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October 30, 2018

Ep. 94- We Drew With Newcastle But It Doesn’t Really Matter, with Conor Dunford of @_Playmakersfc and prostamerika.com

This week I talked with Playmakers FC Podcast host, and Prost Amerika writer, Conor Dunford. We spoke just after a disappointing draw at home to Newcastle. The 5th consecutive match in which Saints failed to score. A match where the team denied him press access and dropped points to the side entering the day on the bottom of the table. It was, in part due to other circumstances in my life at the time, a hard podcast to record. And, none of it matters. Not the result, not Saints’ table position. Nothing. We recorded all of this before he or I knew anything of the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 5 people after Leicester City’s draw at home to West Ham. It put things into perspective, but that perspective doesn’t exactly show up on the podcast, and I just want to be very clear that we recorded the podcast without any knowledge of the crash.

Since then, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to take my dad and my so to game 5 of the World Series, where the Red Sox clinched the title over the Dodgers. My son and my dad are both huge Dodger fans. He and I spent a lot of time in Dodger Stadium when I was a kid, so to be able to take him there for the pinnacle of the sport was truly special. To have my son be a part of it as well, and with the reminder that life is short and fragile fresh on my mind, I can say it was one of the best experiences of my life. Perspective is important.

To the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and the supporters of Leicester City, and to all the people that are hurting from a loss, I’m sorry. I hope we can continue to come together and support those who need it, whenever they need it.

 

You can follow Conor Dunford, Playmakers FC and Prost Amerika below. We also discussed grief and sport and there is a specific piece mentioned by Conor. The link to that piece, written by Ryan Conway is here.

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

October 23, 2018

Ep. 93- A Vital(ity) Point, with Sam Cox of Fresh Saints

**Note: I beeped out a word towards the end of the show. It led to a longer conversation, but I cut it entirely. Blame it on me being American. Cheers, I mean bye, I mean enjoy the show.***

Saints got a point on the road, and the debate over whether it’s a point gained or two dropped is still up for debate. I know how I feel, but I got mixed messages from fans and listeners on social media following Saturday’s match at the Vitality Stadium. Feel free to let us know your feelings, by the way. Still interested in your perspective, even as focu shifts a bit to Newcastle.

Joining me on the podcast this week to discuss the match, the team selection, its impact, writing and more is Sam Cox of Fresh Saints. You probably know Fresh Saints and will likely have seen their match reviews in The Daily Mail and have visited their site freshsaints.com. Sam contributes and writes and edits and all of that for Fresh Saints and other sites, and is a longtime Saints’ fan.

 

He brings a good deal of perspective to the podcast and it was wonderful to chat about the point earned on the road and more. We didn’t go into detail about Charlie Austin’s tweet, so don’t expect a ton on it. Neither of us saw it until it was too late. Oh well.

 

Give Sam a follow @MrSamECox and that way you can get his writing wherever it is published, whenever it happens. Give @FreshSaints a follow as well for more high quality writing about Saints.

 

It’s always a pleasure to chat with anyone associated with Fresh Saints. The site, in my opinion, has a

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Matt

October 16, 2018

Ep. 92- Live from the Halfway Line, with Amie Barnett of the Southampton Women’s Football Club

The thought of not having club football for one weekend seems to send most fans into a bit of fit. I’ll be honest, when that weekend comes, it does feel like something is missing. It drags on a bit, especially when you are playing well. But, that feeling of missing something, of not being able to have something you enjoy and look forward to is so much greater for an athlete who is forced to miss multiple months through injury.

 

That helps frame just some of the conversation I had this week with Amie Barnett. Amie has been a member of Southampton Women’s for 10 years. Over that time she’s seen the club struggle and thrive. She’s worked with a number of dedicated managers and teammates, all of whom she admires and spoke highly of. The club has seen success in recent years, and we discussed that, her early career, the role football played in her life while growing up, and her plans for the future. We also discuss our collective fear of crossing the halfway line. It’s really, really scary, and we discuss why neither of us do it.

 

There is also, this week more so than normal, some personal anecdotes from me. I usually try to cut them out, but I left more of them in here this week. Not because I think I’m important or that you desperately want to hear about them, but because they reflect the type of conversation Amie and I had. It really did feel like we were just talking, not like I was interviewing someone. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but I’m happy with the result and I hope you are too.

 

Amie is on Twitter and Instagram @amie_barnett and @amiebarnett and the links to the club’s contact info is below.

 

Thank you. Amie, for taking the time to chat. Between your family, wedding planning, training, rehab on the knee, work and everything else, you could have easily said no to this. I, and I’m sure the listeners, appreciate it very much.

 

Full disclosure, I sponsor a coach of the team and as a result have a small advertisement with the club. If you are interested in sponsoring a player, coach, or advertising, you can visit the contact page on the website, or email the club secretary (email below). My Amie is sponsored Doswell Projects and you can find out more about them at https://doswellprojects.co.uk/.

 

A special thank you to the Southampton Women’s Football Club, Amanda Burroughs, Simon Parker, Lee Calendar, and Amie for making this happen. It’s a pleasure and an honor to have to opportunity to work with such a fantastic organization and such amazing people.

 

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Matt

October 9, 2018

Ep. 91- Is This a Joke? With Tom Deacon, Saints FC Fan, Comedian, Presenter and More

There are some opportunities that may only come once in a lifetime. I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of hosting and speaking with a number of people on this show. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-90 different voices on the club have been aired on this show. Some happy, others sad, some critical, others full of praise. From former players to public figures to people I now consider friends, it’s been great. Speaking to other fans is the best part of doing this.

And with all that said, this week is special. I had the opportunity to speak with Tom Deacon, comedian, presenter, podcast host and pretty much just all around amazing guy. I can honestly say I wish I had more time with him. I wish I could have gotten more into his comedy and life, but we were here to talk about Saints, and about his work with them and being a fan, and what it’s like when those two things overlap. That’s what we have here. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Thanks to Tom for making time for us to chat and sorry you had bus replacement home.

 

Follow Tom and listen to his NFL Podcast “Ice the Kicker.”

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Website- https://www.tomdeacon.co.uk/

Ice The Kicker (Podcast)

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Podcast link- https://t.co/18cYacDqTw

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

October 2, 2018

Ep. 90- Dancing with Wolves, with Yasmin Wiseman

This week on this show I’m joined by Yasmin Wiseman, a long-time, dedicated Saints fan and a member of the Saints Voice Panel. So, the day after Wolves, after the long ride, the disappointment of the match, the late arrival home and despite not feeling well, she joined me. And it was great. It was great just to talk to her about her life supporting Saints, the team, the good times and the bad. I asked about a lot of things, I forgot to ask about others, and I’m sure next time I’ll a better job. As for Yasmin, she was great, and I think you’ll enjoy the chat.

Be sure to give her a follow @MissYjw1 on Twitter and Instagram @MissYjw1.

Also, there may be a few curse words in this week’s episode (beeped out, of course), but just know they are in there.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt