674 episodes

James Richardson and the Totally pod squad are here three times a week throughout the 2022/23 season with all the football news you need to know - and plenty that you don't.
Like a laugh? Well Duncan Alexander is on hand. Like tactics? That's Michael Cox's bag. Like European football? Rafa Honigstein and James Horncastle have you covered. We like to think we've got all your boxes ticked...

The Totally Football Show with James Richardson The Athletic UK

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James Richardson and the Totally pod squad are here three times a week throughout the 2022/23 season with all the football news you need to know - and plenty that you don't.
Like a laugh? Well Duncan Alexander is on hand. Like tactics? That's Michael Cox's bag. Like European football? Rafa Honigstein and James Horncastle have you covered. We like to think we've got all your boxes ticked...

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    Brighton’s brains over brawn, while Man City scare us all

    Brighton’s brains over brawn, while Man City scare us all

    The Premier League is back and so are the quartet of Jimbo, Carl Anka, Daniel Storey and Sasha Goryunov on the Totally Football Show.

    Man City stroll to an opening day victory at the London Stadium. Who can stop the latent threat of Erling Haaland? And have Liverpool already given City an advantage they won’t claw back?

    Brighton claim their first ever win at Old Trafford in classy style. We sing the Seagulls’ praises and ask why do United keep signing centre-backs?

    Elsewhere, William Saliba owns his Premier League debut and Dejan Kulusevski makes all the top clubs in Europe wonder what they missed out on.

    Plus Scott Parker’s suit, which game was unwatchable and which player resembled a Victorian child ghost?

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Hasty predictions (02.00)
    • PART 1b: Man City win, Liverpool don’t (05.30) 
    • PART 2a: Man Utd 1-2 Brighton (21.00)
    • PART 2b: Daniel went to Leeds and Leicester (29.30)
    • PART 3a: Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea are victorious (37.00)
    • PART 3b: Bournemouth win and Forest lose (47.00)

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    • 56 min
    Haaland, Ronaldo, Mitrovic and more – opening day is upon us

    Haaland, Ronaldo, Mitrovic and more – opening day is upon us

    Premier League matchday 1 sees Jimbo assemble a pod squad of Tom Williams, Laurie Whitwell and Adrian Clarke.

    Will Erling Haaland score another debut hat-trick? Will Aleksandar Mitrovic finally step up to the Premier League? Who will be sadder this weekend – Brendan Rodgers or the Spanish Brendan Rodgers?

    Laurie gives us the lowdown on how Erik ten Hag is trying to instill discipline at Old Trafford. And how Cristiano Ronaldo is proving an obstacle to that.

    Inspired by Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, which players just looked wrong in a different jersey?

    Plus opening day memories, Adrian’s holiday with Luke Ayling, and unfortunately for us all, Forest are trying to sign someone called Jizz Hornkamp. 


    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: All or Nothing musings (03.00)
    • PART 1b: Opening weekend memories (06.30) 
    • PART 1c: West Ham v Man City & Fulham v Liverpool previews (11.00)
    • PART 2a: PL players no longer taking the knee (20.00)
    • PART 2b: Everton v Chelsea, Palace v Arsenal and players that look weird in another shirt (23.00)
    • PART 3: Man Utd v Brighton preview (36.00)
    • PART 4: Newcastle v Forest and the rest of the Premier League weekend (47.00)


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Premier League season preview 22/23

    Premier League season preview 22/23

    The new Premier League season is upon us and you can’t say fairer than Jimbo, James Horncastle, Charlie Eccleshare and Daniel Storey to preview it for you.

    Are Liverpool motivated to right some wrongs and win the title? Are City worse than last season? Can Spurs insert themselves into the title race after a full pre-season under Conte?

    4th place looks up for grabs. Is a meltdown imminent at Chelsea after a summer in which they might have gone backwards? Can Arsenal or even Man United capitalise?

    At the other end, is it curtains for Everton or Brentford? Or will all 3 promoted clubs go straight back down?

    Plus the best performance of the last 30 years, the best objects of the last 30 years and Jimbo’s Richard Keys revelation. And a quiz!

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Things to look forward to and a trip back to ‘92 (01.00)
    • PART 1b: Who will win the title? (08.30) 
    • PART 2: Who will finish 4th? (25.00)
    • PART 3a: Favourite stats and the best performance in PL history (36.00)
    • PART 3b: Who’s going down? (40.00)
    • PART 3c: Let’s end with a quiz (54.00)

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    • 58 min
    Game-changing England and game-changing Nuñez

    Game-changing England and game-changing Nuñez

    Reacting to a historic day for English football, Jimbo is joined by Raphael Honigstein, Charlotte Harpur, Daniel Storey and Nick Miller.

    England are European champions, defeating Germany at Wembley after extra-time. The Lionesses were grafting years before Sunday’s final. Can this be a landmark moment, not just in England but in Germany and around the world?

    Less significantly, Liverpool claim the Community Shield beating title rivals Man City 3-1. Is Darwin Nuñez more vital to the Reds than Erling Haaland is to City? And might Pep regret letting Raheem Sterling go?

    Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo is never far away from the headlines as we debate where his next destination might be.

    Plus the majesty of Musiala and the brilliance of Burnley.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: England win the Euros (01.30)
    • PART 2a: Liverpool win the Community Shield (26.00) 
    • PART 2b: Bayern win the Super Cup & other Bundesliga goings on (36.00)
    • PART 3: Ronaldo on his way and the return of the EFL (45.00)

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    • 1 hr
    It’s England v Germany and the return of the EFL

    It’s England v Germany and the return of the EFL

    Jimbo welcomes Duncan Alexander, Tim Spiers and Matt Davies-Adams into the pod ahead of a bumper weekend of football action.

    England look to make history as they face Germany at Wembley in the Euro 22 final. Can the Lionesses stop Popp? And should super-sub Russo start?

    The Community Shield isn’t really exciting our panel, so we discuss some alternative curtain-raisers instead.

    The return of the EFL is a lot more exciting as Kompany and Bellamy take charge at Turf Moor, Wilder looks to bring Boro up and Derby prepare for life in the third tier.

    Plus Dybala, McNeil and our favourite back-heel goals.


    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Wolves’ adventures in Benidorm (02.00)
    • PART 1b: England v Germany preview (04.00) 
    • PART 2a: Alternatives to the Community Shield (19.00)
    • PART 2b: Differing fortunes for Pogba & Dybala (23.00)
    • PART 2c: McNeil on the move, so too Kounde (26.00)
    • PART 3: The big kick-off in the EFL (33.00)

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    • 42 min
    Six second clips

    Six second clips

    The Lionesses are ready for the Euro semi with the Swedes, as are Jimbo, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Daniel Storey and Tom Williams.

    Frida Fagerlund joins us to give us the inside scoop on Swedish preparations, who might just fancy playing against a team that will attack them a bit. Can England end their semi-final hoodoo?

    Daniel has his say on the great Jesse Lingard debate while we also ask whether it reflects badly on Leicester that they’re the only Premier League team yet to make a summer signing.

    Should we draw too many conclusions from pre-season results? Like Arsenal finishing in the top 4 at the expense of Chelsea?

    Plus Mourinho proposals, Lego and the Ben Mee character arc.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Locked in with heat and lego (01.00)
    • PART 1b: England v Sweden preview with Frida Fagerlund (05.00) 
    • PART 2a: France v Germany preview (23.00)
    • PART 2b: The great Jesse Lingard debate continued (28.00)
    • PART 2c: Leicester growing stale? (36.00)
    • PART 3: Should we be interested in pre-season results? (42.00)

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

Tom S Downs ,

European Football Show

European Football Show a great weekly show that I am missing during the summer. Hopefully Raphael returns this coming season. Brilliantly hosted by JR, and Horncastle is a god for English language Serie A/B/C content. My only wish is they would seperate out the shows. I’m not interested in Scotland or the English leagues or Womens football.

Tam R C ,

Great show - hate the ads

Have loved the show since the Football Weekly days. AC Jimbo is tremendous. *Hate* the gambling ads though. Awful. Thought being bought by the Athletic would have brought an end to all that. Surely you could find a sponsor that did not ruin lives?

Arthur Fowler ,

Even Jimbo can't carry this much dross

Been listening from the start almost purely for AC, but there isn't a single decent guest on the pod now. Most are at best dull. Carl Anka and Julien Laurens are unlistenable. Unfathomable that these guys are paid for this gig. Ahoy hoy.

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