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Open Goal - Football Show

Football stories, player interviews, insights and a bit of weekly chaos from one of the top soccer ball podcasts in the UK! Join Simon Ferry, Paul Slane and Kevin Kyle as we take a look at the funnier side of the beautiful game!

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205: KEEPING THE BALL ON THE GROUND | Rangers v Celtic Review

This week the boys dissect the big game which took place at the weekend as Celtic snuck victory away from Rangers in what was a dramatic cup final at Hampden.The lads also look back on other significant results from the SPFL weekend as Hibs handed out a doing to Aberdeen and St Mirren climb off the foot of the table following a huge rest against Hamilton Accies.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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250: Si Ferry Meets... Paul Lambert | Celtic Years, Dortmund Champions League Win, Cup Winner at 17

Si sits down with one of the best Scottish midfielders of a generation as Paul Lambert talks us through the story of his incredible career.This discussion includes lifting the Scottish Cup at the age of only 17 with St Mirren, being a free agent with no club after leaving Motherwell to take on a mysterious offer from a Dutch agent which would go on and lead to winning the Champions League with Dortmund less than a year later!Paul also reflects on his eventful time at Celtic where he was first tasked to help the team prevent Rangers' pursuit for 10 league titles in a row before playing a crucial role in the club's return as the dominant force in Scottish football with the arrival of Martin O'Neill which led to a historic a treble and Paul taking Celtic to a European Final as club captain.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 5mins

8 Jun 2020

Rank #2

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239: Si Ferry Meets... Leigh Griffiths

It's a big one this week as Si is joined by Celtic striker, Leigh Griffiths who chats candidly about his career pathway through the likes of Livingston, Dundee, Wolves and Hibs to becoming a goal-scoring centurion at Celtic Park.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 40mins

4 May 2020

Rank #3

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116: Keeping the Ball on the Ground w/ Paul Slane

Former Motherwell and Celtic winger Paul Slane joins the podcast for an hilarious chat this week as we cover the recent topics in Scottish football and also discuss our guest's eventful career as a player both on and off the pitch.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

6 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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221: Si Ferry Meets... Steven Thompson | Sportscene, Tannadice, Rangers, Promotions, St Mirren Cup Winner

Former Scotland International & current Sportscene pundit, Steven Thompson joins Si this week in a very funny conversation to look over the striker’s career.The chat spans his introduction to professional football with Dundee United to his ‘surreal’ time at Rangers playing alongside some of the top players in the country. We also delve into the memorable moments he had in his career down south after his initial move to Cardiff and subsequent signing for Burnley which saw him achieve promotion to the English Premier League.And of course, we touch on the fairytale swan song which saw him become a cup winner for his boyhood team St Mirren which saw him round of his career in perfect fashion.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 17mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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91: Si Ferry Meets... Kevin Kyle - Sunderland Days, Scotland, Killie, Hearts and Rangers

Another good laugh this week as Si Ferry sits down with the larger than life Kevin Kyle as he takes an entertaining look back on his career and the many different colourful characters he's shared a dressing room with along the way.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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190: Keeping the Ball on the Ground | Kev Kyle Returns, Rangers Slip at Hearts, Tommy Wright Under Pressure, Tunnel Bust-Ups

The Three Amigos are reunited as Kev Kyle returns from his holiday! Slaney isn't happy with the stick he received from Craig Beattie last week, Kev goes on a rant about footballers on social media, the boys share tunnel bust-up stories and of course also discuss the big talking points from the last week in football.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 8mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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254: Si Ferry Meets... Andy Halliday | Life at Rangers w/ Gerrard, Waburton & Pedro, Teammates & Stories

Former Rangers utility man and diehard fan, Andy Halliday joins Si Ferry this week for a chat looking back on the key moments of his career so far where he takes the opportunity to regale some of the funniest stories from his time in the game.Aside from an in-depth discussion on his time at Ibrox, Andy also discusses his early career at Middlesbrough with Gordon Strachan, loan-spell at Blackpool with Ibrox hero Barry Ferguson as well as the crazy early days playing with the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Leigh Griffiths and Graham Dorrans at Livingston.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 35mins

22 Jun 2020

Rank #8

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225: Si Ferry Meets... Ross Wallace | MON & Strachan at Celtic, Keane’s Sunderland, Burnley & Sheff Wed

St Mirren winger Ross Wallace joins us as our latest guest as he candidly chats with Si about the key moments from his career at Celtic, Sunderland, Burnley & Sheffield Wednesday.Ross’ entertaining chat includes stories ranging from Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan, Roy Keane, Burnley’s crazy dressing room & madcap Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 17mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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93: Si Ferry Meets... Simon Donnelly - Lou Macari, New Era Celtic, Stopping 10, Thistle & Dundee Utd

