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In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game.In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans.The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

Latest Episodes

'The heat of the moment' - meet the self-confessed 'weekend bigots'

Host Kevan Christie turns the microphone to the fans in the final episode of Weekend Bigots, including two supporters who admit to having taken part in sectarian abuse in the past. Kevan travels through to Hampden to meet the punters ahead of the League Cup final between Rangers and Celtic, hearing from fans from both sides of the Old Firm divide on their views about sectarianism and what they think should be done to eradicate the problem. Supporters speak candidly about what the rivalry means to them and challenge some of the negative stereotypes often portrayed in the media. The second half of the episode hears Kevan talk to two self-confessed ‘weekend bigots’, Andrew and Brian (not their real names), who talk openly and honestly about their past behaviour and how they regret it upon reflection.

30 minAPR 29
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'The heat of the moment' - meet the self-confessed 'weekend bigots'

The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

Playing football, managing professional teams and teaching the nation's youth is a unique combination. But in this week's episode of Weekend Bigots, Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie discuss the reality of juggling these roles. Christie, an ex-headmaster and manager of Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Alloa Athletic, is widely regarded as one of the best part-time managers this country has produced, and gained fame as the duffle-coat wearing cup shock specialist. Tom Hendrie is a former manager of St Mirren, Berwick Rangers and Alloa Athletic, and was once a pupil of Christie’s at Forrester High School in Edinburgh before going on - like his friend and mentor - to play professionally for Dundee FC. They both acknowledge that religious rivalries play a part in the Old Firm, and explain how much of this is learned behaviour from school. They also discuss how both sectarianism and racism in football can be tackled.

32 minAPR 22
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The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

The green, the blue and the Tartan

Craig Brown, the last man to guide Scotland to a World Cup finals in 1998, relives some of his football highs and lows. His bittersweet memories of the game include the famous World Cup campaign in France, and coaching Scotland under 21 teams to victory. However, he tells host Kevan Christie that in Glasgow you're either green or you're blue and how he felt the fans and the media's gaze - especially when he became embroiled in a defamation case with the now defunct News of the World.

30 minAPR 15
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The green, the blue and the Tartan

Who's the mason in the black?

What is it really like to referee an Old Firm derby, and why would anyone want to do it? In this week’s episode of the ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie invites former grade one referee Stuart Dougal to give a unique view. Stuart discusses how refereeing wasn’t his first career choice but says that, after being entinced by a friend of his father’s to attend a training course, he fell in love with the job. Stuart, a veteran of a dozen Old Firm derbies, has had a dynamic career as a referee and has been involved in many controversies, from sending off Charlie Mulgrew to rescinding decisions he got wrong.

19 minAPR 8
Comments
Who's the mason in the black?

The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

Running out onto the park in the jersey of your team is the dream for many young boys. But what's the reality like? On the second episode of Weekend Bigots, ex-Hearts and Rangers star Derek Ferguson and former Hibs wing wizard Mickey Weir talk about fulfilling that dream. Kevan asks them about their experiences with sectarianism both on and off the pitch. Both ex-players are now ambassadors for 'Show Racism the Red Card' and visit schools to educate children about the dangers of getting caught up in racism and sectarianism. They also talk about the importance of rivalry in football but explain that this doesn't need to involve bigotry.

43 minAPR 1
Comments
The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

Sectarianism in Scotland has never been far from the headlines over the past 50 years. In the first episode of The Scotsman’s new ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie interviews sports journalist Andrew Smith, who talks about the historical context to the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic. They discuss how Irish-Catholic immigrants were originally unwelcome in Glasgow and other cities in Scotland, which is why they set up Hibernian in Edinburgh in 1875 then Celtic in 1888. But with all that religious division in the past, why do the rivalries still run so deep? They discuss the issue in today's world of fake news and social media, and consider why sometimes fans cross the line.

39 minMAR 25
Comments
Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

Weekend Bigots- Trailer

In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game. In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans. The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

1 minMAR 25
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Weekend Bigots- Trailer
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Latest Episodes

'The heat of the moment' - meet the self-confessed 'weekend bigots'

Host Kevan Christie turns the microphone to the fans in the final episode of Weekend Bigots, including two supporters who admit to having taken part in sectarian abuse in the past. Kevan travels through to Hampden to meet the punters ahead of the League Cup final between Rangers and Celtic, hearing from fans from both sides of the Old Firm divide on their views about sectarianism and what they think should be done to eradicate the problem. Supporters speak candidly about what the rivalry means to them and challenge some of the negative stereotypes often portrayed in the media. The second half of the episode hears Kevan talk to two self-confessed ‘weekend bigots’, Andrew and Brian (not their real names), who talk openly and honestly about their past behaviour and how they regret it upon reflection.

