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July 7, 2020

Ep. 181- All Pep’s Men (Couldn’t Take 3 Points From St. Mary’s Again), with Lucy Highnett

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:53

  • Lucy Highnett- 3:48

  • Che Adams- 25:00

  • Subs and such- 38:50

  • Questions- 45:09

  • End Credits- 1:03:00

Saints managed to do what only *checks notes* 6 other teams had managed this season, beat Manchester City in the Premier League. We aren’t going to go full Bournemouth and start claiming a trophy for winning a football match- we’ll also defer the trophy for most viewed Premier League match- but we should take the time to recognize the victory and realize the impact a win over the defending Champions could have going forward. After all, it was Stuart Armstrong’s pressure that produced the Che Adams chance which, in case you missed it, he put away brilliantly. 

Sure, we sat deeper and deeper as the match went on, and on most other days at least one or two of City’s shots deflect off of a defender and find their way into the net, or a cross finds the head of an attacker at the back post, but not this time. Saints managed to do it at home for only the 14th time in 3 years. And, in case you missed it, Che Adams scored his first Saints goal. It truly was a wonderful day.

To make it even better, Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett on Twitter) joins the show. We recorded on the final whistle, which means we’re both on a bit of a high. Hopefully it all makes sense… if you need to put yourself in the mindset before you listen, just watch this short video.

As always, thanks for listening and any feedback you have!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 30, 2020

Ep. 180- Up and Down, Like a JWP Free Kick with Chris Hutchings and Jay Grant

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:53

  • Chris Hutchings- 3:56

  • Behind the Closed Doors- 8:07

  • Arsenal- 14:53

  • Break- 36:08

  • Jay Grant- 37:27

  • End Credits- 1:10:54

The football season is most definitely back. The rollercoaster ride that is following Saints is here, and we experienced it all this week. Our emotions followed the team up and down as Saints lost to Arsenal in disappointing fashion, keeping the home form intact, and then went on the road to HAND Watford a defeat and take all three points back to St. Mary’s.

Saints now sit on 40 points. Closer to 7th than 17th (though other teams have games to come later this week), and we can be relatively confident in how the team responded to the performance against Arsenal.

This week I am joined by two guests, Chris Hutchings spoke with me on Friday morning to relive Arsenal and talk about the experience of being in the ground when then doors are closed and seeing Premier League football without a crowd. We also discuss the match, which wasn’t that great. Luckily, Chris is. You can follow him on Twitter @HutchFM.

I then caught up with Jay Grant who runs the partner page of the show, the Southampton Page, on Twitter and Instagram. We had the pleasure of reliving the win at Watford, the performance of some of the rotated players, and we also discussed what we expect to see against City. We recorded on the final whistle and were, understandably, excited. At least we finished on a high!

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 23, 2020

Ep. 179- Slow (re)Start, Strong Finish, with Bene Holley of The Saints FC Blog

A three-month layoff might have been just what Danny Ings and company needed as Saints began Project Restart with an emphatic 0-3 win at Carrow Road. Southampton began slowly but grew into the game, and from the first hydration break on it was all Saints. 

Joining me this week to recap the match, the team selection, the performances, and address your questions is Bene Holley, a Saints fan from Italy who also blogs about the club and helps run the Saints World Twitter account. Bene has a connection to Southampton and I really enjoyed getting to hear his thoughts on the match, getting to know him a bit, and learning more about his blog and writing. You can give him a follow using the links below and be sure to check out his blog as well!

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 16, 2020

Ep. 178- Saints are Back, and So Is Carl Anka

  • Intro Music- 0:00
  • Intro- 0:54
  • Carl Anka- 3:26
  • Project Restart- 13:09
  • Southampton- 30:54 
  • Listener Questions- 48:23
  • End Credits- 1:11:40

We made it, mostly. Only a few more days until Saints return to action, albeit in an empty stadium and in different circumstances than normal. To help get us ready for the return of football I’m joined by The Athletic’s Carl Anka. For those of you who don’t know Carl covers Saints for the Athletic, as well as appearing on various podcasts from The Totally Football Show to TIFO and also Talk of the Devils. He has also been kind enough to share his time with us here. It’s always a pleasure to speak with Carl and I hope you enjoy the show!

 

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Credits and Stuff:

  • OUR PARTNER-Follow the Southampton Page- on Twitter.

 

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 9, 2020

Ep. 177- Lights, Camera, Contracts, with Callum Wilson

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:54

  • Callum Wilson- 4:22

  • Under The Lights- 20:33

  • Hasenhuttl- 24:41

  • Long- 33:07

  • Hojbjerg- 38:04

  • Listener Questions- 56:42

  • End Credits- 1:14:50

Well, we actually have some news to discuss this week. New contracts for Ralph and Long, no movement with Hojbjerg, fixtures, Hartford Athletic, and more.

Lots to discuss and a first-time guest to do it with. Callum Wilson, Saints fan, AD Commentator, Under the Lights Podcaster, and more joins me to discuss the week of news in and around SaintsFC. You can follow Callum and his various projects using the links below, and as always get in touch and let us know what you think. 

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Credits and Stuff:

  • OUR PARTNER-Follow the Southampton Page- on Twitter.

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

June 2, 2020

Ep. 176- Presenting Matchday, with Steve Forbes

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00

  • Intro- 0:54

  • Stever Forbes - 4:22

  • Working at Global- 24:46

  • Working at Saints- 26:37

  • Listener Questions- 53:55

  • Cooking with Tom and Steve- 56:54

  • End Credits- 1:01:42

So, since we recorded this week’s show a lot has happened. Ralph’s due to sign a new contract extension and project restart is inching ever closer to bringing football back to us. In larger news, We saw demonstrations by players in the Bundesliga, and protests have gone on for days around the US, with things turning violent in several instances. 

Steve Forbes, matchday presenter at Southampton FC, joins me this week. We discuss, among other things, his journey to the job, what it looks like, how he went from selling mobile phones and working in call centers to quarreling with Sammy and taking charge of the halftime relay, while still making time to cook, present the news, and entertain us all while he’s doing it.

You can find Steve on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @forbesypresents, and you can get him in your ears on Global’s breakfast show. You can also visit his website forbesypresents.com.

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Credits and Stuff:

  • OUR PARTNER-Follow the Southampton Page- on Twitter.

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 26, 2020

Ep. 175.5- Finnish but not Finished, Antti Niemi Revisited

Show Timeline:

  • Pre-ramble- 0:00

  • Intro Music- 2:45

  • Original Intro- 3:41

  • Antti Niemi- 9:50

  • End Credits- 54:15

*This week’s notes: Jay, who runs the Southampton Page on Twitter, and who is the official partner of the show, was due to be on this week. We had the recording time set pretty late and then he got ill. I’ve been meaning to find a way to get this episode back out, and now seems like the perfect time, especially since Jay was the one who set it up in the first place.

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May 19, 2020

Ep. 175- An OPTA-Mistic View, with Chris Hutchings

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:20

  • Intro- 0:1:15

  • Chris Hutchings- 4:06

  • Football Climate- 17:43

  • Working in Football- 29:54

  • FA Cup/TalkSport- 34:35

  • Tour Guide- 44:21

  • OPTA- 46:43

  • Parental Advisory- 53:43

  • Hojbjerg and Team News- 1:00:51

  • End Credits- 1:13:46

Chris Hutchings joins me this week to chat about Saints. We look back on how he became a fan, how he began commentating, escorting fans from around the world around St. Mary’s, and working for OPTA. We also discuss the likelihood of Hojbjerg leaving, what that means for the team, Project Restart, football without fans, and more. More than anything, it was just a fantastic opportunity to spend some time learning about Chris and his connection with the club. I’m finding more and more during this COVID19 break that the people who support and work around the club, and their stories, are, at least to me, more interesting, rewarding, and engaging than complaining about a misplaced pass or Cedric’s lack of back-post defending. I hope you enjoy the show. You can get in touch with Chris to talk football, stats, or anything else, @hutchfm on Twitter.

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Credits and Stuff:

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 12, 2020

Ep. 174- From the Dell to the Dellivery, Our Time to Chine, with Graham Copp

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music- 0:00
  • Intro- 0:54
  • Graham Copp- 3:09
  • The Isle of Wight- 8:29
  • League Cup Finals- 15:19
  • Football and America- 18:58
  • Listener Questions- 44:22
  • The JPT Final Journey- 54:24
  • End Credits- 1:01:56

For the last few weeks, it’s been a mixture of confusion and uncertainty, and even with the PL’s announcement of potentially resuming on June 1st, it’s still largely that way. Until we know more, we’ll just stay alert.

This week we’re avoiding most of that and diving into trips to the Dell, Ferry rides, keeping up with Saints from abroad before the internet was a thing, cup finals won and lost, and more with Graham Copp. Graham is a lifelong Saints fan from the Isle of Wight and who now lives near Washington DC. He’s written for the Ugly Inside and seen Saints up and down England and in the US. It was a real pleasure to be able to chat with him about his memories of the team, and just reflect and reminisce on some of the moments he’s enjoyed (and some of those he didn’t) for a while.

I hope you enjoy the chat. If you’d like to get in touch with Graham just send me a message and I’ll forward it on to him. 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

May 5, 2020

Ep. 173- Football Finances, with Tom Murray of Alan March Sport and The Under the Lights Podcast

Show Timeline:

  • Intro Music-00:00

  • Intro- 00:55

  • Tom Murray- 3:17

  • Radio Solent- 4:23

  • Under The Lights- 12:04

  • Memorable Moments of the Season- 14:28

  • Finances/Post-Brexit Transfers- 24:40

  • Listener Questions- 51:03

  • End Credits- 1:08:05

This week I’m joined by Tom Murray, a friend, BBC Radio Solent freelancer, Saints AD Commentator, and Under the Lights Podcast Host. I saddled Tom with the unattractive prospect of discussing league and club finances along with Post-Brexit work permits and more, all with an eye on how Saints will be impacted going forward. Tom also walks us through the moments that stood out to him during the season and we do answer some listener questions as well, from midfielders to Italian Stallions.

Let us know what you think, and be sure to get in touch with Tom and me!

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Credits and Stuff:

Until next time, cheers.

Matt