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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Best Of The Sound Of Football 2016

2016 is finally coming to an end - and not before time for some people's tastes. As years go, it's safe to say that this one has been a divisive one. While it's been a frustrating year for many people, for those who produce podcasts loosely shaped around current events there have been rich pickings available.

It's been a bumper year on the Sound Of Football with 44 podcasts being recorded, the highlights of which have been selected here, produced and presented by Chris Oakley.

You can listen to our feature length The Best of The Sound of Football 2016 here. Alternatively, right-click the link to save it to whatever device you wish.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 282 - 2016 Advent Calendar

Merry Christmas from everyone on the Sound Of Football.

This, our 44th and final podcast of 2016, is our Christmas Special and, as is traditional, we bring out our Advent Calendar - each door concealing a personality or issue we think will have some kind of an impact on the world of football in 2017.

This is always one of favourite pods to produce and we hope you enjoy it too. Graham, Terry, and Jan will be back in the New Year to discuss all these issues and more - but before then, Chris Oakley's Best of the Sound of Football 2016 will soon be here for you to relive the highlights of the year.

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


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 281 - Changing the game

If matters weren't bad enough for the FA with the escalating investigations into historic sexual abuse, this week saw three of its former Chairmen send an open letter to the Government demanding English football's governing body be cleared out and reformed.

Is there anything the government can do to fix football? Should it even try? Graham, Terry and Jan look at the timing and the motivations behind this attack and ask what the FA should be and how it can get to that place. Terry even manages to squeeze a Gilmore Girls reference into it - much to the bemusement of the others.

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


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 280 - Comebacks


Last Sunday saw a couple of thrilling comebacks, both for teams who style themselves with the prefix "AFC". In the Premier League, Bournemouth took all three points after twice being two goals down against Liverpool. That result came hot on the heels of Wimbledon shattering the FA Cup dreams of National League North side Curzon Ashton by wiping out a three goal margin to win in the final 10 minutes.

On this week's pod, Graham, Terry and Jan talk about their own experiences of comebacks - both for and against their respective teams. One perhaps not too surprising observation that emerges is that the better the comeback, the less likely you are of sticking around to see it.

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


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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 279 - Journalism and Churnalism

The term "newszak" - the dull background noise of worthless news stories - is a concept that goes back to the 1960s. In these days of news feed algorithms, getting stories out packed with click-friendly keywords appears, from the outside, the only important factor for many outlets that call themselves news providers.

As British football at all levels, faces a crisis in the wake of historic sex abuse of young players* the importance of good journalism is greater than ever. This week, Graham, Terry and Jan, discuss why football journalism is so easily derided and whether such criticisms are fair or unjust.

* An NSPCC hotline, supported by the FA, is available 24 hours a day. If you need to talk to someone, call 0800 023 2642.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 278 - Foreign coaches

This week saw Jurgen Klinsmann removed from his role as head coach for the US national team after they lost consecutive World Cup Qualifying matches for the first time in 15 years. Their defeat to Mexico being only their second home defeat in World Cup qualification since they hosted the tournament in 1994.

Back in the summer the former German International was being strongly linked to the role of England manager and even now sits high in the betting, albeit a considerable distance behind Gareth Southgate.

England's experience of non-domestic coaches is seen by many as a failure but are they right? What do foreign coaches offer? Is it an admission of a weak domestic system of coaching or an ambition to broaden the country's football outlook?

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the major issues regarding the use of foreign coaches for international sides.

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


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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 277 - Standing safe



At the start of this season a section of seating at Celtic Park was converted to safe standing. A block of 3,000 of the 60,000 seats in the stadium can now be converted to an area of terracing in competitions that allow it. The possibility of reintroducing standing at top flight games in Britain has a lot of support among fans groups. For clubs, there are obvious advantages: the capacity at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park increases by over 15,000 when safe standing is in operation.

Premier League clubs are already looking at Celtic's experience, as well as a number of extremely successful implementations in the Bundesliga but will need to overturn legislation before being able to install safe standing themselves.

Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the issues involved in a reintroduction of standing to the Premier League, and the likelihood of whether or not it will happen in the foreseeable future.

