In the second of Good John’s interview’s this week, he is joined by fellow Aberdeen fan and former model, pop star, MUTV and Celtic TV presenter and ESPN Singapore and BEIN Sports Producer Ally Begg. We began the podcast by speaking about the Coronavirus pandemic and how he’s been affected, which led to redundancy at BEIN and has now relocated to Salzburg, Austria, and his plans for the future.
Ally grew up supporting the Dons during their most enjoyable period of the early 1980’s. He talks about Pittodrie’s greatest night against Bayern Munich in 1983 and the trip to Gothenburg to see Aberdeen defeat Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners Cup Final. He was lucky enough to go to Pittodrie the following day to see the team bring home the trophy.
After being let go by the club following a spell with the Boys Club, Ally pursued a modelling career after a reference from his hairdresser. This led to him being snapped up by a music producer to form one part of the boy band Bad Boys Inc, whom he was with for three years. Ally is very honest about how the novelty of attention wore off and becoming unhappy with life as a pop star, leading to him leaving in 1995. Shortly afterwards, Ally was subject to abuse from Dundee fans at the 1995 League Cup Final and he explains how his anger came out after Duncan Shearer scored the second goal. This, he described, as the biggest turning point in his life.
He moved onto Television presenting at Granada Shopping, and this led to presenting roles at MUTV and Celtic TV. Ally then left the UK in 2007 to join ESPN in Singapore before moving onto Bein Sports in Qatar as a Producer, a role he feels more comfortable in. Ally has also been blogging about Aberdeen in his spare time, interviewing a range of former players from legends like Willie Miller to players who divided opinion like John Inglis. He talks openly about his future plans for the blog and a podcast once the pandemic passes. You can find his blogs at www.allybegg.com
We round off with the usual slow fire questions, including which Dons he’d have to reform Bad Boys Inc and a Best XI.