Monthly Archives: October 2020

S10E23 Guest Special: Steven Mill

In the latest of our Guest Special series, Good John is joined by Radio Presenter and Dunfermline fan Steven Mill, currently with Bauer Media Group which has Clyde, Tay FM, Moray Firth, Northsound and West FM as part of their network. We begin by chatting about his current role, where he presents Monday to Friday from 4pm til 7pm, and on his new Big Football Saturday Show that he co-hosts with Ewen Cameron.

After starting out at Kingdom FM in Fife, Steven got his big break when he landed the newsreaders role on the Capital Scotland Breakfast Show. He talks about the camaraderie he had with presenters Des Clarke and Jenny Black and how the success of the show drew in a higher audience age average than their target market. When Jenny left to start a family, Steven moved into the co-presenter role with Des, with Amy Irons moving into the newsreaders role. He talks about the natural progression and how the show continued to be a success until its axe in 2019, leading to him moving onto his current role.

Steven then talks about his love affair for Dunfermline Athletic, mainly influenced by his Grandfather who played for the Pars in the 50’s. His earliest memories include the ’96 promotion to the Premier League and Craig Faulconbridge’s equaliser that delayed Celtic’s title in ’98. The Jimmy Calderwood era are Steven’s favourite memories as a Dunfermline fan and most of his best XI comes from this era, two of which Steven believes should’ve had a Scotland cap. He talks about the Pars chances of a return to the top flight, and they are off to a good start this season. The podcast concludes with the usual quick fire questions.

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S10E22 Raise the Roofe

John is joined by Scott from The Footy Blog Net who returns after missing last week.

There is plenty to discuss and we kick off with the mixed fortunes of Celtic and Rangers in Europe. Celtic continued to toil as they seem stuck between formations while Rangers continue their terrific record in Europe under Gerrard. The game between Standard and Rangers saw the best goal you’ll possibly see all season from Roofe.

We move on to domestic action and continue to discuss Celtic and their current form. They continued to have major issues defending though looked better in attack. Aberdeen will probably be slightly disappointed that they didn’t win after putting in a strong performance. It leads us nicely in to their semi final from last season which takes place on Sunday. We cover the rest of the Premiership action and discuss whether Kevin Nisbet may be in for a Scotland call up.

The lower league action is discussed as we give the results of our predictions game and this week it is the turn of Scott to represent the podcast against Ally Graham.

The new dawn of the West of Scotland Football League started with Darvel getting off to a good start. We’ll hopefully look more in depth at the league next week as we should have a guest on.

Scotland women’s team picked up a good result against Albania but have a tougher task to come against Finland. Once again we mention the need for more coverage so that they game can build further momentum in the country.

The other Scottish Cup semi final is previewed with Scott being of the opinion it is tough to call. It should be interesting anyway as both Edinburgh clubs are in good form.

We conclude by paying our own tribute to Ebbe Skovdahl after his sad passing away at the end of last week.

The latest issue of the Tartan Army Magazine is out so check it out on tartanarmymagazine.com

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S10E21 Guest Special: Paul Goodwin of SFSA

In the latest installments of our Guest Specials, Good John is joined by Paul Goodwin from fans group Scottish Football Supporters Association.

Paul outlines the work that goes on within the organisation as they aim to give fans more of a say in the running of Scottish Football and to have more fans representation on club boards. He goes in depth with the work that they do to get supporters to buy into what they’re doing and the progress they have made over the past five years.

Paul also gives an interesting insight into the ongoing debates for the Scottish Government to let fans back into grounds after test events were halted, despite no linked positive Coronavirus cases to either event. He does acknowledge that our game is only a fraction of society, where many aspects have similar issues.

If you are interested in getting involved, please go to their website for more information on how to join – https://scottishfsa.org/about-sfsa/

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S10E20 They Both Play in Blue

John is joined by Tony as we discuss the current events in Scottish football.

We kick off by reflecting on Scotland’s game on Czech Republic and how it may be difficult for certain players to get back in the team.

The Betfred Cup continues and we discuss whether it may have been better to make it a straight knock out tournament again for this season.

The Premiership returned so we discussed the fallout from the Celtic and Rangers match. It looks like there is going to be a real title race this year though it is early days. Aberdeen have had a couple games since the international break and are next up for Celtic. John is hopeful that they will continue their positive approach that they’ve had in recent games.

The lower leagues started and we get Tony to make some predictions for a game in each league in our new predictions contest against Ally Graham.

The podcast concludes with some other chat about whats been happening in Scottish football and beyond.

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S10E19 John Rowbotham Special

In the latest installment of Good John’s guest specials, he is joined by former SFA Grade 1 & FIFA Referee John Rowbotham.

John talks openly about how he went from Junior and Amateur football to referee at the age of 29. Starting off at officiating Under 18’s football, John progressed through the ranks to become one of Scotland’s best known referees by the mid-nineties along with the likes of Willie Young, Hugh Dallas and Kenny Clark. He is perhaps best remembered for two games involving Paul Gascoigne. Firstly, a Rangers v Aberdeen game in 1995 where he admits he should’ve sent Gazza off in a match that affected his confidence, secondly in an Old Firm game two years later where he did produce a red card to the Geordie. John also oversaw 50 European club matches and five International matches before he hung up the whistle after the 2005 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Dundee United.

