In the latest of our guest specials, John B is joined by former Dundee, Aberdeen and Dundee United full back, and 40 capped Scotland International, Stewart McKimmie.
Nowadays, in conjunction with business partner Andy Trail, Stewart co-runs a Recruitment firm called Traill McKimmie, who specialise in the Oil and Gas industry. We begin by talking about how he got involved with this venture and how successful it has been for him. We then go all the way back to his fondest memories watching football growing up and his admiration for Leeds United, then where it all started for him at Dundee after he mistakenly signed for two Junior teams at the same time!
After three years at Dens Park, Stewart was then signed by Aberdeen. In his second game, he picked up a European Super Cup winners medal after victory over Hamburg then he scored the winning goal against Hearts at Tynecastle that clinched the title, with the Scottish Cup completing the double following shortly afterwards. Six more major trophies would follow in a 14 year spell at the Dons, including one as captain in 1995/96, though he also expresses why surviving relegation in 94/95 was just as memorable having endured some unwarranted stick from sections of the home support that season. He wound down his career at Dundee United, something he has regrets over having not played many matches.
We also cover Stewart’s international career, which began in 1989 against England at Hampden, and ended against the same opposition at Wembley in Euro ’96. In his third cap, Stewart scored the winner against defending World Champions Argentina, a game that cemented his place at Italia ’90. He has fond memories of his 40 caps that included three international tournaments and being an unlikely number nine at Euro ’92. We round off with the usual slowfire questions, including an interesting best XI.
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