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April 30, 2019

Ep. 120- Home Improvement, with Jake Hughes of St. Mary’s Musings

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Jake Hughes is a lot of fun to talk to. He is super honest, informed, hilarious, and this week we went deep. Jake and I spent the better part of two hours on Skype catching up on life, Saints, safety, writing and podcasting, home ownership, parenthood and more.

We discuss Jake’s MMA freelance writing, as well as his Saints’ website St. Mary’s Musings, which you can also follow on Twitter at @StMarysMusings. If you’d like to follow Jake himself, he’s @JJHughes_. As I said previously, he’s fantastic, the site is fantastic, and you should definitely follow along if you are not already.

In more pressing (and impressive) news, Franny Benali is making us all look like we’re lazy. He’s doing 7 Iron Man Triathlons in 7 days. He’s doing it to raise money for Cancer Research. You can support him. Visit https://www.ironfran.co.uk/ to learn more, or text FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200 to donate 5 or 10 pounds. T&Cs apply, be sure to check the website for more details.

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 23, 2019

Ep. 119- Tickets to ToonTown, with Aydin Osman

I’m gone this week. We’re camping and it’s going to be great. I tried to set a few things up so we’d have a normal-ish length episode for the week, but a couple of things fell through and only one of them actually got done. That one thing was my conversation with Aydin Osman (@Aydin_Osman96 on Twitter) about his dissertation work on ticket pricing and the impact it has on fans and engagement. So, with Saints releasing their season ticket prices for the upcoming 2019/2020 season it felt like a good conversation to have. Hopefully you enjoy it. No matter what, it’s better than a mosquito bite in the eye (or anywhere, I guess).

We’ll be back later this week with a Special Dellivery for Patreon supporters after the team play Watford on Tuesday. If you’d like to get that and the rest of the benefits and support the show, you can do that by visiting patreon.com/sfcdellivery.

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Matt

April 16, 2019

Ep. 118- Red Dead Redemption II, with Mike Smale of MatchDayVlogs

Inviting Wolves into your home is always risky... Just writing that brings back memories of news stories from my childhood, where ordinary people somehow decided having a Tiger or a Lion or a Wolf as a pet. Not to mention Little Red Riding Hood or any of the other fairy tales where Wolves represented danger or a threat. But, if I had to pick a fairy tale equivalent for last weekend’s match, it would have to be the Three Little Pigs. Wolves huffed and puffed, but could not blow the house down, as Saints defended well, stood up to the test, and came out 3-1 winners over the newly promoted, top half side.

Whether they were distracted or not, the performance and the result were, dare I say, what we’ve come to expect. An organized, aggressive performance, with a lot of work done without the ball, a strong performance from an academy product, a Shane Long goal, and an enthusiastic manager who celebrated every goal with us. It’s a beautiful thing. As is seeing us go 8 points clear of the drop zone.

Joining me to discuss the match and his new YouTube Channel is Mike Smale. His new project is MatchDaylogs, and I had a great time discussing how he got started, what changes it’s made to his matchday experience and how he has made sure doing the vlog doesn’t get in the way of supporting the team, enjoying the match, or teaching your kids proper fan/referee interaction.

You can get in touch and follow along on Mike’s journey on all of the major social media channels. You’ll be in for a treat, with high production value, entertaining episodes and a real show of the emotion that goes with each and every Saints’ match.

Follow Mike and MatchDayVlogs:

MatchDayVlogs YouTube: @MatchDayVlogs - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqg4Wrw6AzJKxF9gQB7t9dw

MatchDayVlogs Instagram: @matchdayvlogs - https://www.instagram.com/matchdayvlogs/

MatchDayVlogs Twitter:@MatchVlogs - https://twitter.com/MatchVlogs

MatchDayVlogs Facebook: MatchDayVlogs - https://www.facebook.com/MatchDayVlogs

Mike Instagram: @mikeysmale - https://www.instagram.com/mikeysmale/

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt

April 9, 2019

Ep. 117- Just As Expected? With Lucy Highnett

Saints vs Liverpool.

We are two years removed from the EFL Cup run that saw us deny Klopp’s LFC even one goal during the 2016/2017 season. I remember the tense night, under the lights, when, after missing several half chances, and after Forster clawed the ball off the line to keep the score at 1-0 to Saints,  Sims broke from an LFC corner and Shane Long made himself available for a pass to finish off Liverpool and send Saints through to Wembley. There was, at that moment, no better feeling. In a season of dour football, that was the light, the spark of joy in an otherwise miserable year.

Unfortunately, this week didn’t pan out that way. Although the match was played at high intensity, and it was a respectable and entertaining watch for the neutral, ultimately Saints failed to take anything away from the match other than, perhaps, the belief that they can indeed play their game against almost anyone. Sure, the switch to a back five was defensive in a way, but there’s believing in your system and then there’s being naive. Saints chose a formation that was defensively solid and yet gave themselves width to attack Liverpool. Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

What I enjoyed more than that, though, was my conversation with Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett). Lucy brings the perfect blend of fan of the team and student of the game. I always learn something when I speak with her for an episode and even this time, off record, she clarified some of the differences in the US and UK higher education system. But, for the show, over Skype, we cover the LFC match, go on some tangents, and finish by answering some of your questions- only some because there were a lot and I was booked to be a guest on the In That Number Podcast and I was already keeping them waiting… but, don’t worry, I’ll answer a few more in this week’s newsletter, which you can sign up for here. I hope you enjoy the show and be sure to follow Lucy, as she drops knowledge, hot takes, and words of wisdom from time to time.

Congratulations to Ordinary Mike who won a copy of “Desire Dream Vision.” Get in contact with me and I’ll send a copy. Sorry if you didn’t win, but you can purchase a copy of the book at desiredreamvision.com

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Matt

April 2, 2019

Ep. 116- Desire, Dream, Vision, with Michael Kurn

Inspiration comes from all around us. It’s different for each of us. It could be nature, a harrowing comeback late in a game, or a personal story of struggle. Inspiration sometimes it finds us when we least expect it, or when we need it most. People often spend time trying to find inspiration, and some go as far as taking time to try and inspire others. And that is where we find Michael Kurn.

Michael Kurn  is a motivational speaker, Premier League TV presenter, Mint Yard gym goer, England Hockey announcer, and, now, a published author. His book Desire, Dream, Vision, is out now and available at desiredreamvision.com. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know him over the past 18 months, and am fortunate to have him join the podcast for the second time this week. Plus, as an added bonus, we’re giving a copy of the book away this week! All you have to do is head over to one of our social media channels and like the episode post and make sure you are following Michael Kurn and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. If you’d like an extra chance, be sure you are subscribed to the show newsletter and we’ll give you an extra shot at getting your hands on a a free copy of the book.

 

You can get in touch with Michael using the links below, and if you are outside the UK, be sure to tune in to FanZone and send him some love when he’s hosting!

 

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Until next time, cheers.

Matt