9 episodes

Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club get stuck into the true forgotten classics of literature - footballers' autobiographies.

Join comedy writers James Bugg, Jack Bernhardt, Amy Lawson and James Boughen (Horrible Histories, Dead Ringers, Shooting Stars) as they shun classic prose in favour of football pros, by reading another obscure, unappreciated or downright dodgy autobiography every week.

For people who like their reading a little less Dickens, a little more Dickov.

One of Esquire's best podcasts of 2019. “Pretty funny” - Darren Huckerby

The Football Book Club James Bugg

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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club get stuck into the true forgotten classics of literature - footballers' autobiographies.

Join comedy writers James Bugg, Jack Bernhardt, Amy Lawson and James Boughen (Horrible Histories, Dead Ringers, Shooting Stars) as they shun classic prose in favour of football pros, by reading another obscure, unappreciated or downright dodgy autobiography every week.

For people who like their reading a little less Dickens, a little more Dickov.

One of Esquire's best podcasts of 2019. “Pretty funny” - Darren Huckerby

    Christmas Special - Graeme Souness's 'Football: My Life, My Passion'

    Christmas Special - Graeme Souness's 'Football: My Life, My Passion'

    It's Christmas! And to celebrate, The Football Book Club are foregoing obscurity to read a book written by the most cheerful and festive man in the world - Captain Christmas himself, Graeme Souness.

    We spent December getting stuck into Graeme's 2017 goodwill extravaganza 'Football: My Life, My Passion' and, like the Three Kings brought gifts to the manger, we bring you Graeme throwing a pickaxe at his neighbour, a rant about sandwiches and even a muscular Peter Beardsley.

    Plus there's a Christmassy Ken's song, some Kieron Dyer themed carol singing and we find out if Glenn Roeder finally picked up his Christmas tree...

    Merry Christmas!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 6 Part Two - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

    Episode 6 Part Two - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

    The long-awaited conclusion to The Football Book Club does 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' is here! What's next for The Three Amigos - Jason McAteer, Phil Babb and Gary Kelly? How many times will Jason use the word 'arse'? And, most importantly, will 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' be crowned the best book of Football Book Club Series One???
    Plus a dramatic reading involving Jason McAteer and a huge battered fish, and we find out who joins Glenn Roeder and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 'The Hall of Shame'.
    Jason McAteer HIMSELF 'Cried laughing' at Part One. And if that isn't enough to make you listen, we don't know what is.
    WARNING: In the second half of this episode we talk about mental health and suicidal thoughts, as discussed in the book. If you find this subject difficult to listen to you can skip forward around six minutes at the time to avoid this part.

    • 46 min
    Episode 6 Part One - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

    Episode 6 Part One - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

    It's the last - and by far the longest - book of the series which means one thing... a two-parter! In part one, the book club read the first half of Jason's 2016 epic, taking him from Birkenhead to Bolton Wanderers to USA '94. Featuring Zig and Zag, Jason's liquorice house and a VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE from the world's greatest Norwich City chant writer. Plus Jason and Phil Babb getting chased around Dublin by screaming teenagers. Can it live up to its incredible title? We find out!

    • 42 min
    Episode 5 - Jermaine Pennant's 'Mental'

    Episode 5 - Jermaine Pennant's 'Mental'

    Five books in and the Football Book Club face their toughest challenge yet - Jermaine Pennant's explosive 2018 novel 'Mental'. As Jermaine charts his journey from wonderkid to Champions League finalist to Billericay Town, the book club discuss Jermaine's lack of respect for Girls Aloud, James almost driving into Mido and a very naked Tony Pulis. Plus we set the record straight with Glenn Roeder and play the all new game 'What Would Jermaine Pennant Do?'

    • 52 min
    Episode 4 - Garry Monk's 'Loud, Proud and Positive'

    Episode 4 - Garry Monk's 'Loud, Proud and Positive'

    This week The Football Book Club read 2012's very confusingly titled 'Loud, Proud And Positive' by legendary Swansea City captain and manager Garry Monk. We join Garry on a miraculous journey from League Two to the Premier League, stopping off along the way for Lee Trundle doing stand up, something called Linchicken and a brand new game where we ask 'Who said it? Garry Monk? Or Bruno Mars?' PLUS a dramatic reading involving Garry, a headbutt and a tray of sandwiches.

    • 52 min
    Episode 3 - Louis Saha's 'Thinking Inside The Box'

    Episode 3 - Louis Saha's 'Thinking Inside The Box'

    World Cup Finals! Yakubu! Casper the Ghost! All of these things and SO MUCH more are mentioned in Louis Saha's 2012 masterpiece 'Thinking Inside The Box - and we discuss all of them! Featuring Louis Saha on missing the Champions League final, the 2008 financial crisis and why the perfect pre-match playlist contains PLENTY of DJ Phil Neville. PLUS Sylvain Distin's questionable marriage advice and, for the first time yet, the Football Book Club do a sexy reading...

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

My brother brought me here ,

And I don’t even like football!

Discovered this podcast through my brother, because it’s his podcast. My knowledge of football is predominantly limited to knowing Les Ferdinand is Rio Ferdinand’s cousin. In spite of this, I still found myself entertained by this podcast. Really looking forward to the review of ‘Sit Les: Autobiography of Les Ferdinand’.

Crowleytom ,

Footie Fun!

A great unique premise, nicely structured, with great panellists! Even if you’re not interested in football, this is a great way to dip into the minds of the game’s entertainingly eccentric players. Worth a try for anyone who wants a giggle!

Becks1959 ,

Hate football but

very funny!

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