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S10E35 Luke Shanley – the only TA in Belgrade

Scotland’s memorable playoff victory over Serbia, which sealed a first qualification for a major finals since 1998, missed just one thing – the Tartan Army. Whilst no fans were allowed to travel to Belgrade, one lucky paid up member of the Scotland Supporters Club was able to be there in his work capacity to witness the penalty shootout win which secured a spot at the delayed Euro 2020.

Sky Sports reporter Luke Shanley was the man who made every Scotland fan jealous by being in Serbia for the match. He shared his experience with Good John in what it was like to report on the build up to the game, watch from the sidelines in the rain as Scotland put us all through the emotional turmoil to get the job done, and giving the immediate post-match interviews, including one with a rather emotional Ryan Christie who summed up just what it was like to end more than two decades of pain.

As a result of being in Serbia, Luke has had to quarantine for 14 days, but it was well worth it. He’s now looking forward to the Euro’s and what Sky might do in the build up to the Finals, with hope he can get into Hampden and Wembley as a fan. He also had a very interesting wildcard for who should pen the Scotland Euro 2020 song!

Luke also penned a diary on his trip, which you can read via the Sky Sports website

(Acknowledgements for the intro and outro audio goes to the Scottish Football Association)

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S10E34 Guest Special: Emma Hunter

Good John’s education into Women’s Football continues as he is joined by Aberdeen Women’s Co-Manager Emma Hunter.

It was an unfortunate week for Emma to be on as the Dons Ladies went down to a 5-1 win to Partick Thistle, their first defeat and dropped points from the first seven games of SWPL2 this season. She starts by talking about learning from this experience and hopes to put things right against Kilmarnock on Sunday as they aim to get their promotion push back on track.

Emma talks openly about the challenges the Women’s game faces in terms of gaining more exposure from the media and how Covid has affected plans to get more fans to games. She also talks about the work she does with the Community Trust and behind the scenes at Cormack Park. We chat a bit about the Scotland Women’s National Team who have a crucial Euro 2021 Qualifying double header in Portugal and at home to Finland this weekend.

We round off with Emma’s hopes for Aberdeen going forward and a round of quick fire questions, and what she really thinks of Christmas Songs!

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S10E33 Guest Special: Scots Abroad Podcast John Walker

In the latest of the Guest Specials, Good John is joined by Scots Abroad Podcast host and Rangers fan John Walker.

John talks about how the concept of Scots Abroad Podcast came about and some of the guests he’s had on such as Fiona Brown, Rachel Corsie, Barry Smith and Graham Hunter. With Scotland qualifying for the delayed Euro 2020, he talks about the chances some of our overseas based players such as Ryan Gauld, Lewis Morgan and Aaron Hickey have of breaking into Steve Clarke’s plans in time for the Finals.

We then move onto John’s love for Rangers Football Club and some of his favourite memories following them, including supporting them through the 9 in a row years and being in Manchester for the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. He gives his thoughts on the current Rangers side and their chances of ending Celtic’s quest for 10 in a row. We round off with the usual quick fire questions including John’s Best Rangers XI.

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S10E32 James Tavernier Penalty

John is joined by Scott from The Footy Blog Net and Iain from The Famous Tartan Army Magazine.

To kick off we discuss the disappointment of how our Nations League campaign ended for the World Cup campaign. There is agreement though that massive progress has been made after qualifying for the Euros next year and that remaining in group B will help us.

We then go on to discuss the impact of what occurred with the under 21 squad with players contracting COVID and others having to self isolate. This has also impacted the Women’s team as Shelley Kerr will have to self isolate and miss their Euro 22 qualifying double header against Portugal and Finland.

It’s a well done to Glasgow City as they advanced in their Champions League qualifying tie against Valur to make the group stages again. Let’s hope they can do as well as last season or even better.

The chat moves on to the Premiership as Celtic continue to wobble, is a new manager on the way? Can they arrest the slump? They’ve only actually lost one game in the league this season but performances are the main concern. On the other side of Glasgow, Rangers continue to be in terrific form and look to be the current favourites for the league. As Tony isn’t on we can praise Dundee United who look like they have found a good combination up front.

After being 2-0 up in the lower leagues prediction game, expert Ally Graham is now 3-2 ahead. We give Iain the opportunity to represent the podcast this week.

It’s been a while since we had some wrestling chat but The Undertaker has retired and Scott is not happy that we have inadvertently dissed his Mum.

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S10E31 Guest Special: Iain King

In the latest installment of our guest specials, Good John is joined by former Scottish Sun Sports Editor and ex-Airdrie CEO Iain King, who is now coaching at North Toronto Nitros in Canada.

After covering off more reflection on Scotland’s qualification to Euro 2020, Iain talks about how he worked his way up the journalism ladder before joining The Scottish Sun in 2000. During his 15 years at the paper, he became Chief Football Writer then became Sports Editor in 2007. Iain was honest when asked about defending the papers reputation in comparison to its English version and how they overtook the Daily Record to become the most sold paper in Scotland. Iain also won Football Writer of the Year for three consecutive years thanks to scoops like Barry Ferguson’s return to Rangers and Roy Keane signing for Celtic.

