2014/15 Podcasts

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Episode 148 – Benham’s biggest gamble yet?

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Brentford owner Matthew Benham made his millions as a professional gambler, working as managing director of his company Smartodds, but has he just made his biggest gamble yet? With the Bees just one point outside the Championship play-off spots and in with a chance of promotion to the Premier League, the club have confirmed that their manager Mark Warburton will leave Griffin Park at the end of the season.

The boys speak to Nick Bruzon, Brentford fan and author of ‘The Last Word‘ for his reaction to the news, plus discuss the ongoing mess at Leyton Orient with writer Andy Brown and Orient podcaster Paul Levy. Orient lie three points from safety in League One, having had four managers since the arrival of Francesco Becchetti in the summer…

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Episode 147 – Edinburgh off… Warburton next?

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Last Saturday, after a week of speculation, Gillingham finally announced the identity of their new manager – Justin Edinburgh. The ex Spurs defender moves to the Priestfield after a memorable three years as manager of Newport County, during which time he helped guide the Exiles back into the Football League after a 25 year absence. Mark is joined by Matt Cole, sports reporter at BBC Radio Kent, for his take on the Gills’ appointment.

He’s also joined by Michael Pearlman, sports reporter on the South Wales Argus, who discusses Edinburgh’s legacy at Rodney Parade – plus DC is on the phone and we hear from Brentford boss Mark Warburton on recent speculation surrounding his future…

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Mini Episode: #MenUnited Live Special

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The boys are back with a special podcast recorded live at The Anchor Bankside pub in London, as part of #MenUnited with Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of both The Football League and talkSPORT. The show was recorded during an outside broadcast of ‘Kick Off’ with Mark Saggers.

You’ll hear former Scotland, Ipswich and Derby manager George Burley on the race for promotion in the Championship, former Republic of Ireland, Ipswich and Charlton midfielder Matt Holland on his bike ride to Amsterdam, Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler on Ian Holloway, The Racing Posts’ digital football editor (and all round football encyclopedia) Mark Langdon – plus Prostate Cancer UK’s director of fundraising Mark Bishop

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Episode 146 – Molineux in mourning

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Wolves beat Blackpool 2-0 at Molineux last weekend to make it an impressive five wins from their last six Championship games. However, that run has been completely overshadowed by the sad news last week that their legendary former chairman Sir Jack Hayward had passed away in Florida, aged 91. The boys discuss his life and legacy with David Evans, host of the award-winning ‘Wolves Fancast‘.

Elsewhere, it’s all change once again at struggling Charlton Athletic. The Addicks were thrashed 5-0 at Watford on Saturday and last week sacked head coach Bob Peeters. Former Standard Liege boss Guy Luzon has taken his place, becoming the clubs’ fourth boss in less than a year. Alex Stedman from ‘Charlton Live‘ is on the line to tell us more…

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Episode 145 – Who’s next for Norwich?

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Happy New Year! It’s the first show of 2015, with plenty to discuss. Neil Adams has resigned as Norwich City manager, following their 2-0 defeat at Preston in the FA Cup on Saturday. Adams leaves the club seventh in the Championship, just three points off the play-off spots. So, who will be next to take charge of the Canaries? The boys are joined by Michael Bailey, sports journalist at the Eastern Daily Press for reaction to Adams’ resignation.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United continued their Cup exploits with a 3-0 victory away at Loftus Road against Premier League QPR. The Blades have now beaten Villa, Fulham, Forest, Charlton, West Ham, Southampton and QPR in just over twelve months. We find out more from Sheffield United fan and ‘A United View on Football‘ blogger Ian Rands

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Documentary: Football and the Great War

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On Christmas Eve 1914, all went quiet on the Western Front. The screaming stopped. The rifles relented. The brutality and the bloodshed were broken up. British and German troops laid down their weapons and walked out of their trenches. They shook hands, they exchanged gifts and they played football.

But one hundred years on from the Christmas Truce, what do we know about the footballers that went to war? Those that swapped standing side by side on the field of play, for fighting side by side on the killing fields of the Somme. We find out more in this special documentary…

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Episode 144 – Saturday nights, Channel 5!

