The Saints FC Podcast. A podcast by John Bailey, Tom Parker and friends to discuss all things Southampton FC. Ocassionally joined by ex-Saints and legends, each show will have comment on the current state of play at Southampton Football Club and interviews with some of the Southampton greats!
Topics we discuss: Southampton, football, soccer, Premier League, BPL, Saints,
John is joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka to talk about Saints beating Watford away, the experiences of covering Saints during the lockdown, loads of listener questions and what the best book and film that he has watched as well.
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What happens when Saints return from a lockdown?
A 3-0 away win is what happens!
John and Tom find some answers to the questions we had last week as they look back on an emphatic Saints victory and look ahead to this week's games against Arsenal and Watford.
After more than 100 days Southampton FC are back with a competitive Premier League fixture away to Norwich City.
John and Tom try to remember what football was, is, and what it might be - we also try to remember how to do a podcast.
Ep 82 Saints FC Podcast - With Duncan Alexander from Opta. Duncan explains why Saints are outperforming their league position and could be an outside shout for achieving Champions League qualification.
John and Tom are back together to chat about the fabulous away victory against Chelsea and the draw with Crystal Palace. We also reminisce about some of our favourite moments from the past 10 years following Southampton Football Club.
Tom Parker and John Bailey are back with Ep 76 of the Saints FC Podcast. They discuss the strong performance at Arsenal and then the ultimately disappointing result, away fans and the run of fixtures that saints must use to turn their season around!
Ep 75 - Saints show resolve, heart and togetherness, despite missing out on the result at Manchester City for the second time in the week.
John and Tom are talking about the positives from another disappointment at the weekend and look ahead to the clash against Everton on Saturday.
The Saints FC Podcast is back in Southampton to speak to Professor Simon Kemp about a ghastly week to be a Saints fan.
We try and digest what on earth led to the horrible 9-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester as well as a quick look at the Wolves draw and Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City, and if there is any glimmer of hope?
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John is joined by Carl Anka @Ankaman616 from the new kid on the block in terms of English football writing, The Athletic.
Carl takes us through why we should care about what he's writing about for the Athletic and his first impressions on the city and the club since moving here in the summer. He gives us our most in-depth look at the 4-2-2-2 formation, Ralph's plans for the club and what he can see from the 'more objective' no-fan viewpoint.
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John and Tom are back together to discuss all things Southampton, the draw against Man Utd. the win against Fulham, the comings and (well, mostly) goings of the transfer window, and something else........
Oh yes! That 3rd round draw in the Carabao Cup!
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John and Freddie from the Ugly Inside discuss Saints early season form, the first win of the season and what we can learn from the first few weeks of football.
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John & Tom get together to make some predictions that will make us look silly come May.
We look at Saints pre-season, transfer ins and outs, predictions and preview the games against Burnley and Liverpool.
John and Tom are back together recording in Tom's new house as they wrap up another season for Southampton Football Club.
Player of the Season
Young Player of the Season
Goal of the Season
Hero of the Season
Villain of the Season
Most improved player
Best chant / song of the year?
Shane Long breaks the Premier League record for the fastest goal scored since the league formed, while John and Tom take nearly an hour to go over the last three games, look ahead to the next three games and chew over the best moments from the past 11 days.
John and Freddie look forward to the Liverpool game over a beer, while John and Tom catch up after Tom's return from honeymoon.
Are Saints safe?
What do the remaining fixtures hold for Saints and Cardiff?
Can we go an entire episode without mentioning the opponents?
What is there not to get excited about for Saints? We beat our second top six side under Ralph, get a vital 6 points from 9 in our past three games, James Ward-Prowse becomes the country's top midfielder, Josh Sims returns, Yan Valery scores screamers....... we could go on!
(In fact we do, there's a whole podcast about it here!)
John is joined by Freddie from The Ugly Inside as we look ahead to a critical week for Saints:
Suggested Stuart Armstrong Song:
"Oh Ralphy said, we’ve got to play him in centre mid,
Oooooh words can’t describe, when we see him in the red and white.
His hair is fine, he scores belters all the time.
That’s why we'll sing this song, for Stuart Armstrong!"
What is a James Ward-Prowse?
John and Tom discuss Saints latest games against Palace and Burnley and ask if we finally have an answer to the question, What is a James Ward-Prowse?
John and William cross county borders and use modern telecommunication devices to bring you the latest episode of the Saints FC Podcast. Focussing on the two recent premier league wins and some made-up transfer rumours!
John and James discuss the result against West Ham United that brings Saints back to earth with a bump.
What does this mean for the Ralph Hasenhuttl train and for Saints prospects over the next few games?
John from the Saints FC Podcast links up with Ben and Matt from the Total Saints Podcast and Southampton Dellivery Podcast for a Christmas special trident of Saints podcasts!
We discuss some of the frailties of podcasting life, chat about the recent victory against Arsenal and of course tackle all of your listener questions!
John is in the midsts of moving house, so William and Tom meet up in his absence to record the latest episode of the Saints FC Podcast.
We discuss the victory against Arsenal and the loss against Cardiff, along with free beers, goals and this strange feeling of optimism!
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Ep - 52 - Hughes Sacked and Hasnehuttl up next (maybe?)
All change at St Marys as Hughes is Sacked and Raphael Honigstein gives the lowdown on the favourite Ralp Hasenhuttl
The Saints FC Podcast (minus Tom but plus William Porteous and Raphael Honigstein) discuss Saints sacking of Mark Hughes after a spirited performance against Manchester United and who the hot new favourite is to take over the Saints hot seat.
