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We also have a podcast station for other shows but I'm not sure if it's updating properly. We'd like to keep this one and the other separate but make sure both are working ok obviously. Here's the link to our other feed, which hasn't been updating for some reason.






The Buildup Ep 2 - Early Premier League Learnings, All - Ireland Final Picks, Gett

The Buildup is our brand new weekly podcast, with Ladbrokes, where we preview all the major sporting action for the weekend ahead. We'll be building the hype, whetting the appetite and making some bold predictions for everything that's happening. After some serious success with our picks in week 1, we have another go this week, looking at the Premier League's first massive game of the season, Man City Vs. Spurs (8.10). Mick and Mark also make their Ladbrokes 1-2-FREE picks for this week...


Bonus Interview: Gary Neville

Here's a half-hour chat with Gary Neville on the differences between Mourinho and Ferguson, why United are perceived differently by the media, the importance of taking part in the Liam Miller Tribute game and the "nonsense" of how the GAA handled it, why Roy Keane would be great on Monday Night Football, the times he felt he went too far as a pundit, his Premier League predictions and what has to happen for Liverpool to challenge.


The Balls Fantasy Premier League Show - Gameweek 4

Mikey, Mark and James are back after the international break, answering all your fantasy football related questions. Not to mention whether Ireland will qualify for the World Cup, if the Texans will win the Super Bowl and if QPR will get promoted. Send in your questions throughout the week with #TheBallBag


The Balls Fantasy Premier League Show - Gameweek 2

This week Mark and James are joined by Mikey via the wonder of Skype to discuss how their first week went in both the standard and draft Fantasy Premier League games. The lads also list their top waiver wire picks, bargain bucket and captain choices. Got a question for the show? Tweet us with #TheBallBag.


Ep 43: Ireland/Austria Preview; The Weird World of the 1994 Man United magazine

It's the series finale! We look ahead to Ireland/Austria with Austrian football journalist Alexander Stretcha, and we also look back at the Christmas 1994 edition of Manchester United's official magazine just....because. Thanks to Ladbrokes for sponsoring, thanks to each of our guests throughout the season, and above all, thanks to you for listening! @gcooney93, @GavanCasey, and @Mikeyt086.


Ep 42: Sean St Ledger on Ireland, Leicester, and Andrea Bocelli; Alan Kelly on the future of refereeing, and the worst aspect of punditry

We're down a host so we are doubling up on guests: Gavin Cooney introduces interviews with MLS referee Alan Kelly, and Ireland's top scorer at Euro 2012, Sean St Ledger.


Ep 41: Stephen Elliott on how the Irish fared in the Premier League, and Saipan memories; Bertie backs Wenger

We speak to Stephen Elliott this week on how he thinks the Irish fared in the Premier League, and also get his take on how he remembers Saipan, 15 years on. He also chats about life at Drogheda, and how clubs are affected by the restructuring of the League of Ireland. We also rate the Irish performances in the Premier League, and reveal how Bertie Ahern is pro-Wenger.


The FA Cup Show Episode 6: Lawrie Sanchez

More speak with Lawrie Sanchez about the incredible 1988 FA Cup final


Ep 40: Noel Hunt on being frozen out by Ireland, lower-league struggles, Phil Brown, and scrapping with his brother in a hurling match; 2nd Annual Goldenballs

Noel Hunt is this week's guest, and he talks about his successful season with Portsmouth, what makes a good agent, scrapping with his brother in an underage hurling match, and his feeling "short-changed" by the Irish set-up after the controversy over the Bari equaliser. Elsewhere, we hand out awards in the second annual Golden Balls, and we have our Ladbrokes Bet of the Week.


Ep 39: Irish football's best drinking game; A glorious 7-0 defeat; Carragher and Neville in an MNF throwdown

On today's show we play Irish football's greatest game: Six Degrees of Ian Harte. Can you find a player who cannot be mapped back to Ian Harte? Let us know: tweet #TheBallBag or email Also, we look at slick Berba and Carragher v Neville in pundit watch, and celebrate Ireland's glorious 7-0 defeat to Germany at the U-17 Euros.


Ep 38: James Richardson on puns, Totti, ice-cream and being caught in an Italian Ultra riot; Despair on the north-east

Our guest this week is the podfather: James Richardson. Ahead of Football Weekly Live in Dublin, AC Jimbo talks to us about finding himself abandoned in a riot among Genoa fans, the successes of Football Italia and Football Weekly, puns, ice-cream, and Francesco Totti. Elsewhere, we discuss the Aaron Lennon news, and the reaction among certain British tabloids. Weird Shit from the Internet this week features the hilarious despair of Sunderland and Newcastle fans.


Friends In Football Episode 3: Graham Hunter

Barcelona's greatest Scot Graham Hunter talks to his about his fascinating and amazing career, and is joined by his "Friend in Football" - publisher Martin Greig, the man behind Graham's incredibly success football podcast "The Big Interview"


Ep 37: The Irishman who has managed Sierra Leone and Rwanda; Barton's betting ban and Neil Taylor's lenient one; The BallBag Live

Today we meet Johnny McKinstry, the Lisburn native who talks through his amazing management career, which includes spells in charge of Sierra Leone and Rwanda, the former with whom he became the youngest active manager in international football at the age of 27. He talks of dealing with the ebola virus in Sierra Leone, and the importance of football in Rwanda, a country trying to re-define its image, 23 years on. We also have another edition of runaway success story Name A Random...

Duration:01:23:09 FA Cup Pod Episode 4: Kevin Moran

Manchester United Kevin Moran discusses his incredible FA Cup career with


Episode 36: Cillian Sheridan on Poland, Cyprus and being snubbed by Ronaldo; Picking a football Lions squad;

This week we speak to Cavan's best-travelled man, Cillian Sheridan on life in Poland, Cyprus and Bulgaria, while also finding out why he no longer swaps shirts after being stood up by Pique and Ronaldo. We also pick a Lions-inspired squad from Ireland and Britain, plus we have another installment of Graeme Souness hates Leicester.


Episode 35: The Irishman who became Boca Juniors' first coach; Keith Andrews picks his ultimate 5 a side team; Tony Adams invades Spain

This week we speak to Tom Hurley, the man behind a fascinating new documentary on Paddy McCarthy, the Irishman who became the first coach of Boca Juniors. We also hear from Keith Andrews, who picks his ultimate Irish 5-a-side team, and English football leads the charge on Gibraltar, beginning with Tony Adams. Get in touch: email or tweet #TheBallBag.


Episode 34: Stephen McPhail on Leeds, Rovers, and Robbie Keane; FAI Debacle; Shaw's Redemption?

We speak exclusively to Shamrock Rovers' Sporting Director Stephen McPhail about life in charge at Rovers, his playing career, and whether Robbie Keane is likely to sign for the club. We also talk about the busy week of sporting controversies: Noel King defended the FAI over their treatment of the Women's National team, and David Moyes has spoken again about his comments to a BBC journalist. We also have our Ladbrokes Bet of the Week, and a return of an old Man United favourite: Andy Tate.


Episode 33: Iceland's famous commentator on the Euros, losing his day job, and Ireland; the AVIVA Horn debate

On this week's edition we speak exclusively to Gudmumndr Benediktsson, known to you as the Icelandic football commentator who became a global superstar during Euro 2016. He speaks of dealing with his new found fame, his playing career, what it was like to be sacked from his coaching job during the Euros. Elsewhere, we debate the brass band on show at the Aviva, and reflect on Ireland/Iceland. We also have a Chinese Super League update, and we have our ladbrokes bet of the week. Get in...


Ep 32: David Meyler on the Euros, Roy Keane, and FIFA; John Hartson on Ireland/Wales

Cracking episode for you this week: Mikey caught up with David Meyler to talk FIFA, Roy Keane, and Ireland. We look ahead to Ireland/Wales, hear from John Hartson on said game, and Gavan Casey is back with news of how he woke up on a New York City porch. Get in touch: tweet #TheBallBag to @ballsdotie, @GavanCasey, @gcooney93, @Mikeyt086. Or email


Friends In Football Episode 2: Keith Andrews

Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews sits down to discuss his career, Euro 2012 and his philosophy on punditry. He's also joined by his former coach at Stella Maris Gerry Reddy.