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S10E77 Euros Fans Special 3: Byron Lynch

In the last of our fans specials looking forward to the delayed Euro 2020 Finals, John is joined by Scotland fan Byron Lynch, aka Braveheart Lynch of YouTube fame. Byron has been producing Scotland preview videos since day dot on YouTube, and have been well received by many members of the Tartan Army. He gives an insight into his inspiration behind the videos and when, roughly, we can expect his much anticipated Euro’s preview video.

Byron then talks about his journey as a Scotland fan that has seen him be a Hampden regular since the Berti Vogts era, and has also taken in a few away trips. We then talk about the Scotland squad for the tournament, our chances of progression and whether/not Byron will produce an end of tournament montage, ideally one celebrating winning the Euros! The podcast rounds off with a round of quick fire questions, including Byron’s Scotland XI from his lifetime.

Music acknowledgements

We’ll be Coming – Tartan Specials
Yes Sir I Can Boogie – Tartan Specials

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S10E76 Euros Fans Special 2: Podcast Peldroed

The countdown to Euro 2020 continues with another fans special as John is joined by Wales fan Russell Todd of Podcast Peldroed.

Russell begins by talking in depth about how the podcast came about and how well it’s been received, especially when he’s recognised at games. Naturally, the conversation leads onto Wales glorious run to the Euro 2016 Semi Finals, starting with the building blocks put in by the late Gary Speed, crucial changes made by Chris Coleman, culminating on that famous night against Belgium in the Quarter Finals. Having now got the tournament bug after a 58 year wait, Wales have qualified again and Russell assesses their chances of getting out of a very difficult group, with Italy, Turkey and Switzerland in their section. We round off by getting Russell’s best 6 aside team, he had plenty of talent to choose from.

Music acknowledgements

Together Stronger – Manic Street Preachers
Yes Sir I Can Boogie – Scott McGill

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S10E75 Super Six Special

For the last podcast of the domestic season we have assembled a side a side team to discuss the season in the Premiership. The two John’s are joined by Greig, Krys, Nory and Scott.

We discuss the success of St Johnstone and their remarkable achievement of winning a cup double. Can they keep hold of Davidson? There is chat surrounding other teams and missed opportunities.

Who have been the signings of the season? There is no debate really over what the guys regard as the poorest signing of the season.

Are clubs giving managers enough time in the job? There is some surprise that Steven Gerrard is now the longest serving manager in the Premiership. There were six managerial changes over the course of the season and two announced they will be leaving their clubs at the end of the season.

Clubs have already started releasing players ahead of next season where there looks like there will be massive changes at the likes of Aberdeen, Celtic and Motherwell in particular.

To conclude the podcast we announce our upcoming Euro specials which will be taking place as we look forward to Scotland appearing at 2020.

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S10E74 Euros Fans Special 1: 3 Lions Podcast

In the first of three fans specials featuring the home nations, John chats with England fan, and host of the 3 Lions Podcast, Russell Osbourne.

Russell begins by telling us his podcasting journey, and how it’s kicked on with a mix of reviews on all the England teams and a few retro podcasts, including one about the first ever International back in 1872. He then tells us about his England experience, which started by getting a ticket for the Scotland game at Euro ’96 (we don’t want to discuss that one) and what it’s like following them at several major finals. We then preview the upcoming finals and how he rates England’s chances of winning the tournament.

We round off with some quickfire questions, including an interesting choice of favourite football food and a six aside England team.

Music acknowledgements

Vindaloo – Fat Les
Yes Sir I Can Boogie – Scott McGill

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S10E73 Scottish Cup Final Preview

This week John is joined by St Johnstone fan Nory and ex Hibs player Kevin Harper as we look ahead to the Scottish Cup final.

We discuss how we expect the game to go, possible selection issues and who will win. No surprise on either side as to what the guests think. The merits of both managers being candidates for Manager of the year are discussed when you consider what has been achieved regardless of the result on Saturday.

Kevin gives particular focus to how the game in Scotland could develop with more youngsters getting their chance at an earlier age. He agrees with Ally Graham who was on last week that the reserve league should return. This leads on to chat about the Celtic and Rangers Colts teams being accepted to the Lowland League.

The podcast concludes with Kevin talking about his football academy and launch of a youth team that he has set up in Glasgow.

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S10E72 Ally G Indaplayoffs

This week John is joined by ex footballer Ally Graham to give an assessment of what happened in the Lower Leagues this season.

Ally gives his predictions in terms of who he thinks will win the playoffs and we reflect on the predictions that we made at the start of the season.

We discuss whether it is better having constant games or a break during the playoffs and whether the structure of them is correct.

A couple of Ally’s old clubs have had successful seasons but there is surprise news with Ray McKinnon leaving Queen’s Park after they won League Two.

The Lowland League proposed that Celtic and Rangers colts teams join the league which we both agree is ridiculous and a slap in the face for those teams who are trying to climb the pyramid.

The podcast concludes with discussion about mental health in football from when Ally finished playing and looking forward to the Euros.

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S10E71 Euros Special: The Media

Did you hear the one about the Welshman, the Englishman and the Scotsman walking onto a Podcast?

In the first of our preview specials for this summers delayed Euro 2020 Finals, John spoke to men from media outlets of the three home nations in the tournament to assess their chances of progression.

First up was Ian Mitchellmore of Wales Online. Ian purrs over his nation’s incredible run to the Euro 2016 Semi Finals five years ago, including that memorable Quarter Final win over Belgium largely thanks to a sublime goal from Hal Robson-Kanu. He then talks through the job that Ryan Giggs and Robert Page have done to get the team to this summer’s finals and their chances in a tough group containing Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. The recording was done prior to the announcement that Giggs won’t be at the Euro’s due to his recent assault charges. Ian is also hoping to be going to the Finals as part of his role so fingers crossed all works out for him.

Next up, we had Sky Sports commentator Gary Taphouse to get an English perspective. Gary was more than happy to reminisce on Euro ’96 and how close England got to winning a first international tournament in, at that point, 30 years. He then assesses the squad and where Gareth Southgate’s side can be dangerous with the attacking midfield options in particular. The banter is good when we discuss Group D, where England and Scotland meet in the second game, and cover the fact that most England supporters don’t mind seeing us Scots do well even if the feeling is not reciprocated by ourselves. Although he thinks England can do well, there was no “England Expects” noises from this English commentator.

Last, but not least, award winning Scottish Daily Mail writer Stephen McGowan gives his thoughts on the Scots chances of progression. We too recall that night that Scotland finally ended 23 years of pain by beating Serbia on penalties. Whilst most of us were in our living rooms, Stephen was one of a lucky five journalists who had seats in Belgrade to cover that memorable night. The conversation goes onto reflecting on our last finals appearance at France ’98, and why it’s taken 23 years to qualify again before we discuss the chances of making more history by reaching the knockout phase for the first time. Like most, Stephen is just happy that we’re at a major finals again.

We hope you enjoy our unique angle in our first Euro 2020 preview.

Big thank you to Ian Crocker for the introduction and to Scott McGill for the outro track.

Music Inserts copyright

Together Stronger – Manic Street Preachers
Vindaloo – Fat Les
We’ll Be Coming – Tartan Specials

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S10E70 Motherwell 30 Year Scottish Cup Anniversary Special

Thirty years ago this month, Motherwell won the Scottish Cup after a memorable 4-3 victory over Dundee United in one of the greatest Scottish Cup Finals of all time. Along the way, they defeated holders Aberdeen, First Division sides Falkirk and Morton, and Celtic en route to their success.

In this special feature, we hear from four guests giving their memories of that Cup run. BBC Commentator Jock Brown covered every round as well as the Final, where he was joined by Ally McCoist for the big event. Motherwell fans Scott and Andrew of MFC Podcast tell us about their experiences from the Terraces at Hampden and the celebrations afterwards. Finally, striker Iain Ferguson on scoring the opening goal in the Final and what the success with his hometown team means to him.

It was a Cup Final with many great tales. McLean brothers Tommy and Jim going head to head in opposition dugouts a week after their father passed away, Ally Maxwell suffering broken ribs and going onto make a match winning save from Maurice Malpas, young Phil O’Donnell scoring a diving header amongst flying boots, Super Sub Steve Kirk scoring the winner in extra time and Tom Boyd in his last game for the club holding aloft the Scottish Cup. Of course, it is also a time to remember absent friends as squad members O’Donnell, Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan and Paul McGrillen are sadly no longer with us.

Whether you are a Motherwell fan or not, this is a podcast to enjoy as we hear from the memories of a commentator, two fans and an ex-player as a town in the doldrums got a huge lift from their local side going all the way to win the Scottish Cup in one of the greatest Finals ever.

*Audio from the Final is courtesy of @ScottishFA*

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S10E69 Scottish Cup Semi Special

In the latest podcast, John is joined by St Johnstone fan Nory as we preview the upcoming Scottish Cup semi finals.

We discuss the social media boycott, online abuse and more.

St Johnstone’s League Cup win is the topic of discussion before we move on to the weekend action

Nory is in dream land as St Johnstone have the potential to win the cup double. He believes they will reach the final as do 78% of our listeners going by the poll we ran on Twitter. Hibs are favourites to join them but both ties should be close.

We round things off with the battle at the bottom of the Premiership in terms of avoiding relegation.

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