Monthly Archives: December 2020

S10E45 Dumbfries and Galloway

In the last podcast of 2020 we have John and Donald on to discuss what has been going on in Scottish football.

We take a different approach this week by focusing on management for various reasons.

Tributes are paid to Jim McLean who Davie Sneddon who both sadly passed away in the last week and are legends at Dundee United and Kilmarnock. Donald had the pleasure of spending time in Davie’s company at Alzheimer events.

Unfortunately we have to discuss a disgraceful incident with Alex Dyer being targeted with racist abuse in the form of a letter sent to Kilmarnock. This highlights the importance of the Black Lives Matter campaign to end racism.

Shelly Kerr has left the Scotland job and we discuss who may be potential candidates and how it will be a high profile job after the recent success of the national team under her. Could she move back in to the men’s game?

As the transfer window approaches us, we put our manager hats on to discuss where teams need to strengthen and speculation so far with regards to potential transfers.

It’s the turn of John to represent the podcast in the Lower League predictions game which Ally Graham now leads 6-3.

We conclude the podcast by discussing highs and lows in Scottish football in 2020 and what we are looking forward to in 2021.

A Happy New Year to all our listeners, guests and regulars on the podcast.

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S10E44 Hughes Highland Return

This week John is joined by regular Tony and Andy from the Press and Journal.

We kick off the show by discussing the sacking of Stuart Kettlewell and the announcement that John Hughes is returning to management. Andy gives us a great insight in to the situation at Ross County.

Celtic clinched the quadruple treble though you wouldn’t think it as Tony thinks there are still major concerns at the club. It’s a remarkable achievement and one that will be tough to match or beat.

The Premiership action is discussed briefly as Rangers stretch their lead at the top while down the bottom end of the league it is very tight.

As Andy is on we get him to represent us in the Lower League predictions game where Ally Graham has a 5-3 lead.

The podcast concludes with some fun stuff in relation to Christmas.

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S10E43 Lower League Review

The two John’s are joined by Ally Graham as we cover what has gone on in the lower leagues so far.

We kick off the show by talking about the lower league predictions game which Ally currently leads and get him to give us his predictions for this week.

League Two is where we start our review as we discuss the excellent start that Queen’s Park have got off to. We take a look back at our predictions at the start of the season and see how well we are doing.

Is League One the most exciting league in Scotland currently? Falkirk have got off to a terrific start and may be capable of running away with it especially if they win the Boxing Day clash against Falkirk. It’s pretty tight after that with teams vying for a playoff spot and to avoid relegation. Ally bemoans the lack of goals among strikers in the leagues.

The Championship has seen Hearts start well but there are a few teams who have only lost once so far. We discuss whether Dundee need a change of manager and the current situation with Morton.

We round things up by having a bit of fun with some discussion over Christmas favourites.

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S10E42 Guest Special: Ali DeFoy

In the last of Good John’s guest specials for 2020, he is joined by Ali DeFoy, presenter & producer of the Go Radio Football Show and presenter of St Mirren TV’s matchday coverage.

Ali begins by talking about her role at Go Radio and working with big personalities in Paul Cooney, Rob MacLean, Si Ferry and Barry Ferguson, and how successful the show has been so far. We then delve into memory lane by going through Ali’s career to date, which has taken her from the Dance School of Scotland and River City, through Gems TV and Biz to Biz, to Central FM and Wave FM. Her main sports broadcasting roles before Go Radio include a month at Aston Villa, three years co-presenting The Open for C3I Group and being Head of Marketing and Communications for Carnoustie Golf Club, scene of Paul Lawrie’s famous Claret Jug victory in 1999.

In addition to her professional career, Ali is a big St Mirren fan and talks about her time following The Buddies from the Love Street days, through the League Cup 2013 win over Hearts, to the present day where she is lucky enough to be presenting the in-house matchday coverage for the club TV channel. We round off with the usual quick fire questions including a best Saints XI, and an interesting choice for desert on Christmas Day.

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S10E41 Managerial Merry Go Round

John is joined by Tony and Donald as they discuss a busy week in Scottish football.

We get started by discussing Europe and the draw for the next round where Rangers look to have got a favourable draw. Celtic had nothing to play for but managed to win with some positive changes to the team.

Things move on to domestic matters and the Scottish Cup final which takes place on Sunday. Can Hearts pull off a shock? Will Lennon stick with the players who have won last two games?

Livingston have won two games since Martindale took interim charge and we discuss whether he will get the job. This leads on to discussion about Morton and who may get the job there.

The League Cup quarter finals take place in midweek where we discuss the pressure that Rangers will face if they do not go on to win it.

Glasgow City were in action in midweek and lost their first leg of their European tie against Sparta Prague. They lost their first domestic match of the season against Rangers and we discuss whether they can turn things around as they look to reach last 16.

There is some chat with regards to the West of Scotland league as Donald has a keen interest in this level of football.

It is the turn of Donald to represent the podcast in the Lower League predictions game as we look to draw level with Ally Graham.

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S10E40 Guest Special: Eoin Jess

It’s a birthday special for our next guest as Good John speaks to Aberdeen Hall of Fame inductee Eoin Jess, who turns 50 today.

Eoin discusses his life in Barcelona and how they have been coping with the pandemic. We then flip the conversation back to his childhood days and who his heroes were growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.

