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Your boys Wogan and Andrew Allen fly through the biggest stories in sport, masterfully covering Football and Not Football each week on Left Field. Inexpertly walking the line between journalistic integrity and irrational fandom, the boys debate the big questions from the Premier League, NBA, NFL, cu…

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    Brucey Out (?), Arsenal Regress, Ole Hotseat, Jorginho Slander, Foot Fetishes & Trash NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 60:40

    New owners, same old Newcastle. Well...for now, at least. After a week of joyful scenes in the North East following a takeover by (not) Saudi Arabia, St James' Park was brought down to earth by another terrible performance by Steve Bruce's side. We discuss what happens next for the smash-nosed manager and the Geordies' project. After a record-breaking 29 away games without defeat, the wheels finally came off for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer away from home. Leicester ran riot on an afternoon that has many once again questioning how far the Norwegian can take the Red Devils.Elsewhere in football, Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw at Arsenal suggests the Gunners might have the wrong ex-captain in charge, Real Sociedad are the darlings of Spain and Mo Salah is doing his best to steal the Ballon d'Or away from, erm, Jorginho?! After the break, there was British success at Indian Wells after Cameron Norrie sealed a first ATP Masters title despite his shoes being stolen. We ask the big question, why are tennis players so careless with their kicks?We also look back on the NFL's return to London and cast a casual observers eye over the MLB playoffs.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Gimme Some Mo (Salah), WTF Watford, Barca Blues, NBA Vaccination & Urban Meyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 69:45

    What a game between Liverpool and Manchester City? End-to-end, fantastic goals and in Mo Salah and Phil Foden, two men of the match! We discuss the fallout from a Premier League cracker and what it says about the title race.Will Manchester United, who've looked bang average for a couple of weeks, be able to keep pace? More dropped points at Old Trafford, this time against an Andros Townsend-inspired Everton, suggest probably not.At the other end of the table, Watford - surprise, surprise - became the first club to lose their nerve and sack their coach. After 10 months in charge, Xisco Munoz has been replaced by 70-year-old Claudio Ranieri. It's the Italian's 22nd managerial role. Will it be dilly ding or dilly wrong for the Hornets?Elsewhere, things are going from bad to worse for Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, Wrexham's celeb owners have thrown a strop and a GPS typo led to an embarrassing Coupe de France exit.After the break, boxing is under the microscope following stunning allegations of corruption at the Rio Olympic Games. Oh, dear. However, we're not giving up just yet as Tyson Fury's umpteenth clash with Deontay Wilder has landed just in time to moisten the loins. We also chat about unvaccinated NBA stars and inappropriate dad dancing.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    North London Massacre, El Gatwicko, Match Pints, Ryder Whooped, AJ & NFL Field Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 60:48

    Only a couple of weeks ago, Spurs were top of the Premier League and Arsenal were bottom. Nuno Espirito Santo was manager of the month and Mikel Arteta was the bookies' favourite to be sacked. Now, courtesy of Sunday's derby win, it's the Gunners who are on the charge and the Lilywhites in freefall. We try and figure out what's happening in north London.The top of the Premier League may have a familiar look to it but Brighton, Everton and West Ham are doing their best to cling onto the coattails of the big boys. The Seagulls snatched a late point in El Gatwicko to maintain their great start but surely they'll fall away soon?City's slick win at Chelsea - small revenge for the Champions League final - has teed them up nicely for further epic clashes with PSG and Liverpool. If they come through unscathed, does that make them *the* team to beat in Europe?Elsewhere in football, we talk safe standing, drinking in view of the pitch and a 60-year-old playing up front for his own club.In a packed 'Not Football' half of the show, we run the rule over Europe's annihilation in the Ryder Cup, talk Anthony Joshua's latest damaging defeat, Lewis Hamilton's 100th F1 victory and a very long field goal in the NFL.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Scary Chelsea, Arsenal Grit, Washed Messi, Ryder Cup Preview & NFL Taunting

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 57:23

    Should we be surprised that Chelsea are playing with such swagger? Given their status as reigning European champions, probably not. All the same, the Blues' impressive early season form, which continued at the weekend with an easy 3-0 win over London rivals Spurs, suggests they are the team to beat as the title race kicks up a gear.For Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo, there's much work to do. A win in next weekend's north London derby would be timely although it's the Gunners, courtesy of two scrappy wins in a row, that come into the game as the form side. If the stats are anything to go by, it'll end goalless at the Emirates. Perhaps it's just as well. With referees booking players for taking their shirts off and Jesse Lingard too polite to celebrate against West Ham, football is full of killjoys at the moment. What's up with that? We discuss. We also mull over Lionel Messi's PSG goal drought - the little man looked less than impressed when he was subbed off against Lyon on Sunday - and discuss bad rabonas after Raul Jimenez's laughably terrible effort. After the break, we indulge in the most half-arsed Ryder Cup preview you'll ever listen to, chat the introduction of new rules and stats in rugby and get grouchy about the NFL's crackdown on 'taunting.'Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Escaping Ronaldo, Arsène's World Cup Lobbying, FPL, Raducanu & Cricket Doggo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 60:23

    After a three week break, Ronaldo-mania finally catches up with Left Field. There's been no escaping the Portuguese striker since he returned to England. First he broke the all-time international scoring record against Wogan's Ireland, then he helped Manchester United demolish Newcastle. Is he the missing ingredient at Old Trafford or have Pep Guardiola and City pulled a fast one by luring their neighbours into a mad deal?On the other side of the Pennines, Elland Road witnessed a horror injury to Liverpool's Harvey Elliott. The 18-year-old midfielder suffered a dislocated ankle following a tackle from behind by Pascal Struijk and will spend much of the season on the sidelines. Was this a horrible accident or the result of referees  turning a blind eye to bad tackles with a view to keeping games flowing?Elsewhere in football, we discuss FIFA's plans to play the World Cup every two years. High-level tournament football every summer looks good at first sight but what are the knock-on effects for players and other sports?In a packed part one, we also cast an eye over our Fantasy Football fortunes and predict the winners of this season's Champions League, Europa League and Conference League. There's only one place to start after the break and that's Emma Raducanu's remarkable win at the US Open. The 18-year-old qualifier blitzed her way to stardom at Flushing Meadows to steal hearts and minds on both sides of the Pond. What does she do next after a dream week? To conclude the show, we talk good doggos, enthusiastic cyclists, bad eyesight and *that* crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. There's also a quality 'And Finally...' Enjoy the show. Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Arse-nil Again, 100% Records, French Violence, Ian Botham & Limerick

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 71:14

    After 18 months of watching matches on TV, what was it like watching football in a full stadium? Having visited the Emirates and the Valley respectively, we compare and contrast our experiences as both Arsenal and Charlton lost 2-0 at home.We don't want to labour the point in the episode notes, but the clock seems to be ticking on Mikel Arteta time in charge of the Gunners. Can he put together a good run before Christmas? Nobody seems to think so right now.Elsewhere, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Brighton and West Ham have set the pace with a brace of wins each. Something has to give when the Reds face the Blues at Anfield on Saturday. The prospect of Virgil 'immoveable mountain' Van Dijk versus Romelu 'unstoppable force' Lukaku has us licking our lips.Talking of big units, we also can't resist talking about Michail Antonio's eye-catching form. Is there a player in world football who is as fun to watch right now?We close part one with a run through Barnet's bad week for the ages, check-in on Tammy Abraham's debut in Italy and attempt to figure out what happened in Nice as irate locals attacked Marseille players on the pitch.After the break, we try to make sense of cricket legend Ian Botham's appointment as a UK trade envoy to Australia, praise the snack-related marketing that stole The Hundred's thunder, head to Ireland for a bit of hurling and revisit last week's huge grudge match at the snooker.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Gunners Fire Blanks, Son Shines, Pogba, Snooker Grudge & Field of Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 64:44


