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This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

Location:

Manchester, United Kingdom

Description:

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

Language:

English


Episodes

SPM 190: The lessons and legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, and will football just ignore them all?

8/5/2020
The football: Covid-19 forced football to think differently about the way football is played, run and financed, but will the game learn any of those lessons? Can the only legacy of the lockdown and restart really be five substitutes? We discuss the things that should stay, should go, and should have been given more consideration. The food: Freshly returned from a trip to Bergamo, Rory reveals the tale of two lunches from his final day in Italy. The second, the one he was eventually...

Duration:01:16:27

SPM 189: The 3rd Annual Hot Takes And Takeaways

7/29/2020
The football: Many traditions have been delayed in this unique Premier League season, but this is the one you've all been waiting for the most. The 3rd Annual Hot Takes and Takeaways episode brings together our typically jumbled but hopefully consistent (ie: repetitive) thoughts about the last 11 and a half months of Premier League football. And yes, we mention VAR. The food: Steven is on holiday in Devon, and so regales us about the glamorous first breakfast of his summer break....

Duration:01:20:51

SPM 188: The Obsession with Records

7/21/2020
The football: Why the sudden obsession with records, and attempts to devalue achievements if milestones aren't simultaneously broken? Has modern football discourse become overwhelmed with the idea (to quote coach Coach Reilly in Mighty Ducks) that "it's not worth winning if you can't win big"? The phenomenon we're calling GOATism (TM Rory Smith) applies to teams and players, especially emerging talent, which finds itself burdened with comparisons to icons before their careers have had a...

Duration:01:03:34

SPM 187: The Relegation Flake Out

7/15/2020
The football: Why have the Premier League's current bottom three so far appeared to show very little fight in their fight against relegation? Norwich are down after losing every game since the restart, while both Aston Villa and Bournemouth have taken until their most recent game to register a first win after the hiatus; not really any typical dramatic against-the-odds victories, or scrapping for a vital draw, and, as a result, dwindling hopes of avoiding the drop. So why has this relegation...

Duration:00:59:47

SPM Bonus: MCFC FFP

7/13/2020
A special bonus pod to discuss the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to overturn Manchester City's two-year European ban. It's the MCFC FFP UEFA CAS pod of acronyms. Usual pod still coming on Wednesday!

Duration:00:21:25

SPM 186: Professionalism

7/8/2020
The football: Reunited in person for the first time since the lockdown, we talk about professionalism. What do we expect of players, and what do they expect of each other? Are footballers held to higher or lower standards than the rest of us, and has it changed over the years? Expect a lot of talk about the Ndombele/Mourinho conflict at Spurs... The food: Is actually cooked and eaten by all four of the pod crew, and it is the Wyeth special of poached eggs and smoked salmon, with a spinach...

Duration:01:12:42

SPM 185: Desire

7/1/2020
The football: How important is desire? With Liverpool's Premier League title being the product of good data and good decision-making, how much of a role did desire play? Could they have succeeded without the relationship between Jurgen Klopp, his players, and the Kop, and how easy will it be to sustain? The food: Chinch bucks his recent trend of appalling food choices by parading a wrap filled with jumbo fish fingers, tartare sauce, and home-grown chard and rocket. He, of course, played no...

Duration:01:09:36

SPM 184: Did we miss the actual football, or the paraphernalia that surrounds the games?

6/24/2020
The football: Now the Premier League has returned, have we realised we missed the conversation around football, rather than the football itself? Is the game only partly about the games, and is the football entertainment complex fuelled by much more? The food: An early morning recording means coffee is the only thing being consumed, although who figured that would lead to the great cinnamon sprinkles debate. Whose side are YOU on? Thanks for all your emails, keep them coming to...

Duration:01:08:30

SPM 183: The Premier League is back... but is it still the best?

6/17/2020
The football: The Premier League returns this week, but given that its marketing sells the league as 'the best in the world' primarily because of the full crowds at its games, will the brand be damaged by the behind closed doors matches that we'll see for the rest of the season at least? The food: Hugh's brother-in-law was 40 at the weekend, and his wife and daughter baked him a cake, a large slab of which is produced as evidence. Rory disapproves of the lack of icing. Thanks for all your...

Duration:01:06:53

SPM 182: SPM Live! (It's Not Live) Part 2

6/10/2020
The football: Listeners from all around the world (including Swindon) join the four friends to talk football in the second edition of our live (not live) show. Once again, a Select XI is chosen to ask questions, and once again they're mostly better than ones the pod team would ever think of. The food: Another listener is asked to provide us with details of their most recent meal, and another listener makes Chinch's culinary habits appear more normal than he'd previously been given credit...

Duration:01:11:52

SPM 181: SPM Live! (It's Not Live) Part 1

6/3/2020
The football: We are joined by a live audience over zoom, a Select XI of which ask questions to the team. Some of those questions are deeply thoughtful; one of them is about hair colour. The food: A listener is chosen to reveal their most recent meal. It's Chinch-in-lockdown-level simplicity: a can of spaghettios with meatballs. Emails to setpiecemenu@gmail.com, and have a look out on twitter and facebook for some videos!

Duration:01:20:20

SPM 180: Dressing Room Dynamics

5/27/2020
The football: We discuss how the dynamics of a dressing room have changed over the years, and ask if there can there be a dominant force, or whether cliques are now more prevalent. Chinch walks us through some of those who might fall into either of those categories, while talking altogether more than we expected about Carlton Palmer. The food: Still in lockdown, the food we're eating isn't particularly noteworthy, apart from Chinch's further reliance on hot dogs, which he now reveals he's...

Duration:01:08:43

SPM 179: The Youth/Maturity Paradox

5/20/2020
The football: With fame and fortune thrust upon them at such an early age, elite footballers have an opportunity to experience things outside of work that most of us can only achieve a lot later in life. Buying cars and houses, getting married and having children, are all affordable and manageable when you're a successful young player, at a time when you're not traditionally considered mature. We discuss how a youth/maturity paradox has developed, particularly at the top of the game, and how...

Duration:01:16:14

SPM 178: A question for the Premier League: "What are you doing?"

5/13/2020
The football: The team asks a question of the Premier League, and it's simple. "What are you doing?" Amidst relative clarity elsewhere, the Premier League seems to be awash with indecision regarding a possible restart post-pandemic, and while the constitutional makeup of the league makes its position harder than most, why does there appear to be such an inability to forge a path forward? The food: Still in lockdown, the food offerings are becoming more and more unimpressive. Steve cooks...

Duration:01:13:49

SPM 177: The Influence of FIFA and FM

5/6/2020
The football: Lockdown has taken real football away, but for many a football fan, it has provided more time for virtual football. For closing in on three decades, Football (previously Championship) Manager and FIFA have not only been entertaining us, but particularly for younger generations, offering a gateway into the game. We discuss (at great length, suggesting we are as addicted to our own voices as millions are to the two games) how they have affected and influenced us, and football....

Duration:01:18:25

SPM 176: The Set Piece Menu Draft

4/29/2020
The football: The SPM Draft. The team each attempt to pick a team's worth of players, following the rules of a draft. Which positions are prioritised, and what strategies are adopted as players come off the board? There is a lot of bickering, and bullying of Hugh, who despite doing all the work to prepare for the draft, turns out to be terrible at it. The food: Steven is responsible for this week's food the rest of the pod crew can't eat. It's a cheese, chorizo, ham and red pepper omelette,...

Duration:01:07:46

SPM 175: The (still prospective) Newcastle United Takeover

4/22/2020
The football: We discuss the what, who and why now of the potential takeover of Newcastle United in large part by the Saudi Arabian royal family's sovereign investment fund. With all football, never mind the Premier League, in a state of some financial uncertainty, is this proof that money remains king, regardless of those who might be concerned that the deal represents another example of 'sportswashing'. The food: A banana and pecan cake, baked by Hugh, and because of the lockdown, entirely...

Duration:01:03:29

SPM 174: Football needs one voice, and better accountants

4/15/2020
The football: The coronavirus pandemic has revealed two truths about football, particularly in England, that were perhaps previously hidden. Some of those within the game might be a little too self-serving, and many clubs' finances are very fragile. So the team suggests that football needs one voice, and better accountants. The food: Lunch in four different places. One is simply an apple and a twirl, while another is pitta bread filled with turkey, avocado, egg and salad. You'll probably be...

Duration:01:09:13

SPM 173: The SPM European Super League

4/8/2020
The football: It's time for the SPM ESL. After many requests to speculate which teams might fill a European Super League, and the (kinda) successful precedent of our reset Premier League in pods gone by, it's time for us to use our trademarked criteria to pick the 20 clubs that'll doubtless annoy everyone. Remember: geographical spread!!! The food: Steven has stockpiled successfully enough to still have some bagels and bacon, which leads to bacon bagels. Send any emails to...

Duration:00:53:56

SPM 172: The Football Conversation (Part 2 - Fans v The Media)

4/1/2020
The football: Part two of our conversation about conversations. In this episode we talk about the erosion of trust between fans and the media, and lay blame squarely (if not equally) at the door of both. The food: A coconut cake, which Hugh is a little disappointed with, but Steven still eats very loudly. Email us at setpiecemenu@gmail.com Twitter: @setpiecemenu

Duration:01:05:57