7 episodes

In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game.In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans.The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

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In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game.In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans.The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

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    In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game.In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans.The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

    • 2 min
    Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

    Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

    Sectarianism in Scotland has never been far from the headlines over the past 50 years.In the first episode of The Scotsman’s new ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie interviews sports journalist Andrew Smith, who talks about the historical context to the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic.They discuss how Irish-Catholic immigrants were originally unwelcome in Glasgow and other cities in Scotland, which is why they set up Hibernian in Edinburgh in 1875 then Celtic in 1888.But with all that religious division in the past, why do the rivalries still run so deep? They discuss the issue in today's world of fake news and social media, and consider why sometimes fans cross the line.Credits:Mo Johnson signs for Rangers/ 10th July 1989 / Timestamp 0.22 - 0.30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=1192s9-Man Rangers draw 2-2 with Celtic in 1987/ Timestamp 1.37 - 1.45 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG4MWUsvKFIOld Firm Riot 1980/ Timestamp 3.52 - 4.03 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5hL6UbstyE&t=273sWorld Cup 1994, Qualifying, Scotland - Italy/ Timestamp 2.33 - 2.41https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoU9wgL4PKI&t=1761sBBC Scotland and Rangers / 23rd Feb 2019- Jim Traynor/ Timestamp 0.00 - 0.12https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IhlZ6aLgTQ&t=423sDavid Murray - Rangers - Statement, August 2008/ Timestamp 1.02 - 1.14https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGHAtGbA1pE&t=36sMo Johnston signs for Rangers/ 10th July 1989/ Timestamp 1.42 - 2.07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=1192sMo Johnston signs for Rangers/ 10th July 1989/ Timestamp 1.09 - 1.33https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=1192sMo Johnston signs for Rangers/ 10th July 1989 / Timestamp 0.56 - 1.07https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=1192sThe Green Brigade marching to Celtic park/ 30th December 2019/ Timestamp 2.30 - 2.37 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FgpB1R8dHg&t=162s

    • 41 min
    The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

    The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

    Running out onto the park in the jersey of your team is the dream for many young boys. But what's the reality like?On the second episode of Weekend Bigots, ex-Hearts and Rangers star Derek Ferguson and former Hibs wing wizard Mickey Weir talk about fulfilling that dream.Kevan asks them about their experiences with sectarianism both on and off the pitch. Both ex-players are now ambassadors for 'Show Racism the Red Card' and visit schools to educate children about the dangers of getting caught up in racism and sectarianism.They also talk about the importance of rivalry in football but explain that this doesn't need to involve bigotry.Credits:Kevin Harper v Heart of Midlothian April 11th 1998/ Timestamp 0.09 - 0.28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITb2rjiE3JkHibernian FC 1998 / Hibs 2 Hearts 1 (Lavety and Harper) 0.09 - 0.21https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMVZqwCbCY8&t=110s9- Man Rangers draw 2-2 with Celtic in 1987/ Timestamp 1.36 - 1.52 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG4MWUsvKFI&t=1sDunfermline 0 - Rangers 2 - Barry Beats Big Brother/ September 1996/ Timestamp 0.08 - 0.16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_564BIuAQD0&t=26sPaul McStay/ 1982/ Timestamp 0.33- 0.46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vry20TZAnE&t=179sPeter Grant Testimonial - Celtic v Bayern Munich/ 20th February 2014/ Timestamp 0.04 - 0.14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH8Fp17SWks50 Goals Against Hearts/ 21st March 1992/ Timestamp 7.56 - 8.08 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvrBiPlfjZU

    • 45 min
    Who's the mason in the black?

    Who's the mason in the black?

