Mental health is a subject of which so many of us are aware. Today, more than ever, it is a subject that we need to be talking about. And that is exactly what Adam Reakes is trying to get us to do. His fledgling project is called Speak Up FC, and he spent an hour with John and Nik talking about it, his hopes for the future, and how it draws all his plans together.
Usually we ask our guests the questions. This time round it Josh Ranft from Bateaux FC asking the questions of John and getting some unsolicited advice from Nik. It's our longest yet, and we hope it's useful.
A conversation with Andrew Swanson, chief Dream Realiser of Edgewater Castle, coming out of Chicago's North East (ish) side. We talk about his story, the roots of the club, and his plans to grow from a local rec league to world domination. Or at least matching shoes for the coaching staff.
In this episode we talk with the originator and driving force of Old Bhoys of Indiana. We discuss the highs and the lows of starting and running a non league soccer club in the shadows of one of the biggest names in US soccer outside of MLS. And we delve into why Andy thinks it all ultimately failed.