20 episodes

Between The Lines is a podcast that talks to the biggest names to discuss the subjects most interesting to fans including the behind the scenes insight that underpins everything across the top of the game.


From Premier League managers attempting to coach their team while dealing with personal tragedy, to the thorny subject of online abuse and trolls, and from world-class footballers pursuing other interests away from the game, or attempting to bounce back from career-threatening injury, listeners will learn something new in every episode.

Between The Lines with Melissa Reddy Stakhanov

    • Sports
    • 4.2 • 80 Ratings

Between The Lines is a podcast that talks to the biggest names to discuss the subjects most interesting to fans including the behind the scenes insight that underpins everything across the top of the game.


From Premier League managers attempting to coach their team while dealing with personal tragedy, to the thorny subject of online abuse and trolls, and from world-class footballers pursuing other interests away from the game, or attempting to bounce back from career-threatening injury, listeners will learn something new in every episode.

    The 2020/21 season: When Everything Changed

    The 2020/21 season: When Everything Changed

    When we look back at perhaps the most challenging season in English football history, we probably won't remember the goals or the games. This was the campaign of meaningful action, of meaningful change.


    On our final episode of the season, we take another look at some of the biggest stories we've covered over the last year and hear from expert voices, to see what progress has been made. From tackling social media abuse to head injury protocols and the policing of fans in light of the recent protests, this season's off-field developments may be the catalyst in football's quest for a fair and sustainable future. 


    Thank you for joining us on this season of Between The Lines. Enjoy the Euros and we'll see you next season!


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    • 33 min
    Football ownership in focus: the greed, the bad, the ugly

    Football ownership in focus: the greed, the bad, the ugly

    Football may have undergone its most seismic shift ever over the last few weeks. The threat of European Super League finally materialised and had evaporated just two days later, blown up in a blaze of fury from an unrivalled unity of football stakeholders.


    In its wake, the debate around football club ownership has spread across all corners of the game. Who owns the game's biggest clubs? How did they get here? And what are their motivations behind owning what should be a representations of their communities?


    We speak to two men who are experts on modern football governance; Joshua Robinson, author of 'The Club', talks us through the modern history of Premier League club ownership and the culprits behind the Super League. At the other end of the spectrum, Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg explains the benefits - and drawbacks - of their fan ownership model.


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    • 46 min
    From life-ending thoughts to personal triumph

    From life-ending thoughts to personal triumph

    In March 2019, Leigh Nicol - then playing for Charlton Athletic - was made aware that her iCloud had been hacked and some intimate footage had been shared online. In an instant, her life was shredded and she struggled to see how she could piece it back together. 


    Leigh joins us on Between The Lines to discuss her gradual journey towards recovery. From contemplating suicide and leaving her bed only to be sick, to the help she received from her family and the Charlton staff, Leigh hopes that sharing her story will prompt other discussions of mental health in football. It is something that isn't spoken about enough – join us as, with Leigh now serving as an inspiration and an example, we shine a light in football's darkest corner.


    If you've been affected by anything we've discussed in today's episode, help is available. Visit checkpointorg.com to find resources available in your area.


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    • 44 min
    No more silence: Women in football speak up

    No more silence: Women in football speak up

    For ages, women in football have accepted the unacceptable: sexual and verbal harassment, constant questioning of their abilities, their work cut down by accusations of having intimate relationships with players and managers, not feeling safe in their surroundings and being passed up for opportunities. 


    Prompted by an article in The Independent sharing my personal experiences, the wall of silence was shattered with so many women sharing their stories. Soccer Sunday’s Bianca Westwood was one of them and she walks us through her reality, which makes for uncomfortable but important listening. 


    Dotted throughout this raw and long overdue of Between The Lines are the voices of other women in the industry painting a picture of their experiences. No more silence, no more women feeling like we don’t belong in football.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The evolution of the fullback: An interview with Glen Johnson

    The evolution of the fullback: An interview with Glen Johnson

    What was it like to be the first signing of the Roman Abrahomovic era at Chelsea? How much can playing under such contrasting managers - Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, Brendan Rodgers, Mark Hughes, Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson - affect how you function in your position? How did the role of a fullback evolve during his near two decades in the game?


    Glen Johnson joins us to answer all these questions and drop a whole load of knowledge along the way – ever wondered what’s it like to fundamentally disagree with a manager and have them shout at you for a whole half during a match? Well, listen on to find out!


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    • 39 min
    All eyes on referees

    All eyes on referees

    Remember a time when VAR was being pushed for to reduce the time spent talking about refereeing decisions? The technology is in, but the focus on the officials has never been greater, taking the spotlight away from the football itself and leading to death threats for the men with the whistle. 


    In this episode, former Premier League ref Mark Halsey describes the horrific abuse his family was subjected to, but he also admits the standard of officiating in the top-flight needs to improve. He argues that VAR conversations should be made public, a view shared by Peter Walton and Ref Support’s Martin Cassidy. 


    We discuss every issue surrounding officials in detail, from the problematic handball and offside laws to where the blame lies for a drop in England’s refereeing level.


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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

oliveroxuk ,

Melissa is a top pro

She’s great - tackles big issues and speaks so well

LongridgeFell ,

Woman in football

I’ve just listened to this pod and it was so interesting and informative. None of what was said had ever really occurred to me before, I have been educated, no re-educated and I’ll never see a female reporter or presenter in the same light again.
In my own defence I’ve always loved Gabby Logan, Sue Barker, Clare Balding and more recently Alex Scott and take them all very seriously. However I can see that for less well known woman it must be a nightmare.
I speak as an employer, a father and grandfather to girls and I’d certainly take serious exception to any men who treated woman doing their jobs in such a patronising and ill informed way. Keep up the good work Melissa and I’ll keep listening.

sandmore ,

Original content

I have always thought highly of Melissa’s opinions on other podcasts. I believe she bring different and original content and views to podcasts. I’m glad she has her own podcast.

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