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June 11, 2019

Ep. 126- More Views on Saints News with Saints News and Views

***Look at this!!!- If you have a special story about spending time with your father or father figure around football (especially Saints), and would like to share it with me for next week's episode, please do! You can record it right on your phone and email it to me, or we can get on Skype and do it if that's easier for you. It's just way to recognize some of the ways sports have helped some of us come together (or how your dad, uncle or whoever, got you into supporting the only team on the south coast that really matters). Anyway, the email your clips to southamtpondellivery@gmail.com or just get in touch however you think is easiest, there is a contact form on the website that gets my attention as well. Thanks- Matt ***

 

The Saints News and Views Twitter account can always be counted on to deliver some good conversation. A debate is always likely, news is always there, and views are often expressed. When I first spoke with Jack a almost two years ago (and again just before Christmas of 2017), it was a whirlwind of learning, at a time when Saints were really struggling to produce on and off the pitch.

This time, the season is over, and Jack and I focus first on running the accounts and podcasts during those tough times on the pitch, and how he approaches the growing support for the page and some of the other things that come with it. From there we move to the Financial Times article that came out this week regarding Gao and investment and such, and move on finally to transfers and your questions.

If you don’t already follow Saints News and Views you should, they are @SaintsfcViews on Twitter and I promise you will be in for a good time when you do!

This was my first official day of summer vacation and I can’t think of a better way to start it off. Special thanks to Jack for coming on (especially with his work schedule) and thanks again to all of you for listening!  You can listen without leaving the page using the player above, or you can use the links here to subscribe in your preferred podcast app.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 4, 2019

Ep. 125- Saints. Summer. Signings? With Christian Candler

*Quick note- I stated in the intro that Maya Yoshida would be playing in the Copa America. That isn't true. Sorry. 

This week Christian Candler joins me to bring in the summer. We discuss everything from Charlie Austin in a LFC uniform to the Saints FC players out on international duty this summer. We also talk Women’s World Cup, transfer rumors, Saints pre-season tour and more.

It’s a bit more casual than normal, and that’s because I’m away this week grading exams for AP World History. It’s pretty great.

Follow Christian Candler and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter to get more of Christian’s writing.

Twitter- @candlerneuro

Instagram- @c.ndler

As always, hope you enjoy the show.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 28, 2019

Ep. 124- 2018/2019 Season Review Part 2, (Re)Living the Dream

We kept it pretty simple this week. I spoke with 4 more guests about the season, the kits, the coming summer and anything else that popped up. We don’t discuss the off-field partnership with J1 side Shimizu Pulse or the ruling handed down regarding the abuse of youth players in the past.

Guests in order of appearance:

We’ll be back again next week, and this Friday with the Newsletter. Subscribe and all of that so you don’t miss out.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 21, 2019

Ep. 123- 2018/2019 Season Review, Patron Edition

It’s a special week this week. Generally at the end of the season I take the chance to speak with fans from around the world about the season and get their thoughts. This year, since we’ve added patreon.com/sfcdellivery to the mix, I thought it would be nice to get to hear from some of the Patrons and get their thoughts.  Don’t worry if you are not a Patron, though. We’re doing it again next week and if you’d like to be on the show, just get in touch and I’ll send you the link to book your time! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Also, special thanks to the Patrons. None of this happens without you.

Patron guests in order of appearance:

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 14, 2019

Ep. 122- Huddersfield. Humbled. Hasenhuttl. With Jay Grant of the Southampton Page

The 2018/2019 Premier League season is over. A 16th place finish, some wins against the top 6, 29 points dropped from winning positions (if my counting is correct), a new coach, a load of players out on loan, 2 executive openings, and a second place trophy for LFC.

Was it successful? I’m not sure I’d call it that, but it’s definitely on something to build on. This week I’m joined Jay Grant (@fataljaay), who owns the partner account to the show, @southamptonpage. Because he was at the match on Sunday, and Sunday was also Mother’s Day here in the US, we recorded on Monday morning, shortly after the club announced the new main sponsorship deal with LD Sports (so that’s fun). We also discuss Saints’ 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on the final day of the season, the looming transfer window and more.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 7, 2019

Ep. 121- Woeful at West Ham, with Freddie from The Ugly Inside

Last year I was blessed to be able to travel across the Atlantic Ocean (and the continental United States) and attend a match. Unfortunately, it was West Ham away. A 3-0 defeat, a poor showing, and a real problem when you consider the path to safety. That day I spent a lot of time (like almost 12 hours) with Freddie from The Ugly Inside. He made sure I got to the match, helped on the tube, in the pub and just made the whole thing work. After the match, we sat and recorded a podcast celebrating 30 years of the The Ugly Inside (You can find that episode here, if you are interested). And, after speaking over the course of the season, we decided to speak again after West Ham this year… because it couldn’t possibly get any worse.... Yeah.

So, that is where we pick up this week. Freddie joins me to discuss the loss away at West Ham, answer some listener questions and look ahead to who could stay and who we probably won’t see around Staplewood next year. If you don’t already follow The Ugly Inside use the links below to get in touch with all of the fantastic work they do.

 

Links for the Ugly Inside:

Twitter- https://twitter.com/theuglyinside

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/theuglyinside1988/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/TheUglyInside

Website- https://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/southampton

YouTube- http://youtube.com/theuglyinside

Also, if you missed last year’s post West Ham podcast, you can get it here. There is a lot of history in this one… and a lot of beer. So, enjoy it, if you wish.

