16 episodes

Broadway to Brazil tells the fascinating story of Corinthian-Casuals, an English non-league club with an extraordinary tale. We explore the rich history and exciting present of this unique team, speaking to players, supporters, management, and volunteers, and delving deep into the stories that mark the Casuals out as a club apart. 

Hosts Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss examine the origins and legacy of the old Corinthian FC – once one of the world’s most famous teams and the only club to have provided the entire XI for the England national side – before following this lineage all the way through to the modern day Corinthian-Casuals. 

Today the club play in inauspicious surroundings in Tolworth, south-west London, and compete in the seventh tier of the English football pyramid. But in Broadway to Brazil you’ll find out how the same club dished out Manchester United’s record defeat, inspired Real Madrid to wear white and shared the pitch with icons such as Brazilian legend Socrates. Plus we’ll discover why they are adored by millions in Sao Paulo and beyond thanks to their role in the founding of Corinthians Paulista.

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Broadway to Brazil tells the fascinating story of Corinthian-Casuals, an English non-league club with an extraordinary tale. We explore the rich history and exciting present of this unique team, speaking to players, supporters, management, and volunteers, and delving deep into the stories that mark the Casuals out as a club apart. 

Hosts Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss examine the origins and legacy of the old Corinthian FC – once one of the world’s most famous teams and the only club to have provided the entire XI for the England national side – before following this lineage all the way through to the modern day Corinthian-Casuals. 

Today the club play in inauspicious surroundings in Tolworth, south-west London, and compete in the seventh tier of the English football pyramid. But in Broadway to Brazil you’ll find out how the same club dished out Manchester United’s record defeat, inspired Real Madrid to wear white and shared the pitch with icons such as Brazilian legend Socrates. Plus we’ll discover why they are adored by millions in Sao Paulo and beyond thanks to their role in the founding of Corinthians Paulista.

    What Does It Mean To Be A Corinthian?

    What Does It Mean To Be A Corinthian?

    Football is a sentimental culture. Where do you draw the line between heritage and progress? And when you represent a club that has chosen to set itself apart, with its own respected ethos, how do you move with the times and maintain your unique identity?




    These are the questions that have faced custodians of the Corinthian-Casuals legacy from the 1880s through to the 2020s. 




    So how have things changed over the course of those 14 decades? In our final episode, we set out to answer the overarching question behind this entire series: What does it mean to be a Corinthian?

    To help explore this topic, Dominic and Jarek are joined by committee member John Forrest, and we hear from a wide range of club voices, past and present, including players, management, fans, and a range of the club's custodians over its distinguished history. 





    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    • 52 min
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    The footballing paths trodden by the Corinthian-Casuals side are long and varied. From as far afield as Australia and Belgium, and featuring clubs right at the very top of the English game, the players have often seen it all before they walk through the gates at King George’s Field.



    But they all have one thing in common – they’ve all fallen in love with this famous old club hidden away off a slip road on the A3.



    These are the stories of the men who make up the team today, told through four voices in the present day first team dressing room: Robert Paratore, Ben Cheklit, Danny Bracken and Kieron Cadogan. Dominic and Jarek are also joined by club volunteer Stuart Tree, who knows the first team well through his involvement as club photographer and programme editor. 



    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    • 51 min
    The Russians Are Coming!

    The Russians Are Coming!

    The list of international teams that the Corinthian-Casuals have visited is long, weird and wonderful. But perhaps one of the most unusual ties in the club’s history features them as hosts rather than visitors. 




    In 1991 a squad of the Soviet Union’s greatest former player came to Tolworth. As if this wasn’t weird enough, their home country was all but being dissolved at this precise moment. 

    We've delved deep into this remarkable fixture, speaking to Steve Bangs, the first time manager at the time who played in the Veterans game; Gary Brigden, at the time the club's first time goalkeeper but a spectator for this tie; and Manuel Veth, a Soviet football historian who places this bizarre tour into context. 



    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    • 31 min
    The Search For The Shield

    The Search For The Shield

    In 1898, the Corinthians broke their own code and agreed to compete for silverware for the first time. They did so in a showpiece game played between the best amateur and the best professional team in the country. The winner took the mountainous Sheriff of London Shield, an oak leviathan too big for any captain to lift in celebration.

    But since the club were forced to sell the Shield in 1996, its whereabouts have been unknown to Corinthians and football historians alike. We set out to track it down, speaking to a Andy Gray, who competed in the last Sheriff of London Shield game in 1983; Brian Wakefield and David Harrison, two Corinthian-Casuals committee members who oversaw the sale of the Shield; and Massimo Ferragamo, the present day owner of the trophy. 






    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    Additional archive audio in this episode courtesy of Gillian Townsend. 

    • 32 min
    Socrates in Chocolate and Pink

    Socrates in Chocolate and Pink

    Socrates is one of the icons of Brazilian football. His effortless grace on the pitch, and his political activism off it, made him an unmistakable symbol for a generation of Brazilians. 




    Lesser known is the 17 minutes he spent playing for the Corinthian-Casuals. Having just scored for the opposition, he swapped his number 8 shirt and took his place alongside his Spartan League teammates. 

    This is the story of this iconic moment in 1988, when the Corinthians travelled to Brazil for the first time in 75 years for a showpiece friendly against their brothers in football, Corinthians Paulista. 

    To help tell the tale, Jarek and Dominic are joined by the club's Community Liaison Officer, John Forrest. We also hear from biographer of Socrates, Andrew Downie; dedicated Corinthians Paulista fan, Dilva Bandeira; and the Casuals goalkeeper who was on the receiving end of some Socrates magic, John Metcalfe.  

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    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 

    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;

    Title music: John Forrest;

    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;

    Website: Chris Kelly

    • 48 min
    The Remarkable Story of Andrew Watson

    The Remarkable Story of Andrew Watson

    140 years ago - after Scotland hammered England 6-1 to record what remains their record away win in football’s oldest international rivalry - the Scottish captain decided to move south of the border to help an English club side master the passing game.

    He was one of the best players of his era. His impact on the game has been likened by some football historians to Pele. He was also the first black international footballer, and in 1882 he joined the Corinthians.

    This is the remarkable story of Andrew Watson, told through the voices of three experts who have researched his life and football career extensively. Llew Walker is author of the biography A Straggling Life, Andrew Watson; Ged O’Brien is a historian of Scottish football and the influence of ’Scotch Professors’ like Watson; and Malik Al Nasir is a descendant of Andrew Watson who has researched his family extensively. 

    Dominic and Jarek then bring the story of race, football and the Corinthians up to date by talking to two more modern day players: Tony Finnigan of the Corinthian-Casuals side of the 1980s; and Kieron Cadogan of the present day squad. 

    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 




    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;

    Title music: John Forrest;

    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;

    Website: Chris Kelly

    • 36 min

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Football history with a difference, this tells the fascinating tale of Corinthian Casuals, interlaced with notes about the current squad attempting to compete with pros and fans of Corinthians of Brazil who venture over to London to see them.

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