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April 24, 2018

Ep. 68- Wonderful, Wretched, Wembley, with Ben, Alf, Jay, and Jem

I hate the color blue. I know it sounds like something a 7-year-old might say, but I’m 32 and I’ll stand by it. Football shirts are divided into to major categories, red shirts and blue shirts… there are the occasional teams with other colors, I realize this, but they are the exception to the rule. Anyway, I’ve disliked Chelsea for sometime, given my best friend is an Arsenal fan it’s not hard to image my disdain for the blues. To be honest, I was shocked when Giroud went from Arsenal to Chelsea. He looks better in red, that’s all I’m saying.

 

Anway, Chelsea x2 and Leicester City (both blue) combined to remove Saints from the FA Cup and push us closer to the Championship in the past week. The team’s performance has varied from silky smooth, free flowing moves, to incisive counter attacks, to calamitous defending and 10 minutes of not knowing which way was up. It’s been a testing week, but also a week in which some Saints’ fans traveled from around the world to witness the FA Cup Semi-final in hopes of seeing us lift a major trophy for only the second time in club history. We all know now it was not to be, but to recap the match, the day, and discuss what it means going forward I have 4 separate guests joining the show.

 

I talk with Ben, from England, living in the US, who made the trip to London for the match. My good friend Alf. Jay, who runs the Saints Report, and another friend Jem who does a lot of things including a YouTube channel with good, though infrequent matchday Vlogs. You can follow the guests on their social media profiles below, if you wish, and I want to be sure they know how much I appreciate them taking the time to chat with me. Thank you!

 

Hope you enjoy the episode. As always, let us know what you think!

 

Ben Chiswick- Instagram- @benchiswick

Alf Montague- Instagram -@alfmontague  Twitter- @alfmontague

Jamie Grant- Instagram-@manlikegranty Twitter-@Granty_SFC Saints Report- @TheSaintsReport

Jem Scully- Twitter- @SFC_Jem YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE7WbupAi0ydeKzXpr0jo2g

This podcast is partnered with The Saints Report. For your all your Southampton FC news and needs, visit The Saints Report on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

  • If you have questions or comments about the show, I'd love to hear them, please contact me via Twitter or email. If you have a guest you'd like me to try and get ahold of please let me know and I'll do my best.
  • The artwork for the show is done by Matt Beling of the wearesouthampton page on Instagram. Be sure to check out the great edits, competitions, and polls he has going on over there.
  • The show is on Twitter (@SFCDell_ivery) , Instagram (@sfcdell_ivery), and Facebook (facebook.com/sfcdellivery), so give us a follow, like the stuff, and stay up on what’s going down.

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes and give the show a rating on iTunes! You can click the links below or search “Dellivery” in your app.

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All feedback can be sent to @SFCDell_ivery on Twitter, @sfcdell_ivery on Instagram, or at  facebook.com/SFCDellivery. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #sfcdell, and you can email the show at southamptondellivery@gmail.com.

 

Music Credits:

All music in this episode comes courtesy of the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org.

Intro Song- “Epic Song” by BoxCat Games- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/BoxCat_Games/

End of Show/Credits- “Aim is True” by Podington Bear- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

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April 17, 2018

Ep. 67- Bednarek at the Back Post, with Hasan Tariq

I, and am sure we, went through a range of emotions on Saturday. From anticipation and excitement, to elation, to euphoria, and then doubt, moving towards despair, until, finally, I settled on hopelessness.

 

Saturday hurt me, as a fan. It was the first time in a while, perhaps since the cup final last year, I had been truly gutted. No, we aren’t mathematically relegated, but the manner of the defeat crushed me. I’ve said in the past that giving it your all and losing is better than not trying, and I believe that. But, when we finally see the team put their best foot forward, and still fall short, I can’t see us recovering from that.

 

But, joining me this week to discuss the 3-2 loss to Chelsea and more is Hasan Tariq. Hasan is a frequent contributor to The Ugly Inside and is active in Saints related chat rooms and forums across the internet. He’s joined the show before on call-in shows, but this is his first start, shall we say. It’s not all doom and gloom… it’s not as bad as that 10 minute stretch on Saturday, but it’s probably not as good as Bednarek at the back post either. But, I hope you enjoy it.

