Happy Easter! With only a few games remaining and 'squeaky bum time' fast approaching, the boys abandon the studio and instead take a trip to The Valley for the crucial Championship relegation six pointer between Charlton Athletic and Barnsley.

 

Mark, DC and Jim (plus new addition Joe Amphlett) catch up with Charlton fans outside the ground, plus get the verdict on Jose Riga's impact so far from Valley DJ Paul Glover and Peter Finch, match commentator for CAFC Player. We also discuss Roland Duchatelet's takeover of the Addicks and the club's prospects if they are relegated.

 

The boys also speak to Barnsley fans outside the ground, as the Tykes look to extend their eight year run in the second tier. Danny Wilson's side start the game five points off safety and rock bottom of the division. We get the assessment on his return and preview a must win match with Matthew Murray, sports reporter for the Barnsley Chronicle.

 

We also bring you our unique commentary on the game as it unfolds, plus catch up with Barnsley fan Andy Osborne for a LIVE version of My Club.

 

There's all that, plus our weekend review recorded in the Bartrams Bar at the Valley. We reflect on the superb FA Cup semi final performances by Wigan and Sheffield United at Wembley, congratulate Kenny Jackett and Wolves on a fabulous promotion from League One, plus discuss the sackings of Ronnie Moore and Port Vale defender Daniel Jones.

 

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Direct download: Episode_125_-_Live_From_The_Valley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46 PM

Congratulations Leicester City! Nigel Pearson's side are finally back in the promised land of the Premier League, following a ten year absence. The Foxes have sealed promotion with six games to spare, which shows the sheer extent of their dominance in the Championship this season.

 

Joining Mark and our very own Jim Knight to discuss the story of an unforgettable year is Jason Bourne, sports journalist, presenter and commentator at BBC Radio Leicester. Jason helps us assess the squad and manager who have put Leicester back on the map, plus preview their return to top flight football in next season's Barclays Premier League.

 

Meanwhile, another club on an incredible unbeaten run and dreaming of promotion are Rotherham United. The Millers, promoted last season from League Two, are just six points behind second placed Brentford with six games to go in League One. Already confirmed of a play-off spot, can they go on to achieve a second successive automatic promotion? Plus, what has been the secret behind another incredible season at the New York Stadium? We find out by speaking to Jonathan Buchan, who's a freelance sports broadcaster who covers Rotherham for BBC Radio Sheffield.

 

Elsewhere, we look at Bournemouth's late surge towards the Championship play-offs, the appointment of Stuart Pearce as the new Nottingham Forest manager and Massimo Cellino winning his appeal against the Football League's decision to block his takeover of Leeds United. There's also Wolves seven points away from promotion in League One, a preview of the weekend's FA Cup semi finals and we reflect on DC's appearance in a charity match last Thursday at Millwall, all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. All that plus Chris Quinn tells us more about his club Birmingham City...

 

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Direct download: Episode_124_-_Fantastic_Foxes_Get_Promoted.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53 AM

Following yet another tumultuous season in the life of Portsmouth Football Club, Saturday March 29th 2014 could prove to be a turning point. After sacking their manager Richie Barker during the week, Pompey registered a 2-1 victory against Newport County at Rodney Parade, their first win in seven games, which lifted them five points clear of the League Two relegation zone.

 

It was a first win this time around for new caretaker (and Portsmouth academy) boss Andy Awford, but the club are by no means safe yet - especially with relegation rivals Northampton to play in a few weeks time. We get the verdict on Saturday's performance and Barker's departure from Steve Wilson, sports journalist at the Portsmouth News.

 

Meanwhile, Tranmere drew 0-0 with Carlisle at Prenton Park in League One on Saturday, a result that leaves Rovers deep in relegation trouble, with eight teams currently separated by just six points in the fight to avoid the drop. Tranmere have won just four out of their last seventeen games too, plus their manager Ronnie Moore is currently suspended - and their chairman Peter Johnson confirmed on Saturday that a proposed takeover of the club has fallen through. Plenty to discuss then with Paul Harper, sportswriter and co-host of the 'Totally Tranmere' Podcast, plus a presenter on Rover Radio, a fan run Tranmere Rovers radio station.

 

Elsewhere, we look back on glory for Peterborough in the JPT Final at Wembley, talk John Ward stepping aside for Darrell Clarke at Bristol Rovers, plus pay tribute to Russ Wilcox and Scunthorpe United as they break a 125 year old Football League record. There's also Leicester and Wolves on the brink of promotion, plus a central defensive partnership of DC and Ground Force's Tommy Walsh to discuss. All that plus Tom Byfield tells us more about his club Bristol Rovers...

