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Welcome to Across The Pitch, a brand new website and podcast dedicated to bringing the best coverage of English Association Football, commonly referred to as soccer, to fans in the United States. Our shows and blogs will focus on all things English Football. Hosts Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs will be bringing you coverage on a wide range of topics including in depth previews and recaps of matches, gambling and fantasy picks, random topical debates and more. Comparisons to American Sports are frequently used to illustrate the nuances of the English game. We discuss English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, EFL Championship, EFL League One.

Welcome to Across The Pitch, a brand new website and podcast dedicated to bringing the best coverage of English Association Football, commonly referred to as soccer, to fans in the United States. Our shows and blogs will focus on all things English Football. Hosts Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs will be bringing you coverage on a wide range of topics including in depth previews and recaps of matches, gambling and fantasy picks, random topical debates and more. Comparisons to American Sports are frequently used to illustrate the nuances of the English game. We discuss English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, EFL Championship, EFL League One.
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Welcome to Across The Pitch, a brand new website and podcast dedicated to bringing the best coverage of English Association Football, commonly referred to as soccer, to fans in the United States. Our shows and blogs will focus on all things English Football. Hosts Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs will be bringing you coverage on a wide range of topics including in depth previews and recaps of matches, gambling and fantasy picks, random topical debates and more. Comparisons to American Sports are frequently used to illustrate the nuances of the English game. We discuss English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, EFL Championship, EFL League One.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 29: Dynamo Dreamin'

4/26/2019
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In a special Non-League Spotlight edition of Across The Pitch, Phil and Arran sit down with Loughborough Dynamo manager Lee Attenborough. They discuss the happenings around Loughborough, and the unique challenges and ups and downs of managing a club that is underfunded even compared with other teams in their division. Lee is at 28-years-old the youngest manager in Northern Premier League Division One East history, and has a chance with a win this Saturday to lead Dynamo to their best finish...

Duration:00:31:44

Episode 28 Part 2: House Of The Rising Son

4/24/2019
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In Part 2 of episode 28 the farm animals have gone home, but Phil, Arran, and Matt return to talk about the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. They discuss what happened in the previous round, who they think will advance, and Phil makes a shocking pick to win the whole thing. They also debate who the top player left in the tournament is, and we introduce a brand new author to the Across The Pitch blog team!

Duration:00:26:32

Episode 28 Part 1: Stone Bold Team Austin

4/20/2019
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On a very special Farm Animal Night of Across the Pitch Phil, Arran, and Matt are cheesed off after Phoenix Rising's loss to the expansion Austin Bold. They give an unhinged and oftentimes emotional take on the night's game. On a side note, @yourPHXCW we do compare you to a certain metal water boiling kettle, however, your video apology is noted and accepted. Hey, even NBC had The Heidi Game. UEFA Champions League recap coming in part 2. Additional sound effects from...

Duration:00:22:22

Episode 27: Tangerine Dreams

4/17/2019
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In a very special interview Phil, Arran, and Matt chat with Blackpool legend Brett Ormerod. Brett scored at all 4 levels of English Football for Blackpool, including the Premier League and the winning goal in the EFL Championship playoffs. Brett also discusses his time with Accrington Stanley, tells stories about his former coaches, and a bit about life after football. If you want to hear more of Brett, you can hear him on the Under The Cosh podcast...

Duration:00:56:17

Episode 25 Part 3: The Loan Rangers

4/14/2019
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In the long awaited Part 3 of our 25th episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt have a spirited debate about the financial issues facing teams in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. Arran thinks the cause of the financial issues that teams like the Bolton Wanderers are having are due to big teams hoarding players and loaning them. Phil suggests a salary cap and revenue sharing system. Matt suggests that they both are crazy, and its just plain poor ownership. A real cracker of a...

Duration:00:28:29

Episode 26: Industry And Prudence Conquer

4/9/2019
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In a special Sunday Conversation (recorded on a Saturday) edition of Phil and Arran sit down for another chat with 50 Years of Accrington Stanley author Darren Woodhead. They discuss what will be going into the final chapter of the book, due out in July, that you can preorder at onstanleyon.com or purchase at the grounds. They also talk about what Stanley needs to do down the stretch to stay up in League One, and Arran and Darren nerd out for a moment about their shared love of cricket.

Duration:00:46:53

Episode 25 Part 2: Cat On A Hot Tin Pot

4/8/2019
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In Part 2 of this 3 part 25th episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt break down what's going on in EFL Leagues One and Two. They talk about what teams are most likely to get promoted, make the playoffs, or become relegated. They also introduce Portsmouth as team of the month for April, and discuss the meaning of the term tin pot. They also look at the heated battle to stay in League One, and follow up on whether Notts County, Yeovil, and Macclesfield can stay up and avoid being sent to non-league....

Duration:00:28:07

Episode 25 Part 1: The Oxford Blue Throne

4/6/2019
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On Part 1 of this week's special, multi-part, 25th episode, Phil, Arran and Matt talk about the Premier League and EFL Championship races at both the top and bottom ends of the table. They also discuss the opening game at the massive latrine also known as the new Tottenham Stadium, and the unusual friendship between WWE legend Mick Foley, and Sheffield United's Billy Sharp. In the upcoming parts they will discuss Leagues One and Two, and a deep dive on loan players and financial issues in...

Duration:00:30:35

Episode 24: What's Your MLS Fantasy?

3/30/2019
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This week Phil, Arran, and Matt interview mlssoccer.com MLS Fantasy writer Schuyler Redpath about the best strategies for winning your league. Schuyler is the 2011 National Champion for MLS Fantasy and each week has a list of the top players. He shares with us some of his secret strategy's including the Autoroo, and at the end we play a bit of Premier League trivia with him. A very entertaining and informative chat!

Duration:00:48:32

The Sounds of Phoenix Rising Match Day

3/28/2019
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Immerse yourself into an aural experience of what it's like to attend a game of football (soccer) at the USL side, Phoenix Rising, from Across The Pitch host Arran Airs.

Duration:00:07:08

Episode 23: Mad Marchness

3/24/2019
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On this week's episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the madness that is the relegation battle in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. Additionally, they do a deep dive on the financial crisis with the Bolton Wanderers. They also talk about the Final Four of the FA Cup, and what the future could hold for Jose Mourhino and Mesut Ozil. They also play a sneak preview of a new song called L.A.W. by past guest Travis Kenny.

Duration:00:50:54

Episode 22: Werewolves In Wolverhampton

3/20/2019
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In this week's episode Phil and Arran (Matt is out this week) do a deep dive on the race at both ends of League One. In addition, they talk about what's going on with the UEFA Champions League, the fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League, and player of the week, Wolverhampton striker Raul Jimenez. They also talk about the first game of the Phoenix Rising season, and what their head coach Rick Schantz may have learned from Jurgen Klopp. Also, a special announcement from Phil.

Duration:00:49:47

Episode 21: Gone With The Snow

3/11/2019
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On this week's episode Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss some surprise results in the UEFA Champions League, preview the just underway MLS season and a recap of the exciting Snow Classico 3, talk about whether or not Liverpool's title hopes are gone with the wind, and exciting breaking news announcements. Plus, a listener question about what are the reasons that a team would want to loan a player to another team, and what does the future hold for Gareth Bale.

Duration:00:46:39

Episode 20: Where In The World Is Chris Cortez

3/2/2019
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In this week's special episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down with Phoenix Rising all-time leading scorer, Chris Cortez, and talk about his move to Thailand and more. Find out why Chris decided to make the move to the Far East, some of his favorite Phoenix Rising memories and goals, and where Chris thinks his career may take him in the future. This is a can't miss, as this is it is his first English language interview since his transfer to Chonburi FC and subsequent loan to Ayutthaya...

Duration:00:42:29

Episode 19: 50 Years Of Accrington Stanley

3/1/2019
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On a special, Sunday Conversation, edition of Across The Pitch, Phil Kennedy sits down with Darren Woodhead, author and historian of Accrington Stanley. They discuss his upcoming book commemorating the team's 50 years at the Crown Ground. They discuss things that are happening with the club past and present including Darren's first hand account of celebrating with the team after winning League Two in the 2017-2018 season. You can pre-order a copy of the book here for just 8 quid plus postage.

Duration:00:34:06

Episode 18 Part 2: Singing The Sarri Blues

2/26/2019
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In part 2 of the episode Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the situation that is happening at Chelsea, and what they think is the future there for Maurizio Sarri. Additionally, they do a break down of the races in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. This includes a discussion about the dominant season Luton Town is having, and a check in on Newport County and Notts. We also announce a special Accrington Stanley related guest that is upcoming, and news about a shirt raffle.

Duration:00:31:50

Episode 18 Part 1: Doueugui's Pizza

2/23/2019
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In our special 2019 Phoenix Rising season preview Phil, Arran, and Matt go over the roster from top to bottom including a look at players who have come and gone from last season. They take an in depth look at Adam Jahn who is pegged to be the team's top striker this year, and discuss what other holes in the roster still need to be filled. They also talk about returning players like Solomon Asante, new additions like Joey Calistri, head coach Rick Shantz, a pizza named in the honor of...

Duration:00:30:04

Episode 17: The Callum Club

2/17/2019
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In this special edition, Phil Kennedy, Arran Airs, and Matt Robards sit down with Minnesota United FC announcer Callum Williams. This interview, which is the first edition in our Callum Club series focuses on the upcoming MLS season, Minnesota's latest signings and acquisitions, Callum's thought's on the Phoenix Rising, and more. We also discuss how the MLS stacks up against other leagues around the world and whether or not David Beckham deserves a statue in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:45:45

Episode 16: Amond Joy

2/16/2019
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A special edition as Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs sit down with Newport County A.F.C. striker Padraig Amond prior to their big match-up with Manchester City in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Big goals against Tottenham, Leicester City, and Middlesbrough. They also talk about the League 2 season, his career with Accrington Stanley and Grimsby, his sport column in Ireland, coaching aspirations, and whether or not he would ever consider coming to the MLS.

Duration:00:25:28

Episode 15: Forget Me Notts

2/10/2019
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This week Phil, Matt, and Arran discuss the FA Cup as it leads into the 5th Round and some upsets including Newport Country over Middlesborough. They also discuss historic teams, the origin of the English football league, and team's with unusual names. Additionally, they talk about what team may get promoted from or relegated to "non-league", guys playing soccer while wearing ties, and even a debate about Leo Messi versus Tom Brady.

Duration:00:42:59