 

Give Hasan a follow on Twitter Instagram, and Facebook. The links are below.

Twitter- @HasanTariq10

Instagram- @hasan.tariq.948

Facebook- Hassan Tariq

 

  • This podcast is partnered with The Saints Report. For your all your Southampton FC news and needs, visit The Saints Report on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • If you have questions or comments about the show, I'd love to hear them, please contact me via Twitter or email. If you have a guest you'd like me to try and get ahold of please let me know and I'll do my best.
  • The artwork for the show is done by Matt Beling of the wearesouthampton page on Instagram. Be sure to check out the great edits, competitions, and polls he has going on over there.
  • The show is on Twitter (@SFCDell_ivery) , Instagram (@sfcdell_ivery), and Facebook (facebook.com/sfcdellivery), so give us a follow, like the stuff, and stay up on what’s going down.

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes and give the show a rating on iTunes! You can click the links below or search “Dellivery” in your app.

iTunes, Acast, Stitcher, Google Play, Tunein, Soundcloud, YouTube, Radio Public

 

All feedback can be sent to @SFCDell_ivery on Twitter, @sfcdell_ivery on Instagram, or at  facebook.com/SFCDellivery. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #sfcdell, and you can email the show at southamptondellivery@gmail.com.

 

Music Credits:

All music in this episode comes courtesy of the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org.

Intro Song- “Epic Song” by BoxCat Games- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/BoxCat_Games/

End of Show/Credits- “Aim is True” by Podington Bear- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

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April 10, 2018

Ep. 66- Finnish but Not Finished, with Antti Niemi

It’s not very often that most of us get to speak to former professionals. Some are public figures in broadcasting or coaching, some move on to other careers, and some slip away from the crowds and make a life for themselves with their families. Those that are public often seem, at least to me, unreachable. You can see them, you may even say hello, but to actually sit down and have a chat is not something most of us will get the chance to do.

 

John, of the Saints FC Podcast, has managed to track down several former pros for the podcast, and I truly enjoy those episodes because I learn so much about the team and the players of the time, a time before I began following the red and white stripes, before I began singing “Oh When the Saints” at 4:00am most Saturdays, before I began calling it football. For that reason, I feel especially honored have had the chance to speak with former Saints’ and Finland goalkeeper Antti Niemi. If you have been a fan of Saints since the early 2000s then you will know Antti. The blonde haired shot stopper is a fan favorite remembered for his cat like reflexes and acrobatic saves in goal.

 

But, prior to doing this interview with him, I didn’t really know him at all. So, in the very short time between learning about the opportunity and actually speaking with him, I enjoyed learning about him and his career, watching highlight videos and reading up on other interviews he had done. My hope is that the interview is slightly different than what he would have been asked elsewhere. I didn’t want to do the same old interview, but I hope the interview I did is enjoyed by whoever listens. There are so many other people out there probably better suited to do this interview, but I am grateful for the chance to speak to such a thoughtful, talented, kind and hardworking person.

 

Antti is still active in football. In addition to coaching for Finland he likes to spend time fishing and with his family.

He is on Instagram @udde72.

 

Special thanks to Jamie Grant for setting this interview up. Thanks also to Lee Calendar and Michael Kurn for helping with some of the question ideas.

 

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Charity Ball is on Twitter @TeamCharityBall or visit their website charityball.org

  • This podcast is partnered with The Saints Report. For your all your Southampton FC news and needs, visit The Saints Report on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • If you have questions or comments about the show, I'd love to hear them, please contact me via Twitter or email. If you have a guest you'd like me to try and get ahold of please let me know and I'll do my best.
  • The artwork for the show is done by Matt Beling of the wearesouthampton page on Instagram. Be sure to check out the great edits, competitions, and polls he has going on over there.
  • The show is on Twitter (@SFCDell_ivery) , Instagram (@sfcdell_ivery), and Facebook (facebook.com/sfcdellivery), so give us a follow, like the stuff, and stay up on what’s going down.

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes and give the show a rating on iTunes! You can click the links below or search “Dellivery” in your app.

iTunes, Acast, Stitcher, Google Play, Tunein, Soundcloud, YouTube, Radio Public

 

All feedback can be sent to @SFCDell_ivery on Twitter, @sfcdell_ivery on Instagram, or at  facebook.com/SFCDellivery. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #sfcdell, and you can email the show at southamptondellivery@gmail.com.

 

Music Credits:

All music in this episode comes courtesy of the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org.

Intro Song- “Epic Song” by BoxCat Games- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/BoxCat_Games/

End of Show/Credits- “Aim is True” by Podington Bear- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Until next time, cheers.

Matt

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April 2, 2018

Episode 65: “Beers, Tears, Cheers and Years: Something to Celebrate” Live from the Crown and Cushion with The Ugly Inside and London Saints

Episode 65 marks a couple of firsts for me. It was after my first ever match, on my first ever trip outside the USA, and recorded a live episode for the first time ever. The podcast has allowed me to speak to so many great people over the time it's been running. From former players, to aspiring journalists and everyone in between. Almost everyone has been super supporting over the time, and to have the opportunity to speak to Nick, Clive, and Freddie of The Ugly Inside was truly a pleasure. Freddie and Clive have been on the show before, way back on episode 9 or so, but this was the first time I had ever been able to sit down and just focus on how Nick and Clive got together to produce the early versions of the Ugly Inside and how it's grown over the past 3 years is truly and honor. What started off as something being produced in a living room over 30 years ago has grown into something heard, seen and known all over the world. The Ugly Inside was one of my very first interactions with any fan site or channel and I can't explain to you how influential it was in getting the courage to start this podcast.

The Ugly Inside is available on many different platforms and they are all listed below. I suggest you follow along on the platforms you use and make sure to subscribe to the  YouTube Channel, which will get you access to the FanCams, match previews, opposition previews, predicted 11's and more, along with videos from their partner podcast, The Saints FC Podcast with John Bailey and Tom Parker.

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- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDGZ3IVpkTRnPauJHMsocAA

In addition to being able to chat with the guys from the Ugly Inside, I had the pleasure to speak to two long-time members of the London Saints, a group of fans who have worked together to support Saints through the ups and downs for 40 years. From the lower leagues to Europe and Wembley, they have been there and have a number of fantastic stories (most of which are shared off the record only).

The chance to sit down with Robbie and Gary, kinda on the spot for them so special thanks, was not something I was expecting. I have so many questions, and we definitely didn't have a chance to answer them all here, but this was about them and the history of London Saints and what they stand for.

London Saints Links:

Twitter- https://twitter.com/londonsaints

Website- http://www.londonsaints.com/

 

  • This podcast is partnered with The Saints Report. For your all your Southampton FC news and needs, visit The Saints Report on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • If you have questions or comments about the show, I'd love to hear them, please contact me via Twitter or email. If you have a guest you'd like me to try and get ahold of please let me know and I'll do my best.
  • The artwork for the show is done by Matt Beling of the wearesouthampton page on Instagram. Be sure to check out the great edits, competitions, and polls he has going on over there.
  • The show is on Twitter (@SFCDell_ivery) , Instagram (@sfcdell_ivery), and Facebook (facebook.com/sfcdellivery), so give us a follow, like the stuff, and stay up on what’s going down.

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes and give the show a rating on iTunes! You can click the links below or search “Dellivery” in your app.

iTunes, Acast, Stitcher, Google Play, Tunein, Soundcloud, YouTube

 

All feedback can be sent to @SFCDell_ivery on Twitter or facebook.com/SFCDellivery and questions can be submitted using the hashtag #sfcdell. You can also email the show at southamptondellivery@gmail.com.

 

Music Credits:

All music in this episode comes courtesy of the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org.

End of Show/Credits- “Aim is True” by Podington Bear- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Until next time, cheers.

Matt