Football Ramble

Oct 19 2020 50 mins 78.8k

In 2007, The Football Ramble was born out of Luke Moore, Pete Donaldson, Marcus Speller and Jim Campbell’s passion for the most popular sport in the world—as well as a shared inability to take themselves too seriously. Since then, the boys have come a very long way: from a best-selling book to sold out live shows. Now, with the return of football post-lockdown, the Football Ramble brings you daily episodes of equal parts insight and hilarity. All this and more, Monday through Saturday. Lend us your ears and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest stories from the Premier League and all around Europe, all with an eye for both the sublime and the ridiculous.























































































































Arsenal return as only they can, Hawk-Eye proves fallible after all, and the Champions League: Lisbon Edition takes shape
Jun 18 2020 56 mins  
Jules Breach, Jim Campbell and Andy Brassell are here to finally look back over some Premier League action! 100 days without it and we immediately get controversy over technology and Arsenal imploding. The more things change the more they stay the same.  In Manchester the follically barren charlatan Pep Guardiola got one over on former assistant Mikel Arteta after a trademark David Luiz implosion, while at Villa Park Sheffield United can count themselves incredibly unlucky after goal line technology was revealed to have a blind spot, something that hasn’t been uncovered in over 9,000 games thus far.  We also had time to look at the imperious dominance of the Bayern Munich machine, more cardboard cutout fun and a certain somebody’s gluttonous birthday plans. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Jamie Carragher believes that David Luiz is done for at Arsenal: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/david-luiz-man-city-vs-arsenal-jamie-carragher-epl-red-card-a9572436.html The temporary Champions League format is settled: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53082304 Hawk-Eye apologise for the Villa Park debacle: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/17/hawk-eye-apologises-goalline-error-sheffield-united-aston-villa  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.








The Preview Show: Transfer Tinder, Mikel Arteta’s “strange” return to Man City and Shaquille O’Neal
Jun 12 2020 54 mins  
It’s not just the Premier League that’s returning next week but also the Premier League narrative. Mikel Arteta is preparing to return to The Etihad to face old boss Pep Guardiola and we are all EXCITED. West Ham are getting ready too, with a massive mosaic. To whom will this mammoth task fall? Is it not vulnerable to mischief making? So many questions need answering.  Leagues One and Two have voted to end their season so we have lots to say about that, while also taking in a surprise visit from Shaquille O’Neal and having a lovely chat about Sir Les Ferdinand flirting with Juventus on football’s new dating app.  We also have an open top plane update from a listener and Uncle Pete tells us about his camera roll, memories of a particular sideboard and the Dōtonbori river’s sinister Curse of the Colonel. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Shaquille O’Neal is lending his support to Northampton Town: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53006236 Mike Arteta prepares for a strange return to Man City: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/12004636/mikel-arteta-arsenal-boss-says-manchester-city-return-will-be-strange-but-special Transfer Tinder from TransferRoom: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/07/premier-league-clubs-turn-to-online-dating-methods-in-the-transfer-market Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/bbb7b6b5-8085-4e7f-bf8d-4d5f0cc62725  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Celebration Cam, a Champions League mini-tournament and the inspirational Brendan Rodgers
Jun 08 2020 48 mins  
How we’ve missed Brendan Rodgers. With the Premier League’s return just around the corner he’s talking about “emotionally activating” his players and taking inspiration from Phil Jackson of The Last Dance. Yes. Yeeeeees. This is what we want, and it’s all so close.  The Premier League have also discussed setting up a Celebration Cam - a camera for players to celebrate into - which is why they get paid the big bucks, while in the Bundesliga we got our first taste of artificial crowd noise and frankly the jury is out. We also found time to chat Pro Evolution Soccer, marvel at Multipurpose Steve Harper and indulge Pete’s dog borrowing plans, as well as his interminable film club.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Chelsea are into Ben Chilwell: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/05/chelsea-step-up-interest-in-ben-chilwell-but-leicester-want-at-least-60m Jurgen Klopp is dreaming of the bus parade: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/12001966/liverpool-premier-league-title-parade-could-be-next-season-says-jurgen-klopp Brendan Rodgers recommends The Last Dance: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/brendan-rodgers-told-leicester-city-4202828  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Preview Show: Roy Hodgson defends modern players, the restart gets nearer and Timo Werner to Chelsea?
Jun 05 2020 50 mins  
While chaos has unfolded around us Chelsea have quietly gone about getting some impressive business done, with Timo Werner seemingly on the way, leading us to ask the question; just how handsome is he? As the Premier League nears a return Southampton have looked at Ralph Hasenhuttl and decided “more of that please”, Roy Hodgson has been praising modern footballers and their responses to the current political situation, while Mike Ashley continues to be a silly sausage.  Away from all that serious nonsense Marcus introduces us to his Fulham hooligan firm and a trip down the Time Tunnel reminds us of Steve Kean’s not-actually-that-brief reign of terror at Blackburn Rovers. Simpler, if still very weird times.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Ralph Hasenhuttl is in it for the long haul at Southampton: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11700/11998924/ralph-hasenhuttl-southampton-manager-agrees-new-four-year-contract Roy Hodgson on modern footballers deserving more credit: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11706/11999448/roy-hodgson-feels-safe-and-secure-returning-to-work-with-crystal-palace Could Matty Longstaff be off to Udinese? https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/pundit-shocked-matty-longstaffs-udinese-18360453 Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/3394a5a1-0df6-4723-b7e6-7ccc0b4abed6  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Ramble: The FA Cup final could have fans present, David Moyes trains smart and a vintage Steve Bruce calamity emerges
Jun 01 2020 44 mins  
As many as 20,000 fans may be able to attend the FA Cup final at Wembley, brilliant news if you have access to corporate tickets! English football moves closer to restarting with dates set for the resumption of the FA Cup and The Championship, while Davey Moyes is preparing his West Ham troops for their return on horseback.  In Germany Bayern Munich hit even greater heights of smug than usual, Owen Hargreaves gets the jitters and we learn about their famous talent pump.  We also found time to talk about poor old Steve Bruce and yet another mishap, Jeff Hendrick’s potential move to AC Milan and the the latest entry into Pete’s Film Club, the impressive curio that is Diamantino.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Nick Pope’s England hopes: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/30/nick-pope-burnley-goalkeeper-england-no1-football-interview Jeff Hendrick to AC Milan: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12691/11996997/jeff-hendrick-burnley-midfielder-attracts-ac-milan-interest Steve Bruce: Handyman: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/bruce-newcastle-manchester-united-sunderland-18338089  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.









The Ramble: Bad defending in Germany, Premier League training and Djibril Cisse’s mathematical mission
May 25 2020 55 mins  
The Bundesliga continues to deliver, with positive results for all of our beloved teams - Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln - as well as big wins for Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. Such merciful release.  Back in rumourland Mauricio Pochettino is making it clear that he’d be happy to manage in the Premier League again and those Rafa Benitez to Newcastle rumours just aren’t going away.  Elsewhere we saw many pleasing examples of footballers with lockdown hair, there’s some confusing talk about kestrels and we review Goal 3. Oh. Goal 3. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Bundesliga round up: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/24/bundesliga-football-roundup-schalke-augsburg-bayern-dortmund-mainz-leipzig Mauricio Pochettino is willing to look outside the top six to return to the Premier League: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52782029 Djibril Cisse wants to score 100 Ligue 1 goals: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11992466/djibril-cisse-ex-liverpool-striker-wants-to-come-out-of-retirement-to-reach-100-ligue-1-goals  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: Premier League players resume training, a potential return for the Championship and Steve Bruce really wants to keep his job
May 22 2020 50 mins  
Lots going on in this show, with actual German football marching on and Premier League teams returning to training! Project Restart is underway. That’s not all though… When you picture Robbie Savage you don’t often think of the term newshound. Afghan Hound, yes, but definitely not newshound. That’s all changed as he’s now popping up with questions at the government’s daily briefings. Is there no end to the strangeness of these times? One thing that may soon be at an end is Steve Bruce’s time in charge of Newcastle. With nobody in place to do it he’s had to give himself the dreaded vote of confidence. G’wan, Steve! We’re rooting for you. Most of us anyway.  As well as all this we’ve got chat about our strange fever dreams, Jaap Stam’s unfortunate unveiling at FC Cincinnati, plus Pete Donaldson: Private Plane Spotter and Naughty Museum Connoisseur. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Harry Maguire on returning to training: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/11991838/harry-maguire-manchester-united-captain-felt-so-safe-on-training-return Brucey backs himself: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/21/steve-bruce-admits-he-would-love-saudi-led-newcastle-takeover-to-happen FC Seoul could face yet more trouble over their mannequins: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news/fc-seoul-sex-dolls-fine-south-korea-k-league-gwangju-coronavirus-a9525711.html Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/7a645ff3-eef1-4b2d-b472-69d8f0b83126  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Football returns, premium mannequins and naughty Lacazette
May 18 2020 56 mins  
The Bundesliga’s return to action was a strange but very welcome success this weekend, with Erling Braut Haland particularly unfazed by recent events or seemingly anything.  Football is also back in South Korea, but that wasn’t what’s been making the headlines due FC Seoul’s decision to fill their stands with “premium mannequins”, which look a lot like sex dolls. Oh no. In Scotland Celtic may soon be crowned champions, in Italy Mauricio “Smoky Maurice” Sarri’s habit may be even worse than we thought and here in England we have some tips to help Steve from last week get his ball back. Then there’s Goal 2. Uuuuuugh. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Inside the Bundesliga’s restart: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/17/fewer-dives-a-missing-coach-and-subs-in-stand-inside-bundesligas-return Alexandre Lacazette’s balloon indescretion: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11989920/alexandre-lacazette-arsenal-taking-seriously-balloon-incident FC Seoul’s “premium mannequins”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-52702075  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: The Bundesliga is almost back, Jose Mourinho’s pantomime continues and Harry Kane puts his hand in his pocket
May 15 2020 50 mins  
We’re so close to football! The Premier League watches on with interest as the Bundesliga returns with potential lessons for our own Project Restart. It could be June, with a list of “cultural changes” implemented. We’re not sure who is implementing them, but there are definitely a few people we’d like to see kept away from that process.   There are also rumours, since denied, that Jose Mourinho has been trying to derail the whole thing as he continues his transformation into a Bond villain, Harry Kane being a lovely chap and a desperate plea from a listener who asks the age old question; can I have my ball back? Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Where the Bundesliga left off: https://theathletic.com/1797407/?campaign=campaignId#_=_ That Harry Kane is a nice chap: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52665809 Jose Mourinho’s at it again: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11988140/jose-mourinho-denies-he-wants-to-delay-premier-leagues-project-restart Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/dad92d75-d3ae-4592-a0f3-e924be1a6735  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Disinfection cabinets, Dynamo Dresden and yet another word from Louis van Gaal
May 11 2020 48 mins  
We have all the latest on the latest meetings about meetings! To be fair to the Premier League that’s about all they can do at the moment as we seem to be no closer to a concrete plan. That doesn’t matter though, because Louis van Gaal has decided to keep us all entertained by calling Ed Woodward an “evil genius” and “inviting” Jose Mourinho to explain why it only took four days for him to replace him at Man United. There’s a beef stew bubbling away here.  In Turkey Besiktas have installed a disinfection cabinet at their training ground and the thing looks like some amazing futuristic tech, so naturally we posit some alternative uses, while we also look forward to the Neville brothers taking each on in some televised garden centre challenge under the new rules and learn that we may be more of an aphrodisiac than we realised. Oh no.  We also love Dave Bautista. We just love him and we don’t care who knows it. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Louis van Gaal thinks Jose Mourinho should explain why he replaced him at Man United so quickly: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-utd-van-gaal-mourinho-18227625 Some of the differing stances from Premier League clubs towards Project Restart: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/10/project-restart-the-four-stances-dividing-premier-league-clubs Dynamo Dresden’s whole squad are in isolation a week before the Bundesliga restart: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52601471  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: The Bundesliga’s return is confirmed, Iniesta babies and Goal 4?
May 08 2020 44 mins  
Football is BACK! In Germany. On May 16th. The Bundesliga have confirmed their plans to resume the competition, not without some controversy, and we’re all looking forward to seeing some live football again.  Away from that actual news we have a very salty show today, inspired by Andres Iniesta and his baby-making goal against Chelsea in the Champions League in 2009, which apparently led to a spike in births 9 months later. This week he had video chats with some of those kids. Is that weird? That seems weird. Elsewhere Gary Neville shows that he’s even a tough but balanced pundit when defending his city from disgruntled ex-Man United players’ wives, Alan Pardew reveals his bafflement at Dutch players wanting to know what to do on the pitch and Kuno ‘Santiago Muñez’ Becker wants to right the wrongs of Goal 3. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: The Bundesliga is back! Nearly: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52576780 Gabriel Marcotti on the complications facing the Premier League: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4092422/premier-leagues-big-decision-amid-covid-19-will-they-have-a-summer-of-soccer-or-lawsuits The Iniesta Babies: https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2020/may/06/andres-iniesta-calls-children-born-because-of-his-goal-against-chelsea-in-2009-video Crystal Palace and Dave Courtney: https://theathletic.co.uk/1704799/2020/04/19/rebooted-crystal-palace-goldberg-administration/ Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/5e603115-e0c0-4a1f-bc52-731769e71289  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Newcastle players back Bruce, Project Restart touts neutral venues and could the Premier League move to Australia?
May 04 2020 61 mins  
With each passing day there are more and more ideas put forward for how to finish the season. This time around we have Neutral Venues With No Relegation and Do it All in Australia! Some are more sensible than others.  It’s not just the Premier League that needs finishing though. What of the FA Cup? Pete reiterates that Newcastle United have scored the most goals so far - because of their replays against lower league opposition - so should probably win it.  We’ve got lots more than that though, we’ve got a Dennis Bergkamp fronted consortium sniffing around clubs, we’ve got Jim’s surprising court appearances, Pete “Every day is Tyskie day” Donaldson’s birthday, Luke’s golf insight, some utter filth from Barry Davies, a plea to unify Mother’s Day and the latest entry into Pete’s Film Club. Join in and keep safe x Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Premier League clubs don’t mind neutral venues so much if relegation is removed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52517532 A consortium of former greats is looking to by a Premier League club: https://talksport.com/football/701724/arsenal-legend-dennis-bergkamp-leading-consortium-premier-league-club/ Gary Neville thinks everyone is bottling it: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/03/gary-neville-accuses-premier-league-of-failing-to-give-lead-on-return-to-action  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: PSG awarded Ligue 1, Project Restart and Pochettino to Newcastle?
May 01 2020 52 mins  
More decisions have been made in Europe as Ligue 1 decides to give the title to Paris St Germain. It’s not yet confirmed if they’ll also give them next season’s title but let’s be honest, they might as well.  There are also rumours that the Premier League will resume behind the closed doors of the remote and impenetrable St George’s Park fortress… but those rumours appear to have come from WhatsApp voice notes. On top of all this we’re pitch for Neil Warnock to join the cast of Gogglebox, Marcus and Pete are having some troubles in their long distance relationship, Tim Sherwood annoys everyone and Dave Kitson annoys everyone. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Ligue 1 has been handed to PSG: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11820/11981197/paris-saint-germain-crowned-ligue-1-champions-after-french-season-called-off Tim Sherwood’s latest terrible opinion: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/sherwood-pochettino-benitez-fashionable-sexy-18180101 Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson thinks that restarting the Premier League would be ‘farcical’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52484530 Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/a41aa053bb5003eb4cb3bb5ae6048364  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: The Ligue 1 season ends but transfer rumours roll on
Apr 30 2020 56 mins  
Is football coming back anytime soon? It’s proving impossible to say definitively. As the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ gathers momentum, Ligue 1 has announced that they will not attempt to finish this season, after the French government banned gatherings of large people until at least August. We break down that news on today’s episode of On The Continent! This decision has brought on yet more worries for French clubs and the precarious financial states some of them are in, with €600m owed in outstanding transfer funds to those clubs. We discuss their situation as well as developments from Spain, where Julen Lopetegui voiced concerns about the mental and physical demands on players in lockdown, and Germany who are cautiously planning to restart the Bundesliga. Don’t worry, there’s also a portion of meaty football chat; we work out where the likes of Edinson Cavani, Dries Martens and Gonzalo Higuaín may end up plying their trade when football eventually returns!  Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! **Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: The fourth coming of Kevin Keegan, Jurgen Klopp slides into Kylian Mbappe’s dad’s DMs plus a Dutch touch for Alan Pardew
Apr 27 2020 60 mins  
Just how many times can Kevin Keegan be brought back to St James’ Park to restore some of the feel good factor to Newcastle? At least three, it would seem. He’s being lined up for an ambassadorial role as the looming Saudi takeover continues to loom.  Another beloved ex-Newcastle legend, Alan Pardew, has had to deny that he’s getting a sweet bonus for saving ADO Den Haag from relegation even though he has, while Jurgen Klopp reckons he can get Kylian Mbappe to join Liverpool by being mates with his dad and Barcelona receive an intriguing pitch regarding the naming rights of the Nou Camp.  We also learn of Pete’s university heist and have to watch the truly dreadful 1980s movie Hotshot. Will this indignity never end? Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Guess who’s back. Back again. It’s Kevin Keegan: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/nufc-takeover-gossip-kevin-keegan-18152148 Mike Tyson, Barcelona and weed, together at last: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52428730 Alan Pardew will not be taking his bonus, thank you very much: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/alan-pardew-relegation-clause-ado-den-haag-health-service-coronavirus-eredivisie-a9484526.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: Euro 2020 happens after all, Newcastle’s takeover meets resistance and David Moyes keeps busy
Apr 24 2020 48 mins  
In which we learn that David Moyes has been keeping busy delivering shopping to the elderly. He’s really enjoying it too! Could this eventually lead to him retiring early and becoming a village handyman? Stranger things have happened. Over at UEFA HQ they’ve made a decision about how the various domestic leagues will decide on qualification for European competition… and it’s that they’ll decide it themselves, on merit. Put more simply, they’ve said “you sort it out”. As well as all this the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United edges closer, but company man Richard Keys has some misgivings, and as ever they are purely and wholly honourable. We also hear a suggestion to help the NHS and open up the Time Tunnel, where we revisit Tim Sherwood’s lowest point.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: UEFA put the decisions onto domestic leagues: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/23/uefa-european-leagues-to-determine-placings-on-sporting-merit David Moyes ferries shopping around: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11685/11977329/coronavirus-west-ham-boss-david-moyes-delivers-fruit-and-veg-to-locals-during-lockdown The Bundesliga could return on May 9th: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52379825 Time Tunnel: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/05fc3c61-8ac4-463a-b55e-d913dbfcc335  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: Rescheduling European competitions and drive-in football at FC Midtjylland
Apr 23 2020 54 mins  
We’re back with a brand new episode of On The Continent, here to try and plot a path through football’s volatile calendar so you don’t have to!  As the Champions League and Europa League campaigns may well be resumed in August, we look at the resulting implications for Europe’s various leagues and their quest to finish their respective seasons. There is some promising news coming out of Germany as games may well resume in May, albeit behind closed doors. Elsewhere, AS Roma are still trying to finalise plans for the Friedkin Group takeover, while we assess Monaco's perilous financial state. We also speak to Preben Rokkjaer, Head of Marketing at Danish side FC Midtjylland, who gives us some more details about their new drive-in football idea that will help fans watch their march to the Superliga title! Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! You can also find an extended cut of our interview with Preben in this week's episode of 'Ramble On', available this Sunday. **Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Ramble: Faustino Asprilla’s condom delivery drones, more Premier League contingencies and the angst of Newcastle United fans
Apr 20 2020 52 mins  
Tino Asprilla has offered to make drone deliveries from his condom company to help people who need them in this difficult time. Not all heroes wear capes, but some of them have their best ideas at 4am.  Tino isn’t the only one trying to find solutions, though. The Premier League met on Friday to discuss further ways of moving this most movable of feasts, an unenviable task, while FC Midtjylland have come up with the idea of drive in football, leading to disturbing revelations about the details of Pete’s car. The man can’t even drive.  On top of all this Man City’s scouting team have been busy, with even Ilkay Gundogan getting in on the act, a Newcastle fan gets in touch to share his pain and Detective Joey Barton is on various beats.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  No surprises as the Premier League meeting yields no solutions: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2020/apr/18/premier-league-wants-a-way-out-but-lack-of-answers-is-no-surprise FC Midtjylland have come up with a novel way of bringing the crowds: https://www.espn.co.uk/football/fc-midtjylland/story/4086625/coronavirus-danish-club-plans-drive-in-football-after-lockdown Man City have signed a player! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52347180  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Preview Show: Heskey Cam
Apr 17 2020 52 mins  
It’s a furious old man special! We weren’t intending to do a furious old man special but Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness provided jibes at Rafa Benitez and Paul Pogba and who are we to pass them up?  As if the Newcastle United-leaning football Gods haven’t provided enough with that, it looks like Mike Ashley is actually going to sell Newcastle! It’s to the same consortium as before, so… yeah. More as it unfolds.  Away from that we chat player entrance music, resolutions in Scotland and visit the Time Tunnel for an episode so old it doesn’t even have a synopsis. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Could Mike Ashley really be about to sell Newcastle United? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/15/newcastle-expect-green-light-saudi-takeover-despite-amnesty-misgivings Things are moving closer to a resolution in Scotland: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/15/dundee-u-turn-inches-celtic-closer-to-ninth-premiership-title-in-a-row Souness vs Pogba: Round 300: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/paul-pogba-graeme-souness-criticism-manchester-united-news-a9467841.html Our Time Tunnel episode: https://play.acast.com/s/footballramble/3da959f7-f60c-4343-adb2-9235895cb43f  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Soccer Gobs
Apr 13 2020 52 mins  
What can £200m get you in the current climate? One Harry Kane, or one genetically modified, bionically enhanced everyman, transformed into a world beater? This is just one of the questions we attempt to answer today, as there seems like no better rational response to these persistent rumours about Kane upping and leaving North London.  That’s not the only squabble going on though, the president of the Gabonese FA wants Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang to leave Arsenal, a man has been spotted flouting government issued advice to chase a picnic umbrella and it’s all kicking off in Scotland.  As well as all this there is also, of course, our review of Soccer Dog 2: European Cup. Thank goodness we’ll never have to do that again.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Harry Kane is apparently going nowhere: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11972444/spurs-have-no-intention-of-selling-kane-to-man-utd Dynamo Brest have nicked Borussia Mönchengladbach’s idea: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52243536 Further disputes in Scotland: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11781/11972413/rangers-dispute-spfl-funds-claim-and-repeat-calls-for-probe-into-vote  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Zimbabwe 4-1 South Africa, 1992
Apr 11 2020 39 mins  
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we look back to a match that represented a symbolic moment in the modern histories of two nations. The Sunday Times’ Ian Hawkey joins us to discuss Zimbabwe's first qualifying fixture for the 2014 African Cup of Nations, a match played in his then-local Harare.  Bruce Grobbelaar, who hadn’t represented his native Zimbabwe for several years, was called up on the same weekend that the Premier League began and a bench spot under new signing David James beckoned. He decided to fly to Harare just three days before the game and, after much political deliberation around his dual citizenship status, he was allowed to play. This strengthened the side’s Premier League connection, as Coventry City’s Peter Ndlovu also played for the country and excelled in this game. This marked the arrival of Zimbabwe’s ‘Dream Team’, a national side that will be remembered with a folkloric appreciation, as they dismantled a new-look South Africa side in front of nearly 50,000 fans in their national stadium and set their sights on a historic international achievement.  For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



On The Continent: Cyber training in Germany and the great Radomir Antić
Apr 09 2020 50 mins  
Wilkommen! Our resident space investigators, Luke Moore and Andy Brassell, are back with a brand new episode of On The Continent!  We begin over in Germany, as genuine fear spreads that as many as a third of professional German sides could be declare bankruptcy. We discuss how clubs like Schalke are attempting to combat the problem, as well as talking about some actual football since some clubs have begun highly-regulated training. Unfortunately, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso completely forgot the social distancing guidelines and hugged each other upon arrival at Bayern training… Meine Güte. Elsewhere, we discuss Javiert Tebas’ work in Spain and his continued updates about how La Liga aims to complete the season, while Toni Kroos has copped some unwarranted flack for his thoughts around players donating some of their wages. We also spare a moment to celebrate the great life of Randomir Antić, the celebrated Serbian manager who won the double with Atlético in 1995/96 and remains the only man to manage Spain’s big three clubs, after his sad passing.  Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! **Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Preview Show: Getting everyone into trouble
Apr 03 2020 51 mins  
Who needs actual football when we’ve got Nobby Solano getting in trouble with the law thanks to a Peruvian prank show? When we’ve got Borussia Mönchengladbach’s novel plan to fill their stadium with cutouts of fans? When we’ve got Son Hueng-Min: Super Soldier?  And if you do want some of the important stuff, a European league has made a decision! Belgium have decided to crown Club Brugge champions. Will this have a knock on effect as the Premier League starts considering drastic options to finish the season? Almost certainly not.  On top of all this we revisit one of our most notorious shows in Time Tunnel, learn of more video vans, discuss Richard Keys’ acting chops and potentially reveal evidence of a crime. Come on in, we’ve been expecting you.   Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Belgium has made a decision: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52138270 Son Heung Min may soon get his military service out of the way: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/02/son-heung-min-national-service-south-korea-shutdown-tottenham-hotspur Strange times for Nobby Solano: https://talksport.com/football/688339/nobby-solano-arrested-coronavirus-curfew-peru-newcastle-set-up-tv-show/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: Remembering Pape Diouf and The Sommelier strikes back
Apr 02 2020 55 mins  
We start today’s episode of On The Continent with a deserved tribute to one of French football’s favourite sons, as former Marseille president Pape Diouf sadly passed away this week. We remember his incredible journey from humble beginnings in Chad to establishing himself as a respected football journalist and eventual club president, all while endearing himself to the French football public. Elsewhere, as clubs around Europe struggle with the financial fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic, we discuss whether the decision should rest on the players to donate some of their wages to non-playing staff or if that should be up to clubs and the authorities. There’s also time for a lowdown of the increasingly tense relationship between Lionel Messi and the Barcelona hierarchy, as well as some powerful statements from Atalanta supporters’ groups.   And finally – roll up, roll up, it’s time for the clash of the century. It’s the F1 car vs the go-kart; it’s beautiful goals vs beautiful features; yes, we make time to discuss the Karim Benzema vs Olivier Giroud beef!  Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! **Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Pete Roulette
Mar 30 2020 47 mins  
World Cup style camps. That’s the phrase that’s all the rage at the moment. The Premier League are continuing to look at ways to finish the season and good on them. Will we have a bizarre little behind-closed-doors conclusion to the season this summer? We just don’t know.  In other news it looks like Newcastle United actually have a strong chance of winning the FA Cup this season, Arsenal have been engaging in a spot of espionage and Graeme Souness is still really angry about everything about Paul Pogba.  There’s also time to learn more about Edinburgh’s bacon boys and of course, Pete’s Film Club, in which he robs yet more hours of our lives.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Those World Cup style camps and how they’d work:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/coronavirus-premier-league-isolated-camps-remaining-fixtures-dates-suspension-latest-a9432961.html They’re cracking on in Belarus:  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/29/belarus-football-continues-coronavirus-premier-league Ilkay Gundogan would be happy for Liverpool to be given the title.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52086371  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Hot takes and cold bacon
Mar 27 2020 48 mins  
We return to survey the barren landscape of football, where yet again James Milner steps up to provide for all in a time of need, this time with a comprehensive physical pun XI. Get that man a statue, outside every ground in the country.  We’re also intrigued by Royston Drenthe’s latest post-football career move, Steven Gerrard’s intense in-flight behaviour and some frankly startling revelations from Marcus’ time as a particularly niche door-to-door salesman. You will be surprised and amazed. Features live jingles from the mind, hands and instrument of Pete Donaldson.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Royston Drenthe: Actor:  https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/former-everton-loanee-royston-drenthes-17986733 Can Odion Ighalo secure his dream move to Man United?  https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/11963891/man-utd-loanee-odion-ighalo-offered-400k-a-week-deal-by-shanghai-shenhua James Milner’s isolation pun XI: https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4078264/coronovirus-isolation-liverpools-james-milner-shares-his-puntastic-isolation-xi  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: The Torquay River Mystery
Mar 23 2020 58 mins  
We’re back once again to find that football still seems to be a rich vein of absurdity even when there isn’t actually any football, and face up to the idea that our show might actually be better when there isn’t any.  Admittedly this has been helped by some classic and very welcome outside-the-box-thinking from Ian Holloway, John Hartson’s “elaborate golf hole” idea and Torquay United discovering that they have a hell of an athlete among their ranks. We also found time to talk George Lazenby, around the house holiday clothes and the contents of Pete’s cupboards, while there’s seismic change afoot as for the very first time, we open the doors to Pete’s Film Club. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Torquay United’s home training regime throws up a mystery:  https://www.devonlive.com/sport/football/football-news/how-torquay-uniteds-self-training-3968249 Ian Holloway thinks outside the box yet again: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51973608 Felipe Melo’s novel approach to toilet roll keepie-ups: https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2020/mar/20/toilet-roll-keepie-uppies-sports-stars-coronavirus-lockdown-challenge-video  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



