised striker. Aberdeen and Motherwell both had comfortable wins in the Europa League qualifying round but face difficult ties ahead if they are to progress.

The weekend action saw four games take place in Saturday with the other two being on Sunday. We discuss the importance of Livingston and Kilmarnock getting their first wins of the season. The goal from Rory McKenzie is a unanimous choice for #pickitoot

Rangers continued their fine start to the season with another win and clean sheet. The form of Ryan Kent being one of the main talking points. On Sunday Aberdeen got another important win in a performance that has pleased a couple of the regular podcast team.

We preview the Scotland games and try to make sense of the Nation’s League qualification process for the World Cup. Unfortunately Krys is not on as he always manages to cover it so well.

The podcast concludes with some other relevant events that have taken place including our Challenge Cup poll on Twitter.

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