Joe Wilkinson has always wanted a professional footballer to be his mate. Step forward Patrick Bamford, who has signed up to this podcast to work out if the pair really can become true friends. Joe is a lifelong Gillingham supporter and wants to discover what it takes to play the game at the highest level because you can't support a friend without understanding what they've gone through and the challenges they face. Pat has agreed to answer any question that Joe thinks of so they will cover plenty of ground and you get to hear insight and stories from inside the dressing room at a professional football club as the two hosts get to know each other by spending time together recording this podcast.
The First England Call-Up (Landmarks Part 2)
After being distracted in the original episode about landmark moments (thanks to an unusual fantasy football team name), the lads reconvene to discuss more important moments from Pat’s career. You’ll hear how a player gets called up for England for the first time, which players were the most welcoming,
demanding and vocal in Gareth Southgate’s squad and which defender is the most horrible opponent in the Premier League.
Patrick Bamford’s Personal Team
Patrick opens up to Joe about everything he’s invested in to help deal with the pressures of football in terms of nutrition, being physically fit and being mentally strong. Part of Pat’s team immediately makes Joe want to become a footballer (again) but when the consequences of playing under pressure are laid bare, it almost becomes too much to handle.
Do All Footballers Want To Be a Captain?
Joe has always fancied himself as a skipper so wants to know what attributes he needs to develop and ultimately what the perks of the job are. Patrick tells us about an incident whilst captain of Leeds that still haunts him to this day and discusses what it’s like to be captained by Harry Kane and John Terry, and whether he’d enjoy the style of leadership of someone like Roy Keane.
Patrick Challenges Joe to Prove He’s Good at Free Kicks
After weeks of hearing about Joe’s supposedly stupendous free kick-taking ability, Pat lays down a challenge which involves a trip to the Leeds training ground. Joe realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew and struggles to focus on anything other than getting some more tips for 5-a-side
and discussing footballers’ pre-match routines.
What Do You Need For a Good Run of Form?
Pat is having a good run in the Leeds team at the minute so Joe wants to work out what contributes to his impressive form and how to get through those barren spells as a striker. You’ll hear discussion about whether Joe pays attention to form as a comedian and how bad Erling Haaland’s form would have to be before Pep drops him from the Manchester City starting eleven.
Patrick Bamford’s Wonder Goal
After becoming an FA Cup icon, Patrick tells Joe all about THAT goal he scored against Peterborough and how Gary Lineker might be able to take some credit for the strike. Joe attempts to rank Pat’s volley against the greatest FA Cup goals from history and they discuss Pat’s return to the starting eleven at Leeds, and how a conversation with manager Daniel Farke sparked an upturn in form.
A joy to listen to
Great podcast, very funny, meandering Joe Wilkinson is a warm and funny host and Patrick Bamford provides an open, honest and modest footballer. I can recommend following this pod!
Big fan of joe and his other podcasts not only does this deal with the nonsense information at a football club that I need to know but Patrick comes across as really fantastic guy and a natural podcaster