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!