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Across The Pitch

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Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.C., they began to grow a passion for the grassroots of the game after they started regularly attending games for their hometown. USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Inspired by the story of "The Team That Wouldn't Die", they decided to make Accrington Stanley their flagship club, and in November of 2018, they recorded and released their first episode. Things quickly took off for them when Accy midfielder Scott Brown agreed to come on the show, for what was just their second episode. By episode 10, they had added Matt Robards to the fold, and ever since the community, and scope of Across The Pitch has continued to grow. This includes Accrington natives Darren Woodhead and Tony Robinson joining the team, and expanding to another continent when Abdulai Suburu founded our partner site Ghana Football News. Moving into 2020, we are going to be bringing even more in depth coverage of the EFL pyramid, the USL and MLS, and of course our favorite teams Accrington Stanley and Phoenix Rising.

Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.C., they began to grow a passion for the grassroots of the game after they started regularly attending games for their hometown. USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Inspired by the story of "The Team That Wouldn't Die", they decided to make Accrington Stanley their flagship club, and in November of 2018, they recorded and released their first episode. Things quickly took off for them when Accy midfielder Scott Brown agreed to come on the show, for what was just their second episode. By episode 10, they had added Matt Robards to the fold, and ever since the community, and scope of Across The Pitch has continued to grow. This includes Accrington natives Darren Woodhead and Tony Robinson joining the team, and expanding to another continent when Abdulai Suburu founded our partner site Ghana Football News. Moving into 2020, we are going to be bringing even more in depth coverage of the EFL pyramid, the USL and MLS, and of course our favorite teams Accrington Stanley and Phoenix Rising.

Location:

United States

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Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.C., they began to grow a passion for the grassroots of the game after they started regularly attending games for their hometown. USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Inspired by the story of "The Team That Wouldn't Die", they decided to make Accrington Stanley their flagship club, and in November of 2018, they recorded and released their first episode. Things quickly took off for them when Accy midfielder Scott Brown agreed to come on the show, for what was just their second episode. By episode 10, they had added Matt Robards to the fold, and ever since the community, and scope of Across The Pitch has continued to grow. This includes Accrington natives Darren Woodhead and Tony Robinson joining the team, and expanding to another continent when Abdulai Suburu founded our partner site Ghana Football News. Moving into 2020, we are going to be bringing even more in depth coverage of the EFL pyramid, the USL and MLS, and of course our favorite teams Accrington Stanley and Phoenix Rising.

Twitter:

@acrosspitch

Language:

English

Contact:

6027993903


Episodes

Episode 156: Together We Triumph

8/10/2020
Phil and Tony talk to Greenville Triumph color commentator Ross Devonport about the club and USL League One in general, also what players to watch, the story behind the team colors and logo, and an insight into the world of broadcasting.

Duration:00:40:09

Episode 155: Feel The Burn

8/6/2020
Phil and Tony talk about the past decade of Burnley F.C. in Part 2 of our July Team Of The Month series, including their promotions to the Premier League, why manager Sean Dyche has been so successful there, which squads have been the most talented in the past decade, and a look ahead to the future of the club.

Duration:00:44:14

Episode 154: Lancashire United

8/3/2020
Phil and Darren speak with Dave Thornley about what it was like managing Accrington Stanley in the early Eric Whalley era, other memories from his managerial career, listener questions, rapid fire, and more!

Duration:00:59:20

Episode 153: Swans Lake Of Fire

7/31/2020
Phil and Arran talk to Mark Richards who is originally from southern Wales but now resides in Arizona, and is a Phoenix Rising season ticket holder. They start off with a quick discussion of his hometown club Swansea's recent bid for promotion to the Premier League that came up just short and his involvement with AZ Jacks before going on to an in depth discussion about PRFC and a preview of Saturday's upcoming match against El Paso Locomotive.

Duration:00:58:09

Special Edition: Belarus July Roundup

7/31/2020
Phil, Jonny, and Ed look back on the past month of action in the Belarus Premier League including what teams are in good form, which teams good be headed for relegation, a look ahead to Week 20 matches, what political situation could has whether or not the season will be completed in question, and the pick who they think will win the championship.

Duration:00:42:30

Episode 152: An Extra Unspecial Episode

7/24/2020
Phil, Darren, And Tony sit down to an in depth discussion on the business end of the EFL and the possibility of a salary cap, but halfway through Darren and Tony have surprise in store with a list of questions for Phil from friends of the show and a special edition of rapid fire.

Duration:00:46:43

Episode 151: Food Trucks, Head Ins & Dives

7/24/2020
Phil, Arran, and Matt break down the back to back matches between Phoenix Rising and Orange County, discuss which Casino Arizona Field Food Trucks Guy Fieri should visit if he were to attend a PRFC match, a listener question about tactics, which teams play a style that gives Phoenix the most issues, and more!

