February 7, 2022
Welcome to Episode 71 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
Scottish football was in the headlines around the world this week, and not for the best of reasons. On the pitch, East Fife could be getting set to make some headlines of our own as we still search for our first goal of 2022. Will we ever score again? Will we ever win again? Sometimes it doesn't feel like it.
That was on display at the weekend as the team played out a goalless draw at home to Clyde. There were positives - chances created, players back from injury, and back to back clean sheets - but it's far from enough to stave off relegation.
We delve into the match and the talking points coming out of it, plus we talk about the rise of Arbroath, the need to preserve proper football stadiums, Scottish football lower league icons, and cold weather football matches. And we look at the moral and PR disaster that was this week for Raith Rovers. Have they done themselves irreparable damage amongst many in their fanbase?
Come for the football chat, stay for the talk about the weather.
February 1, 2022
Welcome to Episode 70 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
It's bleak down Bayview way after back to back home games saw East Fife take just one point, remain goalless in 2022, and cut eight points adrift at the bottom of Scottish League One, sailing into the oblivion that is the bottom tier. Where did all the good times go? You might have to cast your mind back a fair bit for those.
But it's not all doom and gloom! The fab four are reunited once again to pick over the bones of those Falkirk and Peterhead games, ponder if we'll ever score again, look at whether we should just throw the young boys in now, and wonder where are the new faces to help us. Can some pride be restored before the end of the season?
Come for the football chat, stay for the talk about mint yoyos.
January 17, 2022
Welcome to Episode 69 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents. Nice!
Michael, Lee, and Doug are back and trying to stay upbeat after a demoralising defeat for East Fife at Dumbarton on Saturday.
In what was the biggest game of the season so far, East Fife headed west and had to come away with something to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive. They failed and the season is all but over bar the shouting, or based on some of the more recent performances, screams of pain.
The guys look back over the game and question just what is next? Do the club take a look at the young ones now for the rest of the season? Is there any point of bringing in players now when we have more chance to take stock over the summer? And what League Two stadiums is everyone most looking forward to visiting?
All this and more in this episode!
January 10, 2022
Welcome to Episode 68 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
Michael, Lee, and Doug are back with their first episode of 2022 and they're joined by East Fife Director, and lifelong supporter, Liam Anderson to chat about the current plight of the club.
Last year was not a great one for East Fife and the new one has continued in a similar vein, with two defeats leaving the club firmly rooted at the foot of Scottish League One with a decisive game coming up at Dumbarton on Saturday.
Is there still hope? How did we get to this position? What are the Board doing to remedy the situation? What is the current financial and ownership situation at the club? We chat with Liam about all of this and a lot more, in a must listen interview for those of a black and gold persuasion.
Plus we take time to pay tribute and share some memories of Mr East Fife, Davie Marshall, who sadly passed away this week and whose presence will be deeply missed by everyone at Bayview.
Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
02.00: Remembering Davie Marshall
16.33: Q&A with East Fife Director Liam Anderson
84.15: Recent games and the massive task ahead
December 27, 2021
Welcome to Episode 67 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
Michael, Lee, and Doug are back with their last episode of 2021 and the year ended in as disappointing a manner as you'd expect with how the last 12 months have played out down Bayview way.
A depleted injury and Covid ravaged East Fife side headed north on Boxing Day and put in a battling performance but fell to a 4-2 defeat to league leaders Cove Rangers. You couldn't fault the performance from the team and their fighting spirit but it was always going to be a tall order to get anything from the game, even with a full squad at their disposal.
We look at the highs and the lows from the loss, but should the game have even gone ahead to begin with? And with teams throughout the SPFL being hit hard with Covid, is it time to draw up new rules for what happens when clubs have an outbreak and games are in doubt?
Looking ahead to 2022, can East Fife avoid the drop? It's seeming more and more likely that they're in a two horse race with Dumbarton to avoid automatic relegation and that a playoff spot may be the best they can now salvage. But stringing a winning run together could change that outlook. How possible is that and what does Stevie Crawford need to do and who does he need to bring in to make that even a possibility?
We look at all of that and a lot more, including delving into a bulging mailbag.
December 20, 2021
Welcome to Episode 66 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
It's our 2021 Christmas special, as we chat about the latest news and talking points down Bayview way, interspersed with some festive fun.
As Scottish League One reaches the halfway stage, we look at the current plight facing East Fife after they drew with Peterhead and got fogged out against Falkirk. Can Steve Crawford turn things around to save the season? Can our defence stop giving up easy goals? For new players to come in, some will have to move on, who would you pick?
