Episodes
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...
Published 10/16/19
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...
Published 10/15/19
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 we...
Published 10/14/19
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....
Published 10/12/19
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...
Published 10/11/19
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...
Published 10/10/19
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...
Published 10/09/19
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...
Published 10/08/19
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...
Published 10/07/19
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...
Published 10/05/19
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...
Published 10/04/19
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...
Published 10/03/19
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...
Published 10/02/19
It's time for a brand new episode of Jules & Andy, hot off the press after Monday Night Football! We delve into that slightly underwhelming affair between Man United and Arsenal, before discussing the sides' capacity for any sort of success this season. We then head north to Tyneside to try and understand what's been going wrong at Newcastle. With Rafa Benitez out and Steve Bruce cautiously drinking from the poisoned chalice, we ask what can be done to restore some hope to a proud...
Published 10/01/19
Sheffield United came so close to earning a point against Liverpool only for young Dean Henderson to make a costly mistake. Chris Wilder’s response was less arm-around-the-shoulder and more foot-square-in-the-nuts. IT’S THE ONLY WAY HE’LL LEARN. Elsewhere in the Football Universe, Wolves got a much needed win, the magnetic Slaven Bilic marches on with West Brom, we hear of ill-disciplined ball boys, Mario Balotelli makes a welcome return and Mike Dean steals the show in another sport all...
Published 09/30/19
There are some football derbies that transcend the ninety minutes on the pitch and the few annual fixtures, and instead become knitted into the fabric of the societies they inhabit. The Old Firm Derby is one of the definitive derbies in world football and we’re heading to the 1987 tie between Rangers and Celtic for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. We’re joined by Guardian sports writer Scott Murray to discuss a truly incendiary affair - Graeme Souness’...
Published 09/28/19
A man’s punched a horse again and there’s really nowhere else to start. This time it was a Portsmouth fan. We don’t know why supporters of our teams keep doing this and we assure you we’re not involved. Away from that there was an actual Carabao Cup game as Southampton won THE South Coast derby, while Spurs went out to Lolchester on penalties and Old Man Milner helped Liverpool past MK Dons.  We also hear of a potential fix for VAR’s offside problem, another ding dong between Mo Salah and...
Published 09/27/19
Andy’s flown back in from Milan this morning, just in time for a brand new episode of On The Continent! We begin with a look at two sides struggling at opposite ends of Ligue 1, as PSG lost their second of the season against perennially-underrated Reims and Monaco won their first league game in seven attempts. We then discuss the remarkable underdog story in Liga Nos, as Famalicão are top of the table after six matches— where can they realistically expect to finish this season? There’s also...
Published 09/26/19
Do your stretches, because this time on Fantasy Five-a-Side Jim is joined by actor, Podbible magazine big wig and all round legend in the podcast game, Scroobius Pip.  With a mixture of brawn, grace and some more brawn, Pip’s team will be a match for any who dare cross them.  Listen now for tales of Millwall, metalhead footballers, impossible goals, one of the most emotional returns you’ll ever hear of, and Jim being snubbed by the Essex press YET AGAIN.  Our live tour starts tomorrow!...
Published 09/24/19
On today’s episode of Jules & Andy we begin with a look at Crystal Palace and their place among the pack of varying mediocrity in the Premier League. Does this represent a wider problem? What can owners, players and fans of these clubs realistically strive for in these modern times of financial and commercial inequality? We then take stock of Leicester hugely impressive start to the season and assess where Brendan Rodgers’ side may be able to reach. There’s also time for an inevitable...
Published 09/24/19
New manager bounce, you say? Oh no, Watford, there will be none of that. Man City got back to their ruthless best this weekend, while Liverpool saw off the plucky underdogs of Chelsea and Spurs lost at Leicester because Son Heung-min sloppily strayed a few atoms offside.  Down in London, Man United continue to suffer the fate of whatever Faustian bargain they must have made, while Arsenal won a fraught and at times ridiculous game with Aston Villa, because Arsenal gonna Arsenal.  And...
Published 09/23/19
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re joined by Nicholas Blincoe, the author of ‘More Noble Than War: A Football History of Israel and Palestine.’ We’re heading to that part of the world for today’s match as we take a look at the 1928 Tel Aviv Derby, where Maccabi took on Hapoel for the first time. In these clubs’ formative years, football was an entirely different proposition in Israel-Palestine. Initially seen as too individualistic a sport, it was...
Published 09/21/19
And so to the South Coast for one of the biggest games of the season (apparently) as Southampton host Bournemouth, while Chelsea host Liverpool, desperately hoping they won’t win a penalty as they simply have no way of knowing what will happen if they do.  The true main event is of course Sean Dyche vs Daniel Farke. Will it be Burnley or Norwich who take home the points? Who cares? This one is all about the eclectic sounds of the post match interviews.  Alongside all this there’s a...
Published 09/20/19
The first round of Champions League fixtures is done and dusted, and we’re here to break it all down! We begin with Real Madrid’s loss to a surprisingly industrious PSG, as Ángel Di María put his former employers to the sword— is Zinedine Zidane’s job already at risk? We then round up the fortunes of the Italian sides with James, as Napoli earned a hard-fought victory over Liverpool and Inter drew with Slavia Prague. There’s also some deserved praise for goalscoring machine Erling Braut...
Published 09/19/19
On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… we speak to former Manchester United, Fulham and West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening. In this revealing interview Jonathan talks about his early career at Manchester United in that treble-winning side, following Steve McClaren to Middlesborough and his appreciation for the old-school environment that shaped his formative years. Listen on for Jonathan’s amazing story about playing snooker against Alex Ferguson for a place on the bench in the Champions...
Published 09/18/19