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  1. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have former Albion Rovers, Dumbarton and Annan manager Jim Chapman, who is currently assistant coach of the University of Kentucky's women's team, on the show. It's out now and its synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Just search Down The Divisions. Thanks for all your support. 022 Jim Chapman: winning at Ibrox & meeting his hero, losing a captain, the legless guy who helped him deal with injury ending his playing days, buying back his Albion Rovers shirt on ebay & missing Twirls in Kentucky WE’RE going trans-Atlantic on Down The Divisions. For the past two years Jim Chapman has been assistant coach for the University of Kentucky’s women’s team. But before that he had a long and distinguished career in Scotland’s lower leagues. After turning out for Albion Rovers and Dumbarton his playing career was cut short by a cruciate injury at the age of 25. But seeing a patient with no legs fall out of the hospital bed next to him helped put things in perspective – and ensured nothing was going to take away his love for the game. Since then he’s thrown himself into coaching and coach education. After turning Kilmarnock Ladies into an all conquering side he lifted Albion Rovers then led Dumbarton to a title before navigating the club through the tragic death of their captain. We'll hear how he met the hero he pretended to be in the playground after guiding Annan to their biggest ever win – and Rangers’ biggest ever loss. Jim also tells us about the day he bought back his Albion Rovers championship winning shirt after someone spotted it on ebay. Plus Jim talks about how he's missing Twirls in Kentucky - and how he's reinvented himself as a coach since leaving Clyde. All that and more on Episode 22 of Down The Divisions.
  2. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Kelty Hearts striker Matt Flynn on this week's show, which is out now. With Paul away we also have Airdrie director of football Stuart Millar as a special guest co-host. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 023 Matt Flynn: Promotion ripped away at Kelty, Fergie, Scott Allan, losing both parents & his way, bouncing back, teammates chipping in for op & selling lubricants THERE'S no Paul this week so Airdrie director of football Stuart Millar joins Gareth as guest co-presenter to speak to Kelty Hearts midfielder Matt Flynn. Matt could have been preparing for a new season back in the SPFL but the promotion door from the Lowland League was slammed shut during lockdown. Sitting on a fishing chair in his front room, he gives us his thoughts on that controversy and how Barry Ferguson has got his men ready to do it all over again. As a kid Matt came through the ranks at Dundee United, where he started a friendship with Scott Allan that's as strong today as it's ever been. Hear more about the Hibs midfielder - and why Matt moved to Tannadice despite an offer from boyhood heroes Rangers. Matt talks about how being let go saw him fall out of love with the game and eventually led to him losing his way on and off the pitch. Then after getting his game back on track at Annan Matt tells us how the tragic loss of both parents and a long-term injury left him feeling disillusioned again. But after his Clyde teammates chipped in to help pay for an operation he's not looked back. We’ll hear how he's rebuilt his life and look back on a career which has also taken in the likes of Brechin, Stenhousemuir, Caledonian Braves and East Stirling. Plus Matt tells us about his job selling lubricants - but, no, not that kind. It’s all here on Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  3. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Drumchapel United co-manager Adam Hopes on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 020 Drumchapel United co-boss Adam Hopes: from amateurs to landing Darian MacKinnon, their 90-year-old player and how Austin Powers nearly got him a move to New Zealand ADAM HOPES owns his own roofing company. But he’s also one of the men hoping to show there’s no ceiling on what Drumchapel United can achieve. The Drum have made the bold switch from top amateur team to the new West of Scotland League setup. When football resumes they’ll be mixing it with the traditional former juniors’ sides in Conference C. Adam is the Drum’s co-manager with John Black – and they’ve been busy adding plenty of players to cope with the step up. One of those is former Hamilton skipper Darian MacKinnon, who was playing in the Premiership less than a year ago.. We’ll speak to Adam about how they’re setup for the season ahead, just how they managed to persuade MacKinnon to drop down the leagues and why he's not called Alan. Adam gives us the lowdown on just how many teams and players there are at the club - including the 90-year-old who plays in their grandads walking football side. Plus we’ll hear how a distant family relative, a cricket pundit nicknamed Austin Powers, nearly landed Adam a move to New Zealand early in his playing days. It’s all on Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  4. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Stranraer manager Stevie Farrell on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 019 Stevie Farrell: lockdown relegation, bottling the chance to meet his hero, Alan Ball, Chris Kamara, Paul Lambert & a love for Eastenders STEVIE FARRELL has signed the likes of Roy Keane, Terry Butcher, Paul Ince and Stuart Pearce. Not as boss of Stranraer, but in his high-powered day job working for a trade union. This summer life in charge of the Blues hasn’t been quite as much fun. Stevie was one of the three managers who saw his side relegated without completing the season. Stranraer were bottom of League One when we went into lockdown - and after legal wrangles and arbitration they’ll come out of it in League Two. We’ll hear his views on that – and how a cup draw last season helped the club survive the pandemic. A job in the dugout was something Stevie always craved, even as a teenage player at Stoke City. Back then he played under the likes of England world cup winner Alan Ball. We hear how he was in charge of his kit - and flat cap. Stevie tells us how his mum's tragic death forever puts football into perspective - and why he was on a bus to Forfar to play football just seven hours after her passing. We find out who his football hero was - and the night he bottled the chance to meet him. Plus there are the lessons passed onto him by Chris Kamara, watching Paul Lambert change as a player and his addiction to Eastenders. It’s all on Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  5. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Kilwinning Rangers manager Chris Strain on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 018 Kilwinning Rangers boss Chris Strain: Lockdown title loss, sacked then reinstated after 2 promotions, secret weapon Winston, Scottish Cup regrets at Irvine Meadow, Ross Stewart proving him right & The Naked Tea Cup HEADING into lockdown Chris Strain had Kilwinning Rangers flying high at the top of the West Premiership. Coming out of it they’d watched Auchinleck Talbot handed the title. Before last year Chris guided the Buffs to two successive promotions - only to be sacked then reinstated. Still only 40 he’s already had six years in the dugout after growing up around a father who made his name as a boss. We’ll hear his views on missing out on that silverware last season and speak to him about how he’s gone about his business since becoming a boss. We hear about his secret weapon at Kilwinning - the kitman known as Winston - and why he'll always have regrets at not winning the Scottish Cup with Irvine Meadow. There's the lightbulb moment when he knew he had to calm down in the dugout and his toughest ever pre-season - on holiday with Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell. We hear how Chris predicted a striker he signed would play in the Premiership one day - and is being proved right as Ross Stewart scores in the top flight for Ross County. Plus Chris explains just what The Naked Cup was. It’s all on Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  6. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Caledonian Braves owner Chris Ewing on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 017 Caledonian Braves owner Chris Ewing: building & branding a new club which fans control through an app & heading to France with just £40 Chris Ewing is the brains behind Caledonian Braves, one of the most unique and innovative clubs in Scottish football right now. He wants to give fans the right to run their club and has even created an app to make it easier for them to call the shots. A new documentary Brave Calling was released on the STV Player last week and charts their rise. Initially an academy for French players to come to Scotland to learn football and English, they became the first club to get promoted into the Lowland League. Now boasting a new home in Strathclyde Park and the Braves new name chosen by their supporters, Chris gives us a fascinating insight into the initial idea and his plans for the future. He explains why having no fans and no benefactor can be an advantage on a football scene too often hindered by tradition. Plus we hear how Pollok-born Chris is now a full-blown French national living in Paris after originally heading to the country 16 years ago with just £40 in his back pocket. The documentary Brave Calling can be found on the STV Player at https://player.stv.tv/summary/calbrave-bravecalling/. The Caledonian Braves app is available to download for iPhone and Android users. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  7. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have BSC Glasgow manager Stephen Swift on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 016: BSC Glasgow boss Stephen Swift: from daftie player to serious in the dugout, singing karaoke to Paul McStay & impersonations during Stranraer's glory years AS a player Stephen Swift had a reputation for liking a laugh and a joke. But now he’s deadly serious about becoming the best manager possible. Stephen is boss of Lowland League side BSC Glasgow. Last year he led them to an historic clash with Hibs in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup. Their achievement in getting there – and the way they played on the day – was yet more proof of his growing credentials in the duguout. Life as a gaffer started at Kilbirnie Ladeside eight years ago. We’ll take a look at that transition including his first team talk - and learn about his ambitious in the dugout too. We’ll also reflect on those madcap days playing for the likes of Benburb and Stranraer, when he sang karaoke to hero Paul McStay and impersonated Stranraer assistant manager Stuart Millar. There's the day Raith star Martin Prest had him on toast - literally - and the proud moment he was capped for Scotland. Plus much, much more. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  8. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 015 Linlithgow boss Brown Ferguson: continuing family fortunes at The Rose, why Uruguayan football succeeds where Scottish football fails, lessons learned from Stenhousemuir & working with Commonwealth Games stars LINLITHGOW'S eye-catching main stand is named after Brown Ferguson's grandad's brother. The lounge at Prestonfield has his grandfather's name above the door. Plus there's a plaque not far from the pie stall which remembers his late uncle. Brown used to charge about the ground as a toddler - but now he's the man charged with bringing them glory. But The Rose's manager isn't just concerned with success in the East of Scotland League. In a fascinating chat deep-thinker Brown talks about his research into just why Scottish football has failed for so long - and why the likes of Uruguay and Iceland punch above their weight. He also tells us about the parallels between the young footballers he saw while working at Rangers' academy and elite athletes like swimmer Duncan Scott who he deals with in his day job as a performance lifestyle adviser with SportScotland. We hear about just what he learned during his spell as Stenhousemuir manager, why he thinks the Lowland League will soon be the most competitive league in the country and the day he gave one of his players the chance to give the teamtalk. All that and more on Episode 15 of Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  9. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have former top referee and new Kilbirnie Ladeside assistant manager Des Roache on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 014 Kilbirnie Ladeside No2 Des Roache: top ref to assistant boss, training with Paula Radcliffe & racing Haile Gebrselassie, talking Chinese meals on the pitch, why he chucked refereeing & the Champions League winner's top his wife wears to clean the house DES ROACHE was once the ninth best Under-20s athlete in the world over 1500 metres and used to train with Paula Radcliffe. When a knee injury ended his dreams of making it on the track he turned to refereeing. He took charge of the 2010 Scottish Junior Cup final and spent five years as a category one whistler. But when football gets up and running again Des will be making calls of a different kind. In May he was appointed assistant manager to Martin Ferry at West of Scotland League side Kilbirnie Ladeside. He tells Gareth and Paul how he hopes to keep his emotions in check now he’s the man in the dugout rather than the man in the middle. We hear how he was desperate to get to the end of his first ever game as a ref – and why officiating in the juniors was what he loved most. Des talks us through his thought processes after sending a player off in that junior cup final and why he once told a player on the pitch all about the Chinese meal he was having a night after a game. But he also explains why he felt he would never reach the top of the game as a whistler and why that led to him packing it in and reveals who the toughest player to referee was. There’s the Champions League winner’s shirt his wife wears while cleaning the house and the day he came up against running great Haile Gebrselassie too. All that and more on Episode 14 of Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
  10. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Pollok manager Murdo MacKinnon on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 013 Pollok boss Murdo MacKinnon: Life at The Lok & Budgie McGhie, the glory & lucky pants at Ashfield, Irvine Meadow's highs & lows, why half-filled water bottles annoy him & the day a player's tie caused fireworks MURDO MacKINNON had his Pollok side sitting second in the West Premiership when football went into lockdown. On episode 13 the business and computing teacher tells Gareth and Paul how he's trying to maximise the output at Newlandsfield along with his assistant, the legendary Budgie McGhie. After Paul reveals he received his first ever Moonpig card for Father's Day, Murdo takes us back to the day in 2006 when he walked into Ashfield as No2 to Stevie Rankin - and how a pair of lucky pants played a part in hauling a club with few resources up the divisions. Murdo tells us about the pair's spell at Irvine Meadow, when they came agonisingly close to winning the league then hit troubled times - and why he still believes they could have turned things around. He explains why he'll forever be grateful to Blantyre Victoria for giving him a route back into the game and the opportunity to be a boss in his own right. Plus we find out just why he hates his water bottles being half full, the day a player's tie caused fireworks - and if Murdo can help Paul level things in the Down The Division decider. All that and more on Episode 13 of Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound l
  11. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Annan defender Mark Docherty on this week's show, which is out now. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. Thanks for all your support. 012 Mark Docherty on being St Mirren's worst boot boy, ditching his gambling addiction, being smashed by pal Andy Millen and the Alloa Legends' group chat WHEN Mark Docherty joined Annan in January he probably didn’t know how lucky he was. Mark is one of the fortunate ones thanks to the 18-month deal he penned at Galabank. But he tells Gareth and Paul how he was already counting his blessings after a trip to Gamblers' Anonymous eight years ago turned his life around. In a frank interview Mark reveals how he was addicted to betting since his late teens and would tell his parents he was playing a reserve game for St Mirren when he was actually in the bookies. Hear why he thinks it affected his playing career - and just how he got back on the straight and narrow. If you're in the same boat then you can do the same by going to https://gascotland.org/ for more information. There are also some great stories including whose boots he'd clean when he was coming through the ranks at the Buddies - and why he was rated so badly with the polish. In the week Andy Millen returned to first team football as assistant manager at Kilmarnock, Mark tells us why his mate has been away from football's frontline for so long and the night he was on the wrong end of his desire to win. Mark lifts the lid on the Alloa Legends' group chat he's still a part of - and who else is in there. Plus he reflects on his spells at the likes of Stirling, Brechin, Stranraer, Dumbarton, East Fife and Forfar. While lockdown has been quiet for some, Mark tells us what it was like becoming a dad for the second time in the midst of a global pandemic - and life as a key worker at St Philips residential school in Airdrie. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. . Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound
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