On The Continent: Euro 2020 gets postponed but Demba Ba is still scoring
Mar 19 2020 56 mins  
European football has ground to a halt, but that won’t stop us recording a brand new episode of On The Continent on Football Ramble Daily! Andy and Luke sit down to discuss Uefa’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 by a year, as their new working group to try and find room to reschedule the continent’s domestic leagues. Each of those various nations have their own strategies to combating the virus, as the Spanish FA’s Luis Rubiales lambasted La Liga sides for prioritising the testing their own players.  Elsewhere, we look at some of the stars who will benefit - and those who won’t - from the tournament’s postponement. The likes of Leroy Sané and Dayot Upamecano will surely light up next summer’s tournament, while Luke spares a thought for Olivier Giroud as his recent resurgence would have helped his chances of leading the line for his country again. We finish up with some actual football, as Turkey’s season continues! In these troubled times, we need comfort; and that’s exactly what Turkey’s given us, as Demba Ba keeps on scoring and a groomed Martin Škrtel stuck one in his own net. Glorious.   Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Ramble: As football shuts down, we look at how the remainder of the season may play out…
Mar 16 2020 50 mins  
Though in the early days we were no strangers to recording in our homes none of us realistically thought we’d ever be doing it again. Trying times have made it necessary so this is what we’re doing to keep bringing you Football Ramble Daily. From a set of improvised home studios we look at the ways in which the remaining unplayed football might be resolved, or indeed unresolved, while hearing the thoughts of you, our beloved listeners. Kenny Dalglish and Scott Brown have some thoughts too.  For a time without football there’s a surprising amount to talk about and we manage to take in our around-the-house sartorial choices, the bleep test and plagiarism related beef. Stay safe, everyone x Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Karren Brady thinks the season should be declared null and void: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/14/west-ham-karren-brady-calls-for-premier-league-cancellation-coronavirus The BBC on various potential outcomes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51876162 Brazilian commentator brings his A game: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/51899220  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Preview Show: Chaos in the Champions League, cracks appear at Spurs, Villa need to wake up
Mar 13 2020 49 mins  
Oof. Atletico Madrid picked a good time to remind us all of what they can do. A truly epic night of football at Anfield ended with a bewildered Liverpool going out of the competition. Will this setback stop them winning the league? No. No it won’t.  Spurs had their own struggles and with Ole’s Man United coming to town at the weekend things could be about to get worse? Yes. Yes they could.  As well as all this there’s controversy in the email section, balanced out by the best fanfic we’ve seen yet.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***NOTE: This episode was recorded on Thursday before any announcement was made by the Premier League regarding the ongoing Coronavirus crisis*** ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Jurgen Klopp still can’t get his head around the way Atletico Madrid play: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11945/11955532/jurgen-klopp-questions-atletico-madrid-style-after-liverpools-champions-league-exit He also had some choice words for Liverpool fans attempting high fives: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/live/liverpool-atletico-madrid-coronavirus-jurgen-klopp-score-game-tonight-a9395846.html Jose Mourinho on RB Leipzig’s incredible bench: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/11/champions-league-return-tall-order-tottenham-jose-mourinho-leipzig  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: Cholismo reigns supreme, Neymar proves his worth, and Atalanta score even more goals
Mar 12 2020 48 mins  
Despite the Coronavirus pandemic forcing more leagues behind closed doors, and some into mid-season postponement, there’s still plenty to discuss on today’s episode of On The Continent; Andy Brassell is joined by Lars Sivertsen and David Cartlidge to review this week’s Champions League action! We begin with Atlético’s Cholismo-inspired win over Liverpool as Diego Simeone’s side withstood a siege from Klopp’s men. We discuss the Liverpool manager’s comments about Atléti not playing ‘proper football’ and the gradual emergence of teenage sensation João Félix. Elsewhere, PSG beat Dortmund 2-0 behind closed doors as Neymar proved once again he can deliver the goods when it truly matters, while RB Leipzig breezed past another uninspired Tottenham side. There’s also time for chat on Atalanta's relentless goalscoring and the threat posed by Coronavirus to players, fans and institutions alike. A quick note: we didn't do a Games of the Week section this week, due to the current situation involving league cancellations and postponements. Fancy getting in touch? We are now releasing episodes of the Mailbag exclusively to Patreon! Email us at [email protected] and visit patreon.com/footballrambledaily to get involved! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Jules & Andy: Welcome Old Trafford changes, Tanguy Ndombele's struggles continue, and another impressive Bruno Fernandes performance
Mar 10 2020 40 mins  
Your favourite double act are back on Football Ramble Daily, here to distract you from talk of Coronavirus and cancelled football; it’s Jules & Andy! We begin today’s episode with the news that Manchester United have frozen their season ticket prices for the ninth season in a row. They have also announced an enlarged singing section within the ground and aim to move towards safe standing sections in the near future; we discuss how important these could be to improve an already-dwindling atmosphere that mirrors much of the Premier League.  We then compare two recent continental signings and their vastly different impacts on the Premier League thus far, as Bruno Fernandes is already a fantastic addition to United, while Tanguy Ndombele faced further criticism from José Mourinho as he struggled in an inexperienced Spurs midfield. There’s even time for some correspondence, as we discuss the fallout around Charlton’s Jonathan Leko and what he felt was a lack of support from Kick It Out. Get in touch via twitter: @julesbreach @andybrassell @footballramble or via email: [email protected]! Check out our brand new Patreon page here: patreon.com/footballrambledaily ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.







At The Match: A Bundesliga Special
Mar 04 2020 42 mins  
Join Football Ramble Daily hosts Luke Moore and Andy Brassell for a fascinating trip into the heart of German football. The two first head to the Merkur Spiel-Arena alongside 31,000 fans as Fortuna Düsseldorf host Hertha Berlin in a Friday night relegation scrap. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere as the two sides play out a thrilling 3-3 draw, before we hear from Fortuna manager Uwe Rösler.  Then the following day, join Luke 70km north-east of Düsseldorf at one of football’s most revered stadiums: the Westfalenstadion, home of Borussia Dortmund. The fans in the infamous Yellow Wall are on deafening form as their beloved team scrape past Freiburg in stormy conditions. And, finally, we transport you over to Cologne for Saturday’s late game as Andy and 50,000 others see FC Köln sweep aside Schalke – and afterwards long-serving goalkeeper Timo Horn tells us what makes his hometown club so special. Our thanks to:  Thorsten Schaar - Fortuna Düsseldorf fan Uwe Rösler - Manager of Fortuna Düsseldorf Timo Horn - FC Köln goalkeeper Please also don’t forget how to get to Düsseldorf. Eurowings offers 8 routes between the UK and Dusseldorf, most prominently from London Heathrow (4x daily), Birmingham (3x daily), Manchester (3x daily), Newcastle (4x weekly) or Edinburgh (3x weekly). You can find more information here. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Ramble: Liverpool are beaten, Wolves are on the prowl, and Man City win a third straight Carabao Cup
Mar 02 2020 47 mins  
Well! Nigel Pearson and Watford shocked us all by showing that this Liverpool side can be beaten – though in doing so they did shut down some of the little remaining Narrative of the season. All the same, Pete was at the game with a Japanese hotelier he knows and by all accounts a great time was had.  Elsewhere, Daniel Farke and Norwich turned the tables and got a surprise win over Leicester, Jose Mourinho bemoaned a lack of fairness and Man City won yet another Carabao Cup.  We also learn about the complicated eagle loan market, christen the Milk Shake Boys and plead that you send us meat.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] Check out our update Patreon offering, featuring new episode of the Mailbag, here: http://www.patreon.com/footballrambledaily ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Pep Guardiola says Man City’s trophy streak may never be matched: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/01/manchester-citys-record-may-never-be-matched-says-pep-guardiola#maincontent Wolves are looking good for a top four finish: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-wolves-premier-league-results-final-score-latest-a9367916.html Roy Keane is angry, specifically about Jordan Pickford: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11947569/jordan-pickford-is-not-a-good-goalkeeper-says-roy-keane  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: The Carabao Cup final is upon us, Bayern give Chelsea a lesson, and Liverpool are four wins away
Feb 28 2020 50 mins  
It was big win for the little guy yesterday, as Man City beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu – but will the energy they exerted give Aston Villa a chance in Sunday’s Carabao EFL League Cup final? Will underwhelming hackers ruin Pep Guardiola’s preparations? We just don’t know. It is impossible for us to know.  Back in the Premier League Liverpool take their war machine to Watford, laying the foundations for an intriguing set of potential narratives re: where they actually win the title. Brighton vs Crystal Palace is also happening, so naturally there’s a lot of discussion about murderous seagulls and ducks doing stand up comedy.  Elsewhere, Jon Bon Jovi announces himself as an ITK, we hear some always welcome immature translations and we look back at some crass goalkeeping tactics of yesteryear. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Pep’s tinkering pays dividends for Manchester City: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51650903 Bayern Munich are way ahead of Chelsea: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/26/chasm-between-chelsea-and-bayern-lays-bare-the-scale-of-lampards-task Jon Bon Jovi’s Champions League Exclusive: https://talksport.com/football/674864/bayern-munich-chelsea-whiskey-beer-jon-bon-jovi/ Livin’ On A Prayer (Goat Edition): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0CdXaOS5_o  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






The Blizzard: Milan 2-1 Benfica, 1963
Feb 22 2020 42 mins  
Today we take a look back at a game of genuine historical importance in European football history. On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by The Independent’s Miguel Delaney to discuss the 1963 European Cup final between Milan and Benfica. This pivotal moment in the history of the European Cup cannot be understated; it represented two dominant teams at opposite ends of their respective cycles. Milan arrived as purveyors of a free-scoring, but still pragmatic, catenaccio and regarded themselves as significant underdogs. But, with their manager Nereo Rocco’s pre-match antics on the bus helping to lighten the mood, two goals from José Altafini denied Benfica their third consecutive European Cup. This was an early example of modernity in football tactics; a team winning on the strength of a tactical system with eleven components, rather than relying on eleven individuals beating their opposite man.  Miguel's article for The Blizzard about this match is available here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/ac-milan-2-benfica-1 For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: Champions League blows for Liverpool and Spurs, Leicester take on Man City, and Chelsea are having a wobble
Feb 21 2020 53 mins  
It's a big week in the ol’ football, as European football resumes and Big Weng steps in to do something about the offside rule – something we’re all frankly a little unsure about.  We even saw Liverpool lose, as Atletico took a 1-0 lead into their second leg match at Anfield, insulting the place as they did so. Let’s see how that pans out. That’s not all we saw; we saw Richard Blackwood haunting Spurs; we saw Barcelona cleverly manipulating time itself; we saw a bitten penis.  And if even that isn’t enough, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pingu drop in to say hello.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Pep Guardiola vows to stay at Man City whatever happens: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/19/pep-guardiola-vows-stay-at-manchester-city-back-fight-uefa-against-ban Miguel Delaney on Arsene Wenger’s plans for the offside rule:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsene-wenger-offside-rule-law-change-fifa-var-arsenal-manager-a9344621.html Jose Mourinho is down to the bare bones: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51567537  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



Jules & Andy: Man City's UEFA appeal, what's next for Pep Guardiola, and combatting further racism across the continent
Feb 18 2020 56 mins  
We begin today’s episode of Jules & Andy with an in-depth look at the current state of affairs at Manchester City, as sports lawyer Daniel Geey joins us to explain the current situation after UEFA's ruling and what the immediate next steps will be. We then discuss whether it would be advantageous for City to seek an expedited appeal and try have this matter sorted before the end of the season, as well as assessing the futures of Pep Guardiola, their current crop of players and the wider City project. Then, in light of various shocking instances across football this weekend, we take a look at the latest attempts to combat racism suffered by players whilst on the pitch. Andy reveals how some have misjudged Porto’s players’ - and manager Sérgio Conceição’s - handling of Moussa Marega’s attempt boycott of their match against Vitoria Guimaraes, while we also discuss different ways fans and staff tackled the problem at Germany’s SC Preußen Münster and Atherstone Town respectively.  Many thanks to Daniel Geey for speaking to us; you can purchase his book ‘Done Deal’ here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Done-Deal-Contracts-Multi-Million-Transfers/dp/1472947177 Get in touch via twitter: @julesbreach @andybrassell @footballramble or via email: [email protected]! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Ramble: Man City find themselves in trouble, Arsenal gub Newcastle, and Spurs break Villa hearts
Feb 17 2020 53 mins  
Massive news from the rulings department of football as Man City face a potential two year ban from the Champions League. It’s potentially seismic stuff, and we are as measured and mature about the whole thing as you might expect.  We also make time to discuss Joelinton’s woes in front of goal, and how they might be helped if he actually spent more time in front of goal, Sean Dyche motivating his players by showing them the opposition accurately describing their tactics and we’ve even got time to take a trip to Daniel Farke’s tuck shop.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  How bad could things get for Manchester City? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/16/champions-league-ban-manchester-city-butterfly It’s now almost 2000 minutes without a goal for Joelinton: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51526267 Graeme Souness has some high praise for Nicolas Pepe: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11936330/graeme-souness-compares-nicolas-pepe-to-thierry-henry-after-newcastle-goal  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Romance in the air as Leicester visit Wolves, a mid-table clash at The Emirates, and a haircut for Jose Mourinho
Feb 14 2020 54 mins  
Pete’s back, via the floor of Topman, and he brings with him some revelations about emails. The long and the short of it is that Jim is an idiot.  You already knew that though, so let’s crack on with the other features of the show; Arsenal vs Newcastle! These teams are level on points and between them have drawn seven of their last eight. Is this just a bad season? Marcus Speller thinks otherwise and has stats from The Financial Sport to back up this theory.  To top it all off we've got some backseat management from Carlos Carvahal, José's customary summer war chest and a golden opportunity for Wolves to separate themselves from the dross. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Brendan Rodgers defends James Maddison, as is tradition: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/james-maddison-brendan-rodgers-leicester-city-manchester-united-transfer-news-dubai-pictures-video-a9332841.html Mauricio Pochettino is up for a Premier League return: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11931666/mauricio-pochettino-id-love-a-premier-league-return Chelsea start their summer business early: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/12/chelsea-agree-40m-deal-to-sign-hakim-ziyech-from-ajax-in-summer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.











