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The Irish boys were right about this podcast, it is extremely good. This afternoon I've been enjoying the St Stephen's Day edition; hearing John Barnes talk for fifteen minutes is a very pleasant way to see out the year.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:11 (seven years ago) link

Thought the (replayed) dunphy interview on xmas special was exceptional

Hits different buttons to guardian podcast but room for both imo

i kid because i glove (darraghmac), Friday, 3 January 2014 15:39 (seven years ago) link

Been relying heavily on those two and The Anfield Wrap to get me through the festive period. I particularly like SC's balance of interesting and a bit of depth. They also drop the odd what-seems-like-an-insider-titbit. Less discretion please.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 3 January 2014 17:49 (seven years ago) link

I even listen to the rugby segments...which is something

i kid because i glove (darraghmac), Friday, 3 January 2014 19:22 (seven years ago) link

I know; the extended piece yesterday on the problems caused by Welsh secession was fascinating.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 3 January 2014 19:35 (seven years ago) link

xps that Dunphy interview was beautiful, what a joy. Thanks for the tip, I'd skipped that thinking it was one of the non-footy episodes.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 3 January 2014 20:40 (seven years ago) link

tell me about "the anfield rap", ismael

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Saturday, 4 January 2014 02:07 (seven years ago) link

or WRAP even

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Saturday, 4 January 2014 02:08 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure you could guess. It's a post-match (sometimes immediately post-match) dissection of lfc, either euphoric or despondent as circumstances dictate, featuring lots of people talking over each other and being scouse. I think it's linked to local radio somehow, so is fairly professional, but I don't actually know anyone involved unless they've got Russell Brand or someone on for an interview.

I like it, it's quite amusing without getting in the way of being very in-depth on eg the problems with Johnson or Coutinho.

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 4 January 2014 08:15 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

haven't been podcasting cos different work/commuting arrangements but threw a few of these on for the flights last week and it really is great stuff

fedora, wherever it may find her (darraghmac), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:54 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Ken Early's sarcastic excited delivery of scorned projected attitudes is so great

I would absolutely d/l audiobooks read by him on p much any subject, the less he liked the material the better

local eire man (darraghmac), Sunday, 26 October 2014 02:18 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Nobody else? Sad for ye.

Really thought there was scope to get ilf into the GAA via the back door here

The difficult earlier reichs (darraghmac), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 01:19 (five years ago) link

Only football podcast I listen to now. Some shit regular contributors but still so much better than anything else out there.

The story of a Romanian (Blandford Forum), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 15:07 (five years ago) link

never got through more than five mins of the guardian football one. second captains is best, even with the shit contributors and occasional moron like marcotti.

mcdevitt is a brilliant and ken early is generally funny once left to roam. the non-football one is great too - best gaelic football coverage i've ever heard if that's not damning with faint praise. mcconville and moyles are brilliant.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 16:19 (five years ago) link

It's the only football podcast I listen to, bar occasionally listening to the guardian one.

I even occasionally listen to the general sports podcast despite ignorance of GAA, though not if there's too much rugby talk.

Ken Early waxing lyrical on a long monologue about Jose Mourinho or Brendan Rogers or Keane or Moyes is always informative and always a pleasure.

Cuombas (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 16:40 (five years ago) link

Also yes if marcotti is on I tend not to listen. Boring old bloviating neoliberal wwf-fan fuck who knows fuck all about football

Cuombas (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 16:43 (five years ago) link

Fair on marcotti I always assume theyre leveraging some foreign market shit with his involvement.

The difficult earlier reichs (darraghmac), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 17:31 (five years ago) link

I should listen to this more. Its quality.

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Friday, 8 January 2016 12:48 (five years ago) link

i swear i can tolerate nearly anyone on it but i just turn it off the minute i hear marcotti. he is clueless, arrogant and deliberately obtuse.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Friday, 8 January 2016 12:51 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

its may 2017 and i now actually pay for a podcast

spud called maris (darraghmac), Friday, 5 May 2017 14:26 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

sean dyche interview with richie sadlier was vg

spud called maris (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:52 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

only recently got into this, love it -- v much a fan of early's analysis

marcotti sucks. he's on ESPN a bunch and i can't stand him

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 12 June 2017 14:07 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

the (subscriber) podcasts on non-sport can be great

the mark blyth discussion is the most interesting political/social analysis ive heard in a long long time

the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 23:56 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

episode on serena williams meltdown reminds you why theyre the best

NAGL usa (darraghmac), Monday, 10 September 2018 19:04 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

players chair with paul kimmage is super stuff

topical mlady (darraghmac), Friday, 4 January 2019 00:08 (two years ago) link

the ongoing argument this week that describing david silva as among the top twenty foreign imports in epl history is not just unmerited but risible has been great

topical mlady (darraghmac), Friday, 11 January 2019 10:50 (two years ago) link

"David Silva is Juan Mata with a manager who believes in him"

