182 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, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, 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, Steve Wyeth, Hugh Ferris

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    • 4.9, 248 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, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, 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 180: Dressing Room Dynamics

    SPM 180: Dressing Room Dynamics

    The football: We discuss how the dynamics of a dressing room have changed over the years, and ask if there can there be a dominant force, or whether cliques are now more prevalent. Chinch walks us through some of those who might fall into either of those categories, while talking altogether more than we expected about Carlton Palmer.

    The food: Still in lockdown, the food we're eating isn't particularly noteworthy, apart from Chinch's further reliance on hot dogs, which he now reveals he's eating once a day.

    Thanks for all your emails and tweets! You can send the former to setpiecemenu@gmail.com, and the latter to @setpiecemenu

    • 1 hr 8 min
    SPM 179: The Youth/Maturity Paradox

    SPM 179: The Youth/Maturity Paradox

    The football: With fame and fortune thrust upon them at such an early age, elite footballers have an opportunity to experience things outside of work that most of us can only achieve a lot later in life. Buying cars and houses, getting married and having children, are all affordable and manageable when you're a successful young player, at a time when you're not traditionally considered mature. We discuss how a youth/maturity paradox has developed, particularly at the top of the game, and how we should be more understanding of how players have to deal with it.

    The food: After his confession about pitta bread last week, Chinch has more disturbing lockdown food-eating revelations, this time about a hot dog.

    Also: It's the 25th anniversary of the 1995 FA Cup Final, which is obviously the only excuse significant enough for Chinch to mention what he, and nobody else, calls 'The Hinchcliffe Final'...

    We have set a deadline of Saturday midnight (BST) for applications to join our upcoming SPM Live (It's Not Live) show - send them, and any correspondence, to setpiecemenu@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    SPM 178: A question for the Premier League: "What are you doing?"

    SPM 178: A question for the Premier League: "What are you doing?"

    The football: The team asks a question of the Premier League, and it's simple. "What are you doing?" Amidst relative clarity elsewhere, the Premier League seems to be awash with indecision regarding a possible restart post-pandemic, and while the constitutional makeup of the league makes its position harder than most, why does there appear to be such an inability to forge a path forward?

    The food: Still in lockdown, the food offerings are becoming more and more unimpressive. Steve cooks eggs, Rory has soup, while Chinch is forced into the rare position of having to make his own lunch. After negotiating the troublesome conundrum of what it is that pitta bread does, he simply spreads peanut butter on it.

    ***We are planning a special upcoming show called SPM Live! (It's not Live) - and we want you to be involved. If you'd like the chance to be involved (via Zoom) email us now: setpiecemenu@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: numbers will be limited and if your name is not on the door you won't be let in!***

    All other correspondence also to setpiecemenu@gmail.com or @setpiecemenu, www.facebook.com/setpiecemenu

    • 1 hr 13 min
    SPM 177: The Influence of FIFA and FM

    SPM 177: The Influence of FIFA and FM

    The football: Lockdown has taken real football away, but for many a football fan, it has provided more time for virtual football. For closing in on three decades, Football (previously Championship) Manager and FIFA have not only been entertaining us, but particularly for younger generations, offering a gateway into the game. We discuss (at great length, suggesting we are as addicted to our own voices as millions are to the two games) how they have affected and influenced us, and football.

    The food: Macaroni cheese, prepared by Mrs Hinchcliffe for her granddaughter. The dish can also be eaten by adults, which is news to Mr Hinchcliffe.

    All emails to setpiecemenu@gmail.com
    And you can find us on twitter @setpiecemenu and www.facebook.com/setpiecemenu

    • 1 hr 18 min
    SPM 176: The Set Piece Menu Draft

    SPM 176: The Set Piece Menu Draft

    The football: The SPM Draft. The team each attempt to pick a team's worth of players, following the rules of a draft. Which positions are prioritised, and what strategies are adopted as players come off the board? There is a lot of bickering, and bullying of Hugh, who despite doing all the work to prepare for the draft, turns out to be terrible at it.

    The food: Steven is responsible for this week's food the rest of the pod crew can't eat. It's a cheese, chorizo, ham and red pepper omelette, which his family apparently very much enjoyed.

    Let us know what you think of our teams - we'll post them on twitter @setpiecemenu
    Email: setpiecemenu@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    SPM 175: The (still prospective) Newcastle United Takeover

    SPM 175: The (still prospective) Newcastle United Takeover

    The football: We discuss the what, who and why now of the potential takeover of Newcastle United in large part by the Saudi Arabian royal family's sovereign investment fund. With all football, never mind the Premier League, in a state of some financial uncertainty, is this proof that money remains king, regardless of those who might be concerned that the deal represents another example of 'sportswashing'.

    The food: A banana and pecan cake, baked by Hugh, and because of the lockdown, entirely eaten by Hugh.

    Thanks for all your emails, and we hope you're staying safe.
    Send any correspondence to setpiecemenu@gmail.com, or @setpiecemenu on twitter.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

Ed1984a ,

Excellent football insight but gets a bit distracted by ‘banter’

Great range of views and wide ranging topics are discussed. Rory Smith is always superb and talks to anything with considered sense.

Sometimes the chat grates a little bit, reading passages of, and dwelling on, Jack Reacher. Not for me but I just fast forward.

philandtheo ,

Laugh out loud whilst dog walking

A late arrival to this podcast but I really enjoy the mix of topics. Makes me laugh out loud whilst walking the dog, ensures I get some funny looks.

Fordy 123 ,

What’s not to like?

If you're into football and you've not subscribed to Set Piece Menu, you're doing it wrong......it's not your usual football podcast....

Allergy warning: Contains nuts Rory Smith, Hugh Ferris Steve Wyeth and Andy Hinchcliffe.

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