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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday
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    • 3.8 • 233 Ratings

The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday
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    Final Day Of Our Season

    Final Day Of Our Season

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Gregor Robertson and Tom Roddy.
    England’s disastrous Nations League games ended with the most disappointing result of the break - but does Gareth Southgate really deserve the abuse he’s getting? (00:00)
    Premier League clubs are already doing business with some big strikers on the move - but who got the better deal? Also, what’s going on with Romelu Lukaku? (22:00)
    We take a look back some of our good, bad and hilarious predictions from earlier in the season. Gregor’s team to watch is a particular favourite (38:00)
    Who doesn’t like to end the season with a quiz? Hugh and Tom both came prepared! (45:15)
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    • 55 min
    Does Gareth Need A Rest?

    Does Gareth Need A Rest?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd, Gary Jacob and Michael Grant.
    The Nations League games continue and England once again failed to impress against Italy. Are the squad tired and is the manager in need of a rest too? (00:00)
    Gareth Southgate changed things around for the game against the European Champions - which players showed they deserve more of a chance in the starting line up? (09:45)
    Scotland have had a disastrous start to their Nations League campaign. Michael Grant joins us to discuss their current slump after watching them lose 3-0 in Dublin (23:16)
    Wales showed more promise, holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Cardiff. Gareth Bale edges closer to becoming a free agent, but is there any indication of where he’ll end up? (32:52)
    Everton have signed a record shirt sponsorship deal with a betting company - but with these kinds of sponsorships looking like they’ll be banned, was that a foolish decision on several levels? (43:42)
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    • 59 min
    Super Sub or Super Starter?

    Super Sub or Super Starter?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Lawton.
    England did a lot better against Germany than they did previously in Hungary - but what questions have been left to be resolved? Will Jack Grealish ever be in the first XI or should he embrace being a super sub? (00:00)
    Scotland bounced back from their World Cup disappointment against Armenia. What’s next for Steve Clarke’s side and has a new phase begun for the national team? (23:10)
    Matt Lawton joins us fresh from Munich, where he’s been looking into policing on the continent and how it differs from our own in the UK (32:20)
    We take a look at the latest transfer rumours with Liverpool’s attack potentially getting an overhaul and what Arsenal need to get done before the start of the season (51:40)
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    World Cup Wales

    World Cup Wales

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Gregor Robertson and Tony Cascarino.
    Wales are going to the World Cup after they went one better than Scotland by beating Ukraine. How much credit do their stars deserve and where does the job Rob Page has done rank in terms of managerial achievements? (00:00)
    With ageing stars, how will Wales get on in Qatar and how likely are we to see both them and England progress to the knock-out stages? (18:53)
    England lost in Hungary - but what are the bigger things to come from a game that saw James Justin and Jarod Bowen make their debuts? (22:17)
    We bring you our long-awaited End of Season Awards. Which players, managers and teams have done well (or not so well) this season? (36:17)
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ukraine Show Their Strength

    Ukraine Show Their Strength

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Michael Grant, Gary Jacob and Tomas Hill Lopez-Menchero.
    Scotland came up short against Ukraine, who go on to face Wales on Sunday for a place in the World Cup. Michael Grant joins us to discuss what went wrong and where Steve Clarke’s side go from here (00:00
    Wales will have had a good look at Ukraine ahead of that game. Gary Jacob weights up what could be Gareth Bale’s last match for his country, should they lose and miss out on the finals (18:21)
    Paul Pogba is leaving Manchester United. Not a huge surprise, but was his time at the club a success or was he not given what he needed to thrive? (28:32)
    Gareth Bale is also on the move with his deal at Real Madrid ending next month. Is the Welshman the best British export ever? Tomas Hill Lopez-Menchero joins us to weight it up (36:55)
    ..and with Tom Clarke on holiday on Monday when we’ll hold our end of year awards, we let him pick some of his winners a few days early (45:49)
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    • 50 min
    Forest Are Magic

    Forest Are Magic

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Charlotte Duncker.
    Liverpool lost out on the treble, days after the quadruple slipped through their hands. Did they deserve to lose the Champions League final to Real Madrid? (00:00)
    Sadio Mane looks likely to leave Liverpool - can they continue in the same way going forward? (25:20)
    There were huge issues getting into the stadium with reports and video of police tear-gassing supporters, despite them appearing to have legitimate tickets. Alyson was there and tell us her story of the night (29:17)
    Nottingham Forest will play in the Premier League next season. Charlotte Duncker was watching at Wembley Stadium as Steve Cooper finally got promotion through the playoffs (50:18)
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

SalvadorConnor ,

What happened to Gregor?

good pod but misses him.

SJCB1957 ,

Gregor Robertson

Great to have Gregor back on the podcast, he adds to an already excellent team.

AbelSouthall ,

Middle of the road…

To be labeled as average is the worst of all reviews imo. This is what this pod has become. Pretty much the same in house carousel of pundits/journalists pedaling the same partisans nonsense. I listen to all the broadsheet pods and this is by far the worst. Needs a bog shake up.

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