29 October 2014

TFT EP 010: Premier League's global expansion and football on the silver screen

In the latest TFT Podcast we're getting exotic before heading for a night at the movies.

With Chris and Ryan MIA it's left to Gary and The Sound of Football's Graham Sibley to discuss the Premier League's plan for global expansion, while British Film Institute columnist Chris Fennell takes us on a whistlestop tour of football on the big screen.

Like Escape to Victory? This may not be the podcast for you.

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18 September 2014

TFT EP 009: why foreign players aren't damaging the England team

Back once again with the ill behaviour, the TFT Podcast is here. In this episode, Gary and Chris are joined by a frequent guest from the old times, journalist Christopher White, who recently summarised a report from the Adam Smith Institute for When Saturday Comes. The amount of minutes played by English players in the Premier League, says the research, does not impact the fortunes of the national team.

Of course, nobody on the FA Commission bothered with such trifling concepts as scientifically researched evidence, choosing to act this week to limit the opportunities for mediocre foreign players. Oh, and they snuck in a couple of sweeteners for the big clubs as well.

For interested listeners, Chris Nee has also had his say in writing.

In this episode we discuss all that, along with football copyright matters with Daniel Geey, and offer an introduction to Polish football courtesy of EKSTRAKLASAreview man Ryan Hubbard.

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15 August 2014

TFT EP 008: Scottish football and supporter ownership

The new season is underway in some parts, and it brings with it - remarkably - a new TFT Podcast! Ryan's out of action for this episode so Chris and Gary drafted in Mark Penman to replace him, and, with an Aberdeen supporter on the show, what better way to welcome in the new campaign than to talk about the short- and long-term prospects for the Scottish game.

In Scotland and elsewhere, supporter ownership is a growing and developing issue. Jim Keoghan, the author of Punk Football: the rise of fan ownership in English football, met up with Gary to discuss the state of play and what the future holds for supporter ownership and representation in the modern game.

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12 June 2014

TFT EP 007: World Cup 2014 preview

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, due to technical problems and some sudden (but good) news for one of the team, our bumper World Cup preview is lost to the ages. No matter, though, because the real quality of the show was in our array of guests and we kept all of their excellent contributions thrice-saved. Hurrah!

So, here is our World Cup preview. Gary comperes as a string of experts give us their takes on the World Cup. And it starts today!

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8 May 2014

TFT EP 006: B-teams, Premier League 2014/15 and Our Game

Two weeks on from our last outing - shut up - we're back to mull over the big issues of the day. With Ryan unavailable due to being an international quality sportsman, Gary and Chris retain control and head, predictably, into non-league.

A few years ago the previous incarnation of the show welcomed legendary London non-league players Francis Duku and Joe Vines, who told us all about Our Game, a support network and suite of beneficial products for semi-professional and amateur players. In this week's show, Francis reconvenes with Gary to tell us about his progress.

Gary's also been chatting with Graham Sibley and Terry Duffelen from The Sound of Football, who welcome the end of the current Premier League system by looking ahead to the next.

But before all that, we talk B-teams. Greg Dyke and his FA Commission - fanless, mind you - want to play into the hands of the big clubs under the guise of national team improvement. Now, where have we heard that before?

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