Link for EP. 65

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 30, 2019

Ep. 120- Home Improvement, with Jake Hughes of St. Mary’s Musings

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Jake Hughes is a lot of fun to talk to. He is super honest, informed, hilarious, and this week we went deep. Jake and I spent the better part of two hours on Skype catching up on life, Saints, safety, writing and podcasting, home ownership, parenthood and more.

We discuss Jake’s MMA freelance writing, as well as his Saints’ website St. Mary’s Musings, which you can also follow on Twitter at @StMarysMusings. If you’d like to follow Jake himself, he’s @JJHughes_. As I said previously, he’s fantastic, the site is fantastic, and you should definitely follow along if you are not already.

In more pressing (and impressive) news, Franny Benali is making us all look like we’re lazy. He’s doing 7 Iron Man Triathlons in 7 days. He’s doing it to raise money for Cancer Research. You can support him. Visit https://www.ironfran.co.uk/ to learn more, or text FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200 to donate 5 or 10 pounds. T&Cs apply, be sure to check the website for more details.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 23, 2019

Ep. 119- Tickets to ToonTown, with Aydin Osman

I’m gone this week. We’re camping and it’s going to be great. I tried to set a few things up so we’d have a normal-ish length episode for the week, but a couple of things fell through and only one of them actually got done. That one thing was my conversation with Aydin Osman (@Aydin_Osman96 on Twitter) about his dissertation work on ticket pricing and the impact it has on fans and engagement. So, with Saints releasing their season ticket prices for the upcoming 2019/2020 season it felt like a good conversation to have. Hopefully you enjoy it. No matter what, it’s better than a mosquito bite in the eye (or anywhere, I guess).

We’ll be back later this week with a Special Dellivery for Patreon supporters after the team play Watford on Tuesday. If you’d like to get that and the rest of the benefits and support the show, you can do that by visiting patreon.com/sfcdellivery.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 16, 2019

Ep. 118- Red Dead Redemption II, with Mike Smale of MatchDayVlogs

Inviting Wolves into your home is always risky... Just writing that brings back memories of news stories from my childhood, where ordinary people somehow decided having a Tiger or a Lion or a Wolf as a pet. Not to mention Little Red Riding Hood or any of the other fairy tales where Wolves represented danger or a threat. But, if I had to pick a fairy tale equivalent for last weekend’s match, it would have to be the Three Little Pigs. Wolves huffed and puffed, but could not blow the house down, as Saints defended well, stood up to the test, and came out 3-1 winners over the newly promoted, top half side.

Whether they were distracted or not, the performance and the result were, dare I say, what we’ve come to expect. An organized, aggressive performance, with a lot of work done without the ball, a strong performance from an academy product, a Shane Long goal, and an enthusiastic manager who celebrated every goal with us. It’s a beautiful thing. As is seeing us go 8 points clear of the drop zone.

Joining me to discuss the match and his new YouTube Channel is Mike Smale. His new project is MatchDaylogs, and I had a great time discussing how he got started, what changes it’s made to his matchday experience and how he has made sure doing the vlog doesn’t get in the way of supporting the team, enjoying the match, or teaching your kids proper fan/referee interaction.

You can get in touch and follow along on Mike’s journey on all of the major social media channels. You’ll be in for a treat, with high production value, entertaining episodes and a real show of the emotion that goes with each and every Saints’ match.

Follow Mike and MatchDayVlogs:

MatchDayVlogs YouTube: @MatchDayVlogs - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqg4Wrw6AzJKxF9gQB7t9dw

MatchDayVlogs Instagram: @matchdayvlogs - https://www.instagram.com/matchdayvlogs/

MatchDayVlogs Twitter:@MatchVlogs - https://twitter.com/MatchVlogs

MatchDayVlogs Facebook: MatchDayVlogs - https://www.facebook.com/MatchDayVlogs

Mike Instagram: @mikeysmale - https://www.instagram.com/mikeysmale/

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 9, 2019

Ep. 117- Just As Expected? With Lucy Highnett

Saints vs Liverpool.

We are two years removed from the EFL Cup run that saw us deny Klopp’s LFC even one goal during the 2016/2017 season. I remember the tense night, under the lights, when, after missing several half chances, and after Forster clawed the ball off the line to keep the score at 1-0 to Saints,  Sims broke from an LFC corner and Shane Long made himself available for a pass to finish off Liverpool and send Saints through to Wembley. There was, at that moment, no better feeling. In a season of dour football, that was the light, the spark of joy in an otherwise miserable year.

Unfortunately, this week didn’t pan out that way. Although the match was played at high intensity, and it was a respectable and entertaining watch for the neutral, ultimately Saints failed to take anything away from the match other than, perhaps, the belief that they can indeed play their game against almost anyone. Sure, the switch to a back five was defensive in a way, but there’s believing in your system and then there’s being naive. Saints chose a formation that was defensively solid and yet gave themselves width to attack Liverpool. Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

What I enjoyed more than that, though, was my conversation with Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett). Lucy brings the perfect blend of fan of the team and student of the game. I always learn something when I speak with her for an episode and even this time, off record, she clarified some of the differences in the US and UK higher education system. But, for the show, over Skype, we cover the LFC match, go on some tangents, and finish by answering some of your questions- only some because there were a lot and I was booked to be a guest on the In That Number Podcast and I was already keeping them waiting… but, don’t worry, I’ll answer a few more in this week’s newsletter, which you can sign up for here. I hope you enjoy the show and be sure to follow Lucy, as she drops knowledge, hot takes, and words of wisdom from time to time.

Congratulations to Ordinary Mike who won a copy of “Desire Dream Vision.” Get in contact with me and I’ll send a copy. Sorry if you didn’t win, but you can purchase a copy of the book at desiredreamvision.com

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt