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A podcast series in which two old uni friends, Matt Ketchell and Richie Wyatt, attempt to track down and interview as many footballers who featured in the 1997 Merlin Premier League sticker book as they can find. The pair ask players questions football fans have always wanted the answers to, take a nostalgic dribble through the playing career of their guest and stop to focus on the 1996/97 Premier League campaign, a period widely regarded as British football’s sweet spot. 
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A podcast series in which two old uni friends, Matt Ketchell and Richie Wyatt, attempt to track down and interview as many footballers who featured in the 1997 Merlin Premier League sticker book as they can find. The pair ask players questions football fans have always wanted the answers to, take a nostalgic dribble through the playing career of their guest and stop to focus on the 1996/97 Premier League campaign, a period widely regarded as British football’s sweet spot. 
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    Neil Maddison | Southampton | Sticker No. 422 | 1997

    Neil Maddison | Southampton | Sticker No. 422 | 1997

    The search has swung from the North East to the South Coast where we’ve chanced upon Southmapton’s Neil Maddison. Maddo made 349 career appearances for five different clubs, played in the 1998 League Cup final and alongside some of the greatest players to grace the Premier League during the 1990s. The Darlington-born player did enjoy a lengthy spell at Middlesbrough too, so naturally Richie steers the chat back to Teesside at times, but Ketch takes it further North to Newcastle for some Alan Shearer chat after discovering Maddo was Big Al’s best man at his wedding! Enjoy the episode and remember, keep it shiney! 
    Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @TheShineyPod. If you can connect us to a player from the 1997 Merlin Premier League sticker book, please contact us via our website: searchingforshineys.com 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Craig Hignett: Part 2 | Middlesbrough | Sticker No. 319 | 1997

    Craig Hignett: Part 2 | Middlesbrough | Sticker No. 319 | 1997

    We’re back with Craig Hignett for an incredible part two. In this episode Higgy talks about leaving Boro following an incredible phone conversation with Bryan Robson! He talks us through the highs and lows of the 12 club journey he embarked upon after Middlesbrough, from Aberdeen to Apollon Limassol, with a League Cup winners’ medal in the middle. The episode finishes with Higgy lifting the lid on his tempestuous relationship with Aitor Karanka during a seven month spell on the emotional Spaniard’s backroom staff that ended in a fight!
    Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @TheShineyPod. If you can connect us to a player from the 1997 Merlin Premier League sticker book, please contact us via our website: searchingforshineys.com
    Lastly, thanks to our sponsor: uk.topps.com

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    • 48 min
    Craig Hignett: Part 1 | Middlesbrough | Sticker No. 319 | 1997

    Craig Hignett: Part 1 | Middlesbrough | Sticker No. 319 | 1997

    Former Middlesbrough winger Craig Hignett made 465 appearances over a 20-year football career. He appeared on page 77 as sticker no. 319 in one of the most fantastically assembled Premier League squads of all-time. The 1996/97 season was arguably the best, worst and craziest in the history of Boro: deducted points for failing to fulfil a Premier League fixture, losing finalists in the League Cup and FA Cup, relegated on the final day of the season. In this episode we discuss nights out with mortgage advisor / Premier League referee Jeff Winter, chasing down Bernie Slaven, Ravenelli’s magic strawberry pies and fighting team-mates on the morning of a cup final. Higgy had so many stories that his episode has been split into two parts, with the second instalment following this episode.
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    • 53 min
    Lee Dixon | Arsenal | Sticker No.9 |1997

    Lee Dixon | Arsenal | Sticker No.9 |1997

    Former Arsenal and England full-back Lee Dixon made 458 appearances in the top flight and played 22 times for England. He appeared on page 4 of the book, sticker number 9, and across a 20-year career won four league titles. three FA Cups and a European Cup Winner's Cup medal.
    In this episode we discuss, among other things:
    • Martin Keown being the ‘fifth’ wheel in Arsenal’s back four
    • Anfield ’89 (Lee produces the shirt he wore that night!)
    • Being knocked out by David Ginola
    • How to sneak a pint in when your captain is sober and your boss is Arsene Wenger
    • The phenomenon of ‘pundit shoes’
    ª The gruelling process of recording his voice FIFA
    + loads more!
    Lee is now a respected pundit, voice of the EA Sports’ FIFA video game series and a keen golfer looking to get his game down to scratch

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Steve Chettle | Nottingham Forest | Sticker Number 364 | 1997

    Steve Chettle | Nottingham Forest | Sticker Number 364 | 1997

    Steve Chettle made 174 Premier League appearances for Nottingham Forest across five seasons in the top flight. He played under the likes of Brian Clough, Frank Clark, Ron Atkinson and Dave Bassett, and was capped at England U-21 level 12 times. He has a League Cup winners' medal, an FA Cup runners' up medal and TWO FULL MEMBERS' Cup winners’ medals. He also scored a header against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup at the same end Trevor Francis’ header won the European Cup for Forest in 1979.
    Steve is currently raising funds for local community initiatives hosted by Basford CFC who are looking to raise £2,000 to fund crucial activities in the area. If you enjoyed the episode, please visit 
    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/basfordcommunityfootballclubcic and donate.

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    • 1 hr

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