The Ramble: Liverpool go 22 points clear, Jose vs Pep has spice, and more woe for West Ham
Feb 03 2020 48 mins  
Liverpool are brilliant etc etc. What more can be said of them at this point? We bow to our new Scouse overlords.  Further down the depths of the table Man City got Mourinhoed in North London, West Ham West Hammed themselves in east London and Nigel Pearson’s Watford are dead after they turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 defeat against 10-man Everton. They are dead. This cannot be stressed enough. Dead. They are going to wish they’d never been born.  We also have time for a cameo from Maurizio Sarri, to be mean about young Theo Walcott and to hear yet more of your utterly baffling suggestions as to how to “improve” the domestic cups. What is wrong with you all? Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Steven Bergwijn had a debut to remember: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11924673/steven-bergwijns-instant-impact-boosts-spurs-and-jose-mourinho Jonathan Wilson on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool style: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2020/feb/01/pioneering-reds-the-reds-jurgen-klopp-liverpool-pressing-unlikely-origin Odion Ighalo’s unlikely move to Man United: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/manchester-united-transfer-news-odion-ighalo-new-striker-deadline-day-latest-a9312346.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Villa Park rocks for the Carabao Cup, Spurs host Man City in the Old News Derby and Southampton trudge to Liverpool
Jan 31 2020 44 mins  
What a week! Carabao Cup semi-finals, the transfer window in full late stage chaos and some tidy fixtures coming up. Lovely! There’s been drama everywhere. James Maddison chipping off at referees, Portsmouth drawing Arsenal in the FA Cup, Everton telling Barcelona where to go with their paltry £85m bit for Richarlison! Incredibly we still find the time to talk about whaling, UB40 and Death Grips, while Mr. Manhattan postpones his holiday for the benefit of us all. Listen now, punks.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Do Barcelona really want to pay £85m for Richarlison? That’s what it says here:  https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11671/11921012/richarlison-everton-reject-barcelonas-85m-offer Is Bruno Fernandes the solution to Man United’s problems?  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/manchester-united-transfer-news-bruno-fernandes-joins-signing-latest-update-transform-club-a9309161.html Is Danny Rose a Geowdie? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jan/29/tottenhams-danny-rose-set-to-join-newcastle-on-loan-until-end-of-season  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Shrewsbury rock Liverpool, Man United are BACK again, and it’s time for Newcastle’s annual takeover talk
Jan 27 2020 45 mins  
Y’all ready for this? On today’s Milk Football Ramble we say the word “Cumdog” a frankly uncomfortable amount, but Shrewsbury’s Jason Cummings has given himself the nickname, scored twice to bring his team back from 2-0 down against Liverpool and so has given us no other choice.  Elsewhere in the cup, the Bilić is back as Slaven’s West Brom knocked out his former club West Ham, Newcastle put on a show for their potential new owners and Man United turned on the style.  As well as all that there are Evil Fulham fans, Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy and that word “Cumdog” again. Urgh.  Search ‘Football Ramble Da’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Jason Cummings: A character: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51258641 Are Newcastle on for a takeover: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jan/26/saudi-340m-takeover-newcastle-leak-threatens-deal Jurgen Klopp won’t be fielding the first team for Liverpool’s FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/liverpool-fa-cup-replay-shrewsbury-jurgen-klopp-fixtures-highlights-a9303186.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn, 1995
Jan 25 2020 47 mins  
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard we head back to another epic Premiership finale. The Irish Times' and Second Captains’ Ken Early joins us to remember Blackburn’s title win on the final day of the 1994/95 season, despite a 2-1 defeat at Anfield.  Blackburn needed to win or hope title rivals Manchester United didn’t beat West Ham, to clinch their first title in more than 80 years. Many Liverpool fans at Anfield found themselves in the curious position of wanting their team to lose to Blackburn and thus denying their bitter rivals the title, as their treasured son Kenny Dalglish sat in the Blackburn dugout. Ken, Marcus and Jonathan remember the buildup to this pivotal final day that was the culmination of this season-long battle between the definitive Premier League juggernaut and their new challengers looking to halt a third successive title triumph. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.













The Blizzard: Everton 3-2 Wimbledon, 1994
Jan 11 2020 40 mins  
We’re headed up to Liverpool for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, for a classic escape from relegation. On the docket today is the final day of the 1993/94 season, as Everton had their last roll of the dice against Wimbledon, and we’re joined by author and deCoubertin Books principle James Corbett! After a fantastic period of success in the 1980’s, the turn of the decade brought about tougher times for the Toffees. Everton were actually one of the key five drivers in forming the then-Premiership but looked ill-equipped to deal with the change, after many senior players followed Howard Kendell out the door in the late 80s and early 90s. There were four other teams in the mix for relegation as the final round of fixtures arrived and, after going 2-0 down against Wimbledon, all hope looked lost - but Everton performed the impossible. We discuss a miraculous comeback on that nerve-shredding afternoon at Goodison Park, as fans in the adjoining Stanley Park climbed various trees in hopes of watching one of the most significant ever matches in their club’s history. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Liverpool visit Spurs, injuries ahoy for Roy, and Southampton travel to Leicester with revenge in mind
Jan 10 2020 53 mins  
The goings on at Man United are going on so much that they’ve reduced Sir Alex Ferguson to lonely red wine sessions in his old office, which may or may not be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current office. They face Norwich at the weekend in a fixture more intriguing than it has any right to be.  Spurs also host Liverpool, which should be a spicy one. Will we see Jose Mourinho attempt to park the bus? Probably, yes.  As well as discussing the upcoming action, we take some necessary detours through ear irrigation, Pizza Hut’s social media team and a particularly furious emails section. We've all got exclusive new music from Pete Donaldson. It’s time to learn! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: Kevin De Bruyne says Man City only worked on their tactics for 15 minutes: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11903728/kevin-de-bruyne-says-manchester-city-spent-just-15-minutes-preparing-false-nine-plan Spurs’ defensive problems are a conundrum for Jose Mourinho: https://theathletic.co.uk/1518570/2020/01/09/tottenham-defence-problems-mourinho/ Aston Villa have their sights set on Wembley: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2020/jan/09/jack-grealish-aston-villa-glory-leicester-carabao-cup-semi-final  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Blizzard: Ireland 1-0 Netherlands, 2001
Jan 04 2020 51 mins  
You join us in the Emerald Isle for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. We’re taking a look at a historic afternoon for Irish football from 2001, alongside JOE’s Dion Fanning! The Netherlands arrived at Lansdowne Road with qualification for the 2002 World Cup on the line, while Mick McCarthy’s men had enjoyed a hugely successful qualifying campaign. Louis van Gaal had began to drift from his traditional 4-3-3 philosophy by this point, after a tough spell at Barcelona, and as this game slipped through their fingers he even finished the game playing four strikers. In contrast, Dion remembers how this game was perhaps “the last time Irish football felt united and moving in the same direction.” The Green Army were still the usual underdogs but, with a fantastic goal from Jason McAteer and a stalwart performance from captain Roy Keane, they secured World Cup qualification in front of 35,000 at Lansdowne Road. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






The Ramble: David Moyes returns to West Ham, Arsenal lose but improve, and VAR is rubbish again. And again. And again…
Dec 30 2019 54 mins  
David Moyes is back in charge at West Ham as they once again ask him to ferry them to safety! Is anything surprising any more? No, not really.   Elsewhere in London, Arsenal and Chelsea played out an energetic game that felt like a victory for Arsenal - despite it being a victory for Chelsea - because they weren’t booed off. Small victories and all that.  There was also lots of action in the Championship, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers got one over on Celtic and we chat thrusting, IKEA stadiums and cramp.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  The Ferryman returns to West Ham: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50942538 Positives in defeat for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11897191/arsenal-lose-to-chelsea-but-some-positives-for-mikel-arteta Francis Benali MBE: https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18125951.francis-benali-made-mbe-netting-huge-amount-cancer-research-uk/ A big win for Rangers in the Old Firm derby: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/29/rangers-celtic-scottish-premiership-old-firm-derby-report  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Liverpool are champions of the world, Lampard bests Mourinho, and Manchester win the battle of the Citys
Dec 23 2019 53 mins  
Given that they’re so far ahead, Liverpool took the weekend off to go and win another trophy in Doha, while Riyad Mahrez came back to haunt Leicester as Brendyball came up short against Man City. Elsewhere, Nigel Pearson’s revitalised Watford were too much for the ghost of Man United.  Forget all that though, because Miguel Almiron scored! It finally happened and it could not have been more adorable.  Aside from all this football nonsense we confess to a historic panettone theft, chat head bonks and envision massive cherries.  We’ve also been nominated for an award! Vote for us in the Pod Bible Awards here please: http://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/ Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  In memory of the great Martin Peters: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42371814 Miguel Delaney on the racism crisis: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-chelsea-rudiger-racism-report-abuse-latest-a9257451.html Ole’s angry about Man United’s “testimonial pace”: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/22/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-manchester-united-watford-testimonial  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Red Star 2-2 Bayern Munich, 1991
Dec 21 2019 43 mins  
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re looking back at an absolutely phenomenal match - one that Jonathan describes as potentially his favourite ever game of football. The Athletic’s Rafa Honigstein joins us to represent the other half of this fixture, as Bayern Munich take on Red Star Belgrade in the second leg of the 1991 European Cup semi-finals. Political instability formed an all-encompassing backdrop to this game, with Slovenia and Croatia both declaring independence unilaterally in the months leading up to this game, and it was built up as a momentous footballing occasion. The 1991 European Cup was a tournament both sides were desperate to win; Bayern were obsessed with winning the European Cup again after 1976, and had suffered some traumatic final defeats in subsequent matches, while the Yugoslavian national side had notoriously lost a range of finals in the latter half of the 20th Century. With a home defeat in the first leg, Bayern were praying for a miracle - as we discover, the game more than lived up to this sizeable billing. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Everton host Arsenal in the New Manager Derby, Leicester & Man City battle for third, and it’s Mourinho vs Lampard at Spurs
Dec 20 2019 49 mins  
What a week for new managers, as Mikel Arteta takes the reins at Arsenal (probably at the time of recording) and Carlo Ancelotti rocks up at Everton (possibly etc etc). Bouncy new managers galore! There’s even more to get excited about as Leicester put Brendyball to the test against assistant-managerless Man City, while Jose Mourinho’s Spurs host Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in a sentence that is still new enough to seem really weird.  But there’s more! Shark eyes and squeaky eyes! RoboPete! The Graham Souness Chest Hair Advent Calendar! That’s the sandwich.  We’ve also been nominated for another award! Vote for us in the Pod Bible Awards here: http://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/ Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Man City furious as they’re blindsided by Arsenal’s surprise swoop for Mikel Arteta:  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/18/arsenal-mikel-arteta-manager-manchester-city Carlo Ancelloti has a lot of work to do:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/everton-leicester-duncan-ferguson-carlo-ancelotti-manager-epl-a9253006.html Liverpool leave it late but reach the Club World Cup final: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/50842958  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Bournemouth shock Chelsea, Norwich blunt Leicester, and Man City beat Arsenal in their sleep
Dec 16 2019 51 mins  
Us again, after another weekend of football. What a game this is.  Mikel Arteta may have had a preview of his very own Ghost of Christmas Future, as Man City brushed past apolitical-Arsenal on autopilot. Leicester weren’t “top enough” to keep up with Liverpool, as they were held by Norwich, and Big Dunc Ferguson kept up the good work with a point at Old Trafford, even if poor Moise Kean suffered the indignity of being a sub for a sub.  As well as all this we muse on sleepy voiced sat-navs, “loopy behaviour” and wearable Pete Donaldsons. They’re not yet in production but if there’s enough demand we’ll probably look into it.  We’ve also been nominated for an award! Vote for us in the Pod Bible Awards here please: http://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/ Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Man United ran out of ideas against Everton: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/15/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-manchester-united-everton How on earth do you motivate Mesut Ozil? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/mesut-ozil-arsenal-next-club-premier-league-perfect-player-managers-given-up-a9245036.html A difficult afternoon for Moise Kean: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50802290  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Man City head to Arsenal, Wolves and Spurs prepare a ding dong, and Crystal Palace host not-local rivals Brighton
Dec 13 2019 49 mins  
This is Ramble number 5! We’ve got a little bit of Jesus, for City, a little bit of Ljungberg, he’s pretty, a little bit of Keggy, he’s a mess, a little bit a Pearson, he’s intense.  That’s enough of that. We take a particularly giddy look over good wins for a Matthew McConaghey-hosting Chelsea and Man City in the Champions League, Jonjo Shelvey’s beef with Pete_69 (Donaldson?), reminisce about playground goalposts, Godzilla and so much more. Listen please. We’ve also been nominated for another award! Vote for us in the Pod Bible Awards here: http://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/ Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Gabriel Jesus is in fine form:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/man-city-gabriel-jesus-dinamo-zagreb-champions-league-sergio-aguero-a9243296.html Is Nathan Ake about to move? https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11743/11883642/why-nathan-ake-is-linked-with-chelsea-man-city-and-spurs Matthew McConaghey’s trip to Stamford Bridge: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2019/12/11/hollywood-actor-matthew-mcconaughey-on-watching-his-first-chelse-hkYjZ3aTE6dSgs4jvRa_JsLIi_S_LY6Y  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: United come out on top in Manchester, Big Dunc starts strongly and Vardy's gonna Vard
Dec 09 2019 57 mins  
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer has brought Man United back! Again. The Red Devils all but handed the title to Liverpool with victory over Man City, unless Jamie Vardy has something to say about that, which he very well might, what with him being Jamie Vardy and all that.  Elsewhere, Big Duncan Ferguson got off to a great start as Big Everton beat Chelsea, while the Steve Bruce masterclass continues at Newcastle with Jonjo Shelvey is playing like the player Marcus always knew he was.  If that’s all a bit too footbally for you we of course cover more than that, such as chess, errant stags and some very old references.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  An emotional day for Duncan Ferguson: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/08/duncan-ferguson-timing-tactics-everton An emotional day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/man-city-vs-manchester-united-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-derby-result-tactics-a9237481.html Brendan Rodgers on bettering the Ice Kings: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/11881737/leicester-manager-brendan-rodgers-hails-historic-day-after-beating-aston-villa  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Liverpool put Marco Silva under pressure, Leicester keep up the pace, and Chelsea get back to winning ways
Dec 06 2019 42 mins  
The Amazon era has begun! Liverpool left five goals with neighbours Everton as the streaming behemoth gave us a glimpse into the future. In the same evening, Jose Mourinho made an unhappy return to Old Trafford, Jamie Vardy continued to close in on his own scoring record and Watford kept being rubbish.  We still had time to ruminate on a potential summer transfer coup for Leicester City, Kevin Keegan’s fines and Chris Kamara’s beautiful, beautiful body. We recorded this episode on Thursday 5th, before Marco Silva was fired (another Ramble Curse). We'll cover that story in full on Monday! We’ve also been nominated for another award! Vote for us in the Pod Bible Awards here: http://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/ Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Virgil van Dijk is full of praise for Liverpool’s squad players:  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/05/virgil-van-dijk-liverpool-squad-players-everton It wasn’t all plain sailing for Amazon viewers:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/amazon-prime-video-football-live-streams-tv-premier-league-fixtures-not-working-tonight-a9233346.html Jack Grealish has been getting some treatment:  https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11677/11878449/chelsea-2-1-aston-villa-dean-smith-says-jack-grealish-is-at-risk-of-injury-from-persistent-fouls  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Leicester leave it late, business as usual for Arsenal, and Steve Bruce blunts Man City
Dec 02 2019 50 mins  
On reflection this was always going to be a terrible time for Pep Guardiola to enter into the gladiatorial (Sports Direct) arena that is the Brucey Bowl, but to his credit Man City did at least emerge with a point - thanks to Jonjo Shelvey.  Leicester left it late to take advantage, but take advantage they did. Is Jamie Vardy planning another party? Let’s assume yes.  Elsewhere Arsenal’s first performance under Freddie Ljungberg was less than handsome - an insult to the man’s bone structure - sheep dogs make a surprising appearance, Marcus makes a salty Google search suggestion and at one point we just start listing beasts. Get involved.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  The Euro 2020 draw has been (mostly) made: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/nov/29/euro-2020-draw-team-by-team-guide-to-the-20-qualified-nations David Martin’s emotional Premier League debut: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11685/11874891/david-martin-west-ham-goalkeeper-struggled-to-eat-ahead-of-premier-league-debut Unai Emery’s sacking had been coming: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-news-unai-emery-sacked-kroenke-manager-latest-a9228001.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Jr host West Ham, Man City visit the toon, and Jamie Vardy continues to defy all logic
Nov 29 2019 42 mins  
It’s Friday! Football tomorrow! Yes! We look ahead to some of it, as is tradition, casting glances towards Chelsea taking on West Ham, Everton probably getting banged by Jamie “I hate the gym” Vardy and Leicester City, while Pep Guardiola takes his Man City team up to the Brucey Bowl to try and win a battle of managerial wits at Newcastle.  David Moyes makes an appearance - it’s that time of year after all - while Keisuke Honda makes an interesting career decision and Watford decide to keep their inexplicable elk badge after all.   Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Jamie Vardy on his decision to retire from international duty:  https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jamie-vardy-admits-big-decision-3584182 There’s still much to do for Frank Lampard at Chelsea:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/chelsea-valencia-frank-lampard-champions-league-ngolo-kante-jorginho-news-a9221121.html David Moyes looms large over the Premier League: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11685/11871748/david-moyes-poised-for-everton-or-west-ham-with-marco-silva-and-manuel-pellegrini-in-trouble  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Blizzard: Liverpool 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1973
Nov 23 2019 39 mins  
On today's episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we're heading back to one of the finest nights in Liverpool FC's illustrious European history. It's Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1973 UEFA Cup final - and we're joined by Independent writer, former Times football editor and Liverpool fan Tony Evans! Back in this era the UEFA Cup was a hugely illustrious tournament, where each winner would have to beat many of Europe's elite on their way to the trophy. Liverpool played Mönchengladbach for just 27 minutes before torrential rain led to the game being called off- so the two teams returned the next night to replay the fixture. Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, who was under pressure heading into the game, noticed Mönchengladbach were vulnerable in the air and implemented the tactics the subsequent night, which led to one of Liverpool's finest European performances. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.







