S11E29 Ally Begg Book Plug

In our latest guest special, John B is joined by returning guest and fellow Aberdeen fan Ally Begg, who is on predominantly to talk about his latest book “Aberdeen European Nights.” Before we get into the book chat, Ally recalls his memories of the late Bertie Auld and the laughs they shared during Ally’s stint at Celtic TV in the mid noughties. Bertie enjoyed taunting Ally about the many defeats the Dons had to Celtic in that era.

Onto more memorable times as an Aberdeen fan, Ally discusses the process into how the book idea came about, including a gentle nudge from wife Miriam, and the work involved in writing the chapters. He particularly goes into detail about interviewing opposition players like Johnny Metgod of Real Madrid and how great they were with their accounts from an opponents point of view, which gives the book a nice twist. Then of course, there’s the stories from the players Ally grew up idolising and meeting them at the book launch, and he also had a few words of encouragement for future authors.

Ally then discusses his work with the Big Saturday Football Show on the Bauer network with Steven Mill and Ewen Cameron. He admits to being hesitant about the idea at first but now is enjoying it as much as anything he’s ever done in his professional career with the banter shared between the three and Steven Cowan.

We then round off with some quick fire questions from the SFF Podcast team and messages from three ex-Dons, finished off with Ally being asked to make three changes to his all time best Dons XI.

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