    The opening weekend of the Premier League was full of thrills, spills, fans and not a single draw.Brentford got things off to a flyer with the most expected giant-killing of all time as they brushed past Arsenal 2-0. With games against Chelsea and Manchester City to come, Mikel Arteta is already feeling the heat. We assess how long he has to turn things around before Gunners fans reach for the pitchforks.The two Manchester clubs experienced mixed fortunes. United, inspired by four Paul Pogba assists blew away Leeds United, while Pep's reigning champions struggled in the final third on the way to a 1-0 defeat at Spurs. Do 90 minutes of football suggest the tide is turning in England's second city or should we just calm down a bit?Elsewhere in football, Fulham went top courtesy of the luckiest goal you'll ever see. The Championship is already looking ridiculously tight with no team able to win both of their opening games. It's shaping up to be as intriguing as Neil Warnock's bumbag.We end part one, chewing over Gerd Muller's legacy. Der Bomber passed away at the age of 75 with a goal scoring record that could rival any of the best players in the world.After the break, we turn our attention to snooker's British Open where warring ex-lovers Mark Allen and Reanne Evans have been paired in the first round. Rarely has a showdown drawn so much attention.There's also some chat about Roger Federer's latest injury woe and we head Stateside to check in on baseball's Field Of Dreams which, after 18 months of delays, finally wowed a small crowd in Iowa and millions of people around the world.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Premier League Preview, Messi Ending, New Shirt Reviews, Poo & Kirk Cousins

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 65:24

    Lionel Messi, the world's greatest footballer, will play for Paris Saint Germain this season after a remarkable roller-coaster week that started with him on the verge of renewing his contract at Barcelona before someone pointed out the Nou Camp outfit were completely broke.Messi, after a tearful exit, will take a pay cut at the Parc des Princes as the Qatari owners pull off an incredible transfer coup just when it looked like the Argentine might be out of reach. As if that wasn't enough drama, there are court cases brewing in Spain as a cabal of clubs, behind the back of Barca and Real Madrid, look to secure their short-term future with a deal with an American venture capitalist fund. It's all getting very ugly.It's not just Spain with the juicy transfer stories. Manchester City have made Jack Grealish the most expensive footballer in English history, Romelu Lukaku is returning to Chelsea and Harry Kane is trying to force an exit from Spurs. It's hard to imagine how the action on the pitch will compare.We cast an eye over the Premier League's opening weekend fixtures and hazard a guess at who'll be going down and if anyone can catch Pep Guardiola's champions.Part one ends with our favourite topic; new kits. There are some dreadful efforts this year which we give a right good roasting.After the break, we review the final days of the Tokyo Olympics, including gold for Ireland in the boxing, poop-needing speed walkers and careless marathon runners. It's been a blast Japan, the countdown to Paris 2024 begins.We end the show with some half-hearted chat about the Lions' boring tour of South Africa and the decision of certain NFL players not to get the Covid-19 vaccine.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    100th Episode! Olympic Special, Kane, Grealish, Crisp Cricket & Rassie's Burner

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 70:26

    After a short break, we're celebrating our 100th episode with an Olympics Special.Sure, we can barely remember the names of any of the athletes, our knowledge of most of the sports is sketchy and the time difference is an issue but it's fair to say, we've both enjoyed Japan's Not Football extravaganza.So much has happened inside the first 10 days that we can barely scratch the surface but that doesn't stop us from trying. Weightlifting vs swimming, 13-year-olds on the podium, high jumpers sharing gold, the politicisation of sport and batshit crazy BMXing all make the cut as we deliver our mild to medium-hot takes.We didn't feel we could ignore the beautiful game altogether, so football kicks off part two. What's going on at Arsenal? Are City about to smash their transfer record twice over? And are we excited about the return of the Premier League? It's up for debate.Cricket's The Hundred has been garnering lots of headlines, good and bad since it got going a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't look that different to 'normal' cricket in our eyes but it's entertaining enough. Naturally, we focus on the snack brands emblazoned on the shirt of each franchise...that's where the big debate is.The Lions tour of South Africa has proved to be a feisty affair on the pitch. Delicately balanced at 1-1, we're expecting even more fireworks in the series decider. The big question is whether Rassie Erasmus will continue to stoke the fires using his burner account.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    It Did Not Come Home, Saka Sadness, Messi's Copa, Djokovic's Flowers & McGregor's Leg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 53:20


    In the end, Euro 2020 came down to penalties. Somehow, we knew it would.For the victors Italy; unbridled joy at a first major title in 15 years. For England, especially the three players who failed from 12-yards, utter despair.  As the dust settles on another painful night for the Three Lions, we talk through the match, the penalties and the fact that after a month-long fling with football, much to Wogan's relief, it is not coming home.The talking points aren't reserved for the on-pitch action. There were unsavoury scenes at Wembley in the build-up to kick-off as hundreds stormed the stadium without tickets. How on earth did that happen? And we also discuss the onslaught of racist abuse directed at England's unsuccessful penalty takers.In South America, Leo Messi's wait for a first international honour is over. Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 at the Maracana thanks to Angel Di Maria's first half winner. We didn't watch (it was late!) but there are still hot takes to be had.In a whistle-stop part two, we run the rule over Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon win - the Serb is now level on 20 Grand Slam wins with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - and wince at the horrific leg break suffered by Conor McGregor in his latest UFC showdown with Dustin Poirier.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    It's Coming Home/Rome*, Brazil-Argentina, Stanley Cup, Stray Fingers & Hot Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 67:35


    So... it'll be England and Italy in Sunday evening's Euro 2020 final, a match set-up by a dodgy penalty award for the Three Lions and a decisive shootout win for the Azzurri. While Spain might argue otherwise and France will shake their head in disgust, it definitely feels like the tournament - and what a tournament it has been - will climax with the final it deserves. We review this week's semi-finals and look ahead to a potentially momentous moment for English football. Will Cathal be able to watch? In South America, the Copa America will pitch the continent's two heavyweights against each other in its final. Argentina, thanks to penalty heroics from Aston Villa's Emi Martinez, will face Brazil, who beat Peru 1-0. Will the winner be bigger favourites for next year's World Cup than their European counterparts?Elsewhere in football, we try and make sense of Barcelona's finances with speculation mounting they're so broke, they have to make €200 million worth of savings before they can register some of the new players they've bought. How on earth do they keep Messi? After the break, we cast a discerning eye over Wimbledon where Britain'sEmma Raducanu stole the nation's hearts before having to retire with breathing difficulties. Her exit was greeted by some odd comments from John McEnroe who earned the ire of fans on social media. We end the show discussing the 10-game ban handed out to rugby league player Kenny Edwards. His crime? Fingering another player's bum. And if you're not put off by that, there's also time for some chat about competitive eating.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Euro QFs, England Odds, Spurs-Palace-Everton Bingo, Bike Smash & Disc Golf Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 76:21

    Goals, drama, penalties, shocks...the last week of the European Championships has had it all. Was Monday's action the greatest ever day of tournament football? Quite possibly.Spain's swashbuckling 5-3 extra-time win over Croatia proved to be a delicious appetiser before Switzerland came from 3-1 down to defeat mega-favourites France on penalties in Bucharest.It remains to be seen whether Didier Deschamps survives as coach of Les Bleus - there was plenty of finger-pointing in the French camp afterwards, most of which came from one player's mother!On the other side of the draw, Gareth Southgate's methodical England beat Germany at Wembley to set up a clash with Ukraine in Rome. Things are opening up for the Three Lions - much to Wogan's despair - but with Belgium and Italy potential finalists, there are stiff challenges ahead.On the domestic front, managerial vacancies are being filled. We discuss Rafa Benitez's appointment at Everton - does he really love being booed? - before running the rule over Nuno Espirito Santo's move to Spurs and Patrick Vieira's selection as Roy Hodgson's successor.Other sports might be living in the shadow of the Euros, but they're still making headlines. Wimbledon's low-key start was given a jolt by Serena Williams premature exit due to injury. The slippery courts have claimed several casualties as fans return to the All England Club.Harlequins' unexpected Premiership triumph, a huge spectator-caused crash at the Tour de France and disc golf - yes, disc golf - round things off.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Euro Sweet 16, Saka Stakes Claim, Lloris Punch, Lucian Freud, Jon Rahm & NFL Pride

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 77:22

    The Euro 2020 (in 2021) group stage are in the books. We look ahead to the choice games in the round of 16, including an English nationalist wet dream or nightmare waiting to happen, and the babyface-versus-babyface clash between plucky Wales and Team of Destiny Denmark.Among the medium to mild takes from the group games, Andrew ventures the idea that Bukayo Saka may in fact be very good – an idea that Wogan has been trumpeting for as long as he can remember. Was Hugo Lloris punching Danilo in the head the new The Dress meme?  Is VAR's relative absence a blessing? And what monster has Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed on the interns at Coca-Cola and Heineken?Meanwhile on the domestic front, we wonder why nobody and their dog want to take the vacant managerial role at Spurs, and if Crystal Palace will be managed by a thick-paint realist painter or an actual football manager.Not Football, our boy Jon 'Hamm' Rahm clinches his first major. Did Covid-19 give him super powers? And is he one of golf's big stars now? That's before we wonder whether villains like Saracens unite sports fans in disgust, if you need to have a take on transgender athletes before you know what you're talking about (hint: you don't), NFL star Carl Nassib coming out publicly, and whether these are the least sexy NBA Championship semi-finalists you can imagine.Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Christian Eriksen, Euro Takes, Chile via Stoke, GOAT Djokovic, 'Suns in Four' & Burritos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 76:32

    It's been a roller coaster start to the delayed European Championships with Christian Eriksen's on-pitch cardiac episode sending shockwaves across the world. That UEFA decided to keep the cameras rolling sparked an angry reaction from viewers that might not have dampened had the player not regained consciousness. Thankfully, courtesy of his teammates and the medical team, he did. That Denmark completed their match with Finland on the same evening raised even more questions. We discuss an unsavoury incident.Elsewhere in the tournament, there have been great goals by big lads, eye-catching youngsters, fun co-commentators, terrible kits and a lot more. We run the rule over our favourite bits of a hectic five days.After lots of uncertainty, the Copa America did get the green light in Brazil and the new hosts immediately eased to a 3-0 win over Venezuela. Neymar looked pretty decent but where does he rank amongst the greats? We also chew over a very snazzy free-kick routine by Colombia and a Stoke-born, Blackburn striker making his debut for Chile. Weird. There's even time for us to 'analyse' Spurs' impending appointment of Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca. He likes hats, which could go either way for his new club. We're not sure.After the break, we start in Paris where Novak Djokovic closed the Grand Slam gap on Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer by winning the French Open. If the Serb wins at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows he'll officially be the GOAT; a remarkable scenario given his competition. Next, we head Stateside where the Phoenix Sun got the better of the Denver Nuggets on the court and in the stands. Not only did they sweep the series in four games, but the scoreline was also predicted by a passionate fan who went viral after punching the lights out of an aggressor.  We end the show discussing the weird links between pork offal, burritos and missing the Olympics due to a positive test for nandrolone. It might be the weirdest doping excuse we've ever featured. Just.Enjoy the show. Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Boo Marxism, Euro 2020/2021 Preview, Buendia, Jon Rahm & Mayweather-Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 75:06

    You wait 18 months for a chance to watch your team in person then you boo the players before kick-off as they take a stand against racial inequality and discrimination. Despite it happening twice in a week, manager Gareth Southgate, quite rightly, insists his players have no intentions of backing down. What happens next is anyone's guess, but the prospect of this happening every time England play during the European Championships is thoroughly depressing.Across Europe, 24 teams are making their final preparations ahead of the tournament's opening game in Rome. France are the standout favourites but who are the dark horses? In South America, they're still trying to figure out if the Copa America will take place. Argentina and Colombia were due to share the honour of hosting the tournament but social unrest and Covid-19 mean they've ceded the right to Brazil, who, erm...are struggling on both fronts as well.To end part one, we cast an eye over the USA's mad 3-2 win over Mexico and dip our toe in the transfer window waters as Aston Villa pip Arsenal to the Championship's best player.A packed Not Football starts with Jon Rahm's unfortunately-timed positive Covid test. The Spaniard was six shots ahead at the USPGA Memorial Tournament in Ohio when he got the news and was forced to withdraw. Surely the situation could have been handled better?In Paris, the French Open has been in the headlines after the premature exits of Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer. Both quit the tournament off their own backs for very different reasons. Given Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal will win, our focus remains off-court. In Tokyo, athletes are already arriving ahead of the delayed Tokyo Olympics. Local support for the Games has dwindled dramatically but officials insist they will go ahead. At this point, we're not sure anybody can be surprised.To end the show, we check in the farcical showdown between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather and discuss the ravages of time as LeBron James fails to keep the Lakers in the playoffs.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Spurs Kane-celled, Adios Aguero, Atletico, Philthy Mickelson & Sunset Bear Defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 70:05


    It wasn’t a classic Premier League finale but Harry Kane probably won’t care. The man who wants to quit Spurs to win trophies helped himself to a couple of personal accolades on Sunday as he finished the season with the most goals and most assists. He’s quite good but is he £150million in a pandemic good? We’re set to find out this summer.Harry’s goal against Leicester sparked a dramatic collapse by the Foxes who somehow ended the day outside the Champions League places having been in them for time immemorial. After their FA Cup fairytale, this was a plot twist Brendan Rodgers did not want. Spurs’ win also denied Arsenal a place in the Europa Conference League. The red side of north London might be [insert Alan Partridge shrug gif] but surely there are concerns about the direction of travel at the Emirates? We also discuss all the emotional goodbyes as tributes poured in for Sergio Aguero, Gini Wijnaldum, Nuno Espirito Santo and more. Elsewhere in football, we run the rule over some madcap playoff action and head to Spain and France where plucky underdogs Atletico Madrid and Lille sealed famous league titles. In part two, 50-something Phil Mickelson proved he’s still got it as his leathery skin and smooth lefty swing sent the crowds at the Quail Hollow wild. Victory in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island on Sunday made him golf's oldest major winner. On a scale of 1-10, how much does he look like a used car salesman? We round off the show with a quickfire check-in on gymnastics, where Simone Biles again proved she’s got great feet for a little woman, the Monaco Grand Prix, which looked nice on TV again, and the NBA and NFL playoffs. Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Leicestiny, Alisson [His Aim Is True], Kane, Hodgson, Knicks Rising & NHL Logos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 80:22

    Youri Tielemans crashed home a cracking winner as Leicester City beat Chelsea to seal a first-ever FA Cup win. From top to bottom, the Foxes are a very likeable outfit. We weigh up their burgeoning credentials and those of their manager Brendan Rodgers and keeper Kasper Schmeichel.A painful weekend for Chelsea was compounded by defeat for the Women's team in Sunday's Champions League final. Emma Hayes' side travelled to Gothenburg with big hopes of becoming only the second English side to win the competition but they were blitzed by Barcelona in a harrowing first half. We review the action.Not to be outdone by showpiece finals, the Premier League served up a cracking moment as Liverpool keeper Alisson kept his side's Champions League hopes alive with a stoppage-time bullet header. Naturally, we had to discuss our favour keeper goals.There's also time to talk Harry Kane, Roy Hodgson, tight title races in Spain and France, Alex Scott's promotion to Football Focus anchor and Gary Neville's petition to have football regulated. It's a packed part one!After the break, we honour Roman Grosjean's Indycar win by talking bad burns and car crashes, look ahead to the NBA playoffs and dissect every badge of the franchises going for NFL glory.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    City's League Win, Arteta's Process Pain, Ed Sheeran, Horse Steroids & Dick Punches

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 72:47

    Manchester City may have been denied the title on Sunday by Chelsea but courtesy of Leicester's win at Manchester United on Tuesday evening, Pep Guardiola's squad have now been crowned Premier League champions. That's two trophies this season for the Citizens but will they make it three in [insert host city of the Champions League final]? Only Thomas Tuchel, who has made an incredible impact at Stamford Bridge, stands in their way. Before the German turns his attention to European matters, he's got to get past Leicester at Wembley. Brendan Rodgers' squad flirted with another league collapse but now seem dead certs to finish in the top four. If he wins the FA Cup, surely a bigger side will come knocking for his services. At the Emirates, Arsenal's exit from the Europa League at the hands of former coach Unai Emery has seriously undermined Mikel Arteta's project. It feels like the clock is ticking on his tenure at the Emirates. We chew over the bones of a very painful night for the Gunners. The bad weeks don't stop there. Oli McBurnie, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion all had one to forget. And Derby County didn't exactly cover themselves in glory despite avoiding relegation on the last day of the Championship season. It remains to be seen whether off-field matters dampen Wayne Rooney's celebrations. To end part one, we talk terrible football sponsors. Yes, we're looking at you Ed Sheeran. Horse doping tops the bill after the break. The winner of the Kentucky Derby was on steroids but his owner is pleading innocent. We try and keep a straight face as we probe the details. There's also time for some dick-punching action in the NBA and some high-quality baiting of Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones. Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Glazer Protests, Jose in Rome, Bale's Future, Leicester's Jester & All Blacks Sale

