Rank #1: Gazza's Stories | Playing tennis at Italia '90, being banned from Buckingham Palace & shooting Vinnie Jones
Smithy met Gazza back in 2012 and recorded him telling some of his classic tales, and we've dug that recording out from the archive for this episode!
Gazza talks at length about Euro 96 including his famous goal against Scotland, borrowing Teddy Sheringham's boot for the game against Holland and being banned by the Queen from attending Buckingham Palace!
We hear about Italia '90 including the moment he almost knocked out Gary Lineker's wife, his feelings when he received a yellow card against Germany and his memories of Sir Bobby Robson.
Plus, we hear about the time he dived into a lobster tank at a fancy restaurant in Rome, get the real story of his infamous altercation with Vinnie Jones and find out why Ally McCoist HATED living next door to him (spoiler: it involves fireworks).
But that's not all, Gazza also talks about his days cleaning Kevin Keegan's boots at Newcastle (and almost leaving them on the bus home), confesses to destroying a changing room with a stolen lawnmower and reveals how his transfer to Tottenham made him an enemy of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jun 27 2018
Rank #2: Danny Mills | Getting Ronaldinho sent off, being nutmegged by Thierry and seeing David James playing as striker?!
Danny doesn't hold back on his stories of Stuart Pearce's tenure as manager of Man City, including the baffling moment that Pearce put David James up front in an actual Premier League game, and his struggles with gaining respect from the senior members of the squad.
We also hear about the nightmares of being parading on the pitch as a new signing, reveal the truth behind Ronaldinho's red card at World Cup 2002, get Danny's thoughts on being the victim of that infamous Thierry Henry nutmeg and find out how drinking beers and having a bath won Nigel Martyn performance of the season!
But that's not all, Danny gives us the inside stories on Alan Smith and Martin Keown's England training ground fight, Leeds United's foray into the Champions League and the time Neil Heaney broke Mauricio Taricco's nose in the Ipswich players' lounge.
Plus, you fail to reveal to the winners of the last episode's competition because Pete forgot to print the names out, but we do give you the chance to win more Soccer AM merch and a random retro football shirt. Listen out for the secret footballer's name somewhere in the podcast and email it to SoccerAMPodcast@skysports.com for a chance to win!
Apr 30 2018
Rank #3: Neil 'Razor' Ruddock | Winding up Eric Cantona, stealing Alan Shearer's fridge and Steve Sedgley eating urinal cakes!
Razor tells us about the time he stole Alan Shearer's fridge (and almost ending Al's career in the process), hear about Steve Sedgley's disturbing eating habits (fresh urinal cake, anyone?) and discover how he hid his Millwall tattoos from West Ham fans.
We also hear about Liverpool's Spice Boys era from the original Old Spice; how did the Liverpool team bus lose a windscreen? What happened when a fan almost stole the League Cup on the M25? And what were they thinking with those cream FA Cup suits?
Plus, Neil reveals how he paved the way for Matt Le Tissier to become the greatest penalty taker in the Premier League, gives us some prime examples of why Jason McAteer is called Trigger, and at one point calls Pete a 'mug'. This episode has EVERYTHING.
ALSO, you can WIN prizes by sending us the secret footballer's name that we'll reveal at some point during the show. And send us your best footballer stories. SoccerAMPodcast@skysports.com
May 07 2018
Rank #4: Leon Osman | Everton's one club man, Wayne Rooney's youth team goals & driving the Carlisle team bus!
Plus, we discover the truth behind Roddy Collins' Carlisle United boxing ring, hear about the time Leon drove the team bus back from training and reveal the story behind his infamous performance of Boom! Shake The Room.
But that's not all, we also unveil the winner of the Soccer AM show tickets, and let you know how you can WIN a bag of Soccer AM merch AND a retro football shirt!
E-mail your stories of crazy managers to email@example.com and we'll read the best ones on next week's episode!
Apr 16 2018
Rank #5: Tony Cottee | More top flight goals than Aguero, Heskey being hypnotised and a free Fiat Uno!
Everton and West Ham legend Tony Cottee joins us on the Soccer AM podcast to discuss goal scoring records, the forgotten concept of the player manager and the moment Tony realised he was playing a professional game of football against his own window cleaner!
Plus, we find out about the time he was given a Fiat Uno by the PFA, discover why it's impossible to play football in Malaysian humidity and attempt to get answers to the biggest mystery in English football; was Emile Heskey hypnotised into falling over at Leicester?!
Tony also reveals the reasons he left his role at Barnet, explains the secrets of Martin O'Neill's management style and tells us about his infamous scrapbook!
But that's not all, we've more news on Nigel Reo Coker's taxi problems, Smithy's throwing acronyms around like they're going out of fashion (much to Pete's confusion) and we've finally gone viral...in a local Devon newspaper.
