Monday, 31 December 2012

Recorded in 2009: Football Disaster Movie

While the Sound Of Football continues its Winter Break we are delighted to re-present our play, Football Disaster Movie from 2009.

Burt "Two Phones" Anderson is a top transfer newshound for Sky Sports. On the night before Christmas he discovers that his only reliable source of insider information (the mysterious crackpot scientist Dr Julius Limbani) has dried up and is predicting the end of the World... of Football that is.

Determined to find out the truth, Burt seeks out Limbani and uncovers a terrifying (and hopefully very funny) chain of events that could lead to catastrophe...

The podcast is written by the Sound Of Football's very own TerryDuffelen & Graham Sibley from The Onion Bag and features their own vocal "talents". The narrator is Chris Oakley our resident anchor from Some People Are On The Pitch. The podcast also features some very special guests.

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

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Recorded in 2007: The Onion Bag Christmas Carol

Long before the Sound Of Football, Terry Duffelen and Graham Sibley published a weekly football satire website called The Onion Bag. In 2007 Terry and Graham recorded the Onion Bag Christmas Carol. A retelling of the classic Dickens story with football as a backdrop.

While the Sound Of Football takes its Christmas break, we are delighted to showcase this podcast once again.

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

Monday, 17 December 2012

Sound of Football Podcast 136 - Christmas 2012 Advent Calendar

It's Christmas so we're cracking out Graham's port, Jan's taking all the big purple ones and Terry's cutting the cheese. We've also got the small matter of our traditional Advent Calendar to see who or what the name and issues of 2013 will be.

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

Monday, 10 December 2012

Sound of Football Podcast 135 - Bunkum stats

Never shy of poking fun at meaningful stats Graham, Terry and the returning Jan have a dig at stats cooked up by the marketing men to make football seem record-breaking.

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

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sound Of Football Episode 134 - Romance and Virtue in Football

This week, Chris Oakley joins Terry and Graham and the chaps discuss what makes a good championship winning team and the concept of romance in football.

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

Monday, 26 November 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 133 - The Unofficial Football Personality Of The Year Award 2012


With the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year nominees announced, Terry Duffelen. Graham Sibley and guest host, Ryan Keaney (In Bed With Maradona and Whiteside Can't Jump) couldn't help but notice that no football players were short-listed. So we decided to cook up our own personality award. Our winner was controversial but as is always the case with the Sound Of Football, it was more about the journey than the destination.

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

Monday, 19 November 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 132 - World Class Football?


This week, Graham and Terry are delighted to welcome guest host Andrew Gibney from French Football Weekly on the show as we ask what makes a world class goal and a world class player. Needless to say, England doesn't feature too prominently... unless you count Gareth Southgate.

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

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 131 - Supporting a Foreign Team

Terry and Graham were delighted to welcome Chris Nee of the The Stiles Council, Aston Villa Review and In Bed With Maradona as our guest host.

In this week's show we talk about supporting a team from overseas. The Internet and low cost air flight means that it's now possible follow a team from afar. The chaps all follow foreign teams. We explore the nature of this support and look at those leagues and what attracts people to follow a club, not from their shores.

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

Monday, 5 November 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 130 - Football as a soap opera

In last week's football, Arsene once again refused to raid the Christmas savings account - even after Robin returned to haunt him. Brian and Mark were left scratching for excuses as to why neither of their teams won the game they played against each other. And all hell was let loose when Rami told David that he thought another Mark called Mikel a monkey.

Confused? You won't be after this week's episode of the Sound of Football Podcast.

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

Monday, 29 October 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 129 - Football in the Colonies with Chris Oakley

This week, Chris Oakley makes a welcome return to the podcast to talk about football in New Zealand, Australia and beyond.

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

Monday, 22 October 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 128 - The Sound Of Football Euro Cup

European Football for all - that's what the Sound of Football wants. Slow news week, you say? Not at all, just a rubbish news week. With drunken pitch invaders, anti-racism initiative boycotters and rubbish retractable roofs making us all forget why we love the game, we thought we'd lighten the mood with a little blue sky thinking.

So how does this grab you... more European club football!

Not convinced? Well maybe Graham and Terry can change your mind over the next half an hour.

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

Monday, 15 October 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 127 - The Elephants' Graveyard

What becomes of players when they're past their best, or even when they're not past their best just simply surplus to requirements and saddled with a contract too huge for most normal clubs to pick up?

This week Graham and Terry discuss the stark choices faced by players as they get older, especially in light of comments attributed to Nicholas Anelka regarding the shoddy treatment of players over the age of 30 by Chelsea.

We also mention Emile Heskey.

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

Monday, 8 October 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 126 - Rethinking the football board-game

In the old days before computers and the internet, games based on football bore little relation to anything we understand about the game. They looked a bit familiar - maybe Alan Ball would be on the box extolling its virtues - but even the flick-to-kick version provided little more than a tarted-up version of marbles.

Of course now, video games have removed the requirements to make the leaps of imagination involved in converting throwing dice and reading cards to the beautiful game but can we in the 21st Century succeed in creating a modern football board-game where our counterparts in the 1960s failed?

No challenge is too great for the Sound of Football Podcast.

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

Monday, 24 September 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 125 - Is Trolling the new Hooliganism

With social networking allowing fans and the media alike to become part of the events happening around the world of football, we ask if the online activities of a noisy minority of footballer followers will lead to a new dark age in the way fans are portrayed.
You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 124 - 20 years of Champions League

On the eve of this year's group stage Jan, Graham and Terry look back on 20 years of Champions League football: what's good about it, what's not so good about it and look at what the future might hold for the competition, as clubs increasingly vie for those all important foreign markets.

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

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 123 - International breaks

We welcome new host Jan Bilton to the big chair to lead a discussion on the early season International break.

Terry and Graham are on hand to ease him in to the podcast by gently pointing out his errors while skillfully playing their jokers to cover for the shocking gaps in their own knowledge.

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

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 122b - Farewell, Oakers and welcome aboard, Jan

Recording an hour before the Socrates football bloggers meetup in London, Terry and Graham say farewell to Chris Oakley prior to his departure to New Zealand with a vigorous discussion on the football transfer system.

Joining us also is Jan Bilton who will be stepping in as our regular co-host from now on.

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

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 122 - Time Capsule Edition: Do not listen until 2017

For Chris Oakley's final regular appearance on the Sound Of Football, we look ahead an wonder what football will be like in the year 2017. Please feel free to bury this podcast in the bottom of your garden to dig up and listen to in five years time.

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

Monday, 20 August 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 121 - What if Manchester United went bust?

Financial shenanigans are the topic of the week as the chaps ask if Manchester United went the way of Rangers and went into liquidation.

Some pointed opinions and the usual hi-jinks are in store, including a classic conspiracy theory from Graham. Don't miss that.

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

Monday, 13 August 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 120 - The season ahead for officialdom

This week, Chris, Graham and Terry look ahead to the forthcoming domestic season and assess how the game will develop in terms of officials and the way in which rules of the game are implemented.We talk about players behaving badly, the Olympic Spirit, the interpretation of the rules on tackling and the onset of goal line technology.

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

Monday, 6 August 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 119 - Euro 2012, London 2012 and looking ahead

The Sound Of Football podcast returns for a fourth series. In our first episode we discuss the denouement to Euro 2012, the legacy of Team GB's contribution to the Olympic Games and we briefly look ahead to the oncoming domestic football season.

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

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 118 - What do we think of it so far?

Terry, Chris and Graham assemble, halfway through Euro 2012, to share their opinions on the matches and memes of the tournament. There is even time to take questions from the floor.

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

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 117 - Euro 2012 Preview. (WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS)

Join Graham Sibley, Terry Duffelen and Chris Oakley for our unique Euro 2012 preview. As with our World Cup 2010 preview we have decided to predict the of come of the tournament on a round by round basis and for added excitement devised an unusual method of determining the outcome of the winner.

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

Monday, 14 May 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 116 - Season Finale

In our final podcast of the regular season, the chaps reflect on an eventful season in England and abroad. We ask if there is anything wrong in paying for a league title, compare Manchester City's success to other suddenly monied clubs like Blackburn and Chelsea and take a look at the notable achievements in the Premier League this season. There is even time to squeeze in a little Bundesliga chat as well.

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

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 115 - What makes for a competitive league?

This week, the chaps consider what elements are required for a truly competitive European Football League. With the Italian, German and Spanish Leagues decided, only England and France will decide their titles winners on the last game of the season. Are these league's set up better that the others? What does it mean to have a truly competitive domestic league and what will it take to achieve this?

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

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 114a - Moving house

In this bonus issue of the Sound Of Football, the chaps reflect upon the consequences of football clubs moving to new stadiums, starting with Chelsea's proposed move to London.

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

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Monday, 30 April 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 114 - Roy Hodgson

This week, the chaps return to the topic of the England National Team after the surprise news that West Brom manager, Roy Hodgson, has been approached by the FA about the England manager's job.

Is he the right man to take England forward? Why was Harry Redknapp overlooked? Will Hodgson command the respect of the players? None of these question will be answered satisfactorily except one: Do we like Roy?

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

Monday, 23 April 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 113 - England

It was St Georges Day, yesterday so what better way to say Happy England Day than with a chat about the English national team? But rather than talk about boring stuff like results, tactics, team selection and managers we've tried to approach the topic from a cultural perspective: the importance of the England team in English football, England football culture, why do people expect so much from England.  Is it arrogance? Do we only really care about the national team when the big tournaments happen? If our clubs had to make a sacrifice for the benefit of the national team, would we be willing to make that sacrifice?