As we get set to enter the festive fixtures, we chat with East Fife legend Peter McQuade about some of his memories from Christmas and New Year matches he played in, plus we find out if Steve Archibald fancies a chocolate digestive and chat to him about being the first person to appear on Top of the Pops twice in an episode with two different artists, and we talk to new East Fife assistant manager Greig McDonald about his fish and chips condiments of choice.
Our feature interview this episode is with Vancouver Whitecaps' Scottish Designated Player Ryan Gauld as we chat about his move to MLS, his new heading ability, settling in to life in Vancouver, the one way traffic system in Dundee, his international ambitions with Scotland, and more.
Plus we pick our East Fife Festive XIs, play Who Am I? and spin some festive fun tunes to top everything off.
Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
01.13: Intro chat
04.55: Where the draw in Peterhead leaves East Fife
23.25: Greig McDonald appointed assistant manager
27.39: Fish and Chips - Greig McDonald
29.40: Falkirk in the fog and the festive fixtures
43.02: Peter McQuade on Christmas and New Year matches
49.33: Christmas Wavelength - Los Campesinos! - A Doe To A Deer
58.00: Who Am I?
64.33: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Steve Archibald
69.41: Christmas plans and presents chat
76.58: Have You Heard? - PG Ciarletta - 27
87.53: Top of the Pops with Steve Archibald
92.06: Ryan Gauld interview and Scotland discussion
115.15: East Fife Festive XIs
123.41: Have You Heard? - Sarah Jickling - Don't Kill Me, Santa
December 7, 2021
Welcome to Episode 65 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
It's been a big week or so down Bayview way. A cup exit at the hands of a Junior side, the return of a previous manager to the helm, and his first match in charge saw a battling come from behind point earned. There's a lot to delve into and Michael, Lee, Doug, and Gordon do just that in this episode.
East Fife's Scottish Cup loss to Banks o' Dee was a sickener. How much of a shock was it though, and now that our proud record of never having lost to a non league side has been blown out of the water three times over the past five years, where does this latest defeat sit in the lows of the club's history?
East Fife were looking for a new boss before that loss. How much did it hurry up the need for a replacement? Either way, a new man is now in the hot seat and that man is Stevie Crawford, who returns to the club for a second spell as manager after more than a decade away.
What can we expect from Crawball II? How much has he developed as a manager since he was last at Bayview? Was he the right man for the job? And most importantly, can he save the Fife from relegation? The guys chat about all of that and a lot more, plus break down the highs and lows from his first match back in charge, a home draw with Alloa.
November 23, 2021
Welcome to Episode 64 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast recorded across two continents.
It's been a big weekend down Bayview way. A disappointing loss at Clyde saw East Fife cut five points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish League One table. That result on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the board and Fife boss Darren Young was relieved of his duties on Sunday after over 1600 days in charge.
Michael, Lee, and Doug are joined by Scott Inglis from the East Fife Mail to chat about the weekend's developments and look ahead to the future.
Was this the right time to pull the trigger on Young after a second half capitulation in such an important game or had the team shown signs of turning the corner? Can a new boss come in and turn things around to stave off relegation? Who should that man now be?
We chat about all of that and a lot more, including a look back at Darren's time at the helm at Bayview and the importance of this next appointment to the future of the club.
November 15, 2021
Welcome to Episode 63 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast.
Lee, Doug, and Gordon are back after a week off and there's been an interesting couple of matches for East Fife since the last show, with a battling draw at Queens Park and a narrow 1-0 loss at home to league leaders Airdrie.
On paper, two good performances, but how much hope can we take from them? Who stood out? Have the club turned a corner? Where are the concerns still lying? Do the fanbase have faith restored in Darren Young at the helm?
Ultimately the team is still bottom of the table and in a relegation battle, making next week's match with Clyde absolutely massive. Can the black and gold survive? We chat about all of that and a lot more, including our forthcoming live Q&A with the legend that is Steve Archibald.
And there's still time to chat about Scotland reaching the World Cup qualifying playoffs. Are we heading to Qatar?
November 1, 2021
Welcome to Episode 62 of Glory Days of Gold, the East Fife and Scottish football podcast.
It's a depleted squad this week, bit Lee and Gordon don't care about that as they've got another East Fife win to chat about. The Jekyll and Hyde Fifers forgot to drink their medicine and it was the good guys who won the battle at Bayview, coming away with a 2-1 win over Dumbarton that sees them edge ever closer to crawling off the bottom of the division.
Now the glass half empty amongst you may point to Dumbarton being depleted themselves, but you can only beat the team in front of you and East Fife did that on Saturday afternoon, albeit with some late heart palpitating moments to close out the match.
The guys delve into all the high and lows, the standout players, and what this might mean for the games coming up after some recent yo-yo performances. Plus we delve into the mailbag and chat about some of the other talking points around Scottish football this week.