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


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 276 - England v Scotland v Poppies



In a week dominated by much bigger world issues, you'd have thought the whole England v Scotland poppy furore might have been forgotten.

Of course it wasn't and both teams took to the field with the little flower proudly emblazoned on their black armbands - in defiance of any rules made by Johnny Foreigner (and the home nation FAs).

Jan is away, leaving Terry and Graham to discuss the fixture (recorded before the match).

We live in worrying times, and as a bonus feature on the podcast, there's a chance to hear a snippet of Terry's new song for peace "The World is a Global Thing" - currently 16/1 to be Xmas No. 1.

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


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 275 - Do we need to watch football?

Where have all the viewers gone? With so much football's new wealth reliant on TV money what does an alarming drop in viewing figures mean for the future of the game?

In an age of "Second Screen Experience" do modern football consumers get as much enjoyment (or maybe even more) from social media interaction as they do starring at the action on TV? In a week which saw goal Vines set to become a thing of the past - will traditional models of sport on tv soon join them in the advent of technologies like Kodi?

Regular host Graham has returned from his holiday in the US with plenty of input regarding the coverage of sport on the other side of the Atlantic. Terry and Jan indulge him patiently.

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


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 274 - South London Fussball and the Saturday TV Blackout

Terry and Jan return for another edition of the Sound Of Football podcast.This week we discuss the Saturday afternoon TV blackout in the UK.

While enjoying an afternoon in the pub watching the Bundesliga Konferenz in south London. We ask why are we unable to watch live English football in the Saturday afternoon slot and we consider whether or not this would be a good thing.

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



Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 273 - Red Monday




Terry and Jan are back for another dose of feisty football opinions. The topic this week is the Manchester United v Liverpool game and its relegation to a Monday night TV slot ahead of the Champions League.

Fans of both clubs don’t need reminding that neither team is in the premier European competition this year. Jan and Terry examine the recent history of both clubs, wondering to what extent they are in decline and if so, how far will that decline take them.

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

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 272 - England, Gareth and Saint Wayne


Graham Sibley is on holiday for the next few weeks so it falls to Terry Duffelen and Jan Bilton to keep this mighty podcasting ship of state afloat. Join us as we recap and try to make sense of the latest doings in Englandland.

Terry and Jan try to draw a straight line between Big Sam’s debagging, Gareth Southgate’s initiation and Wayne Rooney’s humiliation. We also postulate as to whether there is a single constituent at whose door we can lay the blame for all England's problems? Because, like so many of our compatriots, we love easy answers and finger pointing.

We also have some listener feedback and some corrections and clarifications.

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

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 271 - Unhappy Hammers

Well there's only topic of discussion this week and it's Sam Allardyce. Sadly, that news broke after we finished recording, so instead, those downloading this week's pod will be treated to an analysis of West Ham's teething problems at their new ground.

The deal that took West Ham from Upton Park to Stratford seemed like an offer too good to be true, but supporter dissatisfaction and lacklustre performances on the pitch have led some to believe they should have stayed where they were. Graham, Terry and Jan look at the issues involved and ask if these things are just what happens when you move into a new place or is something more sinister going on.

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


Friday, 23 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 270 - Barton Funk


Why is Joey Barton back in the news again? No, really... WHY? It can't just be because he has a new autobiography out, can it?

This week, Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the latest (and probably unwritten) chapter of his turbulent career. Is he a maverick, or a wasted talent? Is his ongoing presence a good thing in an increasingly sterile world of football "personalities"? Or is he just an annoyance?

Is there a place for those who speak their mind in a game more image-conscious than ever before.

A word of warning before you rush to the bookshop: Joey's a big a fan of Morrissey, so let's just hope his autobiography is a bit more readable than the one by the former Smiths frontman.

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

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 269 - Modern rivalries



From the media frenzy surrounding last weekend's Manchester derby, you may have been forgiven for expecting a modern day "Rumble in the Jungle". The first Premier League meeting of managerial mega-stars Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho was given the billing of an encounter that would live long in the memories of those with even only a passing interest in the game.

