263 episodes

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steven Wyeth commentates for BT Sport and the BBC's Match Of The Day, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

Set Piece Menu Football Podcast Rory Smith, Andy Hinchcliffe, Steven Wyeth, Hugh Ferris

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 324 Ratings

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steven Wyeth commentates for BT Sport and the BBC's Match Of The Day, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

    SPM 259: Is English football as special as it thinks it is?

    SPM 259: Is English football as special as it thinks it is?

    The football: After Paul Merson wondered whether Ralf Rangnick's lack of experience in English football might make him an inappropriate appointment by Manchester United, we ask if English football has an identity problem. In other words it doesn't really have one, and that's why there's no reason for Rangnick to have experienced it...

    The food: Steven has a hangover so severe he can't even eat the pain au raisin he bought from Euston Station.

    LIVE SHOW TICKETS: We are in London's Courtyard Theatre for a 5th anniversary live show on Thursday 16th December, and you can be there too!

    Click on this link for tickets: https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/set-piece-menu-live-london-2021-12-16-19-00

    Email: setpiecemenu@gmail.com
    Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/set-piece-menu-podcast

    • 50 min
    SPM 258: What YOU Don't Realise About Commentators...

    SPM 258: What YOU Don't Realise About Commentators...

    The football: In the unforeseen absence of two of our number, we fill their places with people who actually know what they're talking about. Peter Drury and Conor McNamara are some of the finest exponents of the art of commentary, and there's also Steven; together we have a conversation about what people don't realise about the life and craft of the person you might listen to a lot, but not know a lot about.

    The food: Hugh is struggling with his voice - which he insists is down to something spurious called Cooing Disease - and so is on a diet of VocalZones and Broncho Stops.

    LIVE SHOW TICKETS: We are in London's Courtyard Theatre for a 5th anniversary live show on Thursday 16th December, and you can be there too!

    Click on this link for tickets: https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/set-piece-menu-live-london-2021-12-16-19-00

    Email: setpiecemenu@gmail.com
    Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/set-piece-menu-podcast

    • 1 hr
    SPM 257: Is international football more exciting than we thought?

    SPM 257: Is international football more exciting than we thought?

    The football: The qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup may well end up delivering familiar countries to the finals, but in getting there has it shown us that international football might have more of something than the best of the club game: jeopardy?

    The food: Steven has stolen four Viennese Whirls from his partner Katie. Rory, a great lover of biscuits, reveals he's never even had a Viennese Whirl.

    LIVE SHOW TICKETS: Here's the link to click on for tickets for our London Live Show, celebrating 5 years of SPM - https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/set-piece-menu-live-london-2021-12-16-19-00

    Come and join us at the Courtyard Theatre on 16th December!

    Email: setpiecemenu@gmail.com
    Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/set-piece-menu-podcast

    • 1 hr 2 min
    SPM 250: Live at the National Football Museum

    SPM 250: Live at the National Football Museum

    The football: In front of a live audience at Manchester's National Football Museum, we discuss whether football does a good job of curating its own history. Also includes extras!

    The food: The live show offers the four of us our first opportunity to eat together since March 2020, until Chinch bails early because he's eaten too many of the hula hoops in the green room.

    We have another live show coming up, and this one's to celebrate our 5th anniversary! Join us at the Courtyard Theatre in London's fancy Shoreditch on Thursday 16th December. Tickets available here: https://myticket.co.uk/artists/set-piece-menu-live

    MERCH: https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/set-piece-menu-podcast
    EMAIL: setpiecemenu@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    SPM 256: Complacency

    SPM 256: Complacency

    The football: Is complacency football's greatest leveller? All the talk of complacency from those on the pitch is about how to avoid it, but are those in the boardroom falling prey to it all too often?

    The food: As we ask you for ideas of what kind of food we could provide our live show audiences, Steve suggests the London show might be a good opportunity to try something new that's hit the capital, but not yet the regions, and that Rory's fancy pot noodle is the perfect example.

    Tickets for our London live show, celebrating 5 years of SPM are available here: https://myticket.co.uk/gigs/set-piece-menu-live-london-2021-12-16-19-00

    And you can buy merch here: https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/set-piece-menu-podcast

    Email us at setpiecemenu@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    SPM 255: Loans, lower league partnerships, or leave the kids alone!

    SPM 255: Loans, lower league partnerships, or leave the kids alone!

    The football: After the last round of the EFL Cup (yes we were organised enough to make a plan then and save it for this week's round) Pep Guardiola talked of his young Manchester City bucks benefiting more from playing Wycombe every week than taking on someone their own size. We cycle through the possible solutions to the conundrum Pep poses, some of which Pep won't like.

    The food: Steven has been showered with gourmet gifts from his kindly neighbours during his forced period of Covid-related isolation. The descriptions of home made beef pie, lamb curry and M&S-made Colin the Caterpillar cake make the other three wish they had friends like Steven.

    ***LONDON LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT***
    Join us for a 5th anniversary SPM Live in London on Thursday 16th December at the Courtyard Theatre - tickets are here: https://myticket.co.uk/artists/set-piece-menu-live

    ***MANCHESTER LIVE SHOW REMINDER***
    We're live at the National Football Museum on Thursday November 4th - tickets are here: https://t.co/gTGwN5BynX

    For anything else, email us at setpiecemenu@gmail.com

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
324 Ratings

324 Ratings

JF1867 ,

Different and Great

As they would say themselves, a fab mix of thoughtful, nuanced debate and gentle humour. Attempts to change the timbre of the furious anger stirred up by (somewhat ironically) Sky and others. Really good!

Garyh03 ,

Insightful and Funny

Absolutely brilliant show, which takes a completely different approach to a weekly football show.

Focussing on interesting topics, the tram offer well informed opinions and insightful contributions, along with a few laughs along the way.

Great listen, whether keeping up to date or catching up on previous episodes.

Hopper1989ASHD ,

Easily the best football podcast

I love the football ramble for humorous chat.

I enjoy Max, Barry and the guardian for a good levelled analysis.

But for a full football insight. Nuanced discussion. And thought out subjects. SPM is by far the best. I have always been a football nerd and despite no notable playing ability have worked up to work in football. But the four SPM podcasters and the audience that share the listening with me are my therapy group. No click bait comments. No team based bias. Just good discussion based on intellect and experience which you simply won’t find elsewhere.

If I could give it 7 out of 5 I would!!

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