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A monthly football podcast exploring crucial issues affecting the game we love.

A monthly football podcast exploring crucial issues affecting the game we love.
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A monthly football podcast exploring crucial issues affecting the game we love.








Politics in the MLS – An interview with Jules Boykoff.

A stand off has arisen in the MLS over a ruling that Portland Timbers fans, mainly those of the Timbers Army, along with all who attend MLS matches, cannot fly the Iron Front Symbol, due to its political connotations and links with the Antifa movement. Race to the Bottom spoke with Professor Jules Boykoff of Portland University, to unpack the wider implications of the MLS's stance and activism's growing voice in sport. Please follow here and subscribe here.


Bury FC in Exile…an interview with football writer Peter Taylor.

Friday, August the 23rd will for most of us be regular day. If you support Bury FC, it will not be a regular day. It will be the day when perhaps one of the oldest clubs in the world, ceases to exist. When generations of loyal, loving Shakers fans will see their club removed from the Football League. Peter Taylor, writer and blogger of the excellent burymeinexile.com shares his thoughts and feelings regarding his beloved Bury FC. Should you wish to subscribe to Race to the Bottom podcasts,...


An interview with football artist, Dan Leydon.

Dan Leydon is a man who's work you will have seen. If you love football that is. Nike, ESPN, BTSport, Liverpool to name a few. Dan's unique style of art has exploded through Twitter and Instagram. And his iconic images have become symbolic with football's interwoven relationship with social media. Speaking with Dan gave me an enormous insight to the level of commitment that illustrators put themselves through before their work finally reaches the point of it being received by the public....


Man City, Mansour and sportswashing. An interview with Nic McGeehan.

This week's episode focusses on the work of Human Rights researcher and reporter, Nic McGeehan. His wealth of knowledge on the Man City take-over in September 2008 hones in on the issues of governance and morality. Nic's work with Human Rights Watch and Open Democracy highlights the paradox of perennial human rights abusers and their acceptance into the lauded platform of elite football club ownership. He was previously the Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates researcher at Human Rights...


The USWNT, Rapinoe and Solo are leading the challenge in addressing football’s pay-gap.

The pay-gap between men's and women's football has risen to the top of the sport's agenda. Players from the USWNT are demanding equal pay for their sporting achievements spurred on by the most commercially successful Women's World Cup . Their fight for equal pay has been a long worn journey, but may finally be coming to a positive resolution. If you have listened to Episode 4 I discuss Lewes FC's approcach to equality. Led by players such as Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo , law suits have been...


Afghan Women’s Football Team seek justice in light of sexual abuse case.

As the growth of the women’s game continues, I look at the sexual abuse case affecting the Afghanistan Women’s National Team. Brought to the media’s attention by ex player Khalida Popal, several squad players sought Popal out to confide in her regarding them being sexually abused by head of Afghanistan Football Federation Keramuudin Kerim. I talk about whether the football world is doing enough to protect players at risk of exploitation.


An interview with #OystonOut Campaign group, Tangerine Knights.

This week, Race to the Bottom talks with @EveorEvie from the Tangerine Knights. We discuss theire #OystonOut Campaign alongside the #Notapennymore movement. Fan activism is proving to be a powerful and positive model for change. The Tangerine Knights and other protest groups united in the #OystonOut finally have the reality of their club being returned to normality. After their memorable season in the 2010-2011 Premier League season, Blackpool FC should have seen millions of pounds, passed...


An interview with Lewes F.C director, Charlie Dobres.

Lewes F.C stand unique among the vast number of football clubs for it's stance on gender equality . It is clear that those behind the scenes are pioneers of a different kind of football club. I was fortunate enough to speak with Charlie Dobres, one of the club's directors. We discuss how Lewes F.C spearheaded a campaign to champion equal rights within the club. And how they have set out to challenge the dominant tropes regarding women's football. Previously covered in Episode 4 with its...


#HakeemSaved but what now?

This week, finally saw the safe return of exiled Bahraini footballer, Hakeem Al Araibi, to his adopted country of Austrailia. I review Bahrain's history of human rights abuses towards it's activist athletes, asking whether the governing bodies of FIFA and the IOC, can do more in the future to ensure the protection of its athletes.


John Barnes calls out unconscious racism.

In episode 5, I look at John Barnes’ 7 minute talk on unconscious racism, and highlight the imprisonment of British-Sudanese football fan Ali Issa Ahmad, in the UAE, due to him wearing a Qatar shirt at the Asian Cup. Note how Barnes' voice is muted towards the end of his interview. https://youtu.be/Ze66N6XK88M


A campaign for equal rights. Introducing Lewes F.C- Britain’s most progressive club.

Episode 4, in which I say the words ‘Lewes FC’ a lot. I delve into the history of women’s football and amateur football club Lewes F.C’s stance on equal rights for their players, also highlighting their open letter to the F.A board which looks to address the gender pay gap in the F.A Cup. Check the video from Lewes FC Women regarding the #FACupPrizeGap https://youtu.be/7FoB-9ue8Bc


Racism in the F.A Cup and Robbie Savage impersonators.

I talk in my car, in the rain about how I feel the rise of racism in football is something that must be confronted, and briefly discuss a weird advert.


Iranian women’s fight for equal rights. An interview with OpenStadiums

In this month's episode, the World Cup brings women's rights into focus. I interview Iranian activist Sarah of @openstadiums. We discuss her campaign to allow women access to stadiums for sporting events in her home country of Iran.


Wembley’s proposed sale reviewed, and a tale of two Sterlings.

The construction of Wembley stadium was both over budget and late in its completion. I look at the possible long-term implications of a governing body without a national stadium as the F.A's proposed sale to Fulham F.C owner Shahid Kahn, appears to be gathering steam,. Later in the show, I review the media's treatment of Raheem Sterling ask whether there will come a time when athletes call out their critics. All reports cited in the podcast can be found below. 2003 Report on public funding...