30 minAPR 29
Comments
'The heat of the moment' - meet the self-confessed 'weekend bigots'

The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

Playing football, managing professional teams and teaching the nation's youth is a unique combination. But in this week's episode of Weekend Bigots, Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie discuss the reality of juggling these roles. Christie, an ex-headmaster and manager of Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Alloa Athletic, is widely regarded as one of the best part-time managers this country has produced, and gained fame as the duffle-coat wearing cup shock specialist. Tom Hendrie is a former manager of St Mirren, Berwick Rangers and Alloa Athletic, and was once a pupil of Christie’s at Forrester High School in Edinburgh before going on - like his friend and mentor - to play professionally for Dundee FC. They both acknowledge that religious rivalries play a part in the Old Firm, and explain how much of this is learned behaviour from school. They also discuss how both sectarianism and racism in football can be tackled.

32 minAPR 22
Comments
The classroom and the dugout - with Terry Christie and Tom Hendrie

The green, the blue and the Tartan

Craig Brown, the last man to guide Scotland to a World Cup finals in 1998, relives some of his football highs and lows. His bittersweet memories of the game include the famous World Cup campaign in France, and coaching Scotland under 21 teams to victory. However, he tells host Kevan Christie that in Glasgow you're either green or you're blue and how he felt the fans and the media's gaze - especially when he became embroiled in a defamation case with the now defunct News of the World.

30 minAPR 15
Comments
The green, the blue and the Tartan

Who's the mason in the black?

What is it really like to referee an Old Firm derby, and why would anyone want to do it? In this week’s episode of the ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie invites former grade one referee Stuart Dougal to give a unique view. Stuart discusses how refereeing wasn’t his first career choice but says that, after being entinced by a friend of his father’s to attend a training course, he fell in love with the job. Stuart, a veteran of a dozen Old Firm derbies, has had a dynamic career as a referee and has been involved in many controversies, from sending off Charlie Mulgrew to rescinding decisions he got wrong.

19 minAPR 8
Comments
Who's the mason in the black?

The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

Running out onto the park in the jersey of your team is the dream for many young boys. But what's the reality like? On the second episode of Weekend Bigots, ex-Hearts and Rangers star Derek Ferguson and former Hibs wing wizard Mickey Weir talk about fulfilling that dream. Kevan asks them about their experiences with sectarianism both on and off the pitch. Both ex-players are now ambassadors for 'Show Racism the Red Card' and visit schools to educate children about the dangers of getting caught up in racism and sectarianism. They also talk about the importance of rivalry in football but explain that this doesn't need to involve bigotry.

43 minAPR 1
Comments
The players' perspective - with Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir

Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

Sectarianism in Scotland has never been far from the headlines over the past 50 years. In the first episode of The Scotsman’s new ‘Weekend Bigots’ podcast, Kevan Christie interviews sports journalist Andrew Smith, who talks about the historical context to the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic. They discuss how Irish-Catholic immigrants were originally unwelcome in Glasgow and other cities in Scotland, which is why they set up Hibernian in Edinburgh in 1875 then Celtic in 1888. But with all that religious division in the past, why do the rivalries still run so deep? They discuss the issue in today's world of fake news and social media, and consider why sometimes fans cross the line.

39 minMAR 25
Comments
Sectarianism and Scottish football - with Andrew Smith

Weekend Bigots- Trailer

In 'Weekend Bigots', Scotsman journalist Kevan Christie takes you into the murky world of sectarianism in Scottish football, from the 1970s right up to the present day, talking to people who have been involved at the sharp end of the game. In the six-part series Kevan speaks to former footballers Derek Ferguson and Mickey Weir, ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, former grade one referee Stuart Dougal, sports journalist Andrew Smith and of course the fans. The podcast poses the thorny question of why the divide still exists in Scotland to this day, and asks what can be done to change attitudes.

1 minMAR 25
Comments
Weekend Bigots- Trailer
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