As it was, it was pretty much like every other early season encounter between two teams with realistic title ambitions. A decent enough watch but in real terms hardly indicative of where either side will finish in the table.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the explosion and the intensity of modern day rivalries be they local derbies (or not so local), managerial duels and even that most arbitrary of all contests, the Ballon D'Or.

Are there any real feuds in football or is it just a load of media-stoked pantomime bantz (or "pantz" for short)?

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

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 268 - Bigger Sam

A largely unimpressed viewing nation still held its breath as Adam Lallana's desperate shot squirmed between the freshly-moistened thighs of the Slovakian goalkeeper. Big Sam Allardyce's debut as England manager saw a performance that was dour, frustrating and largely uninspiring. While the 95th minute winner took away the smoking gun, the amount of circumstantial evidence against Sam still kept his critics satisfied.

All that said, a win is win and for England it marked their 13th consecutive in tournament qualification, and stretched an unbeaten run of qualifiers that goes back to when this podcast had episodes numbering in a single digit.

Graham, Terry and the returning Jan, fresh from his holiday, discuss the often-maligned English coach and take the opportunity to put on some rose-tinted spectacles to look at the future.

Can we go half an hour without using the words "passion" or "belief"? You'll just have to listen to find out.

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

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 267 - Men against Bees

This week saw the start of the newly revamped Football League Trophy. Usually this would be greeted with about as much excitement as the start of a new bus timetable but this season an ill-conceived decision to include U23 sides of clubs in the Premier League and Championship has thrown the spotlight on this tournament for all the wrong reasons.

To discuss the topic, When Saturday Comes contributor Gary Andrews, makes a welcome return as a guest on the podcast, standing in for Jan who is still on holiday. All of which will make familiar listening to those who also listen to the Oddjobpod, which Gary, Graham and Terry are the regulars on.

Gary brings his views as an Exeter City fan - a club that voted for the changes but has since had cause to doubt that decision. Boycotts, under-strength sides, blue sky thinking and the England set up are all discussed, and we manage to do this with only one slightly oblique reference to James Bond.

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

Friday, 26 August 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 266 - Changing goalkeepers

Last week, we briefly speculated over the future of current England and Manchester City number 1, Joe Hart. On this week's pod, Graham And Terry, extend that line of debate into the wider subject of the future of goalkeeping and the part that key position plays within the team.

Of course, Buffon crops up in the discussion but the focus is soon drawn to his main competitor for World number 1, Manuel Neuer - a player drawing attention for his play-making as much as his shot-stopping. Is he an anomaly or does he represent a paradigm shift in the art?

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

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 265 - A New Season



Terry, Graham and Jan are back in the studio for a new season of football - the eighth season for this podcast. For the Premier League it's all about new managers, new players and new money. Well, maybe not for Arsenal. Who will be the winners and losers of season 2016/17?

Also, fans of German football will be delighted to hear Terry confirm that he will be continuing his weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to it at tinyletter.com/bundesbag.

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

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 264 - Euro 2016: The aftermath

Portugal are the Champions of Europe - and they did the hard bit without their star player Cristiano Ronaldo. In this final podcast of 2015/16 Jan, Terry and Graham step out of the studio to watch a pre-season friendly at Whyteleafe FC to look back over the tournament and what happens now for those whose future it will affect.

Will Rooney hold on to the captain's armband? Will Big Sam take over as manager? If he does, what will happen to Sunderland? All these topics and more are discussed.

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

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 263 - Euro 2016: The denouement

The final week of Euro 2016 is here and only four teams remain. Germany and France could have been picked to fill one semi final before the start of the tournament - and remarkably it's one of the only predictions this pod got right. The other semi-final is a complete surprise: for Wales because no one (including us) gave them a chance, and for Portugal because they've been so uninspiring.

Graham, Terry and the returning Jan are joined by special guest Ed Carter (@dotmund) who listeners may know from the twohundredpercent podcast. Together they take a look back at the quarter finals and one of them names the eventual tournament winner - GUARANTEED.

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

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 262 - Euro 2016: The Engxit

Well, it's been an eventual week for England. Just days after a majority of the UK decided they wanted to leave the EU, the England football team triggered their own version of Article 50 by putting on one of their worst displays ever to get knocked out by a deserving Iceland side.

