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An Irish website hosting diverse, award-winning original football writing since 2009.

Episodes

  • Ep 20: Dutch dilemma  Spains adopted voice of an era

    Ep 20: Dutch dilemma & Spain's adopted voice of an era

    29/04/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    With football grinding to a halt, the news turns to if, when and how leagues will reconvene their 2019/20 seasons - or just do what the Eredivisie did and simply pull the plug on their season, with the title still up for grabs. Michael Bell of Football-Oranje.com joins the podcast to talk about the fallout from that, and why ADO Den Haag are delighted to see the back of Alan Pardew (26:00) We're then joined by Robbie Dunne to tell us about the legendary voice of Spanish football Michael Robinson, who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer. The former Ireland and Liverpool player went on to be Spain's forefront voice of football and was loved country-wide, leaving behind a major foot print on the country (41:00)

  • Ep 19: Stephen Kennys time to shine

    Ep 19: Stephen Kenny's time to shine

    08/04/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    So the Succession Plan is complete, prematurely with the cancellation of Euro 2020 and Mick McCarthy's good intentions of leading Ireland into an international campaign, Stephen Kenny will take the reigns earlier than anticipated and when we embark on a corona-free world will aim to take Ireland and his Kids to the Euros in 2021 and beyond. To discuss all the ramification and fallout from the decision by the FAI, Kevin and Phil are joined by Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns) and Kevin Higgins (@KennysKids) - and cover all the bases, including Mick's legacy, Kenny's new backroom staff, the future of Robbie Keane, who of the current squad still has a part to play and a thorough deep dive into some of the new names we might be hearing more of when Kenny eventually takes the reigns.

  • Ep 18: Ireland update with Kennys Kids

    Ep 18: Ireland update with Kenny's Kids

    29/01/2020 Duration: 54min

    We're joined by Kevin Higgins of @KennysKids, the social media resource provide invaluable updates and information on the range of Irish players in action across the world. We chat about Troy Parrott's future at Spurs, Callum Robinson's move back to the Championship, Conor Ronan's transfer to Blackpool, as well as the likes of Jason Knight, Jason Molumby and a whole host of others who'll be knocking on Kenny's door when he takes the reigns of the Irish national team(33:00 mins) Elsewhere, we discuss Jurgen Klopp's decision to abandon Liverpool's FA Cup replay with Shrewbury, take a look at Aston Villa's heroics with a beaming Cian and Phil provides an All Island League update, where progress is slowly being made towards a cross-border league.

  • Ep 17: Arsenal, Arteta  Ljungberg with Art de Roché

    Ep 17: Arsenal, Arteta & Ljungberg with Art de Roché

    17/12/2019 Duration: 45min

    On this week's show the lads are joined by Art de Roché (@ArtdeRoche) of Football.London to chat about Arsenal and their season so far, and why Mikel Arteta is likely to become the new manager there after Unai Emery's departure, and Freddie Ljungberg's failure to steady the ship. In part one, the lads chat about Liverpool and their impressive form in the midst of rotation ahead of their World Club Cup jaunt in Qatar. Is it really their year?! And we discuss Manchester City and the future of Pep Guardiola and if Kevin de Bruyne is papering over the cracks there as they chase the tails of Liverpool. We also discuss Duncan Ferguson's odd mismanagement of Moise Kean.

  • Ep 16: Merseyside Derby with Neil Jones

    Ep 16: Merseyside Derby with Neil Jones

    03/12/2019 Duration: 50min

    This week we preview the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton with Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal. The neighbouring clubs couldn't be further apart in terms of form this season, with Liverpool leading the league and Everton dwelling around the relegation zone. We cover Liverpool's busy Christmas period, the loss of Fabinho, Seamus Coleman's future and why we all want him to win, the possibility of David Moyes returning to Goodison Park, Liverpool's January transfer business and why despite each club's form, the Derby is bound to be close. (29:30) Before all that, the lads chat about Leicester and wonder if they're genuine title contenders, the future at Arsenal and if Freddie Ljunberg can suit up in a full time manager's role, and Cian explains why Eddie Howe shouldn't be in mentioned for a big job just yet.

  • Ep 15: Ireland 1-1 Denmark Roundtable

    Ep 15: Ireland 1-1 Denmark Roundtable

    19/11/2019 Duration: 54min

    The lads are joined by Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns) of Pundit Arena to unpack everything after an encouraging but ultimately disappointing night at the Aviva Stadium with Ireland's 1-1 draw against the Danes leaving them in a play-off situation next March. There's loads of topics covered, including the impact of Matt Doherty and his partnership with Alan Browne, Jeff Hendrick's off-colour night in the #10 role and who could take up the position going forward - Jack Byrne?! We glow over the immense David McGoldrick, discuss Glenn Whelan's unfair criticism, chat about some of the U21s who could make an immediate impact, and why Aaron Connolly is the real bright spark in Ireland's future.

