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The Old Spice Boys is the sharp, zesty football podcast that will awaken your senses like the finest fragrance. Welcome to the best in conversation, comment and a splash or two of controversy presented by Neil Harman and John Richardson. Each week they engage with the great names of the game to provide the sharpest of football insight. Neil and Ricco are a couple of established writers who have done the hard yards, befriended those at every level of the game and know what makes a terrific interview. Football people know them, respect them and love talking to them. The Old Spice Boys podcast will help you relive unforgettable moments, discover untold truths, and engage with favourites from across the eras. It's an unmissable addition to your football conversation.They will be launching on August 6, just in time for the new football season when the crowds will be back and anticipation at the highest levels for years.You can subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you download your podcasts. Among their first guests will be Ian Rush, Gordon Taylor, David Platt and Harry Redknapp. Like you, they can't wait for the new season and a new podcast experience.

The Old Spice Boys Neil Harman and John Richardson

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The Old Spice Boys is the sharp, zesty football podcast that will awaken your senses like the finest fragrance. Welcome to the best in conversation, comment and a splash or two of controversy presented by Neil Harman and John Richardson. Each week they engage with the great names of the game to provide the sharpest of football insight. Neil and Ricco are a couple of established writers who have done the hard yards, befriended those at every level of the game and know what makes a terrific interview. Football people know them, respect them and love talking to them. The Old Spice Boys podcast will help you relive unforgettable moments, discover untold truths, and engage with favourites from across the eras. It's an unmissable addition to your football conversation.They will be launching on August 6, just in time for the new football season when the crowds will be back and anticipation at the highest levels for years.You can subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you download your podcasts. Among their first guests will be Ian Rush, Gordon Taylor, David Platt and Harry Redknapp. Like you, they can't wait for the new season and a new podcast experience.

    Richard Keys and Andy Gray talk about the launch of the Premier League and Sky Sports, The Qatar World Cup and the moment Andy Gray become the game's most expensive player.

    Richard Keys and Andy Gray talk about the launch of the Premier League and Sky Sports, The Qatar World Cup and the moment Andy Gray become the game's most expensive player.

    Introduction:

    On this week’s Old Spice Boys podcast, we’re speaking to a football pairing almost as famous as we are. As BBC documentary series 'Fever Pitch' this month features the birth of the Premier League, we’re delighted to have as our guests the two men who steered us through those formative years and are still at the heart of the sport, Richard Keys and Andy Gray.
    Richard the anchor and Andy the analyst were at the heart of Sky Sports innovative, game-changing coverage of live football in the UK 30 years ago. Today, based in Doha, they present for Bein sports with the same, evocative blend of comment and news. 
    We welcome Richard and Andy to the podcast as the Premier League starts to take initial shape, the Champions League bubbles into action and new managers, like those at two of Andy’s former clubs, Everton and Wolves begin to bed in.

    Show Notes: 
    The advent of Sky Sports drove one leading manager to refuse to let his players speak to the company for the first year of its existence. Who was it?

    Why the Qatar World Cup should deliver a permanent winter break in English football

    Which current Premier League boss should not have to put up with his job any longer?

    The moment Andy Gray, who had just become the game's most expensive player when he joined Wolves from Aston Villa in 1979, walked barefoot across a Birmingham street.

    Rafa Benitez and why Everton shouldn't have appointed him, 

    • 58 min
    Keith Hackett talks about leading English referees into the world of professionalism. The introduction of goal line technology and why VAR isn't working. As well as that Arsenal v Man Utd game and the Ricky Villa FA Cup final.

    Keith Hackett talks about leading English referees into the world of professionalism. The introduction of goal line technology and why VAR isn't working. As well as that Arsenal v Man Utd game and the Ricky Villa FA Cup final.

    For the sixth edition of the Old Spice Boys podcast, we enter an area of football where most are not able to tread – that of the men and women in black.
    The world of the football referee is largely impenetrable to the rest of us. They arrive at a ground, they officiate, they depart and are never obliged to offer a word of explanation for their decisions.
    Today, we have as our special guest Keith Hackett, a former English football referee, who began refereeing in local leagues in the Sheffield, South Yorkshire area in 1960.

    He is counted amongst the top 100 referees of all time in a list maintained by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

    Keith refereed the FA Cup final between Spurs and Manchester City 40 years ago, spent a decade on the FIFA list and then became the first man to lead English referees into the world of professionalism. 

    Keith also talks about: 

    1) Chartering his own plane to referee a match in Europe

    2) Telling Mike Dean he'd make him a professional referee

    3) Who wound Gazza down?

    4) Why he didn’t send anyone off in the infamous Arsenal - Manchester United brawl.

    5) The absurdities of VAR

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Gary Lineker talks about Barcelona, Leicester City winning the title. Who he prefers Messi or Ronaldo. Italia 90 and his favourite manager.

    Gary Lineker talks about Barcelona, Leicester City winning the title. Who he prefers Messi or Ronaldo. Italia 90 and his favourite manager.

    Join Neil Harman and John 'Ricco' Richardson as they talk to Gary Lineker about his amazing career in football and his equally stellar career in media.  
     
    Gary talks about: 
    FC Barcelona's recent implosion. Saving his beloved Leicester City Football Club and the winning title seasonWhich player he prefers Messi or Ronaldo and why? Which current player reminds Gary most of himself playing today Gary's thoughts on England Managers - Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor, Terry Venables,  Gareth Southgate and which was his favourite.  Gary's new game show#football #oldspiceboys

    • 53 min
    Joe Royle talks about Harry Kane, Rafa Benitez, Everton, Football Agents, England and Modern Football.

    Joe Royle talks about Harry Kane, Rafa Benitez, Everton, Football Agents, England and Modern Football.

    Join Neil Harman and John 'Ricco' Richardson as they talk to Joe Royle about his amazing career. 

    • 50 min
    Rodney Marsh talks about Denis Law, George Best,Jack Grealish and Elton John as well ashis time at QPR, Fulham and Man City.

    Rodney Marsh talks about Denis Law, George Best,Jack Grealish and Elton John as well ashis time at QPR, Fulham and Man City.

    Join Neil Harman and John 'Ricco' Richardson as they talk to Rodney Marsh about his mercurial career.  

    Rodney talks about 
    Dennis Law's recent announcement that he has dementia.What the American Football authorities are doing to protect young players  Why the PFA hasn't helped players in the game His time at Man City and his thoughts on Grealish & KaneWhy England mistreated its Mavericks like Marsh, Hudson, Osgood, George, Currie, Le Tisser and Hoddle and most recently Grealish but why they built a team around Gasgoine. Why there are no English managers at the top of the game.  Moving to America and nearly signing for Elton John's team.Messi coming to America and starting his own franchise team like Beckham

    • 48 min
    David Platt talks about Grealish, Mancini's Man City, Italia 90, Euros 96/21 and the mentality to take a winning penalty everytime.

    David Platt talks about Grealish, Mancini's Man City, Italia 90, Euros 96/21 and the mentality to take a winning penalty everytime.

    Join Neil Harman and John 'Ricco' Richardson as they talk to David Platt about his distinguished career.  

    David talks about 
    Grealish being the first £100m player in England. 

    his close friend Roberto Mancini and how they built the 2012 title-winning Manchester City side.  

    that goal in Italia 90 and why he feels England didn't win.  He talks about his England career under Bobby Robson, Terry Venables and Graham Taylor.

    his unique insight into the mindset of a penalty taker under high pressure and how England at Euro 2021 could have learnt from his experience.     

    his time in Italy and his return to England under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

    Mancini's winning mentality at Euro 2021  ---

    BACKGROUND: 
    David Andrew Platt (born 10 June 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

    Born in Chadderton, Lancashire, Platt began his career as an apprentice at Manchester United only to later move to Crewe Alexandra where he began building a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder. 

    At the age of 22, he signed for Aston Villa where he gained the attention of the then England manager Bobby Robson, with whom he soon made his debut.  At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Platt increased his reputation by scoring goals with both head and feet, whilst displaying good technique, passing abilities, and high work rates.  According to Rob Bagchi in The Guardian, Platt "seized Bryan Robson's role with riveting aplomb." His performances in the World Cup earned him a move to Serie A club Bari in 1991.

    In 1992, Platt moved to Juventus, where he spent one season. Platt continued scoring goals for England, playing in Euro 92 and 96. Despite his efforts, England failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.  In 1993, he moved to Sampdoria where he stayed for two seasons before he returned to England to join up with Arsenal.

    Platt was at the London club for three years, featuring in the Arsenal side that won the Premier League and FA Cup Double of 1998. Platt went on to manage Sampdoria and Nottingham Forest, as well as England's Under-21 team.
    Join them next week, 19th August, when their guest will be West Ham, Manchester City and England midfielder 

    • 1 hr 5 min

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