Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark bring you their guide to being a professional footballer. #backstronger
That Club Staff Episode
Crouchy shines a light on the more unfashionable roles at a Premier League football club including the press officer, the physio and the assistant manager. Chris makes a huge pledge to Peter, and Tom suggests an old Stoke team-mate to take up a role that nobody knew needed filling until this podcast was recorded.
That Hotels Episode
Crouchy tells us what really happens when an entire football team pitches up at a hotel. From issues with wi-fi, strict managers banning things from the kitchen and players who crash weddings, here’s your guide to staying in hotels as if you’re a professional footballer.
Chris and Tom discuss more Dragons Den ideas and Peter thinks we’ve found ‘the one’.
That Set-Pieces Episode
Deemed by some as an ‘ugly’ way to score a goal, it’s our job to highlight the beauty of a set-piece.
Crouchy describes how much work goes into them, the different roles everyone plays and how best to exploit them.
Chris updates us on more Dragons debating the best player in the world and Tom has a plan for the ‘Crouch Olympics’
That Centre-Forwards Episode
This is the episode where Crouchy hopes to persuade Tom, Chris and everyone listening that playing up front is the most difficult position to play.
The long-awaited billboard is finally in position - though not without a few issues - plus the boys analyse more potential money-spinning ideas from listeners.
That Rivalries Episode
There are rivalries everywhere in football; local derbies, competition for places and battles between managers all contribute to the game’s biggest rivalries. Crouchy discusses why strikers all legitimately hate each other and what it is like playing in a game where two huge rivals are on the pitch. The boys also hear from the Dragon’s Den about some business opportunities.
That Stats Episode
Peter Crouch details how stats and analysis have become ingrained in football, which results in players taking a huge interest in how their data is interpreted. The boys analyse some of Crouchy’s own stats including the controversial XG or ‘expected goals’ and we get more details on the pod’s new billboard which is designed and produced by Crouchy himself.
Really Good and is so insightful
Peter Crouch is one of the funniest men in football. I stumbled upon this podcast having recently finished the audiobook version of Crouch’s excellent ‘How To Be A Footballer’ and I’m glad that I did. Some of the stories from the book are featured in the podcast but it’s still well worth a listen, even if you have already read or listened to the book. The stories and anecdotes shared by Crouch are always non-malicious and lighthearted and he’s often very self-effacing which is refreshing and sometimes hilarious. Give this a try, even if you weren’t a fan of the player. This podcast may well turn you into one!