It’s a tale of the two Simons this week as our own Mr Ferry sits down with his namesake to look back on his career as both a player and coach. Simon Donnelly discusses his early breakthrough with Celtic under Lou Macari during a difficult period for the club. This start kicked off an eventful career at Celtic which saw Sid play with a number of characters including the Three Amigos under Tommy Burns before eventually clinching a league title in 1998 to stop Rangers pursuit of 10 in a row. Simon also reflects on his time as assistant manager to Jackie McNamara at Patrick Thistle and Dundee Utd including the many ups and downs that come with football management.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

6 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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223: Open Goal: On The Road w/ Referee Bobby Madden | #DriveSmart

This week we welcome our first ever referee guest on Open Goal as Bobby Madden to talks us through life as a 'man in the middle' and the route he has taken from becoming an amateur ref to managing games at the top level of European football.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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195: Keeping The Ball On The Ground | Levein & Heckingbottom, Celtic v Rangers Cup Final, Pranks and 'Big-Time' Teammates

A lot to cover this week in light of the news of both Craig Levein and Paul Heckingbottom losing their jobs at Hearts and Hibs following dissapointing defeats to Celtic and Rangers in the weekend's League Cup Semi-Finals.The boys review those games and potential candidates for the jobs as well as discuss the best pranks they've seen in football and chat through the most 'big-time' players they've played with.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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102: Si Ferry Meets... Ally McCoist - Scotland Special

We’re buzzing as this week we welcome back one of our favourite guests to have donned the hot seat, Ally McCoist! Ally returns to discuss his Scotland career with stories galore from his first cap to playing in various major tournaments with the country including Italia 90 and Euro 96. The former Rangers striker also touches upon his time coaching the national team alongside Walter Smith as they set the team on their way in a dramatic Euro 2008 qualifying group. And of course we couldn’t leave him without asking about his unconventional commentary techniques at this year’s World Cup alongside broadcasting stalwart Jon Champion!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

10 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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100: Si Ferry Meets... Michael O’Neill - Newcastle, Dundee United, Hibs, Northern Ireland & Euro 2016

It’s another treat for us this week as Si Ferry speaks to Northern Ireland Manager, Michael O’Neill about his career as a player and how he rose through the ranks in management from part-time Brechin City to joining the top table of International football at the Euros in 2016. A really funny and genuine insight into the life and career of Now one of the top international managers in the game which you’re sure to enjoy!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 13mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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199: Keeping the Ball on the Ground | The Bee Inspired Story, Scotland, Jack Ross & Teammates Fighting

We have some guests joining us this week with former footballers Steven Robb and Marc Corcoran talking us through their amazing post-career story of going from retirement to building the international clothing company, Bee Inspired.We also chat through the latest topics in football as the lads discuss the recent Scotland National Team news, Jack Ross' appointment at Hibs as well as looking back on dressing room dust-ups following Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez's scrap at England training.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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214: KEEPING THE BALL ON THE GROUND | Transfers Round-Up, Loan Players Slagging Parent Clubs, Neymar

This week the team chat through the final deadline deals that were secured by Scottish clubs on the final day of the January window. They also discuss Flo Kamberi's comments that irked his parent club's fans following his move to Rangers which gets them chatting about their experiences with loan players.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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201: KEEPING THE BALL ON THE GROUND | Slaney’s Birthday, Scotland Play-Offs, SPFL Preview, Spurs & Poch

It’s Slaney’s birthday and we’re in the party mood on the podcast as the mad man receives his cake in spectacular fashion. We get down to business and discuss Scotland’s Nation’s League play-off Draw, look back on the weekend’s SPFL results and chat about the recent major news coming out of Spurs regarding Mourinho & Pochettino.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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229: Keeping the Ball on the Ground | Si, Slaney & Kev Answer YOUR Questions

For the first time on the podcast, the boys are answering fans questions with some interesting queries and even more bizarre answers!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

31 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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241: Si Ferry Meets... Clint Hill | Rangers, QPR, Mark Hughes Shambles, Warnock, Pulis & Tranmere Final

We've got an absolute belter for you this week with long-serving centre-half and top man, Clint Hill getting a laugh and chat with Si as we look back on the key moments of his career.From an early career Wembley Cup Final with local side Tranmere to working his way up the divisions with Stoke and eventually long time club, QPR.Clint discusses the different eras spent at Loftus Road with one of his favourite gaffers, Neil Warnock to the more turbulent times under Mark Hughes' Premier League side.And we of course go into detail on Clint's season with Rangers where he established himself as a fans' favourite among the Ibrox faithful.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 57mins

11 May 2020

Rank #19

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233: Keeping the Ball on the Ground w/ Charlie Austin

This week we're joined by former Southampton, QPR and current West Brom striker, Charlie Austin! Plenty of great laughs and chat from the lads as Charlie talks us through some cracking stories from his rise from the building site to becoming a Premier League player within the space of 5 years!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 34mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #20