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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.

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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United Kingdom

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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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@btbfranny

Language:

English


Episodes

Behind The Bench Episode 14 - The Birbraer Odyssey - Part 1

3/15/2020
Very few players have had the impact on the Cardiff Devils that Max Birbraer had, from scoring goals, making hits, and being one of the most popular team mates and fan favorites of all time, his legacy will live on through all of Devils history. We were lucky enough to sit down with Max and in this first part, we will learn all about the truly unique story about how a young Kid from Khazakstan ended up getting drafted to the NHL. In this episode: - How to get an Israeli passport in the...

Duration:00:54:39

Behind the Bench Episode 13 - Part 2 - Forwards

2/24/2020
So we come to the end of our deliberation for the Cardiff Devils team of the decade, and it is the turn of the forwards. The guys all throw in their ideas and then decide who makes the prestigious final Line! Also in this episode - Max talk - Chris Blight right place wrong time? - and we definitely definitely don't pick an entire second line because we felt guilty about leaving players out......

Duration:01:06:17

Behind the Bench Episode 13 part 1 - Line of the Decade (goalies and D Men)

2/5/2020
The Cardiff Devil have been blessed with some fantastic players in the last decade (and Franny signed most of them!) but with only 5 spots open, the guys who is going to make the Cut? we start with the guys who look after the House, the Goaltenders and the D men, who will Franny, Gaz and John choose? also in this episode! - JD spills the beans about Hothams Hatred - Gaz can't remember the guy from Coventry! - and we even sneak some current season chatter in there! Who are your...

Duration:00:45:40

Behind the Bench Episode 12 - Christmas Cheer

12/23/2019
It's been a whole year of podcasts from Gaz, John and Franny, a year full of laughs and stories and memories. so the guys got together to just have a chat about the past year, and some topics that they wouldn't ordinarily get to talk about. Some of the things to look forward to in this episode: - John Donovan Bingo is completed in record time - We discuss who was the best draftee, Hand or Kirk? - Franny's Face Time addiction. - Where did the idea come from for Wally night? - and what...

Duration:01:07:29

Behind the Bench Episode 11 - Rowe-ling back the years

10/24/2019
With John Donovan unfortunately able to Join the episode this week, a search was on for a replacement, who better to step in than one of the Best Cyclists in the world and HUGE (Credit: Aled Lloyd) Cardiff Devils Fan Luke Rowe! Luke talks about how he has found the Devils and when his first game was, his fondest memories of the Big Blue Tent, some of his favorite players, and just some damn fine general hockey chat. In this Episode! - Luke Rowe owes the Devils money - Find out...

Duration:01:04:31

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

10/12/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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