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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club gets stuck into the true classics of the literary world - footballers' autobiographies.Every week, our book club of comedy writers shun classic prose for ex-pros by reading another obscure footballer's autobiography. Perfect for those who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.As recommended by The Athletic, BBC Five Live and The Sunday Post. Named one of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. Described as “pretty funny” by Darren Huckerby.

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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club gets stuck into the true classics of the literary world - footballers' autobiographies.Every week, our book club of comedy writers shun classic prose for ex-pros by reading another obscure footballer's autobiography. Perfect for those who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.As recommended by The Athletic, BBC Five Live and The Sunday Post. Named one of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. Described as “pretty funny” by Darren Huckerby.

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The Football Book Club

Latest release on Nov 30, 2020

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Forget the latest bestsellers or Booker Prize winners! Our book club gets stuck into the true classics of the literary world - footballers' autobiographies.Every week, our book club of comedy writers shun classic prose for ex-pros by reading another obscure footballer's autobiography. Perfect for those who like their reading a little less Jane Austen, a little more Charlie Austin.As recommended by The Athletic, BBC Five Live and The Sunday Post. Named one of Esquire's best podcasts of 2020. Described as “pretty funny” by Darren Huckerby.

Rank #1: Behind Closed Doors - Kevin Phillips's 'Strikingly Different'

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Still on lockdown, still reading obscure football autobiographies. This week The Football Book Club read Kevin Phillips's very premature, 2000 autobiography 'Strikingly Different'. Featuring Kevin breaking records and winning the European Golden Shoe at Sunderland, his thoughts on Emmerdale farm, a local coach firm and the band Republica, and DJing powerhouse Danny Dichio. Plus Ken's back with another chant and we read this week's dramatic reading 'Jody Craddock Moves A Barstool'.

Apr 06 2020

49mins

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Rank #2: Behind Closed Doors - Marcus Hahnemann's 'Premiership Diary'

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It's the final Behind Closed Doors special and this week we treated ourselves to something a little different - a diary written by the Bridget Jones of ex-Reading goalkeepers, US legend Marcus Hahnemann. Written during Reading's first season in the Premier League in 2006, we find out Marcus's views on Leroy Lita's music taste, facial hair, Costco and the band Tool (we find this out a lot). Plus Ken's back with a new song, we go on Peter Reid watch, Ibrahima Sonko takes his top off a lot and we find out if the big American can be crowned the winner of the Behind Closed Doors mini-series.

Apr 20 2020

53mins

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Rank #3: Behind Closed Doors - Lorenzo Amoruso's 'LA Confidential'

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This week behind closed doors, lockdown has flown by thanks to Rangers legend and bona fide hunk Lorenzo Amoruso's exceptionally titled 'LA Confidential'. Set in 2002, after being stripped of the Rangers captaincy, in the space of 247 pages Lorenzo falls in love with Glasgow, meets a ghost, gets addicted to Baileys and doesn't buy his girlfriend yoghurt. Plus Ken's back with another song, Glenn Roeder's space in the Hall of Shame is filled threefold and Dick Advocaat disrespects Lorenzo's massive thighs.

Apr 13 2020

46mins

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Rank #4: Behind Closed Doors - Shaun Goater's 'Feed The Goat'

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The Football Book Club are stranded hundreds of miles apart, but quarantine (and questionable sound quality) won't stop them from doing what they were put on this earth to do - read increasingly obscure football autobiographies. Today, the book club meet remotely to read Manchester City legend Shaun Goater's 2007 novella 'Feed The Goat'. Featuring Shaun on Kevin Keegan, modelling in Rotherham, Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories and, of course, goats. Plus Ken's back with another song and at one point Bristol is described as 'the closest thing to Bermuda there is'.

Mar 30 2020

56mins

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Rank #5: Specials 2 - Perry Groves's 'We All Live In A Perry Groves World' ft Perry Groves

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We've read a lot of books over the series. However, importantly, we have always been several hundred miles away from the author. But not today! In this extra special episode recorded at The Notley's Golf Club in Essex, we read Arsenal and Talksport legend Perry Groves's autobiography 'We All Live In A Perry Groves world' with Perry himself! Featuring brilliant stories about title triumphs, spraying each other with ketchup, Paul Merson, cats and Ander Limpar's horrible, horrible pranks. Plus Perry plays the game 'Real autobiography or fake autobiography' - is Alan Hansen's 'Mm Kop!' a real book? Find out now!

Mar 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: Christmas Special - Graeme Souness's 'Football: My Life, My Passion'

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It's Christmas! And to celebrate, The Football Book Club are foregoing obscurity to read a book written by the most cheerful and festive man in the world - Captain Christmas himself, Graeme Souness.

We spent December getting stuck into Graeme's 2017 goodwill extravaganza 'Football: My Life, My Passion' and, like the Three Kings brought gifts to the manger, we bring you Graeme throwing a pickaxe at his neighbour, a rant about sandwiches and even a muscular Peter Beardsley.

Plus there's a Christmassy Ken's song, some Kieron Dyer themed carol singing and we find out if Glenn Roeder finally picked up his Christmas tree...

Merry Christmas!

Dec 23 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: Episode 6 Part Two - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

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The long-awaited conclusion to The Football Book Club does 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' is here! What's next for The Three Amigos - Jason McAteer, Phil Babb and Gary Kelly? How many times will Jason use the word 'arse'? And, most importantly, will 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' be crowned the best book of Football Book Club Series One???
Plus a dramatic reading involving Jason McAteer and a huge battered fish, and we find out who joins Glenn Roeder and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 'The Hall of Shame'.
Jason McAteer HIMSELF 'Cried laughing' at Part One. And if that isn't enough to make you listen, we don't know what is.
WARNING: In the second half of this episode we talk about mental health and suicidal thoughts, as discussed in the book. If you find this subject difficult to listen to you can skip forward around six minutes at the time to avoid this part.

Dec 02 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: Episode 6 Part One - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

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It's the last - and by far the longest - book of the series which means one thing... a two-parter! In part one, the book club read the first half of Jason's 2016 epic, taking him from Birkenhead to Bolton Wanderers to USA '94. Featuring Zig and Zag, Jason's liquorice house and a VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE from the world's greatest Norwich City chant writer. Plus Jason and Phil Babb getting chased around Dublin by screaming teenagers. Can it live up to its incredible title? We find out!

Nov 25 2019

42mins

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Rank #9: Episode 5 - Jermaine Pennant's 'Mental'

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Five books in and the Football Book Club face their toughest challenge yet - Jermaine Pennant's explosive 2018 novel 'Mental'. As Jermaine charts his journey from wonderkid to Champions League finalist to Billericay Town, the book club discuss Jermaine's lack of respect for Girls Aloud, James almost driving into Mido and a very naked Tony Pulis. Plus we set the record straight with Glenn Roeder and play the all new game 'What Would Jermaine Pennant Do?'

Nov 18 2019

52mins

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Rank #10: Episode 4 - Garry Monk's 'Loud, Proud and Positive'

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This week The Football Book Club read 2012's very confusingly titled 'Loud, Proud And Positive' by legendary Swansea City captain and manager Garry Monk. We join Garry on a miraculous journey from League Two to the Premier League, stopping off along the way for Lee Trundle doing stand up, something called Linchicken and a brand new game where we ask 'Who said it? Garry Monk? Or Bruno Mars?' PLUS a dramatic reading involving Garry, a headbutt and a tray of sandwiches.

Nov 11 2019

52mins

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Episode 26 - David Seaman's 'Safe Hands' (ft. Josh Berry)

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It's the final episode of Series 2 and joining us to read Arsenal & England legend David Seaman's 'Safe Hands' is comedian and impressionist Josh Berry.

Written in the year 2000, 'Safe Hands' tells the story of David's career so far, including Euro 96, winning the double with Arsenal and the time he went fishing with Chris Tarrant.

Plus the England camp gets invaded by a man dressed as a giant Peperami, more Anders Limpar weirdness and we dissect David's long, uneasy relationship with birds and bird eggs.

Oh and there's another instalment of Peter Reid Watch and Ken Zong saves his best chant of the series for last.

