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ARE you a fan of fitba played below the leagues that have the glitz and glamour? Then you’ve come to the right place. Join the Scottish Sun’s Gareth Law and Newmains United co-manager manager Paul Davies for a weekly look at football lower down the ladder. Hear the latest news, discussion and stories along with managers, players, administrators, fans and more from SPFL League One and Two, the Lowland and Highland Leagues, South and East of Scotland Leagues and the juniors. There’s a chance f ...
 
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IT’S mind over matter this week as we look at how players can get a psychological edge. If you’re looking for him on instagram, John Johnstone is The Football Mindset. He’s helped the likes of John Souttar, Chris Cadden and Greg Docherty get mentally ready for action at the top end of the game. But John reckons his methods can be applied to ANY lev…
 
It's a special show this week as we broadcast our 50th episode AND celebrate our first birthday. And for a special show we wanted a stellar guest. It's a longer episode this week but Ross Stewart's rise from the juniors to challenging at the top of England's League One with Sunderland is a story worth listening to. Whether you get through it in one…
 
NOT many West of Scotland League sides can say they have a player who scored a winner against Arsenal in the Premier League. But Annbank can. They brought in former Sheffield United and Hearts striker Christian Nade this season. With his help they were flying high in Conference A when things were called null and void. Their boss Matt Maley was the …
 
PART-TIME, juniors and semi-professional football have all had their attempts at getting back playing. But just where has the lockdown left the amateur game? The definitions used by government mean teams at that level haven’t kicked a ball in anger now for over a year. Is that right? Is that fair? And just what state will the game be in if and when…
 
JOHN GALL is the man who had people saying aye to a Killie pie. But now the managing director of Brownings the Bakers is ploughing his dough into Darvel. Crowned World Scotch Pie champion in 2017, John is now targeting silverware at Recreation Park in the coming seasons. The likes of Ian MacShane, Jordan Kirkpatrick and Ross Perry have signed for t…
 
LEAGUE ONE and Two clubs are set to restart their campaigns a week on Saturday. But what about the sides below that? As the days and weeks go on, just how are seasons going to be finished in time. We’ll discuss that – and hear some inside information from Paul. One of the League Two sides who’ll be back in action is Stranraer – and later we’ll hear…
 
PAUL FRIZE had his pick of Premier clubs when he left his uncle's Glasgow Perthshire side in 2013. Some were surprised when he chose relegated Beith – but it’s been a match made in heaven ever since. After promotion back to the top flight, he summoned up the energy on a scorching day to score one of the shootout penalties that helped them win the S…
 
CHRIS JARDINE promised Annan he would play with them for life if they could get him a ticket to see Rangers in the UEFA Cup final. And after they produced the goods, so did he. The midfielder came through the ranks at Ibrox alongside the likes of Barry Ferguson and Barry Robson. We’ll look back on those days when he would get training gear ready fo…
 
SO we thought things had been tough going in the West Jamie Sandilands took up his first management role last May – but has since had just TWO games in charge. The Whitburn Juniors boss had to wait until December for his first match in the dugout. Then he saw the East Region Premiership South go back into lockdown soon after. We’ll talk to Jamie ab…
 
PAUL MAXWELL scored over a hundred goals in three spells as a striker at Ashfield. The Milton man was signed after playing as a trialist against his local team – then went on to help them climb the leagues. Since 2018 he’s been the manager trying to bring those fortunes back to Saracen Park. The Field share their ground with the Glasgow Tigers Spee…
 
CRAIG McEWAN thought he’d be managing Glenafton again this season. He'd started a group chat for Premier Division managers about getting the game restarted. But when the Glens committee changed their mind and chose not to play this term he decided it was time to leave. Ten days later hard-working Southy was installed as St Cadoc’s new boss – and th…
 
THIS week's guest has shared a dressing room with Kris Boyd, James McFadden, Derek Riordan, Garry O’Connor and Allan Hutton. He also played his part in Helicopter Sunday with Motherwell and won six caps for Scotland's Under-21s.But right now Willie Kinniburgh is the man in the managerial hotseat at Gartcairn.We hear how a season of non-competitive …
 
ALLAN JENKINS is a legend at Stranraer AND Ballymena. He’s played in every senior league in Scotland and scored in an Irish League Cup win while keeping his mum’s cancer diagnosis a secret. He came back to Scotland to play in the juniors with Hurlford, Darvel and Dalbeattie Star. And now he’s at his local club again, pulling on the boots for Stranr…
 
LOWER LEAGUE football is back on hold again. That’s despite requests from some sides to halt certain levels being turned down by the Lowland League last week. One of the clubs who wanted a suspension was Maybole. Their manager, club legend Carlo Walker, joins us on the show this week. We’ll hear how player concerns and fears over asking them to pla…
 
SO the special day is almost upon us – and it’s time for a special final show of the year. We’ll find out exactly what Paul is hoping to get in his Christmas stocking – and just who is doing the stuffing in the Davies household. On a more serious note we’ll talk about the vital handouts which have been promised to clubs after the SFA’s deal with th…
 
DAVID BAIKIE is a man steeped in lower league football in Scotland. There’s not a lot he hasn’t seen as a player, manager and now a chairman. His most successful stay was at Tayport, where across 13 years he amassed nearly 30 trophies including two Scottish Junior Cups.We'll hear the part former top athlete Liz McColgan played in helping Baikie cre…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 cancell…
 
YOKER share the lead in a weather-affected West of Scotland League Conference C. But they’ve hit out at being given a 3-0 defeat to Drumchapel on the weekend after calling the sides’ game off because of coronavirus issues. They claimed the game should be postponed after a player tested positive with covid-19. But Yoker were told they needed to show…
 
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 …
 
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 see…
 
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 Kenni…
 
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 yea…
 
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 …
 
SCOTT McLAUGHLIN spent lockdown doing 5ks, 10ks and even a marathon. But last month he decided his football career had ran its course. After more than 18 years as a player he felt it was time to hang up his boots to focus on being an agent. We hear how that’s been going – and the way his running inspired others to get their trainers on too. Scott t…
 
ROSS WILSON is only 31 but he’s already in his third role as a manager. In December he was handed the task of trying to restore Maryhill to their former glories. After steering Kello Rovers to an unlikely promotion on a shoestring budget he was installed as Irvine Meadow boss at the age of 28. But he was sacked just 13 games in amid claims of a fan…
 
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 …
 
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 th…
 
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