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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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847 episodes

Kings of London

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke, Jonathan Northcroft and Tom Roddy. Antonio Conte has been praised for his work at Spurs so far - but have they actually stepped up yet? Is Sunday’s game against Chelsea their opportunity to show everyone what they can do? (00:00) Arsenal have also made improvements with Gabriel Jesus the standout addition at the Emirates. What can they expect to achieve this season? Leicester have brought no players in and have seen Kaspar Schmeichel leave in this window - are they destined for a disappointing season? (22:06) It’s Steven Gerrard against Frank Lampard at the weekend as Aston Villa host Everton. Which of the former England teammates will come out on top? (35:30) Jonathan spent some time with Brighton boss, Graham Potter. You can read the full conversation in The Times - but does Jonny think he’s a future England manager? (42:55) Every club has made a desperate transfer deadline day signing or two - we recall our favourites (51:40) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 1m
Aug 11
Haaland Makes His Mark

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino. Erling Haaland has arrived and already has two goals to his name. Are Manchester City going to be more dominant than ever or will Liverpool find their feet after their opening performance? (00:00) Aleksandar Mitrović caused Liverpool problems - but can the Fulham striker have a better season in the Premier League this time around? (15:24) Brighton won at Old Trafford for the first time in the league - what’s the secret to Graham Potter’s success? Manchester United are back with a new manager - but has anything really changed? (23:00) Steven Gerrard caused a bit of a stir with his comments about Tyrone Mings following their loss against Bournemouth. Was he right to replace his captain? (42:31) Tottenham were impressive against Southampton - are they actually in the conversation for a title challenge? (50:02) Ismaïla Sarr scored from his own half for Watford on Monday night, so we end with our favourite goals from the ‘wrong’ half of the pitch (55:28) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 2m
Aug 09
The Big Premier League 2022/23 Preview Show

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Tom Clarke. We’re back for the new season with an extended episode of The Game Podcast from The Times. We start by looking at the big striker signings - which club has got the best deal for their new frontman and which one will hit the ground running? (00:00) Chelsea have lost a number of key players and they’ve not yet replaced all of them. Despite signing Raheem Sterling, is their squad weaker than last season? (23:11) It’ll be a big season for Manchester United and Erik ten Hag. Do they have any chance of breaking back in to the top four? (33:53) Which team is the team to watch out for this season? Who’ll surprise us in 2022/23? (42:30) Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are back in the top flight, some have been away longer than others. What does the season have in store for the newly-promoted clubs and which is the best bet to stay up? (55:32) We’re a week in to the EFL season and already Burnley have impressed a lot of people. Which sides have stood out to us so far? (68:27) We end with our predictions for the upcoming season. Which will come true? You’ll have to check back at the end of May! (75:42) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 27m
Aug 03
EURO 2022 | Episode 8 | Football Came Home

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson, Owen Slot and Casey Stoney. The Lionesses have done it - football is home and an emotional former England captain Casey Stoney joins us for the final time to look back at the game and look ahead to what this result will do for the women’s game in the UK and beyond (00:00) The Times Chief Sports Reporter Owen Slot joins us having been at the game at Wembley last night (21:42) Molly Hudson has been in Trafalgar Square soaking up the atmosphere as the Lionesses lifted the trophy again for the fans (28:43) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40m
Aug 01
EURO 2022 | Episode 7 | One Game From Glory

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. Casey Stoney joins us from the US to give her thoughts on the Lionesses semi-final win and what they’ll need to do on Sunday (00:00) What worked for England against Sweden and do they need to make any changes to combat Germany at Wembley? (11:32) Do England need to lift the trophy to maximise the legacy of the competition - or have they already done enough to inspire a generation? (35:30) How do our journalists think the game will play out? Are England the favourites? (44:20) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49m
Jul 28
EURO 2022 | Episode 6 | One Game From Wembley

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson and Gregor Robertson. England take on Sweden for a place in the final of Euro 2022 on Tuesday night - how will they be feeling and what will the mood be in the camp? (00:00) Should Sarina Wiegman stick with the same side or should the England manager make changes to combat the Swedes? (06:40) What chance do Sweden have of sending the hosts home? (22:56) Germany take on France in the other semi-final - which side is most likely to book their place in the final at Wembley? (28:26) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35m
Jul 25
EURO 2022 | Episode 5 | A Place In The Semis