The Blizzard: Manchester United 3-2 Juventus, 1997
Nov 16 2019 39 mins  
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by football writer and Guardian contributor John Brewin. Here’s here to discuss a scintillating group stage match in the 1997 Champions League: Manchester United 3-2 Juventus. Even as Serie A’s reign as the world’s greatest league was coming to a close, Juventus were still a totemic footballing powerhouse. Sir Alex Ferguson regularly measured his side against his Italian counterparts, but struggled to break through the glass ceiling that English teams typically faced in European competition. Those who performed well domestically were then beaten by cannier, more impressive sides from across the continent- as the first minute of this game typified. However, what followed Del Piero’s first-minute opener was a fantastic response from United, buoyed on by the Old Trafford faithful, as they began to establish themselves as one of Europe’s elite. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.









On The Continent: Midweek Champions League madness, a weekend of derbies, and is Arsene making his move?
Nov 07 2019 52 mins  
We’re back with another episode of On The Continent, and the headmaster is away! Yes, with Luke off with The Ramble chasing the bright lights of Broadway, James and Andy are joined by renowned OTC guest Lars Sivertsen! The three of them are here to break down another cracking round of Champions League football, as well as look ahead to domestic games this weekend. There’s chat about Chelsea and Ajax’s truly absurd draw, Inter and Dortmund desperately trying to prove who’s worse at defending and Rudi Garcia angering his own fans, despite their 3-1 win over Benfica. We also look ahead to this weekend with our Games of the Week, which feature a Der Klassiker Dortmund may well win and a Choc des Olympiques that is anyone’s guess. Plus (and whisper it): Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich? Drop us a line: [email protected] or find us on social media by searching 'Football Ramble Daily'. We're on tour, and playing Toronto's Danforth Music Hall tonight! Join us at venues across Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Late winners from Liverpool and Man City, a big win for Newcastle, and more beige gruel for Man United fans
Nov 04 2019 43 mins  
The weekend’s football looked like it was going to be full of surprises until it wasn’t, as Man City and Liverpool kept up their intriguing ding dong, followed by some mind games from Pep, while plucky Man United tried their best against Bournemouth but continued to struggle at this level.  Andy Carroll got onto the pitch though, and in a Newcastle win! So that was nice.  Aside from this Jim unfairly slanders Tyrone Mings, we hear about Rafael van der Vaart’s change of career and for some reason Liz Taylor makes her Ramble debut.  To all our US & Canada-based listeners, we’re on tour and playing Gramercy Theatre in New York tomorrow night! Get your tickets at RambleLive.com.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Pep Guardiola on Sadio Mane; “Sometimes he’s diving: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/sadio-mane-liverpool-dive-pep-guardiola-man-city-aston-villa-a9182806.html Jurgen Klopp plays down talk of Liverpool going a season unbeaten: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11851822/jurgen-klopp-insists-an-unbeaten-liverpool-season-is-impossible Holstein Kiel substitute gives away a penalty: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/50203398  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Fulham 4-1 Juventus, 2010
Nov 02 2019 43 mins  
Jonathan has to deal with an exceedingly giddy Marcus on today’s episode of Greatest Games, produced in association with The Blizzard. We’re here to discuss the 2009-10 UEFA Cup- specifically Fulham’s spectacular 4-1 win over Juventus on their route to the final, alongside journalist and author Philippe Auclair. Throughout a season that saw Fulham play over 60 games, managed by the underrated Roy Hodgson, there were some truly memorable midweek nights at Craven Cottage- but this was the pinnacle. An admittedly ageing and unspectacular Juventus side brought a 3-1 lead back from Turin but it proved insufficient, as Fulham secured qualification with a fantastic result. Marcus’ giddy aunt, indeed. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! We're currently on tour and playing Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: A madness at Anfield, Southampton travel to Man City for a whoopin' and Man United go to Bournemouth
Nov 01 2019 51 mins  
A night of absolute chaos at Anfield as Liverpool were victorious over Arsenal on penalties after a pulsating 5-5 draw. Is it time for Jose Mourinho to step in at The Emirates? NO. NO IT IS NOT. Arsenal host Wolves next, so we naturally discuss Nuno Espirito Santo’s attempt to balance such animals and how Halloween might effect the game, while we also look at Southampton’s potential destruction at the hands of Man City, Man United and Norwich making trips to the south coast to visit Bournemouth and Brighton, respectively. Will Daniel Farke be shouting yet? We can but wonder.  Elsewhere more on Bruges, yet more Bristolian controversy and all the usual nonsense.  We're currently on tour and playing Birmingham Town Hall tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Liverpool may have to move their Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50240295 Southampton donate their wages to charity after their 9-0 drubbing:  https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11700/11847303/southampton-squad-donate-wages-to-charity-after-leicester-thrashing A good night for Mesut Ozil: https://theathletic.co.uk/1339391/2019/10/31/ozil-and-the-first-touch-of-redemption/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: Thiago Motta returns to Genoa, Dick Advocaat steps in at Feyenoord, and Atléti head to Sevilla
Oct 31 2019 59 mins  
After a midweek packed full of continental football, Luke’s back at Football Ramble Daily HQ to run through it all alongside our continental compatriots James Horncastle and Andy Brassell! Ya! We begin over in Serie A and, as many listeners have been asking about him, discuss Thiago Motta’s recent appointment as the new coach of Genoa. There’s also talk about yesterday’s humdinger between Napoli and Atalanta, and Fiorentina favourite Franc Ribery earning himself a three match ban for pushing a referee. Elsewhere, Andy talks us through the links between Patrick Viera and the Arsenal job, as well as Dick Advocaat being confirmed as Jaap Stam’s replacement as coach of Feyenoord. And if you think we don’t have time for chat about GoldenEye and airports then you, dear listener, are greatly mistaken. Drop us a line: [email protected] or find us on social media by searching 'Football Ramble Daily'. We're on tour, and playing Leeds Town Hall tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



The Ramble: Liverpool win again, Leicester gub Southampton, and a bad ebening for Arsenal
Oct 28 2019 51 mins  
Another excellent weekend of football, the plucky little game that’s really starting to take hold. Liverpool earned a hard fought three points against Spurs, Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic dazzled and Arsenal vs Crystal Palace once again did justice to the hashtag #arscry That’s not to forget Friday night’s game, (oh) when the Saints went piling in and Leicester City played like a team possessed (by Luke), setting a Premier League record for an away win as they eviscerated Southampton. Gubba lubba dub dub!  As well as that we rank Belgian cities, there are imaginary chat shows, a pizza related injury and an early musical entry for our Christmas lists. We're currently on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Unai Emery’s reaction to Granit Xhaka’s reaction to Arsenal fans’ reaction to his actions: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/oct/27/granit-xhaka-unai-emery-arsenal-football Frank Lampard on how he’s managing Christian Pulisic: https://theathletic.co.uk/1317605/2019/10/27/1317605/ Liverpool show their mettle to turn things around at Anfield: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50203769  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Blizzard: Netherlands 1-2 West Germany, 1974
Oct 26 2019 47 mins  
Today’s episode of Greatest Games features one of the most significant games in the history of European football: the 1974 World Cup final between West Germany and the Netherlands. We’re joined by author and journalist David Winner, the author of ‘Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football’ and former biographer of Dennis Bergkamp, to recount the arrival of Johan Cruyff and Total Football on the world stage. With no real previous World Cup pedigree, the Netherlands arrived at the final in Munich having played some truly astounding football. They topped their group and beat East Germany, Argentina and Brazil on their way to the final whilst conceding only one goal. David joins us to explore the build up to the game and the ‘tragic’ outcome of the match, as we dispel some of the the myths that surround the Dutch perceptions of this game. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! We're currently on tour and playing Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: Big European wins for Liverpool and Spurs, Chelsea visit Turf Moor, and Villa prepare for their Etihad battering
Oct 25 2019 48 mins  
There’s been plenty of good stuff going on at the top of the football pyramid but forget all that (for now) because Big Sol Campbell is back! Southend United have done us all a favour and installed the big man as their manager. More as we get it.  We also look ahead to an Anfield thigh-rubber, a hair-based conspiracy, the wolf-like Christian Pulisic and Newcastle’s St James’ Park fortress.  There’s also time for Burnley-as-furniture, our own boring dreams and some listener fashion tips. Get involved for goodness sake.  We're on tour, and playing the Tyne Theatre & Opera House tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back with a bang:  https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/liverpool-vs-genk-alex-oxlade-chamberlain-champions-league-klopp-a9168851.html Frank Lampard is proud of his Chelsea babies:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50161741 Is the Europa League proving too much for Wolves? https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2019/oct/24/wolves-struggling-demands-europa-league-premier-league  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Liverpool still unbeaten, Everton pick up, and Villa turn it around
Oct 21 2019 63 mins  
Man United brought an end to Liverpool’s perfect start, all among a sea of digs from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a Sky Sports studio panel that were set up to put the boot well and truly in. Elsewhere, Jack Grealish shone for Aston Villa and Marco Silva’s Everton seemed to listen to Everton’s Marco Silva for once as they secured a comfortable win over West Ham.  If that’s all a bit serious, never fear, we’re still idiots so naturally there’s plenty of discussion of sausage pipes, footballers’ surprising full names and frankly unworkable VAR alternatives.  We’re now on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com!  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading:  A good performance from Marcus Rashford: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-united-vs-liverpool-marcus-rashford-goal-score-premier-league-a9164131.html The Everton squad believe in Marco Silva: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/everton-squad-believe-marco-silvas-17115010 Another sad incident in the FA Cup: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/oct/20/haringey-yeovil-abandoned-racism-allegations-police-investigate  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Aberdeen 3-2 Bayern Munich, 1983
Oct 19 2019 40 mins  
On today’s Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by author and Sunday Times’ Chief Football Writer Jonathan Northcroft! He joins us to talk about “the greatest experience he’s ever had watching football”. After winning the Scottish Cup the previous season Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen side swept through the early rounds - conceding only one goal - and then drew the first leg of this quarter-final 0-0 in Munich, which was a success in itself. Ferguson then deployed some fantastic ruses to ensure the German side and travelling press pack underestimated Aberdeen, including a chaotic training session involving wayward passes hitting teammates in the head! But what followed was one of the most glorious ninety minutes of football The Dons’ fans will ever see. Jonathan talks through what it was like watching the game on the terraces as Aberdeen executed Ferguson’s tactics perfectly, and knocked out one of European football’s aristocrats. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! We're currently on tour and playing Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: England reaction, Man United host Liverpool, and Andros Townsend prepares to take on Man City
Oct 18 2019 45 mins  
We discuss the awful scenes in Bulgaria and what comes next - as well as England’s excellent performance on the pitch - Ireland’s disappointing night in Switzerland and the return of the Premier League.  Alongside all that Pete thinks he watched North Korea vs South Korea, Marcus submits a thesis and the Gareth Southgate to Man United rumour train leaves the station, as well as some spittings, huggings and muggings.   We’re now on tour, and playing Guildford's G Live tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com!  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Marina Hyde on a complicated situation in Sofia:  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/oct/16/bulgaria-england-black-white-raheem-sterling-sofia What went on in the England dressing room via The Athletic: https://theathletic.co.uk/1293809/2019/10/16/i-just-thought-this-is-it-inside-the-dressing-room-on-the-night-england-stood-up-to-racist-abuse/ Excellent news on the punditry front as Liverpool visit Old Trafford: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-united-liverpool-jose-mourinho-17099045  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




