Monthly Archives: February 2021

S10E59 Guest Special: Stephen Wright

The two John’s are back together this week and they welcome a man who they used to cheer on from their Aberdeen days in right back Stephen Wright, who also played for Rangers, Bradford City and Dundee United and won two Scotland caps.

Stephen begins by discussing his current role at Dundee Football Club as Head of Academy, overseeing the clubs youth development programme. He discusses the current challenges faced by the Coronavirus pandemic and potential cuts caused by no fans at Dens Park.

We move onto Stephen’s playing career, which began at Aberdeen having signed an S-Form. He talks about the influence of senior players such as Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Stewart McKimmie and Robert Connor when he was learning his trade and breaking into the first team. He very nearly became a league winner in his debut season on 1990/91 before a last day defeat at Ibrox handed the title to Rangers. Wright went onto play more than 150 games for the Dons, playing in two more cup finals and helped the Dons escape relegation in 1994/95 in his last act for the club before moving to boyhood team Rangers.

His time at Ibrox was marred by suffering a career threatening injury against Juventus. He talks openly about the struggles of overcoming that injury, which relapsed nearly a year later, and how that his Rangers career was over before it got started as a result. A move to Bradford brought some happier times as the Bantams won promotion to the Premier League in 1999. Stephen wound down his career at Dundee United and Scunthorpe before retiring at 31. We round off with the usual slow fire questions including Stephen’s best eleven.

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S10E58 League Cup Special

John and Tony are joined by St Johnstone fan Nory as we preview the League Cup final which takes place on Sunday. Nory is involved behind the scenes with Saints podcast which you can find on Twitter @DoggerSaints

Can St Johnstone win the League Cup for the first time in their history? Callum Davidson has had a fine first season as he follows the great work that Tommy Wright did at the club.

We reflect on other League Cup memories though quite often in finals anxiety takes over and you don’t remember much of the games.

Celtic continue to face problems and Tony covers them from his point of view. Tommy Wright hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts at Kilmarnock so we chat about whether he can keep them up.

As is tradition when we have a guest on we get Nory to give us his best eleven from the team he supports.

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S10E57 Guest Special: Ross Kilvington

It’s a second fans special this week as John B speaks to Rangers fan Ross Kilvington, who also writes for This Is Ibrox Podcast. We begin by chatting about Ross’s blogs for their website, which includes features on the Ibrox Disaster, Brian Laudrup and Davie Cooper, as well as some of the other writing he’s been doing.

The conversation moves onto Ross’s love for Rangers and going through the highs and lows of following the club, from the treble under Alex McLeish to the failure of Paul Le Guen, from the Road to Manchester to the new beginnings at Peterhead. After a testing few years, Ross has lots to be pleased about as he discusses why Rangers are champions-elect this season and previews tomorrows Europa League clash with Antwerp.

As well as following Rangers, Ross is a big Scotland fan, and we cover off his love for the National team and hopes for both the upcoming Euro’s and the World Cup Qualifying campaign for Qatar next year. We round off with the usual slowfire questions, including a combined Rangers and Scotland best XI.

Intro and outro music courtesy of Scott McGill.

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S10E56 Tony’s Life as a Bhoy

In the latest podcast we do a fan special with regular Tony.

He gives us his background to being a Celtic fan, growing up going to games with family and then friends.

Tony takes a look back at his favourite eras watching Celtic and the not so good times. There are favourite European nights, rivalry with Rangers and much more.

We can’t finish off a guest special without getting Tony to give us his best 11 of players he has seen in his lifetime.

It’s a really enjoyable one and we are looking to do more fan specials. if you are interested then get in touch.

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S10E55 Management in Scottish Football

John and Scott are on this week as they discuss the best managers in Scottish football over the last 40 years.

We start off by discussing some of the best over the last five years or so in the week that Tommy Wright has taken over at Kilmarnock. There are others up for discussion as we look at the merits of Brendan Rodgers and what he achieved in his short time at Celtic.

Going further back we look at Alex Ferguson and Jim McLean who achieved unthinkable things when you consider the general duopoly in our game. There are others too who managed to get to European finals and had domestic success.

The podcast concludes as we discuss the current managers in the top flight and how well they are doing.

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S10E54 Guest Special: Rachel McLaughlin

In the latest guest special, John B is joined by current Rangers Women’s player Rachel McLauchlan.

With the Women’s game suspended until 14 February at the earliest, Rachel talks about the frustrations of not being able to kick a ball for nearly two months since the SWPL winter shutdown. She gives a lowdown on what she’s doing to keep herself going through this latest lockdown, including dog walking and Disney jigsaw puzzles.

The conversation moves onto Rachel’s career. She began at Inverness City in 2013 and played in the Highlands for a season before a two year stint at Aberdeen. In 2016, she moved to Hibs who established themselves as the Cup Queens of Scotland with three consecutive Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups. In addition, Rachel won the first of her seven Scotland caps at the age of 19 against Holland, and played in Scotland’s first ever finals at the Women’s European Championships in 2017.

After six months at Yeovil, Rachel joined Glasgow City, where she won her first league title and fourth consecutive Scottish Cup success where they defeated her former club Hibs in a 4-3 thriller at Tynecastle. City also reached the Quarter Finals of the Champions League, before going down 9-1 to Wolfsburg, a game Rachel remembers as a football lesson.

Rachel then joined Rangers in December 2020. She talks about the lure of Rangers, becoming reunited with some of her former teammates at Hibs and City, ambitions for the club domestically and in Europe and hopes for a Scotland return. We round off with the usual quick fire questions, including a best XI.

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S10E53 The Winter Window

John and Scott are on this week with the theme being the January transfer window.

We discuss deadline day where there was a bit more excitement than usual, who did well out of it and the signings that took place earlier in the month.

This leads on to us talking about the best signings from previous January transfer windows and players who didn’t do so well which includes some high profile names.

Alex Dyer left Kilmarnock at the week so there is talk about who might take over.

The podcast concludes with a summary of what has been going on in the Scottish Premiership and the Lower League predictions game.

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