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Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.

Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.
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Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.




Martin Edwards: The Architect Behind Manchester United

Today's guest is ex-Manchester United owner and honorary president Martin Edwards. He ran Manchester United from 1980-2002 and in this time he took the club to new heights. When he took over the club was worth an estimated £2 million and when he left it was worth nearly £1 billion. During his time in charge, United won more than 17 major cups, including 7 Premier League trophies (compared to 5 in the 22 years before him). Edwards was part of the 'big 5' owners who led the formation of the...


Mick Harford- The Head Waiter

Our guest is Mick Harford. Harford is the Chief Recruitment Officer of Luton Town. Previously he was a player for more than 20 years making nearly 600 appearances and scoring almost 200 goals. He scored Chelsea's first goal in the Premier League. Following his playing days, he coached at Luton Town, QPR and others. In this episode, he discusses the role of the centre-forward in his day versus today, various aspects of scouting and whether he sustained permanent head injuries because of his...


Lawrie McMenemy: Buckingham Palace Guard to Winning the FA Cup

Today our guest is Lawrie McMenemy. Many of you, myself included, were not around when McMenemy was one of the elite managers in English football. In his 25+ years he coached at Grimsby Town, Doncaster, Southampton, Sunderland and was an assistant with the English National team. Some of his highlights include: guiding three different teams to promotion, winning the 1976 FA Cup with Southampton, and finishing second in the league in 1983-84. He's also managed legendary players like Peter...


Kieron Dyer: No More Secrets

Today's guest is ex-Ipswich, Newcastle, West-Ham, QPR, Middlesborough and England midfielder Kieron Dyer. Dyer has been making headlines for the last few weeks because of his new autobiography, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late: My Story which you can get in bookstores across the UK and online. I sat down with him to discuss some of the important topics he brings up in that book including - his lengthy injury history and how he battled the fan abuse because of it, - World Cup memories and why...


Gerry Francis: London's Captain

Today's guest is Gerry Francis. Francis played nearly 20 years as a forward with numerous clubs, most notably QPR. In 1975 at the age of 23 he was named England captain. After playing he was a manager for 18 years, including at QPR & Tottenham. He led both to the position of top finishing London club which hasn't happened at either club since. He then became an assistant under Tony Pulis at West Brom, Crystal Palace and Stoke City. Recently he wrote a book called, The Team That Dared to Do...


Steve Avory: The Father of Charlton's Academy

Today's guest is Charlton Athletic Academy Manager, Steve Avory. Avory is one of the top developers of talent in the country. His club, Charlton, are the 7th best academy in producing professional footballers, ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Man City, according to Training Ground Guru. Some notable names to be developed since Avory started in 2001 include: Harry Arter, Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson, Darren Randolph, Ademola Lookman, Joe Gomez. In the episode we investigate: how has...


Tony Coton: The Goalkeeper Guru

Today's guest is Tony Coton. Coton made more than 500 appearances as a goalkeeper for Birmingham City, Watford, Manchester City, Manchester United and Sunderland. He was Manchester's goalkeeper for nearly a decade under Sir Alex Ferguson. He is currently the Chief UK scout for Aston Villa. You can learn more about Tony from his autobiography, There to Be Shot At Timeline: 4:25 His debut when he set a record 7:50 Getting into...


Colin Gordon: The Emperor's Naked

Today's guest is Colin Gordon. Gordon is the owner of Kidderminster Harriers, a non-league club based near Birmingham. Previously he was one of the founder's of Key Sports Management, one of the most elite management agencies in football. Some of his notable clients included Steve McClaren, Theo Walcott, David James, and Steve McManaman. Before his career as an agent, he was a player for numerous clubs in a 10-year career. In this episode we discuss: life as an agent, corruption in...


Adebayo Akinfenwa: When Goliath is David

Todays guest is Adebayo Akinfenwa. Akinfenwa is most known for being one of the biggest footballers to ever to play the game. His size led to FIFA naming him the strongest footballer six times. He's made over 500 appearances in League One and Two scoring 179 times. His most memorable goal came while playing with Wimbeldon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in 2015 against his boyhood favorite team, Liverpool. He parlayed his size and popularity into his popular clothing line, Beast Mode On. We...


Ron Atkinson Ready To Publish- 1:16:18, 9.53 AM

Today's guest is legendary manager Ron Atkinson. Atkinson has been a fixture in British football for nearly 60 years. His playing career started in 1956 as a player for Aston Villa where he later coached. His career spans the entire modern game and it's this ability to compare multiple eras that really interests me. He's most known as a successful manager for West Brom, Man United, Aston Villa, and Sheffield Wednesday among many others. He's won trophies with 3 different clubs, the only...


Cyrille Regis: His Life in His Words

Legendary footballer Cyrille Regis passed away last night at the age of 59. Six months ago, in July 2017, I had the opportunity to speak to Cyrille about his life. From moving from French Guiana to London at the age of five, to preserving through poverty, racism in football and the loss of his best friend and ex-teammate Laurie Cunningham. Regis reflects on it all. He's one of a kind, a man who inspired thousands of young black British footballers. He played the game and lived life with a...


Viv Anderson: How to Gracefully "Fall off a Cliff"

Our guest today is ex-player Viv Anderson. Anderson made more than 600 appearances for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Manchester United. With Nottingham Forest he won back to back European Cups in 1979 & 1980. In 1978, Anderson became famous for being the first back player to represent England, ending up with 30 caps. At the end of his playing career he became a player-manager with Barnsley before becoming an assistant manager under Bryan Robson for the next 7 years. In 2004...


Rob Swire: The Man Behind 1000+ Injuries at United

Our guest today is physiotherapist Rob Swire. Swire was Manchester United's assistant physio from 1991 -1999, mostly working with the youth teams and reserve team and then head physio from 1999-2014. There, he worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and helped the club win 35 trophies. In his time he treated more than 1000 injuries, working with the biggest stars in the game like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Before working at United, he worked at the NHS for 5 years and then at Halifax...


Bruce Grobbelaar: The Smiling Soldier

In our first episode we are joined by Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar. Grobbelaar was famously the Liverpool goalkeeper from 1981-1994 where he won 19 trophies in 13 years. In that Liverpool dynasty, he was a constant presence between the posts making 627 appearances, good for 9th all-time for the club. Why he ran away from home 5:31 Growing up in de facto segregation in Rhodesia 10:10 The Christmas that started the war 19:15 How war impacted his life 24:40 His unique pregame routine...


Welcome to This Football Life

Walk a mile in the shoes of the legends of the game, and the people who make the beautiful game what it is. Welcome to This Football Life, the podcast where we go behind the scenes to examine the careers of football's most interesting people. Listen to players, coaches, agents, physios, executives and more talk about their journey through the football world. See the game through a different lens. New episodes come out every Wednesday. For more in-depth football features check out...


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