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“Across The Park”
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In the latest episode, Terry and Phil kick off the show for the reds who, after losing key player in Virgil Van DIjk last week, have enjoyed a good week with two subsequent wins. The lads run over the narrow away victory to Ajax in the opening game of their Champions League campaign first, before moving on to analyse the 2-1 win at home to Sheffield United, with both Phil and Terry full of praise for Joe Gomez' performance. Focus then shifts to the Blues, as Craig and Judgy discuss the disappointing away defeat to Southampton, with several players performances discussed including Ben Godfrey and Alex Iwobi, as well as some talk about tactical challenges facing Carlo Ancelloti with suspensions and injuries impacting the team. As always, the lads face some questions from listeners with Craig and Judgy discussing Gomes and Sigurdsson’s recent form and the reds facing a question about the future of Roberto Firmino. The episode is concluded with the lads looking forwards to the weeks upcoming fixtures; Liverpool at home to FC Midjtland in the Champions League on Tuesday, before hosting West Ham at Anfield on Saturday, whilst Everton travel to Newcastle on Sunday
Author of 'It's a Grand Old Team To Report', celebrated journalist and Head of sport at the Liverpool Echo, David Prentice joins Millsy and Judgy for an Everton FC special, talking all things the mighty blues. Prenno talks about his time growing up as an Evertonian in 70's, and just how magical a time supporting Everton in the 80's actually was. We talk all things his amazing new book. The reasons behind it, the stories, the work that went in and of course, his views from the inside of all things Everton as the Everton correspondent for the Liverpool echo. Prenno treats us to the in depth version of events behind Duncan Ferguson leaving in 1998, Walter Smiths reaction and how close the Echo were to getting the fall out very wrong! We close with his thoughts on the current Everton side and how impressed both he and his family have been, with Carlo Ancelotti! - There is also some red content as David discusses his thoughts on Jurgen Klopp and his time covering Istanbul in 2005 and the Barcelona come back in 2019. A must listen for all Merseyside football fans, and we highly recommend purchasing David's new book 'A Grand Old Team To Report' available in book stories online, and for a limited period heavily discounted over at Reach PLC Shop.
This week's episode sees the reds Terry and Phil joined by blues Millsy and Judgy to break down and review the 237th Merseyside derby, the first derby of the season and one that didn't disappoint; a 2-2 draw at Goodison that had more than its fair share of controversial moments! With VAR decisions, red cards, disallowed goals, as well as the shared spoils of the game there's plenty to discuss for both sides! Derby all covered, the lads then answer some social media questions, before looking ahead to the next fixtures for both teams; Liverpool against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, before hosting Sheffield United on the Saturday., whilst Everton travel to face Southampton on Sunday
It's the week of the 237th Merseyside derby and the build up starts here. Millsy and Craig for the blues debate with Gary and Terry for the reds about who will come out on top in one of the most eagerly awaited derbies in recent years. Both sides are in confident moods as the blues believe the new midfielder power along with James Rodriguez form will be too much for the reds and in particular they target Adrian as the weak link. The reds believe Liverpool will simply be too strong for Everton and whilst believing there will be goals both ends, the reds can equally expose Jordan Pickford and point to the return or Jordan Hendrson as a huge factor. Derby memories, players you'd bring back if you could as well as Big Picture and PPV football is also discussed as we wind down to Derby Day!
Our red panelists Gary and Phil open episode 5 of the 2020/21 season by musing over a week to forget for Liverpudlians. After being dumped out of the League Cup By Arsenal and suffering their heaviest defeat in the league since 1963, Gary and Phil struggle to find any positives. Conversation turns to the a lack of quality in depth behind Alisson before the lads go on to question the application of Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and others. The lads agree there are worrying signs in defence but overall they’re not hitting the panic button just yet. The blue half of the show (from 38:40) sees Judgy and returning panellist Craig in high spirits as they recap another brilliant week for the blues in which they progressed to the quarter final of the carabao cup at the expense of West Ham and overcame a spirited Brighton at Goodison to move 3 points clear at the top of the league. Craig highlights the most pleasing attributes of Calvert Lewin’s goalscoring run whilst also purring over the form of James Rodríguez whilst Judgy admits his shock at the continued dominant defensive displays from Michael Keane whilst both lads express their concern in relation to Jordon Pickfords form. The show is closed out with some social media questions for both teams as both sides start to look forwards to the derby which will be previewed in full next week.
This weeks show sees the lads trial a new format which allows our listeners to skip directly to the part of the show they want to listen to most. The first 30 minutes of the show sees blue panelists Judgy and Pricey discussing Everton’s recent 2-1 win over Palace, before going on to preview the upcoming fixtures against West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and Brighton at home in the Premier League on Saturday. Along the way the reds get involved by asking the blues if they believe James Rodríguez to be a World Class player. After a short plug for our sponsors, CamperKings, the second half of the show kicks off red panelists Peter and Phil lauding over the dominant performance Liverpool displayed against Arsenal,. This precedes the discussion about the upcoming fixtures against Arsenal once again, in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night and Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday evening. The blues interject asking the question about Firmino’s recent goalscoring form and subsequent place in the team going forward which both reds chip in on. The episode closes with both sides coming together to answer more listener questions from social media and reviewing the fantasy football league.
In a packed episode this week, reds Terry and Phil are joined by blues Judgy and Millsy, to discuss the goings on across the park. With both teams posting impressive league wins at the weekend, Everton with a 5-2 win at home to West Brom and Liverpool with a 2-0 win away to Chelsea, the review of the games are first up. Calvert Lewin and new signing James Rodriguez's contributions are on the blues minds, whilst Fabinho and new signing Thiago feature in discussions for the reds. Talk then moves to the upcoming fixtures, with Carabao cup games up first, Everton away to Fleetwood and Liverpool away to Lincoln City, before the next round of Premier League games is covered with Everton away at C.Palace before Liverpool host Arsenal. The episode is rounded out with the lads covering some listener questions.
Episode 2 of the 20/21 Season reviews the welcome return of Premier League Football. The show kicks off with a review of Liverpool's entertaining 4-3 win at home to newly promoted Leeds. There is plenty to ponder for Gary and Phil but the lads focus on the positives of a Salah hat trick and the positive impact that a frenetic 90 minutes of competitive Football will have on Klopp's side. Edgy and Millsy then review Everton’s 1-0 victory away at Spurs, a victory lauded by the blues, bringing to an end a run of 40 away games without a win against the traditional top 6 sides. Judgy and Mills are left licking their lips following the performances of the 3 new signings and Judgy also reserves praise for the likes of Digne, Gomes and Pickford who seemed to raise their games on Sunday. The optimism then rolls into the lads previewing the upcoming Carabao Cup game against Salford with Millsy looking for some players to be put in the shop window to potentially pave the way for a move for Wilfried Zaha, much to the excitement of Judgy. Everton’s home game against newcomers West Brom is then previewed with both Judgy and Millsy tipping another 3 points for the blues before Liverpool’s tough assignment away to Chelsea is previewed. It’s a game with an extra edge due the public war of words between the two bosses and both Gary and Phil are wary of the new look Chelsea but both feel as though the reds will have enough for them to to come out on top, just in slightly different fashion. The lads round off the show by sharing the code for the ATP Fantasy Football league (wy8p78).
The first episode of the 2020/21 season sees the lads excited to turn their attentions to some Premier League football again! The show kicks off with the blues Judgy and Pricey discussing their delight in getting three key signings over the line. The lads take a look at how each of them might be deployed whilst answering some of our listeners questions about expectations and the approach taken towards actually bringing the players in. The reds Terry and Phil then discuss the ongoing transfer saga between Wijnaldum, Thiago and Barcelona before picking apart some of the latest news around Brewster potentially leaving on a permanent deal, Villa’s £12 million bid for Wilson and the possibility of not bringing anyone else in this summer. The show closes with attentions turning to this weekends fixtures, which see Everton taking on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur away from home, whilst Liverpool welcome the newly promoted Leeds United to Anfield.
This episode sees two of the reds, Phil and Terry, joined by blue panelist Judgy, as the lads cover off what has been a relatively light week for news around both clubs. With only the Charity Shield game being played, Liverpool's loss on penalties, to Arsenal is first up, with the reds discussing a challenging afternoon for Neco Williams, as well as the team selection and the performance. Then talk turns to the blue side, where recent transfer news hinting at deals being as good as done for Napoli's Brazilian midfielder; Allan and also Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, sees Judgy discussing the impact these signings could have and also answering a social media question on his opinion on other possible Everton targets.
The third episode of the short 20/21 pre-season sees Judgy representing the Blues alongside Phil and Terry for the Reds, as we look back over the first friendly games of pre-season, plus the news and rumours surrounding both teams this week. For Liverpool, the standout performances of Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are highlighted, from the 3-0 friendly win against Stuttgart, whilst Phil and Terry ponder over whether Liverpool should have Brewster as part of the plans for the coming season. The rumours of a deal for Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich continue to gather momentum and the reds express their excitement at a possible transfer, following his performance in the Champions League final. Judgy talks through the 3-3 draw with Blackpool which saw the blues crawl out the blocks, going 3-0 down in 11 minutes, before recovering to salvage a draw. Rustiness is blamed for that and Judgy looks to the positives of seeing new signing Nkounkou impress in his cameo, as well as considering the significance of Jon Joe Kenny getting the nod at right back ahead of Seamus Coleman. The move for Allan seems to be very close now and Judgy once again highlights his eagerness to get that deal done to help boost morale and quality amongst the squad. Lastly, there are some social media questions for both sides of the park, including the role of youngster Anthony Gordon in Everton's side, the performance of Bolasie at the weekend and whether the reds would part with Wijnaldum, with one of our listeners adamant that he should not be allowed to leave the club at any cost.
The second episode of the short 20/21 Pre Season involves Millsy hosting alongside Judgy for the blues and Gary for the Reds as we look through the news and rumours surrounding both teams this week. For Everton, the rumours of a deal for Allan from Napoli continue to gather momentum and it seems that one is very close. Judgy talks through the qualities that the Brazilian will add to the lacklustre Everton midfield as well as discussing the potential move for long term Everton target Dacoure from relegated Watford. On the red side, Gary is asked how significant the signing of Thiago Alicantara would be for the current Liverpool squad and how much he, as a fan, wants it to happen before the new deal for Neco Williams is covered as well as the statement from Jurgen Klopp that he plans to walk away from Liverpool and potentially Football, at the end of his contract in 2024. There are some juicy social media questions for both sides of the park including further question marks about the role of Marcel Brands at Everton, the “worst flops” that the Blues and Reds can remember and the people that the lads would most relish recording a podcast with. The podcast concludes with Millsy giving his missus a telling off for disrupting the “Zoom” connection and both sides discussing the rumours that Football fans may be able to return as early as October but only with stadiums at 20% capacity.
Episode 1 - Pre-Season 2020/2021
is now available!
The pre-season is here, after the longest Premier League season of all time and last week's Season Review special, the lads dive into the news, the rumours and kick off a brand new interactive spot on the podcast. Reds Gary and Phil are joined by Millsy from the blue side and the episode wastes no time in talking about what they know and hope for from Liverpool's new signing, Greek International Kostas Tsimikas. The reds also talk about rumours linking them with other players across the globe and what they think the future holds for returning loanee's such as Harry Wilson. Talk then turns to the blue side and how the differing stories each day about the clubs summer budget, makes it impossible to know what to expect. Millsy discusses the two names that wont go away; Allan and Gabrielle Magalhaes and what they could bring to this Everton side. The group tackle some social media questions from listeners, including Jarrad Branthwaite's role next season, the best and worst of Across The Park extra and highest and lowest points as supporters before the episode closes out introducing our brand new feature exclusive to Twitter @acrosstheparkpc - the greatest Premier League Merseyside Derby. The quarter final's are out this week to vote on and we hope you get involved!
Season 2019 - 2020 & Season 2 of Across The Park has drawn to a close, and we sit down and review the longest Premiership season in history. Phil & Terry reflect on a Championship winning season for the reds, whilst Judgy and Millsy dissect what has been a frustrating campaign for the blues. We talk games, goals, performances and take a look back at the moments that molded the season, both positive and negative. From Marco Silva and Carlo Ancelotti to World Club Cups, trophies and 3 derbies inbetween, it's all here as we look back at 2019 - 2020 for both clubs, Across The Park.
This latest episode of Across The Park, sees reds Terry and Phil, joined by blues Judgy and Millsy as they discuss the final games of the 2019/20 Premier League season as well as other news and developments at both clubs. First up, the blues give their feelings on the news of Leighton Baines' retirement from football, before the reds then similarly reflect on Adam Lalanna leaving the club and Jordan Henderson receiving the first player award of the season, the Football Writer's Association Player of the Year. Both sides briefly review the final games of the year, Liverpool winning at Newcastle, whilst Everton lost at home to Bournemouth, before the lads tackle some social media questions. Topics include amongst other things; Naby Keita's resurgence, Jordan Pickford's position in this Everton side and also the form of Andre Gomes, as well as recent transfer links, with Liverpool linked to a new central defensive signing and Everton's a possible destination for Napoli midfielder Allan.
Across The Park once again goes Across The Mersey, as we talk to our good friend and huge Tranmere Fan, Matt Jones who reviews the 19/20 Tranmere season. From losing James Norwood and a slow start, to turning things around in January and going on a run that seen the Super white army cheer the team on as they clawed their way to what looked to be survival. We get Matt's opinion on the hot topic of PPG, the clubs that voted, clubs that didn't and how he feels as a fan seeing Tranmere go down, without having the chance to play and fight whilst other's around them are given that chance. We of course talk Mike Jackson, Micky Mellon, Connor Jennings, the future and the giant killing of Premier league Watford in the FA Cup. A must listen for the SWA, Merseyside football fans and to hear more on Matt and Tranmere Rovers, please check out @ATTMpod on twitter!
Episode 47 see's Millsy as the only blue talking the previous 2 games for both clubs alongside red's Phil & Gary. The reds first of all reflect on a disappointing result at Arsenal which meant Liverpool could not reach the milestone 100 points this season, and their pride at the teams performance in a tough game against Chelsea. The premier league celebrations are discussed with both agreeing the club did the best job they could with no fans in attendance and how they celebrated themselves. Millsy discusses Everton's draw against Aston Villa and win at Sheffield Utd and how he believes the switch to 451 seen Everton perform alot better than in recent weeks & if that changes plans for recruitment this summer. The lad's answer some social media questions regarding possible transfers in from relegated teams, Bernard's future and if Liverpool's season could have been even better had a domestic cup run been successful. - We apologise for the sound quality on one of the panellist's (Millsy) microphone. This was a technical problem not discovered till after recording was complete. We hope this doesn't effect your enjoyment of the show.
In this latest episode of Across The Park Extra, two of the reds, Phil and Terry sit down with former player Gary Gillespie, to talk over his journey to the club and reflect on his time playing at the heart of the defence, in some of the greatest teams in Liverpool's history. From becoming Joe Fagan's first signing but then struggling to break into the side, progressing to become a mainstay and in the process breaking up the Lawrenson/Hansen centre back pairing, before finally seeing Dalglish's resignation and the arrival of Graeme Souness as manager, Gary was at the club during some of Liverpool's most successful and also it's most challenging times. Join us as he gives us the view and stories from inside the 1980's Liverpool dressing room, discussed his continued love for the football club, the city and it's people and reflects on the highs and lows of a long and distinguished football career!
This week's episode see's the lads review the last 2 weeks worth of football and preview the upcoming games which lead us to the final week of 19/20 season. Millsy & Judgy passionately dissect the recent performances of a number of individuals and agree that a number of players have reached the end of their Everton career. The lack of desire and effort is discussed as the blue's discuss a run of games that seen Everton take 1 from 9 and all but end the hope of a European place. Social media questions ask about the 442 formation and Judgy analyses the pro's and con's of a 442 approach and if he believes Everton have the personnel in place to play it effectively. Gary & Phil on the red side then talk about the red's recent run of games, including why they don't believe the result at Manchester City will have any bearing on next season's title challenge between the 2 clubs, as well as discussing how pleasing a number of individual performances from the younger members of the squad, particularly Curtis Jones have been. Social media on the red side brings the discussion to Dejan Lovren's Liverpool career after rumours that Zenit St Petersburg have shown interest, and how they feel any approach should be handled. We close out previewing Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, the importance or non importance of a record points total and Everton's games against Aston Villa and Sheffield United, two teams who desperately need points for different reasons & how they see the outcome. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!
This episode of ATP Extra is a red side of the park special and a bit of a break from the normal format of only one guest, as in this episode, we interview several guests that have appeared on Across the Park over the last couple of seasons, to get their immediate reactions to Liverpool recently winning number 19 and finally getting our hands on the Premier League title!
The guests on this episode are:
Former Liverpool players; Gary Gillespie, Jay Spearing and Tony Warner,
Lead singer of the Farm and founder member of the Spirit of Shankly Peter Hooton,
Former Cagewarriors MMA Lightweight World champion Paddy Pimblett,
Former British and Commonwealth boxing champion Stephen Smith,
Author and journalist for “This is Anfield” Jeff Goulding and
Ex-Liverpool academy coach and now academy director for the Seattle Sounders in the MLS, Gary Lewis
Whilst the format of the interviews is similar for each guest, each one has a different experience and perspective on what is a momentous occasion in this clubs history and, with their contrasting careers and backgrounds, all give us different insights into what the win means for them and the club, how the players will react and where they see the current standing and future potential of this Liverpool team!
All interviews were conducted in the ten days following Liverpool being confirmed as champions, so some interviews may contain comments about upcoming games that have subsequently now taken place. However, we do try to limit editing of interviews, so that the listener gets the full picture and is as close to the live conversation as possible and we hope that this doesn’t detract from your enjoyment of the show!
On a Liverpool FC extra, Terry & Millsy are joined via Zoom to talk all things Liverpool FC and boxing with one of the most exciting fighters the City has produced, former Olympian, British champion and Commonwealth gold medalist & huge red, David Price.
David tells us all about growing up as a young red, from minding cars at the stadium, the spice boys era and his first memories of falling in love with the reds.
David followed the reds home and away and tells us of some great memories from Cardiff, European away games and of course the 2005 Champions league final in Istanbul.
Talk turns to his boxing career and we find out the process behind being selected for Commonwealth & Olympics and run through the electric start to his professional career and the hype that surrounded it. We ask, and get the answers in relation to his previous rivalry with Tyson Fury, the incredible scenes at the Kash Ali fight when David was bit 3 times and if YNWA being played at Goodison on the Bellew Makabu card as his ring walk was ever on the cards.
David closes by telling us what's next for him and his career and his excitement and joy at watching this current Liverpool side evolve into the best in the world under Jurgen Klopp.
Reds & boxing fans, be sure not to miss this!
On this edition of Across The Park Extra, Millsy is joined by Luke Garbutt via zoom, as they run through the timeline of his Everton career. Luke tells us of the pressure's he felt from the start, when his move to Everton at the age of 16 had huge publicity, resulting in a tribunal deciding his fee and how he carried that pressure around in the early stages of his time at the club. We talk about his time on loan at Cheltenham & Colchester before his step up the first team squad, & Luke explains how he found his time under David Moyes and his reaction to Roberto Martinez coming in as his successor. Luke talks in detail about his thoughts on the different styles of both managers and his admiration for how Roberto brought him into the team in 2014-15 and his pride at some of his performances that season. We break down the end of 14-15 when Luke was left out of the squads as contract negotiations unfolded and how frustrated he was at the time, before his decision to sign a 5 year deal and the hope he had to be successful at Everton. Luke also discusses the pro-longed ending of his time at the club, and how an incident with Ronald Koeman was the reality that his days at the club were numbered & his pain at being omitted from the Premier League squad for 17-18. Luke is open and honest about how this affected him mentally and how he re discovered his passion for the game with loans spells at Oxford & Ipswich. We finish off with Luke revealing his love for the fanbase and his appreciation of the support he always received. This is a must listen for all Evertonian's and football fans a like!
The latest episode of Across The Park sees reds Terry and Phil, joined by blues Gary and Craig as they discuss all the latest news from both clubs. First up, the reds briefly give their reaction to Liverpool's first Premier League title, won in record fashion with 7 games remaining. The latest games are then reviewed with the blues giving their view on Everton's win over Norwich and the reds reflecting on a 4-0 win over C.Palace. The team then discuss the celebrations after Liverpool's title win, giving their opinion on the gatherings and some of the more disappointing elements which have dominated the headlines recently and for which the pod received a lot of listeners questions. The blues tackle a question about the increasing influence and improvement of Mason Holgate, before the lads look forward to this weeks football action, with previews of the upcoming games; Everton's meeting with Leicester on Wednesday and Liverpool's game against Man City at the Etihad on Thursday
On this episode of Across The Park Extra, Judgy & Millsy are honoured to be joined, via zoom, by Everton’s most successful captain, Mr Kevin Ratcliffe in an Everton FC special. We discuss the 80’s as Kevin tells us of his initial struggles to break into what we would become arguably Everton’s best ever side, with the club at one point making him available for transfer. We talk about the turning point, and what Kevin thinks it was in that 1983-94 season that seen the club go from playing in front of low crowds and struggling to going toe to toe with Liverpool in the Milk cup final to eventually lifting the FA Cup in 1984. Kevin explains how things were behind the scenes, both on and off the pitch as he expresses the unique bond that existed between the players of that team and just how good Everton actually were in 1985, overcoming Bayern Munich and Rapid Vienna to capture Everton’s first ever European trophy and of course, clinching the 1985 league title. We get Kevin’s honest opinion on Andy Gray making way for Gary Lineker, the break up of the squad including Howard Kendall leaving for Spain and his honest assessment of why some of the replacements were never going to replicate the success of their predecessors. This is a magical trip down memory lane which is started and finished by speaking to Kevin Ratcliffe "the fan" - as Kevin reveals first experiences of going the game as well as his hopes for the current Everton side under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.
In our 29th Across The Park Extra our resident reds Phil Roberts and Gary Murray are joined by Former England and Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert! Rickie gives a fascinating insight into his career: being released by his dream club Liverpool at a young age and then going through the leagues and coming full circle to the pinnacle of the game, playing for Liverpool once again and representing his country. On Liverpool Rickie speaks about: replacing Suarez, how close Liverpool were to signing Sanchez, his relationship with Gerrard and Gerrard’s retirement, Mario Balotelli’s training antics, the Raheem sterling BBC interview, the class of some of the players he’s played with and for the first time Rickie opens up, in depth, on why it ultimately didn’t work out for him at Liverpool and the absolute heartbreak he went through at the time. A fascinating story of a player who worked his way through the leagues, scoring goals in 4 divisions, the champions league and internationally. Rickie is a great local lad and this episode is a superb listen for all!
Episode 44 of this season's show see's the lads, Millsy & Craig for the blues and Gary & Phil for the reds discuss the outcome of last weekends Merseyside Derby. The blues are impressed with Carlo Ancelotti's approach to the game and argue that with the chances that fell to the blues, should have taken all 3 points whilst the reds focus on the positive performance of some individuals as well as a point that brings the 19th league title one step closer. The lads also discuss the visual of the behind closed doors game and how they think it affected both sides in different ways. The blues look back on the Everton career of Morgan Schneiderlin after his move to Nice edges closer and both sides look at Marcel Brands recent quotes, citing Liverpool's approach to the transfer market as the model to follow. The show ends as we look ahead to Wednesday's games as Norwich host Everton and Liverpool return to Anfield to face Crystal Palace.
This week's episode sees the lad's focusing on the return of Premier League football! With the first fixture for both clubs being the Merseyside derby on Sunday, there is discussion of the prep and build-up both teams have done in the last fortnight, as well as whether the derby experience will be the same amidst lockdown and with the "behind closed doors" arrangements. Attention then moves to tackling some listener questions, starting with Everton's Financial Fair Play situation and whether it will impact on potential signings, with the James Rodriguez and Thiago Silva both linked in recent weeks. For the Reds, the ongoing rumours about a Philippe Coutinho's plea to return to Liverpool is then discussed. The show is then closed off with both sides of the pod giving their opinion on their sides team selection, setup and possible tactics going into Sunday's game
On this episode of Across The Park Extra, Millsy & Craig are joined by a man who played an essential role at the club between 2002-2010 and once referred to as David Moyes best ever signing, the head physio Mick Rathbone. ‘Baz’ tells us how he was greeted in style on his first day by Duncan Ferguson and explains the diagnosis that pro-longed the big mans career. We chat the timeline of the stories behind the scenes during that time, including the pressure treating Wayne Rooney in 2004 after he returned from Euro 2004, the work rate David Moyes expected, the madness of Thomas Gravesen and how unlucky he felt Andy Van Der Meyde was with 3 serious injuries during his Everton career. We of course, chat all things 2009 when the club reached the FA Cup Final and just how Baz dealt with the run of injuries prior to that when Yakubu, Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka & Victor Anichebe all suffered long term injuries, including how Jags and Mikel both broke down during their recovery. Baz tells us some of the funnier stories from his time at the club that has the lads in stitches, and how his return to the club as part of the academy medical team came about. A must listen for all blues!
On this weeks episode Ian and Craig from the blue side are joined by Gary and Terry from the reds. They firstly discuss the restart of Premier League football and whether technology can help with behind closed door games, along with the decision on whether the Merseyside Derby should go ahead at Goodison Park or a Neutral Venue. Talk then turns to transfers and whether Liverpool ‘missed out’ on German starlet Timo Werner or chose not to sign him because of tactical strategy or the financial implications of COVID-19. The mooted returns of former Everton favourite Idrissa Gueye and last seasons loanee Kurt Zouma are covered, including where the former would fit into a Carlo Ancelloti 4-4-2, before the boys answer a social media question from one of the listeners, which was a little more challenging for the red side of the team! Tune in, to find out why!
On this edition of Across The Park extra, Millsy and Judgy are joined via zoom by former WBC Cruiserweight Champion of the world and huge Evertonian, Tony Bellew. Tony has the lads in stitches with tales of growing up as a "rebellious" Evertonian, inspired by his older brother, to memories of the two infamous "great escapes" in 1994 and 1998. Tony also spoke about how he went from being a regular Evertonian, to training at Finch Farm, as part of a special relationship he developed with his beloved club. Tony tells us about the time he first met David Moyes, which almost led to him getting into a fight and how Moyes helped him meet Dave Billows, his fitness coach, who became a huge influence on his career. No punches are pulled in Tony’s opinion on how special David Moyes’ time was at the club, his relationship and love for Bill Kenwright and how he feels the inside of the club changed for the worse during a period of changing managers and personnel.
We ask Tony about "that special night" at Goodison Park when he captured the WBC Cruiserweight title in dramatic fashion against Ilunga Makabu and just how much pressure he felt personally in fighting at the place he loved most. This is a fantastic insight into the real Anthony Bellew. His love for his family, Everton and appreciation of the opportunities he has had through boxing shine through with a side of typical "scouse humour". Tony is a shining example that dreams can come true but he is also humble and honest enough to concede that he has had his fair share of tough moments and this note, the three blues share their own recognition of the significance of mental health in modern society before signing off. For any Football or Boxing fans, this is a must listen.
On this episode, our reds, Phil and Gary, are joined over zoom by ex Liverpool midfielder and current Blackpool captain Jay Spearing. Jay talks through how he made his way through the ranks to make the first team which included quite a few setback he had to overcome. Jay was in the team at the end of Rafael Benitez’s reign, through Roy Hodgson, King Kenny and the beginning of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure. He’s talks openly and honestly about things that went on during these periods, from the infamous Rafa rant, Roy’s failures and the Suárez/ Evra racism incident were the club decided to wear T-shirts supporting Suárez. He also talks about his feeling during certain milestones in his career from making his debut in a 1-3 victory against PSV, his home debut in the 4-0 victory over Madrid, being promoted to Melwood and the first team and winning a trophy with his boyhood club. This is a brilliant listen for any red. Spearing is a local lad who has lived every young lads dream and it shows just that listening to him.
In an Everton FC edition of Across The Park Extra, Millsy & Judgy are delighted to be joined by ex Everton & Republic of Ireland International midfielder, Gareth Farrelly.
We chat Gareth's Everton career in detail, from him being present at Howard Kendall's press conference and signing a blank contract to his hurt at leaving the club in 1999. The scorer of one of the most important goals in Everton's history, we re-visit that day against Coventry in 1998 in detail. From the build up and the team asking to forfeit their day off in the week, to the day itself and the pressure as a young Evertonian he felt walking out to Z-Cars with the club's Premier league status on the line.
We talk merseyside derby memories, the influence of Duncan as captain, the arrival of Walter Smith and his special relationship with Howard Kendall in a must listen for all blues!
In the latest episode we have two blues and two reds for the first time since lockdown via zoom! The boys kick of by discussing the return of mainstream Football in the shape of the Bundesliga action. Whether all the lads got to watch all the Football was a mixed bag! The discussion of the German action then moved onto talking about the impact of no crowds on the experience for the viewers with Terry tabling the suggestion from some broadcasters of "computer generated crowd noise", an idea that is actually generally welcomed by the panelists. With talk shifting to the Premier League, the news of positive tests coming back from the first round of testing of players and staff is first on the agenda, Troy Deeney's stance is supported and the boys remain curious to see how the testing results will impact on a potential return date. Judgy introduces the announcement from Everton that fans will be refunded for the remaining games to the forum and the move to offer fans the option to donate the refund to the Community is also commended. The transfer speculation doing the rounds by the lads is covered and the importance of Ancelotti to the blues in both attracting and managing top class players with "egos" (Rabiot etc) is again mentioned. The lads close off by promoting the exciting upcoming extras whilst also praising the outstanding support that City Talk have given to the podcast, with the news that they will be closing their doors at the end of the mont. Great to have four of the boys back together and we hope you enjoy it!
On this episode of across the park extra, Judgy and Millsy are joined via zoom by ex Everton striker Marcus Bent. Marcus talks about his Everton career in depth, from the beginning and the pressure on his shoulders, to leading the line in an Everton team post Wayne Rooney. Marcus is brutally honest about his disappointment in leaving the club and the details that led to him asking to leave. Marcus talks about the "band of brothers" mentality the 2004 2005 side had. which led to them finishing 4th, as well reflecting on some huge victories that season over Liverpool and Manchester United. As always, this is a must listen for all blues as we look back at Marcus ' Everton days with refreshing honesty and laughs along the way!
Judgy and Millsy are joined by ex defender and massive blue; Michael Ball over zoom, to discuss to review the season so far in this bonus show. Bally looks all the way back to last summers transfer activity including how the club missed out on adding a centre back before reflecting on the end of Marco Silva's reign as manager. The impact of Big Dunc is lauded by Bally before the lads look at the stand out players from the season so far including the emergence of Mason Holgate as first choice centre back. This is a great listen for blues during lockdown!
Legendary singer songwriter and huge red Peter Hooton joins Phil and Millsy via zoom to give his thoughts on "Project restart" and discuss some of the big moments in the season so far for LFC; from trusting Klopp in a quiet summer transfer window, to what he perceived to be the game he finally started to realise how dominant the reds could actually be this season. We chat the Merseyside derby cup game and Champions league exit to Atletico as well as which ex player he would love to have in this current side. A must listen for all reds during lockdown!
Tonight’s episode sees the return of blue panelist, Millsy, who hosts alongside our red panelist Phil. There’s much to discuss with the latest round of “Project Restart” talks concluding with the news that if the Premier League resumes, it will be behind closed doors, at neutral venues. Millsy and Phil discuss whether the integrity of the league would be compromised by this or not and, whether or not it would make sense to have no relegated teams this season. The show concludes with a round up of the latest transfer stories which sees Phil break down the potential pros and cons of the much anticipated Timo Werner signing. Koulibaly and Coutinho are two players who have been linked with both clubs and the lads discuss the likelihood of these signings, as well as who might partner Koulibaly if he was to sign for the blues. Finally Millsy speaks on the midfield requirements at Everton and explains where the recently linked Ibrahim Sangaré would fit into Ancelotti’s plans
This week's episode is brought to you by our red panellist Gary and he is joined by Craig from the blue side of the team. With the lockdown still in place the lads are recording from their homes and start off by discussing the reports that the Premier League are aiming to resume sometime in June. They discuss how much they’re missing the football with Gary watching the conclusion of the EA Fifa tournament, just to watch some sort of sport! The next topic on the agenda is the news that Liverpool have postponed the expansion of the Anfield Road stand for at least a year, due to the Covid-19 implications on construction companies. Attention then turns to Moise Kean who broke the isolation rules set by the government and by Everton themselves, who have quickly moved to condemn and punish his actions. To end the show, the lads discuss recent transfer speculations ranging from the Timo Werner to Liverpool, Coutinho being linked with a return to the premier league and the potential of him turning out in the colours of Everton
Due to the continued "lockdown", this week's episode was recorded remotely and brought to you by blue panelist Judgy and Red panelist Terry. The lads begin the episode by discussing the recent new from both sides of the park. Terry shared Liverpool's efforts to re-establish positive relations with the fans with a recent email which was shared with all season ticket holders. Both of the lads also commented on how refreshing it is to see the human side of Footballers through recent social media activity of the squads.
Judgy then moves on to talk about recent stories relating to Everton, with a fitness update provided by the Everton medical team giving blues reason to be cheerful, about seeing summer signing JP Gbamin back in the side when the Football returns. Elsewhere, the Liverpool Echo ran a glowing report on the progress that has been made by youngster Lewis Gibson during his loan spell at Fleetwood.
The show closes with another Everton v Liverpool "Quiz shootout". Terry faces 5 questions about the 2000/ 2001 season with Judgy selected to face questions about the 2008/ 2009 season. Tune in to see which side took the spoils this week and to see if you can answers all five questions on your club correctly, to win the shoot out!
This weeks show is brought to you by our red panelist Phil and blue panelist Craig. The lads start with a brief address of some of the latest news, starting with the good news, that Sir Kenny Dalglish was deemed well enough to leave hospital to continue his recovery from Covid-19 at home. Phil and Craig then give an quick opinion of the LFC furlough reversal and the related setup at Everton, before discussing the more playful headlines regarding Graeme Sharps comments about voiding the season and the hand bags at 12 paces between Graeme Souness and Paul Pogba. The shows closes with an interesting feature where the lads each pick an 11 which is based only on players who have less than 50 appearances for the respective clubs. The teams can be found on twitter (@Acrosstheparkpc) and Instagram (@Acrosstheparkpc) where we invite you to vote on which side you think would win in a match between the two.
Judgy is joined by Gary to record the latest episode of Across The Park podcast. The show starts with criticism of Liverpool FC’s decision to furlough their staff from both sides of the park. Gary was particularly critical, claiming the moves has tarnished the reputation of the club and owners. With little current news at Everton, Judgy takes a look at the players out of contract in the Summer and whether the break will have impacted on the future of Leighton Baines and a potential move for loanee, Djibril Sidibe. The show closes with a "quiz penalty shootout”, with Judgy and Gary picking a season they’d like to answer questions on and the other side asking them 5 questions on that season. Gary went for 2013/14 for the reds and Judgy selected 2004/05. Tune in to play along and see who came out on top!
Terry and Craig cover tonight's episode, with the first item on the agenda being the Premier League's forthcoming meeting on Friday, to discuss the continued suspension of the league. With increasing rumours of more clubs looking to void, the lads contemplate these developments and also discuss some of the other ideas doing the rounds. Without much else happening in the football world, a listener question is then tackled as to the best Scouse 11 the lads can come up with. The members have to have played for Liverpool or Everton and be from the city to qualify. After bouncing some ideas around, Craig and Terry settle on a joint 11 which they feel is the best Scouse 11 they've seen in their time. Tune in and see if you agree!
Due to the current government guidelines this weeks episode was recorded remotely and brought to you by blue panelist Judgy and Red panelist Phil.
The lads begin the episode by discussing the fall out from the Premier League meeting last Thursday where it was made clear that the intention is to complete the current Premier League Season if at all possible. Moving on from this, the positive impacts that both clubs are having in the community is lauded over and the lads share their thoughts on the potential silver linings that could come out of these testing times from both a football and every day life perspective. The complicated matters of the transfer window, player contracts and Financial Fair Play implications are mused over, before the lads move on to talk about the admirable philosophies and human sides of both Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp.
The show closes with Judgy and Phil reviewing some of the silly season transfer rumours going around before giving you a thought provoking insight into one of the themes of next weeks show.
Despite the postponement of the Premier League fixtures the lads still get together to record our weekly episode. We kick off with reviewing Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat at home to Athletico Madrid and subsequent exit from this seasons champions league. There is some disagreement over the main culprits for the defeat with Gary suggesting that the Liverpool forward line is more to blame than the defence and Terry leaping to the defence of the forwards who managed to register 34 shots on goal. Terry is also forced to defend the clubs recruitment in relation to the signing of Adrian, who has ended up suffering a lack of form at the wrong time. The rest of the episode sees the lads exploring the various possibilities in terms of how the season can and will be finished, if at all! There are also a couple of very good questions from listeners including who the lads would pick to represent them if the league had to be settled by with a 3v3 competition.
The latest episode of the podcast is dominated by Chelsea, with both sides of the park having been on the end of a beating from Frank Lampard’s side over the course of the last week. The show kicks off with the reds, Joely and Terry, reviewing the 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup to Chelsea where Klopp unsuccessfully shuffled his pack. The defeat was not too disappointing for the Reds who saw some positives despite them fading to a better side on the night. The reds then reflected on the nervy 2-1 victory at Anfield against Bournemouth. A game in which more questions where raised about the form of the Liverpool and in particular, the contribution of the midfield. The blues then takeover and have to look back at a dreadful performance at Chelsea where they went down 4-0. Judgy described the performance as the worst of the season and both blues went on to heavily criticise individuals as well as the input from the manager. There are a couple of messages from listeners highlighting the performances of Sigurdsson and Davies and the lads are left with more questions than answers after a disappointing couple of weeks for the blues in terms of results. The episode is then rounded off with Reds looking forward to the second leg of their last 16 champions league tie against Atletico Madrid, with Terry feeling optimistic about the chances of turning the 1-0 around but the rest of the lads recognising the qualities that Atletico possess and the difficulties Liverpool may face against them on Wednesday
The latest episode of Across The Park Podcast kicks off by the lads looking back over Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season where they went down 3-0, away to Watford. The negative impact of the winter break is brought up by The Reds but neither Gary or Terry shy away from criticising the exceptionally poor performance and pointing the finger at the likes of Lovren and Trent Alexander Arnold, whilst also praising the performance of Watford. Craig and Judgy then look back at the frustrating draw at home to Manchester United, which ended in bizarre fashion. Both Blues heap praise on the evergreen Leighton Baines, who was outstanding at both ends of the pitch, whilst Calvert- Lewin is once again lauded for his application and continued goalscoring form. Both sides then preview their upcoming games with The Reds looking forwards to their trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Tuesday and their home game to Bournemouth on Saturday morning whilst the Blues optimistically look forward to travelling to Chelsea on Sunday at 2pm.
Episode 30 kicks of with a short review of the first leg of Liverpool’s last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid, where a dogged display from Diego Simeone’s side seen them come out on top 1-0, leaving the tie finely poised for the Anfield return. Both Gary and Terry agreed that the result was a fair one but were not too discouraged by the performance itself. Judgy, the lone blue on this episode, then reviews Everton’s 3-2 defeat away to Arsenal but he is quick to jump to the defence of Ancelotti’s team's performance, citing the sides dominance of the second half and spurned chances to get a point. The lads then tackle an interesting challenge from one of the listeners to names their Premier League XI, using only one player from each team, before Terry and Gary review Liverpool’s 3-2 victory against West Ham, in which the reds had to twice come from behind to get the win against David Moyes’ side. The episode is concluded by the lads looking ahead to this weekends fixtures; with Liverpool travelling to Watford at 5.30pm on Saturday and Everton entertaining Manchester United at Goodison on Sunday at 2.00pm.
The latest episode of Across The Park podcast begins with Gary and Terry reviewing the hard fought victory away at Norwich, in which Sadio Mane returned from his injury lay off to come off the bench and win the game. Terry and Gary are questioned about the futures of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita after another underwhelming display from both. Manchester City’s potential European football ban is then discussed, which increases the chances of Everton qualifying for the Champions League, a possibility which seemed unthinkable no less than a month ago! Liverpool’s return to Madrid is then previewed as the Reds meet Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions league on Tuesday. Judgy and Craig then look forward to Everton’s home game against a resurgent Arsenal on Sunday which gives the blues the chance to close the gap further on the top 6. The episode concludes with the lads previewing Liverpool’s home game against David Moyes’ West Ham on Monday night, before tackling some interesting questions from listeners.
Episode 28 starts with Terry briefly reviewing Liverpool’s victory against Shrewsbury in which the young players once again came out of the game with enormous credit. Judgy and Craig look back over Everton’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, with Richarlison once again taking the credit with another match winning performance and Morgan Schneiderlin coming in for some praise after his recent upturn in form. The focus turns to this weekend as Liverpool travel to Norwich at 5.30 on Saturday with Terry expecting another three points despite the positive performance that Norwich produced at Anfield at the start of the season. There are a couple of interesting questions to conclude the episode including whether Everton should give Liverpool a guard of honour at Goodison, should circumstances dictate this.
Episode 27 sees the lads return to the usual format of one show for the week. The blues kick the show off by reviewing Everton’s terrific come back away at Watford, with the blues two nil down at one point and down to 10 men whilst the game was tied at 2-2. The display leaves Judgy and Craig wondering whether the current displays and resurgence represents the potential of this team or whether we’re seeing a “new manager bounce”. Terry and Gary look back at a “game of two halves” against Southampton as they eventually ran out 4-0 convincing winners after an emphatic second half display. The lads tackle questions about Grealish as a potential summer signing for either side and whether Henderson has the potential to be PFA player of the year before the upcoming weeks games. Liverpool’s young players take the pitch against Shrewsbury tomorrow with the first team away on a winter break. Gary and Terry are looking forward to the game and seeing what the “kids” can produce but both are relaxed about the potential outcome. The blues meanwhile look forward to another Premier league game on Saturday at 12.30 against Crystal Palace with both Judgy and Craig confident that Everton’s good run can continue.
The second instalment of episode 26, sees Terry and Craig discussing the weeks action, which starts with Terry reviewing Liverpool's comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday night. Attention then turns to the weekend's upcoming games, with Craig discussing the likely team we'll see from Everton as they travel away to a resurgent Watford, before Terry discusses Liverpool's home game against Southampton. The episode is rounded out with a quick chat on the latest transfer window news, with the main story being the news of a potential £85m bid from Barcelona for Everton's Richarlison.
Episode 26 of Across The Park Podcast immediately followed Liverpool's 2-2 draw away to Shrewsbury in FA Cup, with the League 1 side unexpectedly coming from 2 goals behind the force a reply at Anfield. This game, as well as the extraordinary comments from Klopp following the game, are discussed by the lads with Terry defending his stance and Judgy accusing Klopp of arrogance and of "bringing the game into disrepute". Prior to this, the lads review the previous week's midweek games, with Everton throwing away 2 goal lead in the dying minutes of injury time and Liverpool battling to a 2-1 win against Wolves, despite being second best for most of the game. The episode is concluded with Terry and Phil previewing Liverpool's trip to West Ham on Wednesday, with both predicting another comfortable win. There will be another podcast (part 2) released later in the week to preview this weekend's fixtures, stay tuned for that one!
Episode 25 of this season starts with a preview of Everton’s fairly stale 1-1 draw away to West Ham, which was a tale of two set pieces. Liverpool’s massive 2-0 home win against rivals Manchester United is then reviewed, where VAR once again took centre stage and despite his goal, Salah’s form is questioned by Terry. Judgy and Craig look ahead to Everton’s home game against Newcastle, who they play for the second time in a month on Tuesday, whilst the reds travel away to Wolves on Thursday for their own reverse fixture. The Reds also look forward to a trip to Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Sunday, which will most likely see Liverpool’s youngsters given another opportunity to shine.
Episode 24 of this season is the first “regular” episode of the podcast for 2020 with one game to review and one game to preview for both teams. Judgy is the solo blue on this episode who, with the help of the reds, runs the rule over the laboured 1-0 victory over Brighton at Goodison on Saturday. The reds then look back at their vital and record breaking 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, with both Terry and Gary reflecting on the potential negative impact of the rest that their first team players had coming into the game. The episode is closed with Judgy previewing Everton’s trip to David Moyes’ West Ham on Saturday and the reds previewing the huge home game to Manchester United at 4.30pm on Sunday
Episode 23 is naturally dominated by the fall out from the FA Cup Merseyside derby which took place the day before this episode on Sunday. Prior to this game being reviewed, the lads look back at both teams previous games where the blues lost out 2-1 away to Manchester City and Liverpool beat Sheffield United comfortably 2-0. As the lads move onto the derby, Craig and Judgy are still in disbelief at the ease in which Liverpool’s young, second string side beat Everton and berate the misses which gave Liverpool’s young team the initiative. The reds are meanwhile are overjoyed by the way in which their youngsters took to the task in such a pressurised game and are excited by the prospect of their up and coming talents. The episode closes, as always, by previewing this weekends fixtures with both sides playing on Saturday. Everton take on Brighton at home at 3pm and Liverpool travel to Tottenham in the late kick off at 5.30pm.
The last episode of 2019 for the Across The Park podcast is a highly positive one with both sides recording back to back victories over the Christmas period. The Blues are buzzing after Ancelotti’s first two games in charge. A 1-0 win over Burnley at home and a 2-1 victory away at Newcastle has Judgy and Craig heaping praise on several players including Djibril Sidibe, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whilst the managers tactical flexibility and experience are already impressing the Blues. The Reds are equally as enthusiastic after their team dismantled nearest challengers Leicester, 4-0 on Boxing Day and battled through a tough game against Wolves at home, with a 1-0 win. Alexander Arnold’s contribution against Leicester has the Reds comparing his rise and attacking output with the great Cafu! Both sides of the park review the year of 2019, by reflecting on their high and low moments, before the lads select their teams of the decade (2010-2019). There are upcoming fixtures for both sides at the beginning of the new year, with Everton travelling to Man City on New Year’s Day at 5.30pm and Liverpool entertaining stubborn but high flying newcomers Sheffield United on 2nd January at 8pm. Both of these games are previewed before the episode is finished off with a look towards the FA Cup derby game, on Sunday 5th January at 4.00pm at Anfield.
The last episode before Christmas includes coverage of Liverpool’s Club World Cup success, which came following a last minute winner from from Firmino, against Brazillian side Flamengo. The blues are also in buoyant mood following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, in spite of the exit to Leicester in the League Cup and the dull, yet credible, 0-0 draw against Arsenal. The reds meanwhile, reflect on the impressive performance from some of their youngsters in the League Cup tie vs Villa, despite losing 5-0. Harvey Elliot, in particular, receiving praise from the lads, who discuss whether we will now see him get more exposure to first team football in the coming months. The episode is capped off by previewing four games between both sides, with Liverpool looking to go 13 points clear as they face Leicester away and Everton looking forward to Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge against Burnley on Boxing Day, before Everton travel to Newcastle and Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield.
Judgy and Gary were invited down to Everton HQ to chat with massive blues and musicians, Keith Mullen (formerly of the Farm) and Paul Mason. The guys were joined by Careena Duffy from Everton in the Community, who was unstumental in the production of the widely acclaimed “Howard’s way”. Keith and Paul worked on producing the score for the Everton production and have subsequently released a single, “Everton Forever” which is now climbing the iTunes charts. This 30 minute chat is a brilliant insight into the production of Howards way, the score that made the documentary so powerful and most significantly, the impact that Everton in the Community have had as part of the project. PLEASE BUY THE SINGLE and get “Everton Forever” to number 1 this Christmas!!
The latest episode of Across The Park kicks off with the review of Liverpool’s 2-0 home win against Watford, which with two goals, saw the return to form of Mo Salah and Everton’s well earned 1-1 draw away to United which maintained Duncan Ferguson’s unbeaten run as caretaker manager. The lads preview a host of upcoming games this week, with the reds struggling to discuss in any real depth their two games, a Carabao cup tie against Aston Villa, involving the youth team and the first game of their Club World Cup campaign against Mexican opponents, Monterrey, in the semi-final! Judgy previews Everton’s massive league cup game against Leicester on Wednesday and with Liverpool not in Premier League action, the final preview is a brief look ahead to Everton's home game against Arsenal. To close off this weeks episode, the lads discuss the fantastic work that is being done by EITC and encourage all blues to buy the single “Forever Everton”, to help get the single to Christmas number one and also raise vital funds for the charity and their fantastic work.
The latest episode of Across The Park includes a packed schedule, with the lads reviewing the Merseyside derby from last Wednesday, which led to the sacking of Marco Silva and the appointment of Duncan Ferguson as caretaker Manager. Everton’s 3-1 home victory against Chelsea is reviewed, whilst the blues reflect on the remarkable impact of Duncan Ferguson and where the team go from here, with the blues giving their view on some possible new managerial names that have been linked. Liverpool's Club World Cup squad is discussed, with some strong views on whether Liverpool's actions are justified, before the reds review their comfortable 3-0 win at Bournemouth and the implications the current 14 point gap between them and City. Liverpool host Salzburg in their crucial final Champions league group game on Tuesday and Watford at 12.30 on Saturday morning. Both those games are previewed by the reds, before the the blues close out the show looking forward to their trip to Old Trafford against Solskjaer’s in form Manchester United, on Sunday
The latest episode of Across The Park podcast is also a preview for the Derby game on Wednesday at Anfield! Liverpool go into the game after beating Brighton at home 2-1 with Allison being sent off and the reds conceding in bizarre fashion. The reds review that game, before the blues reflect on the agonising last minute goal which Everton conceded in their 2-1 defeat to Leicester, after VAR overruled the linesman's offside decision. Both sides engage in the usual pre Derby banter with the blues in hopeful mood and the reds very confident going into the 234th Merseyside derby at Anfield. The show closes with the blues looking briefly ahead to their Saturday, 12.30 KO against Chelsea at Goodison, whilst the reds look ahead to their trip to Bournemouth at 3pm on Saturday.
Episode 17 sees the blues in very different mood to the reds, once again! The reds; Terry and Gary reflect on another victory away to Crystal Palace, in what was a difficult afternoon, requiring another late winner. Meanwhile the blues, Millsy, Judgy and Craig are pondering which manager to turn to following a poor 0-2 home defeat to newly promoted Norwich at Goodison, which seems to leave Marco Silva's position as untenable. Both sides briefly preview the upcoming games this week with Liverpool entertaining Napoli in the Champions League, before hosting Brighton on Saturday at 3pm. The blues meanwhile, look ahead to a daunting task travelling to Leicester, live on Sky Sports at 4.30pm on Sunday.
This latest edition of Across the Park Extra sees the reds Terry & Phil sit down in the studio with Liverpool fan and UK MMA superstar, Paddy Pimblett, ahead of his return to action at Cage Warriors London on 22nd November. A former Cage Warriors Featherweight world champion, who's now gunning for the Lightweight crown, Paddy's known for exciting style and no nonsense approach to his opponents and in this episode, Paddy pulls no punches as he shares his thoughts on a range of topics including, Jürgen Klopp, this Liverpool team, International football and his upcoming fight and future plans. An episode not to be missed, for all football and fight fans!
With no games to review due to the international break, episode 16 kicks off with the blues reviewing "Howard's way", a film spanning the successful Everton era of the 1980's. The lads then briefly discuss the women's derby game which was played in front of 20,000 fans at Anfield and resulted in a 1-0 win to Everton ladies. The reds preview the up and coming trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with doubts over both Andy Robertson and Mohammed Salah causing some concern for Terry and Gary and also raising the suggestion of Trent Alexander Arnold playing higher up the pitch. The show is concluded with the blues looking ahead to another "must win" game, at home to struggling Norwich, with both Judgy and Craig lavishing praise on homegrown Tom Davies, for his recent performances and his newly found importance to this Everton side.
Episode 15 starts with the reds looking back and analysing an important week for Liverpool, with victories at home to Genk in the Champions League possibly making qualification for the last 16 easier, going into a crowded December, as well as a massive win at home to Manchester City in the Premier League, to open up an 8 point lead at the top of the table. Everton's first away victory since March is then reviewed, as Millsy talks about a game of two halves in which Everton's first half dominance but lack of ability to put the game to bed, almost cost all 3 points, with a resurgent 2nd half Southampton performance. The lads close out the episode tackling some social media feedback, first on Marcel Brands and the job he's doing as Director of football, before the reds give their view on a listener pointing out how Philippe Coutinho's exit, has ultimately turned into a positive for this Liverpool team
This latest episode of Across The Park Extra, see's Peter Hooton, lead singer of The Farm, return to the studio to talk to Terry and Phil about fan culture and it's resurgence in modern football. From his early days launching a fanzine, The End, to his involvement in the founding of Liverpool fan union, Spirit of Shankly, Peter has always had a place in this counter-culture scene. With insights into the story behind Hicks & Gillette's despised ownership regime and the fightback led by fans, to discussions about the success of Liverpool fan nights and the ingredients that have seen the re-growth of fan culture, Peter gives us his views and experiences in his usual laidback style. A great listen for all football fans!
Tonight sees a full schedule as the lads sit down to discuss an eventful week for both sides.... the episode kicks off with Terry and regular guest panelist, Marc, discussing Liverpool's last ditch win over Aston Villa on Saturday at 3pm. Liverpool's Champions League game against Genk is then previewed, before the episode moves onto the blues with Judgy & Craig covering Everton's 1-1 draw with Spurs which was littered with controversy. VAR is given a good going over, as the complaints about the system continue to make the headlines. One of the listeners weighs in with a valid suggestion to improve the confusion of VAR, before the episode rounds out with a preview of Everton's away trip to Southampton and Liverpool's huge game with Man City on Sunday at 4.30pm
Episode 13 sees the blues, Judgy and Millsy attempt to pick apart Everton's collapse at Brighton on Saturday. Both are in agreement that the recent run is unacceptable yet there is debate as to where the blame lies! The reds on the other hand are once again in buoyant mood after coming back from one goal down to beat Spurs at Anfield with Jordan Henderson, much criticised in the past on the Podcast, coming up with a vital goal. The reds discuss the midfield again, as well as stewing over the defence, which again looked suspect against Spurs. Both sides have tricky Carabao Cup ties in the week with Everton entertaining Watford on Tuesday and Liverpool hosting Arsenal on Wednesday. These respective ties are previewed before a look ahead to next weekends league fixtures, with Liverpool travelling to Aston Villa on Saturday and Everton hosting Spurs on the Sunday at 4.30pm.
On this episode of ATP extra we were delighted to be invited down Everton's training ground; USM Finch Farm, to sit down with Everton legend and current club ambassador; Ian Snodin.
As always on the extra shows, we took "Snods" through the timeline of his Everton career, discussing everything from turning down Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool in 1987, to his role in fighting to keep the club in the top flight in that famous match against Wimbledon in 1994.
Snods took us behind the scenes as he told us in detail, about the negotiations between Leeds and Everton (and Liverpool) which seen him holding a championship winners medal, just 5 months later. We learned of the celebrations which followed the infamous victory at Norwich in 1987, which ended in Snods being half naked, being assisted home by his Mrs!
The episode includes Snods' thoughts on the break up of the 80s side and their replacements, Colin Harvey, Howard Kendall and Mike Walker. Judgy and Millsy were on the edge of their seats as Snods passionately rolled back the years and recalled memories and stories that will have Evertonians in stitches, whilst brimming with pride.
Snods raps up by telling us of his pain in leaving Everton but why it was the right decision for all parties. Blues..... Enjoy and get ready to be in stitches!
Episode 12 sees the blues, Millsy and Craig, start off the show by discussing their long overdue victory at home to West Ham and how Marco Silva's changes benefitted the performance. The reds, Terry and Gary, then give their views on Liverpool’s first dropped points of the season, away at Old Trafford, with the team and approach under question. There are a couple of good social media questions for the lads to tackle, before they move on to previewing the upcoming games; Genk away on Wednesday in the Champions League for Liverpool, followed by Spurs at home on Sunday and a trip to Brighton for Everton on Saturday, as they look to build on their 2-0 home win last weekend
The first episode of our new feature, ATP Snapshot, kicks off with one for the Liverpool fans as the lads speak with John Aldridge and Neil Fitzmaurice. The recording took place ahead of an ATP Live event at the Church pub, in the shadow of Anfield, where John was the headline guest and Neil Fitzmaurice was compare for the evening! John talks about what it meant to him, as a scouser, to play for his boyhood club, how proud he is to still get to speak with fans and what he thinks off the current side and where it ranks amongst the great teams of the past. Afterwards we catch up with Neil who gives us his thoughts on John and the great team he played in, as well as giving us an update on his latest TV projects!
In this episode of Across The Park Extra, the 3 blues; Millsy, Judgy & Craig, sit down with Everton legend and fan favourite ‘Super’ Lee Carsley. The lad’s take Lee through the timeline of his Everton career, asking questions on both his own time at the club (2002-2008), as well as the news and rumours which surrounded the club at the time. We start at the beginning, with the pressure of signing on an initial loan, on the same day as David Ginola, into a struggling side, where he quickly seen Walter Smith and Paul Gascoigne, replaced by David Moyes, coinciding with the emergence of Wayne Rooney. We ask Lee how he really felt about his time playing right midfield during the 2002-2003 season, before Lee breaks down the 2003-2004 campaign that ended with a scathing article from the local press questioning the players spirit. This season of course, preceded the famous 2004 summer pre season in USA which was a catalyst for the team to kick on to a 4th place finish in 2005 . We ask all things from mercurial talent Wayne Rooney, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Van Der Meyde, his neighbour Tommy Graveson and the loss of Duncan Ferguson. Lee opens upon his ‘best’ season in an Everton shirt; 2007 – 2008, when he describes European nights against Nuremberg and Fiorentina as nights that will never leave him, before Lee reveals the reason why he eventually quit the blues despite still having the chance to play on. Lee’s passion, honesty and love for Everton FC shines through in this must listen episode of Across The Park extra!
With no games to review, episode 11 kicks off with the lads reviewing some of the performances from the players of both teams, with their respective international teams. Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford's performances for England are assessed, before the blues then comment on Cenk Tosun, and former player Nikola Vlasic, who continues to impress, since leaving the club. For the reds, Gini Wijnaldum's continued goalscoring form for the Netherlands gets the lads thinking on whether it's now time to see him as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool. Firmino also gets a mention, after scoring against Senegal for Brazil. With the Premier League back this weekend, attention then turns to previews of each team's games, with Everton hosting West Ham in the early kick off on Saturday, before Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The episode rounds off with updates on the latest ATP Extra release dates, with Lee Carsley up for the blues and John Aldridge and Neil Fitzmaurice for the reds
Episode 10 of the 2019/20 season is very much an episode of two halves..... The first half is dominated by the blues; Judgy and Craig, who express their frustration and annoyance at the current situation at Everton. The blues review the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Burnley before stewing over Marco Silva’s position and the part Brands has played in the current crisis. The second half of the show is all about the reds; Terry and Gary review the thrilling 4-3 win in the Champions League, against RB Salzburg and the dramatic 2-1 win against Leicester. Whilst both results were positive, they raised some questions about the reds more unsettled defensive line and some positives about unexpected personnel changes.
Episode 9 kicks off with the two blues; Millsy and Judgy, discussing their victory in the Carabao cup followed by the more recent hard fought defeat at home against Man City. Despite the performance being a good one, the result and poor start to the game bring more questions from the fans and panelists about Marco Silva's future. The two reds, Gary and guest panellist Marc, move on to reviewing Liverpool’s two away victories at MK Dons & Sheffield United before previewing the Champions League game on Wednesday, before both sets of fans move on to next weekends fixtures. Liverpool host Leicester in what the lads think will be a difficult game and Everton travel to Turf Moor in what is being dubbed as a "must win" for Marco Silva's team.
Episode 8 of season 2019/20 includes three game reviews and four game previews. The lads look back at Liverpool’s first defeat of the season in the shape of a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League. Everton’s poor 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United leaves the blues questioning Silva’s future at the club before the reds review their hard fought victory away Chelsea. This week brings Carabao cup action, as Everton travel to Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool to MK Dons. Both of those games are previewed, along with Everton’s Saturday evening game against City at Goodison and Liverpool’s Saturday midday trip to Sheffield United.
In the latest episode of Across The Park, the lads are joined by a very special guest in young Everton fan Alfie, of "Alfie’s Squad", who joins Millsy and Judgy for the analysis on the blue side and speaks about the incredible work that his charity does for children bereaved by suicide. The show kicks off, with Terry and Phil reviewing Liverpool’s home win against Newcastle, with the reds coming from behind to win 3-1. Afterwards the blues cover the Bournemouth game, a disappointing 3-1 loss away from home. Liverpool’s trip to Napoli is previewed, as the Champions League returns, before next weeks premier league fixtures are covered, with Everton entertaining newly promoted Sheffield United and Liverpool travelling to Chelsea on Sunday, at 4.30pm.
The latest episode of Across The Park features a review of some of the appearances of players from both teams during the international break, including Robertson’s below par performance, Pickford and Keane’s encouraging showing and how much the rest for Liverpool’s African players will benefit the team. The lads then reflect on some extracts from Michael Owen’s book, including how he left Liverpool and the prospect of him coming back, before previewing the weekends fixtures which see Liverpool entertaining Newcastle early on Saturday and Everton travelling to Bournemouth on Sunday.
With no games to preview due to the international break, the lads look back in depth at the past week's results & performances, as Everton progressed to the Carabao Cup 3rd round with victory at Lincoln, before a thrilling 3-2 victory against Wolves at Goodison. Millsy and and Craig highlight the impact Fabian Delph and Alex Iwobi have had on the last two performances, before the reds discuss Liverpool keeping up their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Burnley. The performances of Fabinho and Firmino come in for particular praise, before Terry and Marc move onto the Mane/Salah spat and their opinion that the competitive nature of the two forwards is a positive for the reds. Bobby Duncan, Ryan Kent & Kevin Mirallas are all discussed, as they depart for pastures new on the final day of the European Transfer Window, before the show wraps up with a look at the Carabao Cup and Champions League draws and a debate on whether Virgil Van Dijk's UEFA player of the year award was deserved
Our latest episode of Across The Park Extra features the hilarious duo of Stevo and Sinead, more commonly known to their 170k YouTube followers as "Farmer Michael" and "Kathleen". Recorded ironically in the Shankley hotel, blues Judgy and Craig enjoy 40 minutes of honest, emotional and hilarious chat with the pair, who tell us how they both came to support Everton and how they shot to stardom as a couple, only weeks into their relationship. This episode is definitely a "break from the norm" but is equally as insightful..... Stevo opens up on the mental health issues that have plagued him, both before and after a serious accident he was involved in and the pair reveal their massive appreciation of all of their fans. Stevo and Sinead discuss the book they are releasing in October and how Stevo's song, "all in his head", temporarily beat Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to number 1 in the Irish charts. There is naturally a few appearances from the the duo's characters during this podcast, which adds comedy to this highly interesting chat. This is a must listen for all their fans and certainly a great insight into how a regular couple can become internet superstars through sheer personality and humour, whilst also maintaining their values and roots. Enjoy and follow Sir Stevo Timothy on Social Media if you are thirsty for more from "Farmer Michael".....
Episode 4 of the 2019/20 season sees Mills and Craig air their frustrations with a lackluster performance, as Everton were beaten 2-0 by newly promoted Aston Villa. Lincoln are next up for Everton in the Carabao Cup and the lads discuss what improvements they’d like to see from the blues going into that game. The reds then discuss their impressive 3-1 victory over Arsenal, which keeps them top of the league. The blues touch on the second stage of the Bramley Moor consultation being completed, whilst the reds give their opinions on Klopp’s recent contract quotes. Finally the lads preview next weekend’s fixtures which see Everton take on top 6 rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at home and Liverpool travel to Turf Moor for a tricky fixture against a disciplined Burnley side.
In the latest episode of Across The Park Extra, Judgy and Craig are joined by former Republic of Ireland international and Everton full back Terry Phelan. In a playing Career that took him 9 different clubs in England; Phelan takes us periodically from his debut in 1985, through to last time he laced his boots up in New Zealand. Phelan discusses the what it was like to play for the "crazy gang” which beat one of the best Liverpool teams of all time in the famous 1988 FA Cup win, playing in the 1994 world cup for Ireland and how his record breaking move back to Manchester came about. Most significantly for blues, Phelan talks openly about the highs and lows of his 3 years at Everton where he played alongside the likes of Andrei Kanchelskis, Duncan Ferguson, Dave Watson and Neville Southall and under Managers' Royle, Kendall and Walter Smith. Phelan doesn’t mince his words and is both respectful and honest about his colleagues and former bosses, along with the culture at Everton during this difficult time. This is a brilliant listen for all Football fans about a 5’6 Manchester boy who went from "kicking a ball about", to amassing over 400 appearances in the game across 3 continents, over 34 years. A career that is still going….. Enjoy!
Episode 3 of the 2019/20 season, starts off with Everton’s first victory of the season where a win, coupled with another clean sheet, is met with both optimism in the shape of Bernard’s goal and caution, as the blues reflect on the poor start to the season from Richarlison and Sigurdsson. The reds briefly touch on the Super Cup success and why it's more than just a token exhibition game in Europe, before discussing the 2-1 victory at Southampton, covering both the good such as Mane and Firmino's impacts on the game and the bad, the howler from Adrian! News of an upcoming ATP Live night for the reds to get excited about is revealed, as well as a competition for blue listeners to get involved in and there are updates on the progress in the new ATP Fantasy Football league and our podcast results predictions feature. The lads wrap up the episode with previews of this weekends respective games; an away trip to Villa park for Everton in the Friday night game, ahead of Liverpool hosting Arsenal at Anfield in the late kick off on Saturday night!
With the first fixtures of the new season completed, this episode sees the lads review the respective games for the two teams; Liverpool hosting Norwich in a 4-1 win at Anfield in the Friday night game and Everton's 0-0 draw in their visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. Attention then turns to Liverpool's European Super Cup Final game against Chelsea on Wednesday, before the episode rounds off with a preview of the next set of games, which both take place on Saturday at 3pm, with Everton at home to Watford and Liverpool away to Southampton.
With the transfer window slamming shut and the 2019/20 season kicking off this weekend, there is full house of 3 blues and 3 reds with plenty to discuss! The lads evaluate the Pre-Season preparation of both clubs including how the respective squads are shaping up following transfer activity. The Reds Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City is reviewed, as well as the Blues final Pre-Season outing against Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, before the weekends fixtures are previewed. Liverpool kick off with a Friday night game at home to Norwich and Everton travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm. The boys round off the show with a series of exciting new opportunities for the listeners to kick off the new season, including a Fantasy Football league and a predictions league
Peter Hooton joins the lads for the fifteenth edition of Across The Park Extra. Peter is the lead vocalist from Liverpool band ‘The Farm’, known for 90's hits such as "Groovy Train" and "Altogether Now". A local lad and a life long red, Peter isn't just a fan, but is also heavily involved in the fan scene at Liverpool. From curating the popular fanzine “The End,” to being a committee member of the "Spirit Of Shankly" fan group, Peter's interest and love for Liverpool runs deep. He’s even written a number of books about the club, most recently; "The Boot Room Boys". In part one of this two part podcast, Peter discusses his experience of supporting Liverpool through the 70’s and 80’s, up until the present day. He touches on the demise of the bootroom, the Hillsborough tragedy, safe standing, the current team, as well as plenty of away day stories. Of course Peter’s experience in the music industry brings another interesting angle to this episode, as we get an insight as to how his career has intertwined with his support of the club. The Farm’s most successful song, “All Together Now” was released by Everton FC for their FA Cup Final appearance in 1995 and Peter details his initial horror at the idea of being Everton's official final song and how this came about. A great listen for Liverpool supporters in particular, enjoy our chat with Peter Hooton and stay tuned for part two!
The final episode of pre-season 2019/20 sees the lads start with a round up of the respective pre-season programmes of both clubs, with the blues discussing the two defeats for Everton on the road, to Sevilla and Mainz and the reds expressing their disappointment at a 3-0 loss to Napoli, in what has shaped up to be a pretty underwhelming pre-season programme for both teams. With wins hard to come by over the summer not being helped by absences for Liverpool and Everton, due to international duty, the talk moves onto the transfer window, with an assessment of what each side needs and the possible players who may arrive in the final days of the transfer window. The episode wraps up with a quick look ahead to the final games of pre-season; Liverpool vs Lyon in Switzerland on Wednesday and Everton away to Werder Bremen on Saturday, before Liverpool then play Man City on Sunday at Wembley, in the traditional curtain raiser for the English league season, the Charity Shield.
Episode 50 includes a review of Everton’s narrow victory against Monaco; a game which seen a host of senior players start the game and Everton’s captain Seamus Coleman star and get on the scoresheet. Liverpool took on a strong and experienced Dortmund side in Indiana were they were defeated 3-2. The reds run the rule over the youngsters on show and some of the returning pros; the future of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent and the sloppiness in defence are the biggest areas of concern for the reds. Phil and Gary also lavished praise on back up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s performance and attitude. Judgy and Craig take a look at Everton’s transfer targets and who they can bring in to replace the previously on loan Zouma, who will be staying at Chelsea this season, according to the new boss Lampard.
The latest “pre-season” episode of Across The Park includes a review of Liverpool’s friendly victories over Tranmere and Bradford, including a focus on the potential role of Rhian Brewster and Adam Lallana this season. The blues discuss Everton’s 0-0 draw with FC Sion, which included another impressive performance from Nathan Broadhead. The blues are excited by the impending arrival of Fabian Delph from Man City and discuss his potential impact on the team, whilst the reds consider the potential return of Philipe Coutinho, with rumours swirling in recent days about a possible 2 year loan to buy deal.
This latest pre-season episode sees two of the blues, Judgy and Craig, and two of the reds, Terry and Gary discussing the recent news and rumours. The blues ponder what can be taken from their first friendly in front of 63,000 fans in Kenya, in the SportPesa cup, in which a young side were defeated on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Impressive displays from a handful of youngsters coupled with some returning loan players gives the blues food for thought, whilst the transfer of Kevin Mirallas to Standard Liege and future of Ademola Lookman is also discussed. There is very little in the way of news from the red side, so Gary and Terry discuss the potential impact that a lack of rest from international competitions may have on the reds preparations, whether cover is needed during the transfer window and whether the returning injured players may be sufficient if there are no new incomings.
With holidays seeing some of the panel absent, one of the blues Millsy, is joined in the studio by reds, Terry and Phil for this week’s podcast. The lads kick off with a discussion of Everton’s recently confirmed signing of Andre Gomes and what this means for the team ahead of next season, before the latest news on the new stadium development at Bramley Moore is touched on, with plans for rail seating/safe standing making headlines in the local press. The reds then give their opinion on the just confirmed move of Rafa Camacho to Sporting Lisbon and discuss whether it represents good value to the club, before Phil, in his first episode since the CL final, quickly recounts the ups and downs of his Madrid journey; trains, planes, buses and a few nights spent on benches. The episode closes up with an exclusive segment; a short interview with Neville Southall, which took place prior to our first ATP Live event on Friday 28th June
In this latest edition of ATP Extra, Millsy is joined by Neil, as they sit down with Everton fan favourite, Tony Grant, a local lad who lived the dream of playing for his boyhood club! In a fascinating episode we take a look back at Tony's time in football, from his childhood growing up in the city, supporting Everton in 1980's and his fond memories of the great Everton sides of the period, including discussion of the famous game against Bayern Munich, to his time as an Everton player and latterly, his career now as a coach. During his time at Everton, Tony played under Mike Walker, Joe Royle and Walter Smith, with all three managers getting discussed and Tony talking about his particular sadness on hearing the news of Joe Royle's sacking. Although not part of the 1995 FA Cup winning side, Tony played in the 4-1 Semi Final win against Spurs, which is covered, and he also mentions his relationships and opinions on some fellow players including Andrei Kanchelskis, Neville Southall, Kevin Campbell and Duncan Ferguson and the impacts that their leaving/signings had on the club and it's fans. Time spent under Steve McMahon at Swindon is covered, with the episode then progressing to talk about Tony's current career as a coach, with his views on the modern game, differences between academy and first team coaching, scouting for Steve Walsh and his opinion on Steves time at Everton, all notable points. The episode closes with a chat about Tony's continued ambitions in the game and his exciting new role, as assistant coach to Robbie Fowler at Brisbane Roar in Australia. An episode not to be missed by any Evertonian!
This week, the boys have a bit of fun with it being the off season. The topic under discussion, a 'combined 11' with one rule....What happens when the reds have to take 5 players from the blues? With Gary and Terry discussing things for the reds and Millsy there for the blues pushing who he thinks would get into this hypothetical 11, join us to see who makes way; do the full backs stay? Is the front 3 changed? How about the keeper? A light hearted episode sure to get discussions going!
A skeleton crew this week with some of the lads absent, sees Gary and Terry for the reds and a solo effort for the blues from Craig, discussing the opening run of fixtures for both sides, as well as picking out some potentially tough runs during the season. With not much happening in the footballing world at the moment, the lads move onto discussing some transfer rumours and other bits and pieces that have been floating around about both clubs, as well as talking about a few other bits and pieces in the football world in general.
This week's show sees both sets of fans reflect on their premier league retained lists, as Everton confirmed Phil Jagielka would be leaving the club, whilst across the park, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were released by Liverpool. The lads not only give their thoughts on the news of the players leaving and how it impacts the team and plans now and into the summer, but also take a look back at the memories they have of their time at the clubs. The blues close out the show by tackling the reaction to Ronald Koeman's recent comments, that he thought he was sacked too soon by Everton and whether this a fair assessment or whether the club were justified in releasing him at the time they did.
After Liverpool's historic Champions League final win over Tottenham on Saturday, making it six European Cups, there's nowhere else episode 43 can start but with a discussion of the weekend and the game. With Phil still travelling home from the game, the other reds Terry and Gary start the episode, discussing their experiences in Madrid, their views on the game and the individual performances from the players involved. With very little news of note from Everton during the week, the episode rounds off with a social media section devoted to Everton, with the blues answering recent questions received in from listeners and followers. This includes "the player we most regret selling" and "the most disappointing signing" that the blues can recall. Everton supporters also questioned the future of a number of fringe players, which leads to some interesting debate from the blues.
In this one off, Champions League Final preview episode of Across The Park, the three reds are joined by two special guests, both massive reds; Marc Murray, brother of regular panellist Gary and Andy Grant, an ex-Royal Marine turned motivational speaker and podcaster and subject of the book, "You'll Never Walk". The lads start off with discussions of the impact of previous European Finals and the potential of this one, before moving onto the road to Madrid including the highs and lows along the way. The episode then moves onto the lads explaining their different travel itineraries to get to Madrid, before the show closes with an analysis of how the two finalists will approach the game; line ups, key players and potential tactics. A great way to pass some time on the journey to Madrid and get you in the mood for Saturday!
This episode sees the lads review the 2018/19 domestic season for both Liverpool and Everton. The format for the show sees a number of categories covered such as; performance of the season, goal of the season, individual player reviews, best/worst signings and a host of others, before the show closes with a look ahead to what the lads expect from next season.
In a break from the norm, Across The Park goes Across the Mersey and presents a special show for our neighbours, Tranmere Rovers. With Tranmere on the verge of potential back to back promotions and a chance to move into League One, a playoff final date at Wembley against Newport County on Saturday 25th May awaits. The ATP team took the time to have a sit down with CityTalk presenter, author of the book "Back Where We Belong" and lifelong Tranmere fan, Matt Jones, to look back over Tranmere's season and get his view on the promotion push and the drivers of their recent renaissance.
Episode 41 starts with a review of both teams respective final games of the season; Liverpool's home win against Wolves, which saw them finish runners up to Man City with a 97 point total for the campaign and Everton's draw away to Spurs, which saw them end the season in 8th position and unfortunately not enough to gain European football for next season. With no league games to preview, the lads round off the episode by tackling some social media questions including; the drivers behind Everton's changed form and whether Liverpool were brave enough in key games and did that impact the title challenge this season
Episode 40 of the pod sees the lad's kick off with a discussion of Liverpool's CL semi-final win over Barcelona, with both legs covered; the 3-0 loss away in the Nou Camp, before the stunning 4-0 comeback at Anfield put the reds in their second CL final in two seasons. Everton's victory over Burnley in their final home game of the season is reviewed, before the reds cover their penultimate game of their season, the last ditch 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James' Park, which took the title chase to the final game of the season. Social Media questions are covered, before the show wraps up with a preview of each side's respective final games of the season; Everton away at Spurs and Liverpool at home to Wolves
The 11th episode of ATP Extra sees Neil Fitzmaurice, comedian, actor and screenwriter, join the lads as they discuss his love for all things Liverpool FC. A local lad, Neil is one of Liverpool's best loved personalities, famous for his TV roles in "Phoenix Nights", which he also co-wrote, as well as "Peep Show" and "The Office". Beyond TV, Neil's acting career has also saw him writing and starring in feature film "Going Off Big Time", as well as a turn playing Rafa Benitez in, "15 Minutes That Shook The World", the story of the halftime team talk from Liverpool's legendary, 2005 CL final win over AC Milan.
The episode intertwines a look back at Neil's career, alongside his memories and highlights from 35 years of supporting the reds, all told in Neil's inimitable style. It includes hilarious anecdotes from the film world, such as the time he met Samuel L Jackson, interesting detail on why Phoenix Nights season three was never made, as well as some inside stories from his friendship with Liverpool's most famous number 8, Steven Gerrard. The episode rounds off with Neil's views and hopes for the current Liverpool team and it's fantastic season so far in 2018/19.
An episode not to be missed by any red, but also, for fans of TV and film, it's two hilarious hours, in the company of one of the British TV and film industry's finest!
WARNING - This episode contains mature themes and adult language. Parental guidance advised
The latest episode of Across The Park features the reaction to Liverpool’s 5-0 victory over Huddersfield, which again temporarily put the the reds top of the league. The blues discuss whether their Europa League hopes are over after a 0-0 draw away at Palace. Social media questions include a dilemma over what scoreline the reds would prefer in the first leg against Barcelona, whilst the blues are asked about the importance of announcing the future of Everton stalwarts Baines and Jagielka. Everton’s final home game against Burnley and Liverpool’s tricky assignment away against Rafa’s Newcastle are previewed, before the lads look towards their live event with Neville Southall
This week's episode, starts with a review of Liverpool's 4-1 win over Porto, setting up a Champions League semi-final with Barcelona in May. The lads then discuss Everton's excellent 4-0 over Manchester United, in the first of Sunday's games, with Liverpool's vital 2-0 win over Cardiff then covered. Social media questions are covered, including; Salah's latest penalty incident and a lack of respect from the media towards Everton's recent wins against top six sides. The episode closes before closing out the show with a preview of Liverpool vs Huddersfield on Friday night and Everton's away game at Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm
This week starts with the lads reviewing Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League quarter final first leg, before moving on to discuss Everton’s disappointing loss away at Fulham. Liverpool’s win against Chelsea on Sunday and its importance to the title race is then covered, before the team cover some social media questions. The team close out the show with a preview of the upcoming games; starting with Liverpool’s second leg tie at Porto in the CL on Wednesday, before both teams play on Sunday with Everton at home to Man United in 1.30pm kick off and Liverpool facing Cardiff City, away, at 4pm
The 10th episode of Across The Park extra see’s club legend and ex captain David Weir join the lads in the studio to discuss the timeline of his Everton career. David re-visits the time he almost signed for Liverpool before joining the blues in February 1999 for a bargain fee of £250k. His first 3 months at the club was full of stories; from Marco Matterazzi crying on the touchline, playing centre midfield at Blackburn alongside Unsworth and the impact Kevin Campbell & Scott Gemmill’s signings on deadline day. David’s first Anfield derby seen him part of (still the last) a derby victory at Anfield and he discusses his pride at being part of that side. Nick Barmby’s controversial move is discussed as David gives his thoughts on the controversy surrounding it, before moving on to the arrival of Paul Gascoigne and what that did for that dressing room. David look’s back fondly at his pairing with Michael Ball and later Alan Stubbs, as well as his determination to keep new signings from Joseph Yobo, Matteo Ferrari and Per Kroldrup from taking his place. We discuss the decision the club made to part company with Walter Smith and his feeling of guilt around it, before the progression of the club both on and off the pitch under David Moyes. Weir tell’s us how we knew Wayne Rooney was a star before he kicked a first team ball and talks about his feelings on the sale of Rooney to Manchester Utd in 2004, before telling us how a revitalised 2004-2005 team spirit led the blues all the way to a 4th place finish. We leave no stone unturned as we discuss who David Moyes had his moments with on the playing staff, his gratitude for Moyes offering him the chance to prolong his Everton career and his realisation that his EFC career was almost over when Joleon Lescott arrived in 2006. We touch on David’s time at Glasgow Rangers including a hilarious story of when he came face to face with Thomas Gravesen in the Old firm derby. The return to Everton in 2012, the application for the managers role when David Moyes left in 2013 and his subsequent move into football management is all discussed in this must listen show!
This week's episode sees the lads discuss Liverpool's vital win at Southampton on Friday night, before moving on to discuss Everton's impressive win at home to Arsenal on the Sunday. Social media questions are tackled, including questions about Liverpool's captaincy, possible transfer activity at both clubs and the attitude of Everton's record signing Richarlison, before the team move on to previewing the upcoming games; Liverpool's Champions League game at home to Porto on Tuesday, Everton's visit to Fulham on Saturday and Liverpool's crucial game at home to Chelsea on Sunday
This week's episode sees the lads start with a review of wins for both teams at the weekend, with Everton winning in impressive fashion away at West Ham on Saturday, before Liverpool recorded a vital, yet last ditch victory at home to Spurs on Sunday, to go back top of the table. Social media questions are covered, with blues discussing Wayne Rooney and reds discussing possible transfer activity, before the show wraps up with previews of the next set of games; Liverpool away to Southampton on Friday night and Everton at home to Arsenal on Sunday.
With both sides not playing due to the international games, the lads start by taking a look at their own player’s performances for their respective country's (including goals for two Everton players), as well as discussing any injury problems and form. Social media throws up a question on who the blues would like to see as club captain, when Phil Jagileka leaves and asks if the reds feel progression in the Champions League could hinder the title challenge. The lads round out the show with a preview of the weekend's fixtures, with Everton away at West Ham with the reds taking on Tottenham at Anfield.
This week's episode kicks off with a review of Liverpool's win over Bayern Munich and the resultant draw to Porto in the Champions League. The lad's then move onto discussing a big win for the blues, who took maximum points in a 2-0 home win against Chelsea, before covering Liverpool's crucial 2-1 win, away to relegation battlers Fulham, taking them back to the top of table. With an international break upcoming and no games to preview, Judgy introduces a new segment to the podcast with "Stat Attack" and the team answer some social media questions, before wrapping up with a look at how the lads think their respective sides will do between now and the end of the season.
This week’s episode of Across The Park starts with the 2 blues, Judgy & Millsy dissecting Everton’s loss at Newcastle last weekend. Both have opinions on the turning point of the game and how it could have been prevented, as well as discussing how big a dent it could prove to be in the recent ‘mini revival’. The reds, Gary, Terry & Phil then move onto discussing the huge 3 points Liverpool secured in the 4-2 win over Burnley, including what it means for certain individuals, who’s performance could well give Jurgen Klopp food for thought going into the final weeks of the season. The reds then preview the big Champions league game at Bayern Munich, poised at 0-0 after the first leg, before both reds & blues tackle some social media questions. The show ends with a look ahead to the weekend's domestic action with Liverpool travelling to Fulham and Everton hosting Chelsea.
The 234th Merseyside derby ended in a stalemate and this week’s show sees blues Millsy and Judgy and reds Gary and Phil sit down to discuss the fall out. The reds are naturally disappointed in not taking all three points in what would have seen them regain top spot, whilst the blues are buoyed by a resilient performance that helped end the week on 4 points of out 6 and move away from the congested bottom half. Social media question’s see the reds discuss Jurgen Klopp’s post match comments whilst the blues discuss what Morgan Schneiderlin’ s recall means for Andre Gomes’ Everton future. Everton’s trip to Newcastle this Saturday is previewed as well as Liverpool taking on Burnley on Sunday as the race for the title hots up!
The Merseyside derby on Sunday, sees the lads record a derby preview on Thursday night, with regular guest panelist, Jeff Goulding, stepping in for Gary on the Liverpool side. With both teams in action midweek; Everton against Cardiff on Tuesday and Liverpool against Watford at home on Wednesday, the start of the pod sees the lads briefly review both games, which saw a crucial 3-0 win for Everton and an emphatic 5-0 win for Liverpool. The episode then moves onto social media questions, before the panel talk about their best and worst derby memories. The upcoming derby clash itself is then previewed, with the team offering opinions on team selection, tactics and possible outcomes and what the result will mean for each side's respective seasons.
This week's episode opens with the lads discussing Liverpool's two recent draws; the first at home to Bayern Munich, in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie and then away to Manchester United in the league on Sunday. The leaked plans for Everton's new stadium at Bramley Moor are discussed, before the lads move onto social media questions; Everton's best manager of the last few years, Henderson's reaction to being substituted against Man U, the potential for Giggs as manager at Everton. The episode ends with a preview of the next fixtures for both teams; Everton's game away to Cardiff, a pivotal fixture after a 17 day break, for Marco Silva and his struggling side and Liverpool's vital game at home to Watford.
For episode 28 the lads are delighted to have author and Liverpool fan Jeff Goulding back on to help preview a massive week for Liverpool. The show kicks off with Jeff assisting Terry and Gary in previewing the tricky home leg against German champions. In the absence of any upcoming games this weekend for the blues, Craig and Judgy explore the list of potential suiters for the under pressure Marco Silva, should the Everton board lose patience with the Portugese coach. The social media section of the show includes the blues current verdict on Andre Gomes and what seems like the poor decision to let Holgate leave on loan. The reds meanwhile tackle the question of whether the club need a "marquee signing" to step up to the next level and whether the current backroom staff are lacking a the presence of a "Liverpool legend". The crunch game between Liverpool and Manchester United is previewed with the reds in confident mood about a victory
Across The Park Extra Episode 9 is a must listen for not only all Evertonian's, but football fans in general. The team was honoured to be invited in to the home of 1 / 3 of the holy trinity and Football legend; Mr Colin Harvey, along with his daughter Mel, who was gracious enough to invite us down on this special day. Harvey goes in depth on his rise to the first team, including how a tennis ball helped him hone his skills growing up, his memories of bunking into Goodison with his Dad as a kid, the famous debut at the San Siro and the magic of the school of science team of the late 60’s. Harvey reveals all the stories from this era, from Harry Catterick facing outrage from the away fans after dropping Alex Young for Joe Royle at Blackpool, heartbreak at being part of the 1967 FA cup losing side, to how the Holy Trinity came to be; with the legendary trio of Kendall, Harvey & Ball. As honest and modest as ever, Harvey describes the highs and lows of his playing career including his breakthrough and how he knew his and Kendall’s Everton playing days were over after Billy Bingham took over from Harry Catterick. Harvey's illustrious and successful coaching and managerial career is covered in depth; from being asked by a returning Kendall as manager to assist in developing the evolving 70’s side into the dominant 80’s side that every Evertonian remembers so fondly. The 80’s review reveals some fascinating insights, including how close he and Howard were to leaving before that famous Oxford game in 1984, the half time team talk at the Bayern Munich game in 1985, memories of letting Andy Gray go to bring in Gary Lineker and the interesting summers of 86 and 87 when he was asked twice to take over from the departing Howard Kendall. Harvey’s behind the scenes tales capture every emotion; including the hilarious description of how he found out about a fight in a Chinese restaurant between two first teamers and his somber recollection of how the Hillsborough disaster affected the city and him personally. Harvey describes how he departed as Everton manager, only to return as first team coach days later before talking us through his eventual final role at the club as youth team manager when he was a part of unearthing a certain Wayne Rooney.
Mel Harvey is influential in giving us in the inside track on how proud, yet challenging it was to grow up as an Everton legend’s daughter. From the joys of watching her Dad coach the 80’s team to success, to the hardship of watching him leave the club they all loved. Mel has tales from the Harvey home that had the lads beaming, including Harvey’s location when he got the call to be Everton manager! Here it all in this enthralling trip down memory lane with a true footballing great!
This week's episode starts with the blues reflecting on the first of two recent Everton games, with a look back at a much improved performance against Manchester City, which ended in a 2-0 defeat. The Reds also have a game to review, as they look back on an excellent display in hammering Bournemouth, in what became a must win game after City's win at Goodison. The final review, sees the blues debate what went wrong as Everton went down 1-0 to Watford, raising the question of whether the manager deserves the post match backlash that has appeared in the press and on social media. Our social media section sees the lads discuss whether Marco Silva is two defeats away from the sack and if Liverpool could now be looking at a different formation for certain games. Finally, AFC Mossley manager and big Manchester City fan, Dave Wild, joins the lads as we close the show by getting a City fan perspective on the title race to date and the run in to come.
This edition of "Across The Park Extra" sees former Liverpool goalkeeper, Tony Warner, join us in the studio to take us through his journey from trainee accountant and Sunday league goalkeeper at 18, to making 358 appearances as a professional footballer. Tony reflects on his six eventful years at Liverpool, starting in the A-team under Steve Highway in 1993 and finishing as Gerard Houllier arrived in 1999. Despite not making an appearance for Liverpool, Warner witnessed the development of players such as Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen, whilst training alongside more LFC greats such as Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and John Barnes. Warner shares some entertaining stories including; how he had to try and balance his career as an accountant with his football exploits before signing for Liverpool, how he upset Julian Dicks at Mellwood and how he clashed with Stan Collymore and punched the manager (by accident) just before he was set to make his debut in pre-season. Post-Liverpool, Warner went on to play in an Old Firm derby for Celtic alongside Henrik Larsson and made 221 appearances for Millwall, where he was influential in their rise from Division 3 to the Championship. Everton listeners will also be surprised to learn that Warner had a role in Tim Cahill leaving Millwall for Everton, rather than Charlton! This podcast tells the story of a committed footballer who started from the very bottom, learnt his craft amongst the very best, before going on to carve out an excellent career as a first team keeper. It's a great listen for reds and all football enthusiasts alike!
Tonight’s episode kicks off with the blues reflecting on the importance of a victory against Huddersfield Town last week at The John Smith’s Stadium, before the reds reflect on a couple of disappointing draws at home to Leicester and away to West Ham. In the final review the blues look back at Everton’s poor performance against Wolves last weekend at Goodison, in which Silva's defensive frailties were further exposed. Our social media section sees the lads answer a number of interesting questions, which provoked the blues, Gary and Craig, to reveal whether they’d be comfortable with a defeat against Manchester City tomorrow night and the Reds reveal who their pick of the Premiership players would be for the Liverpool starting XI. Finally the lads preview the upcoming fixtures, which see Everton take on the current champions, before facing a robust Watford team at the weekend. Meanwhile, Liverpool hope to get back to winning ways at home to a talented Bournemouth team, who seem to struggle on the road.
Episode 25 of Across The Park, sees the blues struggling to pinpoint the reasons behind yet another defeat for Everton, as they crashed out of the FA Cup losing 3-2 away at Millwall. With Liverpool not having a game this week the lads move on to the social media questions where Terry addresses the comments from Peter Moore in relation to potential investment into Liverpool. Meanwhile, Millsy, Judgy and Craig tackle the many frustrated Evertonian's views and questions, predominantly surrrounding Marco Silvas future. Terry and Phil consider Pep Guardiola’s comments about the significance of Man City playing first in the upcoming games, previewing Wednesdays visit of Leicester, which could have added pressure should Manchester City take all three points from Newcastle a day earlier. With two games coming thick and fast, the blues preview their trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday and the show is concluded with the lads previewing the visit of Wolves to Goodison on Saturday and Liverpool’s tough assignment away to West Ham, at the London stadium.
Episode 24 of the Across The Park includes the blues reviewing Everton’s latest 2-1 defeat at Southampton and the mounting pressure on Marco Silva. Millsy and Judgy explore a variety of potential explanations for the poor form and what Silva can do about it. Meanwhile the reds reflect on a hard earned 3 points following an enthralling 4-3 win against Crystal Palace at home. Terry, Gary and Phil discuss the disappointing performance of Naby Keita, whilst Terry questions Alison's contribution to the goals conceded. There are a good range of questions from the listeners including whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin deserves a run in the Everton team and which Liverpool player should come in at right back in the upcoming games. Everton’s FA cup tie at Millwall concludes the episode, in what looks like a massive game for Everton’s season and possibly Marco Silva’s future.
The latest episode of Across The Park starts with a review of the the weekends games which saw both sides record victories and clean sheets. The blues discuss their concern at the lack of intensity in their performance, despite the victory, whilst the reds reflect on a straight forward victory at Brighton. The social media questions bring up some interesting discussions on individual players from both sides including Alexander- Arnold’s future position and Sigurdsson’s place in the team. The lads cap off the episode by reviewing Everton’s trip to Southampton and Liverpool’s home game against Crystal Palace.
On this week's episode, the lads reflect on a disappointing start to the year for Liverpool after two defeats in two games, in the league against Manchester City and against Wolves in the FA Cup, whilst also discussing Everton's progression into the 4th round of the FA Cup to face Millwall. Social media Q&A brings up some interesting discussions including; the implications of Liverpool's lack of strength in depth and the futures of some of Everton's players. Liverpool's upcoming trip to Brighton and Everton's home game against Bournemouth are previewed to conclude the show.
The first episode of the New Year sees the lads review the fixtures over the Christmas period as Liverpool took maximum points and Everton won only one of their four games. The lads then tackle some social media questions including; are the cracks starting to show for Marco Silva and would Coutinho be welcomed back at Anfield, if reports are to be believed. The reds look ahead to the big game at the Etihad against Man City and discuss whether the FA Cup would be more of a hindrance, before the blues discuss their 3rd round tie against Lincoln at Goodison Park.
The 7th episode of Across The Park Extra sees ex head of media & communications at Everton FC, Alan Myers, join us for an in depth chat about his two periods at the blues (1996-2001 & 2013-2014). Alan gives us the behind the scenes details and stories from all the goings on at the club during his time there. The stories include the details behind the crazy evening when Duncan Ferguson was sold in 1998, Alex Nyarko’s reaction to the infamous pitch invader at Arsenal, what really happened when Nick Barmby made the move ‘across the park’ & the madness and emotion from inside the club for THAT Coventry game in 1998. Alan also gives us stories from his time at Sky Sports. This includes the time he interviewed the then under pressure Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks in an attempt to smooth relations with the Liverpool faithful. He also discusses how he went from head of communications at Everton, to become a director at Blackburn Rovers under the Venky’s within a matter of months. We hung on Alan’s every word as he discussed everything asked in detail, and held back tears of laughter at his stories of Paul Gascoigne’s time at Everton. This is a must listen for all Evertonians!
Jeff Goulding, author of "Stanley Park Story: Life, Love and The Merseyside Derby" joins us for a really interesting discussion around his new book. The book is a historically accurate work of fiction and Jeff gives his insight on a range of topics including: what makes the Merseyside derby so special and why the rivalry between the two clubs is so unique. A fascinating listen, not only for both sets of supporters, but even for those who are just interested in the history of the city, as we discuss how the changing social, cultural and political back drop has affected the relationship between reds and blues over the last 60 years.
The last episode of the year! The lads as always start of by reviewing last weekends games which seen Liverpool put the final nail in Jose Mourinho’s coffin with a superb 3-1 victory over Manchester Utd at Anfield whilst Everton went down to the same scoreline at Manchester City. Social media Q&A brings up some interesting topics such as Everton’s financial situation, whether Liverpool need signings in January and whether Everton need to think about additions in the right back slot.
The hectic Christmas period is previewed as Everton host Tottenham, travel to Burnley & Brighton before another home game against Leicester over a 9 day period. The reds travel to Wolves on Friday, before hosting Newcastle and Arsenal before the year closes out.
The show ends with a look back at the highs and lows from 2018 for both clubs, as well as reflecting on the first year of the podcast for the Across The Park team
The latest episode sees the boys reviewing a host of games in what has been a busy schedule for both teams. The Everton lads emphasise the disappointment of not registering a victory against neither Newcastle or Watford at home, whilst the Red side of the park revel in taking top spot in the Premier league after 2 away victories against Burnley and Bournemouth respectively. The reds also had another massive win at Anfield and lads praise the contribution of Allison. The social media questions from listeners focus on some underperforming Everton players and the continued doubts over Henderson’s long term role in the Liverpool side and the episode is concluded as the lads look towards the weekend’s crunch clashes against the two Manchester sides.
This edition of Across The Park Extra, sees ex-Everton and England international Michael Ball in the studio. "Bally" advised the lads that nothing was off limits, as he discussed his Everton career timeline from 1996 to 2001; from his early decision to leave the Liverpool academy in favour of joining Everton (thanks to a night out with Howard Kendall), to his decision to rejecting the biggest contract he’d ever been offered, from Liverpool, after being transfer listed by his beloved Everton in 2001. The lads posed some challenging question’s including; how the bust up with Walter Smith came about, what his feelings on Nick Barmby’s controversial move across the park were and how it felt as a young Evertonian to play in that Coventry game in 1998. His move to Rangers is discussed as Bally opens up on how leaving Everton affected him emotionally, before his focus turned to trying to save his career after a long injury layoff. The show closes with Bally discussing his career at PSV and Manchester City including his bizarre PSV unveiling alongside Arouna Kone, aswell as captaining Manchester City in an 8-1 loss to Middlesbrough in Sven Goran Eriksson's last game in charge. Bally is brutally honest throughout the discussion and doesn't hide with any of his responses. An absolute must listen for any football fan!
This week’s post-derby edition of Across The Park, sees the three jubilant reds take on the two disappointed blues in analysing Liverpool’s 1-0 derby victory over Everton. Both sides have different opinions on how the game unfolded and whether the result was a fair one. The lads then move on to previewing the up coming games which see Everton host Newcastle and Watford, whilst Liverpool travel to Burnley and Bournemouth, before facing a must win Champions League game, at home against Napoli.
Ex Everton academy graduate Jon-Paul Kissock is a guest on Episode 4 of Across The Park Extra discussing his rise from the youth academy at Everton Football Club and his career after being released by Everton. "JP" goes in depth on his appreciation of the Football club and the staff, his experiences whilst rising through both the Everton and England ranks, before reflecting on the disappointment of not making a first team appearance; despite being part of the matchday squads on numerous occasions. We discuss the emotional day that JP was released, his journey down the leagues as a professional since and his fond memories of his Everton teammates. JP also gives his honest thoughts on the effectiveness of the U23 development league in preparing youngsters for the rigours of first team football in comparison with the former reserve league; a running theme throughout our "Extra" episodes. JP goes on to discuss his remaining ambitions in football and his thoughts on what the PFA could be doing better to help young professionals. This show is a must listen for any aspiring footballer or coach, not to mention, anyone seeking an insight into the highs and lows of being one of Englands best up and coming talents.
This week is the much anticipated preview to the first Merseyside derby of the 2018/19 season, aswell as the first time we’ve covered a derby on the Across The Park podcast. The episode includes a review of Everton’s gritty 1-0 win over Cardiff and Liverpool’s convincing 3-0 away win at Watford. The reds debate the selection strategy ahead of not only the derby, but also the crucial champions league clash away at PSG, whilst the blues are in buoyant mood ahead of the upcoming derby despite uncertainty over the future role of Theo Walcott, with Ademola Lookman chomping at the bit to get in, whilst the reds are also in a confident mood ahead of the game! There are some juicy arguments between the two sets of fans, as the lads tackle the combined current and premier league XI’s, before concluding with some detailed predictions of the outcome of the game.....Our longest episode ever, as expected!
Our Third ‘ATP Extra’ episode features Steve Harkness; a player who’s Liverpool career spanned almost a decade, across the 1990s. Steve talks us through his struggles breaking into the “best reserve team ever”, finally getting his Liverpool debut, the managers he worked under and the players he played with. With great honesty, he discusses the infamous ‘Spice Boys’ tag, why the 90's Liverpool teams couldn't land the Premier League title and the famous 4-3 win over Newcastle, before discussing the low points of his career; a broken leg and a year on the sidelines, as well as his well publicized bust up with a former colleague and how he fell out of love with the game after leaving Liverpool. Steve gives insights on a number of other Liverpool legends in addition to a host of hilarious stories about the shenanigans they got up to as a squad, before we round down the episode by talking about his time at Benfica and the twilight of his career at Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday and Chester. A great interview that will have all football fans laughing no matter what team you follow!
With Neil away, this week the lads are joined for Episode 16 by a special guest; Everton legend and boyhood Evertonian Ronny Goodlass, who joins the blue side of the team. Ronny provides fantastic insight into both club's fixtures this weekend, as we preview Liverpool's trip to Watford and Everton vs Cardiff. The lads tackle some social media questions including whether it is finally time to rest Firmino and which Liverpool legend would get in Ronny's all time Everton side. The show ends with Ronny giving us the motivation behind his new book; "Blue Nose", as well as discussing his amazing charity work with "Health through Sport"
This ATP extra episode features Joe Parkinson; a 90s Everton Legend and a member of Joe Royle's famous “Dogs of war”. Joe was a integral part of Everton’s FA Cup winning side in 1995 and in this candidly honest chat with the lads, he discusses Everton’s last trophy bearing season, the managers and players that influenced him most in his career and reflects emotionally on the injury that brought his career to a premature end. In this episode, Joe not only expresses his undying love and gratitude to the club, but also reflects on the reasons why disappointment the clubs and didn’t build on the 1995 success. A must listen for any Everton fan, or football enthusiast!
Tonight’s episode sees the lads discuss Everton’s encouraging 0-0 draw away at Chelsea before analysing Liverpool’s poor performance in a defeat at Red Star Belgrade. Liverpool’s home win against Fulham is then reviewed, with the lads closing this week with some questions from social media, including Keita’s adjustment to the team and Walcott’s future in the team.
Tonight’s podcast features a review of Everton’s impressive 3-1 win against Brighton including Seamus Coleman’s controversial celebration. Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal is discussed as the reds bemoan the official’s contribution to two dropped points. This week’s social media questions include whether Liverpool could be top at Christmas, based on the upcoming fixtures and whether the blues would have Rooney back on loan in January. Everton’s tough trip to Chelsea is previewed, along with Liverpool’s games against Red Star and Fulham.
This weeks episode starts off with the lads looking back on both Liverpool's big win at home to Cardiff and Everton's frustrating defeat away to Manchester United. The importance of Adam Lallana and Theo Walcott's roles in the sides are discussed, before moving on to Social Media Q&A including; the preference of a big squad vs a small squad and whether Aaron Ramsey would be a good addition to either squad. We then look ahead to Brighton's visit to Goodison and Liverpool's trip to The Emirates, before ending with a "guess the player" feature.
The first ATP extra episode consists of a feature length interview with Gary Lewis; A lifelong Liverpool fan and current U17 Academy coach at Philadelphia Union in the MLS. More significantly, Lewis is a former Liverpool and Everton FC academy coach who has worked with the likes of Harry Wilson, Trent Alexander Arnold, Ryan Kent and Jordan Rossiter, to name but a few. Lewis speaks charismatically about the development process of some of the recent academy graduates. This episode includes some stories of how Trent moved into his current right back berth, and includes reference to current Liverpool staff such as Pep Lijnders, and club legends such as Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. This is a must listen for any Liverpool fan but also an enjoyable listen for any football fan who wants to hear more about professional football coaches, their passion for their work and their influence and experiences in developing the stars of tomorrow.
With the Premier League back, the lads discuss wins for both Liverpool, who took all three points in a below par performance against a tenacious Huddersfield and Everton, who made it 3 wins out of 3 after some inspired substitutions by the manager. As ever some interesting social media questions from our listeners are tackled before previews of the upcoming fixtures; Liverpool at home to Cardiff and Everton facing a difficult away trip to Old Trafford against Manchester United on Super Sunday.
With no games to review the lads get stuck straight into some in-depth social media questions, which include Fabinho and Firmino’s Liverpool futures, the best teams the lads have seen live and the blues’ view on the upcoming transfer window and what’s needed. The lads move on to previewing a big week ahead for Liverpool in two competitions as they travel to struggling Huddersfield before hosting Redstar Belgrade in a “must win” champions league tie. Finally, the preview of Crystal Palace’s visit to Goodison on Super Sunday closes the show!
This weeks the lads kick off with a review of Everton's recent win at Leicester, before moving onto an extended section of answering questions from Social Media and the website. With the international break meaning there are no games to preview, the episode concludes with a review of :Liverpool's 0-0 draw against the champions,Man City, at Anfield.
This weeks episode see's the lads discuss mixed results in both league and cup as Everton register a much needed win against Fulham before crashing out the Carabao cup against Southampton and Liverpool continue their tough run of fixtures with a point at Chelsea and a first defeat in the Champions league campaign against an impressive Napoli. As always social media questions are tackled including Ross Barkley's recent comments and Jurgen Klopp's tactics. We look ahead to Everton's tricky away tie against Leicester before previewing the top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.
The reds reflect on a week of mixed results in the league & cup and debate if the Chelsea defeat is a blessing in disguise. The blues discuss the loss to Arsenal and whether there is encouragement to be taken from the performance, despite defeat. Social media Q&A features some interesting questions including Jurgen Klopp's longevity in the Liverpool job and the lads earliest football memories. We look ahead to a huge set of games on Saturday as Liverpool travel to Chelsea and Everton entertain Fulham before briefly previewing the significance of next week’s games in the Champion’s League and Carabao Cup respectively.
This weeks episode sees the lads breakdown a disappointing result for the Toffee's against West Ham, including some alternative views and analysis. The lads discuss Liverpool’s continued flying start to the season at Spurs and how they followed that up with a home win against PSG in the first Champions League fixture of the season. Social media questions are answered, before a look ahead to Southampton’s visit to Anfield and Everton’s televised trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
This week the lads reflect on the international fixtures and how the respective clubs player's fared. There's a social media Q&A, before a look ahead to the reds trip to Tottenham, in the early kick off Saturday and West Ham's televised visit to Goodison on Sunday.
This week the lads look back at the weekend's results which saw Liverpool win again away at Leicester, whilst Everton were held to a frustrating draw at Goodison by a resolute HUddersfield. Jordan Henderson's new contract is discussed, as well as the potential threat Dominic Calvert-Lewin poses to Cenk Tosun's starting place. There is a recap of Across The Park's double Q&A feature in the Liverpool Echo this week, before the lads tackle some questions that were submitted via social media and the website.
Episode 4 sees the lads look at the Champions League and Carabao Cup draws respectively. The blues reflect on two points dropped at the weekend, whilst the reds reveal their feelings on another solid, if unspectacular performance which maintained their 100% start to the season. The lads tackle some interesting questions from social media, before previewing the weekend's fixtures.
With both teams winning at the weekend, there is positivity in the air. The blues are one man down as they debate the incidents during Liverpool's hard fought win over Crystal Palace, before discussing Everton's excellent first half performance and subsequent victory against Southampton. The next games for each side get discussed with Liverpool playing Brighton and Everton facing Bournemouth, with scoreline predictions being made by the lads
In this episode the first topic for the lads was a review of each club's opening games of the season. They then go on to discuss the revelations that La Liga are going to host league games in the USA and what that could mean for the Premier League, before briefly discussing Alisher Usmanov's potential investment in Everton and finally rounding up with a look ahead at the next set of fixtures.
The first official episode coincides with the closing of the transfer window. Naturally, the lads look at the transfer activity of both clubs, and what the dealings have added to the respective outlooks for the upcoming season. The performances of the final pre-season games are evaluated, and lads look ahead to the opening games of of the 2018/19 season this weekend.
In the last "trial" episode before the official launch on 10th August; the lads test out new audio kit, whilst looking at how Everton's new signing Lucas Digne may fit in. This leads into an interesting comparison of the two clubs first choice right backs before briefly looking forward to the clubs last pre-season friendlies, this weekend!
In the latest "trial episode" the team are back at full strength! On the blue side the lads reflect on the implications of Richarlison's arrival and the concerns about individual players. The reds on the other hand are optimistic about the future. The infamous "Karius Tweet" is also discussed which leads to a debate around the role of social media in the modern game. How far are fans allowed to go?
With two of the blue side of the panel on holiday (Neil and Gary J), the rest of the ATP team discuss Liverpool's signing of goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, for a world record fee, how both team's pre-seasons are progressing and how the squads are shaping up now the world cup is over and the transfer window is in full swing.
Following England's exit from the World cup last night we focus on how both squads are looking as the close of the transfer window looms. Both sides evaluate the state of their squads and which areas in particular they are most concerned about.
This was the first formal discussion that we had as a group. Minus one blue (Neil) we attempted to analyse the Liverpool champions league defeat, evaluate the restructure taking place at Everton and what the Everton fans are hoping for next season. Some very interesting debates and plenty to ponder for listeners!