Football Ramble

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, joined by Jules Breach, Kate Mason, Andy Brassell and Vithushan Ehantharajah, the Football Ramble brings you daily episodes of equal parts insight and hilarity. All this and more, ...more


  • The ESL battle is won, but the war for football is not over

    Apr 21 2021

    What were we all worried about?! The European Super League is written off just 48 hours after it began, with the English clubs offering all the remorse of a captured Bond villain. Daft little tournament, silly owners, etc… Marcus, Vish and Pete are here to celebrate the fans’ victory, but stress the need for further action in a bid to improve football for everyone – not just the elite. We also bid farewell to Ed Woodward, praise the actions of Jordan Henderson and Pep Guardiola and try to w...more

  • James Milner preaches the truth, exit José Mourinho, and Fizzer gets off to a flyer

    Apr 20 2021

    Take the positives, at least the fans of the future will enjoy watching a 60 second shootout in the European Super Duper Bigwigs League. Marcus, Pete and Andy reflect on the whole maelstrom and bring you up to speed with the latest toppings on this colossal turd cake.Meanwhile, José Mourinho asks to be left alone, a game of football was played, and Fizzer is undone by a former Man United star in Miami.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballrambl...more

  • The Football Shamble

    Apr 19 2021

    Kate, Jim and Vish are here, weary-eyed and wounded, to pick through the smouldering wreckage left by the announcement of the European Super League. Twelve clubs, six English sides, four billion dollars and not a single fan consulted.We then catch the crest of the next breaking news wave, as José Mourinho gets sacked by Tottenham a week before their inevitable Carabao Cup triumph. We also catch up on some actual football from the weekend, as the FA Cup finalists were decided and Sheffield United...more

  • The Preview Show: The Gunners respect the cannon, some bizarre Man United camouflage, and the FA Cup semi-finals

    Apr 16 2021

    Arsenal rolled out the cannons for another Europa League turkey shoot last night, with four karmic crackers sinking Slavia Prague. Marcus, Jim and Luke celebrate Arsenal and Man United's continental crusades on today's episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!The FA Cup returns this weekend, with Brother Brendy taking time away from the monastery to plot another Southampton spanking and Thomas Tuchel locking nerdy horns with Pep Guardiola. We also bring updates on the futures of Jesse Li...more

  • Man City break the curse, Liverpool bow out, and Dulux digs

    Apr 15 2021

    Marcus, Pete and Vish react to another dramatic night in the Champions League – and a dramatic morning for Spurs’ social media team.We just about convince Pete to talk about the Champions League, as Pep Guardiola breaks his Man City duck and gives Phil Foden a snog. We also try to make sense of the latest developments on that Newcastle take over (not the Michael Chopra one, shame) and today’s deviant quizmaster brings the most challenging Play Your Pards Right yet.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on soc...more

  • PSG get their revenge, Chelsea set their sights on the trophy, and chess moves in the Mike Ashley empire

    Apr 14 2021

    PSG will rate their Champions League chances after Bayern only managed a solitary goal last night. Marcus, Jim and Pete are here to remind you that goalscorer Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting once played for Stoke - join us!Elsewhere, Porto’s muggy little bicycle kick ended up being the only fly in Edouard Mendy’s ointment and Mesut Özil has resorted to buying his own club so he can then play himself. We also celebrate a momentous anniversary for Newcastle United and Emmanuel Frimpong’s reputation conti...more

  • Big Sam scales the prison wall, another Brighton stalemate, and football’s social media boycott

    Apr 13 2021

    Cue the Mission Impossible theme tune and unwind the heavy-duty cables, because Big Sam’s Great Escape™️ is on! Jules, Vish and Pete are puzzled by their recent goalscoring form, after another win for the Baggies. We also chat about yet another 0-0 draw for Brighton, hear tales from Vish’s first lads holiday and wonder whether a social media boycott will help in football’s ongoing fight against online abuse.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@fo...more

  • West Ham’s European ferry, Pep Guardiola predicting the future, and feeding the Premier League children

    Apr 12 2021

    Kate, Luke and Jim settle in after another round of barnstorming Barclays, with seismic results at both ends of the table.José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær argued over who should get fed after VAR stuck its unruly nose in, only for it to get switched off when Sean Longstaff got booted in the chin at Burnley. Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola celebrated his defeat to Sensei Bielsa, the Ferryman sails for European shores and we have a new contender for the Death of Football derby.Search ‘Football Rambl...more

  • The Preview Show: Man United streak ahead, Marcelo Bielsa’s charm offensive, and our new show!

    Apr 09 2021

    Two inevitabilities reared their predictable heads in last night’s Europa League action, as Bruno Fernandes bagged another penalty and Arsenal couldn’t defend a 1-0 lead. Marcus, Luke and Andy are here to predict their Premier League fortunes on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa shared some love before they come to tactical blows on Saturday, while Gareth Bale has been picking out UFOs across the Tottenham skyline. We also rate Jürgen Klopp...more

  • Mason Mount delights, Kylian Mbappé conquers, and Mike Ashley is courted again

    Apr 08 2021

    Mason Mount was great and all that, but it's Big Sam who deserves the real credit. Jules, Pete and Andy react to last night’s action as Chelsea strike first in the Champions League against Porto.Elsewhere, Eric Chopper-Motor and co were outdone by PSG and Kylian Mbappé - who looks like a decent prospect. Meanwhile, Newcastle and Mike Ashley are chatted up by yet another suitor and Derby’s prospective owner makes some frankly outrageous claims about his boxing career. And speaking of outrageous: ...more

  • Real Madrid punish Liverpool, Jude Bellingham dazzles, and Norwich nail the topics

    Apr 07 2021

    Marcus, Jim and Vish look back on some dramatic happenings last night, where Real Madrid beat Liverpool on PES and Jude Bellingham stole our hearts. We hail Toni Kroos, who is probably still playing triangles now, and consider Erling Haaland’s visit to the Etihad, where he appears to have been duped into signing for them on £5k per week. Also, Norwich are edging back towards the Premier League like a peak Daniel Farke dancing his way over to you in a nightclub and Harry Redknapp has gi...more

  • David Moyes dampens the dream, Roy Hodgson hits back, and Neil Warnock’s trip to the seaside

    Apr 06 2021

    No matter how much vibes Jesse Lingard keeps bringing to West Ham’s Champions League chase, the Ferryman seems keen to slam the breaks on. Marcus, Luke and Vish are here to fast-track JLingz onto Sir Gareth’s barge.Elsewhere, some Roy Hodgson digs fuelled a Michy Batshuayi equaliser at Everton and we get stuck into a host of EFL action. There’s even time for Neil Warnock’s summer holiday plans, Uri Geller magical movements and the trickiest round of Play Your Pards Right to date – join us!Search...more

  • Joelinton is arisen, West Brom run riot, and Arsenal get a schooling

    Apr 05 2021

    Newcastle turned in a respectable performance, but they’ve still got Big Sam’s sickly breath on their necks. Yum. Kate, Pete and Jim react to a weekend full of goals as the relegation tussle goes on!While West Brom dismantled Chelsea like they were 1970's Brazil, Scott Parker went back to the watering hole and Mike Ashley prepared to sell Newcastle as a non-fungible token. Elsewhere, Arsenal desperately turned to long ball tactics in the face of Alisson’s powerful moustache and Real Sociedad’s m...more

  • The Preview Show: The Brendan Rodgers parade returns, a Sam Allardyce ultimatum, and Fort William’s triumph

    Apr 02 2021

    Crack open today’s Ramble Easter egg and join Marcus, Luke and Jim for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Premier League football is back – which means Brendan Rodgers is back, okee? Marcus joins Luiz Felipe Scolari at the head of the Rodgers parade, while Leicester’s opponents Man City have other concerns as their dirty war with their city rivals goes on. Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce dishes out an ultimatum while Sammy Lee dishes out the treats, and Spurs travel to Newcastle for the Mole-Of...more

  • Beautiful jammy England, Germany’s nightmare, and saucy trims

    Apr 01 2021

    Vindaloo! Vindaloo! Never in doubt. Jules, Pete and Andy are here to assess just how beyond doubt England’s convincing 2-1 pummelling of Poland was last night.Elsewhere, we discuss Germany’s astonishing defeat to North Macedonia (*rubs hands*) and Goran Pandev’s bald patch. But while Joachim Löw’s nostrils were filled with the stench of defeat, Spain coach Luis Enrique frankly didn’t know what was going on after he got trapped in a lift. Plus, Luiz Felipe Scolari has finally got to the bott...more

  • Dan James rises high, Sean Dyche plumbs new lows, and José’s Mourinistas

    Mar 31 2021

    You didn’t need to add any more spice to Wales’ clash with the Czech Republic last night, but we’re bringing it anyway. Kate, Luke, and Vish look back on an enjoyable gamut of Steven Taylor dives, thrashings, and a trademark towering header from Dan James. Bless him.We also discuss José Mourinho’s latest war against the world backed up by his army of loyal supports, while Sean Dyche and Neil Warnock have been finding new ways to relax before games, including the most Partridge thing you will eve...more

  • Sergio Agüero bows out, National League clubs make a stand, and misguided tattoos

    Mar 30 2021

    It’s official: Sergio Agüero will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season after a truly illustrious decade at the club. Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to negotiate a Christian Vieri-style contract with Barcelona to get the Twitch stream up and running. Marcus, Andy and Pete hail Agüero, while there’s news that another Premier League legend won’t be going anywhere as Dwight Gayle continues his starring role in Office Space.Elsewhere, Frank Lampard holds courts with Engl...more

  • Harry Kane gets the job done, no offence to Luxembourg, and Pep's two-floor tactics prison

    Mar 29 2021

    Poland’s guard of honour is all but a formality. Marcus, Jim and Vish unpeel themselves from the ceiling after England’s latest drubbing.Mason Mount continues his rise from teacher’s pet to England mainstay, while Harry Kane’s bloodlust is as strong as ever. We also check in with our Junior Brave Boys, who continue to flourish under Aidy Boothroyd's dazzling brand of football.But it can always be worse: just ask Ireland. We discuss Stephen Kenny’s nigh-on-impossible task of filling the inimitabl...more

  • The Preview Show: England sidle past San Marino, super John McGinn, and super bad Rio Keys

    Mar 26 2021

    We beat them in the World Cup qualifiers, but San Marino have got Flo Rida for Eurovision and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the real quiz. Kate, Luke and Andy look over last night’s international football on today’s edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!We hail Brave Boy Ollie Watkins, who has not only made it to Wembley but made it out of Devon, while an old England favourite – Paul Gascoigne – catches our attention for very, very different reasons. Elsewhere, Luke puts the boo...more

  • Wales bag a Belgian souvenir, Sepp Blatter's gravy train, and tantalising ham

    Mar 25 2021

    Wales went down 3-1 to the Belgians and Romelu Lukaku (aka the pawn in The José Mourinho Conspiracy), but at least they came away with one utterly sumptuous goal. Marcus, Andy and Jim are here to welcome the return of the World Cup qualifiers with open arms! Elsewhere, Aleksandar Mitrović put his shooting boots on for the first time since the last international break, while the Czech Republic seem to be hitting a worrying peak ahead of their summer showdown with Gareth's Brave Boys. Plus, P...more

  • A watershed moment for the WSL, the world’s most expensive footballers, and naughty Gareth Bale coverage

    Mar 24 2021

    Jules, Luke and Vish kick things off with their reflections on the landmark TV deal for the Women’s Super League and its benefits for the English game. Vish also asks whether the change of broadcasters is all Jules’ fault.Elsewhere, we discuss the heated coverage of Gareth Bale and whether he’s really been using Spurs as a glorified Peloton, and Jules and Vish somehow team up for Play Your Pards Right.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballrambl...more

  • José Mourinho takes on Generation Z, Xabi Alonso is set to return to Germany, and misplaced emails

    Mar 23 2021

    There’s more to football than just trophies: spirit. José Mourinho makes a brave new sales pitch, though Marcus, Jim and Pete are not convinced.There are experts in the art of management everywhere you look on today’s show, as we explore how Sir Alex Ferguson mugged off Ruud van Nistelrooy and how Rafa Benitez has been keeping his mind sharp in lockdown, as well as Trinidad and Tobago manager Terry Fenwick’s unusual approach to dealing with the media. Translation: he’s been accused of head butti...more

  • Leicester end Man United’s hunt, West Ham slip up, and Newcastle fall flat on their faces

    Mar 22 2021

    Marcus, Pete and Vish take a long swig from the weekend’s cocktail of Premier League, FA Cup quarter-finals, and free-scoring goalkeepers.Man United were terrorised by Kelechi ‘What Are You Looking For’ Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans as Brendy Rodgers marked his 100th game at the King Power in style. Elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti strangely decided to conceal the opposition from his players as Man City hunt down an appointment with Joey Fatone.Plus, Jesse Lingard shows his relative intelligence again...more

  • The Preview Show: Spurs’ darkest hour, Gareth Southgate assembles his army, and Shearer dusts off his boots

    Mar 19 2021

    At least Joe Hart thought it was a job well done. Marcus, Luke and Vish are here for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! We pick through the wreckage of Spurs’ disastrous exit from the Europa League last night as Dinamo Zagreb discover a new version of the manager bounce and José Mourinho enters full self-defence mode.We’re also itching to discuss the England squad, which features a couple of new faces, a very notable absentee, and an incredibly fortunate Eric Dier. Plus, we propose a ne...more

  • Chelsea munch Atlético, Messi AI, and FIFA’s underground lair

    Mar 18 2021

    Kate, Luke and Vish discuss last night’s action after Chelsea swatted aside what Joe Cole called “a top Championship side” (brave) as well as any common sense around VAR.The heartwarming football news doesn’t stop there: Kinglsey Koman’s been fined for using the wrong supercar, while Lionel Messi has been turned into an AI message bot. Plus, Dinamo Zagreb Zoran Mamić nobly falls on his sword after being sentenced to five years in prison and Arsène Wenger has some dastardly plans straight out of ...more

  • Man City’s striker-less swarm, Sergio Ramos leads Real through, and Steve Clarke’s square sausages

    Mar 17 2021

    Marcus, Pete, and Andy reflect on last night’s Champions League happenings as Man City activate their FIFA ’99 bug and Pep Guardiola takes a decisive lead in a pointless statistical battle.We get more numbers from Opta’s Pete Donaldson, discuss Sergio Ramos’ tribute to Robbie Williams, and - oh yes - revel in the news that Alan Pardew is interested in the Pompey job. Plus, we premiere a listener’s jingle masterpiece.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: sho...more

  • Liverpool’s dirty three points, tales from the Copa do Brasil, and more brave boys jump ship

    Mar 16 2021

    Disappearing ballboys and peeing refs: it’s the magic of the cup in Brazil.Jules, Andy and Jim are here to run the rule over last night’s action, as Jürgen Klopp hailed a dirty win for Liverpool, James Milner broke pre-historic stats, and Leo Messi spun his silk in Spain.Elsewhere, we check in with the England U21s as another prospect bails on Gareth and discuss the extreme lengths Edward Woodward has gone to to get a seat and a prawn sandwich at Wembley for the FA Cup final between Sheffield Un...more

  • Arsenal’s time-benders beat Spurs, the Allardyce plot, and rascal celebrations

    Mar 15 2021

    Two teams with absolutely zero game management = a cracking North London derby. Marcus, Jim, and Pete get stuck into a veritable fry-up of football!While José Mourinho lamented his big players ‘hiding’ and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got stuck in traffic with the Home Alone cast, Erik Lamela was his usual chaotic self at the Emirates. Elsewhere, Kelechi Iheanacho had a lovely old time against Sheffield United, who are still reeling from the news of Sam Allardyce’s imminent arrival. That’s right, w...more

  • The Preview Show: The Welsh Mafia take on Arsenal, the Moyesiah returns, and a wee Aberdeen update

    Mar 12 2021

    Arsenal provided a tantalising taste of the chaos to come this weekend last night. Marcus, Vish and Luke are here to put it under the spotlight - warts and all - on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!We discuss Chris Wilder’s mooted exit - far from ideal preparation for facing a pizza-fuelled, pint-filled Jamie Vardy on Sunday. We also look forward to West Ham’s visit to Old Trafford and Vish’s dust-up with Declan Rice – though, in any event, Man United fans will surely be ...more

  • Liverpool get back on the horse, Man United launch their Jurassic Park lab, and Gattuso’s fork attacks

    Mar 11 2021

    Liverpool slipped into their comfy old Champions League jumper last night, but Julian Nagelsmann's get-up was sadly very ordinary. Marcus, Andy and Vish are in situ today to digest it all!We check in at the Parc de Princes too, where Lionel Messi was doing some violent things to a football and Poch Spice was showing some 'little videos'. Hm.Plus, José Mourinho has some very special plans to treat General Levy to 20 years at Spurs AND massage his ego in one fell swoop, while Man United prepare DN...more

  • Some rip-roaring Champions League, a year without fans, and the Mark Noble farewell tour

    Mar 10 2021

    Father Time’s shadow looms over us all on today’s episode of the Ramble, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s quest for glory stuttered once more and Erling Haaland gleefully smashed more records and more opposition defenders. Kate, Andy and Luke look back over last night's Champions League and reflect on the past year of football, with fake crowd noise and bubbles replacing molten pies and unfit linesmen. We also raise a glass to Hammers legend Mark Noble who will hang up the torn, weathered Copa Mundia...more

  • West Ham keep cruising, Agnelli’s dark Champions League fantasies, and Fizzer’s Miami vices

    Mar 09 2021

    Football - aka Gianni Infantino’s tasty gobstopper - stops for no one. Especially Pete and Jim, who are back in the studio with Kate to talk Chelsea and West Ham’s latest scalps!On the way, we discuss why Leeds are tapping up LL Cool J and what is being claimed to be one of the worst games of football ever played in the Bundesliga. Mustafi was involved, shock.There’s also time for the world’s most cryptic round of Portmantonio Conte, whose villainous administrators can only be rivalled by Andrea...more

  • United edge out City, Rangers clinch the title, and Michael Owen’s careless whispers

    Mar 08 2021

    Jules, Jim and Pete tuck in to another spicy serving of Barclays action, as the relegation zone casts increasingly dark shadows over Newcastle, West Brom and Brighton. Ole Gunnar Solskjær continued his march towards “yeah, he’s decent” status with another win over Pep Guardiola, while Gareth Bale’s sexy man bun propelled him and Spurs to new heights (sixth). Elsewhere, Michael Owen and Neil Warnock have listened to the devils on their respective shoulders, Liverpool lost again and Steven Ge...more

  • The Preview Show: Thomas Tuchel uses Frank’s foundations, argy bargy at Newcastle, and a Carlisle Christmas

    Mar 05 2021

    Welcome to The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Thomas Too-cold pulled it out of the bag again last night, but Marcus, Luke and Andy follow Ashley Cole’s lead and remember to thank Frank’s foundations. We check in with the chaos at Newcastle, as Steve Bruce takes an interesting approach to diplomacy and Jonj’s Stockholm syndrome worsens. Elsewhere, we look ahead to Full Force Fulham’s visit to Anfield after Marcus just about unpeels himself from the floor and - of course - rub our thighs ...more

  • Sheffield United surpass Derby, Man United’s mist opportunity, and Jamaica are coming for you

    Mar 04 2021

    Kate, Andy and Pete are here to look back on a momentous night for Sheffield United and a very, very boozy one for Chris Wilder. There sadly won’t be the same jubilant scenes in Ghana, as we check in with the church of Paul McGrath. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace vs Man United was so bad even Mother Nature tried to conceal it from our eyes.We also discuss Jamaica’s incredible swoop for talent, while in advertising news, Rangers turn to bitcoin and there’s a turmeric up for the books at Swansea. ...more

  • Wolverhampton Possums struggle, Chris Sutton’s help for referees, and TikTok tactics

    Mar 03 2021

    Pep Guardiola’s team-branded outerwear has kept him warm throughout Man City’s victorious charge through England’s wintery “hell” – and last night they won again, obviously.Kate, Vish and Jim are here to ask why Wolves didn’t simply play dead and hoped to come away with a draw, before sounding the Dwight Gayle alarm over at Newcastle. We also get into Chris Sutton’s plans to save refereeing, some delightful digs from Victor Moses and Antonio Conte taking his tactics board to Instagram. Bizarre!S...more

  • Southampton draw another blank, Barcelona spice, and Mr Blobby bids for 2030

    Mar 02 2021

    JWP’s not firing, Southampton need KWP back, and DCL wreaks some havoc. Jules, Luke and Pete cast their eyes over some airport codes and another drab display for the Saints.Thankfully, Barcelona brought plenty of spice yesterday, as some club VIPs have reportedly been arrested for paying a company to disparage current and former players online. Més que un club ’n all that.We also check in with the Paul Lambert horror movie and muse on who could front the UK and Ireland’s bid for the 2030 World C...more

  • Arsenal turn the boat around, Gareth Bale’s redemption, and a sly Big Sam grin

    Mar 01 2021

    Marcus, Jim and Vish are here with just enough time to bid Sam Allardyce farewell, seeing as West Brom will need to sack him before registering another home league win. Sorry, Big Sam, them’s the stats. Elsewhere, we got a nostalgic reminder of safer times across the rest of the weekend’s action, with both Willian and Gareth Bale looking more like their old selves. Then, Man City reminded us of their previous recent selves with yet another win, and we hear from a listener who is related to ...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool search for a spark, a rejuvenated Alan Pardew, and Mino Raiola’s charm offensive

    Feb 26 2021

    Marcus, Luke and Andy settle in after the Europa League’s usual mix of the good, bad and ugly to look ahead to some tasty Premier League ties. Join us for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Ahead of a tricky test at Chelsea on Sunday, Man United gave some young players more minutes last night – the rest of the academy went to Lee Sharpe’s for a 2000-person BBQ. Liverpool and West Brom desperately need a win from their respective matches, though Big Sam thinks he’ll just coast into another job...more

  • Dele recycles the bicycle, Pep’s sparkly cape, and the art of Mike Ashley’s deal

    Feb 25 2021

    As it turned out, the main sparkle in Man City’s autonomous win over Borussia Mönchengladbach could be found on the sidelines. Kate, Luke and Pete are here to give Pep Guardiola’s ghastly jacket the kicking it truly deserves.Spurs also continued their leisurely stroll into the last sixteen of the Europa League with another win over Wolfsberger – even Dele Alli and Gareth Bale scored some nice ones! Elsewhere, we look into some sickening details behind the ongoing construction of the 2022 World C...more

  • Another Olivier Giroud beauty, Southampton continue to struggle, and yet more football documentaries

    Feb 24 2021

    Despite VAR’s best efforts, parkour enthusiast Olivier Giroud took a break from his modelling to score an absolute worldie in last night’s Champions League. Kate, Jim and Andy are here to revel in the beauty of the man and his goal.Elsewhere, we rue Jamail Musiala’s decision to represent Germany rather than our brave boys - when have those serial winners ever even won anything? We also check out Everton’s new waterfront home and pick through the swathes of football documentaries coming to screen...more

  • Roy Hodgson the robber, Zlatan's longest summer, and Joey Barton’s army

    Feb 23 2021

    Like a wise old panther used to a heist or two, Roy the Boy comes away from the Amex with all three points. Vish and Pete have the unenviable task of trying to restrain Jules on today’s Ramble!We look back at the smouldering wreckage last night but also look ahead to better times: being together in the summer, sharing in England’s latest catastrophe and listening to Zlatan Ibrahimović’s concert while our eardrums bleed. Lovely. Elsewhere, we check in with Sunderland’s new infant owner and some c...more

  • A momentous Merseyside victory, West Ham dance on, and the Liberal Lefties' Great Escape

    Feb 22 2021

    It seems Duncan Ferguson’s chaotic Ying and Carlo Ancelotti’s ice-cool Yang is the perfect recipe for a historic derby win for Everton. What a result for the Toffees!Marcus, Vish and Jim are here with more news from the Barclays, as Man City win again and Fulham are snapping at Newcastle’s heels. Elsewhere, Jesse Lingard’s relentless vibes keep the West Ham party going, Ryan Shawcross swaps Stoke for Miami and Bristol is braced for a brutal war between Nigel Pearson and Joey Barton. Ouch.Search ...more

  • The Preview Show: Spurs unzip their pockets, the target on Jordan Pickford’s gloves, and football’s most outrageous ban

    Feb 19 2021

    After a quick whip around the remaining European action, we look ahead to a proper spicy weekend of Premier League football on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Marcus, Vish and Luke wonder whether The Punisher (Gareth Bale) will start against West Ham, as cool cat José Mourinho has started hanging out with the youngsters. Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has been stoking the fires ahead of the Merseyside derby, Arsenal dive for cover from another Man City missile and we hear the g...more

  • Man City do their parents proud, Fulham run into a strong jaw, and van Gaal defends his honour

    Feb 18 2021

    Like an Ehantharajah PE lesson, everyone’s abandoned the title race and pitched up in the beer garden.Marcus, Andy and Vish react to Man City’s latest cruel display, which had our favourite football tactics pervert purring over Bernardo Silva. Elsewhere, Fulham’s optimism was ground down at Burnley and we take a closer look at how Dyche deals with snakes in the dressing room (it’s absolutely brutal). There’s also news of the former Juventus defender who has reportedly been arrested for a ve...more

  • Liverpool get back to their roots, a marvellous Kylian Mbappé hat-trick, and Norwich City dial into the matrix

    Feb 17 2021

    A lads’ trip to Budapest looks to have done the trick for Liverpool’s knackered squad, as they swept aside RB Leipzig and a peculiarly underdressed Julian Nagelsmann last night. Kate, Luke and Pete are here to settle back into that comfy armchair on today’s episode of the Ramble - join us!We also marvel at the imperious Kylian Mbappé, whose classy hat-trick left the Barcelona defence berating each other and Ronald Koeman scratching his weary head. We also wonder how social media companies can du...more

  • It’s Timo time, David Moyes tickles our fancy, and National League chaos

    Feb 16 2021

    Steve Bruce insisted that nothing about Newcastle’s approach would change without Callum Wilson – and seeing how they underwhelmed and lost handsomely, perhaps he’s right… Jules, Jim and Andy are here after Chelsea’s clock finally struck Timo Time and David Moyes cast out those poor Sheffield United souls, thus making them available for his next doomed voyage. Elsewhere, there’s chaos in the National League, a recent Chester FC Zoom chat took a saucy turn and the Champions League is back! T...more

  • Man City pummel Spurs, Liverpool get a karate kick in the teeth, and Keggy turns 70

    Feb 15 2021

    Like wee Willie Johnston, Man City have got their foot on the Premier League’s windpipe and they’re not taking it off.Kate, Jim and Pete cast their eyes over an incredibly aesthetically appeasing weekend of football, ruined only by Fernandes’ dirty little shinned volley.Elsewhere, Alisson meets his new teammate, Kevin Keegan blows out the candles and Martin Tyler comes up with his own breathy rendition of Chocolate Rain.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: ...more

  • The Preview Show: Chelsea get the job done, Spurs enter the lions’ den, and Jamie Vardy returns

    Feb 12 2021

    With the latest round of FA Cup fixtures sorted, we turn our attention to this weekend’s Premier League action on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Marcus, Luke and Jim wonder if Spurs will have some commemorative lanyards made should they get a result against Man City. We’ll also see the long-awaited rematch between Ezgjan Alioski and Nicolas Pépé at the Emirates - a game which the polite hosts will almost certainly lose - before the Prodigal Son returns home. That’s righ...more

  • King Carlo’s still got it, Man City march relentlessly on, and Brighton get frozen out

    Feb 11 2021

    One night there’s none of that Cup Magic™️, the next we’re swimming in it! Marcus, Andy and Vish dust themselves off after that 9-goal humdinger at Goodison Park and settle in for a new episode of the Football Ramble - join us!Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Man City press pause on the Jaws soundtrack as they continue to swim away from everyone else – but Andy’s still not convinced about their Champions League chances. We also thank Kelechi Iheanacho for doing everyone a favour by avoiding extra-time i...more

  • More FA Cup malaise, some Neil Warnock pleasantries, and a toaster from Melwood

    Feb 10 2021

    Jules, Luke and Vish are here off the back of two of the least interesting cup ties imaginable - where was that Magic™️?! Donny van de Beek struggled on as Man United laboured past West Ham, while Burnley just about got their team sheet submitted in time before losing to Bournemouth. Thankfully, Neil Warnock provided some sparkle by hurling abuse from the sideline of a Middlesbrough U23s match. Meanwhile, Liverpool auctioned off various sofas and signed Roy Hodgson photos from their old tra...more

  • Patrick Bamford hits the century, lockdown advice from Max Kruse, and could Harry Redknapp go round again?

