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The Auchterarder Chippy - what is it?

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What is the Auchterarder Chippy?

The Auchterarder Chippy is a new Scottish football podcast brought to you in association with Pie & Bovril, focusing on the unique quirks and compelling narratives of our beautiful game. The Chippy will eschew the cliché-driven and Old Firm-centric style of too many of the podcasts in the market, instead using its platform to highlight the entertaining stories that can be found right the way through the game. Our philosophy is simple - every club in the pyramid (regardless of financial resources or supporter base) has the same capacity for drama, intrigue and sheer farce. Put simply, Stuart Kettlewell's bromance with David de Gea is at least as interesting as Odsonne Edouard's fitness - and we're sick of hearing about the latter.

What's with the name?

The name comes from a story that we think sums up the unique appeal of Scottish football. During Inverness Caley Thistle's halcyon days in the SPL under Terry Butcher, the manager was asked what the secret was behind their excellent away form that season. His response was that the squad had forged a close bond on their constant away trips to the central belt, a key part of which was post match pit stops at the chippy in Auchterarder. This story showed a slice of Scottish football in all its glory: the simple camraderie of players who are anything but millionaires; the geographical disparity of the country's teams; and of course the slightly unprofessional diet that stops many of our players from going on to truly mix it with the best.  We thought it summed up how we look at the game.


Keep your ears peeled for our regular features:

The Scots Abroad: We look back on the careers of those who have taken the plunge by leaving Scotland for pastures new. Some of these are inspiring, of course, the Paul Lamberts and Joe Jordans of this world reaching new heights when they moved to Europe. However, more often than not the intrepid Scots take the road less travelled, pitching up in Iceland or Cyprus and experiencing acute culture shocks. Think Chris Iwelumo scoring more in the discos of Aarhus than on the pitch, or Derek Riordan trialling with a La Liga club but ending up at Bristol Rovers. Scottish players abroad have offered a rich well of material, both inspiring and ridiculous.

Euro-watch: In a section which gives Nigel Farage nightmares, we look at the interesting stories emerging across our European sister leagues. Whether it's the Austrian Bundesliga's poorly translated website or Bodo/Glimt's unlikely title challenge, we bring a bite-sized snippet of life on the continent to Scottish listeners.

Auchinleck who?: With the pyramid system having now bedded in and the new West of Scotland Football League adding dozens of new teams to the list of those seeking to reach the promised land of the Third Division (and with it the glamour of an away tie at Central Park), we profile some of the little known but delightfully named clubs (Craigmark Burntonians, anyone?) looking to promote their way into the Scottish football lexicon.

Does The Auchterarder Chippy sound like your kind of podcast? Then please subscribe at the following links, share with your friends and let us know what you think!

As well as the forum, you can find us on facebook (The Auchterarder Chippy) and Twitter (@TheAuchtChip) for all the latest news.

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