  • Ep 14: The rise of Kosovo football

    Ep 14: The rise of Kosovo football

    12/11/2019 Duration: 01h02min

    After 41:00, the lads chat to the BBC's Patrick Jennings (@pr_jennings) about the rise of Kosovo's national football team. Having played their first official competitive game as recently as 2016, they're on the brink of Euro 2020 qualification with games coming up this week against Czech Republic and England. We talk about their status as a UEFA nation, the big name Kosovan descendants who could've switched allegiance, their position for the future amongst the ultra competitive Balkan countries, and why a result against England wouldn't be that much of a surprise. Elsewhere, the lads recap the massive game between Manchester City and Liverpool at the weekend, Gini Wijnaldum's big game balls, Pep Guardiola's lack of faith in his squad and baffling team selections, and arise Sir Jordan Henderson, the great peacemaker.

  • Ep 13: Bayern back to the drawing board

    Ep 13: Bayern back to the drawing board

    05/11/2019 Duration: 59min

    German football journalist Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) joins the show from Signal Iduna Park to discuss Bayern Munich and Nico Kovac's decision to part ways after just over a year in charge. We discuss the potential replacements, why Jose Mourinho might go to Dortmund rather than Bayern, Julian Nagelsmann's rapid rise and success with RB Leipzig, and preview this weekend's massive match between Bayern and Dortmund (38mins). In part one, the lads chat about Liverpool's comeback win over Aston Villa, the Villa stars ripe for plucking, Liverpool's Lallana #6 experiment, more VAR fun and games, and round-up the FAI Cup Final and the Alan Mannus non-story.

  • Ep 12: FAI Cup Final preview with Gavin McLaughlin

    Ep 12: FAI Cup Final preview with Gavin McLaughlin

    30/10/2019 Duration: 53min

    We chat to Gavin McLaughlin (@DundalkSport) about Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers ahead of their mammoth FAI Cup Final on Sunday afternoon at the Aviva - including how Dundalk have transitioned to Vinny Perth after Stephen Kenny left and if Irish football NEEDS Rovers to win this. Also, Gavin talks a little bit about the mooted All-Island League and whether it will be good for Irish football on both sides of the border. Before all that, the lads chat about Leicester's stunning 9-0 win over Southamption and if they're indeed the real deal, Granit Xhaka and Arsenal fans, Spurs' strange set-up against Liverpool, and if Pep Lijnders is the smiley successor to Jurgen Klopp.

  • Ep 11: Lallana rescues Liverpool, Classic Football Shirts visit Dublin

    Ep 11: Lallana rescues Liverpool, Classic Football Shirts visit Dublin

    20/10/2019 Duration: 52min

    On this week's show, the lads chat to Gary Bierton from the brilliant retro jersey warehouse Classic Football Shirts about their evolution from spare room business to the one stop shop home for retro and nostalgic football shirts, ahead of their visit to Dublin from the 5th to the 10th of November. Before all that, the lads unpack the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Liverpool which didn't go to the gameplan many had expected, in the midst of some VAR controversy and a hugely improved performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

  • Ep 10: The Ireland debrief after Georgia  Switzerland

    Ep 10: The Ireland debrief after Georgia & Switzerland

    16/10/2019 Duration: 53min

    The lads chat about the latest week of Ireland disappointment, underachievement and utter misery after the 0-0 draw against Georgia and the 2-nil defeat to Switzerland, which leaves Ireland needing a win against Denmark to ensure qualification to Eur 2022, and avoiding a very difficult Nations League play-off round. On the agenda is the 3-5-2 experiment failure, the situation with James McClean and his below par performances, Seamus Coleman and if he could be reaching a crossroads in his Irish career, the sudden yearning for Stephen Kenny and a note of gratitude to Derrick Williams.

  • Ep 9: Fan-led football journalism with Dan Bardell

    Ep 9: Fan-led football journalism with Dan Bardell

    01/10/2019 Duration: 01h06min

    We've got Dan Bardell (@danbardell) of the Villa View on this week to talk about the rise of fan-led football content and journalism, and it's place in the industry alongside traditional football reporting. (35:00 mins) Elsewhere, Kevin and Cian chat about Man Utd and Arsenal's averageness, Newcastle's misfortunes under Steve Bruce, why Brendan Rodgers isn't appreciated despite taking a good club to new heights, and discuss the latest Irish squad which has been struck with some major absentees ahead of the games against Georgia and Switzerland.

  • Ep 8: Whats going on at Manchester Utd?

    Ep 8: What's going on at Manchester Utd?

    24/09/2019 Duration: 01h16min

    On this week's podcast, Kevin is joined by Enda Higgins (@endahiggins88) and Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) for a complete look at Manchester United - including Tuesday's earnings call where Ed Woodward announced record revenues, their insistence to proceed with a Director of Football, the problems with the squad in light of the loss to West Ham and recent spate of injuries, the transfer agenda and some of the changes Solskjaer can look to try and turn things around. (29:00 mins) Before that, the lads chat about Liverpool's 2-1 win over Chelsea and the Blues' free shot under Lampard, and whether Manchester City's thumping over Watford is a sign of things to come.

