The Fitba Hacks - Stephen McGowan

April 10, 2016

The last episode of series one sees Jonny talking to the Daily Mail's Stephen McGowan. They discuss 'Jock Brown's organ', Fergus McCann's interview technique, why Jock Stein was never knighted and Stephen's new book Heartbreakers; Celtic, Albert Kidd and 1986.


The Fitba Hacks - Jim Black

March 14, 2016

This weeks guest is Jim Black, the Highlands based freelancejournalist and former chief sports writer for the Scottish Sun.

Here he gives us the inside info on the Mo Johnston signingstory, tells of a strange encounter with a tipsy Gazza at Cameron HouseHotel and explains the delicacies of dealing with the complex character that is Colin Montgomery.


The Fitba Hacks - Gordon Waddell

February 29, 2016

This weeks guest is The Sunday Mail's Gordon Waddell. Here he discusses his career and the issues facing sports journalists in Scotland. The discussion covers the changes to the workforce over the last 25 years, recent events at The Herald, trying to get a quote from a young Duncan Ferguson, how Scots hacks got preferential treatment at Sir Alex Ferguson press conferences and interviewing George Graham at a top London restaurant.


The Fitba Hacks - Chick Young

February 14, 2016
The BBC's legendary pundit and reporter Chick Young reflects on his near 50 year career in Scottish sports journalism.
Amongst the topics are Chick's relationship with Sir David Murray, THAT Walter Smith interview, Only An Excuse and we clear up which club he truly grew up supporting.

The Fitba Hacks - Michael Stewart

January 31, 2016
Former Manchester United, Hibs and Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart joins Jonny McFarlane to discuss his career in the game and his move into punditry.
Michael gives a players perspective on the press and shares some fantastic stories about Sir Alex Ferguson, James McFadden going missing on a Hong Kong Scotland trip and John Collins fondness for showing off his six pack.

The Fitba Hacks - Graham Spiers

January 10, 2016
Jonny McFarlane (@jonnyrmcfarlane) talks to sports journalist and broadcaster Graham Spiers about his career at the sharp end of football writing.
Here, Spiers opens up about his respect for and understanding of Jim McLean, the day a concerned David Murray offered him financial advice and his current press box ban from Ibrox.

The Fitba Hacks - Mark Wotte

December 29, 2015

Host Jonny McFarlane (@jonnyrmcfarlane) talks to former SFA Performance Director Mark Wotte about his career and his stint in Scottish Football. We discuss managing the world class late developer Mikey Mols at Utrecht, his frustration at the failure of clubs in Scotland to expose young stars to first team game time and his meeting with Paul Murray about a role with Rangers


The Fitba Hacks - Hugh Keevins

December 21, 2015
Hugh Keevins joins Jonny McFarlane to discuss his 45 year career at the sharp end of Scottish sports journalism. Looking back at his time working for DC Thompson, The Scotsman, The Daily Record and Radio Clyde Superscoreboard, Hugh reflects on the big stories and personalities that affected him alone the way.
He talks about his ejection from a Celtic media conference by 'Finbar O'Brannigan', breaking the news of Wim Jansen's departure and the occasion when he was assaulted by a Hearts fan at Tynecastle.

The Fitba Hacks - Jonathan Northcroft

December 14, 2015

This week Jonathan Northcroft, the Sunday Times' Football Correspondent joins host Jonny McFarlane.

We discuss being on the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous Hairdryer, advice from legendary sports writer Glenn Gibbons, the difficulties in getting access to Premier League stars and working with Hugh McIlvanney.




The Fitba Hacks - Roger Mitchell

December 7, 2015
This week Jonny talks to the former Chief executive of the SPL, Sky journalist and Chairman of popular website Give Me Sport, Roger Mitchell.
Roger talks about the individuals he met along the way, including Jim McLean, David Murray and Silvio Berlusconi, how he feels about the methods of the Scottish sport press pack and the fascinating story behind SPL TV.