2013/14 Podcasts

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Wigan

Episode 120 – The Rosler revolution

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Wigan Athletic are at it again. The FA Cup holders are going back to Wembley for the fourth time in a year, following a stunning 2-1 quarter final win at Manchester City. The Latics are only the fourth away side to win at the Etihad Stadium this season… after Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea. Incredible.

We discuss another magic Cup performance with Paul Kendrick, football correspondent for the Wigan Evening Post and Observer – plus ask, can they actually retain the thing? We also assess the job Uwe Rosler has done since taking over from Owen Coyle and analyse their promotion prospects…






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Episode 119 – Plymouth’s play-off push

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Plymouth Argyle’s 5-0 win against Morecambe on Saturday has lifted the Pilgrims to within two points of the League Two play-off spots. Just three years after the club nearly went out of business entirely, are John Sheridan’s team back on the road to recovery?

We speak to Chris Errington, chief football writer for the Plymouth Herald, about the situation on and off the field at Home Park…











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Episode 118 – Redknapp needs results

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The shortest month of the year must seem like the longest for Harry Redknapp. With no wins in February, QPR are faltering… badly. The R’s lost 1-0 at Charlton on Saturday to record their third straight defeat, leaving them seven points off second spot, effectively playing catch up to both Burnley and Derby in the race for automatic promotion.

Can they put it right quickly? Plus does Redknapp still have the backing of the fans? We ask sports writer Sean Gallagher, who covers the club for both West London Sport











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Tom Finney

Episode 117 – Sir Tom Finney tribute

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This week the boys pay tribute to Sir Tom Finney, following his sad death at the age of 91. Finney was widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the Football League, where he spent his entire career, playing for just one club – his beloved Preston North End.

Finney also played 76 times for England, scoring 30 goals, featuring at the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cups. Ian Rigby, Preston’s club historian, joins us to reflect on Sir Tom’s incredible life and career…











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Episode 116 – Too much too Yeung

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‘Made in Birmingham, Destroyed in Hong Kong’. That’s the message from Birmingham City fans about the state of their football club, but is there finally some light at the end of the tunnel? More than two years after his arrest in the Far East following money-laundering allegations, Blues owner Carson Yeung has finally resigned from the board at St Andrew’s. Despite the fact he still remains as majority shareholder, acting chairman Peter Pannu has now claimed that the club faces a ‘bright’ future.

We speak to a man who disagrees – talkSPORT Presenter and Commentator Ian Danter











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Episode 115 – The truth behind transfers

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How exactly do Football League clubs go about recruiting and scouting players? How many people are involved? What role do agents play? Are big clubs aware of the best talent at Football League level? Will EPPP hinder the development of young British players?

These are all questions the boys look to examine in a special show this week, as we discover ‘the truth behind transfers’. We speak to Ross Wilson, Head of Football Operations at Huddersfield Town and the multi award-winning sports journalist Mike Calvin, author of The Nowhere Men‘…











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Chris Wilder

Episode 114 – Chris Wilder’s Cobblers

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What kind of manager would leave a promotion chasing side for one six points off safety at the bottom of the Football League? Er, Chris Wilder is the answer. He resigned as Oxford manager on Sunday night after compensation was agreed with Northampton Town, who have appointed him as the new boss at Sixfields on a three and a half year contract.

We get the lowdown on one of the Football League’s more curious managerial moves from David Pritchard, the chief sports reporter for the Oxford Mail, and Jefferson Lake, football writer for the Northampton Chronicle & Echo…











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Dougie Freedman

Episode 113 – Trotters trounced

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Bolton Wanderers suffered their worst league defeat since 1981-82 on Saturday, when they were thrashed 7-1 by Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Dougie Freedman’s side have only won twice in their last ten games and sit four points above the Championship relegation zone.

With eye watering debts of up to £163.8m also recently revealed, they (needless to say) can’t afford relegation to the third tier. The boys get a fans perspective from Chris Parr, host of ‘The Men In White‘ podcast.











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Brian McDermott

Episode 112 – Hillsborough humiliation

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It goes from bad to worse for Leeds United. Following last weekend’s FA Cup embarrassment at the hands of Rochdale, they were thrashed 6-0 at Hillsborough by Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday to increase the pressure on boss Brian McDermott. We speak to Phil Hay, chief football writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post, for an in-depth assessment of why things are going wrong at Elland Road…











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Rochdale

Episode 111 – Dale delight

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In the first show of 2014, the boys reflect on Rochdale’s stunning display against Leeds at Spotland in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Keith Hill’s side won 2-0 and now have another winnable tie against either Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday to follow. Dale also start the new year just four points off the top of League Two. With another promotion push on the cards, we find out more from Richard Partington, Rochdale reporter for the Rochdale Observer and Manchester Evening News…











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Episode 109 – Rockin’ Robins

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Merry Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – because there’s LOTS of football going on. In a festive special, the boys begin by discussing Cheltenham Town’s ten game unbeaten run.

The Robins won 2-0 at Fleetwood on Saturday to move back into the top half of League Two, following a disappointing start to the season. Jon Palmer, Cheltenham Town reporter for the Gloucestershire Echo, Citizen and Western Daily Press newspapers, joins us…











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