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Football Writers Podcast

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

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52 Ratings
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3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
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Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
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Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.

iTunes Ratings

52 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
8
0
3
3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
Read more
Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
Read more
Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.
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Football Writers Podcast

Latest release on May 21, 2020

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Rank #1: Is the transfer market about to undergo a revolution?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor to plot the future of the transfer system. They also consider Mauricio Pochettino joining Newcastle, look back at Euro 2004, and assess Celtic’s great European nights.

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Apr 30 2020

49mins

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Rank #2: Is football in danger of coming back too soon?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke Seb Stafford Bloor to discuss the timing of football’s return. They also examine whether Phil Neville should be replaced immediately as manager of the Lionesses, and identify a potential Premier League manager of the season.

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Apr 27 2020

52mins

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Rank #3: Is Solskjaer capable of being a long-term success at Man United?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford-Bloor debate whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a viable long-term option for Manchester United, the promising future of Declan Rice and Newcastle’s relegation fears.

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Jan 14 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: Is time up for Eddie Howe at Bournemouth?

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This week on the Football Writers podcast, Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor who look at the issues which lie ahead for the sides at the bottom of the Premier League table as the pressure begins to mount on relegation threatened Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe.

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Jan 06 2020

47mins

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Rank #5: Will Real Madrid retain the Champions League?

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Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Adrian Clarke preview the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid and reflect on Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea and Man United’s Europa League triumph.  

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May 30 2017

46mins

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Rank #6: Blues boo Sarri as Liverpool leave it late to dent Spurs’ top-four hopes

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Mike Calvin, Alyson Rudd and John Cross dissect another blockbuster Premier League weekend and look ahead to the FA Cup semi-finals.

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Apr 01 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: Newcastle and Arsenal in disarray as new season beckons

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Mike Calvin, Daniel Storey and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the incompetent management at Newcastle United and Arsenal and reflect on all the Premier League transfer activity and latest rumours. 

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Jul 15 2019

45mins

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Rank #8: Will Mourinho pick up his first trophy as United boss?

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John Cross and Jonathan Northcroft join Mike Calvin to preview the week's action, including the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley. The trio also review a superb week of FA Cup fifth round action and look ahead to the latest round of 16 Champions League fixtures.  

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Feb 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #9: Is Emery's time up at Arsenal?

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John Cross of the Daily Mirror and Tony Hodson of The Coaches' Voice join Mike Calvin to cast their eye over the weekend of football. Is it Granit Xhaka, the fans or Unai Emery, who should take the blame for what happened at Emirates Stadium on Saturday? On the opposite side of the spectrum, Chelsea are flying under Frank Lampard. Should Arsenal follow the Blues' example and appoint a legendary player at the helm?


Liverpool continue to impress, but with Mo Salah being substituted with an ankle injury, do the Reds have the squad to cover? Their title rivals Manchester City kept up the pace with Raheem Sterling continuing his fine form...form which our team believe could take him to the Ballon d'Or.

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Oct 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #10: Could Liverpool go the whole Premier League season unbeaten?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss Liverpool's firm grip on the Premier League title, Manchester United's blistering victory at rivals City, and the chances of all four English teams reaching the Champions League knockout stage.

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Dec 09 2019

52mins

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Rank #11: The Perfect Ten for BT Sport?

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Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and David Preece to discuss the New Year’s programme, and focus on the job prospects of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Manchester United. They also name their breakthrough player of the season.

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Dec 30 2019

30mins

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Rank #12: What will football look like in the future?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke to look at how the game will be changed by the current crisis. They answer listeners’ questions, in addition to analysing Chelsea’s greatest European nights, and assessing Euro 96.

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Apr 23 2020

50mins

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Rank #13: Which clubs look best placed for Premier League success?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Tom Hopkinson dissect the latest pre-season news and transfer stories and give their verdict on the newly-promoted clubs.

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Jul 29 2019

48mins

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Rank #14: Can Klopp build a dynasty and can England bring Nations League glory home?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke, and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the fall-out from the Champions League final and ask if Liverpool can build on a sixth European Cup triumph. The trio also debates England's chances in the Nations League finals and look ahead to a big summer for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.

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Jun 03 2019

40mins

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Rank #15: Is the Mourinho era over?

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Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Darren Lewis (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho’s vast issues at Manchester United, problems for Pep at City and recent resurgences for Chelsea and Liverpool.  

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Oct 24 2016

33mins

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Rank #16: Who is to blame for the demise at Manchester United?

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Michael Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis from the Daily Mirror and Chief football writer at the Independent in Miguel Delaney.


The guys discuss the damage of defeats for Manchester United and Tottenham to Newcastle and Brighton respectively. Is the title race over? Is Sadio Mane regarded as one of the top three players in the world?

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Oct 07 2019

45mins

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Rank #17: Mid-season awards: Manager, signing, flop and unsung hero of 2018

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Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and David Preece discuss their manager, unsung herp, young player, signing and flop of the year and give their verdict on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United.

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Dec 24 2018

44mins

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Rank #18: Is Ljungberg the right man to succeed Emery at Arsenal?

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Mike Calvin, John Cross and David Preece discuss Arsenal's managerial options and look ahead to the midweek Premier League fixtures as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford.

