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On The Left Side: The Funny Football Show

On The Left Side is THE funny football podcast. No tactical analysis or heat maps here, just a sideways look at the very best stories from the beautiful game in a handy bite-sized form. From commentary catastrophes to managerial misdemeanours. Jim guides you through a satirical look at the last seven days of football funny.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Russia2018 England Win Football but Lose Face!

Can you bloody believe it? England are into the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It turns out however that some "fans" don't really know how to handle the situation (or even their ale). Jim looks at the highs and lows of the Three Lions victory in the latest Episode of the Funny Football Show. On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson. There's also a video version of this out there on youtube which you can watch  The OTLS theme tune is "National Hero" performed by Katalina Kicks, and appears with their kind permission Follow us on twitter @ontheleftside

5mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Does Cantona want Pep and can God save Everton?

Ant steps into Jims boots today and looks at the Oumar Niasse situation from many different points of view. All of which seem to come from Phil Neville. And would the manager of Algeria be the miracle the Toffees need? Plus there's a sniff of treason in the air as King Cantona makes eyes at Guardiola, and David Moyes proves he's nothing if not unprepared.   On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. With music from Katalina Kicks, appearing with their kind permission.

11mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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OTLS #223 - Ball Eating

Here we go. Get your goggles on and slip into your Speedo’s because we’re about to take a dip in the deep end of football funny. On this weeks alternative football show we get a bit worked up about FIFA’s bigger but not better world cup, celebrate the punditry of Mr Paul Merson and decide that Arsene Wenger isn’t the man to DJ at our next party. Plus… we get a bit weepy with Slaven Bilic as he comes to terms with life after Dimitri Payet. Enjoy. #Owen #MichaelOwen #Seville #Jovatic #WorldCup #48TeamWorldCup #FIFA #WC2026 #PaulMerson #SkySports #WHUFC #Bilic #Payet #Ronaldo #TransferNews #Schneiderlin #Everton #MUFC #ManchetserUnited #ZlatanIbrahimovic #Mourinho #Zlatan #Wenger #Arsenal #PremierLeague #Football #Satire #Comedy #Funny On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. Additional voices supplied by Chris Huskins. Like what you hear? Head to www.ontheleftside.co.uk for more and follow us on Twitter @OnTheLeftSide. The OTLS Theme “Don’t Care” is written and performed by Catalina Kicks and appears with their kind permission.

16mins

15 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Clap your hands for Kompany, Pep's secret and Danny Dyer

So after denying them last week, United handed City the league title, catching them a little unprepared when it came to celebrating. Or maybe not, as a certain dodgy promo video from Etisalat suggested. Meanwhile, the papers have uncovered the secret to Man City's liquid football, and it seems to lie in uncovering your feet. Things aren't going so well for Man City exile Joe Hart, but can a cockney hardman make it all better? It's all in another episode of football funny, and one where Jim doesn't swear. I know, what are the chances? However, Vinny Kompany drops an F-bomb.  On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. Remember to subscribe if you liked the show and you'll get a new episode every Monday and Thursday. Music appearing with kind permission from the artist:  Katalina Kicks - National Hero Music appearing under creative commons 3.0: Bensound.com - Happiness Bensound.com - Enigmatic Stefan Daum - Dawn is Coming Bensound.com - Badass

9mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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OTLS #228 - Choose Football

This week on the show FULL of football funny we watch the Champions League tear apart reputations ("Wenger Out" anyone), wonder exactly what an "Unethical Hair Cut" is, and try to work out exactly what they're smoking up in Scotland. Plus maybe the GREATEST footballing story ever told. Enjoy. #MUFC #Mkitaryan #Arsenal #WengerOut #ArseneKnowsBest #Barcelona #Enrique #Trainspotting #Rangers #AFC #ChampionsLeague #SPL #Messi #DrugsTesting #Doping #UAE #ArabianGulfLeage #Greizman On the Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. Music in this episode by Paint Your Headphones and Katalina Kicks. Additional SFX and incidental music from www.freesfx.co.uk and www.bensound.com

17mins

20 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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OTLS #305 Wenger Out

We ALL knew it was going to happen at some point but did ANYONE really thing that #WengerOut would be trending on Twitter within 2 weeks of the season kicking off. Its has and thats what this weeks OTLS is all about... Wenger's future, Sanchez future and mysterious businessmen waiting in the wings all covered off in under 7mins of funny football chat. Enjoy the podcast and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE now. #WengerOut #ArsenalFC #AFC #AlikoDangote #AlexisSanchez #ManCity #TransferNews #Football #PremierLeague #EPL #Comedy #Satire On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The OTLS theme tune is by Katalina. Additional music from www.bensound.com and SFX supplied by freesfx.co.uk.

6mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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OTLS #302 Coutin-Go

Things we learn this week: Some footballers just don't get paid enough; One of the Neville brothers can't count, or was it three of them; Liverpool players don't understand their fans; Coutinho could open his own farm; and Arsenal Fan TV is still stressful. #Coutinho #Klopp #EPL #Swearing #Isco #Scouse #PhillipNeville #PNev #Countdown #maths #Barcelona #Africa #Goats On The Left Side is written and presented by Jim Salveson, and produced by Ant McGinley and Luke Berry for Abrupt Audio. Theme tune courtesy of Katalina Kicks. Incidental music from Bensound.com and sfx from freesfx.co.uk

7mins

13 Aug 2017

Rank #7

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Pep vs Pogba and Sunderland in the toilet

As we get ready for the world's earliest title decider, we ask the big questions: Like does Pep Guardiola write all his Tripadvisor reviews in Capital letters? Is Paul Pogba in the Mafia? And what would happen if Jose did that? We also send some wet wipes to the stadium of light where things are just crap, particularly for one black cat fan.   On The Left Side is Written and Produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The theme tune "National Hero" is written and performed by Katalina Kicks and appears with their kind permission.

9mins

7 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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Gate Gate

In another sideways look at football Jim asks: did Mick McArthy ever think anybody would find his dark secret? Which Premier League manager appears to have a fetish for pain threshold? And did an ugly sister try to kill her prince... It's all here in nine minutes of nonsense. For free. Like the free pastry we'll give you if you send all your money to hello@ontheleftside.co.uk *Your pastry may be eaten before being sent to you On The Left Side is a Paint Your Headphones production for Abrupt Audio, and was written and produced by Jim Salveson and Ant McGinley. This episode of On The Left Side as recorded using the following equipment: Blue Yeti, ATR2100-USB and Tascam DR-100. The show was edited and produced using Adobe Audition 1.5 Theme Tune "Don't Care" written and performed by Katalina Kicks www.katalinakicks.com #PaintYourHeadphones #KatalinaKicks Incidental music and sound effects courtesy of www.freesfx.co.uk

9mins

7 Dec 2015

Rank #9

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OTLS #304 Here's Jonny

If you hadn't noticed by now the world of Football Transfers has gone loco. This weeks dose of football funny may well be the tipping point that sends us all over the edge. Over the next 8mins Jim is going to tackle the ridiculousness of Jonny Evans to Manchester City, the craziness of Usain Bolt to anywhere and the tightfistedness of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Enjoy the podcast and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE now. #ManchesterCity #JonnyEvans #WestBrom #WBA #MCFC #UsainBolt #NewcastleUnited #Magpies #MikeAshley #RafaBenitez #Benitez #LightningBolt #Football #Podcast #PremierLeague #BettingTips On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The OTLS theme tune is by Katalina. Additional music from www.bensound.com and SFX supplied by freesfx.co.uk.

7mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Bye Bye Koeman, Hello secret gay footballers

This week we stumble over the freshly slain Ronald Koeman in the killing fields of football, learn how to deal with crap Christmas presents from your relatives, and with one rag plumbing new depths, we ask if journalists know the difference between privacy and secrecy. You can probably work that one out.  It's all in the latest ARIA nominated silly sports show that is #OTLS On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. Music and incidental SFX are provided by Katalina Kicks, and freesfx.co.uk

8mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Mour-Issey

This week we bring you back to 1912 but it seems the FA may have been there all along. Elsewhere, Jose complains about the fact that no one complains about his complaints. At least I think that's what he was saying. And which superstar footballer may have to thank Deliveroo for his form? Just one question we will fail to answer.On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim SalvesonFollow us on Twitter @OnTheLeftSide and on Instagram @OnTheLeftSidePod

10mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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The Special gOne

