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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 • 228 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


You can subscribe to The Times and The Sunday Times to enjoy our award-winning journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

    Did Rafa Stand a Chance?

    Did Rafa Stand a Chance?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson.


    Manchester City are 11 points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. Is there any way they can lose the title from here? (00:00)


    Romalu Lukaku might be back in the Chelsea starting line-up, but how must his re-inclusion have gone down with his teammates? (10:16)


    Rafa Benitez didn’t last the season at Everton. As the Spaniard departs, did he ever stand a chance of succeeding? (15:08)


    The North London derby was called off over a lack of players with reportedly few Covid cases in either squad. Is it time to change the rules on postponements to stop teams abusing the system? (31:30)


    Matt Dickinson has been absent from The Game for a while - he explains his new direction and his favourite stories he’s been across since we last heard from him (42:40)


    Dickinson’s Diaries. Needs no introduction! (52:30)


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    • 59 min
    Top 3.. Is Ronaldo Speaking Sense?

    Top 3.. Is Ronaldo Speaking Sense?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd and Jonathan Northcroft.


    Spurs put out another ‘cup side’ in their second leg Carabao Cup loss to Chelsea last night. Is Antonio Conte trying to send a message to the club and how long will he stick around if they don’t back him with signings? (00:00)


    Aston Villa have added Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho in the last few days - but what can we expect from Steven Gerrard’s side in the second half of the season? (15:23)


    Cristiano Ronaldo has come out with some strong words about Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick. Has he hit the nail on the head or are his comments wide of the mark? (27:12)


    The Africa Cup of Nations has faced criticism already over the quality of football being played. Is a lack of preparation to blame? (32:30)


    Chris Maguire scored a hat trick for Lincoln against his former side Sunderland. His celebration involved going up to Lee Johnson and giving him some choice words. Which other players have come back to show up their former sides? (41:26)


    Chelsea play Manchester City this weekend in the Premier League. Does a win for City mean the title race is over already? (48:06)


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    • 55 min
    Up The Cup!

    Up The Cup!

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd.


    The FA Cup third round has given us some great entertainment this weekend, unless of course you’re a Newcastle fan. Which games stood out as proper cup ties? (00:00)


    Kidderminster were one of the non-league giantkillers as they beat Reading and set up a fourth round tie with West Ham. Are the rest of the next round ties that exciting, though? (16:41)


    Nottingham Forest knocked a very subdued Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the City Ground. Why didn’t Mikel Arteta’s side offer more? (23.46)


    There were minor scares for Spurs and Liverpool - who both went behind against lower league opposition before coming from behind to win. Should Spurs really have to bring players like Harry Kane off the bench to beat Morecambe? (42:04)


    Should players signed after postponed fixtures be allowed to play in those rearranged games? Would this concept get too complicated and do some teams benefit more than others (55:06)


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Shocks and Awkwardness

    Shocks and Awkwardness

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Tom Roddy, Martyn Ziegler and James Restall.


    Following their week of controversy, there was nothing controversial about Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. How did Romelu Lukaku get on following his apology and how did Antonio Conte enjoy his return to West London? (00:00)


    Liverpool’s semi-final with Arsenal has been postponed due to a Covid outbreak. How do the latest changes to the Covid testing protocol affect football going forward and are smaller teams likely to be more affected? (13:26)


    Martyn Ziegler joins us to discuss Britain and Ireland’s chances of hosting a major tournament in the next 20 years - as the Euros look more likely than a World Cup (18:50)


    Manchester United have announced their new Chief Executive. Paul Hirst joins us straight from the announcement as we find out more about Richard Arnold (26:44)


    James Restall joins us as we look ahead to the third round weekend in this season’s FA Cup (38:25)


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    • 1 hr
    Blown Out Of Proportion?

    Blown Out Of Proportion?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.


    Chelsea vs Liverpool was end-to-end, but the 2-2 result wasn’t really helpful for either club. Should Sadio Mane have been sent off after 12 seconds? Which was the best goal of the game? (00:00)


    Romalu Lukaku was missing for Chelsea after his Italian television interview - how is the situation most likely to play out and has it been blown out of proportion? (14:06)


    Despite losing, Arsenal came away from the Manchester City game with a lot of positives. Is their ability to see games out a lingering problem, though? (27:07)


    Leeds United enjoyed a much-needed victory over Burnley. Were they back to their best or did the visitors do their best to help Marcelo Bielsa’s side? (39:18)


    The project at Everton just doesn’t seem to be working. How much longer can they persist with Rafa Benitez?? (50:00)


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft.


    Chelsea dropped points with a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton. Is everyone sick of Thomas Tuchel’s excuses and did Brighton deserve a point? (00:00)


    There were more contentious VAR decisions over the weekend - which ones should have stood and which could we have done without? (11:43)


    Leicester City did well to bounce back and beat Liverpool in the week - is that the end of Liverpool’s title challenge already? (16:44)


    Manchester United were abysmal against Newcastle, with Eddie Howe’s side deserving of at least a point. Does Ralf Rangnick now understand the size of the job he’s undertaken? (23:53)


    As we head into 2022, we make out halfway point predictions for how the Premier League and a few other situations will play out before the end of the season (36:18)


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

SalvadorConnor ,

What happened to Gregor?

good pod but misses him.

UKNYC1 ,

Anti-Tottenham bias even more ramped up this season ..

Never miss an opportunity to sneer at Spurs .. but despite that its still the best football podcast

pgcayman ,

Red Bias

If you’re a fan of MUFC or Liverpool you’ll like this podcast. They spend a lot of time discussing the two and the host never lets you forget he’s a United fan.
Alyson Rudd should not be on a general football podcast, she can’t help herself when it comes to discussing LFC and is so biased it’s embarrassing. The others enable her by chuckling along at her more blatant fawning.
Other than that the other contributors are generally very good. It’s just a shame about Rudd.

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