I'm joined by Belinda Scarlett from the National Football Museum in Manchester. The museum is gearing up for a big exhibition on the women's game next year. In this podcast, we major on the Dick, Kerr Ladies, who were drawing 50,000+ crowds in the early 1920s before the FA banned women's football from FA-affiliated grounds.
My guest is Natxo Parra, co-author of 'St. Pauli: Another Football is Possible'.
We look back at how Hamburg's FC St. Pauli became known as a 'cult club'. When did the fan activism start and how does this ethos survive in a commercial era?
We're joined by Bob Holmes, author of 'Shanks, Yanks and Jürgen' to discuss the life of Bill Shankly, one of the greatest managers of all time.
Bob chart his life from a small mining town in Ayrshire to the creator of the modern Liverpool FC.
We're joined by Dr. Kevin Moore, the former CEO of the National Football Museum. His book 'What You Think You Know About Football is Wrong' seeks to debunk some popularly-held myths, and we talk through some of them here. We also discuss his former role at the National Football Museum and some of its more popular artifacts.
Journalist and author Jon Driscoll joins us on the podcast to discuss his new book on fifty footballers that changed the game. We discuss some familiar names, and some not-so-familiar names from the 1870s to the modern day.
Our guest is Michael Cole, an Early Stage Researcher on the FATIGUE Project, based at the University of Tartu, Estonia and a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right.
His research interests include the relationship between football and far-right politics in Central and Eastern Europe, and the use of football as a political tool by right-wing populist leaders.
We speak to Croatian journalist Juraj Vrdoljak about the historical significance of Hajduk Split. Did you know the club was a big part of anti-Nazi resistance in World War II and helped introduce ultrà culture into Europe?
Just what is CONIFA and what are its aims? We talk to James Hendicott, whose new book chronicles the organisation's journey.
We welcome Rich Hall, founder of Italian football site The Gentleman Ultra, back onto the site to discuss the past, present and future of the team he supports, Internazionale di Milano (Inter Milan).
We look back at Trinidad & Tobago's incredible journey to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with Gene De Gourville, who's written a book on the subject.
We're joined by Devon Rowcliffe, whose new book 'Who Ate All the Squid' looks at South Korea's football story.
We're joined again by Matt McGinn whose new book looks at the emergence of Icelandic football in recent years.
Our guest is Connor Parry, who visited the Hamburg Derby - Hamburger SV versus FC Sankt Pauli - in early 2020. It's a fiery encounter in the 2.Bundesliga, the second tier of German football. We look at the matchday experience and discuss the histories of both clubs.
We're joined by Jamie Ralph who runs an English-language fan feed and blog focussed on Newell's Old Boys from Rosario, Argentina. We discuss the club's intense rivalry with cross-city rivals, Rosario Central.
Bill Hern and David Gleave are the authors of a new book 'Football's Black Pioneers' exploring the first black players to represent all the 92 football clubs in the English football league.
Bill and David have some fascinating stories to recount after speaking to a number of former players and pioneers' family.
We have a double-header as two of the contributors to a new book on Spanish and Portuguese football - 'Iberia Chronicles' - join us on the podcast.
Nathan Motz discusses Portugal's golden generation and Kristofer McCormack tells us the history of the Copa del Rey
We welcome Steven Scragg back onto the podcast to discuss his new book on the UEFA Cup (now Europa League). How did this Inter-City Fairs Cup morph into a much-loved, two-legged final tournament that saw Ipswich Town, Dundee United and IFK Gothenburg get to finals?
Our guest is Stuart Horsfield, whose new book 'Brazil 82: A Glorious Failure' focuses on the great Brazil side that many believe should have won the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
We welcome Alan McDougall back onto the podcast to discuss his new book, which looks at the socio-political history of football. He examines the role of migration, race, gender, and much more.
Jordan Florit is the author of a new book 'Red Wine and Arepas' about the rise and rise of football in Venezuela. He has some fascinating stories to tell from this troubled country with a strong, new footballing ethos in both the men's and women's game.
Our guest is Craig McCracken, who runs the football history and nostalgia site, Beyond the Last Man. Craig gives us a fascinating insight into the fractious history of Romanian football.
We talk to Tobias Jones about his research into Italian ultras. It's an incredibly insightful interview about group psychology, belonging, the potential for criminality and even ultras doing good work in the community, too.
Our guest is Chris Pidgeon, who has groundhopped across Spain.
We look at Spain's complex football league structure and discuss some of the best football travel experiences outside of La Liga.
We talk to historian Peter Alegi about Africa's football journey. It's a story of colonialism, national awakening, emigration, controversy, politics and much more. We look also explore the future of the women's game.
We're joined by Robert O'Connor, whose new book is a chronicle of football's role in former Soviet Republics and other countries of the Eastern Bloc.