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'The Football Ramble' consists of 4 blokes who ramble on about football. Find answers to questions that you don't get on Football Weekly, The Game or football365.

'The Football Ramble' consists of 4 blokes who ramble on about football. Find answers to questions that you don't get on Football Weekly, The Game or football365.
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'The Football Ramble' consists of 4 blokes who ramble on about football. Find answers to questions that you don't get on Football Weekly, The Game or football365.




A private smirk: Chelsea halt Man City, Mo Salah dazzles again and the Copa Libertadores is quite mad

Well, aren’t Chelsea an enigma? No sooner than we thought their flush might be busted they go and beat Man City, allowing a Mo Salah-inspired Liverpool to stay on top. We have a title race! Glancing around the rest of the sport we meet a piece of the puzzle we didn’t know Bournemouth were missing, learn of Karren Brady’s mind games and how eeeeeeeasy things are for Portsmouth right now. Also, Andros Townsend did not score this weekend. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us,...


Think of the shareholders: Wolves beat Chelsea, spoils are shared at Old Trafford and Southampton get their man

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas after a dizzying round of midweek fixtures. We’re here to look at Wolves wobbling Chelsea’s wheels, Man United and Arsenal having a strange old contest of Who Can Score the Weirdest Goal and look ahead to Cardiff and Southampton scrapping for those delicious points. We also discover the surprising depth of Pete’s affection for Man United’s fans and board, make some bold(ish) predictions about Andros Townsend’s season and hear about some wonderful...


Klopp in the box: North London is red, so is Jordan Pickford’s face, and Mark Hughes is out

A busy weekend as the North London Derby produces another classic, Mark Hughes collects another P45 and Jordan Pickford has a moment to forget. Particular highlights include the welcome return of Tim Sherwood embarrassing himself. There’s also the Scottish League Cup final, in December, further news of footballers egging innocent members of the public, and a very testing time for Partick Thistle. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here:...


Ramble Meets... Chris Kirkland

At just 20, Chris became the most expensive goalkeeper in British transfer history signing for Liverpool, the club he supports, from Coventry, the club he grew up at, for £6m in 2001. What followed was a career that despite being held back by a series of unfortunate injuries amassed over 200 appearances at the top level and included a Champions League win and an England cap. In this latest Ramble Meets... Chris gives an honest and insightful assessment of his career and shines a light on the...


Further eggings: The puzzle of N’Golo Kante, London and Merseyside derbies and Man United droning on

We’ve got your Champions League, we’ve got your Premier League but best of all we’ve got your Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest in The Championship. What a game, and what a feast of football we have to serve up for you. Elsewhere we’ve got Sol Campbell getting himself a job, we’ve got misgivings about the institution known as Internazionale and we’ve got point-gobbling Newcastle welcoming West Ham to their empty stadium. We’ve got the lot. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football...


Svengus: Spurs pump Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri gets a win and ALAN HUTTON

The Premier League is back with a Spurs and Aleksandar Mitrovic infused bang and we talk all about it, because that’s very much what this podcast is about. We’re also delighted to be chatting about Claudio Ranieri and his delightful methods as once again pizza solves everything. Further down the leagues Alan Hutton definitively peaks in spectacular fashion, while in South America the Copa Libertadores descends into chaos and we touch upon the very important topic of eggings. Search...


Dayo: Scotland are promoted, Ireland need a new manager and the Premier League returns

What a fun weekend of international football we’ve had, and what a fun weekend of Premier League football we’re about to have! We chat about Scotland’s promotion, Ireland’s bound-to-be-entertaining search for a new manager, the retirement of flag-punching legend Tim Cahill and Gianni Infantino’s novel approach to what should probably be private discussions. Back in domestic football we welcome Claudio Ranieri back to England, rub thighs in anticipation of Spurs vs Chelsea and rub chins...


Trainspotting: England top the group, Switzerland thump Belgium and Mitrovic entertains

Spain and Croatia? What were you worried about? England’s 2018 gets even better as they top their UEFA Nations League group and keep the World Cup feel good factor going. Through our giddy fog we discuss Jordan Pickford’s water bottle psychology, Aleksander Mitrovic’s thought processes, Scotland’s momentum, Chris Eubank, Sven, goalscoring goalkeepers and alllllll kinds of fun. Easy. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here:...


Ramble Meets... Carolyn Radford

Carolyn Radford is the Chief Executive Officer of Mansfield Town and currently one of only two female CEOs in professional football. She accepted the position at Mansfield Town at the age of just 29, becoming the youngest football executive in the country - a title she still holds. Speaking to Luke on a match day at Field Mill, Carolyn provides a unique insight into the role of a CEO at Football League level and chats on a range of subjects including what it's like to be a woman in the...


Camposflage: Rooney returns, Ranieri also returns, while Wales and Scotland step up

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; Wayne Rooney’s international return! The Rooniverse has been a barren, empty place since the great man retired and finally Gareth Southgate is putting a stop to all this ‘looking forward’ nonsense by bringing it back to the good old days. Jesus. As well as all that international relegation becomes a possibility for the first time, with Ireland and Northern Ireland looking to avoid it, Wales find a player down the back of the sofa (in Belgium) and...


Donnie’s Den: Manchester is blue, Newcastle win again, Charlie Austin tells it like it is

Welcome to the first ever Football Ramble Nights, brought to you by the smokey tones of one Marcus Speller. In the velvet-voiced chat machine’s lounge club we discuss the Manchester derby, the sadness that’s always present just behind Eddie Howe’s eyes and a welcome return for an FA Cup giant; Timmy Mallet. Propping up the bar, Pete has another business pitch, informs as of some new dads-at-football-matches action and the bizarre business of bageling. Nice. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on...


Almost a spine: A memorable win for Man United, Liverpool look to reset and Chelsea host Everton

Hello again. We reflect on a famous victory for humility’s Jose Mourinho and a surprising Steve Bruce-starring sequel to the Turin Shroud as Man United beat Juventus, a grim tunnel experience for Liverpool and Raheem Sterling’s rub of the green in the Chaaaaaaaampions League. Back on domestic turf Mortal Kombat’s Neil Warnock is still just happy to be here, words are put in mouths and there’s some good old fashioned nihilism. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on...


Gary Excels himself: Arsenal hold Liverpool, a poignant win for Leicester and Man City hit six

Whisper it (like Phil Neville would), but things look like they’re changing for the better at Arsenal. We look back on a pulsating draw with Liverpool at the Emirates, Newcastle finally getting a win and Southampton’s utter calamity of a defensive showing against Man City. Blimey. On top of all this there’s a return for Wayne Rooney, as well as a certain fireplace-based anecdote, yet another baffling football statue and a come-and-get-you plea from a team in Australia. Search ‘Football...


Ramble Meets... Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is one of the country's best-loved presenters across both TV, where he fronts Match of the Day 2, and radio, where he is the voice of BBC 5 Live's sports coverage. The man known to millions across the UK and beyond as 'Chappers' talks to Luke about how his career started, his best and worst moments as a broadcaster and why he's happy to be known as 'the grouting in the tiles'. Delivered with Mark's trademark self-deprecation and humour, this month's Ramble Meets... is a...


Surprise Surprise: Carragher vs Neville, Lamps returns to Chelsea and Arsenal host Liverpool

There have been all kinds of high pitched noises coming out of Monday Night Football this week as Harry Redknapp wades into Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s “debate” about exactly how pathetic Spurs may or may not have been in the last 30 years. There’s confusion over Aaron Ramsey’s situation at Arsenal, a business idea for the Dildo Brothers and further revelations about the by-now-legendary Maltese Joe. We’re through the looking glass, people. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search...


The Icarus Line: Fulham are gubbed, Arsenal suffer a Wengover and Sven rides again

Fulham prove to be accommodating hosts yet again as they invite Bournemouth in for tea, biscuits and three goals at the Cottage. Arsenal were also good guests as they brought Crystal Palace a couple of penalties at Selhurst Park, with Chris Smalling also proving an excellent host at Everton, despite their overall all loss at a game of Monopoly (football, you see). We’re also lucky enough to meet the great Bryan Klug, witness a truly special Panenka penalty and, of course, welcome a certain...


Hey Joe: Spurs host Man City, Arsenal aim to keep winning and we have Rafa vs Sparky

Once again we have no choice but to join Pep Guardiola in his giddy reverie after a scintillating Manchester City display in Europe, scratch our heads at Man United’s inability to get to their own stadium and consider whether Rafa Benitez could really find his job under threat. We’re also treated to a barrage of stories about the legendary Maltese Joe, nicknames from across the land and a brand new, shiny quiz. This show is sponsored by bet365 Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to...


Sarribrawl: Chelsea vs Man United gets tasty, Spurs impress and Fulham struggle

What a weekend! Yet more drama at Stamford Bridge, Mike Dean and non-Mike Dean related, the Jurassic Park theme at the Cardiff City Stadium, Jordan Pickford getting the save on and Paul Ince forgetting himself. On top of the this the ball-on-a-plinth phenomena reaches new heights, we revel in the names of fanzines up and down the land and the rumours that a certain ex-manager is heading into the jungle... Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here:...


Ramble Meets.... Professor Chris Brady

Professor Chris Brady is the Professor of Management Studies and the Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford Business School. Prior to that he was Deputy Dean at Cass Business School in the City of London, and is considered a world expert in the art of management and leadership. Throughout his career, Chris has authored many books on a wide range of different subjects and is a close collaborator with a number of top flight football managers, but most recently co-authored Quiet...


Those Chipolinas: England excite, West Ham host Spurs and Jose Mourinho pops in to see his ex at Stamford Bridge

Whenever England win convincingly we receive a lot of correspondence that gleefully anticipates the reaction of our dear Marcus Speller. If you’re one of the people who sends us such correspondence; you will not be disappointed. We revel in the victory of Southgate’s Soldiers, barely able to contain our joy before heading back to the good old Premier League. There we find Spurs sneaking under the radar as they prepare for a trip to West Ham, Mike Dean limbering up for one of his biggest...