All these question and no more were addressed, if not actually answered, in this week's Sound Of Football Podcast

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

Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Case for Video Review - A Rebuttal

After hearing last week's Sound Of Football podcast on technology in football, long time listener, Michael Richard has written a rebuttal which we are delighted to publish.



After listening to the latest Sound Of Football podcast which was entitled "Revisiting Technology in Football", I felt compelled to express my counterarguments to the points that were being made.  This particular podcast was a continuation of an earlier episode which came out in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup which ironically contained one of the more famous cases for the involvement of technology in football.

I will try to address all the arguments that were made in the podcast, which happen to correspond with many of the same arguments I've heard over the years against the introduction of video review in Football.  I will be coming at this topic from a North American perspective which differs substantially from a traditional British view about changing the game football in any significant manner but I can't help that so bear with me.

I should state that I'm making the point for video review for any questions of whether a goal has been scored.  I'm not in favour of using video review for any other type of disputed call (fouls, offsides) because it's much harder to incorporate that into the game without a major disturbance and because these calls usually don't directly affect the outcome of matches.  There is a lot of talk about different types of "Goal Line Technology" that could be introduced and there are proposals being made to FIFA to this effect.  This seems like a classic case of trying to kill a fly with a nuclear weapon.  Trying to solve a problem by introducing a technology that is not proven, whether it be a chip in the ball or something similar to Hawkeye, when it could be done cheaper and faster with technology that is already in the game i.e. cameras.

One point that was made against using cameras on the goal line was that if you have to rely on television companies supplying the video there may be a bias or conspiracy against showing all the angles.  The way you get around this is by giving the league access to the camera footage.  This can be done as part of the deal allowing the cable company to broadcast the matches that the league must have access all the footage necessary to decide whether the ball has crossed the line.  The league can also specify if a camera is needed at a certain angle or location like inside the goal.

Another way to remove any potential bias is by removing the decision making from the referee on the field as it may be unreasonable to ask one man/woman to go against there own decision or against the crowd and reverse their call.  The video should be sent either to another official at the match or, preferably, the league headquarters where there will be people trained to make these decisions on standby.  This can be done as fast as any replay that is shown on television which as we all know only takes a matter of seconds before multiple angles are able to be shown and the decision can then be communicated to the officials on the pitch via their fancy headsets.  This would ensure consistency across all the matches as the decisions would be made from a central location.  It may not remove all the accusations of bias towards the "big clubs" but there is probably no solution which would remove that completely.

One popular argument against using video replay for goal line decisions is that sometimes there is no angle that shows definitively whether the ball has crossed the line.  Even with the multitude of high-definition cameras that are at every top-level match nowadays this is a very real possibility.  As was shown in the recent FA Cup semifinal between Chelsea and Tottenham.  If there is no conclusive evidence upon review showing that the call made on the field is wrong then you differ to the original call made by the official.  This may lead to some discussion and arguments after the match as there will always by differing opinions about what was seen but isn't this one of the arguments against technology all together?  Removing the human element?  Fans will still have something to argue about on a Monday morning so everyone is happy.

I've also heard many people state that introducing this technology, any technology in fact, would have to be incorporated up and down the football pyramid as every game in England has the same elements whether you're in the Premier League or the Isthmian League Division One North.  This argument is just false in it's basic premise as not all matches today have the same elements.  Such as the quality of the referee which varies greatly between leagues, the quality of the pitches and the television coverage, that is assuming there's any at all.  So introducing one more element to the top league in the country will not be a great deviation from gap that is already present between the leagues.

Some may make the argument that introducing this type of technology will open the door to video review being used for a multitude of issues and then where will it stop?  I don't see this happening as is much harder to justify that a wrong offside call would have necessary resulted in a goal being scored or even that a malicious tackle that was missed would have gifted the game to the other team.  The same can not be said of whether the ball has crossed the line.  Goals are the one and only deciding factor in a football match which makes getting the decision right about balls crossing the line so essential.

Football fans who to this day are still saying that technology in football will just not work should ask themselves why just about every other major sport in the world uses technology of some kind.  It seems to work everywhere else so why not professional football?


Michael is a Newcastle fan and blogger form Canada. His NUFC blog is here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 112 - Revisiting Technology in Football

Back in 2010, the Sound of Football chaps had plenty to say on the use of technology. Given recent shenanigans in the FA Cup semi-final, we've decided to revisit the arguments for and against the use of goal line technology and video evidence and see if we have arrived at a different conclusion to last time.

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

Monday, 9 April 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 111 - What's wrong with chicanery in football?

The chaps return from a brief hiatus to discuss the ethics of cheating, diving and other shenanigans in the modern game. There are fewer things that enrage football fans more than a perfectly executed dive, a deliberate handball or a player feigning injury. But surely cheating is part of the game and there is virtue in hoodwinking the referee into gaining an advantage? After all, it's not like this sort of thing is doing any harm is it? Or is it?

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

Monday, 19 March 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 110 - The Premier League in (or out of) Europe

This week's pod see us discussing the relatively disappointing performances of the English Premier League in Europe. With only Chelsea flying the flag for the English coefficients, is this the beginning of a decline in English football or simply a transition with everything back to normal in a few seasons?

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

Monday, 12 March 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 109 - Where next for Chelsea FC?

Chelsea FC is the topic of the week for Graham, Terry and Chris Oakley.

Was Roman Abramovich too hasty in sacking AVB? Did the young coach contribute to his own downfall? Will Jose Mourinho return? Is Eddie Newton the new Ray Wilkins?

All these questions and more will be answered in this week's Sound Of Football podcast.

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

Monday, 5 March 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 108 - Football nostalgia

Graham's growing legion of fans will be distraught to hear of his absence from this week's Sound of Football podcast. There's no need to panic, however, as we've brought in The Football Attic's Richard Johnson to stand in for him as a temporary replacement.

And a fine job he did too, as you'll hear on this week's show. Richard, together with Chris and Terry, discussed football nostalgia and wondered whether forty-somethings in 2032 will have anything much to go dewy-eyed about. Are present-day football kits likely to get the pulse racing twenty years from now? Will FIFA 12 seem like a silly preoccupation we once had and will anyone think of Joey Barton as one of the game's great characters?

All this and more can be heard on Episode 108 of The Sound of Football...

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

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 107 - The Auld Enemy

This week we look at the oldest international fixture, England v Scotland, and ask whether the time is right to reinstate it as a regular feature on the footballing calendar.

Join Terry, Graham and Chris in a swanky basement bar in London, as we pick apart the pros and cons and debate the perceived benefits for those both sides of the border, in our usual misinformed fashion.

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

Monday, 13 February 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 106 - Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is the topic of debate on this week's Sound Of Football podcast. Is the future England manager going to be the future England manager? Will the Tottenham coach's perceived lack of tactical depth hinder England's chances of having a successful Euro 2012. Or is that an absurd question?

More strident opinions and some naughty words await the bold listener on this week's Sound Of Football Podcast.

Join us on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 9pm GMT for Sound Of Football Extra on Google Plus where we'll be discussing this topic further. Encircle our G+ page now by following this link.

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

Monday, 6 February 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 105 - Talismanic footballers

This week, Graham, Chris and Terry discuss the importance of the "talismanic player". That man who defines and lifts a team and is diminished by his absence. Is the effect of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Paul Gascoigne and Robin van Persie on a team real or illusory. Is the talisman merely a construct to help maintain the narrative of football or are they crucial to the success of their club?

Join us on Thursday 9th February 2012 at 9pm GMT for Sound Of Football Extra on Google Plus where we'll be discussing this topic further. Encircle our G+ page now by following this link.

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

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 104 - Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers are the topic of this week's show. Good ones, bad ones, English ones, Spanish ones, German ones and of course, Scottish ones. We look at the challenges facing the modern 'keeper and remember some of our favourite and notable custodians.

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

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 103 - The League Cup

Ahead of the League Cup Semi-Final, Chris, Graham and Terry ruminate on the benefits and drawbacks of the competition. Does the competition have merit? Is there virtue in the bigger clubs using it to showcase new talent? Does the Cup deserve it's Europa League spot? Given how much its format has changed over the years is the League Cup a good platform for testing out some of the football authorities more florid ideas?

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

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 102 - Old gits and the Indian Football League

It's a return to the usual devilry on this week's Sound Of Football as we discuss veterans in the Premier League. We discuss the value of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Paul Scholes' return to the English Premier League and wonder if they presence is a sign of weakness for their respective clubs.

We then move onto discuss the value of  veterans  in emerging football nations, specifically the new Indian Football League that starts in February... apparently.

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



Monday, 9 January 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 101 - On Racism in Football

Graham, Terry and Chris discuss the difficult subject of racism in football on this week's Sound Of Football podcast.

We ponder as to the full extent of racism in the game and ask whether enough has been done to fight it.

We also discuss the Luis Suarez case and ask, if Liverpool had their time again, would they do things differently.

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

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Sound Of Football Podcast 100a - Prediction Extravaganza

A bonus podcast awaits the bold listener as Graham, Chris and Terry meet at the Sports Bar and Grill in the heart of Swinging London. Together they collect their football predictions for 2012.

Warning: contains spoilers and a cracking impression of Jon Bentley from The Gadget Show.

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