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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4 April 2014

TFT EP 005: defibrillators, beer and football nostalgia

The latest episode of our occasional foray into the world of football podcasting brings Gary and Chris together with Terry Duffelen from The Sound of Football to discuss matters many and varied.

Heading up the agenda of this show is football's approach to cardiac problems and on-pitch emergencies involving players. Fabrice Muamba recently said English football could do more, and we examine whether he's right.

There's also a chat about beer at football, from the very top of the game to the bowels of non-league, and The Football Attic's Chris Oakley checks in to talk football nostalgia.

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24 February 2014

TFT EP 004: Major League Soccer preview and Alexi Lalas on David Beckham's MLS Miami

We're down a man again, and this time it's Ryan. So, in his absence, Gary and Chris focus on the looming 2014 season in Major League Soccer. See, we told you it'd be just like the old days. The main event is an interview with former United States international Alexi Lalas about the recent announcement that David Beckham has exercised his option to secure a team on the cheap, and has chosen to do so in a market that's already been tried out in MLS: Miami, Florida.

We also discuss the pros and cons of Toronto FC's expensive shot at glory, which includes the signings of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley as well as a loan deal for goalkeeper Julio Cesar. There are a couple of other topics covered too, not least a rushed DC United assessment agains the will of the show's host. Chris 1, Gary 0.

Finally, we briefly pay tribute to the late Tom Finney; some people are worth mentioning regardless of the show's main topic.

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