    Feb 09 2021

    Like many of his Leeds United teammates, Patrick Bamford continues to settle nicely into the Premier League routine - and he’s now scored 100 career goals! Marcus, Pete and Andy are here to celebrate this milestone after Leeds’ win over Crystal Palace.Elsewhere, some old school André-Pierre Gignac flavour helped Tigres to their first Club World Cup final, where they should face Bayern Munich - if their plane ever takes off from Brandenburg airport. Meanwhile, AFC Bournemouth’s caretaker boss Jon...more

  • Man City distinguish themselves, Everton salvage a point, and Steve Bruce’s Alright Job

    Feb 08 2021

    Kate, Jim and Pete are here with a title race postmortem after Man City’s hugely impressive win at Anfield put further distance between themselves and the chasing pack. Unsuprisingly, Roy Keane was full of that reserved, constructive criticism we’ve come to expect from him after those bizarre Alisson errors. We also look over some other goalfests from this weekend’s action, as Duncan Ferguson’s bear hugs injured several Everton players and Newcastle clung on to the three points that an emot...more

  • The Preview Show: Mourinho’s poor jobby, Bruce readies the cannon, and big Phil Jones is back

    Feb 05 2021

    Where else to start other than in Scotland, where a Hamilton commentator set a new gold standard for football broadcasting this week.Thankfully, Marcus, Andy and Luke are taking no such liberties on today’s Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! We talk about the fallout from Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea where there are big questions for Mourinho. But do we deserve an answer?Elsewhere, Bruce takes his cue and readies Andy Carroll and a deep defensive block for the visit of Southampton. Plus, we bid a fo...more

  • The Seagulls are soaring, J-Lingz returns, and Sean Dyche’s lookey-likeys

    Feb 04 2021

    Despite another inevitable defeat at the hands of Man City, Sean Dyche showed he is really full of surprises yesterday. Presumably he’s also full of Croydon salad, too.Jules, Jim and Vish react to Brighton’s latest scalp, as Dan Burn ushers in a new era of incredibly lanky wingers. We also take stock of J-Lingz’s triumphant return - who better act fast if he doesn't want to lose his clothing and pistachio deals to the 8-year-old in Santos who has signed with Nike. Yep, the game’s gone.Search ‘Fo...more

  • Southampton have done it again, Sheffield United begin the climb, and Arsenal fully lose the plot

    Feb 03 2021

    Oh dear, Southampton fans. Not only did your team ship nine goals for the second season in a row, but a delighted Luke Moore is on today’s show. He’s joined by Kate and Pete to pick through the startling, smouldering rubble left behind at Old Trafford.There were some other chaotic results in last night’s Premier League action, as Sheffield United began the long and daunting climb to safety while David Luiz left his grubby, predictable paw prints all over Arsenal’s bizarre loss at Wolves. Speakin...more

  • Newcastle miss out on Neymar, Liverpool sign some cover, and Michael Owen saves the world

    Feb 02 2021

    A flurry of late transfers rounded off what was a much quieter Deadline Day than usual. Join Kate, Andy and Pete to take stock of the window’s movers and shakers, as Newcastle missed out on Neymar and had to settle for Joe Willock instead.Liverpool did sign some much needed defensive cover, as Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Preston North End’s Ben Davies join their depleted ranks. We also reminisce about some delightful pettiness from Jesé, hear of Antonio Cassano’s sugary cravings and celebrate Micha...more

  • Newcastle bounce back, Thomas Tuchel has takeoff, and an emotional title win in Brazil

    Feb 01 2021

    Marcus, Jim and Vish cast their eyes over an all right weekend of football which fortunately threw in a funny named Dutch striker and some goals.Newcastle get the lift they needed with a European Cup triumph, but Bruce is already flying high with all his fan mail. Elsewhere, Tuchel bagged his first win, but can’t hug Werner into goalscoring form, while over at Leeds everyone's included in Papa Bielsa's warm embrace. Especially Kalvin Phillips, though - apparently he’s free to marry both his daug...more

  • Football Ramble x Jameson: Nights Worth Waiting For

    Jan 30 2021

    In case you missed it, join Marcus Speller and Pete Donaldson for a very special episode of the Football Ramble, where we’re joined by comedian and host of The Last Leg, Alex Brooker!Thanks to Jameson, we’re here to look ahead to football’s full return and things we can’t wait to get back to. We imagine getting back in full stadiums and sharing those fleeting moments of pure magic, and wonder what aspects of football we’d change upon its full return: watching England games in the bath? Hot water...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool find their groove, a relegation six-pointer, and sweet nothings from Paolo Maldini

    Jan 29 2021

    Is there anything you wouldn’t do if Paolo Maldini phoned up and asked? Marcus, Vish and Luke push that question to its moral edge on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!We also look ahead to another crammed weekend of Premier League football, as Liverpool look to follow up an impressive win against Spurs and West Brom and Fulham face off in a relegation humdinger. There’s even time to check in with some members of the British Managers Club™️, as hovercraft captain David Moy...more

  • Sheffield United plot their Great Escape, some Thomas Tuchel good vibes, and a vintage Sean Dyche performance

    Jan 28 2021

    Sheffield United are now just one win away from matching Derby’s unwanted Premier League record – but we’re dreaming bigger. Marcus, Andy and Pete are here to look over the first draft of plans for Chris Wilder’s Great Escape. Coming soon to an empty stadium near you.Elsewhere in last night’s Premier League, Thomas Tuchel’s stunt double gesticulated wildly from the sideline as Chelsea began their new era with a 0-0 draw. We pore over that, praise another impressive win for Burnley and celebrate ...more

  • David Moyes on a hovercraft, another battering for West Brom, and a Welsh legend departs

    Jan 27 2021

    We can only assume that “genius” doesn’t mean what Pep Guardiola thinks it does, after Man City heartlessly battered Big Sam’s struggling West Brom. Marcus, Vish and Jim are here to pick up the pieces after that demolition on today’s episode of the Ramble!Elsewhere, there is due praise reserved for West Ham manager and hovercraft captain David Moyes, as they move up to fourth on the back of yet more unsung brilliance. We also check in on two of the game’s defending stalwarts - as a Russian activ...more

  • Frank Lampard’s tenure ends, a mixed night for Gareth Bale, and Mick McCarthy’s back from the beach

    Jan 26 2021

    The uncertainty around Frank Lampard’s future has finally cleared. The club legend was sacked yesterday amidst a poor run of form and ominous signs in the dressing room. Kate, Luke and Andy are here to look over a tenure that offered encouraging signs initially, but seems now to only have been a temporary solution.Elsewhere, José Mourinho’s duet with Gareth Ainsworth didn’t go as planned after their 4-1 win, one that flattered a misfiring Tottenham side. We also celebrate Mick McCarthy’s triumph...more

  • Man United edge out a thriller, freaky desires at Man City, and Newcastle continue to plummet

    Jan 25 2021

    It seems this weekend’s Magic of The Cup™️ was all crammed into a cracking game at Old Trafford, with Man United edging out Liverpool thanks to more Bruno Fernandes wizardry. Jules, Jim and Pete are here to revel in that glorious game and look across the rest of the weekend’s results, as Man City beat a spirited Cheltenham Town and Southampton knocked out holders Arsenal. Away from the FA Cup, Newcastle maintained their alarming slide down the table and Fenerbahçe are seemingly crowdfunding...more

  • The Preview Show: The Anfield spell is broken, Wolves’ pitch peeves, and the big boys' trip to Cheltenham

    Jan 22 2021

    Kate, Luke and Andy are here to sniff out some of that Magic of The Cup™️ on today’s episode of the Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Liverpool travel to Man United for round two of this season’s most boring rivalry, after Jürgen Klopp survived a prickly encounter with a gleeful Sean Dyche last night. We also wonder how two Davids will fare against their respective Goliaths, as Cheltenham Town host Man City and Chorley face Wolves on their terrifying pitch of doom. Oh, and this summer’s multi-ve...more

  • Paul Pogba’s pool parties, Dean Smith’s raging fury, and Michail Antonio’s santa sorrows

    Jan 21 2021

    We barely had time to take in last night’s intriguing game at Craven Cottage, as we were too busy looking at the plans for Fulham’s new stand. Wayne Lineker’s packing his speedos as we speak…Jules, Luke and Jim are here to look over a right humdinger between Man United and Fulham, as well as Man City’s slightly bizarre victory over Aston Villa and an infuriated Dean Smith. We also hear of Pelé’s plan to wrestle back his goalscoring record from Cristiano Ronaldo and Michail Antonio’s honest asses...more

  • James Maddison walks the walk, David Moyes dares to dream, and cryptocurrency transfers

    Jan 20 2021

    Despite Leicester creeping towards the fabled verge, James Maddison was quick to pour blackcurrant cordial over the fires of their title challenge after a cracking win against Chelsea. Join Kate, Vish and Pete as we revel in another dose of that Brendan Rodgers magic!West Ham piled more misery on Big Sam with their win over West Brom last night, which left David Moyes dreaming and Vish lighting the official ‘Michail Antonio for the Euros’ beacon. We also hear of football’s first transfer funded ...more

  • Mesut Özil bids farewell, Steve Bruce’s unanswered questions, and Fizzer keeps the roof blazin’

    Jan 19 2021

    Marcus, Vish and Andy are here to say their heartfelt goodbyes to a few stalwarts of English Football and look over the entirely expected and underwhelming spectacle that was Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle. First on the plane is Mesut Özil, who closes off his messy final chapter at Arsenal with his expected move to Fenerbahçe. We wonder how he'll be remembered at Arsenal, who cast further doubt over Steve Bruce’s masterplan at Newcastle last night. There’s also time to party in the city where the he...more

  • Man United and Liverpool share the spoils, another sneaky Leicester victory, and a vital win for Big Sam

    Jan 18 2021

    The wildly hyped clash at the top of the table failed to deliver much excitement, with both Man United and Liverpool happy with a point apiece. Marcus, Pete and Jim are here to round up that game as well as a load more Premier League action on today’s episode of the Ramble - join us! Elsewhere, Leicester crept back towards the verge with a win at Southampton and West Brom got a vital win over struggling Wolves. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also recounts Pep Guardiola’s emotional departure from Bay...more

  • The Preview Show: A titanic title tussle, war in West London, and Brendan Rodgers’ secret recipe

    Jan 15 2021

    We’ve got ourselves a proper title race! Join Marcus, Luke and Jim to assess the runners and riders on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway.Sunday’s Liverpool vs Man United will be a huge game for everyone except Jason McAteer, who is currently fronting the latest media assault on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s boys. Elsewhere, Leicester have been having a jolly old time of late, with Jamie Vardy pausing his Ibiza plans for some of Brendan Rodgers’ trust workshops. We also hear some a...more

  • Good vs Evil ends all square, Phil Foden lives every hour for football, and Skynet take over Burnley

    Jan 14 2021

    José Mourinho had a few things to be angry about after Spurs drew with a spirited Fulham side, chief among which was Scott Parker’s team selection. That’s right, José is seemingly trying to pick the opposition's team as well as his own.Kate, Andy and Luke are here to question that strategy, before looking over Man City’s latest win on their march up the table. There’s also ample time given to the machines’ gradual takeover of football, as robot pandas invade the Chinese second division and cybor...more

  • Man United reach the summit, Newcastle hit rock bottom, and an Uncle Avram update

    Jan 13 2021

    Join Marcus, Vish and Pete to look back on a huge night in the Premier League! That’s right: Ryan Fraser has officially become the shortest player ever to be sent off in Prem history. And Man United did something or other. Elsewhere, Chris Wilder plans a lovely night in with his wife after the Blades’ wait comes to an end. It was another car crash for Brucey, but it’s all right: David Ginola has stated his intention to come and save the day.Plus, a particularly hazardous edition of Portmant...more

  • West Ham’s dazzling display, Mesut Özil reveals nothing, and King Kazu soldiers on

    Jan 12 2021

    Marcus, Andy and Pete are here to round off the FA Cup proper, as West Ham laboured past Stockport while Mike Dean and Mark Noble stared pensively into the night sky together. Blissful scenes.Elsewhere, Mesut Özil’s Twitter exposé didn’t tell us much, apart from revealing his unquestionably legitimate beef with Petr Cech. We also look at how Royston Drenthe and Edgar Davids are getting on in their current jobs and celebrate King Kazu’s latest contract extension! That’s right, the Yokohama FC leg...more

  • Crawley saunter into the next round, Marine’s dream ends, and Bovril vs Skips

    Jan 11 2021

    Crawley Town had their eyes firmly on The Narrative this weekend, as they rounded off a comprehensive win over Premier League entertainers Leeds by bringing on a reality TV star for his debut. And who says the magic of the Cup is gone?!Jules, Jim and Vish are here to round up the rest of the weekend’s FA Cup action, as non-league Chorley brushed aside Derby County's kids and Aston Villa’s academy put on an impressive display against Liverpool. We also saw supervillain Carlos Vinicius raise the c...more

  • The Preview Show: Marine welcome Spurs, Pep’s WhatsApp beef, and West Ham strike again

    Jan 08 2021

    Marcus, Luke and Andy are here for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! It’s the FA Cup 3rd round - just about. We rejoice in the things we love about it: balls sailing into people’s gardens, Matt wrecking ball Rhead, and dreams of swatting aside a bunch of youth players drafted in at the last minute. We look ahead to the pick of the bunch - Marine vs Spurs - where Mourinho might have a special invitation while nearby residents could have a very much uninvited ball smashing in through the...more

  • Man City battle to another final, Mick McCarthy packs his suitcase, and a royal rumble in Antwerp

    Jan 07 2021

    Kate, Luke and Vish look back on last night’s Manchester derby, where Pep’s City Rollers (one for the youngsters) cruised to a fourth straight League Cup final.But while Pep and John Stones got dizzy on that sweet, sweet Carabao, it was an all too familiar sinking feeling for Man United and Vish in his bedroom fort. We also pay homage to Mick McCarthy after his latest sacking at APOEL Nicosia - and even more so to poor Jack Byrne. But it’s all good, because Fizzer has been head-hunted for an amb...more

  • Spurs march on to Wembley, Sergio Ramos stirs the pot (again), and halibut histories

    Jan 06 2021

    Spurs are through and José Ron Mourinho has done it again! Jules, Vish and Pete look back on a historic night for Spurs - one which briefly hung in the balance before VAR screwed Ivan To-knee and Son Heung-min did his usual ruthless business.Meanwhile, the Pandora’s Box that is the January transfer window has been lifted and Sergio Ramos has taken his cue. But while he goes fishing for a fresh new contract, we find out about the Norwegian footballer who has genuinely given it all up to become a ...more

  • Southampton best Klopp’s men, the Raymond Domenech circus, and Thomas Müller’s sperm factory

    Jan 05 2021

    We have a title race people. Maybe. Kate, Jim and Andy look back on last night’s action, as Southampton set Man United pulses racing and a teary Alpine Klopp reached new heights. Elsewhere, once Kate grasped the concept of FIFA, there's more glorious football video game glitches and nostalgia (especially for goal machine Brian Plank). The gang also turn to Europe, where Raymond Domenech got a nasty surprise at his first Nantes training session. We also ask: who wants to become a sperm ...more

  • Man City school Lampard, Son hits a century and Ronaldo vs Bean Dad

    Jan 04 2021

    Marcus, Jim and Pete look back on a weekend packed with Premier League happenings!Man City put on a lamps out performance at Stamford Bridge which left everyone reeling - their own keeper most of all. But while Chelsea piss away their title chances, over in the midlands Arsenal just about resist the temptation to make yellow snow and demolish Big Sam’s men. Elsewhere, José was left feeling hard done by after Reguilón left his Christmas piglet. But over in Brazil Neymar had a quiet night in ...more

  • The Best of the Football Ramble 2020

    Dec 31 2020

    To round off the year, we're looking back on some of our favourite moments from this year's Football Ramble! Sure, it's been a horrendous year for many but we've had a great laugh making the show every day and hope you've had a cracking time listening in - thanks so much for your support throughout 2020.On today's Best Of episode we return to the dizzy heights of Neil Warnock's carefully planned BBQs, Jules' dislike of a rug and the infamous debut of the Carrot Eating Challenge. We even dip back...more

  • The Preview Show: Arsenal hide from Diego Costa at the Hawthorns, the Man United tribute act rolls on, and Santos foil Messi

    Dec 30 2020

    Welcome to a brand spanking new edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Marcus, Luke and Jim look ahead to Arteta and Allardyce’s royal rumble, after Leeds give West Brom a cautious thrashing and Romaine Sawyers jeopardises his place in the St Kitts and Nevis squad. We also turn a horrified gaze to a certain Diego Costa galloping onto the horizon.Manchester United pulled off another smash and grab ahead of their clash with Aston Villa, but Louis van Gaal hasn’t been much impressed (and ...more

  • The Festive Ramble Extravaganza! (Part 2)

    Dec 29 2020

    We've had a nap and cleared the plates, so it's time to break out the board games and cram some leftovers into a sandwich: it's round two of the Ramble Christmas party!Jules, Luke, Jim and Vish are in the festive mood today as we discuss helping our families with the Christmas cooking, watching the likes of Lewes and Gosport Borough on Boxing Day and navigating that dreaded post-lunch slump. Luke also brings some festive frivolity in the form of a few bizarre games for each of his co-hosts. Game...more

  • The Festive Ramble Extravaganza! (Part 1)

    Dec 28 2020

    To celebrate the holiday period, join us for the first of two bonus festive episodes of the Football Ramble! Marcus, Kate, Andy and Pete are here to don their Christmas clobber and guzzle on some cheer.We suspend the usual football chat to talk about our respective Christmas traditions and remember some classics from the Boxing Day football archives. From Peterborough United to Hartlepool - via the West Ham Christmas Party - there's a whole load of nonsense for you to enjoy. We even bring back a...more

  • Ramble Meets… Sven-Göran Eriksson

    Dec 25 2020

    Merry Christmas one and all! You might remember our little chat with a certain Sven-Göran Eriksson back in September. Well, that was far from all. For this very special Ramble Meets…, Marcus, Luke and Jim chat with the former England manager and a true Ramble legend about all sorts: from Sven’s somewhat hapless playing career, to the Ivory Coast national team’s song about him, to what exactly happened in that 2002 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil. And, of course, we quiz him about his...more

  • The Preview Show: Jamie Vardy gets friendly with Man United, Arteta’s fighters go to Chelsea, and Warnock stands up for the little guy

    Dec 24 2020

    Marcus, Andy and Vish are back for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!It’s crunch time in the Premier League as Ole’s boys head to Leicester for a 'who can leave the ball in the centre circle the longest' competition. Remarkably, Maguire has played the most football of any player in world football - ideal preparation for a Boxing Day afternoon with Vards.Elsewhere, Arsenal welcome Chelsea, and recent form suggests they will be very hospitable indeed. Plus, Norwegian manager Egil Olsen has cho...more

  • Brentford knock Newcastle out, Phil Foden impressed again, and Sepp Blatter rears his head

    Dec 23 2020

    The Carabao Cup failed to serve up any great surprises last night, as Man City swept aside a meagre Arsenal and Brentford made their first ever semi-final after beating an underwhelming Newcastle. Marcus, Andy and Vish are here to chew over all of that, watch the fallout from the Scottish Cup tumble out of control and check in on Lionel Messi’s record-breaking quest for immortality. Oh, and FIFA has found some ‘irregularities’ regarding their museum and Sepp Blatter - obviously.Search ‘Foot...more

  • Burnley get back on the horse, CONCACAF chaos, and Mick McCarthy never forgets

    Dec 22 2020

    Burnley and Chelsea’s wins rounded off the pre-Christmas fixtures last night. Join Kate, Jim and Andy as we catch our breath before they return on Boxing Day!One person who certainly won’t be invited round Mick McCarthy’s on Boxing Day is Roy ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’ Keane after Mick revealed a house-wide banning order on his name this week. We discuss that, some hair-pulling chaos in the CONCACAF Champions League, and Mikel Arteta clutching at tactical straws. Oh, and intimate photos of Diego...more

  • Man United turn on the style, Liverpool’s magnificent seven, and Dat Guy strikes again

    Dec 21 2020

    After Liverpool and Man United repaired some early season damage with boatloads of goals, it seems like all these chaotic scorelines will balance each other out after all. Jules, Jim and Vish are here to chew them over on today's episode of the Ramble!Leeds and Crystal Palace received these respective pastings, but weren’t the only sides on the end of tough losses this weekend. Sheffield United were denied their first win of the season by 'Dat Guy' Danny Welbeck, while neutrals were denied any k...more

  • The Preview Show: Man United face an old enemy, Big Sam fills our screens, and André Villas-Boas is on the warpath

    Dec 18 2020

    Welcome to a brand new edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Take a seat, grab a Petit Filous and settle in with Marcus, Luke and Andy!An old rival awaits Man United after they bail themselves out at Bramall Lane, while an old friend touches down on the West Brom centre-circle with armfuls of Werther’s. Elsewhere, the FIFA Best Awards happened, Gennaro Gattuso is getting hot under the collar about Scottish football and André Villas-Boas is taking press conference madness to anot...more

  • Liverpool best Mourinho’s men, another quiet evening at Elland Road, and Big Sam is back

    Dec 17 2020

    Jules is back in the building! And she is joined today by Jim and Vish to chew the fat after an action-packed Wednesday night in the Premier League.Mourinho dusted off some 2005 cue cards after Liverpool snatched a win over Spurs at the death. Over at Elland Road, while Bielsa’s bovril was tasty, the goals were even tastier as Leeds put Newcastle to the sword. Meanwhile, though there’s a brief respite from Arsenal pain for Jim, Arteta is asking people to hit him. And of course, West Brom fa...more

  • West Brom hold Man City, speedy Wolves undo Chelsea, and how to kidnap the Real Madrid team

    Dec 16 2020

    Marcus, Andy and Pete are here to try and talk about last night’s action above the ear-splitting noise of the big Sam klaxon.Those little slugs at West Brom only went and sacked Bilić half an hour after the Ramble record! We reflect on what turned out to be his final game in charge, as Bilić’s boys put up a brave fight against Man City. As did Anthony Taylor, as he wrestled back his board from Guardiola. Elsewhere, N’Golo Kanté takes matters into his own hands, but Lampard’s men still fall to a ...more

  • European knockout draws, Blackburn’s curious scouting techniques, and remembering the great Gérard Houllier

    Dec 15 2020

    Kate, Luke and Jim are here to size up the tasks for the various English sides left in Europe after yesterday’s Champions League and Europa League draws. Good travels to Evil as Frank Lampard faces up to Diego 'Dark Knight' Simeone, while Man City and Liverpool face stern Bundesliga tests in the form of Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig.Elsewhere, we take a moment to celebrate Gérard Houllier’s amazing career, as numerous stalwarts from across football came together to pay their respects t...more

  • Dropped points for the big sides, a great result for Fulham, and Newcastle get back on the horse

    Dec 14 2020

    It seems nobody was fussed about taking advantage of all those dropped points in the Premier League this weekend. Marcus, Jim and Pete are here to look back on a host of results, reminding us that form is temporary and class...is now also temporary.Fulham were hugely impressive in their draw with Liverpool, as Scott Parker’s dulcet tones left Jürgen Klopp hot under the collar. Elsewhere, Arsenal continued to embarrass themselves, Everton fended off Chelsea and Newcastle piled more misery on Slav...more

  • The Preview Show: A huge Manchester derby, a cold Ancelotti derby, and the biggest derby of them all

    Dec 11 2020

    Marcus, Luke and Vish look ahead to a weekend full of Premier League barn-burners in a brand new episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!First under the Ramble magnifying glass is the Manchester derby, as Fizzer whispers up in support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and John Stones has finally stopped playing with fire.Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic is aware of his hamstrings ahead of Chelsea vs Everton, while Gabriel Agbonlahor has an interesting theory for why James Rodriguez hasn’t been cuttin...more

  • Football Ramble x Jameson: Nights Worth Waiting For

    Dec 11 2020

    Join Marcus Speller and Pete Donaldson for a very special episode of the Football Ramble, where we’re joined by comedian and host of The Last Leg, Alex Brooker!Thanks to Jameson, we’re here to look ahead to football’s full return and things we can’t wait to get back to. We imagine getting back in full stadiums and sharing those fleeting moments of pure magic, and wonder what aspects of football we’d change upon its full return: watching England games in the bath? Hot water bottles free for every...more

  • Liverpool relish the joys of a Danish winter, Ederson’s strong right hook, and Sheffield United’s plight

    Dec 10 2020

    It was another veritable carnival of VAR in the Champions League for Liverpool last night. What a way to spoil a perfectly good meaningless group stage game, eh? Kate, Vish and Luke chat about all of last night’s action as ex-Pompey player Brian Priske steers Midtjylland to another point and Agüero gets back in the goals. Elsewhere, we discuss the news that everyone at City is terrified of Ederson and ask why everything is going wrong at Sheffield United.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on soc...more

  • Man United exit the Champions League, PSG and Basaksehir take a stand, and El Diego's legend lives on

    Dec 09 2020

    Welcome to your all-new episode of the Football Ramble! Marcus is joined by Jim and Andy to dissect all of the big events of the last 24 hours, including Manchester United's unceremonious dumping out of the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig.Elsewhere, the game between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir is abandoned amid allegations of racism, Qatar look to move themselves into the heart of Europe, and El Diego might be about to get the eulogy he presumably would have wanted.Search ‘Football R...more

  • VAR clips the Seagulls’ wings, SpongeBob makes his Bundesliga debut, and the 2022 World Cup appears out of thin air

    Dec 08 2020

    With the much-anticipated 2022 World Cup looming large in the distance we discuss the familiar routes the home nations will take to Qatar, as England book tickets to San Marino and Scotland play Israel for the 326th time.Jules, Andy and Pete also look back on an ultimately fruitless night for Brighton, as yet another bizarre call from VAR denied the Seagulls an impressive win against Southampton. We also hear from Borussia Dortmund’s latest signing, try not to get on Siniša Mihajlović’s bad side...more

  • Mourinho respects Arsenal and the animals, Crystal Palace gub West Brom, and nicking Roy Keane’s chair

    Dec 07 2020

    Another week, another Mourinho defensive block of despair. Join Kate, Jim and Pete as they get stuck into the north London derby - where Arsenal looked bereft of ideas up top and Héctor Bellerín could not take a throw-in. Meanwhile, it's looking much rosier over at Palace after Benteke bagged a brace. But their former boss Neil Warnock ain’t happy about the facilities at Stoke. He ain’t happy at all. Join us for all that and more!Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and...more

  • The Preview Show: Another North London derby showdown, more bizarre dads at football, and Yorkshire Grit vs Flash Cockney

    Dec 04 2020

    There are some tasty fixtures for us to look ahead to on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Our own trio of flash cockneys - Marcus, Luke and Jim - are here to wet your footballing appetites!Another edition of the North London derby rolls into view, as Eric Dier and José Mourinho continue to praise every other player and manager across all 92 clubs rather than their own. Arsenal meanwhile welcomed fans back to the Emirates last night with a comfortable, one-touch stroll do...more

  • Magnifique from Olivier Giroud, bizarre from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and cultured from Thierry Henry

    Dec 03 2020

    Join Marcus, Andy and Pete as we slide - two-footed and studs up - into another night of Champions League on today’s episode of the Football Ramble!Olivier Giroud showed his venerable class with four glorious goals over in Seville, while Man United were unable to contain the PSG swarm at Old Trafford. We also hear what it was like for fans back in EFL stadiums last night, bring another round of Portmantonio Conte to the table and pave the way for Thierry Henry’s Hollywood adventure!Search ‘Footb...more

  • Liverpool’s new kids on the block, fans return to stadiums, and sneaking onto the pitch at Wembley

    Dec 02 2020

    Strap yourselves in for another ride aboard the Ramble mothership! Alongside you are Kate, Vish, Jim...and 31 Champions League-ready youngsters from Liverpool’s academy.Jürgen’s boys got the job done against Ajax last night, with young goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher particularly impressive (even if he only got put there because he doesn’t score). Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola and Sérgio Conceição riled each other up so much that their respective sides forgot to stick any chances away. We also tent...more

  • Fulham can indeed score penalties, West Ham climb to fifth, and head injuries in football

    Dec 01 2020

    Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents: Fulham have finally scored a penalty! Jules, Luke and Andy are here with reactions after Ivan Cavaleiro’s confident strike gave Fulham a vital win over topsy-turvy Leicester.Meanwhile, something is bubbling away on the other side of London as West Ham sneak into FIFTH after their win over Aston Villa. We also discuss the fallout from Raúl Jiménez’s nasty injury and what can be done to improve concussion protocols in the game, before hearing a cracking tale...more

  • José’s little pony, West Brom get their first win, and Klopp vs Kelly

    Nov 30 2020

    There’s an absolute boatload of football for our own three little ponies to get stuck into on today’s Ramble, as Marcus, Vish and Pete round off another weekend of football.Chelsea and Spurs played out a tense draw that left Frank prickly in the post-match, while José Mourinho was his usual calm and thoughtful self. Elsewhere, West Brom finally got their first win of the season, Man United overcame in-form Southampton, and eighth-tier Marine FC advanced to the third round of the FA Cup with a la...more

  • The Preview Show: Europa League action, Leeds United’s acid test, and Joe Hart’s inswinging deliveries

    Nov 27 2020

    The Europa League threw up some crackers for Marcus, Luke and Vish to get stuck into on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway. We start with yesterday’s football, as Harry Winks turned into David Beckham and Jamie Vardy saved Leicester’s bacon at Braga. Elsewhere, we look ahead to some of this weekend’s Premier League action as Chelsea try to break down a stubborn Spurs and Leeds face a proper test at Goodison Park. There’s also time for us to touch on our favourite Diego...more

  • Goodbye El Diego, Atalanta punish Liverpool, and Manchester City are back in the knockouts

    Nov 26 2020

    Diego, thank you for the memories. Join Kate, Andy and Jim as we look back on all that made the man great: his flaws, his wonderful vindictive streak, his belly slides, and the incredible things he could do with a football. It’s a very special Diego Corner indeed.Elsewhere, football goes on and we spend some time on a difficult night for Liverpool - who suffered their heaviest home defeat under Jürgen Klopp. Plus, Sergio Reguilón has been given a ham for his good work on Sunday and Brendy Rodger...more

  • Chelsea march into the Champions League knockouts, Manchester United get revenge, and Steve McClaren is back in business

    Nov 25 2020

    After a bit of a falling out over who was sitting where in the studio this morning - Emmanuel Dennis style - Marcus, Andy and Pete have made peace for Shteve McClaren’s sake.We reflect on a return to form in the Champions League for Manchester United and doff our caps to Olivier Giroud’s towering header that clinched Chelsea’s knockout spot. Plus, Pete has a new game - or punishment - for Andy, and we explain why some pilots in Russia have drawn something naughty with their plane to support Zeni...more

  • Fans to return to stadiums, Wolves peg back Southampton, and welcome to the Bulgarian Army!

    Nov 24 2020

    Football fans: welcome back to your happy place! Alan Pardew: welcome to the army!Jules, Jim and Luke are here to celebrate the scheduled return of (some) football fans to stadiums and the prospect of some normality. It was certainly back to normality for Burnley last night, as they ground out a win in a 1-0 classic, while the 80s detectives derby saw Theo Walcott bag a goal for Southampton.Elsewhere, a 9-year-old applies for the Derby job yet is somehow still more qualified than Pards, and Neil...more

  • A José Mourinho vintage, Leicester headbutt their ceiling, and Danny Welbeck rolls back the years

    Nov 23 2020

    If the international break was a scary, alien concept fraught with uncertainty, then this weekend’s Premier League action was like putting on your favourite jumper. Snuggle in with Marcus, Pete and Vish as we mull it all over on today’s episode of the Football Ramble!A vintage José Mourinho performance - on the touchline and in subsequent interviews - helped Spurs to an important win over Man City. Elsewhere, Liverpool looked like their rabid old selves against Leicester and Danny Welbeck made u...more

  • The Preview Show: Pep v José, training ground bust-ups aplenty, and Marcus starts a war with Canada

    Nov 20 2020

    Welcome to your all-new episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! With that the pesky international break now out of the way, Marcus, Andy and Luke are here to run the rule over the big weekend Premier League games - including Tottenham v Man City, Newcastle v Chelsea and Fulham v Everton.Elsewhere, there's controversy in the email section as Marcus lays a marker down to an entire nation, and we round things off with a titanic tussle for the ages in the latest instalment of Luke's Game. ...more

  • England put Iceland to the sword, Wales take their seat at the top table, and how to greet Sir Alex Ferguson

    Nov 19 2020

    That was more like it, wasn’t it? England cruise past Iceland as Phil Foden and Jack Grealish turn on the style. Not that Jules, Vish and Jim allow themselves to get carried away, of course.Elsewhere, Wales secure a dream promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and Kieffer Moore looks really happy about it, while Scotland go down to Israel but will definitely still boogie on. Plus, we learn how Andrei Kanchelskis greeted a certain Scotsman at Manchester United in the worst - or best? - w...more

  • Spain batter Germany, Antonio Conte’s got the secret, and content king Ben Foster

    Nov 18 2020

    The Nations League just keeps throwing us curves, as Spain inadvertently hit Germany for six while out for an evening stroll. Join Kate, Vish and Pete for an equally quaint saunter through the latest footballing nonsense on today’s episode of the Football Ramble!Away from the Nations League, we hear of Antonio Conte’s astute predictions while he was Chelsea manager and take a tour through Liverpool’s creepy new training ground. There’s also time for Ben Foster’s latest online venture, as his lov...more

  • Managerial moves in the Championship, a Faroe Islands handball update, and José Mourinho loves the international break

    Nov 17 2020

    This little gap in football's relentless onslaught means Marcus, Luke and Pete have time to talk about some managerial changes in the Championship, as two legends at each end of the managerial spectrum take up new roles. Wayne Rooney stepped up at Derby for the time being, while Tony Pulis began his 11th managerial stint after taking the Sheffield Wednesday job!Elsewhere, we check in with José Mourinho after an international break jam-packed with fun and frivolity. We also hear the tale of ‘The ...more

  • England fail to qualify, Wales keep another clean sheet, and the sad passing of Ray Clemence

    Nov 16 2020

    That’s it, then. It’s all over: England are out of the Nations League. Dry your eyes, mate - Marcus, Andy and Jim are here to conduct the post-mortem. England's tentative performance against Belgium saw Jack Grealish impress yet again, but few else were able to stake a meaningful claim for inclusion. We also look over the rest of the weekend’s Nations League action as Scotland’s unbeaten run ended while Wales’ rolls on. Finally, we take some time to celebrate the wonderful career of fo...more

  • The Preview Show: Scotland make history, heartbreak for Northern Ireland, and England’s evening stroll

    Nov 13 2020

    It took them 22 years, but they’re back in the big time: Scotland have qualified for a major tournament! Marcus, Luke and Vish are here to celebrate on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!David Marshall’s penalty heroics helped the Scots claim a famous victory in Serbia, while Northern Irish hearts were broken after a Slovakian winner in extra-time spoiled their Euro 2020 dream. Elsewhere, we look over England’s straightforward win against Ireland, as Jack Grealish furt...more

  • Big nights for Scotland and Northern Ireland, a seventeen-year-old scout, and is Ronaldo coming home?

    Nov 12 2020

    Vish is back and his nerves are jangling for the Scots. But the Snodfather and an intimidatingly jovial Steve Clark appear to be ready for a historic night in Belgrade. Kate, Andy and Vish also look ahead to Northern Ireland’s crunch tie against Slovakia, reflect on Jude Bellingham’s England call-up and critique Robbie Fowler’s poetry. Plus, we fill our boots with wicked whispers that Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford. And then promptly empty them again. Join us!Search ‘Football Ramble’ ...more

  • Greg Clarke resigns from The FA, another dinosaur returns, and Danny Drinkwater puts himself out there

    Nov 11 2020

    We begin today's episode with the abrupt resignation of Greg Clarke from The FA after he made a string of offensive remarks while discussing diversity in football. Jules, Andy and Jim discuss the fallout and what meaningful actions The FA should take to promote diversity and inclusion within football governance.  Elsewhere, we celebrate the return of Gunnersaurus thanks to a rotating shift of freelancers, applaud Danny Drinkwater's search for a club and worry about the future of the EF...more

  • International football stumbles on, Phil Neville’s whispers of support, and our new true-crime podcast

    Nov 10 2020

    Marcus, the only man on Earth currently excited about international football’s return, joins Jim and Pete for another hard-hitting episode of the Football Ramble. Strap yourselves in.England’s friendly against Iceland looks set to go ahead - despite quarantine regulations trying their best to disrupt proceedings - while Didier Deschamps is looking forward to Paul Pogba’s break from Man United. Elsewhere, Philadelphia Union celebrate victory with Captain America’s help and fans of Wrexham AF...more

  • The joys of the FA Cup first round, Liverpool and Man City share the spoils, and Aston Villa impress again

    Nov 09 2020

    Fancy a bit of extra chaos in your football life? Then get involved with the first round of the FA Cup! Kate, Luke and Pete certainly have on today’s episode of the Football Ramble.Alongside those upsets, penalty shoot-out wins and goals from inside the halfway line, we look back at a swathe of Premier League action from the weekend. Southampton, Spurs and Leicester jostled for pole position, with the Foxes coming out on top after their win against Wolves. We also pore over Man City and Liverpoo...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool take on Manchester City, Pickford gets Southgate’s support, and PPV set to be scrapped

    Nov 06 2020

    Marcus, Jim and Luke are here for a bumper edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Liverpool take on Man City this weekend, but are Southampton going to storm aboard and make off with the Premier League booty? Elsewhere, it’s crunch time for Sean Dyche’s Burnley as they face Brighton, who have been without egomaniac Neal Maupay after an "incident". Gary Southgate’s also announced his latest squad, so we reflect on the break-up of iconic duo Foden & Greenwood and ask whether Ree...more

  • Demba Ba punishes Manchester United, Chelsea mop up again, and former players join dementia study

    Nov 05 2020

    Marcus, Pete and Andy pore over another intriguing night in the Champions League after Manchester United were undone by an inspired Demba Ba and some bizarrely forgetful defending. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s miserliness continues and Timo Werner seized penalty-taking duties. The chaps also talk about football’s troubling connection to dementia after news that 30 former Premier League players have signed up to a study examining early signs of the disease. Plus, they discuss the heartwarming story ...more

  • Jota shines again, Manchester City keep on rolling, and Villas-Boas rallies the troops

    Nov 04 2020

    Last night’s Champions League saw another set of impressive displays for Liverpool and Manchester City - Pep is even giving his players a day off! Surely there’s got to be a catch. Marcus, Andy and Jim are back in the studio to review the action as Diogo Jota leads Liverpool’s line with aplomb, Fernan Torres bags another goal, and Andre Villas-Boas delivers an inspirational rallying cry for his Marseille players. Join us!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....more

  • Leicester City creep towards the verge, Fulham get their first win, and AFC Wimbledon return to Plough Lane

    Nov 03 2020

    Whisper it: Leicester City are on the verge of another title. If they play as well as they did last night in their next 31 games, it’s theirs for the taking!Marcus, Andy and Jim are here with reaction to Leicester’s dismantling of Leeds Utd, who looked a bit more nervous and tentative than in recent games. We also look over Fulham’s first win of the season against fellow relegation strugglers West Brom, while Chelsea’s fourth-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech is keeping it all business. We also look a...more

  • Southampton climb up the table, Gareth Bale gets off the mark, and Mick McCarthy’s back in business

    Nov 02 2020

    Each Premier League match seems to be falling into one of two categories: ‘chaotic goal-fest’ or ‘tedious, dull nonsense’. Join Jules, Luke and Pete on today’s episode as we sort through this weekend’s games.Southampton’s annihilation of Aston Villa certainly fits into the former category, as free-kick extraordinaire James Ward-Prowse showed his class. Man United vs Arsenal, though a great win for the Gunners, was a decidedly torrid affair. We get into those, plus Newcastle’s win over Everton an...more

  • The Preview Show: José shuffles his cards, Aston Villa want top spot, and the former glories derby

    Oct 30 2020

    Join Marcus, Luke and Andy for another jam-packed edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! This weekend, we’ve got a shedload of games to look forward to.José Mourinho was his usual diplomatic self after Spurs’ surprise loss to Royal Antwerp, while Arsenal had a much easier time against plucky Dundalk. This weekend, they take on Man United without any of the usual pomp and circumstance, while Aston Villa host an in-form Southampton - come join us!  See acast.com/privacy for pr...more

  • All hail Marcus Rashford, Jack Wilshere’s future, and Chelsea turn on the style

    Oct 29 2020

    Marcus Rashford can do it all! Last night, he took a break from his admirable social activism to knock a quick hat-trick past RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Marcus, Pete and Andy are here to look over an impressive United performance that was overshadowed by another sartorial swerve from Leipzig coach, Julian Nagelsmann.Elsewhere, Chelsea return from Krasnodar with three points and a first goal for Hakim Ziyech as Roman Abramovich watched on. We also speculate what’s next for Jack Wilshere ...more

  • Ferran Torres impresses again, Liverpool’s mounting injury woes, and Josep Bartomeu’s understated exit

    Oct 28 2020

    On today's episode of the Ramble, Kate, Jim and Andy are back to look over another night of impressive European performances.We kick things off with chat about how a strikerless Man City despatched Marseille and an injury-stricken Liverpool beat FC Midtjylland. We also look over the FA’s new diversity code that aims to improve representation in the higher echelons of English football. Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu leaves in a typically understated fashion - by apparently sig...more

  • Harry Kane indeed got the assist, Mike Ashley stands up for the people, and the birth of a new football TV series

    Oct 27 2020

    In this time of crisis, we all need a man of the people to stand up for what's right. Step forward, Mike Ashley.Marcus, Vish and Luke are here with reaction to his one-man crusade against the recent pay-per-view proposals, as well as some truly outstanding camera work up at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. There’s also some football to look over, as Spurs look to be mounting a serious title challenge after Son Heung-min and Harry Kane teamed up again, while West Brom and Brighton shared the spoils ...more

  • Southampton halt the Everton train, more goals for Hat-trick Bamford, and the opening sequence of Goal 4?

    Oct 26 2020

    After Ajax stuck thirteen past VVV Venlo and stole most of the Premier League’s goals, Jules, Jim and Pete are here to pick up the pieces on today’s episode of the Ramble! We start off with praise for Southampton’s hugely impressive performance as they brought Everton’s unbeaten run to an end, while Man City struggled again as they were held by West Ham. We also look over another barnstorming Leeds win, with pianist Patrick Bamford among the goals, before bricklayer-turned-Newcastle trialis...more

  • The Preview Show: Old Trafford braces for goals galore, tough times for Sheffield United, and the greatest goal ever scored

    Oct 23 2020

    The Premier League’s coming over the hill, which can only mean one thing - it’s time for The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Kate, Luke and Jim are here to blast through an intriguing round of fixtures, as Man United host Chelsea and Arsenal head to Leicester on the back of a lacklustre European performance.We also wonder what’s going on at Sheffield United as they search far and wide for a goalscorer, and the Luke’s Game lineal champion defends her crown!  See acast.com/privacy for...more

  • More goals for Sergio Aguero, more encouragement from Jurgen Klopp, and more mariachi bands in Valencia

    Oct 22 2020

    After Liverpool stood strong in Amsterdam and Man City swept aside Porto, Kate, Pete and Andy settle in for another roundup of Champions League action on this glorious Thursday. We then look over Mesut Özil’s omission from Arsenal’s Premier League squad and wonder how a player of such undisputed talent has ended up in his position. We also even have time for some glorious shithousery over in Valencia, as a well-placed mariachi band continue to snap at the heels of the club’s owners. &n...more

  • Another Parisian dream for Man United, Chelsea achieve the unthinkable, and Pelé’s musical talents

    Oct 21 2020

    The Champions League can do funny things to a team, it really can. Exhibit A: Chelsea secured their first clean sheet under Frank Lampard! Marcus, Pete and Vish are here to celebrate this momentous occasion on today’s episode of the Ramble.Man United also impressed last night, beating a wholly underwhelming PSG in their own back yard. We run the rule over that, throw our totally sincere support behind the Super European Premier League Battle Royale and receive a musical blessing from Pelé himsel...more

  • Our first goalless draw, Newcastle fans’ admirable work, and the return of the Champions League!

    Oct 20 2020

    Finally, the Premier League has listened to our warnings about overindulgence and settled down - for now at least. Join Marcus, Jim and Andy for a stroll through some semblance of normality.We only got one goal from last night’s pair of matches. And that goal was scored by Raúl Jiménez - despite an on-brand Jim insisting it was a Kalvin Phillips own goal - as Wolves continue to get up to speed. We also look over a damning indictment of pay-per-view football as Burnley vs West Brom finished ...more

  • Merseyside madness, Chelsea stumble again, and a Manuel Lanzini thwack

    Oct 19 2020

    After another weekend of chaos across the table, it seems as if this Premier League season won’t ever just calm down! Jules, Luke and Vish are here with all the reaction to a whole host of madness.The Merseyside derby was as wild as we hoped, with Jordan Pickford making yet more headlines and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sniffing out another goal. Elsewhere, Spurs left the back door open for West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini to smash in a rocket and Chelsea let another three points slip through their grasp. &#...more

  • The Preview Show: Derbies galore, Gareth Bale nears his return, and The Master vs The Apprentice

    Oct 16 2020

    It’s cold outside, so wrap yourself up in a warm and familiar blanket: the Premier League returns this weekend! Marcus, Luke and Andy are here to look over it all on today’s jam-packed edition of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!There’s an intriguing Merseyside derby to kick off the weekend’s festivities, and we wonder whether Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are realistic challengers for the top few spots. Mikel Arteta also takes his Partey bus to Man City to take on Pep Guardiola - how long migh...more

  • England see red, Scotland bail out Scotland, and story time with Adil Rami

    Oct 15 2020

    Oh, England… With one deflected goal giveth, another red card taketh away. Kate, Vish and Jim are here in the aftermath of England’s loss to Denmark, as Harry Maguire’s dismissal reflected a night that just didn’t go the Three Lions’ way.Elsewhere, we celebrate two more wins for the Home Nations as Scotland and Wales showed their resolve, while Adil Rami sheds some light on his extracurricular activities and we bid a fond farewell to Project Big Picture. All of that and loads more on another pac...more

  • England go again, San Marino magic, and the EFL talk Project Big Picture

    Oct 14 2020

    Jules, Pete and Vish are here to celebrate the magic of the Nations League after San Marino secure a fairytale 0-0 draw with Liechtenstein! There's also more mafioso developments in the Big Project Thing and we discuss yesterday’s crucial meeting of EFL representatives and the reaction of supporters’ groups. Plus, where does the Women’s Super League stand in all this?Meanwhile, there’s more England beef, a dearth of left feet and the battle between Gary and Jonny M continues. Oh, and Jules absol...more

  • More fallout from Project Big Picture, Paul Scholes swoops in, and what’s next for Josh King?

    Oct 13 2020

    We’re here with our own look at football’s big picture, as we take you from South Devon to Salford and everywhere in between on today’s episode of the Football Ramble! Join us!Kate, Luke and Andy are here with further reaction to the leaked proposals around ‘Project Big Picture’, as some EFL clubs voice their support (while West Ham aren’t so keen). There’s also time for chat on the current situation at the Hammers, with Saïd Benrahma and Josh King the subjects of their latest bids, and a callou...more

  • England are on top of the world, Steve Clarke smiles again, and Premier League weasels

    Oct 12 2020

    Best in the world you call yourselves? Come and have a go! Pete and Jim calm down a giddy Marcus to discuss England’s statement win over Belgium. We then chat Jordan Henderson’s dark arts, the absence of Grazza and the virtues of Gary Southgate’s pragmatic tactics. There’s also a lot of love for Andy Considine, who made his Scotland debut at the ripe old age of 33, and the 600 Northern Ireland fans whose ironic cheers were heard loud and clear. And, of course, the boys talk about greed. We ...more

  • The Preview Show: Scotland scrape through, debut goals galore for England, and synchronised shootout success

    Oct 09 2020

    It’s raining cats and dogs on today’s brand new episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Marcus, Vish and Luke are here to chat about England’s debutant success as Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets his first goal, Danny Ings brings it home - even Conor Coady gets involved! Elsewhere, there’s time for qualifiers packed with penalties as Scotland and Northern Ireland advance in the Euros, 4 To Score is back, and we’ve got another cracking high-stakes edition of Luke’s Game!Search ‘Football Ramble...more

  • Ronaldo vs Ramos, England prepare to face Wales, and Steven Davis is making history

    Oct 08 2020

    As the international break rolls on, Marcus, Jim and Andy react to Scotland’s squad restrictions after Stuart Armstrong tests positive. Meanwhile, calls for fans to be allowed back into stadiums continue, and Gareth Southgate has a firm word ahead of England’s night with Wales.Elsewhere, Ferran Soriano suggests bringing B teams to the Premier League, Ramos and Ronaldo set their differences aside after 2 years of Ballon D’or breakup, and we look at what it really takes to be a skilled, hot-dog-th...more

  • Persistent problems at Man United, Chris Hughton’s back in the game, and Mesut Özil saves the day

    Oct 07 2020

    On today’s show, we welcome back managers, mascots and presenters alike as Vish finally comes out of hiding! He’s joined by Jules and Luke to discuss whether Mauricio Pochettino can solve Man United’s problems.Meanwhile, Forest’s dreams of Championship success look bright as Chris Hughton takes charge of the Reds. There’s also time for how far Gordon Strachan can be thrown, sun-tanned Scottish refs emailing in, and mascots sticking together as Ozil makes his big PR move.Search ‘Football Ram...more

  • Arsenal pinch Thomas Partey, Edinson Cavani rides into Manchester, and the real reason behind Liverpool’s success

    Oct 06 2020

    Marcus, Andy and Pete are back after deadline day with a whole host of transfer news, as Partey time comes to the Emirates, and Kevin Mirallas gets a very unique welcome at Gaziantep FK! Elsewhere, after Liverpool’s mad loss at the weekend, Zeljko Buvac reveals the truth behind Klopp’s success and the world’s best defender has a word with some dissenting fans. Strap yourselves in...Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us at our brand new address: show@football...more

  • Premier League chaos, a perfect hat-trick, and Arsenal sack a legend

    Oct 05 2020

    After an extraordinary weekend of results, Kate, Jim and Pete are here to discuss ALL the goals, shocking incidents and prehistoric mascots. First things first, there’s chat on Watkins getting both feet and his head involved in a first-half hat-trick which saw Villa thrash the defending champions, while Spurs delivered 6 in a humiliating defeat at Old Trafford. Amongst the madness, there’s even time for Leicester getting hammered, Guardiola’s post-match perfume advice, and Arsenal’s deadlin...more

  • The Preview Show: Guardiola takes on Bielsa, Arteta’s Arsenal march on, and Gary Southgate’s latest squad

    Oct 02 2020

    Marcus, Luke and Jim are back and looking ahead to another Premier League weekend on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Liverpool’s empire looks on the verge of crumbling after their cup defeat to Arsenal, though they head to Aston Villa with hopes of Premier League salvation. Elsewhere, José Mourinho wants Harry Kane wrapped in cotton wool while on England duty with Gary Southgate. Also on today’s show, excitable student Pep Guardiola takes on steely master Marcelo Bielsa ...more

  • Another hat-trick for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjo Shelvey goads some empty stands, and a Faroese dream

    Oct 01 2020

    Despite repeated attempts at self-sabotage, Newcastle still managed to scrape past giant-killers Newport County – still, Pete Donaldson ain’t happy. He’s joined by Kate and Andy to look over another night of Carabao Cup action, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a glorious hat-trick and both Manchester sides march on.Elsewhere, we celebrate a cracking interview with whippet-turned-defender Rafael and cheer on KÍ Klaksvík ahead of one of the biggest games in Faroe Islands history.Search ‘Football Ra...more

  • Eric Dier gets the jobbie done, Ross Barkley heads to Villa Park, and Man United haggle themselves in circles

    Sep 30 2020

    Despite Jose Mourinho dropping the kids off at the Spurs stadium to face Chelsea, they scraped past the Blues on penalties! Jules, Andy and Vish are here to mull over the game that saw Tanguy Ndombele impress and Timo Werner open his Chelsea account.Further down the leagues, are some promising signs that the government will be helping out National League clubs in the coming weeks and also that some fans will be able to attend FA Cup matches. We also get a transfer update as Man United continue t...more

  • Klopp vs Keane, more misery for Fulham, and a worrying picture in the lower leagues

    Sep 29 2020

    There are a few glorious battles for Kate, Luke and Pete to mull over on today’s episode! Alexandre Lacazette vs Alisson; Roy Keane vs Jürgen Klopp, and Fulham vs impending doom all take turns to bask in the Ramble spotlight.We also look at the perilous position lots of lower league clubs are in, as their finances continue to be ravaged by the pandemic. We wonder what can be done to help, aside from offering our services as pro bono commentators for clubs looking to broadcast their matches.Searc...more

  • Jamie Vardy’s reign of terror, more bizarre handballs, and a doddering Thiago Silva

    Sep 28 2020

    After another Premier League weekend passes by with absolutely no moments of controversy, Marcus, Jim and Vish are here to revel in the ridiculous. Jamie Vardy continued to sap power from his opponents as he scored a hat-trick, while a classy Steve Bruce couldn’t understand how his side won that late penalty. There’s also time for more Pep Guardiola happiness, inevitable handball controversy and a bizarre bus mishap for Oxford United. Join us!Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to...more

  • The Preview Show: Man City have a new superstar, West Brom turn heads, and Bruno Fernandes has a moan

    Sep 25 2020

    Welcome to a brand new episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Today, Marcus is joined by Luke and Andy to run the rule over all the big upcoming games in the Premier League this weekend, as well as dissecting the big stories from last night's action. Including, but not limited to, Jose Mourinho and goalposts, Rory Delap's son, Slaven Bilic thinking outside the box when it comes to signing a new player, and Nelson Semedo's potential debut for Wolves. There's also Luke's Game, 4 To Scor...more

  • Kai Havertz’s lethal hat-trick, swashbuckling Newcastle United, and Hollywood comes to Wrexham

    Sep 24 2020

    Goals. And loads of them. All over the bloody shop: six at Stamford Bridge, seven at Fleetwood and two from Newcastle’s lonely wanderer, Joelinton! Settle in alongside Marcus, Luke and Vish as we mull it all over on today’s episode.As well as that gluttonous gathering of goals, we despair for West Ham fans as their owners continue to disregard their best interests. We then hear some puzzling news around potential new ownership at Wrexham. The party comes to the Racecourse Ground!  See ...more

  • Football struggles amidst the pandemic, Les Ferdinand calls for action, and a thirteen-second Estonian debut

    Sep 23 2020

    Despite most of last night’s Carabao Cup matches going ahead - with Spurs vs Leyton Orient postponed after positive coronavirus tests - football continues to operate in precarious times. Kate, Andy and Jim are back in the studio to discuss some games that did happen, with Newport County continuing their impressive cup streak and Brentford knocking out West Brom on penalties.Elsewhere, we discuss Les Ferdinand’s comments around teams taking a knee ahead of matches and celebrate the arrival of Ale...more

  • Manchester City get back at it, Zlatan Ibrahimović defies ageing, and animal stadium invasions

    Sep 22 2020

    Marcus, Jim and Andy are here after a paisley-draped Man City saw off a spirited fight from Wolves last night, while Aston Villa got a much-needed result over Sheffield United. Will Kevin De Bruyne establish himself as the best in the world post-Messi and Ronaldo, we wonder?We also look over some of football’s everlasting constants, as Zlatan Ibrahimović scored yet again and alpacas invade lower league matches. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone’s evil empire continues to grow: Luis Suárez and Diego Costa...more

  • Premier League goals galore, more problems for Kepa Arrizabalaga, and what next for Dele Alli?

    Sep 21 2020

    Jules, Luke and Vish managed to climb out from under a landslide of Premier League goals and made it back in the studio for a brand new episode of the Football Ramble! Chelsea lost to the Champions after yet more shaky goalkeeping from Kepa Arrizabalaga – how can Frank Lampard continue to play him? There’s also time for Harry Kane’s telepathic relationship with Son Heung-min, questions around Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s improvements at Manchester United and another hatful of goals for Leeds Unite...more

  • The Preview Show: Spurs’ travelling circus rolls on, Leeds United search for their first win, and Chelsea take on the Champions

    Sep 18 2020

    Roll up, roll up – Marcus, Vish and Andy are ready to charge into another Premier League weekend on today’s episode of the Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!After they staggered to a 2-1 win in the Europa League last night, Tottenham Hotspur head to Southampton for the beautifully timed Gareth Bale Derby on Sunday. Elsewhere, Leeds United will be hoping to get off the mark as they host Fulham, while Thiago Alcantara’s new club Liverpool take on Chelsea’s various new boys. And, in a dramatic twis...more

  • More EFL Cup shoot-outs, shirt sponsor dilemmas, and a sad day for Macclesfield Town

    Sep 17 2020

    Maybe a season of single-legged Carabao Cup ties will continually throw up some extra drama – it certainly did last night! Marcus, Pete and Jim are back in the studio after Hull City bested Leeds on penalties and Southampton were knocked out by an impressive Brentford. We also get an update on the Tottenham Hotspur soap opera: former boss Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t watched much of All Or Nothing and, on top of that, their daunting schedule looms into view. There’s also time for Dean Smith d...more

  • Gareth Bale packs up his clubs, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang commits to Arsenal, and Jude Bellingham makes his mark

    Sep 16 2020

    Sound the alarm: Gareth Bale may well be returning to Tottenham! Jules, Jim and Andy offer their reactions to these seismic developments, as Spurs rummage around in the back of Real Madrid’s wardrobe for both the Welshman and Sergio Reguilón’s signatures.Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jack Grealish sign new contracts at their respective clubs, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace play out a crazy penalty shoot-out and Jude Bellingham scores on his Borussia Dortmund debut – you love to see it...more

  • Chelsea’s new signings impress, Wolves pick up where they left off, and Gonzalo Higuaín heads for Miami

    Sep 15 2020

    Marcus, Jim and Vish are here to mull over an impressive display from Chelsea’s newest recruits against Brighton. Elsewhere, Nuno Espírito Santo believes something special is happening up at Wolves after they beat Sheffield United seemingly days after their endless 2019/20 campaign ended.We also hear a listener’s bizarre proposal to freshen up promotion and relegation, wonder how Gonzalo Higuaín might fare at Inter Miami and unpick Mike Ashley’s latest rallying call against the Premier League. O...more

  • Leeds United bring the party, Everton’s debutants impress, and dinner party nightmares

    Sep 14 2020

    The cosy old jumper that is the Premier League returned – and what an opening weekend it was! Kate Mason, Pete Donaldson and 5’7” King Vish Ehantharajah settle in for a chat about some of the liveliest games from the opening round of fixtures.Liverpool and Leeds United slugged it out at Anfield, while a much-improved Everton kept a listless Spurs at arm’s length. We also praise Newcastle’s debutants for actually looking decent, before reeling in confused horror at Damien Delaney’s proposal for a...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool host Leeds United, Scott Parker’s tough task, and Neil Warnock’s on the BBQ

    Sep 11 2020

    The Premier League has returned, so soon after the last! Marcus, Luke and Andy are here to look ahead to a crammed weekend of fixtures on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway.We’ll finally get to see Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League, as Leeds are welcomed back to the top flight with a trip to the Champions. We also look ahead to Fulham’s clash with Arsenal, wonder who will slot into Everton’s midfield as they take on Spurs and hear all about Neil Warnock’s lovely routine....more

  • Mike Ashley throws a hail mary, Abdoulaye Doucouré gets his move, and Kevin De Bruyne revels in the bizarre

    Sep 10 2020

    As the new Premier League season rolls into view, Kate, Vish and Jim are here to bring you all the latest! Mike Ashley’s doing his best to endear himself to the Newcastle faithful (to not much success) while Abdoulaye Doucouré further bolsters Everton’s midfield.Elsewhere, lower-league legend Jefferson Louis signs for his fortieth club and Gareth Ainsworth reflects on an amazing few years at Wycombe – rock n’ roll chat very much included…The first episode of On The Continent will be available la...more

  • Another tepid England performance, Cristiano Ronaldo hits the century, and Ollie Watkins’ Premier League move

    Sep 09 2020

    Despite England serving up yet another dull affair, there’s still plenty for Marcus, Pete and Vish to get stuck into on today’s episode of the Ramble!A load of last night's Nations League goals came elsewhere, as Olivier Giroud bagged his 40th for France and Ronaldo brought up his international century with two beauties. We also chat about Ollie Watkins’ potential move to Villa, the ever-impressive Héctor Bellerín and the recent news that all of September's football will be televised.On thi...more

  • James Rodríguez joins Everton, more WSL coups, and some odd Nations League results

    Sep 08 2020

    Kate, Andy and Luke are here to welcome two more celebrated footballers to the Premier League, as Kai Havertz joins Chelsea and James Rodríguez links up with Carlo Ancelotti once again. We also discuss yet more superstar arrivals as Tobin Heath and Christen Press join Manchester United, while Andy gives us the rundown on Wolves’ new wonder-kid Fábio Silva. There’s even time for a Nations League update, as Scotland beat a bizarre Czech Republic line-up and England head to Denmark without Phi...more

  • Some international football failed to excite, Lionel Messi stays put, and Andy Carroll’s community relations

    Sep 07 2020

    The UEFA Nations League didn’t serve up anything particularly spicy for today’s episode of the Football Ramble, but no matter – Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands both won again!Marcus, Jim and Pete give a slither of credit to Wales and England after their respective wins, before praising Ansu Fati’s amazing performance against Ukraine. We also hear of Andy Carroll’s latest bout of community relations, try to convince Pete that Newcastle’s new signings are, in fact, worthwhile and marvel at the biz...more

  • An announcement from Ramble HQ about the 20/21 season!

    Sep 06 2020

    Evening everyone, just a quick announcement about our plans for the 20/21 season here at Football Ramble HQ.Marcus, Jules, Kate, Andy, Vish, Jim, Pete and Luke are all super excited to be with you through the new season and beyond!Also, subscribe to Football Ramble Presents here: hyperurl.co/ramblepresents  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Preview Show: Germany duke out a draw with Spain, Wales and Ireland get positive results, and we look ahead to England v Iceland

    Sep 04 2020

    Happy Friday everyone! Marcus, Andy and Luke are here to help you usher in the weekend with talk of Germany's encounter with Spain last night, as well as Republic of Ireland's game against Bulgaria and Wales' useful win in Finland!Elsewhere, there's England chat, Marcus bothering a footballer trying to qualify for his coaching badges, Andy's encounter with Mick McCarthy in Lyon, and the danger of space lobsters in football. The usual stuff, really.For next week's Topic, we want to know which non...more

  • Fans back in stadiums, Lionel Messi again, Newcastle digs aplenty, and Michael Owen's new beer

    Sep 03 2020

    What's going on, everyone! It's time for an all-fresh, brand spanking new episode of the Football Ramble! Today, Marcus, Jim and Pete join forces to deliver the warmest takes on the big football stories of the last 24 hours. They cover the prospect of fans going back into stadiums, Lionel Messi's Dad, Carl Jenkinson in the Crystal Dome, *and* Marcus at Glasgow Garden Festival.Elsewhere, we examine Pete Donaldson's expenses and why he is also a member of a Zimbabwean whatsapp group, have a group ...more

  • Arsenal make a signing, Ivan Rakitic goes home, and Marcus Rashford continues his superhero transformation

    Sep 02 2020

    Hello and a very warm welcome to today's Football Ramble! Kate is joined by Andy and Jim to take a long, hard look at the latest transfers—including Ivan Rakitic's emotional return to his spiritual home, and Arsenal's new left-footed centre back Gabriel. Looks like dreams can come true!Other questions the team attempt to answer today: what's it like sitting next to Troy Deeney and Lethal Bizzle at a sporting event? What does erectile dysfunction have to do with Spanish football? And why is a gia...more

  • Good news for Grealish, great news for Lyon, and Spurs get the All or Nothing treatment

    Sep 01 2020

    Rejoice at the prospect of a brand new Football Ramble for your listening pleasure! This time around Kate, Pete and Luke are the triumvirate primed and ready to deliver some more red hot football chat to your ears and hearts. So strap yourselves in and get ready!On today's show, we ruminate on the addition of Jack Grealish to the England squad ahead of the Three Lions' upcoming fixtures. We then marvel at just how good Lyon are after they lifted the Women's Champions League for the fifth time in...more

  • Arsenal lift first silverware of the season, Maitland-Niles and Coady get England nods, and players on the move

    Aug 31 2020

    Welcome to a brand new week of Football Ramble delights! Here to kick us off today are Marcus, Vish and a delighted Jim. They start by running the rule over Arsenal's triumph against Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday.Elsewhere, there's a couple of additions to Gareth's England squad ahead of the Nations League, the winner of our latest Patreon competition (patreon.com/footballrambledaily), and a round up of players who may well have dived headfirst through the transfer window...Got a...more

  • The Preview Show: Football’s back already, Matt Doherty looks set to join Spurs, and Gareth Barry hangs up the boots

    Aug 28 2020

    Six days after the last one ended, the next football season’s grand opening is somehow already upon us! Yes, we look ahead now to the Community Shield on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway.Kate, Luke and Vish then celebrate Gareth Barry’s hugely impressive career after his retirement announcement, before wondering what exactly Matt Doherty would bring to Tottenham’s defence. And wait with baited breath as Kate faces her first challenger since being crowned the current Luke'...more

  • Ben Chilwell joins Chelsea, the Football League announces streaming, and Newcastle United are having a mare

    Aug 27 2020

    Ben Chilwell’s flown the nest and joined up with his old muckers at Chelsea! Marcus, Luke and Pete are here to assess Frank Lampard's latest signing and to mull over Lionel Messi’s next destination – might it be Manchester City?We also highlight Newcastle United’s alarming lack of strikers and celebrate the impressive work of Mathieu Flamini. All in the shadow of a Diego Maradona-shaped rumour looming over La Liga’s newest side, Elche CF.Got a suggestion for a new question on tomorrow's edition ...more

  • Lionel Messi requests the unthinkable, England's latest squad, and Louis van Gaal's musings

    Aug 26 2020

    It seems the grass may well be greener on the other side, even for the GOAT: Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave! Marcus, Vish and Jim are here to unpack this startling news and wonder where Messi might end up should he move on. Is Mike Ashley’s long-term plan finally coming to fruition?We also look over Gareth Southgate's latest squad for England's upcoming Nations League matches, praise friendly neighbourhood superhero Victor Lindelöf and revel in Louis van Gaal’s recent comments...more

  • Chelsea peruse the transfer market, single-legged European ties, and Dimitri Payet sticks the boot in

    Aug 25 2020

    With the football schedule briefly on pause, we turn our attentions to the transfer window as Chelsea look to replace their homegrown talents with expensive imported ones. On today's episode, Kate, Pete and Andy are here to discuss Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva’s imminent arrivals as well as Leicester’s James Maddison signing a four-year contract extension in a service station. We also revel in some more glorious pettiness from various Marseille players, wonder whether these single-legged Ch...more

  • Bayern achieve the inevitable, Sevilla win yet another Europa League, and Guus Hiddink heads to the beach

    Aug 24 2020

    Bayern Munich’s relentless march to glory reached its inevitable conclusion last night with their Champions League victory over PSG. Kate, Jim and Andy are here to discuss how impressive Hansi Flick’s turnaround has been and what’s next for Neymar et al.We also celebrate yet another win for Sevilla in the Europa League, kick off this week’s question on The Topics and hand Guus Hiddink some suncream as he takes charge of Curaçao.On this week's edition of The Topics, we want to know: if you could ...more

  • The Preview Show: The European season draws to a close, Nuri Şahin reunites with his nemesis, and more sartorial sins

    Aug 21 2020

    Kate, Andy and Luke are here to look ahead to the climax of the European football season on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!PSG will try to stop the Bayern Munich steam train on Sunday, while Sevilla’s resident pest (Éver Banega) hopes to get one over his former club Inter. There are other titanic battles for us to discuss too, as Nuri Şahin reunites with an old enemy at Antalyaspor and Kate looks for revenge in Luke’s Game!On next week's edition of The Topics, we w...more

  • The unstoppable Bayern machine, Gerard Piqué’s London calling, and the new Lionesses head coach

    Aug 20 2020

    Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski ended Lyon’s Champions League dream last night, despite the Ligue Un side having plenty of chances! We rue those misses on today’s episode of the Football Ramble.Next, Kate, Vish and Jim look at developments in the women’s game, as Dutch legend Sarina Wiegman becomes the next England head coach and USWNT’s Rose Lavelle joins Man City. There’s even time for some gloriously bizarre transfer rumours – Michael Keane to Barcelona, anyone?***Please take the time to ...more

  • Julian Nagelsmann’s sartorial swerve, getting fans back in stadiums, and more Premier League predictions

    Aug 19 2020

    Julian Nagelsmann’s suit belied the usual efficiency of his RB Leipzig side after last night’s semi-final exit. Marcus, Luke and Vish are here with praise for PSG’s outrageous front three and criticism for Nagelsmann’s tactics – among other things…We also expand on some of the plans being put in place to allow fans back into stadiums, look ahead to Bayern vs Lyon and get a Ronald Koeman update from the president of his fan club, Marcus Speller.On this week's edition of The Topics, we want to kno...more

  • Romelu Lukaku keeps on scoring, David Silva departs, and another reliable Newcastle takeover rumour

    Aug 18 2020

    Romelu Lukaku’s done it again! Marcus, Andy and Pete are here to celebrate football’s premium bromance as Antonio Conte’s Inter advance to the Europa League final on the back of another cracking performance from the Belgian.Elsewhere we bid farewell to some European stalwarts moving on to pastures new, as David Silva joins Real Sociedad and Blaise Matuidi links up with former teammate David Beckham at Inter Miami. And, sound the alarm yet again because there’s another Newcastle takeover rumour c...more

  • Manchester United rue missed chances, Pep Guardiola does it again, and Barcelona crumble

    Aug 17 2020

    Both European competitions served up some outrageous matches this weekend, which saw both Manchester sides eliminated and Barcelona reduced to rubble by a brutal Bayern Munich. Marcus, Pete and Jim are here to get into all of that, as we wonder what happens now for the likes of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola. There’s also time for Joe Hart’s seismic return and a brand new edition of The Topics!On this week's edition of The Topics, we want to know: what changes would you make to food at foot...more

  • The Blizzard: Newcastle United 2-0 Blackpool, 1951

    Aug 15 2020

    We celebrate Newcastle United's illustrious FA Cup history on today's episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Historian and author Dan Jackson joins us to look back at the 1951 FA Cup final, the first of three FA Cups Newcastle won in the 1950s!A Newcastle side featuring legends such as Jackie Milburn and Chilean striker George Robledo beat Joe Smith's Blackpool in front of over 100,000 people at Wembley. We explore Newcastle's illustrious status at the time, as well as thei...more

  • The Preview Show: RB Leipzig squeeze past Atlético, Neuer vs Ter Stegen, and glorious punditry pettiness

    Aug 14 2020

    It was another victory for the Champions League underdogs last night, as RB Leipzig knocked out a stuttering Atlético Madrid. Jules, Luke and Andy wonder whether Diego Simeone’s time at Atleti is coming to an end and what we can expect from them in coming seasons.We also look ahead to a cracking set of Champions League quarter-finals, assess the changes to next season’s schedule and celebrate some glorious pettiness from French pundit Eric Di Meco. Plus, Jules makes her Luke’s Game debut!For the...more

  • Heartbreak for Atalanta, Mesut Özil's Arsenal future, and Eric Cantona's vineyard

    Aug 13 2020

    Sadly, Atalanta's Champions League dream is over. Jules, Pete and Jim mourn the bubble that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s last-gasp winner burst, before looking ahead to tonight’s edition of the Champions League Lisbon Extravaganza.We also discuss the latest on Mesut Özil's situation at Arsenal (after his interview in The Athletic), and get some dating advice from Paul Dummett. There's even time for Eric Cantona's Champions League château and competition newbies Rennes waking up the neighbours!Emai...more

  • Wolves call off the hunt, the Champions League heads to Lisbon, and what's next for Daniel Sturridge?

    Aug 12 2020

    Well, after 59 games and 383 days, Wolves’ season has finally come to a close. Jules, Vish and Pete settle into the roasting hot studio to celebrate their amazing achievement, which culminated in a Europa League quarter-final three years after being in the Championship. Elsewhere, we wonder what the future holds for Daniel Sturridge as he looks to return to the Premier League. We also get to some more of your Topics suggestions, which include the introduction of Enforcers and comedy aprons ...more

  • Romelu Lukaku's form continues, turmoil at Bury FC, and Borussia Dortmund stand firm

    Aug 11 2020

    It wasn’t a vintage Manchester United performance last night against Copenhagen, but they did break through eventually and advanced to the next round. Kate, Jim and Andy are here to look over last night’s Europa League action, notably the incredible goalkeeping from Karl-Johan Johnsson and another cracking Romelu Lukaku performance.We also catch up with the latest cheekiness from Dortmund and Leverkusen, as the respective Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz transfer sagas roll on. And, after their appl...more

  • Andrea Pirlo steps up to the plate, Man City march on, and Lionel Messi does it yet again

    Aug 10 2020

    The Champions League has returned, and Man City are in with a real chance of winning it all! Kate, Luke and Vish are here to marvel at their dominant win over Real Madrid as well as Pep Guardiola’s choice of novelty t-shirt.Elsewhere, Barcelona fended off Napoli with some more Lionel Messi brilliance - which massively underwhelmed Vish. Meanwhile, after their loss to Lyon, Juventus have replaced Maurizio Sarri with the sexy work experience kid: Andrea Pirlo. Strange times!All this week, we want ...more

  • The Blizzard: Watford 4-0 QPR, 1982

    Aug 08 2020

    We're joined by the Mail On Sunday's Rob Draper for today's episode of Greatest Games (in association with The Blizzard) and we’re discussing a clash of English managerial greats!When Graham Taylor's Watford took on Terry Venables' QPR in the Second Division in 1982, it represented a pivotal moment in the tactical history of English football. Marcus, Jonathan and Rob sit down to discuss this classic battle of pressing vs possession, and the similarity between this and the modern battles of Pep G...more

  • The Preview Show: Wolves’ European adventure continues, the Champions League returns, and our brand new feature!

    Aug 07 2020

    Get the anthem ready, because the Champions League is back! Marcus, Andy and Luke are here to look ahead to the return of European action, as Man City take on a rejuvenated Real Madrid and Lyon hope to sneak past Juventus.Elsewhere, we celebrate Wolves advancing to the next round of the Europa League, discuss the new Nicolas Anelka documentary and play out another hugely tense round of Luke’s Game! For the first question for our new segment, The Topics, we want to know: what features would ...more

  • The Europa League gets underway, Arsenal make several redundancies, and Iker Casillas hangs up his gloves

    Aug 06 2020

    European football is back! Jules, Pete and Andy are here to round up the first few Europa League matches from last night, before looking ahead to how Wolves and Man United might fare in the competition’s latter stages. Elsewhere, we discuss Arsenal’s decision to make 55 staff members redundant and celebrate Iker Casillas’ amazing career after his retirement this week. There’s also plenty of chat on hair removal and eating whacking great slabs of meat too—if that’s your thing?Search ‘Footbal...more

  • Fulham secure promotion, Willian looks set to join Arsenal, and how will Alexis Sánchez be remembered?

    Aug 05 2020

    Kate, Jim and Vish are in the studio as Fulham secured the Championship’s final promotion spot with a hard-fought victory over Brentford – all thanks to Scott Parker’s lovely wholesomeness.We also get stuck into some interesting transfer news, as Willian and Alexis Sánchez look destined to move on to Arsenal and Inter Milan respectively. We then reflect on Danny Rose’s comments around the racial targeting he regularly suffers and run the rule over Spurs’ potential new signing, Pierre-Emile Højbj...more

  • The Championship play-off final, Harry Kewell’s return, and developments north of the border

    Aug 04 2020

    On today's show, we're looking ahead to one of the biggest games in English football as Brentford take on Fulham for a place in the Premier League. Will Aleksandar Mitrović play? How nervous is Marcus Speller? Listen to find out!We also round up the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership, as Celtic began their quest for a record tenth consecutive title. There’s even time for a glance at puzzling developments at Barcelona and Oldham Athletic respectively, as one has spent €650m on largely un...more

  • Arsenal win a record FA Cup, Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth, and the merits of the Filet-O-Fish

    Aug 03 2020

    Jules, Vish and Jim are here to recount a fantastic FA Cup final that deserved to be played in a packed-out Wembley, as Arsenal overcame Chelsea. Jim’s delighted about Arsenal but cautious about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after his remarkable goal. Meanwhile the Drip King™️ Héctor Bellerín’s been at it again.Elsewhere we round up an underwhelming end to Juventus’ Serie A title parade, honour Eddie Howe after he departs from Bournemouth and marvel at this weekend’s dubious end to the Aust...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, 2019

    Aug 01 2020

    We’re revisiting a modern classic on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. To discuss a game that followed a fantastical narrative, we brought on an equally excellent storyteller – director of ‘Diego Maradona’, Asif Kapadia!Asif chanced upon a ticket for this second-leg tie at Anfield (next to Michael Fassbender, no less), as Liverpool’s season was seemingly petering out. But Jurgen Klopp stood by his tactical beliefs and, after Divock Origi tapped home after just ...more

  • The Preview Show: No takeover for Newcastle, Fulham take a step closer to the Premier League, and looking ahead to the FA Cup Final

    Jul 31 2020

    Luke and Vish join Marcus for today's Preview Show sponsored by Betway, and first on the agenda is the news that the proposed takeover of Newcastle United has fallen through.The boys also run the rule over Fulham's stuttering progression to the playoff final where they'll face Brentford. Is Fulham sympathiser Marcus confident? Elsewhere, there's more problematic FIFA news, Nathan Ake, and an epic edition of Luke's Game. Stay tuned!This episode is sponsored by BetwaySearch ‘Football Ramble’ ...more

  • The Bees buzz their way to Wembley, James Maddison signs a new deal at Leicester, and will fans be back in October?

    Jul 30 2020

    Jules, Jim and Luke are here to talk you through last night's dramatic scenes as Brentford booked their tickets to Wembley in their final game at Griffin Park. Elsewhere in the pod, there's James Maddison's excellent new contract but questionable choice in t-shirts, talk of fans coming back to games, and a cut price Joel Veltman arrives in Brighton.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballrambledaily.com ***Please take the time to rate and re...more

  • The delicately balanced Newcastle takeover, Roy Keane’s softer side, and the Ehantharajah Fan Club

    Jul 29 2020

    As the proposed takeover of Newcastle United rolls on, fans are forced into difficult discussions about the club’s potential ownership and football’s wider issues. Jules, Pete and Vish are in the studio to wrestle with these competing feelings on today’s episode of the Football Ramble.Elsewhere, Adam Lallana returns to the beach as he joins Brighton and Neil Warnock makes Middlesbrough his latest managerial home. We also try to work out which aspect of post-lockdown football we prefer: Mike Dean...more

  • Fulham have one foot in the play-off final, Dejan Lovren cements his legacy, and Almería hire yet another coach

    Jul 28 2020

    Josh Onomah's glorious goal for Fulham helped seal a vital play-off semi-final win over Cardiff last night. Take a bow, Josh! Kate, Andy and Pete are here to talk about that briefly, before wondering which of their mascots would win in a scrap…There’s plenty more to get stuck into: Dejan Lovren is off to smash more trophies at Zenit Saint Petersburg, Man United continue to lowball Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho and Almería have hired their FIFTH coach of the season! And we thought Watford we...more

  • Aston Villa survive, Leicester City fail to qualify for the Champions League, and Leighton Baines joins a band

    Jul 27 2020

    The Premier League season has finally come to an end 352 days after it began, with Aston Villa securing their survival after their draw at West Ham. Join Marcus, Andy and Jim on today’s episode of the Football Ramble as they pore over the final standings and recap a spicy last day!Aston Villa’s draw confirmed Watford and Bournemouth’s relegation – we have a wonder as to what’s next for both sides and who may need a managerial change ahead of next season’s Championship campaign. We also discuss L...more

  • The Blizzard: American Samoa 2-1 Tonga, 2011

    Jul 25 2020

    Imagine losing all thirty of the games you've played as an international side, losing by a combined score of 229-12 as well as sitting bottom of the FIFA rankings. On top of that, imagine suffering a 31-0 loss to Australia in an OFC Nations Cup qualifier as headlines around the world declared you the 'Worst Team in World Football.'On today's episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, globetrotting author James Montague joins us to discuss that very team. In 2011, Thomas Rongen ...more

  • The Preview Show: The climax of the Premier League, retiring shirt numbers, and Claude Puel vs The Empire

    Jul 24 2020

    Well, we’ve made it to the final weekend of the Premier League season! We look ahead to the last day on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!Marcus, Luke and Andy work out the state of play regarding Champions League qualification and relegation survival – will Eddie Howe leave Bournemouth if they go down? There’s also chat on Birmingham City retiring Jude Bellingham’s shirt number and Claude Puel taking on The Empire in the final of the Coupe de France. Also, stay tuned for ...more

  • A fevered finish to the Championship, Liverpool lift the Premier League, and Michail Antonio strikes again

    Jul 23 2020

    If anyone was in doubt about how crazy the final day of the Championship can be, last night set the record straight! Jules, Luke and Jim are here to recap an unbelievable night of football that saw West Brom promoted, Swansea City sneak into the playoffs and Luton Town complete their dramatic relegation escape. We also reflect on a bittersweet moment for Liverpool, who finally lifted the Premier League trophy in front of an empty Anfield after a barnstorming match against Chelsea. There’s a...more

  • Aston Villa are given a lifeline, Serie A shenanigans, and fondling football trophies

    Jul 22 2020

    Aston Villa’s great escape is on! In the race to avoid the drop, last night’s results were seismic and Marcus, Pete and Vish are here to revel in all that glorious tension.We discuss another Watford humbling against Manchester City (Vish was in attendance) and look ahead to which sides can secure promotion in tonight’s final round of the Championship. There’s also time for a thorough breakdown of player swap deals, kissing the world cup and the most bizarre Pete’s Mystery Noise yet…Search ‘Footb...more

  • Wolves continue the hunt, Brighton secure their survival, and Jude Bellingham breaks out the guitar

    Jul 21 2020

    It’s the nature of a post-lockdown Premier League that some matches are going to be just a bit dull. Case in point: last night’s Brighton vs Newcastle. Jules, Jim and Vish are in good spirits regardless, as we celebrate Brighton’s confirmed survival and marvel at Matt Ritchie’s dulcet tones.We also look back over yet another Wolves win, as they further establish themselves as one of the most entertaining sides in the division. We then discuss the cancellation of this year’s Ballon d’Or. There’s ...more

  • Leeds United return, more David de Gea errors and Jon Moss in double denim

    Jul 20 2020

    So, it’ll be a London derby in this year’s FA Cup final! Kate, Andy and Pete are here to discuss this weekend’s two cracking semi-finals, as well as the latest from the Premier League, on today’s episode of the Football Ramble!We wonder whether David de Gea’s status as an elite goalkeeper is in trouble after some catastrophic errors against Chelsea, meanwhile David Luiz addressed his own critics after an impressive Arsenal performance. We also discuss Watford’s shock dismissal of Nigel Pearson a...more

  • Book Club: Black and Blue, Paul Canoville

    Jul 19 2020

    We welcome Chelsea's first black footballer to today's episode of the Book Club, as Kate Mason and Andy Brassell are joined in the studio by Paul Canoville!Paul's award-winning autobiography Black and Blue paints a vivid picture of a thoughtful man trying to make his way in a world that, in many parts, was not ready to accept him. He joins us in the studio to look back on his challenging life, discuss the influence of his ghostwriter turned friend Rick Glanvill and draw saddening parallels betwe...more

  • The Blizzard: South Africa 2-0 Tunisia, 1996

    Jul 18 2020

    On today's episode of Greatest Games in association with The Blizzard, we look back to a pivotal point in African football history. Mark Gleeson, journalist and FIFA's African Football Archivist, joins us to remember the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations!Amidst wider racial turmoil across the country, South Africa replaced Kenya as hosts in the run-up to the tournament. Mark joins us to highlight football's progressive position in South African society and we recall how the nation watched ...more

  • The Preview Show: A purring Brendan Rodgers, the FA Cup semi-finals, and the ghost of Peter Ridsdale

    Jul 17 2020

    With both the FA Cup semi-finals and some important Premier League matches still to play, it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend of football. We’re talking all about it on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! Brendan Rodgers was purring after Leicester’s win over Sheffield United last night, while Nigel Pearson hopes his Watford players can break out of his escape room in time for tonight’s scrap against West Ham. We also celebrate Gareth Bale’s latest La Liga title, won...more

  • Arsenal somehow beat the Champions, Harry Kane hits 200, and the Christmas World Cup gets some dates

    Jul 16 2020

    Jules, Jim and Andy are here and they cannot begin to fathom how in the world Arsenal managed to walk away from their meeting with Liverpool with all three points. There’s some deserved praise for Alexandre Lacazette and rare condemnation for Virgil van Dijk – Jim doesn’t know what to do with himself!Elsewhere, Harry Kane passed another landmark in his storied career as he hits 200 club goals. We also take a look at some confirmed dates for both this summer’s transfer window and the 2022 Qatar W...more

  • Hull City implode, Chelsea scrape past Norwich, and combating racism online

    Jul 15 2020

    My word...that Chelsea vs Norwich game didn’t offer much now did it? Torrid stuff. Thankfully, Wigan's brutal dismantling of Hull City was a much more entertaining affair—we’re talking both those matches and more on today’s episode! We also get to some of your answers for ‘worst things found in a club shop’ and, after Wilfried Zaha and David McGoldrick both publicised the racist abuse they regularly receive on social media, we explore how the discussion around racism is changing as well as ...more

  • Wycombe Wanderers secure promotion, Man United leave the back door open and European title races wind down

    Jul 14 2020

    They’ve waited 133 years, but Wycombe Wanderers - and Gareth Ainsworth’s leather jacket - have made it to the Championship! Marcus, Andy and Pete are here to celebrate their promotion and marvel at the unfaltering career of super sub Adebayo Akinfenwa.We then discuss Manchester United’s latest slip up against Southampton amidst an intriguing race for the top four. We also round up some of the latest action from La Liga and Serie A – Gareth Bale’s been at it again, the cheeky sod…Search ‘Football...more

  • Man City overturn their ban, Spurs win the North London derby, and Norwich are relegated

    Jul 13 2020

    Kate, Vish and Jim are here to discuss the news of Man City’s successful appeal against their European ban, the fallout from yet another eventful North London derby and Leicester’s catastrophic display against a suddenly revitalised Bournemouth. Elsewhere, Norwich are finally relegated - at the hand of The Ferryman, no less - Jonathan Pearce provides some instantly classic commentary and we discover the Newcastle United-themed rap EP we had no idea we needed.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on soci...more

  • The Blizzard: Netherlands 0-1 Spain, 2010

    Jul 11 2020

    In today’s episode of Greatest Games (in association with The Blizzard), we return to the 2010 World Cup. The Independent’s Miguel Delaney was watching from the press box as his Spanish compatriots took on the Netherlands in the final in Johannesburg!This would mark the first time a European nation won the tournament outside of the continent, as the two sides met in a World Cup match for the first time. Miguel, Marcus and Jonathan recount a pulsating game fraught with tension, littered with yell...more

  • The Preview Show: Paul Pogba impresses, the North London derby returns, and Richard Keys saves football

    Jul 10 2020

    Hot off the heels of a shambolic draw with Bournemouth, the first trailer for Spurs' new ‘All or Nothing’ Amazon documentary series has just dropped. Spoiler: it’s nothing...Marcus, Andy and Luke are here to peel back the layers of that terrible performance, as well as marvel at another vintage Man United display. There’s also time for talk of Richard Keys single-handedly saving football, Carlo Ancelotti opening his illustrious contacts book and a titanic battle between the top two seeds in Luke...more

  • Liverpool are honoured again, Newcastle lay down for Man City, and orange cards in La Liga

    Jul 09 2020

    Kate, Luke and Jim are here to ask; do the champions always get a corridor of applause from everyone once they’ve won the league? Frankly we can’t remember, but then there’s a lot of stuff we’ve forgotten about since the world stopped making sense, like that Eric Dier crowd thing.On the various pitches Liverpool walked through their corridor and all over Brighton, James Tarkowski got away with one against West Ham and Man City put five past a Newcastle team who seemed to be having out of body ex...more

  • All square at The Emirates, Welbeck gives Watford hope, and will five subs continue next season?

    Jul 08 2020

    Jules, Pete and Jim are here to discuss football. All the football. SO much football, and so much GOOD football! Chelsea came out on top of a five goal thriller at Crystal Palace, Watford overcame Norwich with Danny Welbeck scoring while upside down and Arsenal and Leicester drew after some good old VAR drama. Who doesn’t love that? Everyone. There’s also big news from IFAB, with a possible extension of the five substitutes malarkey, the indefatigable Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neil Warnoc...more

  • Son vs Lloris, a League One penalty masterclass, and Joey Barton’s vanity glasses

    Jul 07 2020

    Just as well Son Heung-min and Hugo Lloris had a scrap, as last night’s game provided sod all else to talk about. Vish managed to miss it from the press box at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but him, Kate and Pete press on regardless.Also on today’s episode, we marvel at the return of Netflix villain Jack Rodwell and look ahead to some of tonight’s intriguing Premier League ties. Plus, we ask the question on everyone’s lips: will Gareth Ainsworth’s leather jacket be a downloadable extra on the ne...more

  • Southampton survive Man City’s siege, Arsenal show maturity, and Jamie Vardy joins the 100 Club

    Jul 06 2020

    There was no need for Southampton vs Man City to be a crazy, backs-to-the-wall thriller – but what a game it was! After an understandably sluggish start football seems to have found its groove. Marcus, Andy and Jim also look back over Arsenal’s impressive win over Wolves, Man United’s vintage demolition of Bournemouth and, of course, consider which of Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola you’d prefer to fight.We also check in with some record-breakers as Jamie Vardy, Sergio Ramos, and Gigi Buffon ...more

  • The Blizzard: Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (4-2 pens), 2010

    Jul 04 2020

    It is almost ten years to the day since one of the most dramatic matches in World Cup history unfolded on a raucous night in Johannesburg. BBC 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara joins us to look back at the iconic clash between Ghana and Uruguay on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard!The hopes of a continent, and probably every neutral around the world, rested on a Ghanaian side that took on Uruguay and their fearsome attacking talent for a place in the semi-finals...more

  • The Preview Show: Man City’s corridor of applause, Sheffield United get a needed win, and World Cup 2018 relived

    Jul 03 2020

    They might have underperformed this season by their outrageous standards, but Man City showed last night they’re still capable of handing out a pasting. The new champions were on the end of it this time, as we discuss on today’s jam-packed edition of the Preview Show, sponsored by Betway! We also give Kate some stick for a calamitous Spurs performance, look ahead to some tasty weekend fixtures and, two years on, remember England's penalty shoot-out bliss. Lovely stuff.Search ‘Football Rambl...more

  • Leicester slip up, West Ham ensure Chelsea can't capitalise, and Bournemouth are doomed

    Jul 02 2020

    Nobody wants to secure qualification for Europe, do they?! Jules, Andy and Vish are in situ to pore over last night’s Premier League matches, as Chelsea failed to capitalise on Leicester’s defeat at Everton and climb to third in the table. We also praise another impressive performance from Newcastle, particularly from star man and Twitter legend Allan Saint-Maximin, after a 4-1 result that probably sealed Bournemouth’s fate. All that, plus a tonking 6-0 win for Serie A’s own Premier Le...more

  • Brilliant Bruno Fernandes, Joe Hart’s next steps, and steampunk church-gazing

    Jul 01 2020

    We’re gradually coming to terms with Man United being a prominent force again, with today’s episode further evidence of that. Jules, Pete and Luke are here to rave about Bruno Fernandes’ pivotal impact since his arrival after United’s 3-0 win at Brighton last night.We also wonder what’s next for former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, celebrate the mind-boggling genius of Lionel Messi and wonder how Leicester can regain some intensity. There’s even time for a round of Pete’s new game, “Guess That Fo...more

  • Sean Dyche's future at Burnley, improving BAME opportunities in coaching, and chaos at Barcelona

    Jun 30 2020

    Even with the possibility of Europa League qualification, might the end of this season be the best time for Sean Dyche to leave Burnley? Marcus, Andy and Vish are here to mull over that question on today’s episode of the Football Ramble!We also discuss the details of a new scheme designed to help more BAME coaches find roles at the top of English football, as well as the PFA’s calls for commentators to address racial bias. And, with reports of dressing room unrest and Quique Setién under yet mor...more

  • The FA Cup quarter-finals have predictable outcomes, Danny Ings is red hot, and Neil Warnock rides again

    Jun 29 2020

    Marcus, Jim and Pete are here to discuss the weekend’s action, where Man City had enough in the tank to overcome the weaponry of Newcastle United, Arsenal got past a wind-powered Sheffield United and Harry Maguire denied us penalties with his late winner against Norwich. Was this Marcus Speller’s deliberate attempt at black magic-based sabotage? Over in the Premier League we zero in on praise for James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings, while in the Championship Neil Warnock is back with an immedi...more

  • The Blizzard: Romania 3-2 Argentina, 1994

    Jun 27 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we look back on perhaps the most enjoyable game of the 1994 World Cup, alongside the New York Times’ Rory Smith! Despite the fallout from Diego Maradona’s drug ban casting a shadow over their tournament, this enviable Argentina team and cohort of Romanian superstars were probably the tournament’s two best sides. We revel in the chaotic game that unfolded between them, featuring cracking goals from Eastern European footb...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool are finally crowned champions by Chelsea, and the hand of Fernandinho!

    Jun 26 2020

    Luke, Marcus and Jim are here and Liverpool have finally done it! They had to wait 30 years, and then a little bit more, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they do not care. Where do they rank among the best Premier League winners of all time? Tune in to find out!We look back over Chelsea’s win over Man City in what was, fittingly, probably the best game since the restart, look over our favourite moments of the FA Cup so far ahead of its return and indulge in a surprising amount of Covent...more

  • Merseyside magic, another Serie A title twist, and the relegation dogfight

    Jun 25 2020

    Liverpool breeze past Crystal Palace with a precision bordering on the unnerving, and now find themselves a whisker away from their first Premier League title for 30 years.Not to be outdone, an Anthony Martial-inspired Man United swipe Sheffield United aside, while Newcastle and Aston Villa duke out a draw and Serie A goes goal mad.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballrambledaily.com ***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple ...more

  • Spurs flatter to deceive, Leicester stumble again and football’s lovable Grandad returns

    Jun 24 2020

    The Premier League ain’t stopping, and neither are we! Jules Breach, Luke Moore and Vithushan Ehantharajah are back with another episode of the Football Ramble, as this festival of summer football continues.On today’s show, we begin by reflecting on Tottenham’s distinctly underwhelming win over West Ham. Vish was there in the press box and talks us through the procedures involved for the visiting press and the peculiarities of reporting on a turgid game in an empty stadium. We also discuss Brigh...more

  • Man City batter Burnley, La Liga conspiracy theories, and José Mourinho’s weird maths

    Jun 23 2020

    Kate Mason, Andy Brassell and Jim Campbell are here to discuss another frustrating turn of events as some utter prat paid a numpty in a plane to deliberately miss the point of a global push for equality. Ben Mee and Burnley themselves spoke out eloquently and commendably about a bad situation that needs to be addressed. In the football itself, Phil Foden shone, a lockdown plus reveals itself as Antonio Conte is now more audible from the sidelines and we give a wave to La Liga conspiracy mer...more

  • Newcastle’s continued unbeaten run, David Moyes’ guttural screams and some Roy Keane ASMR

    Jun 22 2020

    Well, what a weekend of Premier League football that was! Marcus Speller, Pete Donaldson and Vithusan Ehantharajah are here to dissect it all on a brand new episode of the Football Ramble!Newcastle four-month unbeaten run continued with a win over Sheffield United - though Pete is still reluctant to praise goalscoring machine Joelinton - while Neal Maupay delivered some of that Premier League #narrative we’ve been craving as Brighton beat Arsenal. Elsewhere, we touch on Wolves’ win over West Ham...more

  • Ramble Meets... Jason Euell

    Jun 21 2020

    On today's Ramble Meets... episode, Andy Brassell is joined by former Charlton and Wimbledon forward, turned coach, Jason Euell! Jason burst onto the scene when he scored a remarkable volley on his Wimbledon debut, before establishing himself as a first-team regular and fan favourite across his eleven years with The Dons and Charlton Athletic. He sits down with Andy to discuss learning his craft in that post-Crazy Gang era at Wimbledon, enjoying his best years at Charlton and his determinat...more

  • The Blizzard: Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 pens), 2008

    Jun 20 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, the New York Times’ Tariq Panja joins us to remember one of the most raucous football atmospheres he’s ever experienced, where his laptop “consistently bounced off the table in the press box for the full 120 minutes.” Tariq, Marcus and Jonathan reminisce about an error-ridden match where Turkey looked certain to go out as the game unfolded and Croatian pressure started to mount. Drama late in extra-time, a chaotic penal...more

  • The Preview Show: Norwich fight for their lives, José’s back (again), and views from a Travel Tavern

    Jun 19 2020

    With a full weekend of Premier League fixtures to look forward to, the next few days promise to be full of gloriously unfiltered Barclays action. So join Marcus Speller, Andy Brassell and Luke Moore to discuss it all on today’s episode of The Preview Show, sponsored by Betway!We look ahead to pivotal fixtures at both ends of the table, as Norwich look for a much-needed win to keep their slim relegation survival hopes alive, while José Mourinho faces his old club with presumably the same air of d...more

  • Arsenal return as only they can, Hawk-Eye proves fallible after all, and the Champions League: Lisbon Edition takes shape

    Jun 18 2020

    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 go...more

  • The Premier League’s return, emotional support animals, and being bald for fun

    Jun 17 2020

    The Premier League is back – and so is The Football Ramble!To celebrate the return of England’s top flight, we’ll be releasing Football Ramble episodes daily, featuring a revolving selection of hosts from each of our usual shows. Today, Kate Mason is joined by Luke Moore and Pete Donaldson to look ahead to tonight’s Premier League fixtures. Who will adapt best to the bizarre conditions? Why do people rate Aston Villa? What song would we walk onto as a sub?There’s also plenty of time to discuss w...more

  • The Return of the Premier League – Episode 3: Money, Neutral Venues, and Football's Future

    Jun 16 2020

    On the third and final episode of the series, we turn our attention to the financial necessity behind the Premier League's return and explore how coronavirus will reshape the future of English football. Join Melissa Reddy as she also dissects the neutral venues debate with the help of former police superintendent, Owen West. He labeled it a missed opportunity to engage with fans and build greater trust. Dr Rob Wilson breaks down the impact on the transfer window, and along with ESPN's Mark ...more

  • The Return of the Premier League – Episode 2: The New Normal

    Jun 15 2020

    We're back with the second episode of our three-part series, The Return of the Premier League, hosted by Melissa Reddy!With football trying to implement the early stages of Project Restart, the priority was ensuring the safest working environment possible for a return to training. On today's episode, we look into how players had to be convinced by robust scientific evidence and the successful resumption of the Bundesliga before they felt comfortable to get back at it. We hear from the likes of E...more

  • The Return of the Premier League – Episode 1: How We Got Here

    Jun 14 2020

    Welcome to The Return of the Premier League, a brand new three-part documentary series telling the story of how football returned amid the Coronavirus pandemic, hosted by Melissa Reddy.Over the next three days, we'll explore every facet of the top-flight’s suspension in England and subsequent Project Restart plan. On today's episode, we look into just how seismic the stopping of the game was and how football wrestled with the unfolding events around the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. ...more

  • An announcement regarding our upcoming schedule!

    Jun 14 2020

    Hi all! Here's a very special announcement from us about our upcoming release schedule...The Return of the Premier League, with Melissa Reddy, is a three-part documentary series looking at the Premier League's battle for survival amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Episodes available later today, Monday and Tuesday.Then from Wednesday, join us for episodes of the Football Ramble Monday-Friday, featuring a rotating mix of hosts from all your favourite Football Ramble Daily shows!Keep an eye on our T...more

  • The Blizzard: England 2-0 Scotland, 1996

    Jun 13 2020

    A few days ahead of the game’s 24th anniversary, comedian Mark Watson joins us to remember one of England’s most iconic victories on today’s episode of the Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. As Jonathan frantically scrambled from a university exam to catch the game, Terry Venables’ England side prepared for a crucial game in Group A of Euro 96. After the infamous night out in Hong Kong ahead of the tournament, then the disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the opening ga...more

  • The Preview Show: Transfer Tinder, Mikel Arteta’s “strange” return to Man City and Shaquille O’Neal

    Jun 12 2020

    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 v...more

  • On The Continent: A thorough La Liga preview, and what next for Mario Balotelli?

    Jun 11 2020

    ¡Hola! Welcome to a new episode of On The Continent, Football Ramble Daily's weekly meander through European football's biggest stories. We're in a celebratory mood on today's episode, as La Liga returns tonight with another edition of El Gran Derbi between Sevilla and Real Betis. ESPN's David Cartlidge, our old OTC pal and sparring partner, joins us to preview all the weekend's action and things to look out for. We also discuss Ligue 1's hastiness to cancel their season, a disturbing attac...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Nick Bright

    Jun 10 2020

    In all honestly, the dream line-up for this week’s episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side might be the hardest, most unforgiving bunch of tyrants you could ever assemble. Nick Bright, DJ on BBC 1Xtra and 5 Live, joins Jim Campbell to talk him through a five-a-side squad that would strike fear into any opposition at your local Powerleague. It features an otherwise stoic goalkeeper - who became a rampant madman on the pitch - a couple of beautifully graceful thugs from the continent and, thankfully, ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Lingering questions around Project Restart, and football's fight for equality

    Jun 09 2020

    With the Premier League’s return just over a week away, we discuss the final moving pieces of Project Restart on today’s episode of Jules & Andy!We acknowledge some of the questions that still need answers, including clubs deciding what to do with their fans’ season ticket money and how players will manage any injury worries after their prolonged break. We also discuss Raheem Sterling’s interview on BBC’s Newsnight where he stressed the need for black and minority ethnic players to be repres...more

  • The Ramble: Celebration Cam, a Champions League mini-tournament and the inspirational Brendan Rodgers

    Jun 08 2020

    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...more

  • At The Match Revisited: Dortmund 2-0 Freiburg, 2018

    Jun 07 2020

    With football across the continent gradually returning, we've been using its absence to look back over some of our favourite episodes of At The Match. Join Andy Brassell as he immerses himself in some of football's best atmospheres, speaking to those closest to the club in the stands and the boardroom.With the Bundesliga taking centre stage in recent weeks, today's retrospective episode takes us to Westfalenstadion, home of Borussia Dortmund, to sample perhaps the best atmosphere around. Andy sp...more

  • The Blizzard: Bologna 2-0 Inter, 1964

    Jun 06 2020

    We’re looking back at one of the most infamous seasons in Serie A history on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Writer and musician Dan Carney joins us to discuss the 1964 title-deciding playoff between Inter and Bologna!Nobody would have expected Bologna to be challenging for the Serie A title at the start of the 1963/64 season, since their previous title came in 1941, while Helenio Herrera’s famous Grande Inter side was among the favourites. What followed was ...more

  • The Preview Show: Roy Hodgson defends modern players, the restart gets nearer and Timo Werner to Chelsea?

    Jun 05 2020

    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 ser...more

  • On The Continent: Numerous Bundesliga protests and football returns to Portugal

    Jun 04 2020

    We’ve got all your continental queries covered on today's episode of On The Continent, as Luke Moore and Andy Brassell guide you through the biggest stories in European football.We begin with the protests by the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram and Achraf Hakimi around the killing of George Floyd and the wider Black Lives Matter movement. As football’s governing bodies vocalise their support for the protests, we wonder whether this is a tipping point for players’ social activism and football...more

  • Jules & Andy: The Championship gets a return date, and players' social activism

    Jun 02 2020

    With Jules unwell this week, Andy Brassell welcomes fellow Football Ramble Daily host Marcus Speller, along with a couple of great guests, to today's episode of Jules & Andy!With the EFL setting a return date for the Championship, many clubs have raised concerns about the lack of preparation time and dialogue between themselves and the league. We welcome TalkSPORT's EFL commentator, Ian Danter, to the show to discuss the league's international appeal and what reassurances clubs across the le...more

  • The Ramble: The FA Cup final could have fans present, David Moyes trains smart and a vintage Steve Bruce calamity emerges

    Jun 01 2020

    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 ti...more

  • Ramble Meets... Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

    May 31 2020

    On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… we’re joined by Southampton captain and Denmark midfielder, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg!Pierre-Emile joins Andy Brassell from Denmark to discuss his fledgeling, but already impressive, career. From joining Bayern Munich from Brøndby and learning his craft in the Bundesliga to becoming Ralph Hasenhüttl’s captain at just 23, the Dane has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best young midfielders. He and Andy discuss being mentored by Pep Guardiola at Ba...more

  • FRD Book Club: Soccernomics, Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

    May 31 2020

    We’re here to supply with you with the tools to win any football argument on today’s episode of FRD’s Book Club, as we take a look at Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s ‘Soccernomics’!This project has taken on a life of its own since it was first published in 2009; the book and its data-driven analysis are continually updated in subsequent editions, with some theories proven and others revised within the context of the modern game. Kate Mason, Andy Brassell and Luke Moore pull their respective e...more

  • The Blizzard: Barnsley 2-4 Ipswich, 2000

    May 30 2020

    This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the fantastic First Division play-off Final that’s the subject of today’s Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Geneticist, author and broadcaster Adam Rutherford joins us to discuss Barnsley 2-4 Ipswich, the last club game at the old Wembley!After Ipswich were knocked out in the three previous play-off semi-finals, they arrived at a Wembley on the back of a 7-5 aggregate win over Bolton in the semi-finals. They must’ve worried misfortune wo...more

  • The Preview Show: The Premier League is back on June 17th, a David Luiz sideshow and Jose Mourinho pleading for normality

    May 29 2020

    Project Restart is near implementation! From June 17th we’ll once again be able to watch our beloved Premier League, some of it on free to air TV! What confusing times we’re living through. Over in Germany Thomas Müller is keeping Bayern Munich’s smug levels at their usual level of “unbearably high”, Louis van Gaal is back with his regular gripes about his time at Man United and Jose Mourinho is talking about how he DOESN’T want to spend money once football returns. What is going on here?Se...more

  • On The Continent: Bayern fend off Dortmund's challenge and La Liga plans its return

    May 28 2020

    We begin today’s episode of On The Continent with some truly startling news: André Villas-Boas is staying at a club for a second season! That’s right, after discussions with Marseille President Jacques-Henri Eyraud and lots of support from the squad, AVB is taking off his hastily buttoned jacket and settling in for a second season down at the State Vélodrome.We also check in on the latest in Spain, as La Liga president Javier Tebas has outlined the current plan for their return, and we bring you...more

  • Ramble Meets... Danny Murphy (Part 2)

    May 27 2020

    We’re back with the second part of our extended Ramble Meets… interview with former Liverpool, Fulham and England midfielder Danny Murphy! On today’s episode, we rejoin Danny’s story when he left Charlton and joined Martin Jol’s Tottenham.Danny talks to Luke about how the initial differences with Jol gave way to problems in his family life that ultimately hampered his career in North London. He then swapped North for West, joining Fulham, and they reminisce about the club's journey to reach the ...more

  • Jules & Andy: The psychological strain on professional players, and updates from the Football league & WSL

    May 26 2020

    Your favourite duo on Football Ramble Daily are back with a brand new episode, as we get stuck into the latest news during these unprecedented times.We begin by speaking to psychiatrist Dr. Tim Rogers, who counts a number of professional footballers among his clients, about the mental strain professional players are currently under and their worries around future finances and employment. We then discuss some updates from the Football League, where many smaller clubs are in a precarious financial...more

  • The Ramble: Bad defending in Germany, Premier League training and Djibril Cisse’s mathematical mission

    May 25 2020

    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, ...more

  • At The Match Revisited: Sunderland 3-0 Southend Utd, 2018

    May 24 2020

    As domestic football's return gradually takes shape, we're taking a look back at some of our favourite episodes of At The Match from the last few seasons, where Andy Brassell samples some of the best football atmospheres around.On today's episode, fellow Football Ramble Daily host Jonathan Wilson joins Andy as he heads north for a chilly autumnal afternoon Stadium of Light. Andy sits down with David Rose, the FSF’s deputy chief executive and lifelong Sunderland fan, to discuss the improved relat...more

  • The Blizzard: Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1999

    May 23 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we remember one of the most iconic Champions League finals of the modern era. We’re joined by celebrated commentator Clive Tyldesley, who was in the gantry for the game at the Camp Nou, to discuss the 1999 Champions League final! Manchester United’s victory over Bayern Munich ended English football's long wait since their last continental triumph. It also sealed the treble for United that, rather than through imperious ...more

  • 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

    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 ch...more

  • On The Continent: Problems at Schalke and what next for Miralem Pjanić?

    May 21 2020

    We’ve got some football to talk about on today’s episode of On The Continent – happy days! Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are in situ and kick things off with a look back at Dortmund’s win over Schalke. We discuss David Wagner’s difficult job to get this Schalke side into shape, as well as trying to unravel the complicated situation around goalkeepers Markus Schubert and Alex Nübel. There’s even time for a look ahead to this weekend’s Berlin derby.Elsewhere we discuss some continental transfe...more

  • Ramble Meets... Danny Murphy (Part 1)

    May 20 2020

    Join us for the first of a two-part Ramble Meets… special, as Luke sits down with former Liverpool, Fulham and England midfielder Danny Murphy!In part one, Danny reminisces about his journey from cleaning the first team's boots at Crewe when he was 16 to moving to Liverpool and establishing himself in the first-team squad. From thinking he was the victim of a wind-up when Kenny Dalglish first phoned him, to struggling with believing in himself after he moved from impressing at Crewe to training ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Working at the Bundesliga's return, and players return to training

    May 19 2020

    With the Bundesliga playing its first round of matches in ten weeks, and the Premier League refining the details of ‘Project Restart’, we discuss the significant differences from normality on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. Cologne-based journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt joins us to reveal what it was like to report from Eintracht Frankfurt, as press access was restricted and social distancing rules were firmly applied. We then turn our attentions to the Premier League, as clubs unanimously...more

  • The Ramble: Football returns, premium mannequins and naughty Lacazette

    May 18 2020

    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 ...more

  • At The Match Revisited: LAFC 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps, 2018

    May 17 2020

    We're packing up our metaphorical bags and jetting off with Andy Brassell for another episode of At The Match Revisited, as we take a look back at a time when we could get out and enjoy world football's best atmospheres.Today, Andy heads to Los Angeles to watch LAFC in their inaugural MLS season. He meets up with Jose Salcedo of the District 9 Ultras, plus 3252 members Karla Villaseñor and Sam Ko, to discuss why being in downtown Los Angeles is crucial, and why - even though their local rivals h...more

  • The Blizzard: Torino 5-3 Atalanta, 1947

    May 16 2020

    We look back at one of the famous sides of post-war Europe on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Journalist and author Dominic Bliss joins us to discuss the Grande Torino side and their 5-3 win over Atalanta in the 1946/47 Serie A season.After managing Torino in 1939, Jewish coach Ernő Egri Erbstein had to return to Hungary as the Second World War begun. He saw no alternative but to volunteer himself to work in fascist labour camps to try and survive –...more

  • 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

    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 vil...more

  • On The Continent: A thorough Bundesliga preview, and André Villas-Boas wants more

    May 14 2020

    It’s finally here. Sure, one of the biggest derbies in world football will be played out in front of an empty stadium and there’s still the general unease around this era-defining global pandemic, but it’s here. On today’s episode of On The Continent, we preview this weekend’s European football! With the Bundesliga returning on Saturday, Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are here to give you a thorough rundown of the league, including the teams fighting for the title and those hoping to escape r...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Jacob Hawley

    May 13 2020

    On today's episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side, Jim is joined by stand-up comedian and host of BBC Sounds podcast 'Jacob Hawley: On Drugs': it's Jacob Hawley!A fellow Arsenal fan, Jacob joins us to talk through a five-a-side team made up of some fairly objectionable people, a few of Arsenal's more calamitous recent signings and a man who, for 6 games in 2008, was the Premier League's hottest striker. There's even a famous pop star who is solely in the squad so Jacob can try and score an invite to a f...more

  • Jules & Andy: The Premier League outlines possible solutions, but how likely is each proposal?

    May 12 2020

    So, the Premier League have ruled that 'null and void' and finishing a season with no relegation are off the table, meaning the season will be concluded in one way or another. We discuss this news on today's episode of Jules & Andy!We speak to The Independent's Miguel Delaney about the Premier League's current plans and why he now feels much more confident about football's return. We also discuss the affect this may have on the players, in light of Danny Rose's comments, and numerous clubs' ...more

  • The Ramble: Disinfection cabinets, Dynamo Dresden and yet another word from Louis van Gaal

    May 11 2020

    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...more

  • FRD Book Club: Building the Yellow Wall, Uli Hesse

    May 10 2020

    Luke Moore, Kate Mason and Andy Brassell return for another episode of FRD’s Book Club, this time discussing the definitive historical account of one of world football’s most recognisable clubs: it’s Uli Hesse’s Building the Yellow Wall - The Incredible Rise and Cult Appeal of Borussia Dortmund. Many modern football fans will feel a connection to the German side due to its recent continental successes and fevered match day atmosphere. But, in looking at the club’s history more thoroughly, H...more

  • The Blizzard: Denmark 1-3 Japan, 2010

    May 09 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, Japanese football journalist Shinobu Yamanaka joins us to discuss a landmark match for his nation at the 2010 World Cup! Japan took the most talented squad they had ever assembled to the previous World Cup in Germany, but didn’t win a match and finished bottom of their group. They returned to the world stage in South Africa and seized their chance to qualify for the Round of 16 with an impressive win over Denmark. We di...more

  • The Preview Show: The Bundesliga’s return is confirmed, Iniesta babies and Goal 4?

    May 08 2020

    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?...more

  • On The Continent: The Bundesliga returns, and how might the transfer market change?

    May 07 2020

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a drill: football is coming back. Well, some of it. Without any fans.On today’s episode of On The Continent, we celebrate the Bundesliga’s upcoming return while acknowledging the need for continued caution. We also speak to FC Union Berlin's Christian Arbeit about how their players reacted to the news and what they've been doing throughout lockdown to best prepare themselves for its return.We also discuss some of Fabio Paratici’s recent thoughts about playe...more

  • Ramble Meets... Jan Åge Fjørtoft

    May 06 2020

    A former Norwegian striker (with perhaps the greatest nickname we’ve seen) joins Andy Brassell on today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as we sit down with ‘The Feather’, aka Jan Åge Fjørtoft!Many of you will know Jan from his goalscoring exploits in the Premier League’s fledgeling years, as he scored regularly for Swindon, Middlesborough, Sheffield United and Barnsley – either that or him leading the line as Norway beat England in 1993! He joins Andy to discuss his storied career which took him to A...more

  • Jules & Andy: Stephen Warnock's thoughts on continuing the season, and will Kevin De Bruyne leave Manchester City?

    May 05 2020

    As plans for the Premier League’s 'Project Restart' gradually take shape, we assess where we are on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. We speak to former Liverpool, Leeds United and Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock about his thoughts on the current situation and why he thinks we shouldn’t be rushing to get this season finished.Then, we discuss Kevin De Bruyne’s fantastic season for Manchester City and whether an upheld European ban might lead the midfielder to move elsewhere. We also how A...more

  • The Ramble: Newcastle players back Bruce, Project Restart touts neutral venues and could the Premier League move to Australia?

    May 04 2020

    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 t...more

  • At The Match Revisited: Inter 5-0 Genoa, 2018

    May 03 2020

    We're not just immersing ourselves in any old atmosphere on today's retrospective episode of At The Match – we're off to sample one of the most intense atmospheres in world football.In November 2018 Andy travelled to Italy for a Serie A blockbuster weekend, which concluded with a trip to sample Luciano Spalletti's Inter revival. At the San Siro, he caught up with coach and pundit Kevin Cauet, who discusses what it means about being part of the Inter family and the fans that have kept the club go...more

  • The Blizzard: Spartak Moscow 2-1 Dynamo Kiev, 1989

    May 02 2020

    We shine a light on some underappreciated contributors to European football on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, alongside BBC and Okko Sport contributor Sasha Goryunov!Sasha joins us to discuss the standout game he remembers from a childhood growing up in the Soviet Union, as Spartak Moscow ensured they won the 1989 Soviet League with victory over Dynamo Kiev. Dynamo were managed by the revolutionary tactical thinker Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who was among the earl...more

  • The Preview Show: PSG awarded Ligue 1, Project Restart and Pochettino to Newcastle?

    May 01 2020

    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, Mar...more

  • On The Continent: The Ligue 1 season ends but transfer rumours roll on

    Apr 30 2020

    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 i...more

  • Ramble Meets... Warren Haughton

    Apr 29 2020

    On today's Ramble Meets... Andy Brassell is joined by former Leicester City and Woking forward turned broadcast journalist, Warren Haughton!From playing on the estates in his hometown of Birmingham to trialling with Aston Villa at 14, Warren became obsessed with football from a young age. After a stint at Leicester City, he journeyed through a variety of non-league sides before pursuing the journalism career he's become known for. He joins us to discuss his nomadic playing career, including the ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Phil Neville steps down from England and our favourite matches of the season

    Apr 28 2020

    We’re back for a new episode of Jules & Andy and, in the light of Phil Neville stepping down as England women’s manager, we’ve called on an 80-cap international to help us assess his time in charge. Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis joins us to discuss her thoughts on why they have not capitalised on last year’s momentous World Cup performance, how Neville will be remembered and who may replace him – will former USA manager Jill Ellis take over? We also reminisce about our f...more

  • 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

    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 w...more

  • At The Match Revisited: Wales 1-4 Spain, 2018

    Apr 26 2020

    What with football on a lengthy hiatus due to COVID-19, and us all stuck inside as a result, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favourite episodes from past series of At The Match! Join Football Ramble Daily's Andy Brassell on his travels far and wide, as he samples some of the best atmospheres in world football and speak to those at the coalface of the game.Today, we join Andy in Cardiff as Wales' return to the Principality Stadium was spoiled by an imperious Spain side and helped ...more

  • The Blizzard: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal, 2006

    Apr 25 2020

    We’re back for some North London heartbreak on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. BBC Sport’s Gavin Ramjuan joins us to discuss Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final!After transitioning out of the Invincibles era, this Arsenal side had become incredibly solid defensively – they only conceded two goals on their route to the final, during which they dispatched Real Madrid and Juventus. They met a Barcelona side that, though it had th...more

  • The Preview Show: Euro 2020 happens after all, Newcastle’s takeover meets resistance and David Moyes keeps busy

    Apr 24 2020

    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 ...more

  • On The Continent: Rescheduling European competitions and drive-in football at FC Midtjylland

    Apr 23 2020

    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 t...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Iain Stirling

    Apr 22 2020

    On today's episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side, we're joined by comedian, host of ITV2's CelebAbility and, of course, the voice of Love Island: it's Iain Stirling!He's here to talk us through a dream five-a-side squad full of players that represent touchpoints in his life, from being a young season ticket holder at Hibs, to streaming Fifa online and developing a love for Liverpool upon meeting some Scandinavian supporters while at university in Norway. It's all topped off with Scottish comedy royalty...more

  • Jules & Andy: An imminent takeover at Newcastle and Mesut Özil faces criticism

    Apr 21 2020

    The dynamic duo are back for a brand new episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily and, boy, do we have some interesting stories to get stuck into.With the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover at Newcastle United appearing imminent, we speak to The Associated Press journalist Rob Harris about the mechanics of the deal, what still needs to be done and how Mike Ashley will be remembered at the club, should he finally disappear into the ether.We also discuss Mesut Özil's decision to reject a pr...more

  • The Ramble: Faustino Asprilla’s condom delivery drones, more Premier League contingencies and the angst of Newcastle United fans

    Apr 20 2020

    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 detai...more

  • FRD Book Club: Provided You Don't Kiss Me, Duncan Hamilton

    Apr 19 2020

    Welcome to the pilot episode of Football Ramble Daily’s Book Club! Each time, Luke Moore will be joined by Kate Mason and Andy Brassell to delve into the pantheon of football literature and pull a different book from the shelf for discussion.Our first entry is one of football’s defining biographical works, as the Nottingham Evening Post’s Duncan Hamilton pens his extraordinary 20-year tale covering then-Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough. We get stuck into the process behind Hamilton’s writi...more

  • The Blizzard: Austria 2-0 Germany, 1938

    Apr 18 2020

    We’re delving deep into the annals of history on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Archivist, researcher and Blizzard copy editor Kat Petersen joins us to discuss Austria 2-0 Germany from 1938, with geopolitical tensions at fever pitch.Austria’s footballing and social landscapes were in a state of flux by 1938. The huge Jewish influence on football throughout the 1920s and 30s meant the Nazis treated the game with a certain suspicion, while the middle classes o...more

  • The Preview Show: Heskey Cam

    Apr 17 2020

    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 ...more

  • On The Continent: More Barcelona troubles and Bruno Labbadia brings his Big Sam Energy

    Apr 16 2020

    Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are back with a brand new episode of On The Continent and, my word, it’s all kicked off at the Camp Nou. Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu is fighting for his job as former VP Emili Rousaud filed a lawsuit against the Catalan club, claiming “corruption is evident.” We discuss the fallout from Rousaud’s lawsuit, address the power struggle involving Lionel Messi and the hierarchy and wonder whether the disgruntled pair of Ivan Rakitić and Marc-André ter Stegen m...more

  • Ramble Meets... Marcus Mumford

    Apr 15 2020

    Andy Brassell is joined by another of AFC Wimbledon's devoted fans for today's Ramble Meets... episode as he welcomes Mumford & Sons' lead singer, Marcus Mumford! From supporting Manchester United at school until his friends forced his allegiances elsewhere, Marcus has loved football his whole life. He joins us to discuss his relationship to his hometown club, from wondering whether he could play for The Dons when they held trials on Wimbledon Common to cheering on from his car as they beat...more

  • Jules & Andy: Tottenham change their furlough decision and players pledge their support

    Apr 14 2020

    First Liverpool, now Tottenham – we react to Spurs' decision to reverse their furlough policy on today's episode of Jules & Andy, as fans now demand their clubs adhere to firm moral standards. We also the new #PlayersTogether policy that a raft of Premier League players have created to help fund those on the NHS' frontline and ask whether the public perception of footballers will be deservedly improved by this initiative.We also some questions via your correspondence, with topics ranging fro...more

  • The Ramble: Soccer Gobs

    Apr 13 2020

    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 flouti...more

  • The Blizzard: Zimbabwe 4-1 South Africa, 1992

    Apr 11 2020

    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 ...more

  • The Preview Show: Military Man Power

    Apr 10 2020

    We're back with a preview show, sponsored by Betway, and today we're talking about why Aleksander Ceferin wants to give the league title to Liverpool, why Ronaldinho is no longer in prison, and why Pete Donaldson has everything he needs under lockdown in Soho.Elsewhere, we hear from one of the stars of Pete's Film Club, we play a controversial round of The Masked Winger, and we take a trip back through The Time Tunnel and find Marcus, in a toilet, with a man from Middlesbrough. Consider tha...more

  • On The Continent: Cyber training in Germany and the great Radomir Antić

    Apr 09 2020

    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 completel...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Jules Breach

    Apr 08 2020

    On today’s episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side, Jim welcomes a fellow host from Football Ramble Daily! You’ll know her from BT Sport, Premier League Productions and, of course, Jules & Andy: it’s our very own Jules Breach!She’s here to talk us through her dream five-a-side squad featuring a heady mix of Premier League stalwarts, Brighton legends and a man who’s played for both Newcastle United and Newcastle Jets, weirdly enough. Jules insists she’ll dictate play from the bench as their demanding ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Liverpool change their decision and we hear from Aldershot Town manager Danny Searle

    Apr 07 2020

    With Liverpool changing their decision around placing their non-playing staff on furlough, we begin today’s Jules & Andy with a discussion about the high standards the club is held to and the moral dilemmas other Premier League clubs face.Elsewhere, as the National League announces it will extend the season indefinitely, we speak to Aldershot Town manager Danny Searle about how the club is faring in these unprecedented times. He gives us some fascinating insight into the contractual situatio...more

  • The Ramble: Baileys and screaming

    Apr 06 2020

    How are we going to get by without any football? With rampant transfer speculation of course! The rumour mill has increased production with everyone seemingly having decided that Harry Kane will be leaving Spurs on his behalf, Arsenal saying it’s “hard to rule out” a move for Jesse Lingard and Gareth Bale being targeted by Everton. We’ll take it.We also have time to learn about Troy Deeney once refusing to board a flight because Odion Ighalo didn’t pass to him, Alan Shearer’s abrasive telephone ...more

  • The Blizzard: Wales 3-1 Belgium, 2016

    Apr 04 2020

    It's time for a truly joyous episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Welsh comedian Elis James joins us to discuss perhaps the finest moment in Welsh football history.Wales have endured a notoriously difficult relationship with international qualifying campaigns; their fate was still up in the air with one game to go in eleven different campaigns. But, after some assured performances this time around saw them finish second behind Belgium, they advanced to Euro 2016 full of o...more

  • The Preview Show: Getting everyone into trouble

    Apr 03 2020

    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 f...more

  • On The Continent: Remembering Pape Diouf and The Sommelier strikes back

    Apr 02 2020

    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 d...more

  • Ramble Meets... James Montague

    Apr 01 2020

    On today’s Ramble Meets… we welcome author James Montague to talk about his experiences writing his new book, 1312: Among the Ultras.James has travelled to over 90 countries while writing the encapsulating football stories he’s become famous for, and this latest book documents another classic gonzo-style voyage to the inner workings of football’s ultra culture. He sits down with Luke to recount his experiences in the scene, from talking to the heads of ultra firms who typically hold disdain for ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Lower divisions are cancelled and clubs turn to their communities

    Mar 31 2020

    After her Coronavirus-enforced obscene last week, Jules Breach makes her welcome return on this week’s episode of Jules & Andy! Her and Andy Brassell reconvene in the wake of The FA’s decision to end and expunge the results of tiers three to six of the football pyramid. We discuss the appeal that many clubs have signed to try and reverse the decision, as well as the steps other clubs are taking to instead help those in need within their community. We also try to gauge the possible domin...more

  • The Ramble: Pete Roulette

    Mar 30 2020

    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 abou...more

  • The Blizzard: England 1-0 Belgium, 1990

    Mar 28 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, historian Tom Holland joins us to discuss one of the standout moments in English football history: England 1-0 Belgium from Italia '90!With travelling England fans in near-penal exile on the island of Sardinia, Italian authorities were incredibly anxious throughout the entire tournament about the prospect of more of the hooliganism that had plagued previous England away games. After Bobby Robson’s side stuttered through thei...more

  • The Preview Show: Hot takes and cold bacon

    Mar 27 2020

    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...more

  • On The Continent: Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann conundrum and the sad passing of Lorenzo Sanz

    Mar 26 2020

    Despite all football in Europe now grinding to a halt, there’s plenty to discuss on today’s episode of On The Continent, with Luke Moore and Andy Brassell!We begin with a curious story surrounding Barcelona’s recent transfer history as it’s being reported in Spain that the club may be prepared to part ways with Antoine Griezmann. Luke and Andy discuss their mismanaged transfer strategy in the last few years as well as their recent financial issues. We then take time to touch on the sad pass...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Arseblog

    Mar 25 2020

    We welcome a DIY football podcasting hero to today’s episode of Fantasy Five-a-side as Jim is joined by blogger and podcaster, Andrew Mangan – aka Arseblog!Andrew arrives on the show a five-a-side veteran, with a strict policy ensuring everyone plays in goal – as such, he’s the first guest to not select a specialist keeper for his team. He’s probably not going to have many issues, though, as his side features an intoxicating mix of Italian sophistication, French guile and Brazilian chain-smoking...more

  • Jules & Andy: How players are coping in isolation, with Arsenal physio Gary Lewin

    Mar 24 2020

    It’s a slightly different episode of Jules & Andy today as, with Jules currently unwell, Andy Brassell is joined by presenter and pundit Kate Mason!After Kate tells us what it was like to present the news last night whilst introducing the Prime Minister’s address, we wonder how footballers themselves are dealing with these unprecedented times. To help shed some light on this, we speak to former Arsenal and England physio Gary Lewin. He discusses the mental challenges facing players who live ...more

  • The Ramble: The Torquay River Mystery

    Mar 23 2020

    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,...more

  • The Blizzard: Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona, 2005

    Mar 21 2020

    We're joined on today's episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, by The Athletic's Adam Hurrey! He brings to the table an iconic Champions League tie as Barcelona arrived at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Last 16 tie.Barcelona ended up winning that season's La Liga in imperious fashion, and had the upper hand after their 2-1 win at the Camp Nou. The teams returned to London two weeks later, with José Mourinho naming the teams in the press conference leading up to...more

  • The Preview Show: Return of the Trebuchets

    Mar 20 2020

    We’re back to bring you the less-previewy than usual preview show, but we’re back all the same. We take a look at the latest updates regarding the resumption of our dear, beloved football and find that even with none if it actually happening there’s still time for Arsenal to be anxious and a Gareth Bale transfer saga. You’ve also been in touch in your droves and we have fresh trebuchet controversy, convoluted nominative determinism and the Ronaldinho-inspired revelation that Marcus onc...more

  • On The Continent: Euro 2020 gets postponed but Demba Ba is still scoring

    Mar 19 2020

    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 player...more

  • Ramble Meets... Mark Pougatch

    Mar 18 2020

    We’re taking a break from talk of quarantine and self-isolation, as we’re joined on today’s Ramble Meets… by TV and radio broadcaster Mark Pougatch!Mark has been at the forefront of sports broadcasting since Radio 5 live’s formative years, and has gone on to become one of the most experienced and well respected football broadcasters in the country. Mark sits down with Luke to discuss how he got into the industry, what he looks for in pundits he works with and the under-appreciated differences be...more

  • Jules & Andy: Worries for the whole of the Football League and our favourite moments of the season

    Mar 17 2020

    We’re back for another unusual episode on Football Ramble Daily, with Jules & Andy!Jules reveals that she, in all likelihood, now has coronavirus and discusses some of the symptoms people should be aware of. We also discuss how those working in the game are going to struggle in the coming months, as well as trying to assess the potentially devastating impact on the Football League.Then, to brighten things up a bit, we look back on a few of our favourite moments from this season, from the Ber...more

  • The Ramble: As football shuts down, we look at how the remainder of the season may play out…

    Mar 16 2020

    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. F...more

  • The Blizzard: Stuttgart 3-0 Leeds, 1992

    Mar 14 2020

    We welcome a commentating legend to today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, as Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Peter Drury!Peter joins us to discuss a chaotic match from Leeds’ Champions League campaign in 1992, as European’s elite competition was changing beyond previous recognition – and with the Heysel Ban ending a few years previously. Peter remembers his fervent excitement while covering for BBC Radio Leeds as Leeds began their European journey ...more

  • The Preview Show: Chaos in the Champions League, cracks appear at Spurs, Villa need to wake up

    Mar 13 2020

    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’v...more

  • On The Continent: Cholismo reigns supreme, Neymar proves his worth, and Atalanta score even more goals

    Mar 12 2020

    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 footbal...more

  • Ramble Meets... Uli Hesse

    Mar 11 2020

    Ramble Meets is on location in Germany this week, as the great Uli Hesse joins Andy Brassell in Dortmund!Author of a plethora of books and now in a senior role at the legendary magazine 11FREUNDE, Uli tells Andy about his journey from the terraces at Westfalenstadion in his native Dortmund to his current status as one of European football's very finest storytellers, as well as giving us unique insights on the Jürgen Klopp phenomenon and what happened between the national team and Mesut Özil.***P...more

  • Jules & Andy: Welcome Old Trafford changes, Tanguy Ndombele's struggles continue, and another impressive Bruno Fernandes performance

    Mar 10 2020

    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 atmos...more

  • The Ramble: Manchester is red, Chelsea give Everton a hiding, and Sheffield United dream of Europe

    Mar 09 2020

    Maybe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer IS the Messiah after all His winger-cum-striker filled Man United team have found some consistency and a convincing win over Man City could just… help Liverpool win the title a bit sooner. Ah, well. Chelsea also had a lovely time as they thrashed Everton, with Roy Keane unnervingly effusive, while Newcastle continued their incredible season with a win over 10-man Southampton.We also had time to discuss the mystery of the missing points, hear the first and hopefull...more

  • At The Match: A Bundesliga II Special

    Mar 08 2020

    It’s another At The Match episode from Germany, but this time Andy and Luke wander off the beaten track, and out of the top flight. The plan was for Andy to experience some fourth-tier football in Wuppertal but, as Uli Hesse (or Pyrolator) will tell you, it always rains in Wuppertal. Undeterred, Andy makes the most of his trip to Cologne to take in a game at Regionalliga West side Fortuna Köln, spending the afternoon on the open terrace with home supporter Axel, who’s been watching Fortuna ...more

  • The Blizzard: Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Tottenham, 1994

    Mar 07 2020

    There’s a Tottenham flavour in today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. We’re joined by The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke to discuss the opening day of the 1994/95 Premiership season, as Spurs took on Sheffield Wednesday.In his first full season in charge, Ossie Ardiles’ Spurs side looked to establish an exciting and intoxicating brand of football based on the technical skill of the European talent they acquired that summer. Ilie Dumitrescu and Jurgen Klinsmann were amo...more

  • The Preview Show: Eric Dier takes centre stage, Liverpool lose again, and Steve Bruce goes from strength to strength

    Mar 06 2020

    An action packed round of FA Cup fixtures gave us drama at Spurs,  Chelsea exposing Jurgen Klopp as yet another bald fraud and a huge upset as Arsenal beat Portsmouth. Newcastle made it through too! They never do that! And on top of their win we also got to see 59 year-old Chris Waddle’s cool new hair. Away from the pitch, Pete promises to release some music aimed at kids while also making a niche request for some fanfic; we learn of Delia Smith making Daniel Farke feel at ho...more

  • On The Continent: Barcelona's uncharted territory, the impact of the Coronavirus in Italy, and German ultra culture

    Mar 05 2020

    Greetings, one and all – welcome to a brand new episode of On The Continent! Andy Brassell’s in the chair alongside Nicky Bandini and Miguel Delaney to discuss another week of continental capers.We begin with a truly underwhelming El Clásico, as Barcelona’s struggles continue. We discuss the difficulties Quique Setién is facing as the first ideology-driven manager the Catalans have had in a long while, and wonder whether the era of Lionel Messi is nearing an end. We then swing over to Italy wher...more

  • At The Match: A Bundesliga Special

    Mar 04 2020

    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 r...more

  • Ramble Meets... Carsten Cramer

    Mar 04 2020

    On today’s Ramble Meets… we’re joined by a man at the forefront of one Europe’s elite clubs: Borussia Dortmund’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Carsten Cramer.Andy meets Carsten in Dortmund to discuss the club’s journey up to this point and their plans for the future. Carsten reveals just how important it is for the club to maintain a heartfelt connection with its fans, as it remains a permanent fixture of a small city fundamentally changed by the industrial revolution and the explosion of Eur...more

  • Jules & Andy: Watford's mesmerising performance, how Liverpool respond, and fans' right to protest

    Mar 03 2020

    We're back with a brand new episode of Jules & Andy here on Football Ramble Daily, as Liverpool's momentous unbeaten run comes to an end. We praise the brilliant Watford performance that halted Klopp's side, as well as looking at how the Reds can continue their amazing season free of that extra pressure.And, after Andy's German football odyssey this weekend, we discuss the protests at Hoffenheim and ask the wider question pertinent to fans of any team: what can supporters realistically deman...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool are beaten, Wolves are on the prowl, and Man City win a third straight Carabao Cup

    Mar 02 2020

    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. W...more

  • The Blizzard: Manchester City 3-2 QPR, 2012

    Feb 29 2020

    "It's finished at Sunderland, and Manchester United have done all they can. That Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City still alive here. Balotelli..."It was only a matter of time. On today's episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we're heading back to the most extraordinary final day of any modern Premier League season. We're joined by sports journalist and broadcaster Flo Lloyd-Hughes who, curiously enough, is a QPR fan. We recount that historic day ...more

  • The Preview Show: The Carabao Cup final is upon us, Bayern give Chelsea a lesson, and Liverpool are four wins away

    Feb 28 2020

    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. Br...more

  • On The Continent: More Sarriball struggles, Guardiola bests Real, and Galatasaray get one over Fenerbahçe

    Feb 27 2020

    Buenos días, and welcome to another episode of On The Continent - live from snowy London Town!David Cartlidge and Andy Brassell join Luke Moore in the studio to run the rule over this week’s Champions League fixtures, as well as some of the other continental goings on. We discuss Real Madrid losing their Champions League fear factor as they were beaten 2-1 by an impressive Manchester City, while Maurizio Sarri was left confused by his players’ lack of application of his methods as they were best...more

  • Ramble Meets... Dotun Adebayo

    Feb 26 2020

    Andy goes back to the source for this week's Ramble Meets, hooking up with the great Dotun Adebayo MBE - writer, presenter, publisher and longtime ringmaster of BBC Five Live's World Football Phone-In. It was in the hallowed halls where Mr Brassell cut his broadcasting teeth alongside our guest and the legendary Tim Vickery.They discuss how football helped Dotun integrate into British society when he arrived from Nigeria as a six-year-old, surviving Swedish Sunday league and Dotun's thoughts on ...more

  • Jules & Andy: Was the Premier League ready for VAR, are officials inadequately prepared, and how does FFP work in practice?

    Feb 25 2020

    After another shambolic weekend of VAR, there was only one thing we could start with on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. As officials mishandle baffling clear decisions, we discuss the effect these mistakes has on players’ most visceral emotions while on the pitch and the lack of training for match officials. We also speak to former Premier League referee Peter Walton, who wonders whether the Premier League was even ready for VAR this season due to this lack of training and understanding.It’...more

  • The Ramble: Chelsea beat Spurs, Shane Long scores an x-rated goal, and Arsenal are profoundly themselves

    Feb 24 2020

    Olivier Giroud is back with a bang, as his perfect, handsome features reminded Spurs of what could have been after they missed out on signing him in January. Elsewhere, Brendan Rodgers kept an impressive lid on it while Eddie Howe looks like a man wobbling on the edge. On top of all this there’s Brad Pitt, Axl Rose, the return of Matej Vydra (again), more inbox terror and the gift that keeps on giving: Keane vs Carrragher.Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email ...more

  • The Blizzard: Milan 2-1 Benfica, 1963

    Feb 22 2020

    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 pr...more

  • The Preview Show: Champions League blows for Liverpool and Spurs, Leicester take on Man City, and Chelsea are having a wobble

    Feb 21 2020

    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 i...more

  • On The Continent: Miserly defending in Madrid, teenage kicks at Dortmund, and the fall of José Mourinho

    Feb 20 2020

    It’s nice to have the Champions League back, isn’t it? Like a nice mug of warm cocoa on a cold midweek night. We give this week’s round of fixtures a thorough going over on today’s episode of On The Continent, which features Andy Brassell, Lars Sivertsen and David Cartlidge!We begin with Atlético Madrid’s hugely impressive win over Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano. We discuss the unwavering influence of Saúl Ñíguez on this Atléti side and their unrelenting commitment to miserly defending tha...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Doc Brown

    Feb 19 2020

    Jim's delighted to be joined by actor, comedian, writer, rapper, screenwriter and voice of VAR at Selhurst Park, Doc Brown!His team is packed with ninjas, accountants (in this case the same man), a man so good his name replaced the word “volley” in the ‘90s, surprise packages and an overlooked all time great, cleverly gelled together by a figure who commands more respect than any other living being. There was also time to discuss the proliferation of bird-related iconography in football, th...more

  • Jules & Andy: Man City's UEFA appeal, what's next for Pep Guardiola, and combatting further racism across the continent

    Feb 18 2020

    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...more

  • The Ramble: Man City find themselves in trouble, Arsenal gub Newcastle, and Spurs break Villa hearts

    Feb 17 2020

    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 ti...more

  • The Blizzard: Spain 1-5 Netherlands, 2014

    Feb 15 2020

    We’re heading back to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. The Guardian’s Jonathan Liew joins us to discuss the Netherlands’ 5-1 dismantling of Spain, as “Louis Van Gaal created something he loved - and then destroyed it.”Spain arrived at this tournament with the same formula that saw them win the preceding three as the likes of Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta looked to dominate possession. They took the lead and controlle...more

  • 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

    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 ...more

  • On The Continent: Addressing European football's imbalance, Iker Casillas' presidential bid, and Jurgen Klinsmann slips off into the night

    Feb 13 2020

    We welcome another esteemed debutant to today's episode of On The Continent, as Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are joined by The Independent’s Miguel Delaney!In light of Miguel’s recent piece, ‘How football became broken beyond repair’, we discuss the current imbalances within European football. As the top clubs earn huge swathes of money from Champions League performances and their international reach, competitiveness is being eroded across the vast majority of Europe’s leagues – we assess how th...more

  • Ramble Meets... Clyde Best

    Feb 12 2020

    We welcome a footballing icon to today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as Andy is joined by one of England's first black footballers, former West Ham striker Clyde Best!After choosing football over cricket in his native Bermuda, and becoming involved in the national side when he was just fifteen, Clyde flew across to London for a trial with West Ham United and went on to score 58 goals over seven seasons. Clyde sits with Andy to discuss the horrific racist abuse from the terraces and how teammates li...more

  • Jules & Andy: Watching our teams as fans, Sheffield United’s European dream, and managerial legacies

    Feb 11 2020

    We’re back with another episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily! Jules managed to catch this weekend’s Brighton game as a fan, so there’s chat about the emotional strains of watching your team from the stands rather than in a work capacity. There’s also talk about Sheffield United’s march towards Europe and how brilliant that would be considering their comparatively modest status, despite some saying it would be bad for the club. And as Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds potentially start their...more

  • The Ramble: Ancelotti’s Everton march on, Watford slip up, and Leeds wobble

    Feb 10 2020

    It may have taken 34 Premier League games - and Jordan Pickford having one of his moments - but CHRISTIAN BENTEKE IS BACK! That’s what we’ve come to during this whole winter break thing. It will be worth it when Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads England to glory at Euro 2020.Of course, football exists outside the Premier League. Sammy Ameobi's making Leeds think they too may continue to exist outside the Premier League next season, as Nottingham Forest grabbed the win.On top of all that, Louis Armstro...more

  • The Blizzard: Celtic 2-3 Porto, 2003

    Feb 08 2020

    “José Mourinho’s side hold on, and they’ve won the UEFA Cup! In this meeting of two former European champions, it is Porto who come out on top in Seville.”Yes, for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re heading back to the 2003 UEFA Cup between Porto and Celtic alongside Kieran Canning, journalist at Agence France-Presse. This frenetic game brough the curtain down on Celtic’s most successful trophyless season, after losing the league by a point and the league...more

  • The Preview Show: FA Cup replays happened, the winter break has come, and a chopper was seen

    Feb 07 2020

    We’re back, with our most immature show of the season! If a Newcastle fan fires up the willycopter on live TV then what other choice do we have?Though the winter break is here we’ve still had a surprisingly fun week, with the aforementioned chopper-chopper, Wayne Rooney rolling back the years in the FA Cup and Luke’s pilgrimage to Anfield’s Roy Hodgson statue. And we still have time to hear from our worst listener! Listen please. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, an...more

  • On The Continent: Tensions rise at Barcelona, Roberto Soldado's back among the goals, and Gennaro Gattuso works on his night moves

    Feb 06 2020

    We’re covering every single blade of European football grass on today’s episode of On The Continent, as Andy Brassell is joined in the studio by Lars Sivertsen and Nicky Bandini!We start with the recent high profile troubles at Barcelona, as Lionel Messi responded on social media to Eric Abidal’s outburst. There’s also time for a wider look at the Catalan side’s struggles over the last few seasons, as repeated signings haven’t worked out and fans intermittent fears that Lionel Messi’s final year...more

  • Ramble Meets... Trevor Francis

    Feb 05 2020

    Trevor Francis has spent over 30 years at the top of football both as a player and a manager. In this exclusive episode of Ramble Meets, Trevor talks us through his career from the very start when he broke into the Birmingham City team aged just 16, to lifting two European Cups with Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough.There's also time to discuss Trevor's time with England including making his debut against Johan Cruyff's Holland at Wembley, playing in Italy at the same time as Diego Maradona, ...more

  • Jules & Andy: What next for Olivier Giroud, Newcastle's takeover rumours return, and office football chat

    Feb 04 2020

    With February here, we’re taking a look at some of the fallout from a fairly lively January transfer window on today's episode of Jules & Andy!We begin with marooned striker Olivier Giroud who, after touted moves both within the Premier League and overseas never flourished, he remains stuck in the stands at Chelsea. We discuss where it's gone wrong for the Frenchman and how he may be able to squeeze himself into Frank Lampard's squad. We then take a look at the suspiciously timely rumou...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool go 22 points clear, Jose vs Pep has spice, and more woe for West Ham

    Feb 03 2020

    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...more

  • The Blizzard: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal, 1987

    Feb 01 2020

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re looking back at the heady days of the 1987 Littlewoods Cup. John Cross, the Mirror’s chief football writer, joins us to remember the semi-final second leg replay between Tottenham and Arsenal!With Arsenal languishing in comparative mediocrity by the early 1980s, George Graham’s arrival begun a revolution at the club – and nowhere was this typified more than in this game. Arsenal, spurred on by the half-time announcemen...more

  • 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

    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 ‘F...more

  • On The Continent: Madrid derby, the race for Italy's top four, and The Barber of Leipzig

    Jan 30 2020

    Greetings OTCers! It's time for yet another episode of our European football show and today Luke and Andy is joined by Spanish football expert David Cartlidge to discuss all the big stories from around the continent.This week we look ahead to a big derby in Spain as Atletico, beset with muscle injury worries, head to the Bernabeu. What's become of El Cholo and his team this season? Meanwhile, in Italy, there's a race on for the top four, but Torino most certainly aren't in it. Roma, Atalanta and...more

  • Ramble Meets... Joe Palmer

    Jan 29 2020

    On today’s Ramble Meets… episode, Andy Brassell sits down with Joe Palmer, CEO of AFC Wimbledon, to discuss his fascinating career in football.Joe can trace his obsession for football back to the 1987 FA Cup final where his beloved Spurs lost to Coventry, and his love for the game has never wavered. After beginning his career at a PR agency selling stories for MUTV, Joe eventually found himself as the Executive Director of Strategy, Commerce and Marketing at Shakhtar Donetsk. He talks Andy throu...more

  • Jules & Andy: A mid-season break, West Ham's struggles and can Liverpool go unbeaten?

    Jan 28 2020

    It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means: it’s time for another episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily!We begin today’s show with a chat about the upcoming ‘mid-season break' that the Premier League is trialling, where it will split one round of matches over two weekends to give players a rest. Will this help reduce player fatigue as we head towards the Euros? Or will it simply result in a piling up of fixtures elsewhere? We try to answer those questions, and discuss Jürgen Klopp...more

  • The Ramble: Shrewsbury rock Liverpool, Man United are BACK again, and it’s time for Newcastle’s annual takeover talk

    Jan 27 2020

    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...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn, 1995

    Jan 25 2020

    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 ...more

  • The Preview Show: Man United are bad, but then so is most of the Premier League, so they probably fit in quite well

    Jan 24 2020

    It's FA Cup time again! Let's all take a weekend off from how astonishingly bad the Premier League is and enjoy some red hot knockout action. Newcastle face Oxford, Chelsea and Arsenal lock horns, and Norwich try and spoil Burnley's post-Man United win party. We've covered it all in the way you'd expect, by talking about wagyu beef, Hollywood stars and moped thieves.Elsewhere, Marcus wants to praise Southampton, Pete doesn't know how to feel after Newcastle scored twice in injury time to get a d...more

  • On The Continent: Lyon's amazing academy, Jurgen Klinsmann's misplaced badges, and Taça de Liga scenes

    Jan 23 2020

    We’re back with some more continental conversation as Luke Moore, Andy Brassell and Lars Sivertsen bring you another episode of On The Continent on Football Ramble Daily!After a fantastic Coupe de France performance we begin with a discussion on Lyon’s latest academy product, 16 year-old Rayan Cherki. We discuss his impressive technical qualities and also look at the wider history of exciting graduates from their academy’s illustrious history. After that, we check in with a struggling Hertha Ber...more

  • Ramble Meets... Rick Edwards

    Jan 22 2020

    It’s a meeting of minds on today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as Luke sits down with writer, broadcaster and Liverpool fan Rick Edwards!Rick can trace his fandom back to "picking the red team” in the 1986 FA Cup final aged six, and Liverpool Football Club has remained a significant pillar in his life ever since. He joins Luke in the studio to discuss his passion for football that has followed him since standing on the terraces at Molineux with his dad, right up to to being left distraught when Liv...more

  • Jules & Andy: Adama Traoré’s incredible season, Graham Potter calls for patience, and another slice of Premier League action

    Jan 21 2020

    Greetings, one and all, to another episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily! Pleasure to have you with us.Today we begin with Wolves’ flying winger Adama Traoré and his hugely impressive season thus far. We discuss how his all-round game has matured since leaving Barcelona and establishing himself in England, as well as praising Wolves for their continued success. We then take a look at some of the upcoming midweek Premier League fixtures, including an intriguing clash between Bright...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool win again, Newcastle smash and grab, and Mike Dean is omnipresent

    Jan 20 2020

    Good day! Marcus, Pete and Luke round up all the big stories from the weekend's football, stories such as Mike Dean's latest big moment, Roy Keane's latest argument and how Florian Lejeune would dispose of a dead body.We also debate the latest injury to an England hopeful, marvel at Steve Cook's athleticism and then find time to wonder who we think will get relegated from the Premier League this season. Oh, there's also a couple of emails as well, all sent in by excellently-named listeners. ...more

  • The Blizzard: Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid, 2003

    Jan 18 2020

    It’s a Football Ramble Daily crossover on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, as we’re joined once again by Andy Brassell! Andy joins Marcus and Jonathan to discuss Juventus’ spectacular 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the 2003 Champions League semi-final.The game was played at the notoriously derided Stadio delle Alpi on the outskirts of Turin. This, however, was different to the usually under-attended matches at Juventus’ ground, as Marcelo Lippi’s side played in f...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool face Man United, Mike Ashley swings into town, and Pete saves a religion

    Jan 17 2020

    Howdy folks, it's time for another preview show, sponsored by Betway! Rejoice! This week, Marcus, Luke and Pete get excited by Marcus Rashford's new tech and wonder if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can take another point from Liverpool. There's also talk of Mike Ashley potentially growing another Longstaff brother, while Steve Bruce sits down for a lovely cup of tea.In other news, Roberto Firmino has been baptised, Nigel Pearson's Watford have been getting a helping hand thanks to some coconuts, and we e...more

  • On The Continent: Quique Setién takes charge of Barcelona, the race for the Scudetto, and some January arrivals

    Jan 16 2020

    It turns out that, if you’re after the coaching job at Barcelona, all you need to show the selectors is an undying love for Johan Cruyff. That’s one of the distinct conclusions we’ve come to on today’s episode of On The Continent...That’s right, reported fourth-choice Quique Setién takes charge of the Catalans - we discuss how he might actually be a success, while also assessing the legacy of the departing Ernesto Valverde. We then run the rule over Roberto Moreno’s start as Monaco’s new manager...more

  • Ramble Meets... Julia Simic

    Jan 15 2020

    On today’s Ramble Meets… we’re joined by West Ham midfielder Julia Simic! Julia joins Luke in the studio to discuss her storied 15-year career playing for the likes of Bayern Munich, FFC Turbine Potsdam and the German national side.From playing with boys beyond her age in Fürth, to joining the Bayern Munich senior side at 16 and playing across the Bundesliga, Julia always had a single minded desire to play football at an elite level. She talks about overcoming an ACL injury before rupturing...more

  • Jules & Andy: Replacing Harry Kane, the mental pressures of management, and some of your correspondence

    Jan 14 2020

    On today’s episode of Jules & Andy, we start by discussing the renewed injury woes for Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane. Having played 300 games at just 26, we discuss what Kane can do to protect the longevity of his career and wonder what José Mourinho can do to replace the injured striker as the rest of the season unfolds. Also, after some enlightening correspondence from our listeners, we discuss the mental strains placed on modern football managers. As they try to succeed am...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool get past double-right-backed Spurs, Sergio Aguero makes history, and Southampton do much better against Leicester

    Jan 13 2020

    That’s more like it, Southampton! Ralph Hasenhuttl insists that his side’s victory over Leicester wasn’t revenge for the 9-0 drubbing they received earlier in the season - but it definitely was. Elsewhere, Liverpool maintain their relentlessness and Sergio Agueroooooooooo reminds us all of how brilliant he is yet again.As well as all this we share our postcards from holiday camps of yesteryear, spare a thought for Danny “Drinky” Drinkwater and have yet more email based controversy. Search ‘...more

  • The Blizzard: Everton 3-2 Wimbledon, 1994

    Jan 11 2020

    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 driv...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool visit Spurs, injuries ahoy for Roy, and Southampton travel to Leicester with revenge in mind

    Jan 10 2020

    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 throu...more

  • On The Continent: Milan blandness, Coupe de France madness, and Dries Mertens' sadness

    Jan 09 2020

    We’re back in the studio with some more continental content, as Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are joined by The Guardian’s Nicky Bandini!We begin, as the man himself would expect, with Zlatan Ibrahimović’s largely uneventful debut for Milan. Nicky discusses how his leadership off the pitch might be more valuable than his contribution on it, as well as assessing Stefano Pioli’s struggles in the dugout. We also mention some struggles down south, as Gennaro Gattuso hasn’t had the best start at Napol...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Felix White

    Jan 08 2020

    On today's episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side, Jim welcomes Felix White, founding member of the Ivor Novello-winning band The Maccabees, score writer for the cricket documentary The Edge and co-host of the cricket podcast Tailenders!His is an unorthodox team made up of misfits and geniuses. They’ve been selected to allow him to live some incredibly specific dreams - and to find closure on a moment that happened when he somehow found himself turning out for a Fulham Legends XI. So it turns ...more

  • Jules & Andy: The FA Cup's dwindling magic, how the tournament can find it again, and some potential January transfers

    Jan 07 2020

    Has the FA Cup lost some of its sparkle? What are the big teams’ attitudes towards the tournament? These are a few of the questions we’re trying to answer on today’s brand new episode of Jules & Andy!After a mixed set of results from the third round this weekend, we debate how significant a place the Cup still holds in football’s television-dominated environment. We suggest some ways to help recapture the magic of past FA Cups, including moving the semi-finals away from Wembley and incentivi...more

  • The Ramble: FA Cup action as Rochdale hold Newcastle, Liverpool Juniors beat Everton, and Wayne Rooney rides again

    Jan 06 2020

    What a weekend in the FA Cup! Brave Brucey’s Brave Newcastle bravely hung on to force a replay with Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday knocked out Brighton - and Osaze Urhoghide treated us to an adorable interview in the process - while Mike Dean inspired his beloved Tranmere to fight back from 3-0 down to draw with Watford. Lucky them. And there’s more! Gillingham takes a kicking in the email section, poor old Robbie Savage takes a verbal kicking in the commentary box, we’re enlightened about s...more

  • The Blizzard: Ireland 1-0 Netherlands, 2001

    Jan 04 2020

    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 Barcel...more

  • The Preview Show: The FA Cup 3rd round, Mike Dean vs Jose Mourinho, and Ian Holloway's back in business

    Jan 03 2020

    There are potential banana skins aplenty as the FA Cup 3rd round arrives! We look ahead to those, while also casting a glance over our shoulders at Jose Mourinho and Mike Dean’s box office collision, Jack Grealish’s fascinating legs and the welcome return of Ian Holloway. Elsewhere David Moyes has an instant impact, Charlie Adam turns some heads and if you live in Gillingham, get your pitchfork ready…Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@foo...more

  • On The Continent: Håland completes his big move, Leonardo Jardim has been sacked again, and Milan send out the Zlat-Signal

    Jan 02 2020

    We’ve got a debutant joining us on the first On The Continent of the new decade, as Andy and Lars are joined by German-based writer Ryan Hunn!We begin with the biggest continental news as Erling Braut Håland completes his move to Borussia Dortmund. We discuss how the transfer came about and how he’ll fit into Dortmund’s front line as their first out-and-out striker in a fair while. On the other side of their transfer ledger, we also take stock of Julian Weigl’s recently-completed his move to Ben...more

  • Ramble Meets... Troy Townsend

    Jan 01 2020

    To kick off 2020 on Football Ramble Daily, Andy Brassell is joined by Kick It Out’s Head of Development, Troy Townsend. In this exclusive interview Troy discusses his varied career as a cornerstone of the footballing community, as well as how football’s social climate has changed over his life as a football fan. From his love of Pelé and Brazil throughout the 1960s, to experiencing racism on the terraces as a fan, and coaching at a variety of grassroots clubs, Troy has led a fascinating life. An...more

  • Jules & Andy: End of Year Special

    Dec 31 2019

    We've arrived at the final Football Ramble Daily episode of 2019! Jules & Andy are here to ease you into a new year by looking back at some of 2019's most noteworthy moments, as well as hearing about some of your favourite memories from the year. From Liverpool's miraculous comeback against Barcelona to Andy taking his godson - a fanatical Spurs fan - to their new stadium for the first time, there's loads to get through. We also praise the off-the-field work of Raheem Sterling and Maggie Mur...more

