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Bristol City Vixencast

Bristol City Vixencast

By Bristol City Vixencast
Debate and discussion about Bristol City WFC, hosted by long-time fans D-M Withers, Nat Brown & Shahan Miah, with special guests, interviews, debate and surprises! Theme music: 'At Pace' by Annie Gardiner - Logo design by Shahan Miah. Listen/follow us:
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#22 Arsenal (H) - 04/04/2021
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss yet another 4-0 loss at Twerton Park, this time against the slinky ballers of Arsenal, spearheaded by Vivianne Miedema. Over the years, the Dutch striker has often been a painful thorn in Bristol City's side. Today was no different. Even so, Sophie  Baggaley was in fine form to stop her from scoring yet another hat trick  against us. Hurrah! With the season coming to a nail-biting crescendo, we also discuss the run-ins for each side fighting for top-flight survival. We also talk international call-ups for several Bristol players and applaud Flo Allen's campaign to be elected to the PFA Players' Board. #VoteFlo!! Special thanks to Clare Tebbutt, fan of Arsenal (and the Vixencast!) for sharing their thoughts on today's game. Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
April 4, 2021
#21 Birmingham City (A) - 28/03/2021
Honours even at Damson Park as Bristol City play out a competitive, 1-1 away draw with Birmingham City. The Vixens keep moving up the table, one hard-fought point at a time. We now sit at the giddy heights of 10th in the Barclays FA WSL. Catch us if you can, Villa and West Ham! D-M, Nat & Shahan chew over all the main talking points from the match, including Charlie Wellings’ goal against her childhood club; more goalkeeping excellence from Sophie Baggaley; the impressively loud shouting of Matt Beard, and the somewhat controversial kit change. We also look ahead to Arsenal’s visit to Twerton Park next week. With massive thanks to Craig Hadley from the Brum is Blue podcast for his thoughts on the game. You can find them on Twitter @craighadlee @BrumIsBlue Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
March 28, 2021
#20 Manchester City (H) - 17/03/2021 & Tottenham Hotspur (A) - 21/03/2021
D-M, Nat and Shahan dive into another busy week for Bristol City Women; from the 3-0 midweek loss against Champions League contenders Manchester City to the 1-1 draw against relegation playmates Tottenham Hotspur. We discuss the squad changes in both games (and the commentary in them), Ellen Jones living rent free in Sam Mewis' head, wonder where Charlie Wellings is (Bradley Stoke? Stoke on Trent? Somewhere on the River Trent?) and highlight Abi Harrison, Sophie Baggaley, and our Brecon Beacon at the back, Gemma Evans.  We look ahead to yet another 'relegation six-pointer' next Sunday, this time against Birmingham City. Special thanks to the contributions Jayne Comer @blueberry1894 of Manchester City Women FC Official Supporters Club @MCWFC_OSC and Finley Chung @finleychung10 of Lillywhite Corner Podcast @LillywhitesPod Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
March 21, 2021
#19 Chelsea (Conti Cup Final) - 14/03/2021
D-M, Nat and Shahan chew over another disappointing, if not entirely unexpected, Chelsea drubbing, in the Continental Cup Final at Vicarage Road. We talk about this now being Chelsea 20-0 Bristol City over three games played this season (unless we get them in the upcoming FA Cup campaign), the largesse of Chelsea sponsor Three’s promotional hampers and Gemma Evans' mystery thigh tattoo. We also feature part of a conversation with Bristol City legends Grace McCatty and Corinne Yorston, recorded during our Conti-Cup Final Watch-Along, that was run in partnership with Bristol City Supports Club and Trust. Thanks to everyone who came along to this event, and especially to Grace and Corinne. If you'd like to join the Supporters Club & Trust, please visit Many thanks to Rob Pratley, Senior Editor of The CFCW Social, who shares his thoughts on the game. You can find him on Twitter @RJPJournalism @TheCFCWSocial You can also find Grace McCatty on Twitter @gracemccatty, Corinne Yorston @corinneyorston, and Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust @BristolCitySCT Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
March 14, 2021
#18 Reading (H) - 08/03/2021
Back from the international break, D-M, Nat and Shahan talk – a lot – about that game at Ashton Gate. It was a bad night for the Royals. Sound familiar? We max out on an extraordinary footballing spectacle, in what is already being described as the best WSL game of the season.  Under the floodlights on a feelgood International Women’s Day, Matt Beard’s Vixens showed us exactly what they are capable of. We relive a glorious team performance - those goals by Wellings, Purfield and Salmon - and celebrate no longer being bottom of the league. There's also the matter of our brief socially-distanced encounter with ex-Bristol Academy & England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, who was doing commentary. We also report on all the latest City Women news and look forward to Sunday’s Conti-Cup final against Chelsea. Thanks to Rob from Reading Women fans group for sharing his thoughts on the game too.  Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
