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

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Unprofessional Lee Hendrie

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

16 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Invincible Graham Stack

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 StackThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson assistant producer Dorian James See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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Leesa Mattress Special with Ray Parlour

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 ParlourThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

24 May 2017

Rank #3

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£60m Dean Windass

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

4 Mar 2015

Rank #4

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Emile Heskey

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

16 Oct 2014

Rank #5

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The Chronicles of Barry Fry

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

22 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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Tony Warner and the Devil Fish

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

13 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Craig Fagan

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

10 Nov 2014

Rank #8

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Adam 'Big Break' Virgo

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

2 Nov 2014

Rank #9

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Glen 'Blakey' Little

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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22 Clubs Steve Claridge

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

26 Jan 2016

Rank #11

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Referee Mark Halsey

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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Christmas Special with Razor Ruddock

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

23 Dec 2014

Rank #13

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Tony Cottee... and Kev Gallen!

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

15 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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Rohan Ricketts is worth the wait!

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 RickettsThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson with Dorian James assistant producer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

1 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Jon 'The Beast' Parkin

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

23 Feb 2016

Rank #16

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Tony Warner Remembers Everything

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 WarnerThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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The Eloquent Stewart Castledine

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

17 Mar 2015

Rank #18

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Jeff Winter... REFEREE!

S2 Ep4 - Former pro referee Jeff Winter braves the wrath of the Jimmy and Rob, and comes a cropper of Ian's questions. Did you know you can't score an own goal from a free kick? And did you know that Jeff once had to leave the field to answer the call of nature?The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

10 Mar 2015

Rank #19

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Not Iain Dowie

S3 Ep1 - You lot tweeted #MoreMagicSponge and Dave delivered! Thanks Dave. Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith catch up after their break, including talk about Jimmy’s new show on London Live, his appearance on Storage Hunters UK, how he couldn’t answer the phone when he was younger and the lads try their hands at being football commentators. And guest Iain Dowie doesn't turn up. A typical start to the new series.The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

5 Jan 2016

Rank #20