Nov 30 2020

59mins

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Episode 25 - Barry Ferguson's 'Blue: The Life and Times of Barry Ferguson'

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This week we're heading back to Scotland to read Rangers legend Barry Ferguson's 2006 autobiography 'Blue: The Life and Times of Barry Ferguson'.

Features Barry trying to win back the Rangers fans after his controversial move to Blackburn, getting into tussles with his best mate the gardener and Graeme Souness sleeping standing up.

Plus Barry gives us a history lesson about a battle in 1679, Berti Vogts tries to recreate Braveheart and Ken brings us a totally pointless chant about a Newcastle legend.

Nov 23 2020

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Episode 24 - Matt Le Tissier's 'Taking Le Tiss' (ft. Oobah Butler)

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This week The Football Book Club invite author, filmmaker and Vice legend Oobah Butler to join the book club. And at his request, they're reading Southampton God Matt Le Tissier's 2009 book 'Taking Le Tiss'.

Contains Matt single-handedly saving Southampton year after year, Ronan Keating's Charity Golf Tournament and Matt on a night out at a Shania Twain concert.

Plus Sausage McMuffin binges, Louis Theroux anecdotes and a dramatic reading about Le Tiss almost losing his elbow, as Oobah and the gang try to find out what *really* makes the enigma that is Matt Le Tissier tick.

Nov 16 2020

55mins

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Episode 23 - Alex Morgan's 'Breakaway: Beyond The Goal'

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Everyone's banging on about America at the moment, so this week The Football Book Club decided it's the perfect time to read 'Breakaway' by USA and now Tottenham Hotspur Women superstar Alex Morgan!

Features Alex winning basically every trophy in the world, Hope Solo doing the worm and exceptional tips on how to park your car. Plus Ken's back with a new chant and we see how many American soccer-isms we can survive in two minutes.

As we soon found out, the book is basically a guidebook for American girls in their mid-teens. So lets see the effect it has on four, disenchanted Brits in their early thirties.

Nov 09 2020

58mins

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Episode 22 - Spencer Owen's 'Gamechanger' (ft. Hashtag United's Spencer Owen)

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This week The Football Book Club podcast read 'Gamechanger' by YouTuber and Hashtag United founder Spencer Owen (AKA Spencer FC)... who just so happens to be joining them for an in-depth interview.

In this bumper episode, we had the chance to chat to Spencer about his life and career so far - from playing FIFA in front of millions on YouTube to founding the most talked about team in English football, Hashtag United.

Featuring Spencer on disapproving old-school chairmen, his childhood, playing FIFA 98 with a mouse, getting stared at by Vincent Kompany, the future of eSports, getting embarrassed by Jay Jay Okocha, advancing in the FA Cup, teaming up with Cesar Azpilicueta and what's next for the most unique team in the English football pyramid.

All that plus games, a dramatic reading and extracts from the book itself. Whether you're already a fan of Spencer and Hashtag or you're new to their unique story, there's something for everyone.

Nov 02 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 21 - Memphis Depay's 'Heart Of A Lion' (ft. Carl Anka)

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This week The Football Book Club are reading former United maverick and current Lyon striker Memphis Depay's 2019 book 'Heart of a Lion'. And who better to read it with them than journalist & The Athletic's Manchester United correspondent Carl Anka?

In a book like no other we've read before, we're whisked from Ghana to Manchester, with a quick stopover at Wickes, chatting Memphis the rapper, Pokemon tattoos and why it never worked out for him at United.

Plus Ken's back with a new song and we talk to Carl about what's shaping up to be the most open season in Premier League history.

Oct 26 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 20 - Andy Gray's 'Shades of Gray'

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The Football Book Club head back to 1986 to read then 31-year-old Villa, Wolves and Scotland striker Andy Gray's 'Shades of Gray'. Yes, that is genuinely the name.

Features Andy banging them in for Villa, opening a doomed nightclub, walking through Birmingham barefooted and going on holiday with Ozzy Osbourne.

Plus Ken has another new chant about a Wigan Athletic legend and we play the game 'Andy Gray or 50 Shades of Gray'?

Is it as filthy as E.L. James's very similarly titled book? Let's find out!

Oct 19 2020

56mins

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The Football Book Club: Wider Reading

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In a slight change of pace, this week The Football Book Club bring you the first 'Wider Reading' episode.

James and Jack present exclusive interviews, bonus clips and answer your questions about the series so far. Featuring secrets from Grant Holt's co-author, the long-awaited Paddy Kenny Dramatic Reading and we discover what happens when Gerard Houllier and Japanese anime collide.

Plus James's Tim Sherwood autobiography gathers pace and we find out which Football Book Club hero has their own branded gin.

Oct 12 2020

41mins

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Episode 18 - Paddy Kenny's 'The Gloves Are Off' (ft. Paddy Kenny)

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In a Football Book Club first, the book club are joined by Sheffield United and QPR hero Paddy Kenny to read his brilliant new book 'The Gloves Are Off' ahead of its October 5th release.

Includes eyebrows being bitten off, a back-up keeper obsessed with adult movies, Roy Keane being put in his place and we find out what it's like to concede the most famous goal in Premier League history.

Plus Paddy talks about a career that took him from Bury to the Irish national team, enjoying unforgettable cup runs at Sheffield United and what really went on behind the scenes at Leeds United.

*WARNING contains some strong language and a naked Neil Warnock*

Oct 05 2020

59mins

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Episode 17 - Grant Holt's 'A Real Football Life'

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This week The Football Book Club read Norwich, Hibs, Shrewsbury and a team in Singapore legend Grant Holt's 2019 autobiography 'A Real Football Life'... and it's a cracker!

Despite being one of the hardest books to track down yet, it's all worth it with tales of battered sausages, swan attacks, Chesney Hawkes and Bryan Gunn losing his cool with a bottle of sun cream.

Plus Ken's back with another chant, Tash thinks she might be the reason Grant became a professional footballer and we play an all-new game called 'What Chocolate Bar is Grant Holt describing?'.

Sep 28 2020

56mins

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Episode 16 - Jerzy Dudek's 'A Big Pole In Our Goal'

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The Football Book Club are back! And to kick off the new series they're reading wobbly-kneed Liverpool and Poland goalkeeping hero Jerzy Dudek's beautifully titled 'A Big Pole In Our Goal'. Featuring Jerzy getting chased by a goose, Craig Bellamy stealing a Darth Vader mask and king of the chants Ken's triumphant return. And if that isn't exciting enough, we find out how Zlatan Ibrahimovic likes his clothes folded. This episode was recorded in February 2020.

Sep 21 2020

52mins

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Best of Series 1: The Good, The Bad & The Eggyboff

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Ahead of the new series coming Monday 21st September, James and Jack bring you some of our favourite moments from Series 1 and the Behind Closed Doors specials. Featuring Nigel Worthington kicking skips, Jason McAteer asking Pierluigi Casaraghi out for a drink, Maya Yoshida buying Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise and - of course - Jermaine Pennant playing eggyboff. 'Cause Uptown Monk gon' give it to ya.

Sep 14 2020

52mins

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Behind Closed Doors - Marcus Hahnemann's 'Premiership Diary'

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It's the final Behind Closed Doors special and this week we treated ourselves to something a little different - a diary written by the Bridget Jones of ex-Reading goalkeepers, US legend Marcus Hahnemann. Written during Reading's first season in the Premier League in 2006, we find out Marcus's views on Leroy Lita's music taste, facial hair, Costco and the band Tool (we find this out a lot). Plus Ken's back with a new song, we go on Peter Reid watch, Ibrahima Sonko takes his top off a lot and we find out if the big American can be crowned the winner of the Behind Closed Doors mini-series.

Apr 20 2020

53mins

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Behind Closed Doors - Lorenzo Amoruso's 'LA Confidential'

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This week behind closed doors, lockdown has flown by thanks to Rangers legend and bona fide hunk Lorenzo Amoruso's exceptionally titled 'LA Confidential'. Set in 2002, after being stripped of the Rangers captaincy, in the space of 247 pages Lorenzo falls in love with Glasgow, meets a ghost, gets addicted to Baileys and doesn't buy his girlfriend yoghurt. Plus Ken's back with another song, Glenn Roeder's space in the Hall of Shame is filled threefold and Dick Advocaat disrespects Lorenzo's massive thighs.