  • The Ramble: David Moyes returns to West Ham, Arsenal lose but improve, and VAR is rubbish again. And again. And again…

    Dec 30 2019

    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 st...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal, 2004

    Dec 28 2019

    Joining us on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, is The Independent’s Vithushan Ehantharajah! His chose today's game based on pure, glorious nostalgia: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal from 2004.This game, with its mix of technical ability and unrelenting pace, was a tremendous advert for the Premier League. Arsenal’s performances were beginning to falter after coming off their invincible season, though this was still only their second defeat in 55 league matches. The goal...more

  • The Preview Show: Chelsea visit Arsenal, drama at the bottom, and Alan Pardew’s at The Hague at last

    Dec 27 2019

    Christmas might be over but the PL never, ever, never stops, so we’re back to ruminate on Chelsea’s visit to Arsenal’s Emirates Enmity Bowl, the heartwarming tale of Liverpool’s Milly Elliot and a Steve Bruce Old Trafford belly rub for the ages. As well as all this there’s plenty of festive fun, games galore (one game), the acceptance that Norwich are just rubbish and theories on how you’d get rid of Duncan Ferguson if you for some reason had to. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on socia...more

  • Jules & Andy: Sheffield United continue to impress, Southampton travel to the Bridge, and Leicester try to close the gap

    Dec 24 2019

    It’s Christmas Eve, and there’s a brand new episode of Jules & Andy wrapped up under the tree! We’re here to take a look at some of the upcoming Boxing Day fixtures, and begin with Sheffield Utd’s home game against Watford. We discuss the remarkable achievements of Chris Wilder and his players as the newly-promoted side sit fifth in the table. We also praise Southampton and their improved performances - and how it all could have been so different had Ralph Hasenhüttl been sacked after t...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool are champions of the world, Lampard bests Mourinho, and Manchester win the battle of the Citys

    Dec 23 2019

    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 he...more

  • The Blizzard: Red Star 2-2 Bayern Munich, 1991

    Dec 21 2019

    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 declari...more

  • 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

    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 G...more

  • On The Continent: Dortmund and Leipzig slug it out, El Clásico ends goalless, and Goal Bae returns

    Dec 19 2019

    The Fussball-Meisters are back again for a brand new episode of On The Continent. There’s a whole load of stuff on the docket today, and we begin with last night’s El Clásico. It was the first goalless tie between the two sides since 2002, and Real Madrid were (predictably) unhappy with some of the officiating. We discuss Zinedine Zidane’s deserved public praise for Gareth Bale after his impressive display, as well as Luka Jović’s struggles in the Spanish capital.We then take stock of a crazy Bu...more

  • Ramble Meets... Sébastien Haller

    Dec 18 2019

    On today's episode of Ramble Meets... Andy heads to West Ham's training ground to speak to West Ham and France youth international Sebastien Haller!In this exclusive interview, Sebastien sits down with Andy to discuss his upbringing in France and being 'tricked' into having a trial at Auxerre with 100 other youngsters. We also hear about his hugely impressive spells at Utrecht and Eintracht Frankfurt, including winning the DFB-Pokal for the latter, and the contrasts between the different Europea...more

  • Jules & Andy: The A23 Derby, Brighton's mixed season, and changes to football broadcasting

    Dec 17 2019

    We’re back for a new episode of Jules & Andy, hot off the press after an entertaining draw in the A23 Derby! After watching the game at Ramble HQ, we give a thorough assessment of the match and the two teams' seasons thus far. Jules admits how frustrating it was to not taking all three points from Selhurst Park and gives her thoughts on the Seagulls' mixed results. After that, we turn our attentions to potential changes in football broadcasting, after studies have found that television ...more

  • The Ramble: Bournemouth shock Chelsea, Norwich blunt Leicester, and Man City beat Arsenal in their sleep

    Dec 16 2019

    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-nav...more

  • The Blizzard: Cambridge United 5-1 Bristol City, 1990

    Dec 14 2019

    On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by the leader of that mob over at The Guardian: it’s Football Weekly host Max Rushden! He’s here to talk about Cambridge United. Obviously.In fairness, Max brings a cracking game to the table: Cambridge United 5-1 Bristol City from the 1989/90 FA Cup. This was the start of a hugely impressive run of form for the U’s, as they went on to gain promotion and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup - feats they repeat...more

  • 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

    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 anoth...more

  • On The Continent: Champions League competitiveness, disappointment for Inter, and Gennaro Gattuso gets back in the mix

    Dec 12 2019

    The gang are finally back together for another episode of On The Continent!With the Champions League group stage wrapped up, we assess the competitiveness of a tournament that has no teams from outside the traditional top 5 leagues in its knockout stages. RB Salzburg were one of the underdogs who came closest to qualifying, but couldn’t get the result they needed against Liverpool. We discuss some of their other bright young stars aside from Erling Braut Håland, as Liverpool are reportedly linin...more

  • Ramble Meets... Oliver Kay on Adrian Doherty

    Dec 11 2019

    On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… Luke is joined by Oliver Kay, senior football writer for The Athletic and author of ‘Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius’. It’s the topic of that book that he joins us to discuss today as we look back on the fascinating, but ultimately tragic, life of teenage football prodigy Adrian Doherty. Oliver vividly tells the story of a 16 year-old with such exceptional talent that he was held in the same esteem as Ryan Giggs and Paul...more

  • Jules & Andy: Pearson to Watford, Dean Smith's Villa and Gareth Southgate's Christmas cards

    Dec 10 2019

    Welcome to today's episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily! This week the tremendous twosome cover Nigel Pearson's appointment as Watford manager, something that no-one (including either of them!) saw coming. After that there's chat about the Dean Smith project at Aston Villa and whether, after a huge financial outlay, they're in trouble of going straight back down again this season.There's also troubling news as reports of homophobic chanting in the Premier League surface on t...more

  • The Ramble: United come out on top in Manchester, Big Dunc starts strongly and Vardy's gonna Vard

    Dec 09 2019

    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...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 3-3 West Ham United, 2006

    Dec 07 2019

    We’re heading back to 2006 for the latest episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, to a match our guest described as “perhaps the best FA Cup final there had ever been.” It’s the 2006 final between Liverpool and West Ham, and our guest is the Guardian football writer Jacob Steinberg!The FA Cup had seen some fairly underwhelming finals throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, but this game in Cardiff gloriously bucked that trend. West Ham, with Alan Pardew in only his second...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool put Marco Silva under pressure, Leicester keep up the pace, and Chelsea get back to winning ways

    Dec 06 2019

    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 Thurs...more

  • On The Continent: Atletico's struggles, Cagliari's stunning win, and some glamour at Hertha

    Dec 05 2019

    We’re back for some more continental conversation with a new episode of On The Continent! With James whisked away to Italy, Andy and Lars are joined by Mark Langdon, football editor of the Racing Post!After making the obligatory case for Lionel Messi’s defence in light of his sixth Ballon d’Or win, we get stuck into some intriguing La Liga action as Atlético lose to Barcelona - thanks to a goal from the aforementioned Argentine. We discuss the difficulties Diego Simeone faces bedding new players...more

  • Ramble Meets... Declan Rice

    Dec 04 2019

    We return to West Ham’s training ground for another episode of Ramble Meets… where this time we’re joined by West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.When he began to train with the West Ham first team at just seventeen, Declan always had an unrelenting focus and desire to become a professional footballer. In this exclusive interview, the England player talks to Luke about his time in the youth setup and the paramount importance of working hard, regardless of talent. He also discusses his bur...more

  • Jules & Andy: Spurs' new start, the same old Watford, and the future of Premier League broadcasting

    Dec 03 2019

    It’s Tuesday, which means Breach and Brassell are in situ for a brand new episode of Jules & Andy! Join us!Having watched one of Tottenham’s two home games under José Mourinho this week, we discuss their expectations under the new boss and how the fans are feeling about his appointment. Then we take a look at Southampton’s huge win against Watford, as the league’s managerial merry-go-round claimed Quique Sánchez Flores as its fourth victim. We also get to some of your Twitter questions about...more

  • The Ramble: Leicester leave it late, business as usual for Arsenal, and Steve Bruce blunts Man City

    Dec 02 2019

    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 struct...more

  • The Blizzard: France 2-1 Italy, 2000

    Nov 30 2019

    n today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by Michael Cox - writer for The Athletic and author of both The Mixer and Zonal Marking.We’re taking a look back at the Euro 2000 final between world champions France and an unfancied Italy side. So unfancied, in fact, that Italian newspaper headlines read “Stay at home, Italy” on the eve of the tournament. But, after beating the Netherlands on penalties in the semi-finals, the Italians went up against a hugely t...more

  • 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

    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 ...more

  • On The Continent: More arguing at Napoli, Erling Braut Håland scores again, and Romelu Lukaku impresses

    Nov 28 2019

    The headteacher's away, which means Brassell Meister and Signore Horncastle are joined by Herre Sivertsen for today’s episode of On The Continent!We break down another frantic week of Champions League action, and begin with Liverpool’s draw with Napoli. James discusses the strained relations between the players and Carlo Ancelotti & whether that situation can improve. Elsewhere in Group E, we get an update from Lars in Erling Braut Håland Corner, as the astonishing young Norwegian scored his...more

  • Ramble Meets... James Saban

    Nov 27 2019

    We’re off to West Ham's training ground in Rush Green for today's Ramble Meets… episode, as Luke speaks to first team Kit Manager James Saban.James gives Luke a tour of the club’s facilities, including the changing rooms and boot room, all while discussing his 12-year career at West Ham. We talk about the intricate demands of the role that go way beyond preparing the kit for match days, the busy upcoming Christmas period and how his job has changed over his time at the club.This episode was made...more

  • Jules & Andy: Managers under pressure, the state of the title race, and Spurs and Arsenal's European hopes

    Nov 26 2019

    On today’s episode of Jules & Andy, we’re taking a look at the distress signals being set off from various sinking ships across the Premier League. Marco Silva might not survive Everton’s intimidating run of fixtures, and we debate whether Quique Sánchez Flores is under pressure at Watford after just nine games. How long will they survive?We then move on to the nine point gap Manchester City will need to make up against Liverpool, and ask whether they are still fighting for this title. Plus,...more

  • The Ramble: Jose Mourino’s first win, Arsenal’s latest rubbish, and Sheffield United’s rollercoaster

    Nov 25 2019

    There’s pressure on managers throughout the Premier League this week, with disgruntled glances being shot in the directions of Unai Emery, Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Silva- though Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start, even if we shouldn’t make it all about him. It’s not all gloom in the Premier League though, with Liverpool, Man City and Sheffield United continuing to strut their stuff… Stuffs? No, stuff.Elsewhere, Pete is recruiting for what sounds like a worrying project, there’s yet mo...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1973

    Nov 23 2019

    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. Liverpoo...more

  • The Preview Show: Jose Mourinho joins Spurs, Man City host Chelsea, and it’s the Roy Hodgson derby at Selhurst Park

    Nov 22 2019

    Well, the football gods have really thrown us a bone here. Jose Mourinho at Spurs! We do our best to figure out what we think about it and there’s only one thing we’re sure about… this, will be a SPICY MEATBALL!There’s more; there are the trifling matters of Man City hosting Chelsea in a potentially goal-heavy match; Gareth Bale utterly mugging off one of the biggest clubs on earth and some very interesting facts about mustard. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us, and ...more

  • On The Continent: Luis Enrique's international return, Mauricio Pochettino's next move and Gareth Bale's recent troubles

    Nov 21 2019

    Hei og velkommen to another episode of On The Continent! Lars Sivertsen joins Andy and Luke this week to discuss some fallout from the European qualifiers, and look ahead to the return of the European domestic game.We begin with discussing Gareth Bale's latest troubles at Real Madrid, after the flying of the ill-advised 'Wales, Golf, Madrid' flag. Bale has missed six games through injury for his club, yet was hugely impressive in his two recent games for Wales; we evaluate whether Bale deserves ...more

  • Ramble Meets... Gary Lewin

    Nov 20 2019

    Gary Lewin has been at the forefront of physiotherapy and medical care in football for over 30 years. The former Arsenal, West Ham and England physiotherapist joins Luke Moore to discuss his experiences in the game, from his time under George Graham and Arsene Wenger up to setting up his own private clinic this year.In this exclusive interview, Gary offers some fascinating insight into the demands placed on elite physiotherapists working under immense pressure in top-level sport. He discusses ho...more

  • Jules & Andy: Working from Euro 2020, the Women's football weekend, and our favourite ever matches

    Nov 19 2019

    Greetings from Football Ramble Daily HQ, where your favourite duo are back with another episode!With England safely qualified for the Euros, and the other home nations still in contention, we look ahead to how the multi-city tournament next summer will affect travelling fans and journalists. We discuss how some of the host cities can maintain an air of excitement across the four weeks, as well as some logistical difficulties we'll face while working at the tournament. We also look back at the hu...more

  • The Ramble: England seeded, Wales get the job done, and Northern Ireland come close

    Nov 18 2019

    England finish their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 4-0 win while Wales and Ireland can still qualify automatically. It’s happening, people, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. There’s going to be a festival of football next summer and we and all our giddy aunts are invited. There’s also a probably well overdue return for the corrections and clarifications section, Mick McCarthy’s questionable memory and tales of Pete’s surprising heritage.Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on s...more

  • The Blizzard: Manchester United 3-2 Juventus, 1997

    Nov 16 2019

    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 throu...more

  • The Preview Show: England qualify in style, Finland are on the brink, and Wales face a test

    Nov 15 2019

    England celebrated their 1000th game with an emphatic win in front of the King of Surrey (Marcus) to get us all excited about the prospect of how they might perform at Euro 2020, especially given how many games are at Wembley. Are we being overly optimistic? We’re not even sure ourselves.Elsewhere Wales need to beat Azerbaijan before a sterner test against Hungary, Northern Ireland have the tiny issue of a game against the Netherlands and the football gods have shone upon us to potentially creat...more

  • On The Continent: David Villa bids farewell, Mönchengladbach pull ahead, and repeated rotation for Ronaldo

    Nov 14 2019

    We begin today’s episode of On The Continent by discussing the recent news of David Villa’s retirement. We discuss his storied career and where he sits alongside the great strikers of modern football, before trying to work out the next move of another storied striker from recent times: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Elsewhere, James talks us through Cristiano Ronaldo being perpetually substituted by Maurizio Sarri, as well as Milan’s current struggles. And there’s even time for chat on the title race in Bun...more

  • Ramble Meets... Clive Allen

    Nov 13 2019

    On today’s Ramble Meets… Andy Brassell is joined by former QPR, Tottenham, Manchester City and England striker Clive Allen!With his new autobiography ‘Up Front’ recently released, Clive joins Andy to discuss his 17-year professional career as a prolific forward through the eighties and nineties. The two reminisce about a range of his experiences including the challenging start to his professional career at Arsenal and Crystal Palace, his time playing at Bordeaux and the mental strain professiona...more

  • Jules & Andy: The Lionesses' stuttering performances, trusting youth at United, and the prominence of diving

    Nov 12 2019

    ules & Andy are back with some breaking news to kick off this episode, as Neil Warnock leaves Cardiff City with immediate effect. We discuss the hugely impressive job Warnock has done at Cardiff during his tenure, and consider the implications for the Championship as a whole.After that news flash, we get into the Lionesses’ recent stuttering performances and evaluate how successful Phil Neville has been at the helm. We also discuss Manchester United’s impressive recent run of form, as well a...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool take the points at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester are better than OK, and Watford finally win

    Nov 11 2019

    Advantage Liverpool! Jurgen Klopp’s men struck a huge blow over their rivals in the race for the title, who themselves comfortably beat Arsenal at the King Power stadium the day before. Wolves impressed once again, while we’re starting to fear for Norwich after a home defeat to Watford. Where are you, Norwich? Let’s be ‘avin you.Elsewhere Michael O’Neill doubles his employment, we here about a ‘90s player who’s still turning out for a club and bring you a Chicago weather report. Search...more

  • The Blizzard: Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal, 1989

    Nov 09 2019

    For anyone who thinks the 2012 Aguero goal was the most startling finish to a top flight season, you’ve not looked back at the final day of the 1988/89 First Division. That’s where we are heading on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard.We’re joined by Amy Lawrence, journalist for The Athletic and author of 89: Arsenal’s Greatest Moment, Told in Our Own Words. She’s the perfect person to talk us through Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal, the title decider that came after every ...more

  • The Preview Show: Liverpool face Man City, Arsenal visit Leicester, and Chelsea hope to learn from Crystal Palace

    Nov 08 2019

    Hello from Canada! We’re away on our travels but don’t think that means we’ve forgotten you. We cast a glance over possibly the most significant thigh rubber of the season when Liverpool and Man City face off, factor Jamie Vardy into our thoughts on Leicester vs Arsenal and look back at Chelsea’s eventful Champions League adventures.Elsewhere; TV tattoos, Chris Kamara’s generosity and suggestions for Watford’s new badge.With big thanks to Toronto Podcast Studio! We have one show left, ...more

  • On The Continent: Midweek Champions League madness, a weekend of derbies, and is Arsene making his move?

    Nov 07 2019

    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 R...more

  • Ramble Meets... Jason Bell & Osi Umenyiora

    Nov 06 2019

    We’re doing something slightly different on today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as we swap pass backs for a pass rusher, and corner flags for a cornerback. We’re joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora and former Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants cornerback Jason Bell.After two hugely successful careers, many of you will now know Jason and Osi as NFL broadcasters for the BBC and NFL UK. They join Luke for a discussion about the differences between the Premier League an...more

  • Jules & Andy: Horrific scenes at Goodison Park, Jamie Vardy strikes again, and our early top four contenders

    Nov 05 2019

    With The Ramble off on their American sojourn, we’re here to take a look at all the action from Sunday’s Premier League fixtures! We begin with Everton and Spurs’ dreary draw, where the horrific injury to André Gomes was unfortunately the game’s biggest talking point. We also discuss the two teams’ respective struggles, before heading south to the other game from the day: Crystal Palace vs Leicester. It was another flying weekend for Jamie Vardy, and we discuss this  Indian Summer he’s...more

  • At The Match: Union 1-0 Hertha, November 2019

    Nov 04 2019

    At The Match returns for a big one - it's the first-ever top flight meeting between Berlin's two premier clubs, Union and Hertha, as the former mark their debut campaign amongst the elite. In an intense atmosphere between clubs that played in different national leagues until Germany reunification in 1990, Andy speaks to Union social media guru Ross Dunbar about the club's stratospheric rise in the two years that he has been there. Then, after Union's historic win, we catch up with Hertha defende...more

  • 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

    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 som...more

  • The Blizzard: Fulham 4-1 Juventus, 2010

    Nov 02 2019

    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....more

  • The Preview Show: A madness at Anfield, Southampton travel to Man City for a whoopin' and Man United go to Bournemouth

    Nov 01 2019

    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 a...more

  • On The Continent: Thiago Motta returns to Genoa, Dick Advocaat steps in at Feyenoord, and Atléti head to Sevilla

    Oct 31 2019

    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 re...more

  • Fantasy Five-a-Side: Dane Baptiste

    Oct 30 2019

    Jim is joined by the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, Dane Baptiste, as he steps up as player-manager of his dream five-a-side team. With a particularly impressive balance of quality and outright skullduggery, Dane’s side is revealed among tales of dad-vendettas, the low quality of British football nicknames and training ground recreations of Goodfellas.Warning: features a highly creative use of the substitute rule and some of the finest abs known to mankind.T...more

  • Jules & Andy: Fans' expectations of their players, unfair criticism for Granit Xhaka, and Gabriel Jesus' future

    Oct 29 2019

    Jules has just about recovered from the high of seeing Brighton first on the Match of the Day running order to hotfoot it to the studio for today’s episode! Today, we discuss the relationship between players and fans when things aren’t going to plan. After the booing aimed at Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka on Sunday and some Southampton fans demanding a refund after their humbling loss against Leicester, we explore what fans can rightfully expect from their club.After that we squeeze in some chat on Gab...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool win again, Leicester gub Southampton, and a bad ebening for Arsenal

    Oct 28 2019

    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 #arscryThat’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 d...more

  • The Blizzard: Netherlands 1-2 West Germany, 1974

    Oct 26 2019

    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 fin...more

  • The Preview Show: Big European wins for Liverpool and Spurs, Chelsea visit Turf Moor, and Villa prepare for their Etihad battering

    Oct 25 2019

    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. ...more

  • On The Continent: Midweek Champions League madness, Cagliari's centenary, and Atletico's stuttering start

    Oct 24 2019

    We’re back with another episode of On The Continent, serving up another slice of Champions League reaction on this fine Thursday! We discuss Kylian Mbappé coming off the bench and casually notching a perfect hat-trick as PSG swept aside Club Brugge, as well as important midweek wins for Inter and Atlético. The latter have had a tough time of late, and Andy breaks down their poor start that’s found them in sixth place and with an injured João Félix.Elsewhere there’s time for discussions on Caglia...more

  • Ramble Meets... Robert Klein

    Oct 23 2019

    On today’s Ramble Meets… Andy Brassell sits down with Robert Klein, the CEO of Bundesliga International. Robert is responsible for promoting the Bundesliga brand and its football following to a wider audience.With Robert promoting a style of football he believes to be a combination of Premier League physicality and Spanish technicality, Bundesliga International have been setting up local offices in worldwide markets to appeal to brand new audiences. He sits down with Andy in this insightful inte...more

  • Jules & Andy: Spurs look lost, Haringey Borough abandon a game in protest, and the Champions League group stages return

    Oct 22 2019

    Andy’s been to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and that’s where we begin on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. We discuss Tottenham’s ultimately underwhelming result against Watford and ask why Spurs have lost the dynamism that typified their early seasons under Mauricio Pochettino.We then again turn our attention to the fight against racism in football, as players at Haringey Borough walked off in protest during their game against Yeovil. Jules worked on the game for BT Sport and gives some fu...more

  • The Ramble: Liverpool still unbeaten, Everton pick up, and Villa turn it around

    Oct 21 2019

    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’ s...more

  • The Blizzard: Aberdeen 3-2 Bayern Munich, 1983

    Oct 19 2019

    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 fantast...more

  • The Preview Show: England reaction, Man United host Liverpool, and Andros Townsend prepares to take on Man City

    Oct 18 2019

    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 u...more

  • On The Continent: Catalunyan protests spiral, Ranieri's Italian revival, and Allegri's potential arrival

    Oct 17 2019

    The gang are back together for another episode of On The Continent, and we begin with the troubles in Catalunya. We discuss the protests that have caused Barcelona to change their travel plans for their upcoming trip to Eibar, as well the possibility of moving next week’s El Clasico.Elsewhere, we discuss some managerial movements in Serie A— Tuttosport has reported that Max Allegri is being lined up to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Old Trafford. There’s also a welcome return for everyone’s frie...more

  • Ramble Meets... Nigel Winterburn

    Oct 16 2019

    Across a career spanning 22 years and over 700 senior appearances, Nigel Winterburn developed a reputation as a fiercely competitive and reliable operator at the top of the game under varied managers, from Dave Bassett to Arsene Wenger.In this exclusive interview with Football Ramble Daily, the Arsenal and England left back divulges exactly what it takes to be a pro footballer, how different he was on the pitch when compared to everyday life, and why he hardly ever used his right foot.We're on t...more

  • Jules & Andy: Abhorrent racist abuse, England’s united response, and impressive individual performances

    Oct 15 2019

    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 d...more

  • The Ramble: England stumble, Wales earn a hard fought point, and Scotland stun San Marino

    Oct 14 2019

    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 w...more

  • The Blizzard: Boca Juniors 2-1 Real Madrid, 2000

    Oct 12 2019

    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...more

  • The Preview Show: Euro 2020 qualifiers, Sergio Ramos and, of course… Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy

    Oct 11 2019

    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 doub...more

  • On The Continent: Managerial merry-go-round, Freiburg's great start, and Euro 2020 qualifiers

    Oct 10 2019

    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.Else...more

  • Ramble Meets... Emile Heskey

    Oct 09 2019

    On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… we welcome former Leicester, Liverpool and England legend Emile Heskey! With the recent launch of his new book, Even Heskey Scored, Emile speaks to Luke about his storied 24-year professional career.From breaking through at Leicester City at 17, to winning a hatful of trophies with Liverpool and earning 64 international caps, this candid interview gives a unique insight into a man at the heart of England’s ‘Golden Generation.’ Emile also discusses the importan...more

  • Jules & Andy: A superb win for Brighton, Southampton struggle on, and worries for Marco Silva

    Oct 08 2019

    Of course, there’s only one place we’re starting on this week’s episode of Jules & Andy: Brighton’s cracking win against Spurs. Jules, our delighted Brighton representative, recounts her recent meeting with manager Graham Potter and discusses how much the team have improved under his tenure. There’s even time for a Wimbledon update from Andy, since they won as well! Halcyon days indeed.Elsewhere, we take a look at struggles further down the south coast at Southampton who have gone three leag...more

  • The Ramble: Wolves shock Man City, Liverpool win again, and Spurs look lost

    Oct 07 2019

    A weekend full of surprises as Man City, Spurs and Man United lose after limp displays— but what a day for Steve Bruce and Matty Longstaff! No Brucey belly rub for Man United this time. Could the Longstaffs be the new Ameobis? Bruce in!Elsewhere, Norwich took a phenomenal gubbing as the topics went fully out of the window, Luis Figo has a job at Guildford’s tourist board and we have updates on Gordon Bennett and a surprisingly confident Kevin Keegan. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media...more

  • The Blizzard: Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid, 1962

    Oct 05 2019

    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 seas...more

  • The Preview Show: A nightmare for Spurs, a stern test for Leicester and a potential thriller at St James’ Park

    Oct 04 2019

    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 Ne...more

  • On The Continent: Champions League roundup, Balo's back at Brescia, and Le Derby comes to Saint-Etienne

    Oct 03 2019

    It’s time for another Champions League recap, as James and Andy are in situ for more continental coverage. We begin with Bayern’s tonking win over Spurs, thanks to four goals from Arsenal legend Serge Gnabry. We also take a look at some of your correspondence regarding Niko Kovač, and whether some of the doubts over his qualities have been alleviated, and we consider Bayern’s prospects for the season.Elsewhere, we discuss Real Madrid’s laboured, and largely undeserved, draw against Club Brugge, ...more

  • Ramble Meets... Maggie Murphy

    Oct 02 2019

    On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… Andy Brassell is off to Lewes FC in Sussex to meet their general manager, Maggie Murphy. Lewes FC are one of the most forward-thinking clubs in the country and pay their men and women teams equally, with both sides drawing from the same cumulative revenue and sharing the famous pitch at The Dripping Pan.Andy joins Maggie in one of their pitch side beach huts to discuss scoring a hat-trick at her now-home for Shanklin Ladies when she was thirteen, her record br