  • Ep 7: Champions League special with Sam Tighe

    Ep 7: Champions League special with Sam Tighe

    18/09/2019 Duration: 52min

    We have a Champions League special this week with Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) to talk about all the contenders in this year's contenders, including why Liverpool look strongly replaced to go all the way again, Manchester City's defensive woes, if Barcelona can turn around their recent away misfortune, the best of the rest and some of the dark horses and exciting young talent on show, including Ansu Fati and Joao Felix. (20:00 mins) Before all that, Kevin, Cian and Phil talk about Liverpool's defeat in Napoli and if Frank Lampard was right to keep trust in his kids in their European Cup opener.

  • Ep 6: Gambling in football with Aaron Rogan

    Ep 6: Gambling in football with Aaron Rogan

    11/09/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    On this week's show we speak to the Business Post's Aaron Rogan (@AarRogan) on the match fixing allegations currently facing Limerick FC, as well as wider issues with gambling in sport, including the vice grip it has from a sponsorship and advertising perspective as well as the cultural and societal issues that this has manifested, with addiction on the rise in Ireland, and look at the personal and corporate responsibility of gambling. (From 32:00 mins) Before all that, the lads wax lyrical on the Ireland U-21 side and pluck some positivity from the senior team's results, and look to see who could possibly give Mick McCarthy a headscratcher going into the next round of competitive games.

  • Ep 5: Ireland chat with Ronan Murphy

    Ep 5: Ireland chat with Ronan Murphy

    02/09/2019 Duration: 56min

    It's the first international break of the season and to preview Ireland's next batch of games we speak to Goal.com's Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) about Ireland's current squad, the absence of Shane Long and the possibility of Matt Doherty eventually replacing Seamus Coleman. Looking further long term, we discuss the fresh faces that are beginning to emerge at Premier League clubs in the underage ranks, which may signal an exciting new dawn for Irish football. Also, Ronan explains the latest situation with Bayern Munich's soon-to-be-Irish youngster Ryan Johansson. Before all that, Kevin and Cian discuss Sadio Mane and Mo Salah's lover's tiff, Graeme Souness' uncalled for comments about Moise Kean, and the utterly baffling decision that denied Aston Villa a point at Crystal Palace.

  • Ep 4: Bringing Bury FC back from the brink

    Ep 4: Bringing Bury FC back from the brink

    26/08/2019 Duration: 55min

    In this week's show we speak to Bury FC fan Jamie Hoyle (@jtahoyle) about the club's fascinating recent history, which culminated in it being hours from liquidation this past weekend. We speak about the club's recent financial troubles and the ownership merry-go-round which led to it being bought from a pound, and how they still earned promotion last season despite lack of payment and financial issues. Jamie tells about Bury's impact on his family and the community around it, and why relegation doesn't matter once there's a football club there to support. Elsewhere, Kevin, Cian and Phil talk about Liverpool's emphatic win over Arsenal and the defensive frailties that continue to hurt the Gunners, Newcastle's shock win over Spurs and why Christian Eriksen simply must start, and we touch on James Maddison's reported flirting with Ireland, and why others - and not he - could make the switch in the coming years.

  • Ep 3: La Liga rundown with Robbie Dunne

    Ep 3: La Liga rundown with Robbie Dunne

    20/08/2019 Duration: 59min

    With the La Liga kicking off this past weekend, there was plenty to talk about with AS's Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) after a busy summer for Real Madrid and Barcelona, as Gareth Bale stays and Philippe Coutinho leaves, all the while Atletico Madrid could steal the show with new boy Joao Felix. On the Premier League front, Kevin, Cian and Phil get into some more VAR chat after Manchester City's match winning goal against Spurs was chalked off at the weekend, talk about Manchester United and their odd penalty procedure but improving performances, and take a look at the wealth of Irish talent doing the business at Sheffield United.

  • Ep 2: Why is Raheem Sterlings armpit offside?

    Ep 2: Why is Raheem Sterling's armpit offside?

    13/08/2019 Duration: 01h40s

    VAR is here to control every aspect of our lives. Kevin, Cian and Phil chat about the impact VAR will have on the game and the kinks they still have to work out. We chat Liverpool and Norwich, and why we learnt more about the Canaries. We admire the new lean machine Harry Kane and drool over Christian Eriksen, and explain why their 3-1 win over Aston Villa flattered them. In part two we're joined by the Racing Post's Andy Synnott (@andy_syn_8_) to talk about all things Chelsea in the new Frank Lampard era, including the transfer ban, Jose Mourinho's beady eye from the studio, the youthful impact and if Tammy Abraham can score their goals.

  • Ep 1: Not another new podcast!

    Ep 1: Not another new podcast!

    06/08/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    Kevin, Cian and Phil are back for the 2019/20 season to bring you more football fire in three very distinct Irish accents. In the first podcast under the new 'Three At The Back' name, the lads preview the upcoming Premier League season, including all of the major transfer activity (or lack thereof) across the top six and beyond.

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