Episode 13: John Gemmell (Part One)

He promised it would be no holds barred, and he didn’t disappoint.

John Gemmell is one of the biggest characters in Scottish lower-league football – a burly, barrel-chested striker with over 100 goals to his name, he is as likely to score with an audacious overhead kick as he is to talk himself into a red card. John joined Craig G Telfer in the studio to look back on his career and spoke for more than two hours. As such, his podcast has been split across two episodes.

John begins this first podcast by examining his formative years in schoolboy football and his first tentative steps in senior game with Queen’s Park. He reflects on his successful spell with the Spiders and his subsequent move to Partick Thistle. The 30-year-old recalls a frustrating 18 months at Firhill, from an inability to break the club’s “old-boy’s network”, to a disappointing loan spell with Hamilton Academical, to his release midway through his contract.

He talks with fondness about his time at Dumbarton, his brief sojourn in junior football with Bellshill Athletic, and his return to the senior ranks with John McCormack’s Albion Rovers. John also remembers his spells with Cowdenbeath and Montrose (as well as his acrimonious departure from both clubs).

There is absolutely no doubt that this podcast is one of the best things on the site. It is not to be missed.

Listen to part two of the podcast here.

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