This is a very bad take

. (Michael B), Saturday, 12 January 2019 12:45 (two years ago) link

oh theyre all over the place but its not a discussion to enjoy through a lens of truth

topical mlady (darraghmac), Saturday, 12 January 2019 12:49 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

im eager for this episode on FAI shenans

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Friday, 12 April 2019 09:41 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I thought the coverage of the WWC was below the usual high standard - they went on and on about Phil Neville's press conferences, which weren't that interesting - and the analysis of the teams or the play (at least on the freebie Monday podcasts which is all I get) was not up to much, there was basically no discussion of the actual football today.

Tim, Monday, 8 July 2019 17:51 (one year ago) link

havent heard todays but tend to agree about the wwc generally

that said

for the mens game, they will tend to skip over the tactics and often the match itself for a focus on whatever catches kens eye, and a thread like nevilles account-manager-craig utterances does often run over a few shows

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 8 July 2019 20:05 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

the mark blyth discussion is the most interesting political/social analysis ive heard in a long long time

― the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac),

Just starting this one on the train

anvil, Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:13 (one year ago) link

This was great!

anvil, Monday, 14 October 2019 03:58 (one year ago) link


deems of internment (darraghmac), Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:09 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

how would yerman from the guardian fit in do we think?

id say ken and him would be like strange cats

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:59 (one year ago) link

which man?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:01 (one year ago) link

as is my habit i remembered since


who i think is ok as a foil in the company he keeps, but frankly lazy and disinterested by second captains standards

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:06 (one year ago) link

apologies if you're an ilxor baz, as i said you make a good everyman amongst the guardian scarfs like

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:07 (one year ago) link

like- he and ken share a tendency to challenge an accepted wisdom with an eg "is he?"

but glendenning will leave it there or follow up with a muttered trickle, whereas ken will launch off a coruscator

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:08 (one year ago) link

loathe the man tbh, can't think of anything that would make me unsub quicker, he's like the anti Ken
Ken's rugby trolling the other week was an absolute treat btw, loved the way he'd easily find a new angle of attack and make the other guests gasp anew haha

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:10 (one year ago) link

ive heard it's a cracker, but im behind avoiding sports tbh ;_;

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:14 (one year ago) link

glendenning is Only Here for the Banter now isn't he. like him fine but wince at every analysis of the week's promising young Bournemouth striker / Leicester midfielder / League Two manager ending in "...and he seems like a thoroughly decent bloke". Rushden era feeling esp phoned in.

ken early meanwhile is so fuckin sharp even his most "is he?" takes are a wild delicious ride.

basically this football podcast fanfic ends with baz warmly accepting he's out his depth and getting the pints in

verhexen, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:46 (one year ago) link

not a huge fan of kens politics shows- hes a very poor presence with an expert to prod/direct, lacks direction, overly deferential, his intrusions are as unwelcome in this context as they are the lifeblood of the sports casts

but the recent one on the policing of ireland during the rising/independence/civil war etc was utterly essential stuff

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:43 (one year ago) link

right on cue, theyve made it free to all

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:46 (one year ago) link

"Fine Gael love policemen like hen parties love policemen strippers" is probably the best reasoning behind the RIC commemoration that I've heard yet tbh

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:58 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

mark blyth is back

would listen all day

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Saturday, 4 April 2020 22:36 (nine months ago) link

ah lads can we not all just sign up and listen to this pls

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Saturday, 4 April 2020 23:04 (nine months ago) link

the charlton protein clip gets me every time

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 4 April 2020 23:07 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

ah man, didn't realize Blyth was back on, missed that - will go back to

just noticed he's about to stream live on TMBS

He's everywhere lately it seems!

anvil, Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:06 (eight months ago) link

Vickery interview today v good

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 21:57 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Greatly enjoyed Ken taking the final(?) opportunity to slag off David Silva with a 13-minute el mago rant at the end of today’s ep

crisp, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 15:41 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

I gave in and subscribed to this podcast a fortnight ago. Mikel Arteta's mind meld with Prince Andrei from War And Peace on today's podcast was some #TopContent

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:08 (four weeks ago) link

yes love it when Ken goes for a literary reference

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:24 (four weeks ago) link

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