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!