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“Across The Park”
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This weeks episode begins with the reds, Gary Murray and Phil Roberts, looking back at their first Premier League win at Anfield this calendar year after TAA’s late winner against Villa. They discussed the importance of getting back to winning ways and putting the pressure on the teams around them by finishing the game in fourth. A listener question is discussed regarding Trent's potential England selection/ omission for the forthcoming Euros in the summer. With the second leg of the CL quarter final against Real Madrid coming tomorrow, Phil and Gary go straight into previewing the game and what the possible team selection could be and how they see Klopp approaching the game. The blues this week, Andrew Price and Gary Judge, move onto Everton’s continued poor form after the dismal 0-0 with Brighton on Monday night. They exchange views on where the problems are and the midfield get the majority of the scrutiny. Some social media questions follow the review including a hypothetical of who would be under more pressure out of Klopp and Ancelotti if both teams finished with no trophies and outside the European places in the league, which causes a lot of debate between the lads. Next up is the popular higher or lower where Phil has prepared another slight alteration on the usual format. The blues move on to previewing their Friday night home fixture against Spurs and how they see the game going before the reds do the same for their game away at Leeds on Monday night. The show sees the return with another popular feature where phil gives clues for a who am I for, firstly, an Everton player followed by a Liverpool player.
This week's episode of Across The Park Podcast kicks off with the reds, Gary Murray and Terry McGivern, having mixed performances to review from dominating Arsenal and looking more like their usual selves, to being out worked, out played and out classed against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter Final. The blues, Ian Mills and Andrew Price, then discuss Everton’s continued disappointing home form after they conceded late to draw against Crystal Palace, which saw the podcast inundated with messages from disgruntled fans. Next, the blue side look back to 1995 in this week in history, at their 4-1 FA Cup semi final victory over Tottenham. The reds, this week, look at a more recent week in history when they dismantled Manchester City in the Champions League QF first leg back in 2018. A listener favourite is next with the reds and blues competing in higher or lower, with Ian Mills hosting so Pricey is going solo against the two reds. To end the show the reds look ahead to their weekend home fixture against Aston Villa where they have the chance to go fourth before the other teams around them play, while the blues look to their away fixture at Brighton, discussing what line up and tactics they’d prefer Carlo Ancelotti to go with.
The legendary DJ, Lee Butler joins Ian Mills and Phil Roberts in a brilliant Across The Park Extra! Lee tells us how he grew up as the legendary Billy Butler's son, who is a staunch Evertonian, but followed in his Mum and brother's path, in becoming a huge Liverpool fan. He tells us of his memories of Keegan and Dalglish, going the game and has the lad's in stitches with tales from his childhood, moving across the city and having his mates, football and girls taken away from him as he settled into a new school which was the complete opposite of what he had been used to. We of course, talk music and the nightclub scene and Lee tells us how music and clubbing captured his heart as a teenager, with memories of Liverpool's amazing Quadrant park nightclub, the state and Secrets! His career as a DJ is discussed in both nightclubs, and on Radio City before in brutal honesty, Lee tells us how his addiction to alcohol and drugs took over, and just how he beat his addiction as well as being focused on helping others beat 'the beast'. The amazing, In demand radio and Ravin fit are discussed, as Lee discusses his passion in producing great local content, with local dj's and amazing new music as well as his hopes of getting Ravin fit back after the pandemic. We close by discussing his thoughts on Liverpool FC at the moment, how disappointing not being able to be at Anfield when the reds captured the 19th league title and his love for Jurgen Klopp. Music, football, addiction and much more in an umissable podcast with a legend of the city!
This weeks episode of Across The Park Podcast begins with the reds, Gary Murray & Phil Roberts looking ahead to Liverpool’s away fixture at Arsenal on Saturday evening and their Champions League Quarter final 1st leg away to Real Madrid. The blues, Andrew Price & Gary Judge, follow this by previewing Everton’s home game against Crystal Palace on Monday night and then touch on the announcement that their new stadium has been given the green light by the government to begin construction. “This week in history” sees the reds looking back to 1999 when they beat Everton for the first time in 5 years with Fowler having some banter with the Everton fans after scoring a penalty in front of the away fans. The blues look back to the same year when Kevin Campbell was brought to the club and the impact he had on the team, including keeping Everton in the premier league with his vital goals. The popular “higher or lower” returns by popular demand as the lads go up against each other on both teams stats since the formation of the Premier League. There’s an extra feature this week in the absence of game reviews with “who am I?”. The show then concludes with a few selected social media questions for both sides of the park to get stuck into including Lukaku's availability this summer and Van Bastens comments about scrapping the offside rule.
In the latest episode of Across The Park podcast, the lads sit down to review Everton’s recent FA Cup home defeat to Man City, with Judgy and Pricey debating whether Mr Ancelotti’s tactics were to blame or if it was a simple case of a gulf in quality. With no Liverpool game to reflect on this week, Terry and Phil look instead at the Champions League quarter final draw, which sees the reds pitted against Real Madrid, giving them a chance to avenge the 2018 final defeat and progress further on what appears the better side of the draw. This week in history sees the Everton lads recall their own memories of David Moyes first away game in charge, a 4-3 victory at Derby County, whilst for the reds it’s a look back at Hicks & Gillett’s Anfield takeover in 2007. As usual the lads answer some listeners questions including whether the Toffee’s would rather sell Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin in a hypothetical situation and for the reds, reaction to Trent Alexander-Arnold being omitted from the latest England squad
This week's episode of Across The Park Podcast starts with the blues, Ian Mills and Gary Judge, discussing their continued disappointing home form after their defeat to the hands of Burnley, giving their opinions on why the so called lesser teams are causing them problems at Goodison Park. There are then some passionate social media questions levelled at the lads, asking about the inconsistencies and how much blame the manager should take. The reds, Gary Murray and Terry McGivern, then give their thoughts after Liverpool got back to winning ways, firstly, against RB Leipzig, in Budapest, which saw them progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League, followed by their 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux. Also covered is a question from a listener regarding potential outgoings and incomings at the end of the season. Fun feature Higher/Lower is next up, with Liverpool hat tricks and Everton top goal scorers forming the subjects before the lads then look back at "This Week in History", where the red half enjoy discussing club legend Steven Gerrard's hat-trick against the toffees at Anfield back in 2012, while the blues look back at 2002 when Walter Smith lost his job after a defeat at the Riverside to Middlesbrough, to then be replaced by David Moyes. The show ends with an FA Cup quarter final preview, with Everton playing host to Manchester City with the blues debating whether the blues can pull off a shock win and progress to the semi-final stage.
On an Everton FC special extra, Ian Mills & Andrew Price are joined by one of their first heroes in the blue shirt, a man who scored 99 goals over a 6 year period for the blues, Tony Cottee. Tony tells us how he decided to leave London and resist offers from Arsenal to join Colin Harvey's Everton in 1988 and his memories of him and newer players entering the dressing room of the disbanding mid 80's side. We ask about his memories working under Colin and the unique situation of feeling he let Colin down when he lost his job, only to see him return days later as Howard Kendall's number 2. His relationship with Howard is talked about in detail, as well as tales from Chinese meals he had to fund, and his memories of playing with great players such as Neville Southall, Graeme Sharpe and Peter Beardsley. Tony gives us his thoughts on Billy Kenny during a sad time at the club as well as his memories of the unity in the city during the 1989 FA cup final after the tragic Hillsborough disaster. No questions are off topic as we ask what went wrong during Mike Walker's time at the club, and what it was like being on the pitch during THAT Wimbledon game, when the blues stared relegation in the face. His departure is covered, and how he felt just missing out on teaming with Duncan Ferguson under Joe Royle as well as his best memories, and message to Evertonians today. A must listen for all blues!
Episode 26 of the Across the Park Podcast sees blues Ian Mills and Andrew Price, joined by reds Terry McGivern and Phil Roberts, reviewing what turned out to be a disappointing week for both clubs, in terms of results. The blues, saw their top four hopes dented, after following up a win against W.Brom with a defeat to top 4 rivals Chelsea, with Millsy and Pricey both disappointed with the performance of Andre Gomes and the lack of creativity they saw from the team. Attention them turns to Liverpool where things appear to be going from bad to worse with defeat to both Chelsea and Premier League strugglers Fulham, made it 6 losses in a row at home and an unwanted new record for consecutive home defeats, with Terry and Phil trying to make sense of what is happening at the club. Some social media questions are covered, before the week in history sees the blues reflect on the signing of Landon Donovan, whilst the reds look back to happier times that saw Liverpool put four goals past Madrid and Manchester Utd in the same week. A quick game of "Who Am I" from Phil is covered before both sides then preview upcoming games; a CL last 16 2nd leg for Liverpool against Red Bull Leipzig first on Wednesday, before they travel to Wolves on Monday evening, whilst the blues host Burnley at Goodison in the 5.30pm kick off on Saturday.
Episode 25 kicks off with the sad news of Liverpool legend Ian St John’s passing and the lads discuss the memories they have of him. The blues, Ian Mills and Gary Judge begin by discussing the news that the new stadium at Bramley Moore took a step closer this week with only the governments decision standing in the way of the building starting. The reds, Gary Murray and Phil Roberts, start the previews this week looking back at their 2-0 victory away to league strugglers Sheff Utd where they compare opinions on Curtis Jones, Bobby Firmino and Ozan Kabak. The blue side then look at their 1-0 home victory against Southampton where they agreed it was a much needed “ugly” win. They compare notes on Richarlison, the returning Allan and the continued form of Gylfi Sigurdsson. This week in history sees the reds fondly remember their 2-0 victory in the 2003 Worthington Cup Final against bitter rivals Man Utd whilst the blues look back at confirmation of Farhad Moshiri purchasing 49.9% of Bill Kenwright's shares back in 2016 and the impact Moshiri has had on the club since. The lads try out a new feature, “who am I?” for players from both side of the park before the previews of the upcoming games round off the show. Liverpool have home games against Chelsea on Thursday and Fulham on Sunday while Everton travel to former manager Sam Allardyce’s West Brom on Thursday before a trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on Monday Night.
This week sees the reds, Gary Murray & Terry McGivern and the blues, Gary Judge & Andrew Price get stuck into the Merseyside Derby where Everton ended their 22 year hoodoo by winning 2-0 at Anfield. The reds give their opinions on why Liverpool’s poor form has continued and the blues lap up a long awaited victory. There are social media questions answered about the game during this segment including praise for Ben Godfrey and questions on Klopp (albeit from a blue). Next, the reds briefly touch on their victory over RB Leipzig before moving on to the recent new feature of higher or lower, this week based on premier league appearances for current players. The blues look back to 2008 for this week in history at when Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe were injured and the impact it had on the team. The reds look back to the 2012 league cup final where they ended a six year trophy drought with a 3-2 penalty shootout victory against Cardiff City. Finally the lads look ahead to their respective upcoming fixtures where Liverpool face a trip to league strugglers Sheffield United on Sunday evening and Everton play hosts to Southampton on Monday night
This weeks blues, Ian Mills and Gary Judge kick the show off by reviewing Everton’s recent FA Cup 5th round victory over Spurs, followed by a polar opposite performance where they were beaten 2 nil by Premier League strugglers Fulham. Next, The reds; Gary Murray and Phil Roberts discuss the latest defeat for the reigning champions away at Leicester City and the pattern of defensive errors. All four of the lads then take part in two of the newer features to the podcast; Firstly, in “This Week in History”, the blues look back at Walter Smiths "final roll of the dice: when he signed David Ginola and Lee Carsley whilst the reds look back at Liverpool’s 2-0 victory away at Roma in the 2001 UEFA Cup campaign. Next up is the "Higher or Lower" game with Merseyside Derby appearances, clean sheets and goals being the focus of the trivia. The reds then look ahead to the trip to a neutral Budapest venue to play RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League and the blues look to one of their games in hand against Manchester City at Goodison. Concluding the show is the preview to the upcoming Merseyside derby, featuring local boxers Tony Bellew and Derry Matthews, who, as fans of Everton and Liverpool discuss the game and their derby memories with Millsy, before the lads on the podcast get their teeth into the 239th clash between Liverpool and Everton, taking place at Anfield this Saturday.
On this weeks show, the blues Ian Mills and Andrew Price give their reviews of Everton’s recent games ; a win against Leeds and a late draw against Man Utd where Calvert-Lewin secured a point in the last second of the game. Talking points include Robin Olsen's two different performances and the importance of Doucoure to the team. Also covered in this section were a couple of social media questions regarding Davis’ and Sigurdsson's recent shining performances, with the Everton fanbase seemingly split on the value of the two. The chat then turns to the reds, Gary Murray and Terry McGivern, who have to dig over Liverpool’s recent continuing poor form which saw a one nil home defeat at the hands of Brighton, before the reds saw their title defence implode after a heavy defeat, again at home, to title rivals Man City. They discuss what they think the problems are for the current champions, how they want to see them go about turning around their fortunes and there are some social media questions too, with a number of topics including Alisson's mistakes and Klopps “cold feet” comments and Roy Keane's “bad champions” attack on the club. A game of “higher or lower” is next up on the agenda, before attention then turns to the upcoming games; a Everton facing an FA Cup 5th round tie at home to Spurs before then hosting Fulham, whilst Liverpool travel to meet Leicester.
In the latest addition to the ATP Extra shows, two of our reds Phil Roberts and Gary Murray are joined by 2 times European cup winner, 4 times first division winner as well as a league cup, uefa cup and European super cup winner, David Fairclough. David discusses life growing up as a Liverpool fan and how he came to play and be a crucial part of his beloved club. He relives huge moments from his career, including his infamous goal and victory over St.Etienne on the way to claiming Liverpool’s first ever European cup. He gives an insight into the battles he faced to try and establish himself as a regular starter ahead of the likes of John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish. He goes on to discuss his “super sub” label and how he thought it was unjust, but how he’s also come to accept and enjoy it. David tells the lads how he came to the decision to leave Liverpool as well as many other “behind the scenes” stories. A thoroughly enjoyable and must listen for all reds.
The latest episode of Across The Park podcast follows two away wins in a week for the reds at Spurs and West Ham, leaving Terry and Phil with renewed hope that retaining their Premier League title is still on the cards. Both reds were complimentary of Klopp's tweaks to the midfield, the return to form of the reds famous front three, as well as the performance of Trent Alexander Arnold. The blues Judgy and Millsy on the other hand, are feeling deflated after seeing Everton take 1 point from six in the last week, where a credible draw against Leicester was followed up by a poor 2-0 defeat at the hands of struggling Newcastle. Millsy is “finished” with two certain Everton players, whilst Judgy says he “wasn’t surprised” by further slips from the blues, despite their good form prior to last week's games. The lads then look back in history at the return of Robbie Fowler and the signing of Nikica Jelavic. Social media questions are covered and the episode also sees the return of “higher or lower” and the lads selecting a combined XI players who represented England, at the request of a listener, which includes plenty of debate! The episode is then rounded off by looking ahead to this weeks fixtures; Liverpool entertain Brighton and Man City at Anfield and Everton travel away to Leeds and Man United.
Ian Mills & Gary Judge are delighted to be joined by ex Everton player, and Evertonian, Mark Ward in an Everton FC special. Mark gives us almost 90 minutes of his time as we take a look back at his career. Mark tells us about his memories growing up an Evertonian before his pain at being released by the club, before starting over in non league football. We talk about how Joe Royle brought him to Oldham, his great spell at West Ham before a meeting with Howard Kendall had him sign for Manchester City after being told Howard's thoughts about Spain!
Mark's pride & passion is obvious, as he talks us through signing for Everton under Howard Kendall, and the story behind it. His home debut against Arsenal is covered alongside some memorable stories involving his clash with Mike Walker, shooting Barry Horne on a night out, Billy Kenny and of course his goal against Liverpool in 1993.
Nothing is off limits, as Mark tells us about his time in prison, how he battled through his spell with a positive attitude and some hilarious tales such as how his cell resembled William Hill on a Saturday afternoon!
A must listen for all Evertonian's, and football fans in general as we revisit Mark's career and beyond. *explicit content*
Episode 20 of the 2020/21 season sees the red’s Gary and Phil reflect upon one of Liverpool’s toughest weeks in recent memory, which saw them lose their 68 game unbeaten run at Anfield to a stubborn Burnley side, before crashing out of the FA Cup to rivals Manchester United. The lads discuss Liverpool’s recent slump and address the key areas of defence and attack, taking questions from listeners about the clubs lack of activity in the transfer window. Judgy then discusses Everton’s triumphant 4th round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, which saw the blues put three goals past The Owls without reply. Impressive performances from Andre Gomes and James Rodriguez in particular are lauded by Judgy, who is excited to see the blues progress to a difficult 5th round draw against a confident Tottenham Hotspur. The lads then take a question which calls for them to select a combined all time Scottish eleven from players who have represented both clubs. The show closes with both sides briefly previewing their upcoming league fixtures, which see Liverpool travelling to Tottenham on Thursday night and West Ham on Sunday, whilst Everton host high flying Leicester City on Wednesday, before addressing a potentially less troubling fixture at home in the early kick off on Saturday, against Newcastle United.
In a very special ATP Extra, Terry and Millsy are joined by legendary Premier League referee, Mark Halsey.
Mark tells us about his journey to the top as a referee, before talking some of the memorable game's he has been a part of. We of course, pick Mark's brains about his memories of players, managers and games involving both clubs, including how tough Duncan Ferguson was to referee, his relationship with David Moyes, including his match report saving him some money, as well as revisiting his decision to send Jonjo Shelvey off against Manchester United and his passion at refereeing an anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, and how hearing You'll never walk alone that day affected him.
We get Mark's thoughts on the current state of refereeing, and his thoughts on the introduction of VAR, and how he thinks it could be bettered.
There are laughs a plenty, as well as a serious side on Mark's passion for football as we not only revisit his strong battle against throat cancer, but his return to the game and some of the stories that go along with it.
A must listen for all football fans.
In the latest episode of Across the Park Podcast, the lads sit down to review the most recent games from both sides of the park, starting with Everton’s impressive 2-1 win away at Wolves. Judgy and Millsy both praise the tactical work from Ancelotti as well as the impact which the returning Lucas Digne brought to the side. Following this Judgy then takes a look at the highlights from Everton's recent AGM. Focus then turns to Liverpools dull 0-0 draw against Man United in which Liverpool’s attacking line once again misfired. Terry and Phil analyse the outcomes of the game and what may be causing the red's current slump. The "Look back in history" feature has the reds discussing two key milestones in the career of Jamie Carragher, with the blues looking back to 2006 when Alan Stubbs had to return to spare David Moyes’ blushes, after the signing of Per Kroldrup. Phil then introduces a new section of the show; “Higher or Lower”, before the lads tackle listener questions, including; speculation regarding Gini Wijnaldum and which Everton Academy product hurt the blues most when they left? The episode is rounded off with previews of the upcoming fixtures for both clubs with Liverpool first facing Burnley in the league on Thursday night, before attention turns to the 4th round of the FA Cup on the Sunday, with Liverpool again locking horns with Man Utd, this time at Old Trafford, whilst the blues host Sheffield Wednesday in the late kick off
This week's episode sees reds Gary Murray and Terry McGivern and blues Ian Mills and Gary Judge, start off by reviewing what turned out to be tricky FA Cup ties for both teams. Liverpool winning against a young Aston Villa side and Everton winning in extra time against League Two's Rotherham. This week's "Week in History" has the blues looking back to losing Steven Pienaar in a cut price deal to Spurs back in 2011, while the reds reflect King Kenny Dalglish taking over the reigns at Anfield for a second time, bringing Roy Hodgsons dismal spell to an end. Social media questions are covered, before the show closes out with the blues looking ahead to their two fixtures; a trip to wolves on Tuesday night and then Villa Park in the early kick off on Sunday, before Liverpool play host to Man United and a chance to turn around some lacklustre form and maintain the top spot in the league
In the latest episode of across the park podcast, the lads sit down to review what has been a difficult and frustrating few weeks for both sides of the park. Millsy and Judgy start with the disappointing exit in the league cup to United before reviewing the narrow victory and Sheff United and defeat at home to David Moyes’ West Ham which denied them the chance to go second in the table. The frustration is obvious but both blues agree that they have to be pleased with the current position despite this. The lads then move onto matters on the red side of the park where Phil and Gary discuss the poorest league run the reds have seen in the last 2 seasons with 2 draws and a loss. Both reds question the contribution of the front 3 in recent weeks as well as the recent ineffectiveness of Liverpool’s previous imperious full backs; Trent and Robertson. The lads then take a trip down memory lane as the blues recall the signing of James Beattie, 16 years ago and the reds recall the loss of Fernando Torres. The social media questions include a focus on Everton’s lack of academy products in recent years and further spotlight on Liverpool’s attacking line before the episode is rounded off with a look towards this weekends FA Cup ties.
Phil and Terry are joined by former Liverpool player, current BBC football analyst and local lad Stephen Warnock to discuss the highs and lows of his career, from start to finish. From breaking into the first team, to scoring in front of the kop and his eventual move away from the reds. It’s no secret that Stephen didn’t see eye to eye with managerial legend Rafa Benitez and Stephen isn’t afraid to give his side of the story and explain why that relationship broke down. Stephen was at the club during a time when Liverpool won the Champions League (although he has a horrendous tale to tell about his experience of that game) and is able to give some amazing behind the scenes insight as to what it was like to be at Liverpool during those years. We also touch on Stephen’s time after Liverpool, where he went on to play probably his best football at Blackburn Rovers before moving to a good Aston Villa side. Stephen progressed to be selected for the 2010 World Cup squad and is able to share what it’s like for the squad to be under that kind of pressure to succeed internationally. Warnock finished his career playing for a number of other clubs, most notably Leeds United and Wigan Athletic. A very interesting story and lots of insight into what has been an impressive footballing career.
On the final episode of 2020, the blues Millsy & Craig and the reds Phil & Gary look back on a brilliant week for both clubs results wise, as we review Liverpool vs Spurs and Crystal Palace as well as Everton vs Leicester and Arsenal. The lads give their thoughts on the games, individual performances and the important in the bigger picture of taking points from rivals before they tackle some listener questions, including who they think will finish in the top 4 and their player of 2020 for both clubs. Phil and Gary also heap praise on Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool side for their FIFA and BBC awards before a look ahead to the packed festive schedule for the reds, in which the trip to Southampton is identified as the toughest game in this period, and their opinion on what players will feature during the individual games. The blues preview the big cup quarter final against Manchester United before giving their thoughts on the upcoming christmas schedule and who they can see starting, and when. The show closes off with a look back at 2020, and a look ahead to 2021. Merry Christmas, from all at Across The Park Podcast
Phil, Terry and Judgy got together to try something new for the podcast. Instead of the beautiful game the lads attempt to discuss the sweet science of boxing. This episode focus’ on the huge up coming fight between scouser Callum Smith and the iconic Canelo Álvarez. In this one hour special the lads look at the keys to success for both fighters, as well as looking back at some previous opponents to look for clues in how this fight may pan out. There are a mixture of predictions for the outcome of the bout, before the lads turn their attention to Anthony Joshua’s recent impressive victory against Kubrat Pulev and potential unification match against Tyson Fury.
In a Liverpool FC special, Phil & Gary are joined by Millsy to speak to Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher. Jamie isn't afraid to talk about how he grew up an Evertonian, and tells Millsy how he was present at the 1985 European Cup Winners Cup Semi Final against Bayern Munich, and discusses in detail how the love for Everton wasn't replaced instantly, but rather gradually as his heart moved permanently to the Spion Kop. Phil and Gary then ask all the questions a Liverpool supporter wants to hear, and get the answers in depth as Jamie talks the timeline of his Liverpool career, from his debut goal in 1997 at the Kop end, to his decision to walk away from the club he loved, and if he feel's his presence would have made a difference in the subsequent 13-14 season. Everything in-between is covered in detail, from Robbie Fowler's exit and the rumored bust up with Phil Thompson, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Michael Owen's departure and just how Steven Gerrard's rumored move to Chelsea affected his wedding day! We, of course chat about 2005, covering Chelsea and AC Milan in great detail before we talk 'The Office' and Jamie's love for the show, and how he will always try to get an Office quote in during Sky Sports Monday Night Football. The latter part of Jamie's Liverpool career covers his reaction to Fernando Torres leaving, how it felt on the inside as well as the 2012 semi final victory over Everton, the Suarez t shirts, Brendan Rodgers, his pride at winning a trophy under 'King' Kenny Dalglish and his toughest Merseyside derby opponents. This is a must listen for not only any red, but football fan in general as a true legend of the game, Liverpool FC and our city, gives us over 2 hours of honest opinion on the club, and game he loves.
This week saw not only fans return to Premier League football stadia but also marks the first time the lads have recorded face to face after almost 9 months of remote recording, through lockdown! The reds, Terry and Phil are joined by blues Millsy and Judgy as Across The Park Podcast decamped to the home of the best Pizza's in Liverpool, Dough Pizza, to record episode 14. First up, the reds review Liverpool's Champions League win against Ajax, which clinches qualification from the group with a game to spare, before the blues discuss a disappointing draw away to Burnley in the league, where team selection and formation is again a hot topic. Liverpool's impressive 4-0 win in front of the fans for the first time since March is next up, with the team receiving high praise from the reds and there's also a guest call from a friend of the show, who was in attendance at Anfield about how the return of fans went. After receiving a lot of social media questions on Everton's recent form, the blues attempt to address a number of points on formation/personel, before a new segment to the show "This week in history" sees both sides discuss the loss of club legends and their feelings at the time. The show wraps with previews of the upcoming games; a dead rubber for Liverpool against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Wednesday before going to Fulham on Sunday, whilst Everton face an in-form and confident Chelsea for a tasty Saturday night game at 8pm
On an Everton FC special, a legend joins Millsy & Judgy to talk the timeline of his Everton career, the moments that shot him into the hearts of Evertonians from 1999-2005, as well as the stories surrounding the club at the time. Kevin tells all about the initial loan move to Everton, when he knew he wanted to make the move permanent as well as his special bond on the pitch with Francis Jeffers. We talk everything from his disappointment at seeing Don Hutchison move on & his thoughts on Nick Barmby's decision to cross the park to some hilarious Paul Gascoigne stories and the truth behind his reaction to Duncan Ferguson's return in 2000 as well as how manager at the time Walter Smith sought his opinion on the transfer itself. The dressing room's reaction to Walter Smith being dismissed and replaced by David Moyes is discussed in depth as well as his pride at becoming the first black club captain in Everton's history. Kevin shares a great story on playing with a 14 year old Wayne Rooney and how he good he was, his thoughts on the departure of Wayne to Manchester Utd in 2004 and addresses the rumours that he was offered a release in the turbulent summer 2004. Kevin's love for the club & supporters shines through the entire episode, but no more so than his comments on being emotional when he left the club, only to see the supporters sing his name even in defeat when Everton met West Brom a few months later. We end by attempting to sing Kevin's popular terrace song, only to be stopped whilst he sung it himself. A must listen for Evertonians as Mr Super Kevin Campbell, talks all things Everton FC.
Episode 13 begins with reds Terry and Phil diving straight into the Thiago situation, after Jurgen Klopp’s most recent announcement suggesting he won’t be seen in red until the new year. The lads then go on to discuss a missed opportunity in the Champions League, following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Atalanta mid-week. Liverpool followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Brighton at the weekend and the lads discuss the game and the latest chapter in VAR controversy which surrounds Liverpool fixtures at the moment. The blues then get their opportunity to scrutinise their defeat at home to Leeds, with formations and tactics being discussed. Along the way Millsy and Judgy also field questions from the listeners about Everton’s possible lack of identity on the pitch and also a perceived lack of work rate and intensity. The show closes with both sides looking forward to upcoming fixtures; Everton travel to Burnley on Saturday, which is never and easy place to go, whilst Liverpool also have a meaningful tie against European giants Ajax on Tuesday, before a tough fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday night
This weeks episode begins with the reds, Gary & Terry and the blues, Millsy & Judgy, giving their views on the latest government announcement on the potential return of small numbers of fans to football grounds, under the new regional tier lockdowns, from 3rd December. Everton's narrow victory over Fulham is then discussed, with Richarlison's performance in particular a standout for the blues. The reds then talk about their impressive 3-0 victory at home to Leicester, despite a depleted side, with Diego Jota continuing his impressive start and Milner showing his continued value to the team. A fiery post match interview from Jurgen Klopp regarding the fixture congestion, unaired in the UK, sees split opinions on the pod, before the team cover some listener questions including; Iwobis recent impressive form, questions about James Rodriguez supposed poor form and whether Naby Keita's place in the Liverpool squad should start to be questioned. The show closes with previews of both sides upcoming games; Liverpool host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, before travelling to Brighton for the early kick off on Saturday, before Everton face Leeds at Goodison Park at 5.30pm the same day
Episode 11 of the 2020/21 season begins with the lads paying tribute to Liverpool legend Ray Clemence, who sadly passed away at the weekend. Since there have been no games played by either club this past week, the lads start the show by addressing the suggestion that the government are considering allowing fans back into stadiums, in some capacity, as early as December. Questions from the listeners on the red side focus around Gini Wijnaldum’s contract situation and wether or not Liverpool should pay big money for Jack Grealish, whilst the blues tackle questions around the absence of Yerry Mina, the future of Marcel Brands and the formation Ancelotti should utilise going forward. The show closes with the lads discussing the up coming fixtures, which see Everton travel to take on a struggling Fulham side in the early kick-off game on Sunday, whilst Liverpool follow on at 7:15pm at home to top of the table Leicester City.
Episode 10 of the 20/21 season opens with reds; Terry and Phil discussing Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Atalanta in the week, taking them to the top of group D in the Champions League with a top drawer performance from new man Diogo Jota, culminating in a hat trick. Focus then turns to the blues who were defeated 3-1 at home by Manchester United, their third defeat in a row after an excellent start to the season. Judgy is particularly disappointed with the first half performance of Allan and also midfield partner, Doucoure, who missed 2 good chances towards the end of the game. The lack lustre performance from the blues saw many of our listeners raising concerns about tempo and individual performances and blue panelist Judgy accepts much of the criticism, but makes sure to insert the caveat that without Richarlison and a fully fit Rodriguez, Everton are severely compromised. Down the M62, Liverpool then took on rivals Manchester City in the late kick-off on Sunday, with the lads believing that a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result in what was a brilliant first half from Liverpool followed by a much improved second half from Manchester City. With no games to preview due to international week, the show closes out with both sides taking questions from listeners
This week's episode sees blue Millsy joined by guest blue, Pricey, along with the reds Terry and Gary as they sit down to discuss all the goings on across the park. Liverpool are up first with the victory in the CL against FC Midtjylland discussed, before the 2-1 win against West Ham is covered, with the lads touching on yet more refereeing controversy, over Liverpool's penalty and disallowed goal. The blues then cover their disappointing loss to Newcastle, where a depleted squad saw unfamiliar team selections and substitutions, which the lads run the rule over. Social media questions include Iwobi's place in the team, Andre Gomes' form for Everton and also the form and place of Firmino in Liverpool's starting team, with new arrival Diego Jota in hot scoring form. The show closes with a look ahead to a Merseyside vs Manchester weekend as Everton host Manchester United in the early kick off on Saturday, before Liverpool face Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Don't forget to check out our sponsors. camperkings.co.uk and quote Across The Park for free insurance and a bottle of champagne, and uk.manscaped.com and quote PARK20 at checkout for free shipping and 20% off.
In an Everton FC special, Millsy is joined by friend of the show Pricey to talk to former Everton striker, and fans favourite Danny Cadamarteri. Danny talks us through the whirlwind surprise of his Everton debut, finding out only hours before going on the field as well as how he felt during pre season 1997, seeing Howard Kendall arrive and a list of striker's being linked to the club. We talk, all things 1997-1998. From how he admired both captains, Gary Speed & Duncan Ferguson and how they helped him, the team's bond with Howard Kendall, how special he felt about his goal against Arsenal in a 2-2 draw, and of course his goal in the Merseyside Derby and how he knew even back then, the importance of that goal as a young Everton forward. 1997-1998 closes out with his memories of the last game of the season against Coventry and the pressures that came with it, before his thoughts on the managerial change and how he found working with both Walter Smith & Archie Knox. Kevin Campbell's importance to the club from the inside is revealed, before his memories of working alongside Paul Gascoigne and the joy's that came with it. We close out by discussing how the dressing room felt about Nick Barmby's controversial move across the park to Anfield, his final season at the club and his warm memories of goals against Arsenal & Chelsea before we talk about Danny's amazing work he and other's are doing at the Soccer Akidemy (https://www.thesoccerakidemy.co.uk/) up in Bradford which includes unrivalled educational program's and his thoughts on the modern game, and youth team development. A must listen for not only Evertonians, but aspiring footballers and coaches!
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.
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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
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!
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.
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.