This week, Graham and Terry are joined by Nik Wildhagen from bundesligafanatic.com to preview the upcoming Euro 2016 quarter-finals, including the enticing prospect of Germany v Italy.

We also reveal the name of the man we would love to see in charge of England, now that Roy has departed.

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


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 261 - Euro 2016: The middle

The long group stage is almost done and in offices everywhere wall-charts are busily being scribbled on. Working out third-place permutations has become the most popular logic puzzle since Sudoku.

Join Graham, Terry and special guest Andy Rockall from Tottenham podcast Echoes of Glory as they watch the close of Group D and look ahead to a fascinating, if slightly unbalanced knock-out stage. As a bonus you can also hear Graham's delight when he works out what match he'll be going to see in Paris next week.

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

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 260 - Euro 2016: The openers

We're now 12 games into the tournament and everyone has played once. Already many of the predictions we made in the last podcast have proved questionable but as always, that just makes a tournament even better. There's been some great goals, inspiring underdog performances but also a lot of unpleasantness off the pitch.

Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they watch the closing stages of Iceland v Portugal and discuss the high and lows of the opening days of the tournament.

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

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 259 - Euro 2016: The predictions

Continuing our coverage of Euro 2016, this week we use our skill and judgement to predict how the month long tournament will pan out. Chris Oakley rejoins the team to lend his expertise (even if it is a little off kilter in some areas).

Will Spain get a third successive Euro title? Will Jan's family Northern Irish roots show? Will Graham get his head around the placing of the third place teams in the draw? Will Terry be able to overcome his horrific bias towards squads that have a high number of Bundesliga players? All these questions and more are answered here. One thing we can predict with certainty is that it all kicks off this coming Friday.

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

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 258 - Euro 2016: The squads

We couldn't wait any longer - our Euro 2016 coverage starts here with a look at the surprise inclusions and exclusions from the final squads.

Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they discuss Roy's final choices as well as a selection of interesting picks from across Europe. We've also got a new theme tune for the summer - ITV will probably copy us like they did in 2014.

Terry's blog on Roy's final selection can be read here

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

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 257 - All rights reserved

So it appears Jose Mourinho can't begin his reign as Manchester United manager until Chelsea give up the rights they hold over his name. While we at the Sound of Football don't know much about how to actually run a football club, we've certainly been involved in more than the occasional fiasco, so we feel very comfortable discussing the current comings and goings at Old Trafford.

Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they have a look at what the future holds for United and any other team that would be looking to dominate the Premier League

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

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 256 - Red alert

If it wasn't for the drama unfolding in the toilets of Old Trafford, the final day of the season might have been easily forgettable (outside of North London at least). Join Terry, Jan and Graham as they tie up the loose ends of a season that refuses to be anything but bonkers.

They also discuss Roy's 26 man England squad, announced on Monday. Should Jack Wilshere be going? Why not Mark Noble?

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

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 255 - Deciders

What happens when you can't separate purely by the number of goals they score against each other? As the 2015/16 season comes to an end almost every day brings finals and semi-finals, relegation battles and promotion play-offs. What's the fairest way to decide matches and leagues?

Graham, Terry and Jan - all who support clubs whose seasons could end on the tightest margins be it Champions League qualification, an FA Cup final or Premier League survival - discuss the pros and cons of separating equals.

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

Friday, 6 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 254 - The Miracle of Leicester

Leicester City are Champions. That's nothing new, they were champions in 2014 and 2009 too, albeit of the Championship and League 1 respectively. Their remarkable feat will rightly be remembered long after recent Premier League seasons are long forgotten. It has also revived memories of the similarly remarkable achievements of Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest and given proof that even in this age where football seems rigidly stratified, miracles can still happen.

Join Terry, Graham and Jan as they look at what other clubs can learn from Leicester, and if the landscape of English football truly has changed.

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

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 253 - Unbalanced leagues

Why are seemingly uncompetitive leagues so popular? In Italy, Juventus have claimed five consecutive Scudetti; in France PSG have run away with a fourth straight title, a feat Bayern look set to match in Germany this weekend. Even in Spain where the top three are separated by just one point the fourth Champions League spot will be claimed by a team at least 20 points off the pace.

