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January 29, 2019

Ep. 107- (Goal)Keeping it Real, with English Issy Foster of the Southampton Women’s Football Club

Saints were out of action this week but there was still plenty to talk about. We covered a bit of the transfer window with Dan from Prem Worldwide on Instagram (available to $5.00/month listeners on the Patreon page) and it was the perfect time for me to chat with Issy Foster of the Southampton Women’s Football Club. Issy is new to the club this season and it was nice to get a fresh perspective from someone new to both the south coast and the club. We discussed her move, playing in the US, the state of women’s football in the US and UK and more.

If you’d like to help sponsor the football club, you can do so by visiting their website and contacting the club secretary. Links are below. Also, you can follow Issy on Twitter @IssyFoster93.

 

I also spoke with Matt Neuhausen, a Florida based Saints’ fan about his recent trip to Southampton. He has a great girlfriend who booked the tickets, and who also let him talk to me shortly after they got back. We spoke about the trip and getting to finally see the club he’s supported for so long in person.

 

Matt is @mattneuhausen on Twitter, and he also contributes to TalkSAINTS, so be sure to check out their website and visit them on social media! Special thanks to Matt for taking the time to speak with me.

 

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Matt

January 22, 2019

Ep. 106- Reveling in Ralph’s Revolution with Ray and Kevin of the In That Number Podcast

A busy week for the club, a disappointing result midweek against Derby County, but a valiant performance against Everton on the weekend means Saints picked up back-to-back Premier League wins, moved a bit up the tablet and played an attractive brand of football on top of it all.

Joining me this week to discuss the matches, their dive into the Saints’ Podcasting pond and more, are the hosts of the In That Number Podcast, Ray and Kevin. They are both lifelong Saints supporters and friends, and it was fantastic to chat with them over the course of a few hours. If you have not given their podcast a listen, or you don’t already follow them on Twitter and Facebook, you should… details and links below.

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Matt

January 15, 2019

Ep. 105- LongTime Coming, with Jamie Grant of The Southampton Page

The Southampton Page is the longtime partner of the show. Jamie, who runs the page on Instagram and oversees the Twitter account, though he has some help from some wonderful guys on Twitter, has been a fantastic help to me over the time I’ve done the show. From setting me up with guests such as Antti Niemi and Tom Deacon, to helping get the show in front of the page’s 20,000 Instagram followers, I can’t really explain how much of a help he has been.

This week, Jamie joins me to discuss the match against Leicester City… last time Jamie was on, we also played Leicester City. This week, a member of the team was shown a red card. Last time Jamie was on, a player on the team was shown a red card… however, this time, the result was different (thank goodness).

The performance of the team this week was admirable to say the least. The organization, the effort, the refusal to fold under the pressure of playing with 10 men for so much of the match. It really was an extremely impressive performance, and one that sees the team climb out of the relegation zone. From here, the team hosts Derby on Wednesday night, about which manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed he intends to play a stronger side than what some originally thought.

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Matt

January 8, 2019

Ep. 104- Draws, Debuts, and Departures, with Aydin Osman of the Southampton Page

The festival fixtures are truly over, the initial matches of the FA Cup 3rd played, and, for the most part, normal day-to-day, week-to-week schedules are back for the foreseeable future…just ignore that replay at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby County.

Saints came through the festival fixtures with a mixed results, but I, and I’m sure many other fans as well, are feeling pretty good about the direction things are going. The manager has a plan, and I actually agree with that plan. It’s simple, but ultimately that’s all it has taken. The youth are around the squad, the players are working hard during matches, and the club seem intent on thinning the squad and seeing where they stand in the transfer market.

This week I’m joined by Aydin Osman (Twitter- @Aydin_Osman96, Instagram- @aydinosman96) of the Southampton Page (links- Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). We discuss the draw at the two draws, the debuts of academy products, and the departure of Steven Davis, which didn’t actually happen until after we were done recording… which was pretty great.

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Matt

January 1, 2019

Ep. 103- An American Living in London and Working in World Football: My Conversation with Chris Macchi

Chris Macchi’s story isn’t something he makes a lot of. But, from the outside, it’s a story of someone who loved soccer from an early age, and who found a way to make it a part of his life. Football and soccer go far beyond the lines on the pitch, the dugouts, the film rooms or the technical areas. Football has the ability to connect so many of us, no matter where we are, and Chris’ work has gone a long way to help spread the love that football can bring. I can’t explain to you how truly humbled I am to have him on the show. My only regret is that we were unable to have the conversation face to face. Luckily Skype is wonderful for that sort of thing.

My first ever interaction with Chris Macchi came after I saw him on the Premier League in USA’s Instagram Story on a random Saturday about 18 months or so ago. The segment itself intrigued me. Here’s an American guy, living in London, and bringing me (and viewers throughout the US) along to each of the matches he attended. From tube station to train car, to pub beer garden to local eatery, “On the Ground” became something I looked forward to each weekend. As I migrated over to Chris’ personal account, I got little glimpses of someone who was doing amazing work every day, but instead of telling everyone exactly how cool the things he was doing were, he just did them, and every once in a while he would give you a little glimpse of what was going on behind the scenes.

As the algorithms did their work I began to see more and more from Chris. He made Arsenal home matches fun again with Arsenal Fan Fan TV- if you don’t know, you are missing out. He popped up at Fulham matches, and cheered Tim Ream on, while sitting next to Heather O’Reilly. He taught us all how to do the Dele hand thing, he took us to “The Darts and let us all fly with him, his dad and his brother in a B17 Bomber. Not to mention some of the biggest names in US soccer media went out for beers with him or wound up in his flat watching matches or having dinner. Seeing all of that, I wanted to know what made him go. I wanted to know how he got there, what his story was, and I set out to learn more and, eventually, get him on the show.

This episode doesn’t fit the normal format of the show. Chris isn’t a Saints’ fan, we don’t talk about Saints’ matches, and, even with cutting something like 45 minutes from the conversation, it’s far too long. But, it is a story of someone who’s passion and work ethic made the difference. I admire so much about what Chris has done, what he’s continuing to do, and I’m eagerly anticipating what he’ll do in the future.

Chris and I take a walk through his journey, from moving as a kid, to playing in college, to an early Vine that helped land him at Kick TV (see Vine here), to the struggles of telling stories in 15 second clips and making life work in the midst of all of that. So, whether you are set in your career, looking for a job, still in school or waiting for your parent to pick you up or make dinner, I’d encourage you to give this episode a listen and remember all the steps that went into putting Chris Macchi on the ground where he is today. I could not think of a better way to start 2019 than by releasing this episode.

Follow Chris on Twitter and Instagram, both @mxcchi. You can find out more by going→ https://tap.bio/@mxcchi

As always, thanks for listening.

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