Thursday, 11 February 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 244 - Walkouts and u-turns

Yesterday's announcement from Liverpool FC's owners, Fenway Sports, that they had decided to shelve plans for a ticket price hike following a mass walkout of fans has rightly been greeted as a victory for fan power. Does this mark the beginning of a sea change in the relationships between fans and clubs?

On this week's podcast, Graham, Jan and the returning Terry discuss the options for fans especially at those clubs that have long lines of fans waiting to fill the seats of would be boycotters. Do clubs have a duty to put "traditional" fans ahead of half-and-half-scarf-wearing/selfie-taking football tourists?

The financial data used in the pod comes from a variety of sources, most notably the Swiss Ramble, which is always an excellent news resource for those with any interest in the fiscal side of football.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 243 - Covering old grounds

Does a football stadium need to be dilapidated and dangerous to have an atmosphere? How much of a club's identity is based in the physical bricks and mortar of the home ground? With West Ham's final game at the Boleyn Ground now a mere three months away, will moving to a state of the art stadium change the essence of what the club is?

Hammers fan Chris Oakley makes a welcome return to the podcast to discuss what lies ahead for the club; Jan and Graham are on hand to talk about their experiences with their own clubs upping sticks and what became of the old grounds.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 242 - The Poisoned Chalice

You have to be certain type of person to be a football manager in the Premier League. Perhaps the greatest quality is the confidence (cruel people might say delusion) that you can perform miracles. The next essential quality is the ability to give a good excuse for failing to perform miracles.

Why do they do it? Are some clubs just destined to be impossible jobs? Graham, Terry and Jan discuss what makes a Poisoned Chalice club - and manage to keep it just to half an hour.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 241 - Radio Daze

Football on the radio is something most of us have grown up with. Over the past couple of decades it's moved on from just commentary and classified results to phone-ins and opinion shows across a number of local and national stations.

In this week's podcast, Terry, Graham and Jan recount their memories of listening to football on the radio and offer where they think the future is for the broadcast medium.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.



If you're a football blogger, podcaster, tweeter or tumblrerer and you're based near London, you might want to get yourself along with us to the Socrates meet up which is being held at the Sports Bar & Grill in Waterloo Station on 29 January. Read more here: s.ocrat.es

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 240 - Boring Man United?

The Theatre of Dreams has taken on a worryingly literal meaning over recent weeks. The peculiar statistic of ten consecutive goalless first halves at Old Trafford has shone the spotlight on manager Louis Van Gaal while the patience of fans and media is being tested. So what's changed and what needs to change to breathe life back into the side?

Does football even need to entertain? Podcasts certainly do and so Terry, Graham and Jan show no fear in attacking this surprisingly fascinating topic.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 239 - Game-changers

The end of 2015 brought the sad news of the deaths of two important figures from English football, Don Howe and Jimmy Hill. Both were football activists in the late fifties and early sixties bringing about changes in working conditions for professional footballers, with Hill going on to influence the game for decades after.

In our first podcast of 2016, Graham, Terry and Jan look at these men and their peers and discuss how their actions, for better or worse, brought about modern football. We also look forward to ponder who the next generation of footballing activists will be, and what battles they'll be fighting.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Monday, 28 December 2015

The Best of The Sound of Football 2015

2015 is almost at an end and what a year it's been, Stevie G played his last game for Liverpool, there was a Women's World Cup, the Premier League went topsy turvy and FIFA finally crumbled under the weight of its own corruption.

In this special episode, the thoughts of Jan Bilton, Terry Duffelen and Graham Sibley are distilled down from over 30 podcasts into just over an hour of everything you need to now about the game in 2015.

As is customary, our walk down memory lane is produced and presented by Chris Oakley, complete with his gold lamé game show host jacket. You can listen to The Best of The Sound of Football 2015 for FREE by clicking here. Alternatively, right-click the link to save it to whatever device you wish.