Apr 13 2020

46mins

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Behind Closed Doors - Kevin Phillips's 'Strikingly Different'

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Still on lockdown, still reading obscure football autobiographies. This week The Football Book Club read Kevin Phillips's very premature, 2000 autobiography 'Strikingly Different'. Featuring Kevin breaking records and winning the European Golden Shoe at Sunderland, his thoughts on Emmerdale farm, a local coach firm and the band Republica, and DJing powerhouse Danny Dichio. Plus Ken's back with another chant and we read this week's dramatic reading 'Jody Craddock Moves A Barstool'.

Apr 06 2020

49mins

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Behind Closed Doors - Shaun Goater's 'Feed The Goat'

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The Football Book Club are stranded hundreds of miles apart, but quarantine (and questionable sound quality) won't stop them from doing what they were put on this earth to do - read increasingly obscure football autobiographies. Today, the book club meet remotely to read Manchester City legend Shaun Goater's 2007 novella 'Feed The Goat'. Featuring Shaun on Kevin Keegan, modelling in Rotherham, Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories and, of course, goats. Plus Ken's back with another song and at one point Bristol is described as 'the closest thing to Bermuda there is'.

Mar 30 2020

56mins

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Specials 2 - Perry Groves's 'We All Live In A Perry Groves World' ft Perry Groves

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We've read a lot of books over the series. However, importantly, we have always been several hundred miles away from the author. But not today! In this extra special episode recorded at The Notley's Golf Club in Essex, we read Arsenal and Talksport legend Perry Groves's autobiography 'We All Live In A Perry Groves world' with Perry himself! Featuring brilliant stories about title triumphs, spraying each other with ketchup, Paul Merson, cats and Ander Limpar's horrible, horrible pranks. Plus Perry plays the game 'Real autobiography or fake autobiography' - is Alan Hansen's 'Mm Kop!' a real book? Find out now!

Mar 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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Specials 1 - Danny Higginbotham's 'Rise of the Underdog' LIVE

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With a new series just around the corner, The Football Book Club are bringing you some extra special episodes, starting with this - a live recording of the team reading Danny Higginbotham's 2015 classic 'Rise of the Underdog'. The episode was recorded in Southampton on March 7th as part of 'Superpod 2020' - a live podcasting event raising money for Sport Relief - and features Danny's underwear, Roy Keane being Roy Keane and the scientists at CERN, all told through a book that was (genuinely) written with one of the Breaking Bad team. Plus Ken returns with a chant that was previously thought impossible...

Mar 16 2020

48mins

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Christmas Special - Graeme Souness's 'Football: My Life, My Passion'

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It's Christmas! And to celebrate, The Football Book Club are foregoing obscurity to read a book written by the most cheerful and festive man in the world - Captain Christmas himself, Graeme Souness.

We spent December getting stuck into Graeme's 2017 goodwill extravaganza 'Football: My Life, My Passion' and, like the Three Kings brought gifts to the manger, we bring you Graeme throwing a pickaxe at his neighbour, a rant about sandwiches and even a muscular Peter Beardsley.

Plus there's a Christmassy Ken's song, some Kieron Dyer themed carol singing and we find out if Glenn Roeder finally picked up his Christmas tree...

Merry Christmas!

Dec 23 2019

1hr 5mins

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Episode 6 Part Two - Jason McAteer's 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer'

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The long-awaited conclusion to The Football Book Club does 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' is here! What's next for The Three Amigos - Jason McAteer, Phil Babb and Gary Kelly? How many times will Jason use the word 'arse'? And, most importantly, will 'Blood, Sweat and McAteer' be crowned the best book of Football Book Club Series One???
Plus a dramatic reading involving Jason McAteer and a huge battered fish, and we find out who joins Glenn Roeder and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 'The Hall of Shame'.
Jason McAteer HIMSELF 'Cried laughing' at Part One. And if that isn't enough to make you listen, we don't know what is.
WARNING: In the second half of this episode we talk about mental health and suicidal thoughts, as discussed in the book. If you find this subject difficult to listen to you can skip forward around six minutes at the time to avoid this part.

Dec 02 2019

46mins

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