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The Magic Sponge with Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith

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Ex-pro Jimmy Bullard is joined by comedians Rob Beckett and Ian Smith plus a guest from the world of football to talk about the beautiful game and their outrageous experiences on and off the field. Tweet us using #MagicSponge.

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Ex-pro Jimmy Bullard is joined by comedians Rob Beckett and Ian Smith plus a guest from the world of football to talk about the beautiful game and their outrageous experiences on and off the field. Tweet us using #MagicSponge.

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56 Ratings
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Amazing, took the edge of my long drive

By McStagalot - Jan 27 2018
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I am glad I didn’t hear this back at Uni in the mid 90’s, it’s full of crazy ideas and challenges for daft sports team! Some of the stories are amazing

Brilliantly and irreverently funny!

By kg4zlb - Jan 10 2016
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Love these guys; love this podcast! Thank god your back.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
3
0
0
0

Amazing, took the edge of my long drive

By McStagalot - Jan 27 2018
Read more
I am glad I didn’t hear this back at Uni in the mid 90’s, it’s full of crazy ideas and challenges for daft sports team! Some of the stories are amazing

Brilliantly and irreverently funny!

By kg4zlb - Jan 10 2016
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Love these guys; love this podcast! Thank god your back.
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The Magic Sponge with Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith

Latest release on Dec 06, 2017

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 8 days ago

Rank #1: Unprofessional Lee Hendrie

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S3 Ep7 - Former Aston Villa midfielder and single England cap winner Lee Hendrie joins the lads for more anecdotes from a career in football. Not the most professional during his playing days Lee brings some outstanding stories including going out drinking with Peter Crouch and one unbelievable story about goalkeeper Stefan Postma. With Rob Beckett late, Ian Smith takes his chance at helming the podcast while in a Magic Sponge first Jimmy Bullard comes prepared, bringing stories of a dead duck and confetti at Hull City. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Feb 16 2016

48mins

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Rank #2: Invincible Graham Stack

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S5 Ep2 - Graham Stack has stories to rival the best we've had on here, and that is saying something. Arsenal, the Invincibles, Pennant, Keown, Parlour, Reading, Danny Rose & Fabian Delph, David Seaman, Dodgy gear... The list goes on and on. to put it simply... ENJOY! Starring: Jimmy Bullard, Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Graham Stack The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson assistant producer Dorian James  

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Mar 08 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #3: Leesa Mattress Special with Ray Parlour

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S5 Ep8 - It's the final episode of the series and (thanks to our sponsor - Leesa Mattresses) we've only gone and got The Romford Pele - Ray Parlour! The Arsenal legend has some cracking stories including one about ex-England football manager Kevin Keegan... "like going on holiday to Vegas". And if that wasn't enough, Jimmy gets one over on Beckett and Smithy turns up late. Go to leesa.co.uk/magicsponge and type in the code MagicSponge80 for £80 off your LEESA mattress. Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Ray Parlour The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James  

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May 24 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #4: £60m Dean Windass

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S2 Ep3 - Former-Bradford City and Hull City striker Dean Windass joins Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith for the usual no-holds-barred chat about life as a professional footballer. Featuring Dean and Jimmy's antics at a service station and how Dean once got sent off three times in one game. Yep, three times... in one game. Three times. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson.  

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Mar 04 2015

32mins

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Rank #5: The Chronicles of Barry Fry

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S4 Ep3 - The legendary Barry Fry joins Jimmy, Rob and Ian armed with so many unbelievable stories it's hard to know where to begin... Jailed chairman, the saviour George Best, managing Jimmy, Peterborough United as well as the numerous sackings by Stan Flashman. They are some of the best stories in the history of football! The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Sep 22 2016

55mins

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Rank #6: Tony Warner and the Devil Fish

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S4 Ep6 - Jimmy Bullard's old pal Tony Warner comes in armed with a note pad of stories from his Liverpool, Millwall and Hull days and doesn't disappoint. Jimmy's celebrating his first win as manager and Smithy's been promoted to first team coach at The One Bell. It's a hell of a series finale! The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson.  

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Oct 13 2016

51mins

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Rank #7: Emile Heskey

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S1 Ep3 - Jimmy's attempt to get an England cap and a small altercation with Nicky Barnby under the Humber Bridge are the main topics of discussion, although Flynny, Polly and the art of medieval jousting also get a mention. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter.  

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Oct 16 2014

25mins

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Rank #8: 22 Clubs Steve Claridge

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S3 Ep4 - A whirlwind of an episode! Known for his bags of energy, journeyman striker Steve Claridge used every second of his fleeting time in the studio to talk about his rollercoaster career before unceremoniously shooting off to take training as Manager-Director at Salisbury FC. Just like his playing career, we're left questioning "will he be back?" The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Jan 26 2016

37mins

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Rank #9: Glen 'Blakey' Little

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S4 Ep1 - WE"RE BACK WITH A BELTER! Burnley and Reading fan-favourite Glen Little joins Jimmy, Rob and Ian for the first episode of the new series. His story about Gazza is worth listening to alone not to mention his tales of the great Stan Ternent's regime and 'Arry's 'Oliday Camp... Oh and his Chris Eubank impression is uncanny. The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Sep 08 2016

50mins

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Rank #10: Referee Mark Halsey

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S3 Ep6 - Former ref Mark Halsey reveals the politics behind being a referee, the headaches that were Michael Brown and Craig Bellamy, and how he was in the same hotel with the celebrating Man City fans after refereeing their Second Division play off final win over Gillingham. This week Ian Smith takes the lead in the commentary game with Rob Beckett and Jimmy Bullard letting their imaginations run wild. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Feb 09 2016

30mins

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Rank #11: Jon 'The Beast' Parkin

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S3 Ep8 - It's not only Adebayo Akinfenwa who's known as 'The Beast' in football, fellow striker Jon Parkin shares that nickname... and for good reason! The notorious Yorkshireman joins Rob Beckett and co to tell us about who he hates in football as well as numerous stories about faeces. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith join forces to commentate on Jon's wondergoal at Forest Green Rovers. We'd lover to hear your ideas for a new feature, tweet at #MagicSponge or leave a review! Also remember to watch the two animated clips on YouTube and tweet @join_dave #MoreMagicSponge to get that fourth series! The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Feb 23 2016

35mins

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Rank #12: Rohan Ricketts is worth the wait!

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S5 Ep1 - The Magic Sponge is back for another series and it's off to a belter with the world travelling Rohan Ricketts joining Rob, Ian and Jimmy. From the moment Rohan enters the room 15mins late, having been delayed by food poisoning, it's a whirlwind of a show. Just don't ask Jimmy about how Leatherhead are getting on. Jimmy Bullard, Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Rohan Ricketts The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson with Dorian James assistant producer.  

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Mar 01 2017

46mins

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Rank #13: Seth 'The Negotiator' Johnson

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S4 Ep5 - Seth Johnson joins the boys to talk about "that negotiation" and to put the record straight on Lee Hendrie. Jimmy gives us a bit more insight into his foray into management and Ian Smith's been promoted to ASSISTANT MANAGER! It's all happening... The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson  

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Oct 06 2016

43mins

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Rank #14: Adam 'Big Break' Virgo

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S1 Ep4 - Adam talks about sharing a car ride with Roy Keane while at Celtic. Possibly the scariest journey we can think of... Meanwhile Rob Beckett holds the fort when Jimmy Bullard turns up late and Ian Smith dials in from Newcastle only to get Adam mixed up with snooker trick-shot expert John Virgo. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter.  

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Nov 02 2014

35mins

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Rank #15: Tony Cottee... and Kev Gallen!

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S4 Ep2 - Once the most expensive British transfer, Tony Cottee joins the team to talk about pre-season tours, 30 man bundles, rugby-football, hide and seek... and a lot of stories that would NEVER happen today. And if that wasn't enough, Kev Gallen makes his presence known as Jimmy's stand in by breaking a chair with his bear hands. The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Sep 15 2016

49mins

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Rank #16: Craig Fagan

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S1 Ep5 - Former Hull City forward Craig Fagan gives us a taste of what Jimmy Bullard's was really like and Jimmy's story about Papa Bouba Diop really is something else. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter.  

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Nov 10 2014

33mins

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Rank #17: The Eloquent Stewart Castledine

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S2 Ep5 - Former Wimbledon midfielder and BBC presenter Stewart Castledine stepped in at the last minute to replace the injured Mark Bright, and thank heavens he did! From getting inside Jimmy's head with his long words and the incredible stories from his time as part of the infamous Crazy Gang, this makes for one hell of an episode! The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson.  

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Mar 17 2015

42mins

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Rank #18: Christmas Special with Razor Ruddock

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S1 Ep8 - Recording a podcast at Jimmy's Dad's pub in Crayford was always going to be difficult to contain. Thankfully, we managed to piece together something vaguely resembling a podcast but most of it was completely un-broadcastable. Contains guest appearances from Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Soccer AM's Tubes and a couple of Jimmy's mates. Honestly, it was like herding (inebriated) cats. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson.  

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Dec 23 2014

19mins

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Rank #19: Tony Warner Remembers Everything

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S5 Ep6 - Tony Warner is back with more ridiculously funny stories. This time he's got a bunch on Jimmy too. Stories include; Dennis Rodman, Steve Harkness, Chris Baird and Chris Coleman... all of which are pure gold. Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Tony Warner The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James  

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Apr 05 2017

39mins

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Rank #20: How Welsh is Kit Symons?

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S3 Ep5 - Former Fulham manager Christopher "Kit" Symons joins Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith in the studio for some more football banter. Turns out the Welsh hero isn't actually as Welsh as you would have thought... We also hear about how to get out of training with Chris "Cookie" Coleman and when Jimmy threw his assistant manager's flip flop in a canal. The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy.  

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Feb 02 2016

35mins

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