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Is it almost full time for The Football League Show? According to newspaper reports, the BBC has lost the rights to show weekly highlights from next season, which will instead move to a primetime 9pm Saturday night slot on Channel 5. The reporter who broke the story, broadcaster and journalist Alan Biggs, joins us.

We also get your opinions, debate the legacy of Manish and Clem – plus ask, what do we actually want from a Saturday night highlights show? Elsewhere, sticking with media coverage, we catch up with football writer and author Adam Hurrey, who runs the excellent @FootballCliches Twitter account and website. He has also just published his debut book ‘Football Clichés‘, which we discuss, alongside ‘real football men’ and Andy Townsend’s ill-fated tactics truck…

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Episode 143 – McCarthy working miracles

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After thirteen consecutive years of Championship football, Ipswich Town fans are starting to dream. The Tractor Boys completed an unbeaten November with a last gasp 1-0 win at Charlton on Saturday, which has lifted them into the automatic promotion places. The question is, can they stay there? We find out more about Mick McCarthy’s mini-revolution from Stuart Watson, chief football writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

Following the latest twist in the Massimo Cellino saga at Leeds United, the boys are also joined by solicitor and sports lawyer Daniel Geey, plus BBC Gloucestershire co-commentator Mark Halliwell (who also writes the ‘Cheltenham Town Chatter‘ blog) gives us his reaction to the appointment of Paul Buckle at Whaddon Road…

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Episode 142 – Bournemouth blooming

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With no Championship action at the weekend due to the international break, the boys are joined by Michael Dunne, host of the Bournemouth podcast ‘All Departments‘, to reflect on a stunning couple of months for the Cherries and their manager Eddie Howe. They currently sit second in the table, plus have a Capital One Cup quarter final with Liverpool to come next month.

We’re also joined in the studio by radio presenter, sports journalist and friend of the show Sean Thorne (from BBC Radio Bristol), who revels in Bristol City’s superb start to the League One season, which sees them four points clear at the top, despite losing their unbeaten record in a 1-0 defeat to Swindon on Saturday…

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Craven Cottage

Episode 141 – Live from Craven Cottage

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With Mark back (just about in one piece) from Japan, the boys headed on down to a freezing cold Craven Cottage for a Bonfire Night clash between two of the Championship’s struggling sides, Fulham and Blackpool.

After the debacle under Felix Magath, the Cottagers are rebuilding under new permanent boss Kit Symons, whilst ex Cottagers midfielder Lee Clark is the new boss of Blackpool. Could Fulham make it four home wins in a row against the beleaguered Tangerines? We describe the action, plus hear from the editor of the Fulham fanzine ‘There’s only one F in Fulham‘ David Lloyd, and Blackpool fans outside the ground…

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Gary Rowett

Mini Episode: Ian Danter’s verdict on Gary Rowett

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Following the departure of Birmingham City manager Lee Clark and the subsequent appointment of Gary Rowett in his place, we catch up with talkSPORT presenter and devout Blues fan Ian Danter.

Listen to David Cameron Walker getting Ian’s thoughts on Rowett’s appointment, on Birmingham’s prospects on and off the pitch and hear all about the time Dants just wanted to give Lee Clark a hug…

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Managerial mayhem

Episode 140 – Managerial mayhem

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Six Football League managers have bitten the bullet in just twelve days – Dougie Freedman, Billy McKinlay, Colin Cooper, Russ Wilcox, Rob Edwards and Nigel Worthington have all gone. The boys reconvene to discuss sacking season and a supposedly quiet ‘international break’.

We find out what big Bolton fan Darryl Morris (The Hits Radio) makes of Neil Lennon’s arrival at the Macron. We also get get the verdict on Rob Edwards’ departure from Prenton Park with Paul Harper, co-host of the Totally Tranmere podcast – plus Northern Echo sports editor Nick Loughlin fills us in on Colin Cooper leaving Hartlepool…

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