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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.




The Ramble: Man City find themselves in trouble, Arsenal gub Newcastle, and Spurs break Villa hearts

Massive news from the rulings department of football as Man City face a potential two year ban from the Champions League. It’s potentially seismic stuff, and we are as measured and mature about the whole thing as you might expect. We also make time to discuss Joelinton’s woes in front of goal, and how they might be helped if he actually spent more time in front of goal, Sean Dyche motivating his players by showing them the opposition accurately describing their tactics and we’ve even got...


The Blizzard: Spain 1-5 Netherlands, 2014

We’re heading back to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. The Guardian’s Jonathan Liew joins us to discuss the Netherlands’ 5-1 dismantling of Spain, as “Louis Van Gaal created something he loved - and then destroyed it.” Spain arrived at this tournament with the same formula that saw them win the preceding three as the likes of Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta looked to dominate possession. They took the lead and...


The Preview Show: Romance in the air as Leicester visit Wolves, a mid-table clash at The Emirates, and a haircut for Jose Mourinho

Pete’s back, via the floor of Topman, and he brings with him some revelations about emails. The long and the short of it is that Jim is an idiot. You already knew that though, so let’s crack on with the other features of the show; Arsenal vs Newcastle! These teams are level on points and between them have drawn seven of their last eight. Is this just a bad season? Marcus Speller thinks otherwise and has stats from The Financial Sport to back up this theory. To top it all off we've got some...


On The Continent: Addressing European football's imbalance, Iker Casillas' presidential bid, and Jurgen Klinsmann slips off into the night

We welcome another esteemed debutant to today's episode of On The Continent, as Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are joined by The Independent’s Miguel Delaney! In light of Miguel’s recent piece, ‘How football became broken beyond repair’, we discuss the current imbalances within European football. As the top clubs earn huge swathes of money from Champions League performances and their international reach, competitiveness is being eroded across the vast majority of Europe’s leagues – we assess...


Ramble Meets... Clyde Best

We welcome a footballing icon to today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as Andy is joined by one of England's first black footballers, former West Ham striker Clyde Best! After choosing football over cricket in his native Bermuda, and becoming involved in the national side when he was just fifteen, Clyde flew across to London for a trial with West Ham United and went on to score 58 goals over seven seasons. Clyde sits with Andy to discuss the horrific racist abuse from the terraces and how...


Jules & Andy: Watching our teams as fans, Sheffield United’s European dream, and managerial legacies

We’re back with another episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily! Jules managed to catch this weekend’s Brighton game as a fan, so there’s chat about the emotional strains of watching your team from the stands rather than in a work capacity. There’s also talk about Sheffield United’s march towards Europe and how brilliant that would be considering their comparatively modest status, despite some saying it would be bad for the club. And as Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds potentially start...


The Ramble: Ancelotti’s Everton march on, Watford slip up, and Leeds wobble

It may have taken 34 Premier League games - and Jordan Pickford having one of his moments - but CHRISTIAN BENTEKE IS BACK! That’s what we’ve come to during this whole winter break thing. It will be worth it when Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads England to glory at Euro 2020. Of course, football exists outside the Premier League. Sammy Ameobi's making Leeds think they too may continue to exist outside the Premier League next season, as Nottingham Forest grabbed the win. On top of all that, Louis...


The Blizzard: Celtic 2-3 Porto, 2003

“José Mourinho’s side hold on, and they’ve won the UEFA Cup! In this meeting of two former European champions, it is Porto who come out on top in Seville.” Yes, for today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re heading back to the 2003 UEFA Cup between Porto and Celtic alongside Kieran Canning, journalist at Agence France-Presse. This frenetic game brough the curtain down on Celtic’s most successful trophyless season, after losing the league by a point and the...


The Preview Show: FA Cup replays happened, the winter break has come, and a chopper was seen

We’re back, with our most immature show of the season! If a Newcastle fan fires up the willycopter on live TV then what other choice do we have? Though the winter break is here we’ve still had a surprisingly fun week, with the aforementioned chopper-chopper, Wayne Rooney rolling back the years in the FA Cup and Luke’s pilgrimage to Anfield’s Roy Hodgson statue. And we still have time to hear from our worst listener! Listen please. Search ‘Football Ramble Daily’ on social media to find us,...


On The Continent: Tensions rise at Barcelona, Roberto Soldado's back among the goals, and Gennaro Gattuso works on his night moves

We’re covering every single blade of European football grass on today’s episode of On The Continent, as Andy Brassell is joined in the studio by Lars Sivertsen and Nicky Bandini! We start with the recent high profile troubles at Barcelona, as Lionel Messi responded on social media to Eric Abidal’s outburst. There’s also time for a wider look at the Catalan side’s struggles over the last few seasons, as repeated signings haven’t worked out and fans intermittent fears that Lionel Messi’s...