While the Leicester fairytale has meant that fans of the Premier League get to see a different Champion from the four teams that have won all the titles over the last 20 years, there is always the feeling that this season is just a blip and it'll be business as usual next campaign.

Terry gives his perspective on the German league which, from the outside, looks to be extremely one-sided. His own experience suggests that just because a league is dominated by one team, it doesn't necessarily make it predictable or boring. Graham and Jan are on hand with their own observations.

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

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 252 - Pen or no pen

When is a pen not a pen? Or to put it another way, when is a dive not a dive? The last few days have seen a series of debatable decisions, some given, some not. The most controversial of these decision saw title-chasing Leicester's Jamie Vardy sent off after receiving a second yellow card having been adjudged by the referee Jonathan Moss to have dived.

In the intervening days opinion has been split over the incident despite the numerous slow motion replays. Graham, Terry and Jan pick this incident apart along with other recent contentious decisions to see if we can finally resolve just what is foul play and what isn't.

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

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 251 - Roy's boys

For England fans, the recent international break raised everyone's hopes and then dashed them all again within days - perfect preparation for the tournament ahead, you might say.

Buoyed with a tempered optimism Jan, Terry and Graham discuss England and this summer's European Championship in France. Who would be in their squads? You'll have to listen to find out.

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

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 250 - The relegation battle

Chris is back for a milestone episode of the podcast. To mark the occasion we thought this week we'd mix things up and talk about football for a change. So with the end of the Premier League season beckoning we put our heads together to work out who will be playing Championship football come August. Can Palace arrest their slide? Will Sunderland pull it out of the bag again? Just why does Terry dislike Leicester so?

If that wasn't enough you can also discover Terry's "safe-word" and what Chris has as his ringtone.

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

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 249 - Who stole the World Cup?

50 years ago this week, the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen from a stamp exhibition in London. Although someone was imprisoned for holding the Cup to ransom, none of his accomplices were caught, and how it ended up in Beulah Hill to be found by a man and his dog is anyone's guess.

In a special Sound of Football investigation, Graham goes through this half century old cold case - upturning long forgotten evidence and making some breathtaking discoveries along the way. Was it a lone thief? Was it the mob? Was it stolen under orders from Apartheid South Africa's Secret Service? Terry and Jan are on hand to try and make sense of it all.

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

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 248 - Raging against the Machine

Video technology in football is on its way. Finally!

Everyone wants it because it will mean that for once everything in football will be right. Won't it? Trust Graham, Terry and Jan to deliberately throw a spanner in the works like the luddites they are.

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

Friday, 11 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 247 - European Super League

When it comes to big money football scare-stories they don't get much better than rumours about a breakaway European Super League. The Sun broke the story last month and since then almost everyone has had their opinion on the idea - even if the idea hasn't even been presented. If the meeting hadn't actually started the conversation, the news reports about it certainly has - maybe that was the whole point. Has globalisation reached a point where a league of the mega clubs is now a viable option?

Who better than Graham, Terry and Jan to pick through the rumours, hints and half truths as to what the super-rich really want with football.

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

Friday, 26 February 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 246 - Brexit

In less than four months time, the people of the UK will decide whether or not they want to stay in European Union or not. A decision to leave could have huge effects on the Premier League - for the worse, according to Karren Brady.

Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the finer points of the subject (to the limit of their understanding at least). Find out if it means we're going to get India back.

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

Friday, 19 February 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 245 - Maximum disrespect

There are two main subjects on this week's podcast, united by the common theme or respect and what it really means.

Firstly there's the fallout from that Messi/Suarez penalty and why so many people got hot under the collar about it
A moment of genius or a slap in the face? Can something be both things?

More controversially, for fans of English football at least, are the supposed plans to shake up the FA Cup - plans that include moving to a more continental style tournament with midweek fixtures and the end of replays. For many this shows a complete lack of respect for the oldest tournament in the world. Are they right or should the competition move with the times?

Graham, Terry and Jan add their own opinions to these polarised debates, including an earth shattering proposal for the future of the much-maligned League Cup.

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

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.