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47 AM

It's never dull at Nottingham Forest. Following a season full of political manoeuvring, touchline bans, arguments with photographers and media blackouts, the Reds have finally pulled the plug and sacked their controversial manager Billy Davies. It came following a run of seven games without a win, a sequence which culminated in Saturday's humiliating 5-0 defeat at Derby, their worst defeat to the Rams in 116 years.

 

With Forest now struggling outside the play-off places, who will chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi turn to next? Plus, what does this mean for Davies' future as a manager in England? We assess the decision with Steve Wright, from the 'Mist Rolling In' Forest blog (he's also written for Seat Pitch and The Two Unfortunates), plus Daniel Storey - a freelance football writer based in Nottingham, who's written for Football365 and many others.

 

Meanwhile, in League Two, almost half the division are still scrapping for survival as the season enters its final stretch. Exeter City hadn't won in front of their own fans at St James's Park in over five months, before finally beating promotion chasing Fleetwood 3-0 on Saturday. The boys find out more about a difficult season for Paul Tisdale and his players from Simon Larkins, sports reporter for the Exeter Express and Echo, plus a regular on the ECFC Talk Podcast.

 

Elsewhere, there's our reaction to Massimo Cellino failing the Football League's Fit and Proper Person Test, plus the appointment of Gary Waddock at Oxford. There's also a preview of a potential Championship title decider on Saturday between Burnley and Leicester, as well as this weekend's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final between Chesterfield and Peterborough at Wembley. All that plus Stephen Rathod tells us more about his club Huddersfield Town...

 

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Direct download: 122_Episode_122_-_Billy_Davies_Binned.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44 PM

Farewell Chris Powell. Charlton Athletic's new owner Roland Duchatelet made the controversial decision this week to part company with the club's much loved manager - but has he put their Championship status at risk by doing so?

 

New manager Jose Riga, formerly in charge at Standard Liege in Belgium, has picked up two goalless draws in his first two games in charge, lifting the Addicks off the bottom of the table. We get the inside story on his appointment, Powell's departure and what Duchatelet's takeover means for the club, courtesy of Richard Cawley, deputy sports editor of the South London Press.

 

Meanwhile at Bootham Crescent, York City are riding the crest of a wave. The Minstermen have picked up nine wins and three draws from fourteen games in 2014, with six clean sheets in their last seven and only seven goals conceded this calendar year. We talk to Dave Flett, author of 'York City Fighting Back' and York City writer for the York Press. He explains how Nigel Worthington has turned his side from relegation strugglers to League Two play-off contenders in the space of three months.

 

Elsewhere, Leicester's relentless run threatens to break records, plus we talk Sean Dyche on the phone and Brentford's big win at Brisbane Road. There's also Oxford crumbling, strange goalkeeping substitutions and DC's trip to the Football League Awards to discuss. All that plus Craig Morley tells us more about his club Bury...

 

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Direct download: Episode_121_-_Charlton_Sack_Chris_Powell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:37 PM

Wigan Athletic are at it again. The FA Cup holders are going back to Wembley for the fourth time in a year, following a stunning 2-1 quarter final win at Manchester City. The Latics are only the fourth away side to win at the Etihad Stadium this season... after Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea. Incredible.

 

We discuss another magic Cup performance with Paul Kendrick, football correspondent for the Wigan Evening Post and Observer - plus ask, can they actually retain the thing? We also assess the job Uwe Rosler has done since taking over from Owen Coyle and analyse their promotion prospects in the Championship.

 

It's a different story elsewhere in the North West, as beleaguered Blackpool's torrid run continues. Following a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, Barry Ferguson's side are now eighteen games, three months and one hundred days without a victory. We speak to Chris Walker from Blackpool blog 'Measured Progress', about the growing discontent amongst Tangerines fans and the club's alarming drop towards relegation.

 

Elsewhere, there's Sheffield United's amazing run to Wembley to discuss, plus huge wins for Burnley and Wolves. There's also Billy Davies making yet more friends, an upset at Accy and chickens on the pitch at Ewood. All that plus Sam Pocock tells us more about his club Carlisle United...

 

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Direct download: Episode_120_-_The_Rosler_Revolution.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09 PM

Plymouth Argyle's 5-0 win against Morecambe on Saturday has lifted the Pilgrims to within two points of the League Two play-off spots. Just three years after the club nearly went out of business entirely, are John Sheridan's team back on the road to recovery? We speak to Chris Errington, chief football writer for the Plymouth Herald, about the situation on and off the field at Home Park.

 

With the FA Cup quarter finals taking place this weekend, the boys also interview a man who has already attended thirteen FA Cup ties this season, as part of a quest to follow the winner from each round to the next all the way to Wembley.