Ramble Meets... Trevor Francis

Trevor Francis has spent over 30 years at the top of football both as a player and a manager. In this exclusive episode of Ramble Meets, Trevor talks us through his career from the very start when he broke into the Birmingham City team aged just 16, to lifting two European Cups with Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough. There's also time to discuss Trevor's time with England including making his debut against Johan Cruyff's Holland at Wembley, playing in Italy at the same time as Diego...


Jules & Andy: What next for Olivier Giroud, Newcastle's takeover rumours return, and office football chat

With February here, we’re taking a look at some of the fallout from a fairly lively January transfer window on today's episode of Jules & Andy! We begin with marooned striker Olivier Giroud who, after touted moves both within the Premier League and overseas never flourished, he remains stuck in the stands at Chelsea. We discuss where it's gone wrong for the Frenchman and how he may be able to squeeze himself into Frank Lampard's squad. We then take a look at the suspiciously timely rumours...


The Ramble: Liverpool go 22 points clear, Jose vs Pep has spice, and more woe for West Ham

Liverpool are brilliant etc etc. What more can be said of them at this point? We bow to our new Scouse overlords. Further down the depths of the table Man City got Mourinhoed in North London, West Ham West Hammed themselves in east London and Nigel Pearson’s Watford are dead after they turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 defeat against 10-man Everton. They are dead. This cannot be stressed enough. Dead. They are going to wish they’d never been born. We also have time for a cameo from Maurizio...


The Blizzard: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal, 1987

On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we’re looking back at the heady days of the 1987 Littlewoods Cup. John Cross, the Mirror’s chief football writer, joins us to remember the semi-final second leg replay between Tottenham and Arsenal! With Arsenal languishing in comparative mediocrity by the early 1980s, George Graham’s arrival begun a revolution at the club – and nowhere was this typified more than in this game. Arsenal, spurred on by the half-time...


The Preview Show: Villa Park rocks for the Carabao Cup, Spurs host Man City in the Old News Derby and Southampton trudge to Liverpool

What a week! Carabao Cup semi-finals, the transfer window in full late stage chaos and some tidy fixtures coming up. Lovely! There’s been drama everywhere. James Maddison chipping off at referees, Portsmouth drawing Arsenal in the FA Cup, Everton telling Barcelona where to go with their paltry £85m bit for Richarlison! Incredibly we still find the time to talk about whaling, UB40 and Death Grips, while Mr. Manhattan postpones his holiday for the benefit of us all. Listen now,...


On The Continent: Madrid derby, the race for Italy's top four, and The Barber of Leipzig

Greetings OTCers! It's time for yet another episode of our European football show and today Luke and Andy is joined by Spanish football expert David Cartlidge to discuss all the big stories from around the continent. This week we look ahead to a big derby in Spain as Atletico, beset with muscle injury worries, head to the Bernabeu. What's become of El Cholo and his team this season? Meanwhile, in Italy, there's a race on for the top four, but Torino most certainly aren't in it. Roma,...


Ramble Meets... Joe Palmer

On today’s Ramble Meets… episode, Andy Brassell sits down with Joe Palmer, CEO of AFC Wimbledon, to discuss his fascinating career in football. Joe can trace his obsession for football back to the 1987 FA Cup final where his beloved Spurs lost to Coventry, and his love for the game has never wavered. After beginning his career at a PR agency selling stories for MUTV, Joe eventually found himself as the Executive Director of Strategy, Commerce and Marketing at Shakhtar Donetsk. He talks Andy...


Jules & Andy: A mid-season break, West Ham's struggles and can Liverpool go unbeaten?

It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means: it’s time for another episode of Jules & Andy on Football Ramble Daily! We begin today’s show with a chat about the upcoming ‘mid-season break' that the Premier League is trialling, where it will split one round of matches over two weekends to give players a rest. Will this help reduce player fatigue as we head towards the Euros? Or will it simply result in a piling up of fixtures elsewhere? We try to answer those questions, and discuss Jürgen...


The Ramble: Shrewsbury rock Liverpool, Man United are BACK again, and it’s time for Newcastle’s annual takeover talk

Y’all ready for this? On today’s Milk Football Ramble we say the word “Cumdog” a frankly uncomfortable amount, but Shrewsbury’s Jason Cummings has given himself the nickname, scored twice to bring his team back from 2-0 down against Liverpool and so has given us no other choice. Elsewhere in the cup, the Bilić is back as Slaven’s West Brom knocked out his former club West Ham, Newcastle put on a show for their potential new owners and Man United turned on the style. As well as all that...


The Blizzard: Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn, 1995

On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard we head back to another epic Premiership finale. The Irish Times' and Second Captains’ Ken Early joins us to remember Blackburn’s title win on the final day of the 1994/95 season, despite a 2-1 defeat at Anfield. Blackburn needed to win or hope title rivals Manchester United didn’t beat West Ham, to clinch their first title in more than 80 years. Many Liverpool fans at Anfield found themselves in the curious position of...