March 11, 2021
#17 Chelsea (H) - 14/02/2021
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss Bristol City’s somewhat inevitable home defeat to league leaders Chelsea, which shockingly wasn't 4-0, but rather 5-0. We marvel at the poor condition of the Twerton Park pitch and pick out the positives from the Conti Cup Final "dress rehearsal". We focus on the big news affecting City Women this week, mainly Loren Dykes' retirement from professional football and the long-overdue Lionesses call-up for Ebony Salmon. Featuring guest contribution from Dean Mears of the Went to Mow Kingsmeadow podcast. You can follow them respectively on Twitter @DeanMears @mowkingsmeadow Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
February 14, 2021
#16 Leicester City (H) - 03/02/2021 & West Ham United (A) - 07/02/2021
As Bristol City extend their unbeaten run to three, D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss an eventful week that has taken in Continental Cup Semi-Final success and a snowy 1-1 draw away at Matt Beard's old hunting ground, West Ham United. We look forward to another busy week of fixtures: away against Tottenham on Wednesday and back to Twerton Park on Sunday (Valentines Day) to face league leaders Chelsea (no, we're not scared at all...) Special shout outs go to Flo "Throw" Allen, who has found a new kind of mettle in recent weeks, and captain Jas Matthews, who is loving life as a midfielder.  Featuring the contributions of Hannah from Beyond the 90 LCFC, Allie Coker from We Are The Girls in Claret & Blue and City Women supporters Kirstine George and Phil West. Thanks everyone for taking part! Que cera cera, Whatever we'll be, we'll be, We're going to Watford FC, Que cera  cera Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
February 7, 2021
#15 Brighton & Hove Albion (H) - 30/01/2021
It's a...It's a...It's a...IT'S A WIN D-M, Nat & Shahan woop for joy at Bristol City's first home win of the 2020/21 Barclays FA WSL season. Indeed, the first league home win since March 2019! That's a LONG time coming.  In the battle of the birds (Robins vs Seagulls), the Matt Beard era officially kicked into action. His rejuvenated City players pushed aside a disjointed and ill-disciplined Brighton team with a professional performance. All those wearing red put in an almighty shift. There was an assured debut from new loanee Molly Pike, with a trademark ripsnorting Ebony Salmon strike and a Yana Daniëls worldie catching the headlines.   We discuss transfer deadline day ins and outs, January birthdays, announce the winner of our Chicken Salt Co social media competition and look forward to the battle of the species (Vixens vs Foxes) in the Continental Cup Semi-Final against Leicester City from the Championship. We also chew over a spicy trip to Mr Beard's old club West Ham that is looming on the horizon. Finally, we encourage our listeners to join Bristol City Supporters Club and Trust, who now have City Women fans (Shahan & D-M) co-opted onto the board - Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us, celebrate us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast More links: Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
January 31, 2021
#14 Aston Villa (H) - 13/01/2021 & Everton (A) - 17/01/2021
Happy New Beard!  In our first episode of 2021, D-M, Nat & Shahan herald a new footballing dawn for Bristol City with the arrival of Matt Beard, as maternity cover for manager Tanya Oxtoby.  A new start, but a familiar story: a 4-0 defeat in the Barclays FA WSL, away to Willie Kirk's Everton. We also discuss Bristol City's 2-1 victory against Aston Villa in the quarter final of the Continental Cup, and look forward to playing Championship high-flyers Leicester in the semi-final.  Villa fan Adam Reapa offers his thoughts on the quarter final - thanks Adam!  Twitter & Instagram @AdamReapa We also ask if we can park the bus against league leaders Chelsea in our next game? Only time will tell... Follow us, rate us, subscribe to us, celebrate us: Twitter @BCVixenCast Instagram @bcvixencast Facebook @bcv1xencast Thanks for listening! Vixens ‘Til We Die
January 17, 2021
#13 Manchester United (A) - 20/12/2020
The final Vixencast of 2020 reflects on Bristol City's 6-1 away defeat to league leaders Manchester United. Despite the result, D-M, Nat & Shahan celebrate the much welcome returns of Aimee Palmer & Chloe Logarzo to the starting XI.  Includes references to Casey Stoney Facey, Tobin "Wreath" Heath & tough girl Leah Galton. We also discuss Conti Cup quarter final news, and all the things that need to change if Bristol City are to stay in the FA WSL next season. Featuring Natalie Burrell from the MUWFC Barmy Army. You can follow her on Twitter @natalie_17 & on Instagram @nuttynattyb. Stay safe & well everyone, and look after yourselves & each other. We wish you a Merry Vixmas and a Happy New Year!  Vixens ‘Til We Die Follow us, rate us, review us, subscribe to us  @BCVixenCast