 

Coventry fan Mark Lloyd is a member of 'Three Guys, One Cup - an epic FA Cup quest', which began back in August with Quorn vs Holbrook Sports and will finish with the final in May. He is definitely on the road to Wembley - but which Football League side will be joining him? We talk about his journey so far and this Sunday's clash between Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane.

 

Elsewhere, there's THAT Chris Martin 'dive' to discuss, Wigan on the charge and Blackpool nosediving towards the drop. There's also Danny Batth, Luke Freeman and Scott Hogan catching the eye, plus Flitcroft vs Hill to come on Friday night. All that plus Peter Briers tells us more about his club Yeovil….

 

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Direct download: Episode_119_-_Plymouth_s_Play-Off_Push.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26 PM

The shortest month of the year must seem like the longest for Harry Redknapp. With no wins in February and just ten weeks of the season to go, QPR are faltering… badly. The R's lost 1-0 at Charlton on Saturday to slip down to fourth in the Championship, their lowest position this season. They are now seven points off second spot, effectively playing catch up to both Burnley and Derby in the race for automatic promotion.

 

Following three straight defeats, can they put it right quickly? Plus does Redknapp still have the backing of the fans? We ask sports writer Sean Gallagher, who covers the club for both West London Sport and The Kilburn Times.

 

Elsewhere, Wycombe Wanderers picked up only their second win in nineteen games when they beat League Two leaders Chesterfield 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday. Their first home victory since October last year gives Gareth Ainsworth's side a five point cushion above the relegation zone. The club's prospective new owners will also be revealed at their AGM on Wednesday this week. To fill us in on all of that, we speak to Joe Shennan, match commentator for Wycombe's 'Chairboys Player' and reporter for BBC Three Counties Radio

 

There's also wins for the Championship bottom three to discuss, Wolves on a roll, a selfie at Scunthorpe, Jim in Berlin, Mark at Kingsmeadow, and we ask – why are Leeds ALWAYS on Sky? All that plus Michael Dunne tells us more about his club Bournemouth… 

 

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Direct download: Episode_118_-_Redknapp_Needs_Results.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36 PM

RIP The Preston Plumber. This week the boys pay tribute to Sir Tom Finney, following his sad death at the age of 91. Finney was widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the Football League, where he spent his entire career, playing for just one club - his beloved Preston North End. 

 

Finney also played 76 times for England, scoring 30 goals, featuring at the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cups. Ian Rigby, Preston's club historian, joins us to reflect on Sir Tom's incredible life and career - plus explain a bit more about what made him so deeply loved by football fans around the world. Ian is also the chairman of the Preston North End Former Players Association.

 

Elsewhere, we look back on a busy few days of FA Cup and Football League action. Sheffield United have made it through to the last eight of the Cup after seeing off Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane. Blades blogger Ian Parkes (from wearegoingup.co.uk and TEAMtalk's Fanzone) tells us all about the prospect of a Steel City derby in the quarter final, plus whether or not Nigel Clough can help the side survive relegation to the fourth tier.

 

There's also QPR's recent wobble to discuss, away kits, Flappy Bird celebrations, dogs on the pitch, Alan Judge, more postponements and voicemails from Sven Goran Eriksson. All that plus Mike Delap tells us more about his club Blackburn Rovers…

 

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Direct download: Episode_117_-_Sir_Tom_Finney_Tribute.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50 PM

Made in Birmingham, Destroyed in Hong Kong. That's the message from Birmingham City fans about the state of their football club, but is there finally some light at the end of the tunnel?

 

More than two years after his arrest in the Far East following money-laundering allegations, Blues owner Carson Yeung has finally resigned from the board at St Andrew's. Despite the fact he still remains as majority shareholder, acting chairman Peter Pannu has now claimed that the club faces a 'bright' future.

 

We speak to a man who disagrees - talkSPORT Presenter and Commentator Ian Danter, a huge Birmingham fan who has covered the club for years on both local and national radio. He also tells us about the continued difficulties faced by manager Lee Clark, who saw his side win 2-0 away at Charlton on Saturday.

 

Elsewhere, Burton Albion's 1-0 victory at Morecambe in League Two has further tightened the race for promotion to the third tier. The Brewers now sit just a point behind the top three with sixteen games to play. We discuss their prospects of a historic promotion with David Broome, sports reporter at the Burton Mail.

 

The boys also touch on Sheffield United's FA Cup exploits, Wycombe's never ending barren spell in front of goal, Russ Wilcox's X Factor audition… and we ask, what exactly will replace the postage stamp? There's all that plus Harry Davis with more on his club Portsmouth…

 

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Direct download: Episode_116_-_Too_Much_Too_Yeung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57 PM



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