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048 Paul McColl: where lockdown leaves the amateurs, the start of summer football, facing Gazza as a kid & wages in his shoes

av Down The Divisions | Publicerades 3/26/2021

PART-TIME, juniors and semi-professional football have all had their attempts at getting back playing. But just where has the lockdown left the amateur game? The definitions used by government mean teams at that level haven’t kicked a ball in anger now for over a year. Is that right? Is that fair? And just what state will the game be in if and when it ever returns? We’ll put those questions and more to someone who knows the amateur and juniors game. Paul McColl is currently the vice president of the Football Central Sunday League. He tells us about plans for a two-year trial of summer football starting this year. We'll hear why co-host Paul Davies feels there should be a pyramid system in the amateurs and look back at just what makes the game at that level so good. Paul McColl faced Gazza while at English side Darlington in the 80s then returned to Scotland and joined Rutherglen Glencairn. Spells at other junior sides followed before he stepped into the amateurs, first as a player then in the dugout during which time he lifted several trophies and bossed a player who stepped out in the Champions League. We’ll look back at those days with Paul, along with his time at a team that left your wages in your shoes. All that plus Roache’s Roundup with Kilbirnie Ladeside assistant boss Des Roache. We'd also like to give a quick mention to our sponsors FortyFour Creative. They have a team of highly skilled and passionate photographers, graphic designers, videographers and video editors to help promote your content, brand, organisation or event. They make creation personal. Find out more at If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. Likewise if you're at a club who would like your post-match audio featured on the show then do get in touch. You can email or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It’s all here as we go Down The Divisions. Down The Divisions logo design Adam Aitken Intro and outro music Bensound

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ARE you a fan of fitba played below the leagues that have the glitz and glamour? Then you’ve come to the right place. Join the Scottish Sun’s Gareth Law and Newmains United co-manager manager Paul Davies for a weekly look at football lower down the ladder. Hear the latest news, discussion and stories along with managers, players, administrators, fans and more from SPFL League One and Two, the Lowland and Highland Leagues and the West, South and East of Scotland Leagues. There’s a chance for you to get involved too. If you have suggestions for guests, subjects or anything else then contact us through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email Please do leave a review too. Down The Divisions artwork by Adam Aitken. Music