John gives some great tales from his career, from a ballboy being disappointed at getting his autograph instead of Pierluigi Collina to halting a Celtic v Hibs match for a fox running on the pitch. He also gives an insight into the after dinner circuit that he’s involved in and being influenced by Bake Off and his Grandchildren to make cheesecakes.

Thank you to everyone who asked questions via Twitter, John doesn’t avoid answering them as well as the usual slowfire asked by Good John.

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S10E18 Tony and his Chocolate Buttons

Scott from The Footy Blog Net and Tony join F Bomb John for the latest podcast.

Unfortunately the Covid pandemic features a fair bit with it impacting domestic football and the international team. It also comes up when we discuss the latest news about the West of Scotland Football League.

The Betfred Cup saw a couple teams have to forfeit games and as we were recording an announcement was made that Kilmarnock will play their midweek cup tie after it being in doubt.

Good John recorded a podcast last week previewing the lower leagues so we discuss our various predictions about promotion and relegation assuming the season doesn’t finish early like it did last season.

We discuss the latest news about the West of Scotland Football League with news of 9 teams deciding to withdraw from this season due to the restrictions in place. All clubs have faced a difficult situation but we agree that the start of the league could have been put back to next season.

Scotland have played two games since we were last on and we have a playoff to look forward to for the chance to play in Euro 2020 in 2021. The guys discuss the positives but also talk about where improvements need to be made.

The podcast concludes with other relevant news in Scottish Football over the last week.

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S10E17 Championship, League One and Two Preview with Ally Graham

The new season in the SPFL lower leagues commences on 16 October, and Good John is joined by ex-player Ally Graham, who has played for nine of the thirty clubs involved.

The duo share their views on who they think will be getting promoted, relegated and who will be in the playoffs at either end of each of the three divisions, with some similar predictions and also some completely different takes on each league.

One thing John and Ally definitely agree on is that the need for fans to return to grounds is massive for these clubs and we hope that the paying public can return safely sooner rather than later.

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S10E16 Tony’s Special BK Juice

It’s a busy podcast as F Bomb John is joined by Scott from The Footy Blog Net, Tony and Iain from The Famous Tartan Army Magazine.

Make sure to check out the latest issue of The Famous Tartan Army Magazine when it comes out later this month. Good John has done a fair bit of work for the magazine which should be a great read.

We begin by discussing the efforts of Celtic and Rangers in the Europa League and their prospects in the group stages of the tournament. It’s transfer deadline day too and interestingly enough Celtic signed Laxalt on loan from Milan.

It’s the week of Scotland’s biggest game since they played Italy in 2007. There is a really interesting conversation about the formation that Clarke might use, who will play and our hopes for the game. We’re all in a positive mood but I think it’s helped by the various drinks we’ve got.

The top 4 in the Scottish Premiership all won which covers the majority of the weekend review. To conclude we discuss what might happen in the Celtic and Rangers clash after the international break. Are Celtic still favourites for the league?

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S10E15 Ally Begg Special

In the second of Good John’s interview’s this week, he is joined by fellow Aberdeen fan and former model, pop star, MUTV and Celtic TV presenter and ESPN Singapore and BEIN Sports Producer Ally Begg. We began the podcast by speaking about the Coronavirus pandemic and how he’s been affected, which led to redundancy at BEIN and has now relocated to Salzburg, Austria, and his plans for the future.

Ally grew up supporting the Dons during their most enjoyable period of the early 1980’s. He talks about Pittodrie’s greatest night against Bayern Munich in 1983 and the trip to Gothenburg to see Aberdeen defeat Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners Cup Final. He was lucky enough to go to Pittodrie the following day to see the team bring home the trophy.

After being let go by the club following a spell with the Boys Club, Ally pursued a modelling career after a reference from his hairdresser. This led to him being snapped up by a music producer to form one part of the boy band Bad Boys Inc, whom he was with for three years. Ally is very honest about how the novelty of attention wore off and becoming unhappy with life as a pop star, leading to him leaving in 1995. Shortly afterwards, Ally was subject to abuse from Dundee fans at the 1995 League Cup Final and he explains how his anger came out after Duncan Shearer scored the second goal. This, he described, as the biggest turning point in his life.

He moved onto Television presenting at Granada Shopping, and this led to presenting roles at MUTV and Celtic TV. Ally then left the UK in 2007 to join ESPN in Singapore before moving onto Bein Sports in Qatar as a Producer, a role he feels more comfortable in. Ally has also been blogging about Aberdeen in his spare time, interviewing a range of former players from legends like Willie Miller to players who divided opinion like John Inglis. He talks openly about his future plans for the blog and a podcast once the pandemic passes. You can find his blogs at www.allybegg.com

We round off with the usual slow fire questions, including which Dons he’d have to reform Bad Boys Inc and a Best XI.

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S10E14 Robert Connor Interview

In the latest of the guest specials with Good John, he is joined by former Ayr United (two spells), Dundee, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock & Queen of the South midfielder Robert Connor, who also won four caps for Scotland and had a brief spell as Ayr Manager.

Robert talks in depth about his career, the laughs he had off it with his teammates, the difficulty of management and life after football.

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