Jules & Andy: Abhorrent racist abuse, England’s united response, and impressive individual performances
Oct 15 2019 35 mins  
On what should have been a night for analysing England’s impressive performance in Bulgaria, racist abuse from the stands is, rightly, the main focus on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. We discuss the dignified response of the England players and staff, the unprecedented actions taken by UEFA and how this abuse can be stamped out at future matches.  There’s also time for deserved praise for the likes of Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings, the latter hugely impressive on his international debut, who are sought out for comment by the media spotlight on occasions like this. We do manage to talk about England’s hugely impressive display on the pitch and take stock of where this England team are, eight months out from Euro 2020.  We're currently on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Fancy getting in touch? Email us here: [email protected] or we're on twitter: @footballramble @julesbreach @andybrassell ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Ramble: England stumble, Wales earn a hard fought point, and Scotland stun San Marino
Oct 14 2019 45 mins  
Oof, England’s visit to Prague wasn’t the stroll in the park many anticipated it being. It was more like a stumble into some stinging nettles because you were looking at your phone and had assumed the whole thing would be straightforward.  Things were better over in Wales, as Gareth Bale’s brilliance earned the home side a point, while Andorra won their first ever European Championship qualifier and and John “Bangin’ ‘em in” McGinn kept up his goalscoring form.  Aside from the football we also find time to discuss… Fantasia, Royal nicknames and Petr Cech: Goaltender. We're currently on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Gareth Southgate says there’s a lot of work to do… again: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/czech-republic-vs-england-result-gareth-southgate-top-team-euro-2020-qualifying-a9152981.html That starts with a raft of potential changes against Bulgaria: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49955900 Petr Cech makes the perfect start to his ice hockey adventure: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/13/petr-cech-breaks-ice-match-winning-penalty-save  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Boca Juniors 2-1 Real Madrid, 2000
Oct 12 2019 35 mins  
Hola y bienvenido to another episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. We’re off to the 2000 Intercontinental Cup final where Boca Juniors took on Real Madrid, and our tour guide for today is football writer and editor of Brazil Global Football Rupert Fryer! This was a hugely significant game for both sides; the Boca side featured three legends of the game fleetingly crossing paths, as manager Carlos Bianchi led a team featuring Juan Román Riquelme and Martín Palermo. Whilst on the Spanish side of the ledger, Luís Figo recently signalled the beginning of the Galáticos era by moving to Real as the world’s most expensive player. He was backed up by a team that included Guti, Raúl and Steve McManaman and was manager by legendary coach Vicente del Bosque. Listen on for extensive chat about a collection of brilliant footballers showcasing their brilliant skill. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! We're currently on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: Euro 2020 qualifiers, Sergio Ramos and, of course… Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy
Oct 11 2019 43 mins  
International breaks can sometimes make for a dearth of talking points, but not today! DI Coleen Rooney has been sleuthing and she’s uncovered some suspicious activity on Instagram.  In a slightly less charged battle North Korea take on South Korea, while England revisit the scene of many, many appalling stags as they take on the Czech Republic in Prague. We’ve also got snipers, Mick McCarthy and the Royal privilege of five-a-side enthusiast Prince William at Carrow Road. It was never in doubt.  We're on tour, and are performing at London's Shepherds Bush tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Coleen vs Rebekah: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/09/coleen-rooney-rebekah-vardy-twitter-wag-wars Could Trent Alexander-Arnold play in midfield? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/liverpool-fc-latest-news-now-trent-alexander-arnold-steven-gerrard-a9149886.html Sergio Ramos and his disappearing tattoos: https://en.as.com/en/2019/10/08/football/1570539425_008197.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

On The Continent: Managerial merry-go-round, Freiburg's great start, and Euro 2020 qualifiers
Oct 10 2019 56 mins  
With Andy Brassell away on various continental crusades, we’ve got Lars Sivertsen on today’s On The Continent, alongside messrs Moore and Horncastle. After beginning with renewed praise for Lars’ goalscoring compatriot Erling Braut Håland, we discuss the fallout from St-Étienne’s last gasp win over Lyon in Le Derby. The fortunes of the two managers could not be more different, as Claude Puel got his dream start as Saint-Étienne coach and Sylvinho subsequently lost his job in the Lyon dugout. Elsewhere, we discuss Freiburg’s hugely impressive start to the Bundesliga season under long-serving coach Christian Streich. We also get a Milan roundup from James, after Stefano Pioli replaces Marco Giampaolo in the Milanese hot seat, and Lars gives us a preview of Norway’s upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers! Drop us a line: [email protected] or find us on social media by searching 'Football Ramble Daily'. We're on tour, and playing Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre tonight! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Blizzard: Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid, 1962
Oct 05 2019 36 mins  
Join Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson, this time alongside author and commentator David Bolchover, for another episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Today we’re heading back to 1962 to celebrate one of the most influential figures in 20th century football: Béla Guttmann. His Benfica side beat Real Madrid 5-3 in the 1962 European Cup final, and this extraordinary game was entirely reflective of an extraordinary man. After arriving at Benfica, having won the league the season before with Porto, Guttmann immediately sacked twenty first team players. He then took Benfica to two Primeira Divisāo titles and a triumph in the previous European Cup, before meeting five-time winners Real Madrid in the 1962 final in Amsterdam. A thrilling, chaotic game featuring a Ferenc Puskás hat-trick finished 5-3 to Benfica, with Guttmann cementing himself as one of the finest coaches of any generation. Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! We're currently on tour and playing Brighton tomorrow night! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: A nightmare for Spurs, a stern test for Leicester and a potential thriller at St James’ Park
Oct 04 2019 43 mins  
Marcus’ giddy aunt, Ruddy Nora and Gordon Bennett were all present at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Bayern Munich continued their sustained efforts to destroy all football in North London with a comprehensive battering of Spurs. Can they put it right against Brighton? Liverpool had a strange Champions League experience themselves, and entertain Leicester and the disrespect-machine that is Jamie Vardy on Saturday. We also look ahead to Norwich hosting Aston Villa and Man United heading up to Newcastle, if only to see if both teams can remember what sport they play.  On top of all this gold there’s a peek into our live documents, the return of the Brucey-belly-rub and a half understood assessment of the Robin Williams movie Bicentennial Man.  We're on tour, and are performing in Northampton and Brighton this weekend! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Strange times at Tottenham Hotspur: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/oct/02/tottenham-bayern-mauricio-pochettino-defeat-self-doubt Liverpool’s rollercoaster of a game with RB Salzburg: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49914096 Seriously, the plot of this movie is insane: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicentennial_Man_(film)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Liverpool edge past Sheffield United, Villa struggle, and Watford are officially terrible
Sep 30 2019 46 mins  
Sheffield United came so close to earning a point against Liverpool only for young Dean Henderson to make a costly mistake. Chris Wilder’s response was less arm-around-the-shoulder and more foot-square-in-the-nuts. IT’S THE ONLY WAY HE’LL LEARN. Elsewhere in the Football Universe, Wolves got a much needed win, the magnetic Slaven Bilic marches on with West Brom, we hear of ill-disciplined ball boys, Mario Balotelli makes a welcome return and Mike Dean steals the show in another sport all together.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  We're on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Quique Sanchez Flores admits Watford are “insecure”: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/watford-news-results-score-goals-quique-sanchez-flores-epl-table-a9125271.html Mario Balotelli… it’s just good to hear his name: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/30/mario-balotelli-melts-hearts-scoring-return-naples-brescia Keisuke Honda fancies coming to the rescue at Man United: https://www.90min.com/posts/6465610-free-agent-keisuke-honda-offers-himself-to-manchester-united-amid-injury-crisis  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Blizzard: Rangers 2-2 Celtic, 1987
Sep 28 2019 35 mins  
There are some football derbies that transcend the ninety minutes on the pitch and the few annual fixtures, and instead become knitted into the fabric of the societies they inhabit. The Old Firm Derby is one of the definitive derbies in world football and we’re heading to the 1987 tie between Rangers and Celtic for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. We’re joined by Guardian sports writer Scott Murray to discuss a truly incendiary affair - Graeme Souness’ Rangers had suffered a turgid start to the league campaign and hadn’t won the title for nine seasons, while Billy McNeil’s Celtic were flying. The two sides met in front of 44,000 people at Ibrox for one of the craziest matches you’ll ever see. Four goals, red cards, fights and a retrospective police enquiry— this game had it all... We're currently on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: Giant killings in the Carabao Cup, the return of the Premier League, and more horse bothering
Sep 27 2019 48 mins  
A man’s punched a horse again and there’s really nowhere else to start. This time it was a Portsmouth fan. We don’t know why supporters of our teams keep doing this and we assure you we’re not involved. Away from that there was an actual Carabao Cup game as Southampton won THE South Coast derby, while Spurs went out to Lolchester on penalties and Old Man Milner helped Liverpool past MK Dons.  We also hear of a potential fix for VAR’s offside problem, another ding dong between Mo Salah and the Egyptian FA, and a potential pay day for Mino.  We're on tour! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: The horse punching in detail: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/25/man-arrested-punch-horse-portsmouth-southampton-police Jurgen Klopp’s youngsters did a lot to impress in the Carabao Cup: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/mk-dons-vs-liverpool-results-goals-jurgen-klopp-james-milner-harvey-elliott-carabao-cup-a9120901.html Manuel Pellegrini blames himself for West Ham getting gubbed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49736856  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Man City smash Watford, VAR perplexes Spurs and Man United lumber on
Sep 23 2019 56 mins  
New manager bounce, you say? Oh no, Watford, there will be none of that. Man City got back to their ruthless best this weekend, while Liverpool saw off the plucky underdogs of Chelsea and Spurs lost at Leicester because Son Heung-min sloppily strayed a few atoms offside.  Down in London, Man United continue to suffer the fate of whatever Faustian bargain they must have made, while Arsenal won a fraught and at times ridiculous game with Aston Villa, because Arsenal gonna Arsenal.  And there’s more! Free kebabs! The surprising size of Madagascar! Lonely Ramble Live Club! Get involved please.  Our live tour starts very soon! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Mauricio Pochettino has “no complaints” about the VAR decision: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49782652 What was really said between Phil Jones and Ed Woodward? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/ed-woodward-phil-jones-video-manchester-united-west-ham-solskjaer-a9116221.html The pressure is beginning to mount on Marco Silva: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/marco-silvas-biggest-concern-see-16961730  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Maccabi vs Hapoel, 1928
Sep 21 2019 33 mins  
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by Nicholas Blincoe, the author of ‘More Noble Than War: A Football History of Israel and Palestine.’ We’re heading to that part of the world for today’s match as we take a look at the 1928 Tel Aviv Derby, where Maccabi took on Hapoel for the first time. In these clubs’ formative years, football was an entirely different proposition in Israel-Palestine. Initially seen as too individualistic a sport, it was gradually introduced by the British military and helped by mass immigration of younger people from Austro-Hungarian cities after the First World War. Jonathan, Marcus and Nicholas discuss the background around the two sides, each formed of an entirely different demographic, as well as the 3-0 Maccabi win and its historical significance. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! Our live tour starts very soon! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: A South Coast derby, Liverpool travel to Chelsea, and Spurs visit Leicester
Sep 20 2019 48 mins  
And so to the South Coast for one of the biggest games of the season (apparently) as Southampton host Bournemouth, while Chelsea host Liverpool, desperately hoping they won’t win a penalty as they simply have no way of knowing what will happen if they do.  The true main event is of course Sean Dyche vs Daniel Farke. Will it be Burnley or Norwich who take home the points? Who cares? This one is all about the eclectic sounds of the post match interviews.  Alongside all this there’s a cheese-based blast from the past, an injustice for Jeff Hendrick and further ear worms. Brie you later.  Our live tour starts very soon! Join us at venues across England, Europe, USA and Canada for Football Ramble Live - expect all your old favourites (including Pete Donaldson), brand new games and a load of laughs. Get your tickets now at ramblelive.com! Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Mauricio Pochettino isn’t happy with his players: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/18/we-didnt-respect-the-plan-pochettino-disappointed-with-tottenham-draw Felix Magath’s cheese based methods: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29319599 Ross Barkley on what Jorginho and Willian said to him before his penalty miss: https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/18/chelsea-ross-barkley-penalty-miss-jorginho-willian-10765440/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Jubilation for Norwich, Chelsea’s youngsters impress, and Arsenal revert to type
Sep 16 2019 51 mins  
In Daniel Farke’s voice: “A pleasing weekend of football in which many of the topics were covered, such as Norwich City’s win over Manchester City which was perhaps not expected, Liverpool asserting their sporting superiority over the struggling Newcastle United and Arsenal showing much quality in the first half of their game with Watford and then perhaps letting themselves down in the second. There is also much discussion of the parting of the Red Sea, which is slightly off of the topics, there is some controversy regarding the designated email section of the podcast and some perhaps unnecessary discussion of dog boobs.” Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected]  ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Norwich’s win over Man City is typical of Daniel Farke’s style: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49703750 Pierre Emerick Aubamayang is as bemused by Arsenal’s defence as anyone else is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/pierre-emerick-aubameyang-arsenal-watford-emery-david-luiz-sokratis-a9106831.html Chelsea still have work to do at the back despite a scintillating attacking display: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/15/tammy-abraham-chelsea-wolves-mason-mount-fikayo-tomori  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Preview Show: Euro 2020 qualifiers, Premier League action, and the return of the bees
Sep 13 2019 49 mins  
We’re back with an action packed show looking back at England’s dizzy 5-3 win over Kosovo at St Wembley’s, stark contrast between defeats for Scotland and Northern Ireland and that big old beast known as the Premier League. Can Leicester cause an upset at Old Trafford? Is that still an upset? Are Norwich toast against Man City? Where’s Delia?! Aside from all that Fort William FINALLY get a win, Richard Keys lets his admin slide and we reminisce about some of our favourite moments from our live shows.  Join us as we make some new ones by buying your tickets from RambleLive.com. Pika pika! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: That Raheem Sterling’s a bit good, isn’t he? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/raheem-sterling-england-man-city-jadon-sancho-gareth-southgate-a9100186.html Time is ticking for Ross Barkley: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/sep/11/ross-barkley-flatters-deceive-england-kosovo-gareth-southgate Big Vinny Kompany had a full blooded testimonial: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49669371  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






The Blizzard: Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos, 1971
Sep 07 2019 35 mins  
For today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by another member of the Football Ramble Daily parish: Andy Brassell! He’s here to discuss the 1971 European Cup final, where Rinus Michels’ imperious Ajax side took on Ferenc Puskás’ Panathinaikos. Ferenc Puskás’ return to Wembley - eighteen years after his miraculous display in Hungary’s 6-3 hiding of England - was most significant achievement in his coaching career. He led an unfancied but hugely talented Panathinaikos side past Everton and Red Star Belgrade in the latter stages of the competition to the final, against one of the most significant teams in football history. Captained by Velibor Vasović and featuring a Johan Cruyff at the peak of his powers, this era-defining Ajax side went on to enjoy huge success with their Total Football philosophy, and this final may well have been the sliding doors moment at the beginning of it all. We discuss the match itself, the political landscape surrounding Panathinaikos at the time and this pivotal moment in Dutch football history, which Jonathan sums up via a splendid gardening metaphor! For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.







The Blizzard: Brazil 0-1 France, 2006
Aug 31 2019 38 mins  
For our latest episode of Greatest Games, we’re joined by football writer and broadcaster Tom Williams as we take a deeper look at the 2006 World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and France. This match, despite being awash with some of the greatest players in history, was completely dominated by the balletic and utterly irresistible Zinedine Zidane. After two poor seasons with Real Madrid, many—Zidane included—felt his star was on the wane. So pervasive was this sentiment, that he announced his retirement ahead of this tournament. What followed however, against Spain in the Round of 16 and against Brazil, was a final glimpse of Zidane at his best in all his former glory. This Joga Bonito-inspired Brazil side, featuring some of the nation’s greatest attacking talent ever, could do nothing in response. Zidane left his mark on this game in broad, beautiful strokes and cemented himself as one of the greatest midfielders football has ever seen. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Preview Show: The North London Derby looms, Sean Dyche’s other passion, and sad news for Bury
Aug 30 2019 49 mins  
There can be nowhere to start other than with the terrible news that Bury have been expelled from the EFL. Our commiserations to any Bury fans. Let’s hope that this never happens again. Away from that awful situation we do have a cracking weekend ahead, with an early North London Derby, Liverpool bringing their attacking verve to Burnley and Man United heading down to Southampton.  Elsewhere we have an Andros Townsend re-up, another theory about Sean Dyche’s unique timber and something about Pink Floyd.  Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: David Conn on the Bury situation: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/29/lessons-to-be-learned-from-bury-expulsion-efl You alright, Spurs? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-troubles-mauricio-pochettino-transfer-window-eriksen-vs-arsenal-derby-a9082976.html Sean Dyche having a lovely time at Reading Festival: https://www.burnleyexpress.net/sport/football/burnley-boss-sean-dyche-laughs-off-reading-festival-mosh-pit-tales-1-9959681  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




The Ramble: Roy’s boys shock Man United, Arsenal fall short at Anfield, and Steve Bruce HITS BACK
Aug 26 2019 47 mins  
A bad result for the now notoriously “not that good” Man United gets us underway as we look back at the weekend’s action, giving Marcus many opportunities to pronounce “Solskjaer” in that way that he does.  There’s way more than that though. We’ve got your Biblical Chelsea. We’ve got your Steve Bruce watching the cricket. We’ve got your Antoine Griezmann lobbing glitter about. We’ve got your Dean Gaffney and your Beppe Di Marco getting kicked out at Norwich. We’ve got your Fulham encroaching on the Thames. Get involved please.  Get in touch via email at: [email protected] or search 'Football Ramble Daily' on social media. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further Reading: Alan Shearer on Steve Bruce’s weekend: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49468694 Possession may be one of Man United’s surprising weaknesses: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/man-utd-news-crystal-palace-now-latest-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-rashford-pogba-a9078806.html Mauricio Pochettino feels like Spurs have some issues: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/25/tottenham-lacking-unity-desire-mauricio-pochettino  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Blizzard: Blackpool 4-3 Bolton, 1953
Aug 24 2019 35 mins  
For our latest episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re looking back at that thrilling 1953 FA Cup final contested by Blackpool and Bolton: ‘The Stanley Matthews Final’. Joining us is Seb Stafford-Bloor, a writer for Football365 and Four Four Two magazine, as well as a content editor of Tifo Football. This final was a hugely significant moment in British football history. As it was the first final to be broadcast live on the BBC, the match was watched by a huge, unprecedented audience from all over the country. It also took place around the time that football was just beginning to be considered as the true ‘game of the people’ and still remains the only final where a hat-trick was scored. Seb, Jonathan and Marcus sit down and recount the rudimentary tactics and goalkeeping errors that led this match to be one of the most thrilling cup finals ever played. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.














The Blizzard: Red Star 1-1 Milan, 1988
Aug 10 2019 42 mins  
Welcome to the first of our brand new ‘Greatest Games’ series, in association with The Blizzard. Every Saturday, Marcus Speller,  Jonathan Wilson and a guest from the world of football discuss some of the most significant matches in football history. First up it’s our continental compatriot, James Horncastle! James arrives to discuss one of the most infamous ties in European football history, where Milan took on Red Star Belgrade in the 1988/89 European Cup. With Milan looking like it was destined to be eliminated in the second leg, a thick fog totally enveloped the Marakana and forced the referee to abandon the game. James recounts how the visibility was so poor that the commentator couldn’t follow the flight of the ball and Milan’s Pietro Paolo Virdis was sent off 15 minutes before his manager Arrigo Sacchi realised. This dramatic delay gave way to one of the all-time great European ties, as 50,000 fans descended on the stadium to see their beloved Crvena zvezda take on the European powerhouses for the second time in two days. For more stories from the annals of football history, visit www.theblizzard.co.uk to explore their archives that contain over 700 articles of stories just like this one! Fancy getting in touch? Email us at [email protected] or find us social media— just search 'Football Ramble Daily'. ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.





The Ramble: Pep Guardiola tops up the trophy cabinet, the Football League bursts into life, and Harry Maguire heads to Old Trafford
Aug 05 2019 44 mins  
Welcome aboard to a brand new football season and the very first day of Football Ramble Daily! It’s an absolute pleasure to have you with us and we’re looking forward to bringing you a whole host of shows six days a week throughout the season. Monday means the Ramble’s up, and today we’re talking the Community Shield as Pep and his cargo trousers got one over Klopp’s Klan. Phil Foden got his customary two minutes and some fans got in a punch up long enough for Pete to critique their fashion choices—because of course he did. Elsewhere, we run through some cracking goals to kick off the Championship season as Luton Town and Middlesborough played out a six-goal thriller. There’s even time for some transfer chat, as Moise Kean jets off to Merseyside and Newcastle’s new boy Allan Saint-Maximin has already been forced into buying his headbands from Sports Direct. Make sure to join Jules Breach and Andy Brassell for their new show tomorrow, right here on Football Ramble Daily! Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






Pie and Smash: Action from the Premier League Asia Trophy, the International Champions Cup and AFCON
Jul 22 2019 43 mins  
With so many of the game’s biggest prizes being played at once it’s a great time to be a football fan, especially if you’re of a Geordie persuasion. Steve Bruce’s mere presence was enough to get his Newcastle United revolution under ho-way with a seismic victory over West Ham.  Alongside all this there’s embarrassment and contrition from Kilmarnock, a Burnley fan with a level of commitment that’d probably be better used elsewhere and a guest appearance from Bernie Sanders.  Join us on 5th August for the start of Football Ramble Daily. Keep an eye on our socials in the meantime for all the info— just search 'Football Ramble' or email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Romelu Lukaku could still be leaving Man United: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/manchester-united-transfer-news-latest-romelu-lukaku-antonio-conte-inter-milan-a9013681.html Dave Burnley, Burnley fan: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jul/19/burnley-two-games-at-once Juventus no longer exist in FIFA: https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2019/07/17/5d2f2ec122601dc8168b45f2.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dundee United Cake: Frank Lampard makes a welcome return, Steve Bruce makes a return, and there are transfers afoot
Jul 18 2019 53 mins  
We’re back in your ears and though we were only gone for a short while, the football Gods (Newcastle United) have provided, in the squishy form of Steve Bruce. We react with a range of emotions while also casting an eye over Frank Lampard’s appointment at Stamford Bridge and looking at some of the more interesting transfers we’ve seen so far this summer. There’s also the usual stuff like Mark McGhee’s Bitcoin side hustle, Pascal Chimbonda’s summer adventures and Pete’s sumo wrestling related travel adventures.  Join us on 5th August for the start of Football Ramble Daily. Keep an eye on our socials in the meantime for all the info— see you soon! Email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Alan Shearer begged Steve Bruce not to take the Newcastle job, begged him: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/alan-shearer-reveals-urged-steve-16604321 West Ham may have a gem in Sebastien Haller: https://www.theguardian.com/football/who-scored-blog/2019/jul/18/sebastien-haller-west-ham-good-business-transfer Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT have been a summer highlight: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/womens_football/womens-world-cup-2019-usa-equal-pay-megan-rapinoe-stats-attendance-audience-a8995996.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



















Didn’t happen: England win another shoot out, Euro 2020 qualifiers rumble on and we unveil our predictions
Jun 10 2019 59 mins  
Another glorious summer for England as the men win a high pressure penalty shootout and the women get one over on Scotland. Portugal are the deserved winners of the inaugural UEFA Nations League and the whole thing turned out to be a lot of fun. As well as casting our eyes over all this we chat dings and dongs, look at the predictions we made at the start of the season and give the final word to our beloved Newcastle United.  Thanks for spending your time with us this season, we’re back on the 18th of July but have some compilations for you to enjoy until then, and listen out for a big announcement regarding next season!  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Gareth Southgate is still pleased with where England are heading: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/england-vs-switzerland-result-uefa-nations-league-2019-gareth-southgate-a8951356.html Another trophy in the cabinet for Cristiano Ronaldo: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48191922 England’s medals were presented in an unusual way: https://www.aol.co.uk/sport/2019/06/09/southgate-bemused-as-england-are-lobbed-nations-league-medals/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAK8otryaTjyRGkbU-w3mXWAz5nRcwum97KAYADAnZDaYfg4Gsr9h3suVJgoo5vqfd1SHQ3Rj1IceN-5e_PWLI_KxPBI5a1go8kw3A95wuBvMNZHp04E9puH0rVmorYiyKmvB2Sc_Zx1v-Q4O9z5CEr_foO6BjlwpsX-tURDsv7qe  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




Little liver birds: Glory for Liverpool, exciting times for Newcastle and the UEFA Nations League returns
Jun 03 2019 50 mins  
Liverpool end their incredible season with the biggest prize of them all after a game that may not have been a classic, but still managed to provide a lot of memorable moments.  As well as all that the season isn’t even really over— there’s still the UEFA Nations League to come! We have a good look ahead to that, have the pleasure of a new Louis Van Gaal interview, clear up some birthday based confusion and generally have a lovely old time.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Jordan Henderson’s touching moment explained: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/02/moving-scenes-liverpool-champions-league-final-jordan-henderson Louis Van Gaal has given yet another brilliant interview: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/03/louis-van-gaal-manchester-united--interview-buy-players-rooney-tactics-solskjaer Did Sadio Mane mean to hit Moussa Sissoko’s arm? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/liverpool-sadio-mane-moussa-sissoko-handball-champions-league-final-2019-a8941016.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Golden Booty: Chelsea are on top in Europe, Aston Villa are back in the Premier League and the Champions League is on the horizon
May 30 2019 47 mins  
What a magical night in Baku! Goals! Empty seats! An atmosphere! Of sorts! Chelsea give Arsenal a gubbing to win the Europa League and make Maurizio Sarri’s season look pretty good indeed, as Eden Hazard and his turbo-booty give Arsenal another miserable night to forget.  After picking over this we take the time to congratulate Aston Villa on their promotion, rejoice at the prospect of a second season of Marcelo Bielsa and wonder if there could be a place for Alan Pardew to pick up where he left off in the sheikh-based Newcastle United revolution.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: What next for Maurizio Sarri? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/30/maurizio-sarri-leave-chelsea-eden-hazard-europa-league A big rebuilding project ahead for Unai Emery: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/europa-league-chelsea-vs-arsenal-transfer-news-unai-emery-a8935996.html Ross McCormack’s agent earns him the nickname Ross McContract: https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/football-news/former-nottingham-forest-loanee-nicknamed-2916139  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.







I heart Hearts: Man City secure the quadruple, Kompany bows out and Wolves make Europe
May 20 2019 46 mins  
As the dust and ticker tape settles on the domestic season it’s Man City that have won it all. A comprehensive gubbing of Watford leaves us equal parts impressed and terrified for the future, though it turns out that Newcastle United have also won some silverware this season, if you’re a bit sloppy with the details, which clearly we are.  Peering around the rest of the game we discover that the guy with the bell is no longer the worst Portsmouth fan, that Tony Pulis’ usefulness has come to an end at Middlesbrough and that Cardiff Metropolitan University FC are a name to look out for in Europe next season.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Is Man City’s dominance about to be a problem? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/19/manchester-city-sky-blue-smashing-of-watford-proves-football-is-broken Wolves find themselves in Europe: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48303846 Cardiff Met University have had themselves a good season: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/cardiff-met-uni-just-qualified-16299782  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Celestial Teal: The FA Cup final, the Playoffs and your headliner… Mike Dean
May 16 2019 41 mins  
Leeds, oh, Leeds. When will their nightmare end? Not yet, apparently. Frank Lampard’s Derby and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa will face off at Wembley after a frantic pair of play-off semi-finals. There’s also a look ahead at a juicy FA Cup final, a theory on what Jose Mourinho was really getting up to in that hotel, questions about Pep Guardiola’s cardigan - or is it cardigi? - and some fairly tortured Watford puns, chipped in by one of you lot. And yes, we saw Mike Dean celebrating Tranmere’s win over Forest Green Rovers. What. A. Man. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Watford’s togetherness could be key to an FA Cup win: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/man-city-watford-fa-cup-final-preview-kiko-femenia-interview-pep-guardiola-jonathan-liew-a8916396.html Potential trouble ahead for Manchester City: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/16/manchester-city-hit-out-uefa-investigation-financial-fair-play-champions-league-ban Marcelo Bielsa may not be leaving Leeds just yet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48292197  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Bravo, Premier League: City win the title, Liverpool push them and Andros Townsend puts a cherry on top
May 13 2019 51 mins  
There was to be no twist at the weekend and Man City retain the title, while Liverpool finish second with a points haul that would have seen them as champions in any season but this or last. It’s been scintillating stuff and it’s been a pleasure bringing you our thoughts on it throughout the season. And now for some goodbyes. Goodbye to Neil Warnock, gone from the Premier League, never to return, goodbye to Chris Hughton, who did just enough to keep Brighton up, and goodbye to Yaya Toure… we think.  It’s far from goodbye from us though, with the FA Cup, play-offs, Champions League and all the usual nonsense to come.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Where do Man City rank among the Premier League greats? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/man-city-liverpool-premier-league-champions-who-won-2019-rankings-list-liverpool-manchester-united-a8910376.html Paul Pogba had a silly end to the season: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48251713 Brighton have identified Graham Potter as the man they want to take over from Chris Hughton: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/13/brighton-sack-chris-hughton-as-manager-after-poor-run-of-form-in-2019  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



Klopp’s war on telly: Liverpool win again, Arsenal and Man United flop and Townsend hits five
May 06 2019 54 mins  
A strange weekend of football as Liverpool keep it up but Spurs, Arsenal and Man United all implode to various degrees, in what will surely become known as The Season Where Nobody Seemed That Bothered About Finishing Third or Fourth.  The Premier League also says goodbye to Neil Warnock and his fancy new stance, various play-offs take shape and we speculate on the behind-closed-doors character of Delia Smith.  Featuring guest appearances from Nick Hewer, Keith Richards and artist Ian Holloway.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading:  Shockingly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t think Man United were good enough for the top four: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/48170771 Jordan Henderson is hoping for a favour from his old boss: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/05/liverpool-jordan-henderson-mentor-prayers The final day of The Championship in all its mad glory: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/championship-results-norwich-play-offs-leeds-aston-villa-west-brom-derby-a8900596.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Happy Days: More Messi magic, crunch time for Cardiff, Brendan Rodgers plots a twist
May 02 2019 43 mins  
Incredible scenes on the end of Lionel Messi’s foot at the Camp Nou have left us as giddy as a certain anchor’s aunt. We look back at the setbacks that Liverpool and Spurs faced in Europe, rate Ajax’s chances of winning the damn thing and also wonder if Brendan Rodgers might be the crucial element in deciding where the Premier League title parks itself come the end of the season.  Along the way we speculate on the behind the scenes history of the Scholes family, wonder if time is running out for Andros Townsend to prove Marcus right and probably use the word “effluvia” too much. Standard procedure, really.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Lionel Messi continues his absurd record against Premier League clubs: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/barcelona-vs-liverpool-fc-lionel-messi-goals-record-champions-league-ucl-a8895911.html Moussa Sissoko warns you not to write off Spurs against Ajax: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/01/tottenham-champions-league-ajax Jurgen Klopp needs a favour from his landlord: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/11704063/leicesters-brendan-rodgers-responds-to-jurgen-klopps-landlord-joke  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



Dorito Burrito: It’s still tight at the top, David De Gea’s woes continue and Brighton still aren’t safe
Apr 29 2019 48 mins  
We drag ourselves out of the sick bay despite our various ailments - stomach upsets, bronchitis, Townsenditis - to look over a fascinating weekend of football in which Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa took centre stage. What. A. Ruck. It’s exactly what we will not pretend we don’t want to see.  We also look at David De Gea and his latest inopportune out of body experience, imagine what a deadly combination Ashley Barnes and Jamie Vardy would have been at school and learn of Andre Santos’ new life as a restauranteur.  If that’s not enough there’s also an always-welcome update on the whereabouts of “emotional bloke” Kevin Keegan. Get involved.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***  Further reading: David De Gea has his manager’s backing: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/david-de-gea-mistake-watch-manchester-united-chelsea-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-video-a8890531.html The Guardian dare to peer into the mind of Marcelo Bielsa: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/apr/29/marcelo-bielsa-aston-villa-goal-leeds-proud Ken Early’s excellent piece on the intricacies of the modern Premier League: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/english-soccer/ken-early-football-s-new-age-neutralises-philosophies-of-the-past-1.3874358  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.















