The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast is a show dedicated to all things Scottish football. The podcast is available every Monday and usually on Thursday. It is a healthy mix of seriousness, irreverence and nostalgia.
The website initially appeared in 2012 but was upgraded in the summer of 2015. While we no longer post daily blogs, articles will appear here from time to time.
The History of the Podcast
The pod first came into existence in the summer of 2007 as Napier students Craig Fowler, Alan Temple, Jen McLean and Niall McNeill came together to record in the university’s studio. The original idea was for a football show, from a British perspective, that was based on the popular American show ‘Pardon The Interruption’. The foursome met once a week on campus to record the show during the summer. However, their plans to continue into the season were thwarted when the studio was moved to a different campus where a toilet duly fell through the roof and destroyed the equipment.
The show made a return, with a few tweaks, in the spring of 2009. This time Alan, Craig and Jen decided that the show should be solely dedicated to covering Scottish football since they’d be the only podcast doing so at the time. The podcast would cover Scottish League football as a whole and created a philosophy of dedicating time to mention every league club on each show.
Sadly, Jen would depart the show shortly before moving to Shetland and starting a career as a magazine editor. For a short period of time the two guys continued the show with uninterrupted verbal sparring, but decided worked better with a third member. In stepped Will Lyon for the remainder of the 2010/11 season, before the lower league specialist departed in the summer and replaced by former Sunday Post and Scottish Sun journalist Kenny Millar.
This era represented peak professionalism for the show, although that came at a cost. The three regularly struggled to find time to record and the once weekly show quickly became sporadic. It was clear that for the show to continue the lineup would have to change. That occurred at the end of the 2011/12 season as both Alan and Kenny decided to call it a day on their weekly Terrace obligations, breaking up the Fowler/Temple partnership.
After careful consideration, Craig drafted in Simon Furnivall, Joel Sked and Tony Anderson to make up next season’s regular line-up. The new foursome quickly hit it off while and the podcast went in a different, more informal direction. The guys continued to produce stellar podcasts aimed at bringing a balance of analysis and entertainment. Towards the end of the season, Simon jetted off for a new life in the south of France and was briefly replaced by Craig Cairns until the conclusion of the campaign when he headed back to Canada.
For the 2013/14 campaign the podcast extended to two shows a week. In order to cover the extra workload two new full-time guests were brought in, both with an excellent knowledge of the lower leagues as looked to give more in-depth cover to the “Fag End” of Scottish football. In came Craig G Telfer from the excellent Tell Him He’s Pele and freelance journalist, and Livingston supporter, Calum Leslie. A podcast known for its balanced coverage was now working even further to giving every league club their fair air-time.
Since then it’s simply been about growing the team. Calum moved on midway through his first season, while Tony departed in 2016 to travel Asia and Australia and eventually take up residence in New Zealand. For old school fans, he promises he’ll be back in the next few years. However, largely it’s been a steady stream of regular panelists joining up.
There’s been Craig Anderson, Gary Cocker, Graeme Thewliss, Duncan McKay, Shaughan McGuigan, Andy Harrow, Robert Borthwick, the return of Craig Cairns, and the brief Terrace careers of John Callan and Scott McClymont.
Such an varied and lengthy list of contributors is required to bring two shows per week, as everybody does the podcast on top of their full-time jobs elsewhere. It has also enabled there to be an Edinburgh squad and a Glasgow squad.
With new and exciting projects coming up on the horizon, The Terrace is going to be here for a while yet. Stay tuned!
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