This week: We have the inside scoop on Jose Mourinho's new job; The real reason why we should really be worried about someone outside the big clubs winning the league; and the ultimate power in the football universe awakens... Tweet to @OnTheLeftSide email: hello@ontheleftside.co.uk On The Left Side is a Paint Your Headphones production, written and performed by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson. Equipment used in this episode include a Tascam DR-100, a Blue Yeti Microphone and Adobe Audition 1.5 The On The Left Side theme "Don't Care" is written and performed by Katalina Kicks ft Kyro. Incidental music and sounds courtesy of www.freesfx.co.uk

9mins

21 Dec 2015

Rank #13

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OTLS #306 Taking the Piss

Jim is off enjoying himself and so Ant is left holding the football-shaped baby for show 306. This week we kick back and enjoy some time off, get a bit sweary with the powers-that-be & wonder if there is ANYTHING Ronaldo wont put his name too? #Ronaldo #CR7 #ManUnited #MUFC #PhilJones #DrugsTest #Sturridge #RaheemStirling #Football #PremierLeague #Egyptian_Steel #EgyptianSteel On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The OTLS theme tune is by Katalina. Additional music from www.bensound.com and SFX supplied by freesfx.co.uk.

4mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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It's a Christmas Day Special!

It's cold, it's snowing, so warm yourself by the fire while we open some of the cards and presents sent to us by the great and good of football, presumably to thank us for all we've done this year. There may even be a sing-song. On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio

5mins

24 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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OTLS #303 Costa Lota

Have we uncovered an evil science programme hidden beneath White Hart Lane? What do you fine the footballer who has everything? And which criminals do today's sporting heroes look up to? All of these and more go unanswered in this episode of football foolishness. #Costa #WhiteHartLane #COYS #Chelsea #KyleWalker #KyleWalkerRichards #DannyRose #DannyRoseRichards #YouthAcademy #Ronaldo #RealMadrid #FootballFines #RedCard On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley-Peters and Jim Salveson-Peters for Abrupt Audio. Katalina Kicks make the theme, www.bensound.com and freesfx.co.uk provide the music and incidental sound effects

6mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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Obi-wan Kane-obi and Han Salah

Harry Kane is at it again, but is he as good at mind games as he is at corners? Mohammed Salah is undoubtedly King of the Kop but could he be the next footballer to turn global leader? Could the foreign secretary get a late call up to the World Cup? And when will Raheem Sterling eat again? It's all in the latest episode of the funny football show. On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio.  The theme tune National Hero is written and performed by Katalina Kicks and appears with their kind permission. Sound effects courtesy of Freesfx.co.uk   Other music appears under Creative Commons 3.0 license Tomorrow - Bensound.com (edited) Enigmatic - Bensound.com (edited) On Top Of The Mountain - Steffen Daum Jazzy Frenchy - Bensound.com (edited) Acoustic - Bensound.com (edited)

7mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Get behind England, pay Russia & goodbye Zlatan

With Jim still away, today's emergency comedy caretaker is Gamesmaster Golden Joystick winner Damien St John, who takes on yobbos in Amsterdam, loving the Foreign Secretary, TV dinners with Eastenders, hotel inflation in Kaliningrad, and the departure of a legend in another dose of Football funny. On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley, Jim Salveson and Sean Allsopp for Abrupt Audio. Original music written and performed by Katalina Kicks. Incidental music and sfx courtesy of  and bensound.com under creative commons license.

9mins

29 Mar 2018

Rank #18

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West Ham, Africa, and Merson's Transfer School

Today proves that football currently has more money than sense, as there was a lot of transfers and a whole lot of stupidity over the last year. The problems could all stem from education, especially given the nightmare vision of a school we are given by SkySports. But on the bright side, it gave us an excuse to have another singsong. On The Left Side is Written and Produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The theme tune is written and performed by Katalina Kicks and appears with their kind permission. Incidental music and sound effects courtesy of freefx.co.uk and is covered under creative commons license. Guest contributions this episode include the marvellous Tony Laming, and 2 parts of the Allsop family.

8mins

5 Feb 2018

Rank #19

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Sour milk in Manchester

There are still cuts and bruises from the Manchester derby, but most of these seem to have happened in the City changing room, AFTER the game. Plus we search the media to find the truth about, well about Jose Mourinho's dry cleaning bill. The fans are angry, but we wonder what the older generation would have made of it all, and also ask just how young this squad Pep Guardiola has assembled is. And Romelu Lukaku is back on target again. Sort of. On The Left Side is written and produced by Ant McGinley and Jim Salveson for Abrupt Audio. The theme tune is written and performed by Katalina Kicks and appears with their kind permission.

7mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #20