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January 21, 2020

Ep. 158- Long Time, Long Distance, Long Shot, with Carl Anka of The Athletic and Mike Smale of MatchdayVlogs

Timeline Notes-

  • Carl’s Interview- 5:10

  • Mike’s Interview- 49:10

This week’s show only has one intro (sorry about that last week), but two guests! I had the chance to meet Mike Smale of the MatchdayVlogs YouTube channel down in LA on Saturday afternoon, so we sat and chatted for a bit and recorded some stuff for both channels. Be sure to check out all of his stuff using the links below.

Then, Monday afternoon, Carl Anka used good old fashioned Skype to join me to discuss the match and what’s happening with Saints during the window.

There’s a lot here, and you may not get to it before Palace, but listen anyway. It’s worth it (in my opinion). Be sure to check out Carl at all the links below and let him know you appreciate his work.

Carl Anka and The Athletic:

  • Carl Anka on Twitter- @Ankaman616 and on Instagram @carl.anka

  • Why Carl is “All In” on Southampton- LINK

  • Athletic Sign-Up (LINK)

  • He also does Wrestling- Parts Unknown Podcast- APPLE PODCASTS

  • Ep. 144 with Carl Anka- Initial interview with some more info about the Athletic, etc.

  • Affiliate Athletic Link- I subscribe to The Athletic. If you click here and sign up, I get credit. Cheers.

Mike Smale and Matchday Vlogs:

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

January 14, 2020

Ep. 157- Nein, Nein, Nein, with Jay Grant of Southampton Page

Saints put in a wonderful performance at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. They won the match. Whatever Leicester were, they were second best. Ralph and company deserve all the credit for how things have gone since the last international break. It’s been a lot of fun to watch the last several weeks… and that hasn’t always been the case, at least for as long as I’ve been doing the podcast.

I’m a little long-winded this week to open the show, and I’m sorry. This episode, episode 157, marks the start of the 4th year of the show, something I am both extremely proud of and truly thankful for. Thank you to the guests, and the listeners and the Patrons and everyone else who has made this show possible over the last few years. That includes the newest Patron of the show, Chris Thomas. I’m a bad person and didn’t read it in the show this week. That’s not great from me, honestly. Next week you’ll hear his name.

Anyway, this week I’m joined by Jay Grant, the man behind @southamptonpage on Twitter and Instagram and the official partner page of the show. We chat about the result, answer some questions and more. Thanks as always for the support, and here’s to another year!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

January 7, 2020

Ep. 156- Leagues, Cups, and Colleges, with Lauren Clark and Erin Bloomfield of the Southampton Women’s FC

The FA Cup is a magical thing. It definitely has it’s problems, as does any competition, but the idea of giant-killing, a new or unique away day, or eventually playing at Wembley means there’s something special about it. This past weekend was the FA Cup third round. Saints progressed (thankfully), but they weren’t the only team in town hosting an FA Cup match.

Southampton Women’s FC hosted West Bromwich Albion Women on Sunday afternoon and progressed via a 3-1 win over higher-league opposition. After Monday’s draw, the team will play host to Crystal Palace Ladies on the weekend of January 26th. Crystal Palace, currently playing in the second tier of English Women’s football, will prove a tough test for Southampton. If you are around the area, please consider attending the match and supporting the team.

Before the team took to the field and beat WBA Women, two of their players, Lauren Clark and Erin Bloomfield, joined me to talk about their careers, their past and future playing careers in America, how their families came to support such crap teams and more. It was a pleasure to chat with them both and although I stumble over some questions, I think you’ll enjoy hearing from each of them.

You can follow Erin on Twitter. @ErinBloomfield9 and Lauren @laurenclark51. Lastly, there wouldn’t be a season at Southampton Women’s FC without the sponsors of the club and personnel. Lauren and Erin both have gracious sponsors which allow them to train, travel and compete in the team. Lauren is sponsored by Rob and Chloe Kerr and Erin is sponsored by One of a Kind Custom Design. If you are interested in sponsoring a player, member of the coaching staff or the team in general, please get in touch with the club secretary (email below). Do not tell them I sent you (they will charge you double<— joke).

