Football Ruined My Life
Football Ruined My Life
About Football Ruined My Life
Colin Shindler, author of the best selling Manchester United Ruined My Life, joins with the distinguished football journalist Patrick Barclay and the Super Agent Jon Holmes (think Gary Lineker, Peter Shilton, Tony Woodcock etc.) to talk about football as it used to be in the days before the invention of the Premier League.
The podcast views those days fondly - though not uncritically - in comparison to today's game, which it views critically though not unfondly. We welcome everyone who wants to remember Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Charlton, Brian Clough and Bill Shankly and the days when you went to a Football League ground to watch your football and didn't wait for it to arrive on television.
Nostalgic? Yes. Well informed? Certainly. But above all, it glories in the football of our youth when the game seemed charmingly innocent, full of skillful, good hearted, kindly men like Norman Hunter, Ron Harris and Peter Storey.
Join us every week for a romp through the 1960s, 70s and 80s that will warm you like a cup of scalding hot Bovril.
Produced by Paul Kobrak.
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Any devoted watcher of the BBC Television series Lovejoy would have noticed the East Anglian antiques dealer’s ubiquitous Manchester United coffee mug and Manchester United travel bag. The actor who played Lovejoy, Ian McShane was the son of the Manchester United outside left Harry McShane who won a League Championship medal at Old Trafford in the 1951-2 season. In this podcast Ian McShane explains his long commitment to Manchester United and his friendship with Alex Ferguson and many of the United players since the days of the Busby Babes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We all know what it’s like to have too little of it and though it’s probably not anything that most of us have experienced we can understand that having too much money doesn’t always lead straight to Happiness. At the top of the pyramid, football is drowning in the stuff, at the bottom too many clubs are struggling to keep their heads above the financial waters that are closing in. Colin Shindler, Jon Holmes and Patrick Barclay discuss how the game got into this mess and what, if anything, can be done about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When we watch football as youngsters it is the goals that catch our eye, not the vital defensive midfielders or the manager’s clever/stupid substitutions. A Gary Lineker tap in is less spectacular than a Bobby Charlton thunderbolt but in a vital 1-0 victory it counts for as much. Colin Shindler, Jon Holmes and Patrick Barclay discuss the scorers of great goals and great goalscorers from Ted Drake and Dixie Dean to Harry Kane and Lionel Messi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
He's been a disc jockey since the early days of Elvis. He's been a Fulham fan since the days of Johnny Haynes and for many years was the voice of the club. Special guest David Hamilton joins the panel to offer his recollections of his life at Craven Cottage. His unwavering support for his club mirrors so many of Football Ruined My Life listeners in that his love of Fulham FC is never affected by their success (or lack of it) on the field. A true Fulham obsessive and as you would expect from such a top broadcaster and a wonderful raconteur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Time was when there was scarcely an English top flight team without a few influential Scotsmen in it. Can you imagine Liverpool in the 1980s without Hansen, Souness and Dalglish, Manchester United’s 1960s team without Denis Law and Paddy Crerand or Revie’s Leeds United without Bremner, Jordan, McQueen, Lorimer and Eddie Gray? There are almost no Scottish players in the English Premier League, barely a handful in the Scottish Premier League and the crowds are embarrassingly small outside of Celtic and Rangers. What on earth has gone wrong with football in Scotland? Patrick Barclay helps Colin Shindler and Jon Holmes to come up with some answers. At the end of the episode Colin, Jon and Patrick also briefly remember Sir Bobby Charlton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
If you’re an actor or a writer and you love football, you may think that being involved in a movie or television series about football would be, in the unmistakable words of the great German forward Harry Kane, “a dream come true”. However, from ‘United!’, the 1965 BBC tv soap opera, to ‘Ted Lasso’, the current American comedy drama hit show about AFC Richmond, the many attempts to persuade the football audience to watch a drama series about the game have proved only occasionally successful. The usual panellists are joined by actors Ian McShane and George Layton to discuss the promotion and relegation of football in novels and on the film or television screen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Simon Inglis, author of books on the football grounds of Great Britain and the football grounds of Europe, joins the team to give his expert knowledge of the building of some of football's most iconic grounds - Highbury, Maine Road, Old Trafford, Craven Cottage, Filbert Street etc. Do the fans revel in the creature comforts of the new stadiums or do they still hanker for the ramshackle tumbledown grounds of their youth with their cosy sense of community? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Between 1959 and 1972 ten different clubs won the English First Division. What has happened to that competitiveness? Is the much-lauded Premier League a better competition than the old First Division? Why has this pattern been repeated in so many other European leagues? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
He remains the only England manager to have won the men's World Cup. The FA sacked him when he was 54 and apart from a brief caretaker stint at Birmingham City his career was over. Is he loved or just admired? Was he a great manager? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feedback presenter Roger Bolton joins Colin and Paddy to talk about his home town team, their one season in the First Division and how to deal with what otherwise has been a football life of constant disappointment – plus his support for Liverpool. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The one fixture in a season that everyone is desperate to win. Is the religious origins of the Glasgow rivalry apparent elsewhere? Does the Merseyside derby deserve the title “The Friendly Derby”? Is loathing of the other team as bitter in Bristol and Norwich as it is in Manchester? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Who can forget Jurgen Klopp stretched out full length on his stomach as he protested a refereeing decision in the manner of an enraged toddler? Followed of course by a goal, producing a triumphant fist pump, a race along the touchline and almost immediately, a pulled hamstring - sent directly one would imagine by his Mummy and Daddy telling him not to be such a silly boy. But of course, he was demonstrating passion which is obviously a Good Thing. We love passionate managers and players. Don’t we? But when is passion good and when is it bad? The team investigates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
He was the one manager to whom nobody was indifferent. Love him or loathe him Brian Clough was a titan amongst English managers. Martin O’Neill joins the team to recall his time playing under him and to tell us how his own managerial career was influenced by time at Clough’s Nottingham Forest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Football Ruined My Life is taking a break for a few weeks so we can build up a new reserve of programmes for series 2. In the meantime, many listeners have made use of our email address - email@example.com - and Colin Shindler dips into our postbag to share what you think of it all so far. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
From Billy Wright to Harry Kane, the team discusses each captain and asks the overall question, "Has there ever been a captain to rival Bobby Moore? (Spoiler Alert: No!) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Don Revie's Leeds United were one of the greatest club sides of the postwar era. The skills possessed by Giles, Bremner, Gray etc. were considerable - so is their "dirty" reputation unfair? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices