Birmingham City Ladies FC through the eyes of match-going fans, the Great Since 68 podcast talks honestly and passionately about women’s football. The Blues play in the Women’s Super League as well as the WSL Cup and Women’s FA Cup. Also covering BCLFC news and bringing you interviews with the players and manager Marc Skinner. More information atwww.greatsince68.co.uk
Here are the best bits from season one of the only dedicated Birmingham City Ladies podcast, Great Since 68. Hear the best interviews and our funniest moments now. Enjoy and thanks for your continued support!
Great Since ’68 – Episode 18: After another great win for Birmingham at Damson Park, we were forced to say goodbye to Norwegian international Andrine Hegerberg who has left for France. We also discuss the win over Yeovil Town and preview this weekend’s FA Women’s Cup tie with Reading.
The guys discuss her transfer to Paris Saint-Germain which went through at the beginning of this week. We talk about what her move means for her and her family as well as reminisce over her superb performance against Arsenal at the start of this season.
*Blues v Yeovil Town*
Birmingham City made it two wins from two with a superb 3-0 win over Yeovil Town last weekend. We go over the key moments from the match including interviews from Aoife Mannion (16:22) and manager Marc Skinner. (18:14)
Coral-Jade Haines scored her second of the season for Tottenham Hotspur away at Sheffield in a 4-3 thriller while Sophie Baggaley’s Bristol City took on Liverpool. (24:02)
Great Since 68 - Episode 17: A shorter show than usual this week as we look ahead to the weekend’s game against Yeovil Town.
Originally scheduled as an away fixture it will now be at Damson Park this Sunday from 2.
We discuss the departure of Yeovil captain Ellie Curson on the eve of the game as well as making our weekly score predictions.
Great Since 68 - Episode 16: Back to winning ways for Birmingham City this week with their first win in four matches.
We discuss the 2-0 victory with interviews from manager Marc Skinner and goalkeeper Hannah Hampton.
We also discuss the Continental Cup semi-finals and international training camps.
Before finally, discussing the potential postponement of the Yeovil v Birmingham game on January 26 with comments from Marc Skinner.
Craig recommended a book on the show this week and that was ‘Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer‘ by Gwendolyn Oxenham.
Our podcast image this week comes from the superb Birmingham City photographer Roy Smiljanic. Many thanks to him.
Great Since 68 - Episode 15: It was a week to forget for Birmingham City as they travelled away to Sunderland.
We recap the defeat with help from our special guest Katie Hume before discussing this week’s FA Women’s Cup draw.
Finally, we take a look at this upcoming weekend’s action and preview Birmingham’s first home game since November; against Bristol City.
Great Since 68 - Episode 14: We return for our first show back after the winter break and what a week to come back to.
Birmingham City Ladies have announced the departures of two first-team players and we give you our thoughts on the releases.
We then turn our attention to Marc Skinner’s end of year review before turning our eyes to the weekend’s action away at Sunderland.
Great Since 68 - Episode 13: With the snow causing havoc to the week’s Women’s Super League action, we turn our attention to the main news of the week.
The Football Association have announced which teams will play in the new look WSL next season. We discuss the fallout from the news.
Chris & Craig are joined by special guest Katie Whyatt; one half of the editorial team at The Width of the Post.
She was also recently nominated for student sports writer of the year by the Sports Journalists’ Association.
Great Since 68 - Episode 12: Birmingham City Ladies are out of the WSL Cup for another year and we discuss what went wrong for Blues.
Chris & Craig then turn their attention to the speculation that Sophie Baggaley might be in line for an early return in 2018.
We conclude the show by previewing this weekend’s game against Bristol City and giving out our score predictions.
Great Since 68 - Episode 11: We begin this week’s show by wishing Ann-Katrin Berger the best in her fight against cancer after the news broke earlier this week.
Chris & Craig then talk international football including Jess Carter’s debut for England and Hayley Ladd’s superb free-kick for Wales.
Then the guys look ahead to the weekend and our crunch Continental Cup game with Manchester City.
Great Since 68 - Episode 09: Our show this week begins with a brief recap of the defeat to Liverpool. We hear from both Jess Carter and manager Marc Skinner post-match.
We discuss the Coral-Jade Haines and Chloe Peplow showdown in WSL2 before hearing from Lucy Quinn on her time at Yeovil Town and her time in Birmingham.
All of this and more on this week’s show.
Great Since 68 - Episode 08: We return for another week and it’s been one busy week for the Birmingham City Ladies squad.
We discuss Birmingham’s 1-0 defeat to Everton before moving onto this past weekend’s win over Doncaster Belles.
We speak to manager Marc Skinner as well as Maddy Cusack.
Charlie Wellings also stops by for a chat for the first time and we find out which Birmingham player has influenced her great start to the season.
And then finally we preview our next game which is Liverpool away.
Great Since ’68 – Episode 07: Chris has returned and the guys are talking about local derbies this week on the show.
We discuss the prospect of a ‘Second City’ derby in Women’s Super League 1 between Birmingham City and Aston Villa with help from Maddy Cusack, Aoife Mannion and Abbey-Leigh Stringer.
We also discuss the Man City game as well as look towards this week’s Continental Cup double with Everton and Doncaster Belles.
Great Since 68 – Episode 06: Craig is flying solo this week with Chris away as we look ahead to the big game against Manchester City.
He takes a look back at the win over Watford last weekend before turning his attention to the Man City game on Sunday.
He is then joined by Man City Women’s supporter Amy Grange to discuss the game. Apologies for some wind noise at the beginning of our chat, it clears up fairly quickly.
Finally we hear from Marc Skinner ahead of the City match.
Great Since 68 – Episode 05: It’s time for our fifth podcast of the season and the guys return to discuss player development in women’s football. We are also joined by special guest Chris Freville who gives us his thoughts on the WSL Cup win over Oxford United.
*Blues v Oxford United*
With both hosts unable to make the mid-week fixture we spoke to Blues fan Chris Freville, who was at Damson Park to witness the decisive win over Oxford.
We discuss how our players out on loan have got on over the last seven days in our weekly segment ‘Loan Watch’. (10:19)
*Player Development in England*
Our main topic this week is player development in England. New signing Maddy Cusack shares with us how training has changed since she made the move from Aston Villa (11:24). We hear from defender Paige Williams on how English football has changed since she returned from Italy (13:45). We also hear from manager Marc Skinner. (26:19)
Great Since 68 – Episode 04: The show returns this week on the back of a feisty 90 minutes down in High Wycombe. We discuss the Reading game as well as hearing from captain Kerys Harrop.
*Reading v Blues*
The guys discuss Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw away at Reading with reaction from captain Kerys Harrop who secured the point with a late header. (1:22)
We discuss how our players out on loan have got on over the last seven days in our weekly segment ‘Loan Watch’. (12:24)
Craig spoke to manager Marc Skinner after the news of Fran Stenson’s senior debut last week made the local newspapers. (17:43)
*Oxford United Preview*
Chris & Craig preview Birmingham City’s next fixture which is at home to Oxford on Wednesday October 11. (18:04)
Great Since 68 – Episode 03: Sixteen-year-old goalkeeper Fran Stenson made her senior debut as the Blues secured their first win of the season. We discuss the game as well as welcoming new co-host Chris Pugh to the show.
*Blues v Everton*
The guys discuss the events of Birmingham City’s 2-1 win at home to Everton with reaction from manager Marc Skinner (1:24) and midfielder Hayley Ladd (5:04).
We introduce a brand new segment for the show, in which we discuss how our players out on loan have got on over the last seven days. (9:56)
Chris & Craig preview Birmingham City’s next fixture which is an away trip to High Wycombe as we face Reading on Sunday October 8. (17:31)
Great Since 68 - Episode 02: Penalties are the hot topic this week as a late one condemned Birmingham City to defeat away at Arsenal. We also preview our next game against Everton.
*Arsenal v Blues*
Craig Hadley recaps the events of Birmingham City’s narrow 3-2 defeat away at Arsenal with reaction from manager Marc Skinner (5:04) and striker Ellen White (6:49).
Craig previews Birmingham City’s first home game of the season as Everton visit Damson Park on Sunday October 1. (8:07)
Great Since 68 - Episode 01: Craig Hadley recaps the events of the summer which included a memorable goal at Wembley for Charlie Wellings as well as England’s semi-final run in the European Championships.
Birmingham City have announced the signings of Maddy Cusack and Hayley Ladd. Craig provides his insight into what these players will bring to the Blues. (2:42)
The club have also announced the departures of Ellie Brazil, Coral-Jade Haines, Sophie Baggaley and Chloe Peplow. Find out where they’ve gone and if the deals are permanent. (4:07)
Craig previews Birmingham City’s first game of the new season which is away to Arsenal at Meadow Park on Sunday September 24. (8:44)
GS68: Our biggest win over Arsenal in WSL history - Episode 28: We return this week to see the Blues returning to winning ways. Ellen White produced another masterclass as Birmingham City saw off Arsenal at Damson Park. We’ve got reaction from manager Marc Skinner as well as a brief chat with Meaghan Sargeant coming up…
** Chris’ Charity Penalty Challenge **
We open this week’s show chatting about Chris’ recent charity exploits. He had the privilege to take a penalty against Birmingham City goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger. Find out how he got on… (0:59)
** Blues v Arsenal **
The guys along with special guest Caz Smith discuss Blues’ 3-0 win over Arsenal. It was Birmingham’s 9th home win of the season. (3:38)
** Marc Skinner **
Hear Marc's thoughts after our superb victory over Arsenal and what he hopes from the Chelsea game. (14:19)
** Meaghan Sargeant **
Meg reveals what her preferred position to play is as well as sharing how she first met teammate Freda Ayisi years before playing t
Great Since ’68 - Episode 27: The show returns this week to bring you the exciting news that three of the Birmingham City Ladies team are in the PFA Team of the Year. Find out who they are and how we got on against Yeovil Town…
** Yeovil vs Blues **
Chris shares his thoughts on the game in which Birmingham City had 32 shots without finding the net. (0:59)
** PFA Team of the Year **
We discuss the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year with special attention paid to the three Blues players who were named. (07:47)
** WSL Development Cup Final **
We discuss the importance of getting experience of playing in cup finals after the Blues Reserves side lost to Manchester City. (13:49)
** Sophie Baggaley **
Craig shares a heart-warming story involving Bristol City keeper Sophie Baggaley, who is on loan from Birmingham, which he saw on social media over the last few days. (16:14)
** Player of the Month **
We keep the superlatives coming as we praise Ellen White after she was
Great Since ’68 - Episode 26: It’s still a week to go till our next league game so it’s time for another international round-up show. We discuss the performances of Ellen White and Hayley Ladd as both battled in the England vs Wales game at St Mary’s as well as mixed success for our youth players away with the Lionesses…
** Blues v Sunderland **
We briefly touch on Birmingham City’s 2-0 win over Sunderland that took place before the international break. (0:58)
** England U17s **
We discuss England’s 2-0 win over Norway which booked them a place at this year’s European Championships in Lithuania. Fran Stenson was in action. (04:12)
** England U19s **
We discuss the importance of getting experience on the international stage as Connie Scofield and Shania Hayles represented England in a narrow defeat to Germany. (08:26)
** England v Wales **
We discuss Wales’ impressive defensive performance against England which featured our very own Hayley Ladd at the heart of the backline. (10:12)
Great Since ’68 - Episode 25: Birmingham City have done it again. Three wins on the bounce for the Blues thanks to a double from Ellen White. We have interviews with Marc Skinner, Ann-Katrin Berger and Paige Williams as well as our previewing Sunday’s game with Sunderland super fan Katie Hume.
** Bristol v Blues **
We begin this week’s show by recapping Birmingham’s 2-0 win over Bristol City with reaction from manager Marc Skinner (10:05) and defender Paige Williams (12:56).
** International News **
We discuss the latest England and Wales squads with special attention paid to our very own duo Ellen White and Hayley Ladd. Katie also gives her insight on Phil Neville’s latest addition to his coaching setup, Sunderland manager Mel Copeland. (14:55)
** Blues v Sunderland **
We preview the Birmingham and Sunderland game with help from our special guest (22:47).
** Ann-Katrin Berger **
We finish this week’s show with an interview with goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger. Find out about what d
Great Since ’68 - Episode 24: Two wins on the spin for Birmingham City as the Blues thrash Liverpool at Damson Park. We discuss the game as well as hearing reaction from manager Marc Skinner. We also preview Wednesday’s game against Bristol City.
** Blues v Liverpool **
We begin this week’s show by recapping Birmingham’s 4-0 win over Liverpool with reaction from manager Marc Skinner. (1:26)
** Bristol City v Blues **
We round off this week’s show with our preview of Wednesday’s Women’s Super League tie between Birmingham City and Bristol City. (14:15)
** Tilton Talk – Blues Ladies Special **
Be sure to give the ‘Tilton Talk’ show a listen this week as they welcomed special guests Marc Skinner and Ann-Katrin Berger. You can find the show here and it begins about 23 minutes in: http://bit.ly/tiltontalk
Thanks to our resident photographer Laura Burton for another great image for our podcast art this week. For all her images from the Liverpool game go to: http://bit.ly/GSnap1
Great Since ’68 - Episode 23: We are back fresh from the international break to preview this weekend’s game against Liverpool. Chris was unable to make the show but Craig is joined by special guest Heather Carroll; from the Anfield Wrap podcast.
** She Believes Cup **
We begin this week’s show by recapping the events of England’s time out at the She Believes Cup competition against the likes of France, Germany and USA. (1:37)
** England Youth Squad News **
We give a shout out to Charlie Wellings, Connie Scofield, Shania Hayles, Fran Stenson, and Paris McKenzie who have recently been announced in upcoming squads for England at youth level as well as touching on the future Liverpool prospects. (8:17)
** Development Squad **
We discuss the recent success for our developmental squad as they beat Reading to make the final of the Development League Cup thanks to Georgia Popple’s extra-time winner. (9:30)
** Blues v Liverpool **
We conclude this week’s show with our preview of Sunday’s W
Great Since ’68 - Episode 22: In our final show before the international break we discuss Birmingham City’s two games against Manchester City in the space of three days. This week’s show includes interviews from Marc Skinner, Ellen White, Sarah Mayling and Rachel Williams.
** Blues v Man City - FA Cup **
We begin this week’s show by hearing from manager Marc Skinner after our 3-1 defeat after extra-time to Manchester in the FA Cup (1:48). Don’t let the score fool you; we ran them to their limits in this one.
** Blues v Man City – League **
The Blues returned to Damson Park on Wednesday buoyed by their performance on Sunday. Could we finally beat Manchester City? You bet we could. Hear reaction from our 2-0 win from Ellen White (10:48), Marc Skinner (19:12) and Sarah Mayling (23:13).
** Rachel Williams **
We finish this week’s show by speaking to the 2011 WSL top goal scorer Rachel Williams. She returned to the Blues for a second spell and speaks about how things have changed and h
Great Since ’68 - Episode 21: Our record of three matches unbeaten came to an end this past weekend to title contenders Chelsea. We get reaction from manager Marc Skinner and midfielder Emma Follis following the defeat as well as previewing this weekend’s FA Cup fifth round game with Manchester City.
** Blues v Chelsea **
We begin this week’s show by hearing from manager Marc Skinner after our 2-0 defeat to Chelsea (01:04). The guys discuss the game before also hearing reaction from midfielder Emma Follis (13:50).
** Loan Watch **
It was another great week for Coral-Jade Haines at Spurs as the midfielder scores in a 2-1 win. We go over her player of the match as well as discussing Sophie Baggaley’s weekend with Bristol City (15:45).
** Blues v Man City – FA Cup 5th Round **
After defeat to Manchester City in last year’s FA Cup Final, the Blues will be up for revenge in this one. We discuss potential injuries for both sides as well as giving our predictions ahead of the big game (19
Great Since ’68 - Episode 20: It’s a special bonus episode of the podcast this week as Craig Hadley spoke to former Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker.
We discuss all aspects of his career so far including his time spent in the United States of America and of course his tenure at Birmingham City.
** The First WSL Season **
David shares what it was like to take over as manager in time for the debut season of the Women’s Super League in 2011 and narrowly missing out on the title (13:12).
** Winning the FA Cup **
Birmingham City secured the FA Women’s Cup in 2012 and it was a moment David thought would be the first of many (15:09).
** Cristina Torkildsen **
As a named substitute at the 2012 FA Cup Final, we asked David what the current RTC Technical Director was like in her playing days (23:06).
** Mel Lawley & Ellie Brazil **
David talks to us about his ideas behind recruitment and how he signed two of the most exciting English prospects Ellie Brazil and Mel Lawley (24:
Great Since ’68 - Episode 19: A superb win for Birmingham City this week, as we progress into the last 16 of the FA Women’s Cup. We also recap the fifth round FA Cup draw and preview this Saturday’s game against Chelsea.
*Blues v Reading – FA Women’s Cup*
Birmingham City made it three wins in a row with a great 1-0 win away at Reading. We go over the key moments from the match including interviews from Marisa Ewers (1:50) and manager Marc Skinner (11:51).
*FA Women’s Cup Last 16*
After Birmingham’s superb win over Reading, we learnt our fate for the next round. In a repeat of last year’s final we will play Manchester City on February 18th at Damson Park. (15:10)
This year’s end of season awards will commemorate the 50 years since Birmingham City Ladies began. We give you the details on what to expect and how to get tickets. (19:12)
*Blues v Chelsea - Preview*
Birmingham City face one of their toughest tests of the season so far this weekend. They host the Spring
It's a special episode of the podcast this week as Craig Hadley speaks to Birmingham City Ladies' vice-captain Emily Westwood.
We discuss all aspects of her career since starting out at Wolverhampton Wanderers aged just 10.
She went on to battle the might of Arsenal at Everton under the watchful eye of Mo Marley before moving onto Birmingham City.
It's been a decorated career for the 33-year-old who continues to put in impressive performances for the club.
Listen to her story today...
Our music is from the song 'No Control' by the artist Jahzzar.