    What is it really like to referee an Old Firm derby, and why would anyone want to do it?In this week’s episode of the ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie invites former grade one referee Stuart Dougal to give a unique view.Stuart discusses how refereeing wasn’t his first career choice but says that, after being entinced by a friend of his father’s to attend a training course, he fell in love with the job.Stuart, a veteran of a dozen Old Firm derbies, has had a dynamic career as a referee and has been involved in many controversies, from sending off Charlie Mulgrew to rescinding decisions he got wrong.Credits:Rangers 0-0 Celtic - Scottish Premier League/ September 1998/ Timestamp 7.20 - 7.41https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmHc_euUSfY&t=1sRangers 0-0 Celtic - Scottish Premier League/ September 1998/ Timestamp 10.53 - 11.22https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmHc_euUSfY&t=1sBBC Sport / Kyle Lafferty diving to get Charlie Mulgrew sent off/ 8 August 2009/ Timestamp 0.2 - 0.24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3iUDg6JEo0&t=3s

    • 21 min
    The green, the blue and the Tartan

    The green, the blue and the Tartan

    Craig Brown, the last man to guide Scotland to a World Cup finals in 1998, relives some of his football highs and lows.His bittersweet memories of the game include the famous World Cup campaign in France, and coaching Scotland under 21 teams to victory.However, he tells host Kevan Christie that in Glasgow you're either green or you're blue and how he felt the fans and the media's gaze - especially when he became embroiled in a defamation case with the now defunct News of the World.Credits:STV News 24th April 2019/ Billy McNeil/ Timestamp 2.14 - 2.27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjP6st_p0z0&t=159sAlex Willoughby & Alex Ferguson goals v Dundee United 1968/ Timestamp 0.41 - 0.59https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAj-XR8rSt44th January 2014/ The Paul McStay story/ Timestamp 36.14 - 36.43 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqzstnK1H8E6th September 2010/ Peter Grant/ Timestamp 2.24- 2.47 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1NAOKQVKY&t=171sCraig Brown - World Cup Diary - France 1998 (part 3)/ Timestamp 3.40 - 4.17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF5IC1tWqGcBBC Reporting Scotland 1990/ Scotland's last hope in FIFA World Cup Italia 90/ Timestamp 2.45 - 3.23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b0TL_8e98E8th March 2013/ Commy Bus to Turin- Celtic Fans away to Juventus/ Timestamp 0.25- 0.47https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVFqQzX1tWw&t=90s1st April 1990/ Season 1989-90 - Rangers Vs Celtic/ Timestamp 1.28- 1.55https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGVmjL6HNfg&t=134s10th July 1989 Mo Johnston signs for Rangers/ Timestamp 19.26 - 19.50https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=127s

    • 31 min
    The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

    The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

    Playing football, managing professional teams and teaching the nation's youth is a unique combination.But in this week's episode of Weekend Bigots, Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie discuss the reality of juggling these roles.Christie, an ex-headmaster and manager of Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Alloa Athletic, is widely regarded as one of the best part-time managers this country has produced, and gained fame as the duffle-coat wearing cup shock specialist.Tom Hendrie is a former manager of St Mirren, Berwick Rangers and Alloa Athletic, and was once a pupil of Christie’s at Forrester High School in Edinburgh before going on - like his friend and mentor - to play professionally for Dundee FC.They both acknowledge that religious rivalries play a part in the Old Firm, and explain how much of this is learned behaviour from school. They also discuss how both sectarianism and racism in football can be tackled.Credits:Mo Johnson signs for Rangers/ 10th July 1989 / Timestamp 17.50 -18.05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE674cACsRc&t=1192sJohn Greig v Celtic 1978/ Timestamp 0.2- 0.27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jxuuYOgt-YAirdrie 0 St Mirren 3- 23rd February 1999/ Timestamp 0.01 - 0.30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAUjm0hgUBoThe Nutmeg podcast/ Episode 29 Interview: Vic Kasule/ July 20th 2019/ Timestamp 16.52- 17.52 https://www.nutmegmagazine.co.uk/podcast/interview-vic-kasule/Hearts fans throw bananas at Walters/ 15th September 2012/ Timestamp 0.05- 0.40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIbHx_NUDq4BBC Alba/ Manager Terry Christie/ Timestamp 2.06- 2.36 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYO3gXbvWqQ&t=222sThe Bubble Didnae Burst! - St Mirren/ 13 August 2011/ Timestamp 42.10 - 42.30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEDX2_hNGFY&t=2555s

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Thewinemerchant ,

Insightful listening

Genuinely interesting and impartial analysis of what is a Scottish phenomenon that hasn’t gone away...

In the mixer ,

Good listen

Really enjoyed this, a subject that's never tackled properly and the guys do a great job - learnt a lot.

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