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Dec 02 2019

48mins

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Rank #19: Are Chelsea now title favourites?

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Miguel Delaney (Sunday Independent) and Darren Lewis (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Chelsea’s fantastic form under Conte, whether Man City and Liverpool are their only title rivals and more issues for Mourinho and Man Utd – with live questions from users on the BT Sport Facebook page.  

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Nov 28 2016

35mins

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Rank #20: Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Dominic Fifield and Tom Hopkinson to discuss the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Manchester United’s League Cup final win over Southampton and Liverpool’s colossal ‘top-four’ clash with Arsenal, live on BT Sport on Saturday.  

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Feb 27 2017

29mins

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Is football management more insecure than ever?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor look at the financial and emotional challenges facing football managers, They also put Rangers' great Euro nights into the context of their current problems, and examine the future of the women's game. 

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May 21 2020

49mins

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Has the Bundesliga set a high bar for the Premier League?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Daniel Storey discuss football's new reality. Norwich captain Grant Hanley and Leicester's Hamza Choudhury give the players' perspective. Also: Football's Room 101 and the passing of the scouts' scout.

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May 18 2020

55mins

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Is the Bundesliga the best league in which to develop young players?

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Mike Calvin. Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke look forward to the return of the Bundesliga, and examine the players to watch out for. Also : Manchester City in the Champions League, and the legacy of Euro 2016. 

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May 14 2020

50mins

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Will football's fallout include B teams in the EFL?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor explore further potential changes to the English game. They also discuss player welfare, the impending return of the Bundesliga, and consider the potential of England's starlets.

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May 11 2020

53mins

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Despite the uncertainties, do England remain potential World Cup winners?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor discuss the future of the England team, manager Gareth Southgate, and the international game. They also assess Tottenham's great European nights, and whether Ronaldhino meant THAT goal against Davie Seaman at the 2002 World Cup.

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May 07 2020

51mins

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Is the football pyramid under threat?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor consider football's nuclear options. They also discuss the myth of hero managers like Fabio Capello, and reveal the matches they cannot brings themselves to watch again.

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May 04 2020

49mins

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Is the transfer market about to undergo a revolution?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor to plot the future of the transfer system. They also consider Mauricio Pochettino joining Newcastle, look back at Euro 2004, and assess Celtic’s great European nights.

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Apr 30 2020

49mins

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Is football in danger of coming back too soon?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke Seb Stafford Bloor to discuss the timing of football’s return. They also examine whether Phil Neville should be replaced immediately as manager of the Lionesses, and identify a potential Premier League manager of the season.

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

Apr 27 2020

52mins

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What will football look like in the future?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke to look at how the game will be changed by the current crisis. They answer listeners’ questions, in addition to analysing Chelsea’s greatest European nights, and assessing Euro 96.

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Apr 23 2020

50mins

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Does football need heroes more than ever?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor to discuss their heroes, and the listeners’ personal favourites. Also features an in depth and highly personal look at Italia 90.

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Apr 20 2020

53mins

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Time to stop taking fans for granted?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor to discuss fan engagement, the Newcastle takeover, managerial heavyweights, Arsenal’s European nights and Euro 92. 

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Apr 16 2020

50mins

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Does the transfer market have a viable future?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford to discuss how transfers will change, analyse the next batch of Premier League managers, and focus on the 2006 World Cup.

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Apr 13 2020

48mins

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Players Together – a game changer?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford to discuss the players’ new charitable initiative, Liverpool’s greatest European matches, and the sliding doors moments of Mexico 86.

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Apr 09 2020

48mins

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Can football afford a lack of trust and solidarity?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke to discuss the latest developments, plus a look back at France’ 82 and the ABC of Premier League management.

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Apr 06 2020

46mins

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How will football emerge from its moral maze?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford discuss football’s future and its past, in the form of France 98 and great European nights involving Manchester United.

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Apr 02 2020

46mins

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Too soon to decide football’s future?

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With talk of contingency plans involving the restart of the Premier League with players in a quarantine camp, Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor to discuss football’s crisis strategy.

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Mar 30 2020

48mins

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Can football be more than a game?

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Mike Calvin is joined remotely by Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford-Bloor to gauge football’s impact in unprecedented times, from Bhutan to Stevenage, via Manchester United and Spurs.

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Mar 23 2020

43mins

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Football will just have to wait

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Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and Tony Hodson who discuss the uncertain time football currently faces, and whether Liverpool lift the trophy in an empty stadium.

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Mar 16 2020

44mins

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Another glorious European night for Liverpool?​

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss how the footballing theatre of Anfield will impact a big night in Liverpool's season. They also study the footballing philosophies of Klopp and Simeone, and take a look at Mourinho’s recent outspoken gripes.

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Mar 09 2020

45mins

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Are there doubts creeping in on Frank Lampard at Chelsea?

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Mike Calvin, Alyson Rudd and Daniel Storey discuss the question marks surrounding Frank Lampard’s ability to get the best out of Chelsea, following recent results at the Bridge. The trio also analyse how Liverpool’s first league defeat may affect their approach to other competitions, and Jose Mourinho’s striking crisis at Spurs.

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Mar 02 2020

44mins

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iTunes Ratings

52 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
8
0
3
3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
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Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
Read more
Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.