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. England are through to the semi finals of Euro 2022 after an extra time winner from Georgia Stanway. Casey gives us her review of the nerve-wracking quarter final with Spain (00:00) Do we have any sympathy for Spain after their loss? Did their injury problems ultimately end their chances of success? (21:12) There are two more quarter finals - who will England want to face the most? (32:32) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40m
Jul 21
EURO 2022 | Episode 4 | Into The Quarters

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. England face Spain in the first Quarter Final of the tournament on Wednesday. Some had Spain down as the team to beat, but are England now the clear favourites? (00:00) We’ve seen a number of ACL injuries in the women’s game recently. Why is this happening more frequently than in the men’s game? (26:00) Germany take on Austria in Thursday’s quarter final. Can Austria beat the free-scoring Germans or will Alexandra Popp’s side continue their impressive run? (36:00) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50m
Jul 18
EURO 2022 | Episode 3 | 8 (Eight) - 0

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. England shocked many with an 8-0 thrashing of Norway on Monday night. Was it a case of England playing well and Norway having an off day? (00:00) Beth Mead scored a hat-trick (11:53) and there were also goals for Ellen White (14:50). Casey gives us her opinion on them both.  Northern Ireland are out after a 2-0 loss to Austria. Should they be disappointed and what does the future look like for the team? (26:25) Casey and the team look ahead to the other games coming up, ahead of England vs Northern Ireland on Friday (33:05) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Jul 12
EURO 2022 | Episode 2 | Start With A Win

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. England got their Euros campaign started with a 1-0 win over Austria - but after the convincing nature of the warm up matches, should fans be a little disappointed? (00:00) Northern Ireland play their first match tonight against Norway and we take a look at the fixtures over the weekend (17:53) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27m
Jul 07
EURO 2022 | Episode 1 | Tournament Preview

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Molly Hudson, Gregor Robertson and Casey Stoney. Former England captain Casey Stoney joins us for Euro 2022, but what’s it like to be a player preparing for a major tournament? (00:00) Ahead of the start of the tournament, how has Sarina Wiegman been received so far? Is she under pressure to win back-to-back championships? (13:38) England go into this tournament with a lot of hope, but which players are most likely to impress and which players should make the starting line up? (19:35) Northern Ireland are in England’s group and Gregor has been looking at their squad in detail. What will they be aiming for this summer? (35:35) With England’s eyes firmly on the prize, which other teams will pose them problems and who are the favourites? (40:48) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51m
Jul 05
Final Day Of Our Season

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Gregor Robertson and Tom Roddy. England’s disastrous Nations League games ended with the most disappointing result of the break - but does Gareth Southgate really deserve the abuse he’s getting? (00:00) Premier League clubs are already doing business with some big strikers on the move - but who got the better deal? Also, what’s going on with Romelu Lukaku? (22:00) We take a look back some of our good, bad and hilarious predictions from earlier in the season. Gregor’s team to watch is a particular favourite (38:00) Who doesn’t like to end the season with a quiz? Hugh and Tom both came prepared! (45:15) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegamei * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Jun 16
Does Gareth Need A Rest?

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd, Gary Jacob and Michael Grant. The Nations League games continue and England once again failed to impress against Italy. Are the squad tired and is the manager in need of a rest too? (00:00) Gareth Southgate changed things around for the game against the European Champions - which players showed they deserve more of a chance in the starting line up? (09:45) Scotland have had a disastrous start to their Nations League campaign. Michael Grant joins us to discuss their current slump after watching them lose 3-0 in Dublin (23:16) Wales showed more promise, holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Cardiff. Gareth Bale edges closer to becoming a free agent, but is there any indication of where he’ll end up? (32:52) Everton have signed a record shirt sponsorship deal with a betting company - but with these kinds of sponsorships looking like they’ll be banned, was that a foolish decision on several levels? (43:42) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59m
Jun 13
Super Sub or Super Starter?

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Lawton. England did a lot better against Germany than they did previously in Hungary - but what questions have been left to be resolved? Will Jack Grealish ever be in the first XI or should he embrace being a super sub? (00:00) Scotland bounced back from their World Cup disappointment against Armenia. What’s next for Steve Clarke’s side and has a new phase begun for the national team? (23:10) Matt Lawton joins us fresh from Munich, where he’s been looking into policing on the continent and how it differs from our own in the UK (32:20) We take a look at the latest transfer rumours with Liverpool’s attack potentially getting an overhaul and what Arsenal need to get done before the start of the season (51:40) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 7m
Jun 09
World Cup Wales

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Gregor Robertson and Tony Cascarino. Wales are going to the World Cup after they went one better than Scotland by beating Ukraine. How much credit do their stars deserve and where does the job Rob Page has done rank in terms of managerial achievements? (00:00) With ageing stars, how will Wales get on in Qatar and how likely are we to see both them and England progress to the knock-out stages? (18:53) England lost in Hungary - but what are the bigger things to come from a game that saw James Justin and Jarod Bowen make their debuts? (22:17) We bring you our long-awaited End of Season Awards. Which players, managers and teams have done well (or not so well) this season? (36:17) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
Jun 06
Ukraine Show Their Strength

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Michael Grant, Gary Jacob and Tomas Hill Lopez-Menchero. Scotland came up short against Ukraine, who go on to face Wales on Sunday for a place in the World Cup. Michael Grant joins us to discuss what went wrong and where Steve Clarke’s side go from here (00:00 Wales will have had a good look at Ukraine ahead of that game. Gary Jacob weights up what could be Gareth Bale’s last match for his country, should they lose and miss out on the finals (18:21) Paul Pogba is leaving Manchester United. Not a huge surprise, but was his time at the club a success or was he not given what he needed to thrive? (28:32) Gareth Bale is also on the move with his deal at Real Madrid ending next month. Is the Welshman the best British export ever? Tomas Hill Lopez-Menchero joins us to weight it up (36:55) ..and with Tom Clarke on holiday on Monday when we’ll hold our end of year awards, we let him pick some of his winners a few days early (45:49) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50m
Jun 02
Forest Are Magic

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Charlotte Duncker. Liverpool lost out on the treble, days after the quadruple slipped through their hands. Did they deserve to lose the Champions League final to Real Madrid? (00:00) Sadio Mane looks likely to leave Liverpool - can they continue in the same way going forward? (25:20) There were huge issues getting into the stadium with reports and video of police tear-gassing supporters, despite them appearing to have legitimate tickets. Alyson was there and tell us her story of the night (29:17) Nottingham Forest will play in the Premier League next season. Charlotte Duncker was watching at Wembley Stadium as Steve Cooper finally got promotion through the playoffs (50:18) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 7m
May 30
Alyson's Lucky Shirt

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Paul Hirst, Charlotte Duncker and Ian Hawkey. There’s good news for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League final with Mo Salah saying he’s staying for at least another season (00:00) Will they get revenge on Real Madrid after what happened in 2018 and will Gareth Bale have an unlikely role to play in his final game for Madrid? (14:20) Alyson is lucky enough to be going to the final as a fan. She tells us what it means to be able to watch Liverpool in Europe after growing up listening under the covers (18:49) Roma have won their first European trophy after victory in the Europa Conference League Final. How important is this trophy for Jose Mourinho? (27:14) Kylian Mbappe’s new deal blows many out of the water - but it’s not the money that’s the most concerning detail (36:07)  Paul Hirst met new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag on Monday. What did he make of the man tasked with turning things around for the Red Devils? (44:10) Nottingham Forest could return to the Premier League for the first time in over two decades on Sunday. Charlotte Duncker joins us to preview the Championship playoff final (52:30) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58m
May 26
Genius or Idiot?

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy, Paul Hirst and Tony Cascarino. Manchester City are champions, but didn’t make it easy for themselves on the final day. Should Pep Guardiola be applauded for his game-changing substitutions or criticised for his starting line up? (00:00) With the title race going right down to the wire - are we watching two of the greatest teams the Premier League has ever seen/ (20:38) Both Chelsea and Manchester United are already looking ahead to the summer and beyond with different outlooks on the horizon. Will they be challengers next season? (27:04) Leeds managed to pull a win out of nowhere while Burnley fell apart. Is Jesse Marsch the right person to take Leeds forward and are Burnley doomed? (33:09) Spurs took the final Champions League spot despite Arsenal being favourites as recently as March. What does this mean for the future of Antonio Conte and Harry Kane? (53:26) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 10m
May 23
Confessions Of A Pitch Invader

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke. Pitch invasions have been seen in games every night this week. One man has been jailed, Patrick Vieira kicked a supporter after he was goaded. How can this be stopped as quickly as possible? (00:00) Everton managed to escape the drop with a 3-2 win at home to Crystal Palace. How much was down to Frank Lampard and how much was thanks to the fans? (27:02) Either Burnley or Leeds will exit the top flight this season. Burnley hold the upper hand with a much better goal difference, but can Leeds surprise everyone and find some form when it matters? (37:16) We know all of the teams involved in the EFL playoffs. Do Nottingham Forest have what it takes to make it back to the Premier League after so long away? Will friend of the show, David Stockade be celebrating with Wycombe or will Newcastle’s new wealth spur Sunderland on to close the gulf between them both? (45:40) The final day of the Premier League season is almost upon us - we give our predictions on what might happen at the top and the bottom (56:22) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 5m
May 20
SPECIAL: Tony Pulis

Former Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis joins Hugh Woozencroft and Matt Lawton for a special podcast from The Times. While talking some time away from the game following his departure from Sheffield Wednesday in 2020, he's been tracking the progress of his grandson; a talented eight-year-old enjoying the benefits of a category one academy at a Premier League club; a product of the Elite Player Performance Programme (EPPP) that was launched 10 years ago to produce more home grown players for the country’s top clubs.  It is, however, a system that Pulis believes is in need of a complete overhaul.  Pulis also gives us his thoughts on the best young managers in the UK and whether negative comments about his style of management ever get to him. Read the full article here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tony-pulis-most-academy-kids-are-never-going-to-play-football-not-enough-is-done-for-them-rjz2n3z6t * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40m
May 18
Get KDB on Pens!

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Molly Hudson and Tony Cascarino. Lots to discuss after a goalless FA Cup Final that was decided on penalties. Who stood out for each team and who wasn’t up to it? (00:00) Chelsea have now lost two cup finals to Liverpool this season - what does the future hold for Romalu Lukaku and why is Andreas Christensen not available? (19:44) Molly Hudson joins us to discuss some Chelsea success after their women’s side did what the men couldn’t and lifted the trophy a day later (30:19) The Premier League title race took another turn as Manchester City could only manage a 2-2 draw with West Ham. Did City pick the wrong penalty-taker? (37:44) Lots more to discuss in the Premier League including questionable handballs, red cards and a lifeline for Leeds? (55:45) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 6m
May 16
Three With His Left, One With His Right

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft. Kevin De Bruyne made it very clear he knows where the back of the net is in Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Wolves. Will he continue to flourish with the new arrival this summer? (00:00) ..but how will Erling Haaland fit into Pep Guardiola’s side? (13:54) Leeds are in real trouble and following last night’s result, they’ll have to play the rest of the season without Dan James. Are they doomed? (21:!5) Celtic have won their 10th Premiership title in 11 years. The gamble on Ange Postecoglou has paid off, so what next for both the club and the manager? (31:16) Ahead of previewing the FA Cup final this weekend, we’re joined by Richard Whitehead to discuss his book: ‘The Cup: A Pictorial Celebration of the World's Greatest Football Tournament’ (41:25) Chelsea have an opportunity to get their own back on Liverpool in the FA Cup final this weekend, but what will they need to do differently if they’re not to suffer a repeat of the Carabao Cup final? (48:40) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
May 12
SPECIAL: David Stockdale (Part 2)

In the second part of this special podcast from The Game, we're joined by Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper - David Stockdale. Now he's through to the League One playoff final with Wycombe Wanderers, David talks about the excitement of playing at the national stadium and shares his thoughts on interacting with fans, calling out abuse from the stands and who his favourite teammates have been throughout the years. Wycombe play Sunderland in the League One playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 21st May 2022. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34m
May 11
Don’t Say M*nchester Un*ted

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Molly Hudson and Tom Roddy. Manchester City have the advantage in the Premier League title race after Liverpool dropped points against Spurs. Will they really drop any points themselves? (00:00) Hugh is banned from mentioning M*nchester Un*ted, but somehow we end up discussing them after probably their most disappointing loss of the season at Brighton (15:23) Leeds dropped into the relegation zone after a self-destructive performance against Arsenal, while Everton got three valuable points away at Leicester. Has Frank Lampard finally got them playing to their potential? (20:50) Leicester have been off the boil completely in the second half of the season. Are the players to blame or should Brendan Rodgers be getting more out of his squad? (28:33) Brighton beat the team that Hugh can’t mention - should they be worried their manager Graham Potter could be tempted to move elsewhere? (35:38) Molly Hudson joins us to talk about an exciting final day of the WSL season that saw Chelsea win their third title in a row. What’s next for some of the other teams in the league? (43:48) The Championship and League Two finished over the weekend and there’s one result that really stands out to everyone (56:40) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 8m
May 09
Don Carlo's Last Laugh