Onto his career, the first time the wider footballing world became aware of Eoin Jess was when he was given a surprise start in the 1989 Skol League Cup Final at the age of 18. He took to the occasion like duck to water as Aberdeen beat Rangers 2-1 to lift the trophy, and he won a Scottish Cup medal as an unused substitute as the Dons beat Celtic in the 1990 Scottish Cup Final on penalties. During Eoin’s first spell at Pittodrie, he won two Young Player of the Year awards, won Sportscene goal of the season in 1990/91, earned the first of 18 Scotland caps and played a key role in Aberdeen winning the 1995/96 CocaCola League Cup where they beat Dundee 2-0 in the Final.

Jess joined Coventry in February 1996 for £2million. His spell was mixed by his own admission but he did help the Sky Blues stay in the Premier League both seasons, most notably with a winner against QPR, and he did enough to be part of Scotland’s Euro ’96 squad. He returned to Aberdeen in 1997 but it was a frustrating time as Aberdeen were fighting at the lower end of the table and he left in December 2000. Spells at Bradford, Nottingham Forest and Northampton followed before his retirement from his playing career. Eoin also describes his health scare in 2009 when he suffered a stroke and the honour of being inducted in the Aberdeen Hall of Fame and having a Cormack Park pitch named after him.

We end with the usual slow fire questions including a best XI from Eoin’s playing career. We wish Eoin a Happy 50th Birthday!

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S10E39 Imagination of the Nation

The podcast is a bit different for our regular weekly one as we focus on Scotland and the World Cup qualifying draw. John is joined by Iain from The Tartan Army Magazine.

It appears that we may have got a decent draw when you consider who we could potentially have got. The guys discuss each team we drew and our previous record against them. We got a couple teams who we have fairly recent memories of including Israel who must be as sick of us as we are of them.

Can we dare to dream in terms of maybe even winning the group? We’re in an optimistic mood so…

At the weekend, Ally Graham went ahead in the Lower League Predictions game so we need to bounce back. This week it is the turn of Krys to represent the podcast.

We finish off with a very brief roundup of the weekend action in the Premiership and the current situation with Covid and impact it has had on certain teams.

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S10E38 Guest Special: Rachael Boyle

It’s the second installment of the Women’s Edinburgh Derby as Good John speaks to Hibernian Women player, and current Scotland International, Rachael Boyle, wife of Martin Boyle who, of course, plays for the Mens side at Hibs.

The night before our podcast, Rachael played in Scotland’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Finland, a loss that rules the Scots out of a place at the delayed Euro 2021 Finals. She speaks about that disappointment and her International career overall, where she has won 37 caps so far. Having missed out on the 2019 World Cup due to giving birth to her daughter Amelia Grace, Rachael is determined to help Scotland reach the 2023 Finals in Australia and New Zealand.

Rachael’s early career was spent with two spells at the old Aberdeen Ladies side, with a spell at Forfar Farmington in between. She joined Hibs in 2016, around the same time as her husband, and has enjoyed a trophy laden career as Hibs have been the Cup Queens of the Women’s game, although the League title still eludes them due to the relentless form of Glasgow City. She discusses the season so far and the need to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Rangers, City and Celtic. Naturally, she is looking forward to this weekends Edinburgh derby and what it would mean to get one over their rivals.

The chat concludes with the usual quickfire questions, including a best XI from Rachael’s playing days so far.

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S10E37 Guest Special: Lia Tweedie

It’s Edinburgh derby week in the SWPL as Hearts entertain Hibs on Sunday. In Part One of our guest specials leading up to the match, Good John is joined by Hearts centre forward Lia Tweedie, who joined them this season from their arch rivals.

Lia talks about the reasons for joining Hearts and the difficult start they’ve had to their first season in the top flight after last season’s promotion. Being a Hearts fan, she talks about the determination for the club to improve and establish themselves in the top flight. We go over Lia’s Scotland career at Under 17 and Under 19 level, the latter of which she scored three goals in consecutive games against Ukraine, Albania and Austria, and how she knew Erin Cuthbert was going to be a star in the game. Lia talks fondly about her time with Hibs, where they won seven Cup competitions since 2016 but have been runners up to Glasgow City in each of the last five seasons. Naturally, she is looking forward to coming up against her old team and describes what the derby means for the Women’s team.

We round off with the usual quick fire questions, including an interesting choice for the Scotland men’s Euro 2020 song.

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S10E36 Weekend of Tiers

This week on the podcast, we have John and Tony discussing what has been going on in Scottish football.

We kick off by talking once again about Celtic’s current form with them exiting Europe and getting knocked out of the League Cup. Sunday saw protests and we discuss whether Lennon will be given a chance to turn around their season or if a new man is required.

Things continue to go well on the other side of Glasgow with only slight concern being losing a two goal lead against Benfica. It isn’t a massive issue as they look on course to progress to knockout stages.

It was a weekend of shocks in the cup as Aberdeen and Hearts both went out too. Tony asks John if he is concerned about recent results. We discuss the mixed fortunes of St Johnstone and Motherwell thanks to fans of their respective clubs.

In the Lower League predictions game we are now back to 3-3 with Iain getting the win for us at the weekend. This week it is the turn of Tony to represent the podcast.

We finish off the podcast by paying tribute to Diego Maradona after he passed away last week. The guys are lucky enough to be old enough to remember watching him play.

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