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  1. Hi everyone, This week we’re a bit more on the ball with our alert to our podcast and the fact we have Bellshill assistant manager David Menelaws on our latest show. The episode's synopsis is below. We're on all podcast players including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Acast, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts. As ever, thanks for all your support. 035 Davie Menelaws: bouncing back at Bellshill, scoring at 42 & being told about Carluke axe at WWE BELLSHILL ATHLETIC are one of three teams riding high in the West of Scotland League’s Conference A. But they needed their 42-year-old assistant boss to grab their last ditch winner to keep them there in their last outing. Manager Derek Wilson reckons right-hand man Davie Menelaws no longer has the legs to play from the start. We’ll find out just what Davie thinks of that as he joins us on the show this week. The pair only took charge at Rockburn Park in April. But after bringing in a host of new players they’ve masterminded an impressive start to the season. We’ll speak to Davie about how they’ve sparked things. A man of many clubs as a player, first in the seniors then the juniors, we’ll also look back at those days. We hear about the game that Davie hoped could make him as a player - but ended up with a leg break that left him fearing for his career. Davie tells us why he's convinced the days of the £100,000 player are coming back now the West of Scotland League has been set up. There's the night he headed to watch WWE wrestling at the Hydro - only to learn he and Derek were being axed as the management team at Carluke Rovers. Plus we look at the match-ups in the WOSFL this weekend, which include Premier League leaders Clydebank going to Darvel. It’s all here as we go Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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
  2. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Clydebank boss Gordon Moffat on our latest show plus Kilbirnie Ladeside assistant boss Des Roach as 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. As ever, thanks for all your support. 034 Gordon Moffat: trying to take Clydebank back to the big time after players took wage cuts to play & why the No7 means so much ARE the Bankies on the way back to the big time? Clydebank are flying high in the West of Scotland League with 12 points from 12 and a cup win. It’s been 18 years since we last saw them in the top four leagues. But with the new pyramid system now in place could we see them back amongst the big boys once again. Gordon Moffat is the man who’s steered them to the Premier Division summit - and he joins us this week. He’s only been in charge at Holm Park for 14 months. But after bringing in a whole new team during lockdown he’s seen them gel and become the early pacesetters. We’ll talk to him about being handed the dream job – and just how big Bankies can be when the supporters return. Gordon tells us about the team meeting where he told players they'd have to take a paycut to play this season and just how pleased he was with the response. Plus we hear about the day Darren Fletcher scored five against his side, what it was like being given the runaround by James McCarthy and why the number seven means so much for him. Away from Clydebank we get the post-match thoughts of Tayport boss Chris McPherson and hear why his four-goal hero didn't get the man-of-the-match award after their 7-0 win over Brechin Victoria. And with Paul away we’re doing it with special guest co-host, Kilbirnie Ladeside assistant manager Des Roach. It’s all here as we go Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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 the West of Scotland League’s interim secretary Kennie Young on our 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. 033 WOSFL IMG secretary Kennie Young: explanations, answering accusations & why some clubs could soon be using changing rooms again THERE can’t have been many busier football administrators this summer than Kennie Young. The West of Scotland League’s fixture secretary hasn’t just had a new setup to schedule. He’s had to deal with a global pandemic, ever-changing conditions and teams pulling out. That’s seen conferences ripped up and redrawn and matches altered and called off at the last minute. But in between it all he’s made time to listen to Down The Divisions – and he’s ready for some straight talking about what’s been said on the show. Kennie joins us on the show this week. We’ll hear just how chaotic the last few months have been and exactly what’s gone on. We’ll take a look to what the future holds for the new structure - and why some clubs could be back in changing rooms soon. Plus we’ll reflect on Kennie’s long and distinguished career helping to make the juniors game work as we go Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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 Yoker Athletic co-manager Tommy Montgomery on our 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. 032 Yoker co-boss Tommy Montgomery: appealing covid walkover, why ruling could cause others not to report positive tests & wanting to become the next Gordon Banks PARTS of Scotland have gone back into lockdown this week. We’ll wait to hear if or how these tighter restrictions could affect football. Our latest guest is still unhappy about what happened after his side called off a game because of a covid outbreak. News of the West of Scotland League dishing out a 3-0 defeat to Yoker Athletic after they cancelled their clash against Drumchapel United broke just as we went to air for our last episode. Yoker co-manager Tommy Montgomery is with us this week to give their side of the story in the latest controversy to hit the new setup. The stadium at their Holm Park has been upgraded. And we’ll also hear about the work Tommy and fellow co-boss Peter McKenna have been doing on the pitch after they finished in the relegation spots in the old League One last year. Plus we’ll take a look back at Tommy’s playing and coaching career - and hear about his boyhood dreams of becoming the next Gordon Banks. It’s all here as we go Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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, Apologies for the later message than normal. We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have Shotts Bon Accord manager John McKeown on our 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. WE’VE had matchday two of the West of Scotland League – and it’s Darvel and Clydebank flying high at the top of the Premier Division with maximum points. In another season Shots Bon Accord might have been battling it out with them in the top flight too. But instead they’re one of 15 clubs now looking on from the outside after choosing to sit out a season without fans. The Bonny had hopes of winning promotion from the West Juniors Championship last season. But the early finish to the campaign because of the pandemic saw them narrowly miss out. Their boss John McKeown joins us on the show. We’ll get his views on the situation they’ve found themselves in – and look at how he’ll handle things at Hannah Park between now and next season. Plus we’ll look back at a lower league playing and managerial career which started out at Ipswich as a kid. We'll hear how hard it was when a hip injury ended his playing days at the age of just 27 and the transition into the dugout at Wishaw. There's his first training session as Cumnock boss, when just seven players turned up, and why he feared the sack after losing 6-0 to Auchinleck just a few days later. Plus John reveals one of the few times he cried as a boss. We’ll also discuss the impact of former Lanark chairman and Juniors chief Tam Anderson, who sadly passed away on Saturday. It’s all here as we go Down The Divisions. Apologies for the poorer sound quality. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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 Thorniewood United manager Jamie Nesbitt on our latest 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. 029 Jamie Nesbitt: Thorniewood's day one win, getting five in a motor to win Royal Albert's first title in 90 years & the WOSFL kick-off THE first ever West of Scotland League season finally got up and running on the weekend. But Dalry Thistle have become the 15th side to withdraw – after their opening game of the season was rained off. That’s left Conference C a side down – but with us we have a manager from that section whose side certainly started on the up. Lanark United are seen as one of the favourites to finish top of the pile. But Jamie Nesbitt’s Thorniewod United produced one of the performances of the weekend with a 3-0 win at Moor Park. Jamie joins us on the show this week. We’ll discuss that impressive victory – and look forward to their next game against Glasgow Perthshire as well as some of the other main fixtures this weekend. With no relegation and promotion this season, we’ll find out just where the priorities lie at Robertson Park. We’ll look back at Jamie’s outstanding spell at Royal Albert, which saw the club win their first title in almost 90 years - and why getting five in a motor was a key part of that success. Plus there's why he didn't make the most of his playing days - and the reason he won't make the same mistake as a boss. There's all that and more as we go Down The Divisions. If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. 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 St Roch’s boss Paul Kelly on our latest show, which is out now and includes a preview to the West of Scotland League season. 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. 028 St Roch's' Paul Kelly: WoSFL lacking leadership & punishing teams who want to compete, clubs' honesty & sharing the pain, appetite for Ayrshire football to return & season preview THERE’S been more upheavel in the West of Scotland League this week. On the day of recording, 13 teams had confirmed they CAN’T take part as long as fans aren’t allowed into games. Lesmahagow have since joined them. That’s seen the conferences redrawn and confirmation there will be no relegation or promotion. In the meantime fixture secretary Kennie Young has worked like a Trojan to ensure there are games to play this week. St Roch's have gone from Conference C to Conference A – and their manager Paul Kelly joins us on the show this week. We'll hear why he says the decision-making at the new setup leaves a lot to be desired and the reasons he thinks show the league aren't respecting the clubs who want to play and those lower down. Paul tells us why an idea of the football family doesn't match reality, asks why players weren't consulted over the decisions for the future of the league and tells us why he thinks there's an appetite for Ayrshire football to return. Plus we’ll preview the season which starts this Saturday as both Pauls take a look at where the winners could come from in all three conferences and the Premier League. 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
  8. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have legendary Auchinleck Talbot boss Tommy Sloan on our latest 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. 027 Tommy Sloan: the legendary boss on Auchinleck Talbot pulling out of the league and looking back on his all-conquering career IT'S been a bombshell week Down The Divisions as football tries to make a comeback. While the BetFred Cup and Lowland League has kicked off, the start of the new West of Scotland League is still up in the air. With no fans allowed in some clubs have pulled out and there might be no promotion or relegation for the ones who will try to play. Last year’s juniors champions Auchinleck have said they won’t be there – so who better to have on this week than their legendary boss Tommy Sloan. The man known as Tucker probably thought he’d seen it all across 40 years in the game. He’s won seven Scottish Junior Cups and seven league titles. But the impact of the coronavirus crisis is a first. We’ll hear what he thinks of the current situation and just where it leaves the Talbot and lower league football in general. Once we’ve got through that minefield we’ll take a look back at Tommy’s long and distinguished career, first as a player then as one of the best managers around. 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
  9. Hi everyone, We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have freescoring Ashfield striker Callum Graham 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. 026 Ashfield striker Callum Graham: 198 goals in five seasons, 11 in one game, 42 last term & why he's stayed at Ashfield CALLUM GRAHAM scored 198 goals in five seasons. After making his name at amateur side Motherwell Kings he stepped up to the juniors with Ashfield last season. The strikes kept coming as he hit 30 by November and had 42 to his name when football when into lockdown. He’s decided to stay with Paul Maxwell’s side for another season and joins us on the show this week. Callum started out as a defender until two of his coaches at the Kings finally caved in and pushed him up front for the first time. We hear about that day, when he scored a hat-trick that put him on the path to 60 goals for the season. Callum also looks back on the afternoon he scored all 11 in an 11-1 win - yet didn’t get the match ball. He tells us about where he wants to go with football and how it’s felt being a marked man. There’s meeting his hero James McFadden during a celebratory pitch invasion at Fir Park – and how it didn’t quite live up to expectation. Plus we hear about the couple of months he had playing alongside Chris Cadden as a kid. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
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