6 episodes

(Prof) John Williams of Leicester University and Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future.

THE Game Unravelle‪d‬ Stuart Roy Clarke

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(Prof) John Williams of Leicester University and Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future.

    Episode 5 - Autumn Leaves Rain Down On Our Football

    Episode 5 - Autumn Leaves Rain Down On Our Football

    In this special episode recorded live at a match between Loughborough Foxes and Burnley, John Williams of Leicester University and photographer Stuart Roy Clarke once again tread the boards of football history... but mostly football future. The pair discuss recent developments, including the rejection of Project Big Picture, and look at the social history of change in football, including other febrile times for THE game. They ask whether there can be good in the current wrangling over football’s future, just how badly in danger some Football League and National League clubs are and, crucially, what happens next?

    • 31 min
    Episode 4 - Clubs Will Disappear

    Episode 4 - Clubs Will Disappear

    John Williams of Leicester University and photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future. In this fourth episode, the two consider plans to get supporters back into grounds, and ponder life in COVID-restricted stadiums. They talk too of the possible drift of fans to non-league football, the American approach to pandemic-era sport and the idea that this is another of the game’s seminal and transformative moments. Plus, why small clubs matter and worries about their survival.

    • 31 min
    Episode 3 - Football Without Crowds

    Episode 3 - Football Without Crowds

    John Williams of Leicester University and photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future. In this third episode, the duo talk through the strangeness of lockdown, crowd-less football and ask if there are any positives whatsoever in the COVID-19 era of watching. There is an examination of the nature, noise, tribalism and splendour of football crowds, discussion of what ‘atmosphere’ means and results in, and arguments of why this sport is the game over all others. Plus, an optimistic reminder that fans will return.

    • 30 min
    Episode 2 - Football Locked-down

    Episode 2 - Football Locked-down

    John Williams of Leicester University and photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future. In this second episode, the pair discuss missing football during lockdown and finding other loves and distractions… and things they haven’t missed about the game. Plus, the bullet points of football history, the magnificence of footballers during the time of COVID-19 and a pledge from Stuart to revisit and touch again the homes of football and ask: what next?

    • 31 min
    Episode 1 - Long Before COVID-19

    Episode 1 - Long Before COVID-19

    John Williams of Leicester University and photographer Stuart Roy Clarke tread the boards of football history... and football future. In this first episode, they describe how their book The Game Revisited – ‘a love letter to our own country’ – seeks to define the essence of British football, talk through the game’s history and salute its wonderful simplicity and universality. Plus, the meaning of place to football club and vice versa, the importance of home to supporters, and a glance to America. A conversation full of love for football then, now and next.

    • 31 min
    Episode 0 - Introduction to THE Game Unravelled

    Episode 0 - Introduction to THE Game Unravelled

    In this short introduction, Professor John Williams of Leicester University and Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke discuss their new podcast and reveal the footballing topics they will be talking through over the first four episodes.

    • 4 min

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