Following a decision to take redundancy from the Scottish Sun in 2015, Iain became CEO at Airdrie and he goes through the challenges of the role, none bigger than when Manager, and good friend, Eddie Wolecki-Black suffered a stroke at half time during a game in Cowdenbeath. He left the club that summer and then moved to Canada under a year later to take up a coaching role at North Toronto Nitros. Iain’s coaching career actually began during his newspaper days as he managed both East Kilbride and BSC Glasgow, so this held him in good stead to head out to Toronto. He explains that he is largely responsible for bringing kids of many age groups, male and female, through the academy.

We round off by touching on his involvement with Northern American Scottish Coaches Association, where they hold weekly Zoom calls with many Scots coaches over here like Walter Smith, David Weir and Kevin Harper, before an interesting round of quick fire questions. Who makes his journalists 5 a-side team?

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S10E30 No Scotland No Party

John is joined by regular Tony and Iain from The Famous Tartan Army Magazine.

We’ve waited a long time but Scotland have finally qualified for a tournament for the first time since 1998. The guys are obviously delighted and can’t quite believe it. It’s a great achievement and welcome respite with regards to current COVID situation.

There is a bit of chat about the game and the ups and downs that occurred. Thankfully David Marshall saved the day and left us to party like it was 1998.

We discuss the turnaround of events and how the Nations League has changed our fortunes. Can we beat Israel and get promoted to Group A? This leads us to trying to explain how it can benefit us in the future.

The boost to the economy should be significant with merchandise sales and hopefully fans allowed to attend games. We discuss whether we can get past the group stage for the first time at a tournament.

We finish off by taking a nostalgic look at our favourite kits.

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S10E29 Fans Special: Erin Grieve

In the latest installment of our Guest Specials, Good John is joined by fellow Aberdeen fan Erin Grieve. Erin was brought up a Dons fan by her father, who took her to her first game at the age of 5, and she talks in great detail about life supporting her beloved Dons.

There is an interesting discussion about the Derek McInnes era, something that often divides fans on social media, and the desperation to end the 30 year Scottish Cup curse (Erin wasn’t born when the Dons last won the trophy).

We also discuss the Aberdeen Women’s side, who are off to a six game winning start in SWPL2, and how much effort is being put into make the Women’s team successful. The chat ends with the usual quickfire questions including Erin’s best Aberdeen XI.

Erin turns 30 today and she explains that she is making the most of her celebrations, which she hopes is capped off with a win over Rangers on Sunday. We wish Erin a happy 30th birthday.

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S10E28 Guest Special: Craig Joyce

In the second part of our Women’s Football Special’s, Good John is joined by Glasgow Women’s FC Head Coach, and host of 6, 8 and 10 podcast.

Craig talks us through his coaching career and how chance meeting’s led to him getting involved with Women’s Football in the first place. He talks about earlier roles within Glasgow Uni Under 19’s, Glasgow City Under 13’s and Rangers Under 14’s before he went back to City as Head Coach of the Development squad. Craig talks about the pride of seeing players from his group go onto make it into the City first team and other clubs and why City ultimately have been so dominant in Women’s Football.

Last December, Craig took up the Head Coach position at Glasgow Women FC of SWPL2. One of his first tasks was to adapt to life after the Coronavirus outbreak and he talks about how he helped keep the girls in good shape physically and, more importantly, mentally. Now that the football has started, he talks about the hopes for Glasgow Women for the season and the challenges they face against sides like Aberdeen, Hamilton, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

We round off with a brief chat on his role at SPFL Trust, the 6,8 and 10 Podcast, including why this is his last season doing the podcast, a discussion on mental health and a round of slowfire questions.

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S10E27 Guest Special: Debbi McCulloch

We are focussing on Women’s Football in this weeks guest specials and in the first part Good John is joined by Spartans Women’s Manager Debbi McCulloch.

Debbi joined Spartans in 2008 after Community Coaching roles at Dundee United and Ross County, starting off as Shelley Kerr’s assistant before taking the reigns in 2010 and, bar an 18 month break a couple of years ago, she has been at the helm ever since. In addition, Debbi is the Business and Operations Manager at the Spartans Academy.

She talks about the enjoyment of the job, a regret in not winning a trophy despite reaching four Premier League Cup Finals and the 2014 Scottish Women’s Cup Final. She also talks about the start to the season, where Spartans have began with narrow defeats to Hibs, Rangers and Celtic, and previews the weekends game against Forfar Farmington.

Debbi also covers the lack of coaching opportunities for Women in the Men’s game and the barriers that need to be broken down. There is also a good section on Mental Health, which is prominent in most peoples minds due to the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic. We round off with the usual quick fire questions.

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S10E26 Scotland Optimism (It’s the Hope…)

John is joined by Scott from The Footy Blog Net and Donald who makes his first appearance on the podcast. Donald is a keen follower of non league football and is a reporter for what is now the West of Scotland Football League.

We kick off the podcast by asking Donald what his thoughts are with regards to the change to professional status and the impact this may have on Scottish football.

The chat moves on to Europe where once again Rangers and Celtic had mixed results. Once again we discuss what the issues are at Celtic and whether the blame is with the manager.

The weekend saw Rangers maintain their lead at the top of the table and we focus on the improvement in terms of goals conceded. We try to pinpoint what is different. The other games are covered though it’s a bit difficult with a couple due to the poor weather.

It’s the week of the Nations League playoff as we look to reach Euro 2020. The excitement is building with the uneasy feeling of being optimistic for just now. We discuss what the lineup is likely to be. Can we do it? Let’s hope so as it would be a massive boost to football in this country.

Thanks for listening and please send us any feedback or suggestions on what you’d like to hear covered on the podcast.

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