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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2019/20 season. Natalie Sawyer, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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    • 3.7, 63 Ratings

The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2019/20 season. Natalie Sawyer, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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    Reasons to be cheerful?

    Reasons to be cheerful?

    Martyn Ziegler joins Nat & Gregor in what is a crucial week for the return of football in England, and why we could be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.


    More on this, why the EFL could turn to the government for help, and the panel mark 15 years to the day since the miracle of Istanbul.
     
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    • 38 min
    Back to work? Or back to the drawing board?

    Back to work? Or back to the drawing board?

    Nat & Gregor are joined by Henry Winter to discuss problems at Watford as Troy Deeney stays away from training over safety concerns.


    The panel discuss this, whether personality traits of footballers make them more likely to struggle with mental health, and a look back at one of England's finest performances as they thrash Holland at Euro 96.
     
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    • 42 min
    Football is back! But at what cost?

    Football is back! But at what cost?

    Alyson Rudd joins Nat & Gregor to look at the likes and dislikes from the return of the Bundesliga. Is this what we want English football to be when it returns?


    More on this, the evolution of refereeing, and Paul Gascoigne. Was he really as good as everyone says he was?
     
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    • 43 min
    Project Restart.... meet Player Revolt

    Project Restart.... meet Player Revolt

    Nat & Gregor are joined by Jonathan Northcroft to discuss the future of Leagues 1 and 2, and whether footballers should be back at work at the same time as everyone else.


    And with two Scots on the panel it's time for Euro 96 revisited! Does the pain of England's victory over Scotland still hurt 24 years on?
     
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    • 53 min
    Football and mental health. Can we do more?

    Football and mental health. Can we do more?

    Nat & Gregor are joined by Alyson Rudd to discuss the mental health issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic, and whether football can do more to help tackle this.


    They also give their verdict on the latest developments on Project Restart, and look back on the bizarre reign of Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
     
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    • 44 min
    Football's waiting game, and is Wembley worth it?

    Football's waiting game, and is Wembley worth it?

    The Times' Chief Football Writer Henry Winter joins Natalie Sawyer on The Game Podcast to tell us why football should not be returning anytime soon, and why he hates Wembley Stadium!


    Tom Roddy also has a trip down memory lane to mark 4 years since Leicester lifted the title, and the panel tackle one of football's great debates...half and half scarves!
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

ConorG92 ,

Downhill fast

Pod has gone downhill fast after Gab’s departure - no longer a compelling listen

Barryb Sydney ,

Oh dear

Wow this has fallen so far so fast , needs a drastic rethink
I find myself fast forwarding through most of it now

podcast ash ,

One of the best

Gab is king...

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