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Ian Hawkey, Martyn Ziegler and Owen Slot. Manchester City. What on earth happened last night!? (00:00) Were Pep Guardiola’s substitutions to blame? Do you take Kevin De Bruyne off in that situation? (15:23) Liverpool are through to the final, but they survived a scare against Villarreal. Did Liverpool’s squad depth rescue them? (28:40) Looking ahead to the final - what chance do Liverpool have against Real Madrid in Paris? (38:09) The Times’ Chief Sports Reporter Martyn Ziegler joins us with an update on the sale of Chelsea and how the latest developments could affect which bid ends up being successful (48:15) The League One playoffs get started this evening. Could it be Sunderland’s moment to return to the Championship? (55:35) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59m
May 05
SPECIAL: David Stockdale (Part 1)

In this special podcast from The Game, we're joined by Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper - David Stockdale. The Yorkshireman talks us through his rollercoaster route into football and the ups and downs of his first few years as a young professional. We also hear how he came to learn he was moving to the capital to play for Fulham and how prioritising his family saw him potentially miss out on a longer stint in the top flight. Wycombe play MK Dons in the League One playoff semi-finals on Thursday 5th and Sunday 8th May 2022. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43m
May 04
"It's like Big Dunc Is Back!"

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Roddy, Matt Lawton and Tony Cascarino. Everton have given themselves a huge chance of survival with a win over Chelsea. Can they still stay up? (00:00) Chelsea has been less than impressive in recent weeks - if Roman Abramovich was still running things, would Thomas Tuchel be in danger of the sack? (11:05) Roy Hodgson is highly unlikely to save Watford as they’re all but down. Did the former England manager ever stand a chance and is this his last job? (16:40) Nottingham Forest could jump ahead of Bournemouth with a win tonight in their penultimate game in the Championship. Can they do it and return to the top flight and how will Champions Fulham get on this time? (22:34) The Times’ Chief Sports Reporter Matt Lawton joins us with an update on the sale of Chelsea and how things are potentially more complicated than they seem (28:40) Following the passing of Mino Raola, we explore the situation around ‘super agents’ and their impact on football (33:51) After Gillingham manager Neil Harris’ brutally honest interview following their relegation, we discuss the most brutal moments in football (48:52) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54m
May 03
1.5 Feet In The Final?

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Ian Hawkey. Manchester City vs Real Madrid will go down as a memorable Champions League semi-final - but how will it finish back in Spain? Were Real flattered by the scoreline given City gifting them two of their goals? (00:00) Liverpool looked unbeatable in their first leg against Villarreal. Are Jurgen Klopp’s side actually unstoppable this season? (18:36) Sadio Mane has been Liverpool’s standout player in recent times. Where does he fit into the conversation for the Ballon d’Or? (25:38) PSG have secured the French title, but what does the future hold for manager Mauricio Pochettino? (35:22) Changes are being proposed to the semi-final stages of the Champions League. With other changes already incoming in the Champions League - is there any need to mix things up? (46:44) The Europa League semi-finals begin tonight, so we end with Hugh’s favourite feature - The Game predictions (51:14) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Apr 28
The Divock Origi Fanclub

Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd. Liverpool got the win they needed over Everton but it didn’t come without some controversial moments. Divock Origi scored his annual Liverpool goal - but do we actually know how good he is? (00:00) Burnley have got themselves out of the relegation zone since Sean Dyche departed - but what’s changed? (12:51) Arsenal beat Manchester United as many predicted, but were either team any good? Should Ralf Rangnick still move upstairs at United? (22:04) The Times’ Paul HIrst joins us to discuss his trip to Amsterdam to find out more about Erik ten Hag. You can read his conclusion on The Times website (39:57) Oldham became the first former Premier League team to drop out of the EFL - we speak to The Times’ Adam Millington about the disruptive scenes at the weekend (48:46) After Joaquín lifted the Copa Del Rey for Real Betis aged 40, we have a think about our favourite veterans in the game (56:28) Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame http://thetimes.co.uk/thegame * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
Apr 25