Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.C., they began to grow a passion for the grassroots of the game after they started regularly attending games for their hometown. USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Inspired by the story of "The Team That Wouldn't Die", they decided to make Accrington Stanley their flagship club, and in November of 2018, they recorded and released their first episode.
Things quickly took off for them when Accy midfielder Scott Brown agreed to come on the show, for what was just their second episode. By episode 10, they had added Matt Robards to the fold, and ever since the community, and scope of Across The Pitch has continued to grow. This includes Accrington natives Darren Woodhead and Tony Robinson joining the team, and expanding to another continent when Abdulai Suburu founded our partner site Ghana Football News. Moving into 2020, we are going to be bringing even more in depth coverage of the EFL pyramid, the USL and MLS, and of course our favorite teams Accrington Stanley and Phoenix Rising.
Episode 262: Tony's Homecoming
Phil and Tony talk about Tony's first trip back to Accrington since 2019, and the matches he has seen so far, and how the WHAM Stadium has improved both on and off the pitch, and in the pub department since his last visit. The also review recent matches against Exeter and the Papa John's Trophy against Rochdale, plus predictions for Ipswich.
Episode 261: David Earl (Exeter vs Accrington)
Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to David Earl, from the Netflix series Afterlife, and host of the podcast My New Football Club, about Exeter City. The discuss this week's upcoming match between Accrington Stanley and Exeter, and talk to David about his podcast and his new found fandom of The Grecians.
Episode 260: Phil Hackney (Former Head Of Accrington Stanley Academy)
Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to Phil Hackney who was head of the Accrington Stanley academy from 2006-2012, and was in charge of its founding. They talk about his time with the club, key players that he signed, and also catch up about his current gig as Assistant Manager to Bobby Grant at Radcliffe FC.
Episode 259: Accrington Stanley 2022-23 Season Preview
Phil, Tony, and Darren discuss the upcoming 2022-23 Accrington Stanley season, including which players they expect to make the biggest impact, new signings, predictions for where the team will finish, and happenings with the supporters trust, plus the latest on the iFollow situation.
Episode 258: Chris Turner
Darren, Tony, and Phil speak to Chris Turner, who player with Accrington Stanley from 2006-2011, and with other clubs around England including Barrow, Clitheroe, Worksop, Padiham, Barnoldswick, and others about life both during and after football.
Episode 257: Coley
Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman about all things Accy including a look back at the 2021-22 season, and expectations for the upcoming 22-23 season. They talked about results and key players from last season, new signings, the academy, upcoming preseason fixtures, tactics for next season, and of course Coley's Pub, and much more!
Good fan pod with great guests
This podcast won’t give you many professional insights from a tactical perspective. But it does give you a great historical perspective and the interviews that the team gets in the questions that they probe are absolutely fascinating. Well worth a listen.
Phil, Matt, Darren and Arran are great hosts and have an unequivocal love for the sport! There insight and understanding of all parts of the sport from the history to the technical is great.
Best soccer podcast!