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

December 31, 2019

Ep. 155- Boxing Chelsea, Winding Up Palace, with Tom Murray

Saints have hit their best run of form in some time, collecting almost 2 points per match since the last week of November after managing less than .7 ppg up until then. There are lots of reasons for the turnaround. A solidified lineup and formation, a better understanding of the system, fitness levels and more. Tom Murray (@T214Murray on Twitter) joins me this week to discuss the matches against Chelsea and Palace, answer your questions and round out the year and the decade. 

Tom is part of the team that provides commentary for blind and visually impaired fans at Saints matches through Alan March Sport. You can get more information on the service by visiting the links below. Please spread the word to those who could benefit from the service as Alan March Sport looks to make football accessible to more fans all across the UK. 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

December 24, 2019

Ep. 154- King Ings Declares Victory at Villa, with Tom Mason

First off, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. It’s the happiest time of the year or something. The truth is, it’s happier because Saints went to Villa Park and put three past a pretty terrible Villa. Jack Grealish scored a worldie that shouldn’t count because his socks are a disgrace.

Danny Ings scored a goal either side of Jack Stephens heading home a JWP corner and the game was never really in doubt, though the last 15 minutes or so saw Villa get as into the game as they ever did. 

Saints left Birmingham well-deserved winners and leaped Villa in the standings, putting Saints out of the relegation zone ahead of the festive fixtures to come later this week. It was by far the best performance of the season. It had everything except a clean sheet for Saints fans to enjoy. Tougher tests lay ahead, but Saints can enjoy their Christmas outside the drop zone. 

Joining me to discuss the match and look a bit ahead to Chelsea and Crystal Palace is Tom Mason. Tom was on the show just 364 days ago, when Saints were coming off a similar result heading into Christmas. This time he joins me after returning to the south coast from Villa Park. You can follow him on Twitter @tom_mason18 and on Instagram @tmaso19.

Though it’s far from my favorite holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from my family to my Saints FC family…. Alright… now it’s time for my wife’s work Christmas Party.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

December 17, 2019

Ep. 153- I Promise You, We’re Not a Joke. With Tom Deacon

This week I’m joined by Tom Deacon Tom is a comedian, presenter (the pretty one), Saints’ Fan, Vlogger, and Virgin (according to the YouTube comments… I only report what I find). Tom was in the tunnel and on the pitch with Saints ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham. Tom was tasked with hosting the live show before the match and revealing the Saints’ team ahead of the match. They gave him 12 men on the team sheet, drenched him with the sprinklers and yet nothing could prepare him for what Saints had in store for him over the 90 minutes that followed.

I’m running out of ways to accurately and uniquely describe lackluster, slow, stunted, toothless, and inconsistent performances by Saints. I guess we can say Saints were in the Christmas spirit early this week., gifting a goal to out of form striker Sebastian Haller, and giving Antonio exactly what he’s always wanted, an unphysical, short of pace defensive partnership playing a uniquely high line. The man had himself a great time.

At the end of the day, Saints dropped points. It leaves the team with another crucial match this coming weekend, and a lot of things to improve on between now and then.

Even with all of that, and everything else Tom will fill you in on during our chat, Tom was a real champ, and he is always a pleasure to talk to. I’m not sure either of us was really happy by the end of the recording, but I was smiling. So, I owe Tom a lot, for his time, but also for making the time we spent on Skype a lot of fun.

You can follow Tom on Twitter @TomHDeacon, on Instagram @tomdeaconcomedy, and on Facebook. You can also catch up with Tom and all of his upcoming shows on his website at tomdeacon.co.uk. Special thanks again to Tom for coming on again. I look forward to speaking with him again soon, about Saints and everything else.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

December 10, 2019

Ep. 152- All Too Familiar with Arron Sanders of saintsworld.co.uk

Saints seem to enjoy staying predictable. The same scoreline, a similar storyline, with the same heroes and villains each and every time. Saints picked up 6 points, but it really should have been at least 7, and the failure to get that all-important 7th point sees the team stay in the drop-zone for another week, but still somehow closer to 12th than 19th (it was 11th before Arsenal dispatched West Ham on Monday evening). 

Joining me this week is Arron Sanders of saintsworld.co.uk, a fan website dedicated to giving fans of Saints a voice and being a fun, family-friendly place to get your SaintsFC opinions. Arron does some of the media-editing around the place and joins me this week to talk Norwich, Newcastle and answer your questions. 

Give Arron and Saints World a follow if you’re not already doing so.

Arron Sanders- Twitter- @arronsanders

Saints World- Twitter- @saintsworldfc

Saints World- Website- saintsworld.co.uk

Saints World- Facebook Group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/453127528483018/

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

December 3, 2019

Ep. 151- A Helping Hand Is Just Enough, with Allen Gunn of St. Mary’s Musings

This week I’m joined by Allen “I swear I’m not related to Angus” Gunn (@a_gunzy) from St. Mary’s Musings (@stmarysmusings). We have the pleasure of discussing Saints’ most recent home PL win, something that hasn’t happened in months, or at all this season. However, it’s not all roses. There are a number of issues that still stand out and need addressing, and there’s a big mid-week match against Norwich to think about as well. We chat, we analyze, we make mistakes and we proselytize. I just hope you enjoy it.

Be sure to visit stmarysmusings.sbnation.com to keep up to date with Saints through Allen and the rest of the team. 

Also, I had the pleasure of joining the Total Saints Podcast this week. You can find them on Twitter or SoundCloud if you wish (and you should wish). 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

November 26, 2019

Ep. 150- Heart and Hustle But No Finish, with Rob Maddox

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Saints went to the Emirates to face a struggling Arsenal team on Saturday. Saints really only failed in two areas. They failed to finish. They failed to finish their chances, which would have put the game out of sight and they failed to finish the game.

The point taken from Arsenal feels like two dropped instead. A point away against a perennial top-6 contender should be seen as a good thing, but the win was there for Saints to take. To claim as their own, and instead, they blew it in the end.

Joining me to discuss the match this week is Rob Maddox. Rob is no stranger to the show and it was a pleasure to speak with him about Saints near win, even if we did it so soon after the match we can’t help but feel it was points lost.

You can follow Rob on Twitter (@jameslordprowse) and Instagram (@robmaddox_), and get in touch with the Ugly Inside’s Movember Campaign by clicking on the links.

Thanks for all of your support over the last 150 episodes (150 weeks) of the show. It’s been a wild ride- ok, mostly just steep drops, but hey- and I’m looking forward to more. Hopefully, you are too!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

November 19, 2019

Ep. 149- Taking a Break, Having a Laugh, with Carl Anka of the Athletic

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This has been a wonderful break, although it’s been of the International variety. England qualified for the Euros, Davo missed a penalty, Tadic suffered a last-minute heartache equalizer against Ukraine, though he scored his penalty, and the US redeemed itself against Canada. A lot has happened, but only glancing at scores and watching highlights has been a welcomed reprieve from what Saints have put me (and us) through the past few weeks. Now, I think I’m ready to get back to it. Dare I say I’m looking forward to Arsenal this coming weekend in the under-achieving, should be better than we are but can’t figure out a coherent system manager derby.

Over the break, I had the chance to speak once again with the Atheltic’s Carl Anka. With no specific match to talk about we had plenty of time to discuss some listener questions, in addition to the few I had lined up for Carl. One of the things I wanted to make sure and address was what, if any, changes had Carl noticed since arriving to cover the club. Since he’s new to the scene (sort of, I guess) and focused on the club for his work, how have moods and things shifted since the start? Who, if anyone, has been vocal or has had a somewhat noticeable change in demeanor?

After that, Carl and I run through your questions, have a laugh so we don’t cry and the hour+ we spent on Skype flew by. I hope you enjoy the show this week, and if you aren’t familiar with Carl’s work there are a few links below to get you caught up with what he’s been doing around for the Athletic recently. If Carl’s voice sounds familiar, he’s a regular panelist on the Totally Football Show and is one of the hosts of the Parts Unknown Wrestling Podcast. Links are below for those as well.   

  • Carl Anka on Twitter- @Ankaman616
  • Why Carl is “All In” on Southampton- LINK
  • Athletic Sign-Up (LINK)
  • He also does Wrestling- Parts Unknown Podcast- APPLE PODCASTS
  • Ep. 144 with Carl Anka- Initial interview with some more info about the Athletic, etc.
  • Affiliate Athletic Link- I subscribe to The Athletic. If you click here and sign up, I get credit. Cheers.

 

Website, iTunes, Acast, Stitcher, Google Play, Tunein, YouTube, Radio Public, Podchaser,Patreon

 

Credits and Stuff:

 

Until next time, cheers.

Matt