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Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.
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Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

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Episodes

Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 2 - The Superleague year

10/12/2019
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In this episode we breakdown the run down of the inaugural Superleague title race that the Devils would eventually win (spoiler!) along the way of course, there are some diversions! mainly silly stories, so in this episode you can expect - WNIR Stock check - The Japanese hockey sensation 'Cannonball' - Paul Heavey vs a Bin -Bob Phillips serial blinder.... and many many more. Give us a listen!

Duration:00:45:05

Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 1 - The Superleague year

9/21/2019
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British Ice Hockey went through it's biggest ever change in the summer of 1996, 8 clubs broke away from the British Ice Hockey Association to form the Superleague, a new league that had an unlimited cap on Imports and Expenditure. It heralded the highest level of hockey Britain had ever seen, and the Cardiff Devils and the Sheffield Steelers went head to head to try and win it. In Part 1: - Franny talks about his adventure to Graz - We give the background on the 8 clubs who broke...

Duration:00:44:38

Behind the Bench Episode 9 part 2 - Pre season special

8/25/2019
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We roll into part 2 of the pre season special and we are looking at things a bit closer to home..... Relive the madness that was Andrew Conboy's debut..... as Gaz, John and Franny take you back through some of the most memorable Pre season incidents. In this Episode: - What happens when a game ends with a Devils player headbutting an opponent and that's not even the most weird thing to happen? - What film does John deem appropriate to show a bunch of hockey players from Denmark on a bus...

Duration:00:49:46

Behind The Bench Episode 9 part 1 - Devils on tour

8/17/2019
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It's pre season in British Ice Hockey, a time for teams to forge new game plans, invite new players into the fold, and for those players to ease gently into life in their new surroundings, of course, it doesnt always work out like this..... In This Episode, Gaz, John and Franny look back at some of the Devils pre season tours away from British Soil, breaking down some of the funniest and memorable pre season moments and the real story behind what went on in Devils locker rooms in those...

Duration:00:44:18

Episode 8 - The Sheffield Steelers

8/1/2019
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Ask any Cardiff Devils fan who they want to beat more than any other at the beginning of a season and who will they say? the majority will likely say the Sheffield Steelers. It's a rivalry that has endured for 25 years, but where did it start? where did Sheffield come from to make such a mark on Cardiff Devils history? we have the answers: On this episode: - Steelers beginnings - Who were the Stars that put the Steelers on the map? - We find a fact about the 90's ice hockey scene...

Duration:01:22:02

Behind the Bench Episode 7 - Captains - Part 2

7/16/2019
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So we roll on to the Big Blue Tent and Viola Arena era of Captains, The era were Captains really did go above and beyond in a Devils Jersey. In this episode you will have: - The story behind Brad Voth losing the Captaincy - Mac Faulkner the miracle worker - The most Successful captain in Jake Morisette - And just who really cheered up Gerad Adams! All this and whole lot more on Behind the Bench! with Neil Francis.

Duration:01:04:40

Episode 7 Part 1 - Captains

6/25/2019
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To be as Successful as the Cardiff Devils have been over the years, and in order to overcome the adversity the club has gone through in it's 30 year history, it takes a special kind of player to have the respect of their peers to be the leader of the locker room, to be the Captain. In part 1 we go from 1986 to 2004 listing all of the captains during this time, from Farmer to Cooper to Ware and all in between we breakdown what made them the Captains they were, and how they forged their own...

Duration:01:10:53

Episode 6 - Wembley Memories

5/31/2019
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Hot on the Heels of the Cardiff Devils latest Playoff Triumph in Nottingham we travel all the way back to the late 80's and early 90's to find out the early playoff memories of the Cardiff Devils. In this episode: - Wembley Catering - Back Seat Posse take on the playoffs - Barry Davies appreciation society - John Donovan gives all the information you need for a Sking trip to Scotland. - Devils 12 - 1 victory over the Sheffield Steelers memories. And a whole lot more!!!!!

Duration:01:19:33

Behind the Bench Episode 5 part 2 - the Line that Never was (Forwards)

5/2/2019
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So we roll on to the forward lines, the Goalie and D are set we have: Lehman in Net Elfring and Weaver as D men. In this episode Gaz John and Franny will choose 3 forwards to argue their case for inclusion. to complete the line up. In this episode: - Franny and Gaz drop the gloves - The real story behind the Devils pursuit of Colt King - and the final line is revealed. All this and a whole lot more on Behind the Bench, with Neil Francis!

Duration:00:56:14

Episode 5 Part 1 - The Line that never was...... (goalies and D men)

4/3/2019
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Do you ever sit in your seat and say to yourself 'I wish my team could sign that guy?' we've all done it, for a variety of different reasons. Well in this episode the 3 Amigos sit down and try to create their line of players they would have loved in a Devils shirt. Each of the hosts will pick their own players to put forward, and then argue it out as to which one should make the final line. Episode 1 is goaltender and Defenceman. Also in this episode: - Matt Elich Stories - John's...

Duration:00:48:26

Episode 4 - Gone Too soon...... Part 4

3/19/2019
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The Ben Hur of Podcast topics finally comes to an end! It's gone too soon part 4! In this episode: -Frank the tank! -Deeds and his twitter assaults -The Cardiff Crosby returns - Tyson Strachan we hardly knew ye! And lots lots more!

Duration:00:49:13

Gone Too Soon.......Part 3

3/7/2019
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So we keep rolling with the list of names of Devils greats (and some misfits!) who made fleeting appearances in the famous Jersey. But the Broadcast team get their first gone too soon as well! John Donovan is struck down with a case of responsible adulting, and has to sit this one out, but he will return like all the greats do! But That didn't stop the great stories coming, in this episode! - Franny talks about the ongoing quest to find One Punch, and has a word for our...

Duration:00:57:08

Episode 4 Part 2 - Gone too soon.......

2/26/2019
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So it's the second episode of Gone too Soon, and this episode we cover the rest of the Superleague and the Devils first part of the Elite League, right up until the end of the Iconic WNIR...... In this episode we will cover - The Sports Cafe and it's link to a former Devil. - The Mumps! - John Craigheads hair - And of course the Iconic image of Rejean Stringer. all this and a whole lot more! on Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

Duration:00:40:31

Episode 4 Part 1 - Gone too soon.......

2/19/2019
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In the history of the Cardiff Devils there have been the best of the best to have played in the UK, and many of them staying for years upon years, sometimes decades, the likes of Steve Moria, Doug McEwen, Mark Richardson, Neil Francis! But what about the ones who you would have loved to have stayed for multiple seasons? what about the ones who left us before we got a chance to have their name stamped on the back of our shirts? This episode will take us down memory lane to remember those who...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode 3 Part 2 - The 2014 - 2015 season

2/12/2019
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So the Team is built and is rolling through the season, Chemistry is starting to form and results are positive. What happens next was beyond anyones expectation, a title challenge and a challenge cup victory, mixed in with a goal that went around the world...... In this episode: - Biz signs but never gets to the Tent - Culligan goes Global - Challenge cup final in all its glory. and much much more!

Duration:00:41:56

Episode 3 Part 1 - The 2014 - 2015 season

2/5/2019
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As the season of 13/14 ended, the Cardiff Devils future was looking bleak. Finishing outside of the playoffs for the first time in the Elite League Era, and a severely fractured fan base. It seemed there would be nothing much to shout about on or off the ice for some time. Then, within seemingly a blink of an eye a consortium of Canadian Businessmen, led by The Elite Leagues most successful General Manager take over the club and the whole hockey scene in Cardiff Turned on its head. Now, Neil...

Duration:00:46:54

Episode 2 - Tough Guys! Part 2

1/22/2019
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In the 2nd part of tough guys we go through some of the following topics: - Brad Voth and how he stacks up as one of the all time Devils top tough guys. - How did Franny start a bench clearance against Coventry (again!) - How did Franny get Ed Courtenay to finally snap and drop the gloves? - and John picks his mountrushmore of tough guys. All of this and a whole lot more in part 2 of Tough Guys! Connect with us on twitter via @BtbFranny for polls, discussion and all the news related to the...

Duration:00:47:51

Episode 2 - Tough Guys! Part 1

1/15/2019
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In Cardiff there has been a long and storied history of larger than life characters, who wore and continue to wear the Devils Crest with pride, and quite literally, fight to keep its honor. There is nothing quite like the tough guys of hockey in any other walk of life, let alone in any other sport. Neil Francis has played with many if not all of them, and in this episode we look to tell their Cardiff Devils story. In part 1: - The early days of the tough guy in Cardiff - Bench Clearances...

Duration:00:47:54

The Record Breakers - Part 2

1/7/2019
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So we head into the last part of the story. In this instalment: - Did Ben Simon try and get the game abandoned? - What did Franny think of the Tylor Michel Suspension? - John Dononvan Travel woes - and we discuss, what was the legacy of the record breakers?

Duration:00:39:57

The Record Breakers - Part 1

12/28/2018
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In 2010/2011 Gerad Adams and Neil Francis put together one of the most exciting teams the Elite League has ever seen. While it did not win silverware, this team put together a string of consecutive wins that still to this day sees them in the Guiness book of World records. In this episode we go behind the scenes of this season, and find out the real story behind some of it's biggest moments. Such as: Where did Neil and G find Craig Weller? and where was Franny when he was issuing the visa...

Duration:00:40:59