Episode 47: Michael Dunlop (Part One)

There are few lower-league superstars quite like Mick Dunlop. The affable big defender has enjoyed a stellar career, winning two league titles and two promotions, and is a genuine legend at teams like Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers. Now, with the Pelé Podcast, he has the chance to look back over the highs and the lows of the last 17 years.

Speaking with Craig G Telfer in the first part of a sprawling interview, Mick begins by examining Peterhead’s fine start to the season before reflecting on his first steps in the game in boys’ club football and his progress to S-forms with Kilmarnock as a teenager. He discusses his move to Ayr United and his his four years at the club gave him his grounding. He touches on their dazzling team of 2001/02 and the subsequent budget cuts that saw the club plummet into the Second Division.

Mick then talks about one of the most successful spells of his career: his three years at Queen’s Park under Billy Stark. Mick looks back on playing in such a talented side, arguably one of the best lower-league teams of all time, and their journey to promotion from the Third Division in 2006. He finishes by analysing their season in the Third Division and his “sliding doors”moment.

This podcast is not to be missed.

Listen to part two here; listen to part three here.

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