163 episodes

The Athletic's Adam Hurrey explores the glorious and unique language of football: the words, the phrases, the mannerisms and, above all, the clichés.
Featuring 'Mesut Haaland Dicks' interviews with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Nedum Onuoha, Tom Rosenthal and many more too.

Football Cliches - A show about the language of football The Athletic UK

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 276 Ratings

The Athletic's Adam Hurrey explores the glorious and unique language of football: the words, the phrases, the mannerisms and, above all, the clichés.
Featuring 'Mesut Haaland Dicks' interviews with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Nedum Onuoha, Tom Rosenthal and many more too.

    Muted celebrators and magnanimous managers: The Classy Touch XI

    Muted celebrators and magnanimous managers: The Classy Touch XI

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker explore the curious coverage of footballers' gestures of humanity by selecting the most traditional "classy touches" on and off the pitch, from goalkeepers refusing to celebrate their freak goals against their opposite numbers to the complex art of muted celebrations.
    Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel compare some charmingly obscure official club merchandise and one listener gets in touch to vent his fury about the way footballers clap.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Going down in instalments, Eurovision's "big five" and a stunning football chant discovery

    Going down in instalments, Eurovision's "big five" and a stunning football chant discovery

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker assemble for this week's Adjudication Panel. On the agenda: Eurovision's football parallels, perhaps the greatest ever real-life case of a goal-shy striker "needing one to go in off his backside", the true definition of "going down in instalments" and an astonishing chant by fans of Bishop's Stortford FC from 2007.
    Meanwhile, the panel discuss whether it is acceptable for a fan to wear a signed shirt to a match and share their disbelief over Alastair Campbell's 2018 football/terrorism novel "Saturday Bloody Saturday".

    • 47 min
    The Pure FA Cup XI

    The Pure FA Cup XI

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Jack Pitt-Brooke select the most magical all-time FA Cup line-up of all, with fierce competition in goal, a rollercoaster of Cup fortunes in defence, a truly romantic midfield, a cast-iron choice up front and one very unfortunately-named referee to keep them all in line.
    Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel decide whether Man City's deal for Erling Haaland is the most last-piece-of-the-jigsawy signing of all time and wonder how much longer Aston Villa Football

    • 52 min
    Pundits on the beach, pantomime crowd noises & the language of balls vs woodwork

    Pundits on the beach, pantomime crowd noises & the language of balls vs woodwork

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Nick Miller form this week's Adjudication Panel. On the agenda this time: the Spanish media rattled by an unexpected English voice, the number of departing players needed for a "fire sale" or a "clearout", a spectacular hat-trick of curious penalty punditry, the most pantomime crowd noise of the season, and why Schalke should adopt the Birds of a Feather theme tune as their pre-match anthem.Meanwhile, the panel semi-successfully attempt to establish The Official Scale of Terminology for the Ball Hitting or Missing the Woodwork.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Swashbuckling centre-backs & mercurial wingers: The Classic Adjective XI

    Swashbuckling centre-backs & mercurial wingers: The Classic Adjective XI

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker select a lineup of the most classic footballer-related adjectives, from "eccentric" goalkeepers to "impish" forwards via "talismanic" midfielders.
    Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel pick out the classic protagonists of a textbook pitch invasion, cast doubt over the Premier League futures of some emerging transfer-gossip stars and take a deep dive into Richard Keys and Andy Gray's 2002 appearance on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

    • 50 min
    Wine for Jose, premature calm-before-the-storm-ing and Keysey in "Big Saino's"

    Wine for Jose, premature calm-before-the-storm-ing and Keysey in "Big Saino's"

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker form the Adjudication Panel once again. On the agenda this time: Snooker players wearing their "scoring boots", the enduring mini-obsession with managers buying Jose Mourinho a bottle of wine, the definition of a footballing "linchpin", positions that footballers can be "by trade" and a concerning instalment of Keys & Gray Corner.
    Meanwhile, the panel debate when a club is allowed to tweet "The calm before the storm" ahead of a big game and the complex threshold at which it is acceptable for a live TV game to focus on the stadium scoreboard.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 Ratings

DChristie88 ,

Reidy is a big fan, nae worries

After 3 years consuming most the football podcasts out there. Football Ramble got dropped from rotation completely for Cliches to become the most anticipated of the lot. A real burst on the scene podcast

ng13131313 ,

Podcast of two halves

The Tuesday podcast is excellent and is a highlight of the week (especially Keys and Gray corner). However, the Thursday interview style podcast is fairly boring and very repetitive. Scrap the chats with z listers & more Tuesday style pods

Notrub1904 ,

The best podcast out there. Sport or otherwise.

The best football podcast out there. I’ve never heard so much drivel in all my life but I can’t get enough of it. 5 stars!!

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