Duration:00:52:27

Episode 150: Where In The World Part 3

7/21/2020
Phil and Arran talk with Chris Cortez about a wild journey that took him from Thailand to Denmark over the past 12 months, but culminated in him lifting a trophy as he helped FC Helsingor to win Denmark's Second Division title. Plus much more in another edition of Where In The World Is Chris Cortez! Note: This episode was recorded prior to the announcement that he will not be returning to FC Helsingor next season.

Duration:00:39:51

Episode 149: Twice The League One Fun

7/19/2020
Phil, Tony, and Ross speak with Founder and General Manager of USL League 2 side Real Central New Jersey, and host of the USL League 1 Fun podcast Ira Jersey. They discuss the financial concerns of lower league clubs on both sides of the pond, look at the upcoming USL League One season, and how Ira's question to the Total Soccer Show lead to us covering Accrington Stanley on this show.

Duration:00:58:49

Special Edition: Arsenal vs Manchester City FA Cup Recap

7/18/2020
Phil and Arran do an immediate post game reaction to Arsenal's upset win over Manchester City to advance to the final round of the 2020 FA Cup. They discuss what Mikel Arteta did tactically, the impact of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emilano Martinez, and look ahead to facing the winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea in the final round.

Duration:00:13:59

Episode 148: King James Of Accrington

7/18/2020
Phil and Darren speak with Accrington Stanley legend Lutel James about his career with the club that included over 80 goals, 36 of which came in the 2002-2003 promotion season. They also discuss his current work in the youth soccer community, listener questions, rapid fire, and more! (Note: We apologize as we struggled with a poor connection during recording that resulted in poor sound quality in parts of this episode)

Duration:00:54:12

Episode 147: Burn One Down

7/16/2020
Phil talks to Tony about July Team Of The Month Burnley, regarding the history of the club, including the origin of the Claret kits and nickname, the club's success in the 1950's-1960's, and their return to the Premier League in the past decade.

Duration:00:44:58

Episode 146: A Rising Return

7/15/2020
Phil, Arran, and Matt recap Phoenix Rising's return match against LA Galaxy II, preview their upcoming game against Orange County, look at other teams they will be facing in Group B, discuss different lineup options for coach Rick Schantz, and a further look at Arran's road trip to USL stadiums.

Duration:00:53:38

Episode 145: VAR - What Is It Good For?

7/13/2020
Phil and Tony have and in depth debate about Video Assistant Referee in the Premier League, what they think has gone wrong in its first year of implementation, what types of calls are causing the most issues, and ideas to make the system better.

Duration:00:28:38

Episode 144: From Accy To Spain

7/11/2020
Phil and Darren speak with prolific goal scorer Gary Williams who played 2 stints with Accrington Stanley including the 99-00 promotion team, also played in the U.S. and currently resides in Spain.

Duration:00:33:25

Episode 143: The Ilias Chair Show

7/8/2020
Phil speaks with Jonny Hibberd in the final part of our special series on Stevenage F.C. with a look at the years 2010-2020, in depth on key figures Dino Maamria and Ilias Chair, plus a few digressions.

Duration:01:09:20

Episode 142: A Cracker Of A Goal At Morecambe Bay

6/30/2020
Phil and Darren talk to Ian Craney, who spent 5 different stints at Accrington Stanley, played part in the club's promotion from the Conference, scored a total of 22 goals and 20 assists in League 2 play for the club, and also played for Altrincham, Swansea City, Morecambe, and Huddersfield Town among others.

Duration:00:46:20

Episode 141: From Bristol To Accy

6/25/2020
Phil and Tony speak with WHAM Stadium PA Announcer Josh Adcroft about his unique journey from the south of England to Lancashire, the ins and outs of public address announcing, Accrington's new Club 1968, and more.

Duration:00:51:28

Special Edition: Belarus Week 13 Review/Week 14 Preview

6/18/2020
Phil speaks with Jonathan Hibberd and Ed Zelaski about Week 13 results in the Belarus Premier League including the big match between BATE and Shakhtyor, and a look ahead to Week 14 matches, plus an announcement of Isloch's new stadium.

Duration:00:37:55

Episode 140: Fond Memories Of Mitchell Cole

6/16/2020
Phil speaks with Jonny Hibberd about the current potential relegation situation that Stevenage faces due to the cancelation of the League Two season. Jonny also talks about important matches from 2002-2010 including "The Mitchell Cole Game" and a heartbreaking 119th minute loss to Cambridge United.

Duration:00:54:25