December 20, 2020
#12 Aston Villa (H) - 09/12/2020 & West Ham United (H) - 13/12/2020 ("The Misery Episode")
D-M, Nat & Shahan dive into a double helping of dreadful defeats against our closest relegation rivals at Twerton P4rk. Amongst the misery, we boo Rachel Daly* and talk babies, cats & dogs, and the real reason why fans couldn't watch our home games. This episode is all about the fun we’re not having watching Bristol City this season. We promise to be more upbeat next time! Featuring the thoughts of West Ham fan Allie Coker. You can follow them on Twitter @axlsgirl Vixens ‘Til We Die Thanks for listening, Rate us, review us, pity us, subscribe us, tweet us @BCVixencast *she's a great player, really. Don't @ us
December 13, 2020
#11 Reading (A) - 06/12/2020
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss Bristol City's swaggering (& at times nerve jangling) 1-1 draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium. We celebrate the counter acting delights of Oxtoby football done well, for example, offering high praise for the head strapped Gemma Evans, combative Yana Daniels, the clinical Emma Bissell, and Naomi Layzell, sitting defiant in the heart of the Vixens' defence. We struggle to find words to do justice to a titanic Sophie Baggaley performance (not ideal for a podcast!)  We finally talk about Bristol reaching the quarter finals of the Continental Cup and look ahead to crunch home games against Aston Villa & West Ham...and the lack of ticket information ahead of those matches, as Twerton Park is in a Tier 2 area where local fans can attend! Thanks to Rob from Reading FC Women Fans for sharing your views on the game. Vixens 'Til We Die. Like us, share us, subscribe us, rate us, tweet us @BCVixenCast
December 6, 2020
#10 Interview with Ella Mastrantonio & The Ladies League
Keeping with the international break mood, D-M, Nat & Shahan are joined by Ella "Maestro" Mastrantonio & Michelle Morris, Christina Trajceska, Rose Valente from The Ladies League, the Australian-based women's football fan group. We talk with the Ladies League about women's football in Australia and their excitement about the FIFA Women's World Cup being hosted in Australia & New Zealand in 2023. With Ella we discuss who inspired her to play football as a young girl, the challenges she faced during her professional career , the 'switcheroos' she made between Perth Glory & Melbourne Victory before heading to the West Country during the height of a global pandemic. We also chat about British regional accents, the weather (what else?!), Tim Tams and the lack of 'chicken salt' in Britain.  Raucous banter about favourite colours, haunted houses and poorly timed chanting feature heavily too.  Thank yous in abundance to the Ladies League - Michelle, Christina, Rose. Love you and your work. Thanks also to Ella Mastrantonio! Ella now holds the illustrious honour of being the first ever current Bristol player to appear on the Vixencast( and surely not be the last....) You can follow Ella here: You can check out The Ladies League here: You can follow Michelle here: You can follow Christina here: You can follow Rose here: Vixens 'Til We Die. Like us, share us, subscribe us, rate us, tweet us @BCVixenCast
November 29, 2020
#9 Tottenham Hotspur (H) - 14/11/2020
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss Bristol City's thrilling 2-2 draw with a mediocre (but smartly dressed) Tottenham Hotspur side as part of Women's Football Weekend 2020. We delight in Ebony Salmon's stellar finishing and presence in the starting line up  for the third game running. We also admire Chloe Logarzo's composure from the penalty spot.  This podcast will live long in the memory as one that celebrates the Vixens' first point of the season & documents our relief that Alex Morgan couldn't do it on a wet, muddy Saturday night in Bath.  We also look ahead to facing Lewes in the Conti Cup & our next WSL game against Reading, & discuss our greatest victory of the season (so far): the fabulous purple & lime away shirt being declared the Nation's Greatest Kit for 2020/21 by the National Football Museum (more details here:  Because of lockdown we once again recorded this episode remotely, so apologies for the occasional internet sound gremlin that joins us.  Featuring guest contribution Spurs fan Craig Turnbull (@CraigJacob21 on Twitter) - thanks as always! (D-M also apologises for the terrible pronunciation of Siri Worm).  This episode is dedicated to Tanya Oxtoby. Get well soon! Vixens 'Til We Die. Like us, share us, subscribe us, rate us, tweet us @BCVixenCast
November 15, 2020
#8 Crystal Palace (A) - 05/11/2020 & Manchester City (A) - 07/11/2020
Shahan and fellow Bristol City fan/photographer Bill East discuss the 4-2 win against Crystal Palace in the Conti Cup, and the 8-1 loss against Manchester City in the WSL, less than 48 hours later. We discuss both games in detail, and more importantly the decision for the FA to allow the Man City game to go ahead despite Bristol having five players that are self-isolating. We also preview Women’s Football Weekend, where Bristol are due to play Tottenham. Bill also shares his anecdote about a Crystal Palace player he went to school with. With guest appearances from Sophie Downey from Girls on The Ball (, @girlsontheball on all socials); and Emma Shone from the Man City Women Fancast (, @mcwfancast on all socials). You can check out Bill’s photography here: This episode is dedicated to Gemma Evans, Charlie Wellings, Ella Mastrontonio, Abi Harrison & Meaghan Sargeant. Vixens 'Til We Die. @BCVixencast
November 8, 2020
#7 Interview with Alex Culvin
A special episode featuring former Vixen Alex Culvin; footballer turned academic. Alex made 14 appearances for Bristol Academy between 2011-12, coming of footballing age during the inaugural FA WSL season. She was part of the team that lost the 2011 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, playing alongside club legends Grace McCatty and Corinne Yorston. In this episode we reflect on the additional expectations placed on women footballers over the past decade to 'inspire a generation'. We also talk about player wellbeing, athlete activism and social media, the impact of FA policies and what could be done - beyond financial investment - to ensure that elite women's football remains competitive over the next 5-10 years.  Thank you Alex for talking with us! You can follow her on Twitter @alexculvin Follow us on Twitter! @BCVixencast Vixens 'Til We Die!  
October 28, 2020
#6 Birmingham City (H) - 18/10/2020
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss Bristol City's dispiriting 4-0 home defeat to an impressive Birmingham City side.  We speculate on what we will do to celebrate when Bristol get their first points of the season and try to understand why Ebony Salmon never plays a full 90 in a FA WSL game.  We marvel at Baggers in the My Little Pony kit and reflect on a hideous injury for Aimee Palmer.  We preview games against Crystal Palace, Man City & Tottenham after the international break and talk about buying our fabulous new purple & lime shirts.  With guest appearance from Caz Smith from the Great Since 68 podcast. This episode is dedicated to Aimee Palmer. Vixens 'Til We Die.  @BCVixencast
October 18, 2020
#5 London Bees (H) - 07/10/2020
Mid-week Continental Cup special.  D-M & Nat report on Bristol's emphatic 4-0 victory against London Bees, our first recorded at Bristol's new home ground, Twerton Park in Bath. Vixens 'til we die! @bcvixencast & Big love to the Conti Cup!
October 8, 2020
#4 Arsenal (A) - 04/10/2020
D-M, Nat & Shahan discuss Bristol City's 3-1 away defeat to a slow-burning Arsenal side.  We celebrate our first goal of the season and take the positives in defeat, with many sparkling performances across the team. The episode also includes: Final rendition of 'Give Liv a Chance' for Liv Chance, Vintage Baggers & My Little Pony shirts, potential kit clashes, Conti Cup fixtures, the Villa next Sunday and, of course, Jayne Ludlow.  With guest appearance from Arsenal fan Ryan McGavock.  Vixens 'til we die!! @BCVixenCast
October 4, 2020
#3 Chelsea (A) - 13/09/2020
Responds to Bristol City WFC's 9-0 defeat to Emma Hayes's rampaging Chelsea. We discuss:  Uneven growth in the WSL, anti-competitiveness, silly scorelines, chain mail cardigans, firing squads and the gap between top and bottom Taking positives from a grim defeat Ella Mastrantonio's gorgeous toes Spotting team bus on the M4 while driving in the opposite direction Feeling moved by Matt Beard Wales manager & commentator Jayne Ludlow Previewing the next game...against Arsenal Special guest appearance from Chelsea fan Jay Woolmington from Denver, USA! Thank you! Vixens 'Til We Die! Follow us on Twitter @BCVixenCast
September 13, 2020
#2 Everton (H) - 06/09/2020
This episode covers Bristol City's 4-0 defeat to Everton in the first home game of 2020/21 Barclays FA WSL season.  D-M, Nat & Shahan also discuss:  Why the show is called 'Vixencast', our attachment to the nickname 'Vixens' The week's transfer and other club news Mis-spelling Jess Fischlock's name We have a special guest appearance from Everton WFC Supporter's Club member Peter Mac We commiserate and steel ourselves for a trip to Chelsea on Sunday! Thanks for listening!  Please share, rate and follow us on Twitter! @bcvixencast
September 7, 2020
#1 2020/21 Season Preview
D-M, Nat & Shahan preview the 2020/21 Barclays FA WSL season.  Featuring interviews with long time Vixens fan Dave Rothwell and Bristol City WFC club chaplain Esther Legg-Bagg.  We discuss: transfer ins and outs, new player contracts, the arrival of Lee Billiard, the move to Twerton Park (and new trainspotting possibilities), Jess Fishlock's FA WSL return, Chloe Logarzo's clothing brand and Meaghan Sargeant's interior design, our predictions for the Everton game and hopes for the season ahead.  Phew! That's a lot!  Be sure to follow us on Twitter, rate, like, share, etc....
August 31, 2020
OR #8 2019/20 Season Review
It wasn't supposed to end like this, but it did. This is the final episode of the season and the final episode of Oxtoby Revolution!   In this episode Nat & D-M discuss:  Lockdown activities and how we've kept in touch with different issues affecting the women's game  Rich's thoughts on the season Our 'top ten' Bristol City WFC events, off and on the pitch, for the 19/20 season.  Other Things mentioned:  The Football Collective and especially Women's Football Weekly Podcast - 'Covid-19: Reflections on threat and uncertainty for the future of elite women’s football in England' - Apologies to Katie Whyatt for calling you 'Kay'! Thanks to Annie Gardiner for theme music, to Shahan for the amazing edit! Thanks for listening!  Vixens 'til we die!
May 30, 2020
OR #7 Birmingham (A) - 23/02/2020
Epic podcast from our epic away victory against Birmingham City WFC.  Featuring: in car chats with D-M, Nat, David, Shahan and Chris and exclusive! interview with Meaghan Sargeant about recovery from her ACL injury and interior design skills.  We discuss: the Ashton Gate FA Cup game vs Everton; Bristol City WFC's place within the Bristol Sport conglomerate; our new signings; players being played out of position; thank you Lucy Staniforth; nice vibes at Solihull Moors FC; the game; oh, Ebony Salmon; singing, and being heard.  Come on the Vixens!  Vixens 'til we die!!
February 24, 2020
OR #6 Liverpool (H) - 19/01/2020
Recorded live at the Stoke Gifford Stadium during Bristol's 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Featuring: Discussion about Bristol's new signings  Pitchside chats with game revellers including Portishead Girls Under 8's players and their 'soccer mums' Interview Deborah Dilworth of the Football Supporters' Association about her work developing supporter networks for women's teams Commiserate with members of the Bristol City Women's FC Supporter's Club about the game and Bristol's home blues And much much more! Thanks to all who contributed.  Vixens 'til I die!  
January 21, 2020
OR #5 Chelsea (A) - 12/01/2020
Reflections on Bristol's epic victory against Man United, Ella Rutherford's loan move to Leicester and discussion about the Vixens's 6-1 loss to Chelsea. Featuring D-M, Nat, Shahan and a silent cameo from Sanjay (the cat). 
January 12, 2020
OR #4 NYE 2019 Special
Special New Year bumper edition of Oxtoby Revolution: A Bristol City WFC Podcast Featuring Nat & D-M on:  Loren Dykes MBE Our visit to the Bristol Sport club shop We select our Bristol City WFC TEAM OF THE DECADE!  Vixens in Disguise Man Utd Preview Transfers?
January 1, 2020
OR #3 Birmingham (H) - 08/12/2019
Recorded live at Stoke Gifford Stadium during Bristol City WFC's 2-0 defeat to Birmingham City WFC on Sunday 8 December 2019. Featuring: Vixens in Disguise special on Lucy Staniforth and Chloe Arthur, fan discussions and responses to the match. Special thanks to Eyre for her contributions to the podcast.  Vixens 'til I die!
December 8, 2019
OR #2 Reading (A) - 17/11/2019 & Man City (H) - 24/11/2019
Reports and discussion from Bristol City Women's 3-3 draw with Reading and 5-0 defeat to Man City
November 26, 2019
OR #1 Chelsea (H) - 29/09/2019
Bristol City WFC 0 Chelsea 4 - pitchside chats and fanalysis
September 29, 2019