Good John is back and so is the return of our special guests features, starting with current Stenhousemuir Manager Davie Irons.
Davie begins by talking about how the Covid situation has affected his main job as a Police Officer as well as the club. With the new season coming up in a few weeks, the fear of no crowds being allowed in is something of a concern. On the pitch, Davie is hoping that his second spell at Stenny can see them improve on last seasons 8th place finish.
We move onto Davie’s playing career, which started back in 1979 at home town club Queen of the South before joining Junior side Kello Rovers. He then moved onto Ayr United, where he played under ex-Scotland Manager Ally McLeod. From there, he joined Clydebank and then Dunfermline under another great character of the game in Jim Leishman, winning promotion to the Premier League in his first season and helping the Pars consolidate in the League.
Irons next move was to Partick Thistle and worked under their legendary Manager John Lambie, where they won promotion to the Premier League in 1992 and became the last winners of the Tennents Sixes. Irons scored in the Final and won player of the tournament, so he has fond memories of the competition. His playing career wound down at St Johnstone, Clydebank, Annan Athletic (as player/manager) and Gretna.
Becoming Rowan Alexander’s Assistant, Irons enjoyed a rollercoaster ride at Raydale under owner Brookes Mileson. They won three consecutive promotions and reached the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, losing to Hearts on penalties. Irons recalls the difficult scenario in the First Division campaign that saw him take over from Alexander as Manager and saw them over the line in dramatic circumstances at Ross County to win a place in the Premier League. He also points out the financial difficulties the club ran into the led to his departure mid-season to join Morton. After two years in Greenock, Irons then went to Stenhousemuir for 18 months, almost guiding them to the old Second Division playoffs, before a change of career led to his departure and then returning seven years later.
The podcast ends with a chat on the importance of Mental Health, including how his daughter Amy has coped since losing her partner to suicide, and a round of slow fire questions. There’s a particularly good story involving John Lambie’s car in Blackpool.