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 69:52


    Protesting against the club's Glazer owners on Sunday, Manchester United fans not only broke into Old Trafford but also forced the postponement of their side's clash with Liverpool. In the broadcast studios and on the back pages their actions seemed to split opinion.When football and politics meet, is it right that ex-pros are the ones providing the commentary? We discuss the latest fallout from the European Super League and how the Premier League plans to prevent clubs from attempting a future breakaway.On the pitch, Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale both flashed a bit of leg at potential suitors with goal-scoring cameos. What next for two of the Premier League's one-time best players?In Italy, Inter Milan knocked Juve off their perch by sealing a first Scudetto in over a decade. The Old Lady's gamble on Andrea Pirlo hasn't paid off it remains to be seen if he's still in charge next season. If he is, he'll get to pit his wits against Jose Mourinho, who out of the blue has been appointed the new head coach at AS Roma. Will the Eternal City handle the not-so-Special One?We end part one with a brief look at some handbags in Monaco and pay homage to Emma Hayes after she guided Chelsea Women to the Champions League final.After the break, we talk lame sporting nicknames, New Zealand Rugby putting the All Black name on the open market and Covid causing the cancellation of the IPL.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Carabao Cup Final, Spotify Guy, PSG's Babyface Turn, Cool Ruthings & NFL Draft Hugs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 71:27

    If anger against the proposed European Super League united fans last week, by the end of the weekend, it was VAR that was back earning the wrath of the average punter. A sending off for kicking the ball, a penalty disallowed for an offside that happened before kick-off, imprecise lines drawn by invisible men near Heathrow, should we just bin it off once and for all? At Wembley, 8,000 fans watched Manchester City maul Sp*rs 1-0 to secure a fourth consecutive League Cup triumph. Would Jose Mourinho's presence have made a difference? We'll never know. What is indisputable is that Daniel Levy's wait for a trophy continues. In a packed part one, we also look ahead to the semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League, discuss the Premier League's upcoming social media boycott, assess the fallout from the failed Super League and question the point of the new Hall of Fame. After the break, we discuss the Olympic sport we'd most like to train for, talk hugging etiquette ahead of the NFL draft and wonder whether UFC fighters should wear shinpads to stop their legs from shattering on impact. Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Football is Dead / Football is Not Dead

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 65:06


    Close to midnight on Sunday, 12 of Europe's 'biggest' clubs stunned the football community by confirming the launch of a breakaway Super League created to replace the Champions League. Dressed up as a means to 'save football' by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, it has been derided by the game's various governing bodies, the domestic leagues, governments, players and supporters. We started to discuss the fallout from the announcement and then, in real-time, it started to collapse before our eyes...In any other week, the news that Spurs - one of the dirty dozen - had sacked Jose Mourinho just days before a final would be our headline story. He leaves north London with an IMDB credit but no trophies. How much of a failure was this 17-month experiment? And to whom does Daniel Levy turn to next?Elsewhere in football, Newcastle have turned their season around just in time, Sheffield United have been relegated and Norwich City will be back in the top tier. In Spain, Barcelona subjected Athletic Bilbao to a second Copa del Rey final defeat in the space of two weeks. Lionel Messi's amazing goal got tongues wagging.After the break, we discuss the return of sports fans. A few locals watched one of the FA Cup semi-finals and snooker's famous Crucible arena has been 33% full. Hopefully, it's not another false dawn.We end the show with an in-depth analysis of YouTube star Jake Paul's first-round knockout of MMA star Ben Askren. Only kidding...but it does come up.Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Ole Kid Cruelty, Au-butt-meyang, Best Football Stats, Masters, Grand National & Ownership

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 70:25

    After a couple of weeks off - tune in to find out why - we're back with a bumper episode. In part one, we turn our attention to the weird feud between Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the duo traded barbs after United beat Spurs 3-1. We're not sure if it was about parenting, cheese or if we missed the point completely.Arsenal and Liverpool have both been in a weird patch of form recently. Having missed the chance to discuss the Reds win over the Gunners, we check in on both sides as they look to rescue something from the season. What's causing us to break out in a nervous sweat?10-man Leeds United somehow managed to upset the odds, the form book and anyone with a penchant for xG as they beat Manchester City at the Etihad. We discuss our favourite and least favourite football stats before turning our attention to headbutts and teammate fights.Over in Spain, Atletico are making things difficult for themselves as they search for a first La Liga title since 2014. Surely they can't bottle it given how dysfunctional their rivals have been?After the break, we head to Augusta where Hideki Matsuyama became the first male Japanese golfer to win a major and, more importantly, Rory McIlroy hit his dad (with a ball).  We also check in on the Grand National, talk bad/good bets and discuss which sports franchise we'd own if we had a pot to piss in.Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Europa & Champions Leagues Draws, Team of Leictiny, Bono, Drones, Sister Jean & Meth

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 59:04


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price for fielding a weakened Manchester United team as Leicester eased into the FA Cup semi-finals at their expense. The Foxes will face Southampton on one side of the draw with Manchester City or Chelsea awaiting them in the final. Who'll be celebrating at Wembley?Brighton's 3-0 win at Newcastle means Graham Potter's men have opened a six-point gap on the relegation zone. Fulham, who looked dead and buried, are now breathing down Steve Bruce's neck. How much longer will Mike Ashley stand by his man?Elsewhere in football, we have a chuckle at Joe Hart's social media gaffe, weigh up who'll win the Champions League and Europa League, talk dodgy defending and keeper goals and discuss the WSL's new TV deal and what it means for the women's game. After the break, Eddie Jones' time as England head coach could be coming to an end after a disappointing Six Nations campaign. Why is he so disliked? And how on earth did Wales screw things up in Paris? To end the show, we head Stateside to check in on March Madness' god-fearing fans and try to figure out why a minor league baseball player thought 21lbs of methamphetamine was a good thing to carry around in his kit bag. Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Arsenal Kane Spurs, Goodbye Wilder, Prison, Racist Diabetic & Murray Walker

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 69:25


    An action-packed north London derby saw Arsenal come from behind to beat Sp*rs. Tongues were wagging before the game even kicked off when Mikel Arteta dropped captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after that the talking points just kept on coming; Lamela's worldie and sending off, Lacazette's penalty, Kane's latest assault. Finally, a game lived up to the hype.At the bottom of the table, things are looking grim for Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion. Sam Allardyce seems to know his days at the Hawthorns are numbered and the Blades have a big decision to make having parted ways with the much-admired Chris Wilder. Relegation for both is a certainty but can they bounce back?Elsewhere in football, we weigh up whether Kelechi Iheanacho has what it takes to succeed Jamie Vardy, chat over cup finals with no fans and talk over our favourite salty football feuds.In not football, we chew over the links between diabetes and racism, mourn the loss of Murray 'the voice of F1' Walker, talk favourite commentators and reflect on another 'whacky' rugby interview.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Bruno Fraudnandes, Liverpool Stink, Plane Banners, Leaks, NBA Barbers & International Women's Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 73:01

    Manchester City's 21-game winning run went head-to-head with Manchester United's 21-game streak without defeat on the road...and, to everyone's surprise, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men who came out victorious. Given the Red Devils are still 11 points behind their neighbours, Pep still looks odds-on to have the last laugh. All the same, how big a result was this?Across the Pennines and Liverpool have become so laughably bad at Anfield that it's not even funny anymore. Relegation-threatened Fulham were the latest to snatch all three points as the reigning champions tumble further and further down the table.North of the border, Rangers ended a 10-year wait for their 55th league title. After winding up Celtic with a plane banner, supporters broke lockdown restrictions to celebrate in Glasgow city centre. Should we give them a pass or a ticking off?Elsewhere in football, we discuss the weird goings-on with gambling platform Football Index and weigh up which has the more leaks; the Titanic or Steve Bruce's Newcastle dressing room.After the break, we review new data which suggests the gap in prize money between men and women's sport is closing and close the show Stateside as the NBA gears up for the All-Star game and Dodgers' Trevor Bauer pitched with one eye closed.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Bale Versus Willian, Barcagate, Zlatan Versus LeBron, Testing Test & Horse Pics

