15 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, Natasha Daniels and James Boughen (Horrible Histories, Dead Ringers, Fleabag) as they shun classic prose in favour of football pros, by reading another obscure or unappreciated autobiography every week.

For people who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.

One of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. “Pretty funny” - Darren Huckerby

The Football Book Club James Bugg

    • Comedy
    • 4.9, 30 Ratings

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, Natasha Daniels and James Boughen (Horrible Histories, Dead Ringers, Fleabag) as they shun classic prose in favour of football pros, by reading another obscure or unappreciated autobiography every week.

For people who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.

One of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. “Pretty funny” - Darren Huckerby

    Behind Closed Doors - Marcus Hahnemann's 'Premiership Diary'

    Behind Closed Doors - Marcus Hahnemann's 'Premiership Diary'

    It's the final Behind Closed Doors special and this week we treated ourselves to something a little different - a diary written by the Bridget Jones of ex-Reading goalkeepers, US legend Marcus Hahnemann. Written during Reading's first season in the Premier League in 2006, we find out Marcus's views on Leroy Lita's music taste, facial hair, Costco and the band Tool (we find this out a lot). Plus Ken's back with a new song, we go on Peter Reid watch, Ibrahima Sonko takes his top off a lot and we find out if the big American can be crowned the winner of the Behind Closed Doors mini-series.

    • 53 min
    Behind Closed Doors - Lorenzo Amoruso's 'LA Confidential'

    Behind Closed Doors - Lorenzo Amoruso's 'LA Confidential'

    This week behind closed doors, lockdown has flown by thanks to Rangers legend and bona fide hunk Lorenzo Amoruso's exceptionally titled 'LA Confidential'. Set in 2002, after being stripped of the Rangers captaincy, in the space of 247 pages Lorenzo falls in love with Glasgow, meets a ghost, gets addicted to Baileys and doesn't buy his girlfriend yoghurt. Plus Ken's back with another song, Glenn Roeder's space in the Hall of Shame is filled threefold and Dick Advocaat disrespects Lorenzo's massive thighs.

    • 46 min
    Behind Closed Doors - Kevin Phillips's 'Strikingly Different'

    Behind Closed Doors - Kevin Phillips's 'Strikingly Different'

    Still on lockdown, still reading obscure football autobiographies. This week The Football Book Club read Kevin Phillips's very premature, 2000 autobiography 'Strikingly Different'. Featuring Kevin breaking records and winning the European Golden Shoe at Sunderland, his thoughts on Emmerdale farm, a local coach firm and the band Republica, and DJing powerhouse Danny Dichio. Plus Ken's back with another chant and we read this week's dramatic reading 'Jody Craddock Moves A Barstool'.

    • 49 min
    Behind Closed Doors - Shaun Goater's 'Feed The Goat'

    Behind Closed Doors - Shaun Goater's 'Feed The Goat'

    The Football Book Club are stranded hundreds of miles apart, but quarantine (and questionable sound quality) won't stop them from doing what they were put on this earth to do - read increasingly obscure football autobiographies. Today, the book club meet remotely to read Manchester City legend Shaun Goater's 2007 novella 'Feed The Goat'. Featuring Shaun on Kevin Keegan, modelling in Rotherham, Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories and, of course, goats. Plus Ken's back with another song and at one point Bristol is described as 'the closest thing to Bermuda there is'.

    • 56 min
    Specials 2 - Perry Groves's 'We All Live In A Perry Groves World' ft Perry Groves

    Specials 2 - Perry Groves's 'We All Live In A Perry Groves World' ft Perry Groves

    We've read a lot of books over the series. However, importantly, we have always been several hundred miles away from the author. But not today! In this extra special episode recorded at The Notley's Golf Club in Essex, we read Arsenal and Talksport legend Perry Groves's autobiography 'We All Live In A Perry Groves world' with Perry himself! Featuring brilliant stories about title triumphs, spraying each other with ketchup, Paul Merson, cats and Ander Limpar's horrible, horrible pranks. Plus Perry plays the game 'Real autobiography or fake autobiography' - is Alan Hansen's 'Mm Kop!' a real book? Find out now!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Specials 1 - Danny Higginbotham's 'Rise of the Underdog' LIVE

    Specials 1 - Danny Higginbotham's 'Rise of the Underdog' LIVE

    With a new series just around the corner, The Football Book Club are bringing you some extra special episodes, starting with this - a live recording of the team reading Danny Higginbotham's 2015 classic 'Rise of the Underdog'. The episode was recorded in Southampton on March 7th as part of 'Superpod 2020' - a live podcasting event raising money for Sport Relief - and features Danny's underwear, Roy Keane being Roy Keane and the scientists at CERN, all told through a book that was (genuinely) written with one of the Breaking Bad team. Plus Ken returns with a chant that was previously thought impossible...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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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