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Apr 09 2018
Rank #6: Nigel Reo-Coker | Losing the FA Cup to Liverpool, disappointing Victoria Beckham and being thrown in the river
Plus, we find out what it's like to captain the England Under 21s, how difficult it is play in the MLS, discover the coaching secrets of Martin O'Neill and learn of the dangers of a squeaky voiced team talk.
We also chat about the lack of characters in football, what it was like to be playing for Wimbledon when they became MK Dons and address the elephant in the room; why DOES Nigel use 7 onions in his Lemon Chicken recipe?!
But that's not all, Pete recalls the time his friend got Nigel Reo Coker banned from a local taxi firm, Smithy tells us about his friend Joe Cole getting confused for the footballer Joe Cole and we look for YOUR stories of pretending to be a football or getting confused for a footballer. Best ones will win Soccer AM TV show tickets, send your stories to: SoccerAMPodcast@skysports.com.
Also, WIN Soccer AM goodies by leaving us the funniest 5-star review on iTunes!
Apr 02 2018
Rank #7: David Bentley | Throwing ice at Harry Redknapp, winding up David Beckham and footballers becoming Pope!?
Plus, we find out about his special relationship with Fabio Capello (aka Postman Pat...), discover what it's like to be former Arsenal player at Tottenham, and hear about David's time playing in Russia.
We also get deep chatting about money in football and how players need to look after their finances, and debate whether football has lost it's charm and personality.
But that's not all, Pete recalls the time he was dragged around Bournemouth looking for Carlisle United legend Jimmy Glass prompting us to ask you; have you ever come across a footballer working elsewhere after retirement? Let us know: SoccerAMPodcast@skysports.com.
Also, WIN two tickets to a Soccer AM TV show recording this season by leaving us the funniest 5-star review on iTunes!
Mar 26 2018
Rank #8: Ryan Mason | Harry Kane's ambitions, retiring from football & food poisoning in Yeovil
Ryan also discusses the dangers of living on his own at 18 years old in Yeovil, explains why Tim Sherwood is one of the best coaches in England, reminisces about an unsuccessful transfer to French side Lorient and reveals his initiation song of choice!
Plus, Smithy unleashes his inner Spurs fanboy to find out about the REAL Poch, and Pete shows he's not at all bitter about Ryan scoring a 30-yard lob against Exeter almost 10 years ago.
And that's not all! We also reveal the answer to last week's trivia teaser (6 non-English Euro 96 squad members who've manager in the Premier League), provide therapy for Pete in the in the wake of his phone theft (by bringing it up in every episode) and accidentally reveal next week's top secret guest!
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Mar 19 2018
Rank #9: Steve Howey | Gazza's dentist chair, Kevin Keegan's faith healer and winding up Sylvain Distin
Despite still suffering from the tale end of illness, Steve tells many tales of Paul Gascoigne's antics during Euro 96 and the preceding tour of Hong Kong. We hear the truth about the infamous dentist's chair celebration, what Terry Venables said to Gareth Southgate after his penalty miss and how a pot hole ruined Steve's chances of playing in the tournament.
But it's not all Euro 96, we also hear about Kevin Keegan's attempts at speaking Spanish to Faustino Asprilla, Alan Shearer's visit to a faith healer, Richard Dunne's neighbourly disputes with Sylvain Distin and speculation on the REAL reason behind Gazza, Ray Parlour and Steve's exclusion from Glenn Hoddle's World Cup 98 squad.
PLUS! We reveal the answer to last week's Arsenal related trivia question, challenge you to name the 6 non-English players from Euro 96 who went on to become managers in the Premier League, and discover a colossal blunder regarding the show email address!
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Mar 12 2018
Rank #10: Shaun Goater | Eating burgers with Robbie Fowler, out-negotiating Alex Ferguson and talking to the Queen | Episode 2
Episode 2 of the Soccer AM Podcast sees Smithy and Pete meet up with Manchester City legend Shaun Goater MBE in an unnamed hotel in Heathrow!
We hear about the time Shaun out-witted Sir Alex Ferguson during contract negotiations, when Richard Dunne turned up to training after an all-nighter and how Robbie Fowler got away with eating a McDonalds in front of Kevin Keegan.
Also, did Shaun discover whether the Queen prefers Man Utd or Man City when he received his MBE? Did he ever meet the Chuckle Brothers whilst playing for Rotherham? And what ACTUALLY happens on Shaun Goater Day in Bermuda?!
PLUS! Smithy talks the time Barry from Eastenders accidentally appeared on Soccer AM and Pete's back with the trivia teaser answers and yet more boring podcast admin.
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Mar 05 2018