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 56:27

    How did a quick free-kick turn into a week-long saga? Lee Mason is probably asking himself exactly that after a weird mix-up at the AMEX saw Lewis Dunk's 'goal' for Brighton disallowed after two peeps of a whistle and a VAR review. You had to be there.In North London, Gareth Bale and Willian have started to show signs of life. The Welshman has developed a penchant for goals against weak sides and the Brazilian has become the master of the nearly-but-not-quite assist. Of the two, who is the least bad value for money?Elsewhere in football, we take a trip to China to discuss the dissolution of champions Jiangsu before checking in on the Nou Camp where police raids have signalled another chapter to the madcap Barcagate affair.We end part one pondering who'd win in a fight between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and LeBron James.After the break, we head Stateside where golf's biggest names have been paying tribute to Tiger Woods who remains in hospital after last week's car crash. Is the sport ready for life without him?In India, the Test match between India and England only lasted two days. Everyone but the players have blamed the pitch but surely a sticky wicket made it more fun?Before we round things off, we discuss the abuse received by female sports reporters and whether horse racing can survive its latest scandal.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Everton Boss Anfield, Fantasy Ban, JLingz, Milan Derby, Super Spikes & Melted Ice

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 69:48

    After a ridiculously long wait, Everton fans finally had the chance to celebrate a victory at Anfield. Sure, a ridiculous penalty decision played a part but nothing is going to take the shine off a memorable evening for the Toffees who continue to flirt with the Champions League place. They couldn't, could they? Fantasy Football is under the spotlight after several Aston Villa players accidentally alerted eagle-eyed Twitter bots to a Jack Grealish injury by trading him out of their teams before last weekend's game with Leicester. Worth a LOL or is there something a bit sinister about it all? We also check in on Jesse Lingard, who is firing on all cylinders for West Ham, mull over the title race in Italy, where Romelu Lukaka helped fire Inter to a 3-0 derby win over AC Milan, and pick our favourite Championship managers. After the break, Novak Djokovic surprised absolutely nobody by winning the Australian Open again. Weirdly, for a bloke who has hardly made friends Down Under, the locals chose to boo mention of the Covid-19 vaccine rather than the Serb. Elsewhere in not football, we discuss Nike's decision to shelve a 'super' spike that risked undermining Usain Bolt's legacy and discuss scenic sporting venues after the NHL was forced to delay an outdoor game due to sunshine at Lake Tahoe.Enjoy the show!

    Liverpool's Asterisk, Gundogoals, German Efficiency, Aussie Open Respect & Butlins Bowl

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 64:37

    Three defeats on the bounce have led to Jurgen Klopp conceding the title. Having started the season so well, where on earth has it gone wrong for Liverpool? And how do they fix it? Surely it comes down to more than the absence of Virgil van Dijk?The Reds' loss is very much Manchester City's gain. Pep Guardiola's side have won 16 games in a row - a new Premier League record - and in Ilkay Gundogan, have the top flight's most in-form player. The Germany international just can't stop scoring right now and is even being tipped for the Player of the Year awards. Would he be a worthy winner? Elsewhere in football, we run the rule over Arsenal's win over Leeds, Fulham's mini-revival, the integrity of this season's Uefa's competition and Dayot Upamecano's move to Bayern Munich. After the break, we discuss Italy's status as the Six Nations' whipping boys, the climax of the Australian Open - now being played out in front of empty stands - and the unfair nature of NBA trades. We end the show with delayed reaction to the Super Bowl and a half time show that was part Butlins, part Zombie Apocalypse. Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Arsenal-United, Kane-less Spurs, Jizz Hornkamp, Barry Bonds & Super Bowl Plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 60:32

    The games keep coming in the Premier League and Manchester United keep doing their level best to make the biggest as boring as possible. The Red Devils added the scalp of Arsenal to their collection of 'Big Six' 0-0 draws. On the other side of London, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mo Salah put West Ham to bed with a goal of top, top quality. The Reds' title challenge looks to be back on track but what about Chelsea and Spurs... the table is so tight, are they still in it?Thomas Tuchel took four points from his first two games in charge at Stamford Bridge but things are turning sour for Mourinho, who watched his Kane-less side go down at Brighton.Can football survive without the gambling industry's sweet, sweet sponsorship money? That's the question on everybody lips with plans afoot to ban betting firm logos from club shirts. We discuss if it'll lead to even greater restrictions.We end part one with a flying visit to Brazil where Chapecoense and Palmeiras had great weekends before returning to Europe to check in on Marseille's angry fans and Dutch football's one and only Jizz Hornkamp.After the break, we talk baseball – specifically the decision not to elect anybody to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – before turning our attention to a bit of rugby and our food plans for Super Bowl LV... which is 55 in Latin.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Thanks But No Franks, Manchester Rising, Thiago, McGregor KO & Idiot Field Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 67:51

    Frank Lampard's time in charge of Chelsea came to an abrupt end on Monday as Roman Abramovich pulled the trigger on his own club legend. Was his demise inevitable? Sitting 9th in the Premier League having spent £200 million would suggest so, but still, how did it come to this?Manchester United and Manchester City continue to build momentum. Not only are they first and second in the Premier League, but they've also secured safe passage to the FA Cup 5th round. For Ole's boys, it was a particularly sweet weekend, defeating Liverpool 3-2 at Old Trafford to consolidate their credentials as 100%-definitely-not-frauds. But what on earth is going on at Anfield? Is Thiago so good he's making Klopp's side bad?James Maddison has let his feet do so much talking recently that he's had to get good at talking about them. We run the rule over Leicester's midfield maestro and weigh up whether the Foxes are now a big club.We end part one trying to make sense of the latest Super League rumours and, inspired by Phil Neville's move to Inter Miami, discuss where on earth we'd most like to be a football manager.After the break, we lament the likely absence of fans from the Tokyo Olympics, reflect on Conor McGregor's latest defeat and chew over a decision that cost the Green Bay Packers a place at the Super Bowl.Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Super Stones, Rooney Legacy, Goodbye Mesut, Elderly NFL & Aussie Open Hotel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 75:31


    It wasn't so long ago that John Stones was being linked with a move away from Manchester City. Now the England international has become a central figure for Pep Guardiola as his squad mount a low-key title charge. We reflect on the 26-year-old's surprising renaissance.In the week that Wayne Rooney called time on his playing career and Mesut Özil decided life might be better in Istanbul, we weigh up their legacies. Both are hugely decorated, but there's a sense they might have achieved more.On the pitch, things are going from bad to worse for Newcastle and Wolves while in Spain, Lionel Messi picked up his first red card for Barcelona.After the break, all eyes were on the old-timers as Brady's Buccaneers beat Brees' Saints to get to the NFC Championship game. They first faced each other in 1999 when Allen worked at Legoland and Wogan was in the playground with a future Ireland international.We end the show chuckling at all the tennis players quarantining in Melbourne ahead of the Oz Open and discuss India's Test series win over Australia... which neither of us watched.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Cup Magic™, Smith-Rowe, Dubai Disasters, NFL For Kids & 2021 Doomsday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 65:45

    Covid-19 may have robbed football of its fans but the FA Cup still had a sprinkling of its traditional third-round magic. Sure, Spurs tonked minnows Marine and Liverpool eventually taught Villa's work experience kids a lesson, but Crawley's skewering of Leeds, Blackpool's penalty win over West Brom and Mike Dean stopping play at Stockport because of actual fireworks were enough to put smiles on even the most curmudgeonly faces.In the Premier League, we appear to have an exciting title race on our hands. It's as hard keeping tabs on the twists and turns as it is on the fixture list. Liverpool have had a wobble, United are breathing down their necks and suddenly City are back in play. Even Arsenal are winning. How on earth did that happen?In normal times, footballers and Dubai go together like gin and tonic. But, as you may have noticed, these are not normal times. Celtic have 13 players in isolation after a team trip to the Emirate while WSL games have been postponed after a bunch of players jetted to the same destination for 'business' purposes. Naturally, the virus followed them home. We discuss the backlash.We end part one with a quick trip to Germany where Schalke, courtesy of an American teenager, secured a first Bundesliga win in 358 days. Who is their hat-trick hero Matthew Hoppe?After the break, we marvel at Nickelodeon's much-praised, kid-friendly coverage of the NFL... SpongeBob, slime and all. Have the Americans stumbled on the perfect TV formula?We end the show talking verbal self-flagellation and the potential decimation of 2021's sporting calendar. It's more cheery than it sounds.Enjoy the show.

    And Finally... 2020 AMA & Talking Sh*te

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 58:45

    What better way to end 2020 than a podcast dedicated solely to '... and finally' questions? Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions on Twitter, we ran through a fair few of them and then asked each other a few of our own. Thanks for listening throughout this oddest of years. We genuinely appreciate it! If you're at a loose end and feeling generous, we'd love you to leave us a review. We only need another 75 before Wogan has to get that Left Field tattoo he promised so long ago.Happy New Year, and enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    United Batter Leeds, Palace Plundered, Escaping Spurs, Tiger Woods' Kid & Tank Trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 57:41

    Are Manchester United actually good now? After smashing six past Leeds United at Old Trafford, Ole's boys are threatening to mount a title challenge. Can they sustain their latest purple patch or are they destined to trip up again? As for Marcelo Bielsa's team, the neutrals seem to be in love but is the fawning a tad patronising? Liverpool's 7-0 win over Crystal Palace suggests Jurgen Klopp, the world’s greatest coach, isn’t going to surrender his title without a fight. But what ambitions do Roy Hodgson's side harbour? Any? Any at all?Elsewhere in football, we check in on Arsenal and Spurs before casting an eye over the continent where Lionel Messi is miserable, Ligue 1's TV deal has collapsed, a foetus scored for Dortmund and Celtic have won yet another treble. After the break, Wogan wobbles in his love for Lewis Hamilton despite the king of F1 adding a second SPOTY title. In golf, Tiger Woods' son Charlie looks like a chip off the old block after impressing at the PNC Championship. Should we be excited?We also check on on the All-Ireland Football Final where Dublin beat Mayo and question why the New York Jets bothered to record a very costly win.Merry Christmas and enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    West Samich Albion, London Rivals Falter, Gerard Houllier, GAA, Drunk-less Darts & Sh*tting Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 57:47

    West Brom are the first club to press the panic button this season. Already sucked into a relegation battle, they've sacked lovable Slaven Bilic and turned to Sam Allardyce to save them. He's done it many times before, but is Big Sam the right man for the job?Chelsea were going great guns this time last week, then they lost a couple of games and might not be all that after all. They aren't the only ones wobbling. Spurs have dropped four points in two games, most recently at the death to Liverpool. We discuss whether either side really has the gumption to challenge Klopp's reigning champs.Arsenal are still rubbish. That gets a mention. As does the sad news of Gerard Houllier's passing. We also discuss Jean-Marc Bosman's legacy. It's 25 years since his landmark court case changed football forever and sent his own life into a tailspin.We open part two with a chat about Ireland's massive weekend of sport and debate which is better; hurling or Gaelic football. In the process, Wogan fires serious shots at Dublin's fans.Is darts really a sport if 10,000 drunk, middle-age blokes in fancy dress aren't there to see it? Covid has robbed us of one of the year's great spectacles and it burns.Anthony Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds on Saturday night. A fight with Fury is reportedly next. Is it really that hard to organise a dust-up? Finally, and there's no good way to say this, we talk about shitting yourself. Literally.Enjoy the show.

    NLD, Giroud Thirst Traps, Millwall Boos, Rugby's ECT Issue, Vaccines & Olympic 'Breaking'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 60:38

    After a nine-month wait, football fans finally returned to stadiums across England at the weekend.For the majority, it was an emotional opportunity to enjoy familiar surroundings with friends and family. For others, a chance to remind the world that football's fight against racism still has mountains to climb.The boos aimed at players taking a knee before kick-off not only brought shame on Millwall and Colchester but the game as a whole.On the pitch, it was a fantastic week for free-scoring Olivier Giroud and a terrible week for Mikel Arteta, who is racking them up. We also talk Paul Pogba after his agent Mino Raiola claimed the World Cup winner wants out of Manchester United.After the break, we reflect on England's dramatic win in rugby's Autumn Nations Cup and the landmark legal action being brought against the game's governing bodies by former players claiming the sport failed to protect them from the risk of concussion.In cricket, Covid-19 wrecked the ODI series between England and South Africa. With a vaccine being rolled out in the UK, we can only hope such situations are soon to be a thing of the past.Finally, we end the show chatting through the inclusion of 'Breaking' in the Olympics. Is it really a sport? Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Headinson Cavani, Concussed Gunners, Stroppy Klopp, Diego, Grand Final & Fireball G(rosjean)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 67:05


    Is Edinson Cavani proof that you can have a completely haphazard approach to the transfer market and still come up trumps? The Uruguayan scored a cracking brace at the weekend to seal a terrific Manchester United comeback at Southampton. Naturally, we have to ask, is he the new Ibra?On Sunday night, a sickening clash of heads between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez left the Mexican requiring hospital treatment. Somehow the Arsenal defender played on until half times, a decision that has sparked much debate about football's treatment of head injuries and the need for concussion substitutes.We also cover Manchester City's big win, Jurgen Klopp's stroppy interview with BT Sport - it's safe to say the German is fed up with 12.30 kick-offs - and Newcastle's Covid-19 outbreak.Finally, in part one, we reflect on the life and times of Diego Maradona who died at the age of 60 last week. A once-in-a-lifetime footballer who has been mourned the world over.After the break, we discuss what rugby league needs to do to win over more punters. After a thrilling but low-scoring Grand Final, perhaps they should pump-up the points tally?In boxing, Mike Tyson's long-awaited comeback was pretty drab so instead, we focus on Daniel Dubois' decision to 'quit' against Joe Joyce. The 23-year-old failed to make the count in round 10 of his fight with Joe Joyce and was later told he'd broken his eye socket and suffered nerve damage. For some reason, he's been hammered by his peers.We end the show learning more about the female soccer player who made college football history and hail the build of the Formula 1 car that somehow kept Romain Grosjean alive despite a horrific crash and ensuing fireball.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    City Title Tilt Teeters, Wenger Island Discs, Headbutts, Grabbed Nuts, Pope Dreams & NFL Tanking

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 68:51

    Have Manchester City blown the title already? Are Spurs serious contenders? Can anybody really compete with Liverpool who continue to make light work of the absence of key stars? A quarter of the way through the season and we're already wondering if the title race is over. Arsene Wenger was this week's guest on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. The Frenchman picked his eight favourite songs, including one that was so sad that he can only have selected it after watching Arsenal drop yet more points. From Elton John to John Lennon, we discuss his choices.After Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a sort-of headbutt and Preston defender Darnell Fisher was caught touching an opponent's meat and two veg, we wonder how it's possible for players to forget the 50 cameras that follow their every move.We end part one with a quick round-up of the action on the continent. In France Cesc Fabregas inspired an amazing Monaco comeback against PSG, in Spain, Real Sociedad top the table in Spain and a 16-year-old made his debut for Dortmund.After the break, we head to London's O2 arena where Daniil Medvedev drew a line under the tennis season with victory at the ATP Masters tournament. The Russian opted not to celebrate leading us to half-heartedly list other low-key athletes. They wouldn't want it any other way.At the Vatican - yep, the Vatican - Pope Francis hosted NBA 'stars' to talk social justice. The big question is why they didn't send anyone we've heard of. Finally, the NFL's New York Jets are losing so much that they might be tempted to keep doing so all the way to a number one draft pick. It's not something we support but if they're going to go down that route they might as well come up with a decent excuse. We proffer a few suggestions.Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    International Headaches, Scottish Boogie, Manager Rooney, Masters Trophy & Hamilton Fatigue

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 65:46

    So it turns out that making footballers travel the globe to play international football during a pandemic causes problems. Who could have foreseen that? Covid-19 cases are on the rise and knackered players are getting injured. All in all, it's not been a good week for Premier League managers waiting at home to find out who from their squads is still standing.On the pitch, Scotland secured qualification for next summer's Euros via a penalty shootout. We reflect on their big night in Serbia and the ensuing celebrations. Elsewhere, Northern Ireland lost their playoff and Ireland kept up a miserable run with defeats to England and Wales. The joy was short-lived for Gareth Southgate whose side then lost to Belgium despite having Jack 'Messiah' Grealish in the team.We end part one chatting Wayne Rooney's coaching credentials - he's temporarily taken over from Phillip Cocu at Derby - and we check in on Wrexham now that their takeover by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynold's and Rob McElhenney has been approved.After the break, we head to Augusta to discuss Dustin Johnson's success, the weird trophy he was awarded and Tiger Woods' one-hole meltdown. We stay Stateside for a quick preview of the NBA draft, then have a chuckle at Amazon's customer service team as they fluff their lines trying to show some rugby. Finally, how much Lewis Hamilton success is too much and should we care whether he gets a knighthood or not? Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Panenkas, Smith Beats Arteta, Goodbye PPV, Masters Menu, Biden Ball & Heights

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 62:52


    There have never been so many penalties in football, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that players are finding new and ingenious ways to miss them. But we are. From Kevin de Bruyne to Zlatan Ibrahimovic via Ademola Lookman, missed spot kicks were all the rage last weekend. We talk tactics from 12-yards out.Having beaten Manchester United, Arsenal were supposed to consolidate their big boy credentials against Aston Villa. They did the exact opposite as Dean Smith's Jack Grealish-inspired Villains put them to the sword at the Emirates. What went wrong for the Gunners?Elsewhere in football, we discuss the premature end of pay-per-view matches, Wrexham's proposed Hollywood investors, Ranger's resurgence in Scotland and AFC Wimbledon's return to Plough Lane.After the break, we look ahead to this weekend's US Masters and, more specifically, the menu options being offered to the players on the eve of the tournament. We also hazard a guess at who might win in Augusta.In the week that Joe Biden became US President-Elect, we ask whether we could throw a baseball better than a 78-year-old. It's touch and go...but more likely than either of us climbing 3,000 feet up Yosemite without a harness.Enjoy the show. It's Episode 69, after all.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Prem Fraud Watch, Arsenal-United, Cypriot Dreams, Helmet Punch & Lockdown Triathlon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 57:15

    Not many points separate a lot of teams; yep, the Premier League is more unpredictable than ever, as evidenced by a crazy away win percentage stat. After seven games, which clubs are defrauding the public and which deserve their league place? We decide. A couple of contentious penalties got pundits frothing at the mouth this weekend. Will VAR end diving? Does anybody care about simulation? And why is Harry Kane a terrible person and Mo Salah just about passable? The mighty Arsenal finally won an away game against a 'Big Six' rival to end another mini-Manchester United renaissance. Is Solskjaer the king of doing just enough to keep his job? Why should Arsenal fans be optimistic about Mikel Arteta? And who is that energetic Egyptian? We round up part one with a quick chat about Ryan Giggs' off-pitch antics and hail Mick McCarthy's move to Cyprus.After the break, we ask whether England made anyone smile with their Six Nations victory, chuckle at an NFL fight and outline our plans for a perfect lockdown triathlon. Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Posh Hat-trick, Rashford V Özil, Brexit Transfers, SPOTY, Moon Water & Thicc Baseballers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2020 61:33


    Do English managers get a fair crack of the whip? Are they held to different standards? Frank Lampard, who 100% earned the right to manage a top four club after a single season in charge of Derby County, doesn't think so. To be fair to the Chelsea manager, it is a bit odd that so few natives have had a chance to coach the Premier League's big dogs.Now that Patrick Bamford has proved his doubters wrong with a top-flight hat-trick he obviously deserves to be put on a pedestal with all the other strikers who've impressed following promotion. But who are those strikers? From Andy Cole to Marcus Stewart, we run through a few listener suggestions.Elsewhere in football, we cast an eye over the FA's proposed rules for buying foreign players post-Brexit, weigh up Marcus Rashford's saintliness and have a chuckle at Lionel Messi's victory over the Barcelona board.After the break, we stutter our way through another Lewis Hamilton segment, remind ourselves what is going on with the Six Nations, laugh at a mid-game Covid-19 diagnosis in the World Series (congrats to the LA Dodgers btw) and discuss sandwich innovations.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    European Premier League, Pickford Assault, Miedema Record, C-Words & Swimming

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2020 63:04

    Project Big Picture is dead. Long live Project European Premier League!Yep, after last week's rage-inducing but ultimately doomed power-grab by the Premier League's 'Big Six', this week we're treated to a new idea. An even crazier one, formulated with a helping hand from FIFA and backed by some of Europe's biggest clubs. Will this one last longer than a week? We'd be surprised.On the pitch, Spurs reminded everyone (bar Spurs fans) why football is such a fascinating spectacle. There they were cruising 3-0 against West Ham when they sent on new/old boy Gareth Bale for a valedictory waltz. Cue one of the craziest finales to a Premier League game. More of this type of thing, please.Liverpool's run of bad luck looks to be making the title race interesting. Shorn of keeper Alisson they conceded seven at Aston Villa, now with Virgil van Dijk facing a lengthy lay-off following Jordan Pickford's awful challenge, the bookies don't have them as quite so hot favourites to retain the title. Have things just got interesting?Elsewhere in football, we pay homage to Viv Miedema's low-key brilliance at Arsenal, tick off Pep Guardiola for defending Sergio Aguero's passive-aggressive behaviour towards female assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis and predict the winners of this year's Champions League and Europa League.After the break, we both agree we want the LA Dodgers to win the World Series, Allen ruins Wogan's favourite comedy skit, there's a discussion about the best sporting celebrations, some rugby and a weird swimming segment that we promise we'll never repeat.Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Penalties, PPV Premier League Fury, Project Big Picture Nonsense, Broken Legs & Tennis Boredom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 65:06

    It was a week of penalty drama at international level as Scotland, Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland simultaneously tested their nerves from 12-yards in the hope of moving one step closer to next summer's European Championships. Matt Doherty can take heart from the fact his miss was far from the most traumatic your hosts have experienced. At Wembley, Jack Grealish had an impressive performance against Wales. Can he be the next Gazza? Gareth Southgate says absolutely not. So who is worthy of that comparison?The two biggest football stories of the week happened off the pitch. First, the Premier League confirmed that a host of matches will £14.95 pay-per-view showings. This is where we start to get a bit exasperated.If that wasn't enough anger for one show, then comes Project Big Picture – a thinly-veiled land grab by the top flight's biggest clubs orchestrated by Manchester United and Liverpool. Pitched as a plan to save the football pyramid, it's been welcomed by cash-strapped members of the EFL but eviscerated by critics worried about the entrenchment of a 'big six' elite.We end part one talking football autobiographies; are they ever any good? After the break, we touch on the Lakers' NBA triumph, reflect on listener GOAT suggestions (thanks for sharing!), talk terrible sporting injuries and laugh at Novak Djokovic who took a hammering from Rafa Nadal in the French Open final. Enjoy the show! Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Klopp Out, Gunnersaurus Out, Transfer Window Out, Quick-fire GOATs & Marathon Ears

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 78:45


    After a month off, we're back with a bang courtesy of a Premier League that's thriving on ridiculous results. Dean Smith's swashbuckling, new-look Aston Villa smashed seven past Liverpool and a shambolic Manchester United imploded against Spurs. Will the rest of the league take heart from the champions' collapse? Are United doomed to mediocrity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Does Mourinho have the ingredients for a Spurs title-tilt? We have questions. Lots of questions. On Monday, an elongated transfer window limped to its conclusion. People get very worked up about signing new players, but why? Even Sky Sports had a hard time pretending they were excited this year. Against our better judgment, we still pick our winners and losers. On the same day as they dropped €50 million on new midfielder Thomas Partey, Arsenal laid off the man who plays their beloved club mascot Gunnersaurus… for cost-cutting purposes. Is Mesut Ozil a hero for offering to cover his wages? Or was this a cynical PR stunt to get one over a club who’ve condemned him to life on the bench? After the break, a burly American and a bungled injection make the cut as we review our favourite stories from the last few weeks. We then check-in on the NBA finals where the Lakers are on the verge of victory, question how a dodgy ear made Marathon favourite Eliud Kipchoge so bad and talk match-fixing. Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Iceland Issues, Bellerin the Businessman, Ansu Fati, Throaty Novak & Fave Frenchies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2020 75:31

    Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden went to Iceland and all they got was a lousy 1-0 win and a ticking off for trying to invite girls back to their hotel. Hung, drawn and quartered by the media, we're willing to put their exploits down to youthful exuberance. We've all been there.By and large, the Nations League played out as expected; empty stadiums and unfit players meant rubbish games, although a couple of our favourite youngsters – Erling Haaland and Ansu Fati – did make headlines. The Barcelona youngster's goals hint at a brighter future for the Catalans who learnt this week that you can also force your best player to stay against his will if you have better lawyers.Back in England, the Premier League is gearing up to a muted return in some garish kits. We run the rule over the best and worst of the new gear before turning our attention to our expectations for the campaign ahead. Who'll go down? When will fans return? We discuss.We end part one with a quick chat about Hector Bellerin, who announced this week that he's investing in Forest Green Rovers because of their eco-friendly credentials. He's a good lad, is the Arsenal right-back but how good is he at football?There's only one place to start after the break. That's Flushing Meadows, where Novak Djokovic was sensationally disqualified from the US Open after whacking a tennis ball in the throat of a line judge. He was nailed on to win Grand Slam number 19. Will he rue his luck?Formula 1 had a feel-good story at Monza as Pierre Gasly became the first Gallic winner of a race since forever. Surely that means he's officially the best French sportsperson going?We end the show casting an eye over the closing stages of the NHL and the start of the new NFL season. If you make it to the end, you're in for a treat; we talk tomatoes and alcohol poisoning.We're taking a short break to recharge our batteries. All going well we'll be back at the end of the month. Enjoy, and thanks for listening.Each week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Community Shield, Chelsea Sign Everyone, All Or Nothing, NBA Strike & Lycra Losers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2020 67:54

    As one season ends, another begins. Arsenal won the Community Shield on penalties at Wembley, but are they actually any good or is this all just a mirage?Liverpool have a title to defend and Jurgen Klopp seems happy enough to do it with the same set of players. In contrast, Chelsea are spending like there's no tomorrow and Lionel Messi might, maybe, possibly, perhaps, be joining Manchester City. What on earth is going on with the world's best player and will he actually force his way out of Barcelona?Elsewhere, we check in on Lyon's all-conquering women – they sealed a 7th Champions League title in 10 years at the weekend. And we question why Celtic are so bad at Champions League qualifiers and discuss the new Spurs documentary 'All or Nothing'. After the break, we head to the US where a strike by the Milwaukee Bucks quickly spread through the NBA and beyond. Why did their stand against the latest example of police brutality get us feeling emotional? When play resumed, who did what in the playoffs? We quickly check in on the Disneyworld bubble before running the rule over the upcoming US Open and the recently started Tour de France. Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Bayern Champs, Messi Out, Maguire Misbehaviour & Luka Doncic Kicks Ass

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2020 57:19

    And just like that, the 2019/20 European football season came to a close. Bayern Munich rule the continent for a sixth time after beating PSG 1-0 in Lisbon. Did the final live up to expectations? Is Qatar's Parisian project back at square one? We reflect on a night that left Neymar in tears. Sevilla also experienced the joy of six, as they once again won the Europa League. An entertaining game in Cologne saw Romelu Lukaku score at both end as Inter were downed 3-2. It looked like he might get sacked, but head coach Antonio Conte is going to stay at the San Siro for the time being...just as well, as news broke this week that he's been defrauded out of £27 million. In the rest of part one, we pick over the Women's Champions League semi-finals, dissect the Greek case against Harry 'Do You Know Who I Am' Maguire and weigh up where Lionel Messi should move now that he wants out of Barcelona. After the break, we head to Eddie Hearn's garden where 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin knocked-out Dillian Whyte with a stunning uppercut. Big punches like that are great. Big punches like the one that earned Earl Thomas the sack from the Baltimore Ravens, less so. We end the show in Disneyworld where Slovenian Luka Doncic hit a dramatic buzzer beating three-pointer that saw the Dallas Mavericks beat the LA Clippers. The kid has tongues wagging, but how good is he really? Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    European Crunch Time, Sorry Sarri, Redundancies, Ronnie O'Sullivan & Rule Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2020 56:45

    With domestic football done and dusted all attention has turned to the Europa League and Champions League being hosted in Lisbon and Cologne/Dusseldorf respectively. The knockout stages of each have been reduced to single-leg affairs and there are plenty of fascinating narratives in play. Will Manchester United's old boys come back to haunt them? Will grizzled old-timers beat exciting outsiders? Could Pep lead City to the big one just weeks after their European ban was overturned? We pick our favourites in each competition. Maurizio Sarri paid the price for Juventus' exit to Lyon. Have the Old Lady found a better fit for their brand in Andrea Pirlo? He's been promoted to head coach just 10 days after taking over duties with the club's under-23s. We also chat over Fulham's chances of staying up, the prevalence of out-of-favour, mega-money stars and Arsenal's regrettable decision to make 55 members of staff redundant despite their players taking pay cuts. After the break, we talk trophy drops, which seem to be all the rage. Last week Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a mess of his FA Cup lift, this week golfer Collin Morikawa fumbled the lid off the PGA Championship trophy. Will somebody please think of the athletes when designing these things? Snooker's next generation have been given a rocket by Ronnie O'Sullivan for being a bit rubbish. His comments have got tongues wagging, including ours, but are they detrimental to the image of his sport? To end the show, we discuss the rules we'd most like to change in sport. Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions via Twitter. Enjoy the show!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

    Arsenal's Big Mik Energy, Eddie Out, Sexy Football, NBA Bubble Life & Rude Snooker

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2020 64:22


    Arsenal's roller-coaster season ended on a high note at Wembley on Saturday as they beat Chelsea 2-1 to claim the FA Cup. Will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now stay at the club? Did Mikel Arteta really have to pay homage to Pep Guardiola after the game? Can Frank Lampard be satisfied with his work this season? We chew over the fallout as the player head off on holiday. Following their recent relegation, it has been confirmed that Eddie Howe and Bournemouth have parted ways. The 42-year-old performed miracles on the South Coast but has his reputation been tarnished by a poor final campaign and will it affect where he goes next? At the other end of the country, Newcastle's takeover by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund is off after they got bored of waiting on the Premier League to make a decision. It's been an emotional time for Newcastle fans, but have they dodged a bullet despite being stuck with Mike Ashley for a while longer? Elsewhere in football, we discuss the lack of competitiveness in Scotland and, following news Andrea Pirlo has taken over as Juventus' under-23s, we mull over the sexiest men working in football. After the break, Wogan argues in favour of Lewis Hamilton being England's greatest working sportsman, we dip into the NBA's Disney Bubble where the action has begun and the players are having fun before shaking our head in dismay at the MLB's and NFL's Covid-19 struggles. Enjoy!Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan


    Final Day Feelings, POTY Jordan Henderson, Serie Nah, Strips, Wings & Kraken Branding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2020 55:25

    On the final day of the Premier League's longest ever season, Leicester completed their post-lockdown bottle job as Manchester United and Chelsea snuck into the Champions League places. But we're not sure who had the best season of the three. Aston Villa, AKA Jack Grealish, secured their top-flight status with a draw at West Ham leaving Bournemouth cursing Hawk-Eye and Watford angry that they've no more coaches to sack. In the Championship, the play-offs have started but they don't feature Nottingham Forest. How on earth did they miss out? In Italy, Juventus won a ninth Scudetto in a row. It's all a bit boring in Italy these days so we got to reminiscing about great Serie A sides of the yesteryear. We also discuss Jordan Henderson being crowned the Football Writers' Association player of the year. Nice guy, good footballer?In Not Football, all eyes were on the cricket this week... and not the Test Match. While England were battering the West Indies, 1,000 spectators were allowed to watch Surrey play Middlesex in a crowd pilot friendly at the Oval. We're curious as to how other sports will manage the return of their fans. Stateside, MLB is more worried about getting its season going. With 19 members of the Miami Marlins testing positive for Covid-19, it doesn't bode well. Thankfully, the NBA's Disney Bubble seems a little more organised but that didn't stop one player getting in trouble for an ill-advised meal out. Finally, we rate the new names doing the rounds in US Sports. The Seattle Kraken gets a thumbs up from us, but what about the Washington Football Team? Enjoy the show.Every week on Left Field, Wogan and Allen dissect the latest in Football and Not Football. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out, because that would be a real shame, wouldn't it?Subscribe: il.ink/leftfield_podTwitter: twitter.com/leftfield_podInstagram: instagram.com/leftfield_pod/Facebook: facebook.com/leftfieldpod/And your co-hosts...Allen: twitter.com/AAllenSportWogan: twitter.com/CathalWogan

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