Flying meal deals: Champions League drama, Chelsea visit Anfield, and can Crystal Palace spoil Pep’s party?
Apr 11 2019 47 mins  
The weekend ahead sees many a potential thigh rubber, but is it Liverpool vs Chelsea? Burnley vs Cardiff? Sean Dyche vs Neil Warnock? It’ll probably be all of them.  As well as looking forward, we look back over recent Champions League ding dongs, including harking back to Liverpool and Chelsea’s drab beef of yesteryear, via yet more football food fights and a worrying spread of potential misinformation from a rogue Jim. A different Jim that is, not our resident one.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Jonathan Wilson on Pep Guardiola’s European over-thinking: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/apr/10/pep-guardiola-away-games-champions-league-manchester-city-tottenham-overthinking Maurizio Sarri on how Danny Drinkwater is such a good player he can’t play him: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/chelsea-danny-drinkwater-maurizio-sarri-manager-sarriball-style-drink-driving-a8864401.html Chris Wood with some mind games for Neil Warnock and Cardiff: https://www.burnleyexpress.net/sport/football/clarets/cardiff-clash-is-bigger-game-for-bluebirds-insists-burnley-striker-wood-1-9703685  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.









Sven in your ends: Ole gets the gig, Hudson-Odoi impresses and there’s a thigh rubber at Anfield
Mar 28 2019 47 mins  
Sven in your ends: Ole gets the gig, Hudson-Odoi impresses and there’s a thigh rubber at Anfield  The Premier League is back and so are we! Obviously. Nothing else on.  Much to look forward to as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first game as full time Man United boss, Liverpool welcome Spurs to Anfield, Neil Warnock and Maurizio Sarri clash on the Cardiff catwalk and Andros Townsend steps up the pursuit of his 5th Premier League goal of the season.  Elsewhere we discuss the well documented Demon of Stamford Bridge, Pantomime Dames and some exciting news about our upcoming live shows, that being that there are some! Head to www.ramblelive.com to buy tickets now! This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer is the boss! https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/mar/28/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-appointed-manchester-united-permanent-manager Louis Van Gaal on his time at Old Trafford, among other things: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47704834 Harry Kane’s NFL plan: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/26247752/harry-kane-wants-conquer-premier-league-nfl  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



Rice Rice Baby: England, Scotland and Wales look to the future, Northern Ireland have a mountain to climb
Mar 21 2019 47 mins  
International football is back! There could be very exciting times ahead for the home nations aside from poor Northern Ireland, who have a draw Michael O’Neill called “very cruel”. England have an exciting crop of players coming through, Scotland look as strong as they have in years and Wales could do well if Ryan Giggs has got time to be around and coach them.  Away from the international stage we have news of a Dickie Borthwick TV appearance, an email section with a jealousy-inspiring spend and the tantalising prospect of the first ever Order of the Ramble Empire… This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Declan Rice can bring something new to England: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/england-vs-czech-republic-declan-rice-squad-team-news-fixtures-euro-2020-epl-table-a8832666.html Matej Vydra has some thoughts on Harry Maguire: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12016/11671431/harry-maguire-is-englands-weak-link-says-matej-vydra Euro 2020 qualifiers ahoy: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/mar/21/euro-2020-qualifiers-and-international-football-10-things-to-look-out-for  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.




Notable libertines: Man United, Spurs do the job and the Premier League’s oddest derby looms
Mar 07 2019 47 mins  
The good times continue for Man United as they make history in Europe by enjoyably mugging off PSG while their largely injured squad watched on from the sidelines (and internet). And, as well as looking back, we look forward to their trip to the Emirates, Crystal Palace and Brighton locking beaks in what may now become known as The Delayed Derby, while Neil Warnock tries to get in Southampton heads. Off the pitch, Robert Snodgrass has a lot of explaining to do, we learn that as well as a David Beckham statue there’s a David Beckham temple, and Ramble Baker Steve Hobbs makes a welcome return, with news of an opportunity.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Crystal Palace and Brighton’s rivalry explained: https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2011/sep/27/brighton-crystal-palace-rivalry How the current rules on handball is applied: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47471380 Just some Man United legends having a nice time: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-man-utd-psg-vs-manchester-united-champions-league-sir-alex-ferguson-eric-a8811601.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






Dropped pies: Man City crush Newport County’s FA Cup dream, Wolves get what they need and Millwall march on
Feb 18 2019 49 mins  
Newport County, we will miss you. A heroic FA Cup effort against Man City at Rodney Parade ended as it was always going to, but what an effort! It was a cagey weekend in the cup but Millwall gave it the love it deserves, Swansea’s Dan James impressed with his superhuman pace and Ashley Cole returned with a bang (goal). Elsewhere Portsmouth embarrass themselves, we envision a Mike Dean testimonial and there’s a plea for information about a man who was once the future of law enforcement in Hartlepool.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Pep Guardiola was impressed with Rodney Parade: https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17440753.pep-guardiolas-praise-for-amazing-rodney-parade-home-crowd-after-fa-cup-clash-between-newport-county-afc-and-manchester-city/ Daniel Taylor on football’s nepotism issue: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/feb/17/everythings-a-little-too-cosy-in-footballs-game-of-family-fortunes Portsmouth. Oh, Portsmouth: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/league-one/11639244/southend-3-3-portsmouth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Delete your account: Man United lose in Europe, Spurs excite and the FA Cup returns
Feb 14 2019 41 mins  
A mixed week for English clubs in Europe so far as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s party suffers its first real setback, in fact the party too such a turn he chucked out Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba takes himself home. Spurs, on the other hand, are having such a lovely time that if they’re not careful they won’t get their deposit back before they move into the new place. Looking ahead to an FA Cup weekend we’re keeping an eye out for a cupset as Man City visit the mighty Newport County, and there’s the usual mixture of DNA tests, goal machine Shane Duffy and Luke’s live remixing.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Mario Balotelli enjoyed Man United’s Champions League defeat: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-utd-city-balotelli-psg-15822237 Newport County’s Michael Flynn thinks a win over Man City would be the biggest FA Cup upset ever: https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/17432261.michael-flynn-convinced-newport-county-can-beat-manchester-city/ How long can Spurs stay under the radar? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47234647  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sorryball: Man City gub Chelsea, Liverpool win in style, and Cardiff get a big three points
Feb 11 2019 56 mins  
Hello! We keep ourselves in the studio for close to an hour for the inquest into Chelsea’s awful performance against Man City, also taking the time to run the rule over Spurs’ sneaky title bid and Southampton’s “disaster”. There are also “words of a non-pacifist nature” in The Old Farm Derby, some speedy subs, unusual diets, and improvised jingles. And fans of Marcus' best mate will also be delighted to hear today's ep also features a guest appearance from Aggy Bagbonlahor. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: A tough weekend for Maurizio Sarri: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/10/maurizio-sarri-concern-chelsea-manchester-city-future Gini Wijnaldum doesn’t need sleep to play well: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/liverpool-title-race-bournemouth-result-goals-epl-table-fixtures-jurgen-klopp-a8772336.html Benjamin Mendy and his geography based larks: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/manchestercity/man-city-star-benjamin-mendy-laughs-off-reports-of-hong-kong-trip-with-instagram-post-a4061871.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The Cat Came Back: Sergio Aguero reigns supreme, Wolves impress again, and Michy Batshuayi returns
Feb 04 2019 49 mins  
A football packed show (obviously) as we look back at another difficult top six away trip for Arsenal, which Pep Guardiola decided was exactly the time to see which of his players can function out of position, a feline pitch invader causing everyone to make the same joke about Everton’s running, and Wes Craven’s Leeds indulging in that familiar Marcelo Bielsa wobble.  We also give you a peak behind the scenes, perhaps too far behind the scenes in the case of a certain fun fair related anecdote, learn that everyone has a price, and discover a convoluted name for a sausage.  Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Arsenal’s defence is still an issue: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-manchester-city-defence-unai-emery-koscielny-mustafi-guardiola-a8761766.html Sergio Aguero is quite good: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/0e5018a4-44ab-45b4-88d6-ad5903e9ff65 Everton have to ask themselves some questions: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/03/everton-marco-silva-players-consistent-premier-league  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.








Mous D: Carabao Cup action, a test for Man United and a big moment for Fulham
Jan 10 2019 47 mins  
Man City gubbing Burton Albion; respectful or not? We debate this hot topic because we’re not afraid of tackling the big issues. While we’re at it we give Mousa Dembele a speculative MOT and discuss another one of your frankly mad suggestions to change the FA Cup.  As well as this we worry about the atmosphere at Fulham fans’ relaxation days, reflect on the nature of Andy Carroll and rub our chins at the possible combination of Arsenal, Samir Nasri and The Narrative.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Man City, Burton Albion and the matter of respect: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/manchester-city-vs-burton-albion-result-9-0-score-goals-respect-double-standards-pep-guardiola-nigel-a8720331.html Paul Pogba’s victory lap continues: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-utd-solskjaer-pogba-news-15656561 Samir Nasri’s back in town: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11685/11602109/samir-nasri-made-few-friends-at-arsenal-but-can-help-west-ham  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






Trouser hook machines: Liverpool go clear, Man City show they’re human, Spurs march on
Dec 28 2018 46 mins  
We’re back, full of Christmas cheer, mountains of food and opinions on the lashings upon lashings of festive football that have happened since we last recorded a show.  Can Jurgen Klopp be measured enough to sustain a title challenge? Can Spurs keep up their form and push for the title? Does Pep Guardiola develop unsightly blemishes if Man City drop points? All this and more, inside! We also discuss The Legend of Eden Hazard, enjoy a festive game and receive some delightfully inebriated correspondence from you lot. Merry Christmas! This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Did Mo Sarah go down too easily? https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11592435/ref-watch-was-mohamed-salahs-liverpool-penalty-call-right Maurizio Sarri is as tired of the Eden Hazard saga as anyone: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/chelsea-eden-hazard-maurizio-sarri-transfer-news-preview-crystal-palace-fixtures-a8701971.html Pep Guardiola looks to change the dynamic at Man City: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/26/manchester-city-pep-guardiola-tottenham-liverpool-leicester  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



















Think of the shareholders: Wolves beat Chelsea, spoils are shared at Old Trafford and Southampton get their man
Dec 06 2018 46 mins  
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas after a dizzying round of midweek fixtures. We’re here to look at Wolves wobbling Chelsea’s wheels, Man United and Arsenal having a strange old contest of Who Can Score the Weirdest Goal and look ahead to Cardiff and Southampton scrapping for those delicious points.  We also discover the surprising depth of Pete’s affection for Man United’s fans and board, make some bold(ish) predictions about Andros Townsend’s season and hear about some wonderful science that we all definitely understand.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: More damning of Jose Mourinho’s Man United: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-united-vs-arsenal-jose-mourinho-malaise-premier-league-how-bad-facts-stats-a8669816.html Ralph Hasenhüttl is ready to start: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11700/11573153/ralph-hasenhuttl-rejects-jurgen-klopp-link-saying-he-wants-to-be-known-in-the-premier-league Maurizio Sarri is very publicly worried about his players: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/06/maurizio-sarri-chelsea-players-attitude-wolves-defeat  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.






Dayo: Scotland are promoted, Ireland need a new manager and the Premier League returns
Nov 22 2018 46 mins  
What a fun weekend of international football we’ve had, and what a fun weekend of Premier League football we’re about to have! We chat about Scotland’s promotion, Ireland’s bound-to-be-entertaining search for a new manager, the retirement of flag-punching legend Tim Cahill and Gianni Infantino’s novel approach to what should probably be private discussions. Back in domestic football we welcome Claudio Ranieri back to England, rub thighs in anticipation of Spurs vs Chelsea and rub chins ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth.  And if you’re worried that we missed it, we absolutely talk about Patrice Evra sucking a raw chicken.  This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Scotland the brave: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/20/scotland-israel-nationa-league-match-report As good as it gets for the UEFA Nations League? https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/uefa-nations-league-england-holland-germany-finals-how-does-it-work-a8643711.html Arsenal’s need for brighter starts: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11559666/arsenal-have-a-problem-with-slow-starts-under-unai-emery  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.



Camposflage: Rooney returns, Ranieri also returns, while Wales and Scotland step up
Nov 15 2018 46 mins  
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; Wayne Rooney’s international return! The Rooniverse has been a barren, empty place since the great man retired and finally Gareth Southgate is putting a stop to all this ‘looking forward’ nonsense by bringing it back to the good old days. Jesus.  As well as all that international relegation becomes a possibility for the first time, with Ireland and Northern Ireland looking to avoid it, Wales find a player down the back of the sofa (in Belgium) and we have some gossip about Pete and a very special lady. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: [email protected] ***Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** Further reading: Callum Wilson is ready to take his chance https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/14/callum-wilson-england-wembley-dream-looks Wales’ new boy James Lawrence isn’t bothered about the Premier League: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12018/11553773/wales-new-boy-james-lawrence-unfamiliar-with-premier-league The USA copy Southgate’s model https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/england-vs-usa-friendly-international-football-wembley-gareth-southgate-wayne-rooney-a8633516.html Claudio Ranieri is still a lovely man https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46215037  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.