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Join Lynsey Hooper and a host of high profile guests to take you through the WSL, Champions League, internationals and beyond

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Join Lynsey Hooper and a host of high profile guests to take you through the WSL, Champions League, internationals and beyond

    Buchanan and a place in the stadium: home or away?

    Buchanan and a place in the stadium: home or away?

    Lynsey Hooper is with former England and Arsenal captain Faye White and The Athletic's Charlotte Harpur to take you through a big WSL weekend and more.

    An exclusive interview with Chelsea's 5 times Champions League winner Kadeisha Buchanan.

    And we chat about away ends and big stadiums with Football Supporters Association Women's Game Network Manager Debs Dilworth.

    Plus, what more could Arsenal have done against United? Is Zelem underrated? And how do you hit a strike like Cuthbert's?

    Producer: Sophie Penney 

    WHAT'S WHEN? 
    Part 1 - Lionesses and legacy numbers (1.00)
    Part 2 - Arsenal 2 - 3 Manchester United (6.00)
    Part 3a - Chelsea 3 - 0 Tottenham (13.30)
    Part 3b - Kadeisha Buchanan exclusive interview (20.30)
    Part 4 - Away ends and big stadiums with the FSA's Debs Dilworth (30.00)
    Part 5 - Other results (43.00)
    Part 6 - Qatar World Cup (43.30)
    Part 7 - Coming up (49.30)
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    • 52 min
    Park, pregnancy and Moroccan delight

    Park, pregnancy and Moroccan delight

    England and Arsenal centurion Rachel Yankey is with Matt Davies-Adams and The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur to discuss England’s win over Japan.

    Rachel reacts to comments from Everton's Toni Duggan about her pregnancy and suggests more clubs need to think about.

    Plus Alasdair Howorth joins us after the African Women’s Champions League final.

    Producer: Sophie Penney

    WHAT’S WHEN ?

    Part 1 - England 4 - 0 Japan (1.00)
    Part 2 - Diversity comments (14.30)
    Part 3 - CAF Women’s Champions League with Alasdair Howorth (18.00)
    Part 4 - Pregnancy (28.00)
    Part 5 - Coming up this week (36.30)
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    • 45 min
    Rain, Spain and United's pain

    Rain, Spain and United's pain

    Lynsey Hooper is with The Athletic’s Nancy Frostick and freelance football writer Rich Laverty to take you through the weekend’s WSL action and more. 

    Should players be appealing more for penalties? Why is the weather still getting in the way? And a Championship catch up. 

    Plus we get the El Clasico lowdown from Spanish journalist Bea Redondo. 

    WHAT'S WHEN? 

    Part 1 - Manchester United 1 - 3 Chelsea (3.15)
    Part 2 - West Ham 4 - 5 Brighton (13.15)
    Part 3a - Other results (17.00)
    Part 3b - Weather gets in the way (19.30)
    Part 4 - Championship catch up (24.30)
    Part 5 - El Clasico and Spanish national team with Bea Redondo (29.45) 
    Part 6 - Coming up... internationals, Nations League and Arnold Clark Cup teams (35.30)

    Producer: Sophie Penney
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    • 49 min
    Neville's magic, Rowe's rescue and better boots

    Neville's magic, Rowe's rescue and better boots

    Lynsey Hooper is with ex-Lioness Laura Bassett and The Athletic's Charlotte Harpur to discuss the weekend's dramatic WSL action and more. 

    Plus exclusive interviews with the two stars of the weekend Tottenham's Ashleigh Neville and Reading's Rachel Rowe. 

    Listen as players demand better boots and Bass shares her favourite childhood award story. 

    WHAT'S WHEN? 

    Part 1: Brighton 0 - 8 Tottenham ft. Ash Neville exclusive (3.00)
    Part 2: Reading 2 -1 Leicester City ft. Rachel Rowe exclusive (20.45)
    Part 3: Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham (34.00) 
    Part 4: Other games and Hannah Hampton (45.45)
    Part 5: Finalissima and awards (46.15)
    Part 6: Coming up this week (50.00) 

    Producer: Sophie Penney
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    • 54 min
    BONUS: Beth Mead exclusive

    BONUS: Beth Mead exclusive

    Beth Mead, European Champion and Ballon D'Or runner-up, sits down with Lynsey Hooper for an exclusive interview ahead of the release of her new book Lioness: My Journey to Glory.
    Plus Lynsey catches up with the ghost writer of the book, The Athletic's Katie Whyatt for some behind the scenes insight into creating the book.

    Producer: Sophie Penney
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    • 56 min
    Meet the next generation

    Meet the next generation

    Lynsey Hooper is with sports broadcaster Anne-Marie Batson, plus women’s football journalist and expert in all things Scandinavian, Mia Eriksson to take you through the weekend’s WSL action and the World Cup draw. 
    Anne-Marie talks about what makes fellow Jamaican Bunny Shaw so good. Mia puts her Norway hat on to give us the lowdown on Arsenal’s new star Frida Maanum. And we hear reactions to the World Cup draw from journalists around the world: Alicia Ferguson on Australia, Julien Laurens on France and The Athletic's Meg Linehan on the USA.
    Plus, to continue on from our discussions this summer about the need to widen the talent pool so the England team is more diverse, we speak to that next generation of young Black players coming through. Anne-Marie hosts a discussion with 17-year-old Patience Kavule from Hilltop Women's FC, and 14-year-old Ava King from Crystal Palace WFC, along with former professional player and the PFA’s Women’s Football Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Executive, Fern Whelan. 

    WHAT’S WHEN? 

    PART 1a - Tottenham 0 - 3 Manchester City (1.45)
    PART 1b - Liverpool 0 - 2 Arsenal (9.30)
    PART 1c - Other WSL results roundup (16.45)
    PART 2 - World Cup draw (17.30)
    PART 3 - Next generation panel (26.00)
    PART 4 - Coming up this week (1.03.30)

    Producer: Sophie Penney
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    • 1 hr 7 min

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