EP 50 - Saints FC Podcast
Tom Parker is back on the sofa with John and we get a call from Jeremy Wilson to discuss the malaise at Southampton and his thoughts on Les Reed's sacking, Mark Hughes and the immediate future for Saints.
We're joined by Southampton's most qualified fan*
John heads back to the University of Southampton to meet with Professor Simon Kemp and discuss Saints recent fortunes.
The Professor looks at Southampton's poor scoring record and tries to apply science to it......
He also shares a story on that time he ended up on the pitch at St Marys driving a noddy car!
On Sunday the Saints FC Podcast regulars John and Tom found a conveniently located pub in East London to watch Saints lose to Chelsea. Here you can hear the conversation pre-match, at half time and after the inevitable defeat.
Best enjoyed with three pints of beer.
What do Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion have in common?
They both lost to Saints last week! The Saints FC Podcast returns with a happy John and Tom celebrating Saints first two wins of the season.
The Saints FC Podcast are back to discuss Southampton's loss to Everton at the weekend, preview the games against Leicester and Brighton.
We discuss your emails, the future for Saints youth players, the fans forum, bitcoin, fashion and more.
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The Saints FC Podcast are back in the swing of things as we discuss the draw with Burnley at St Marys. While there may have been no goals to talk about, there is a lot of discussion about Mark Hughes' approach to the team selection, formation and how Saints new signings got on as they made their debuts.
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John, Tom and James Preview the 2018-19 Season for Saints, looking at the summer sales and signings, new(ish) manager and set out our expectations for the season ahead.
We go through all your tweets, reflect on Tadic's career at Saints and tell you which players to look out for, who we think will be the cult heroes and who will be banging in the goals (or not).
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Warning - grown up language!
Join us as we take a look back at all the results from the second half of the season from January to May, we discuss the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino and the appointment of Mark Hughes, the highs and lows of the season including the FA Cup run, we run through the best and worst moments of the season, over and underachievers, goal and player of the season nominations and we take your comments and your final thoughts of the season.
The Ugly Inside Takeover the Saints FC Podcast for their End of Season Review.
Part 1 of our Southampton FC 2017-18 End of Season Review. In the first episode we start from day 1 from the day Pellegrino got appointed all the way through the Premier League results to January, we try to figure out how and where it all started to go wrong and discuss the (lack of) transfer activity from Saints...
John, Tom and James meet up on the Saints FC Podcast sofa to reflect on Southampton's 2017-18 season. The main focus of the nearly two hour chat is on what went wrong for Saints this season and how Mark Hughes managed to turn around Saints fortunes in the short period of time and get Saints over the line.
We also get a chance to reflect on the moments, players, heroes and villains of the season with the Saints FC Podcast awards.
The 2017/2018 Premier League Season is over, and Ben, John and Matt are combining forces to bring you one podcast that looks back and forward, both on their respective shows and in the Saints FC season. From the pitch and the boardroom to the perils of podcasting, join the guys as they do their best Shane Long impression (we try really hard but might miss the target more often than not).
Ep 36 of the Saints FC Podcast, recorded from the Lord Clyde pub at various stages of the Swansea vs Saints match. From the first pint in the sunshine through to the bottle of Moet to finish off the evening, join John, Tom and friends as we go through an emotional evening following the Saints. Big thanks to William Porteous Blyth for tech and production support! Arrrrgh!
John and Tom are joined by regular listener and email contributor Jason Dickey, who's in England watching the Saints for the first time while visiting friends. Not only do we get to reminisce about Southampton beating South-Coast neighbours Bournemouth but we also get our first taste of high-art as Jason reads us a surprisingly excellent poem about his first experience of watching the mighty Southampton.
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The Saints FC Podcast are missing Tom Parker as he suns himself in Portugal but fortunate enough to get William Porteous Blyth to step in and join John on the sofa to discuss the trials and tribulations of Southampton Football Club.
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John and Tom are joined on the sofa by Matthew Markstone from the Southampton Dellivery Podcast. Matt, who lives in California, made his first trip abroad to see the Saints playing against West Ham in London (and of course make a guest appearance on the Saints FC Podcast).
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Saints FC Podcast are lucky enough to be invited by Scott Charlton to 'An Evening With' Matt Le Tissier at Revolution in Southampton. We recorded the Q&A session as Saints fans got to ask questions of one of the greatest football players of a generation and Southampton hero!
They say never to meet your heroes. There's no such danger with Matt Le Tissier though, the guy is charming, funny and has great stories to tell about football.
John and Tom are joined by Duncan Alexander, author of Outside the Box and the brains behind Opta Joe. We reflect on Pellegrino's sacking as manager of Southampton and have a look at what our chances are of surviving relegation.
Duncan has some surprising statistics for us from his work at Opta, ranging from how Saints are an outlier in terms of performance in the Premier League right that way through to proof of Francis Benali being a lunatic!
In episode 30 of the Saints FC Podcast we discuss the last two results in the Premier League as we pick up two points from two big opportunities for Saints to press ahead and win some matches! I
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This week we have Deputy Football Correspondent from the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Wilson, join us on the Saints FC Podcast. Jeremy is an award winning journalist who started reporting on Salisbury City before moving onto reporting on Southampton Football Club for the Daily Echo and Sports Pink.
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This episode Tom and John discuss Saints progress through to the FA Cup Quarter Finals where we will be pitted against Wigan Athletic after knocking our West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The Saints FC Podcast is once again on the phone with a former Southampton great. This time its the 1997-98 Player of the Season and goalkeeper with over 200 appearances and 50 clean sheets for Southampton - Paul Jones.
Jones was a Welsh international for 9 years, even beating Ryan Giggs' monopoly on the Welsh player of the season on one occasion!
John and Tom are back on the sofa celebrating one year of the Saints FC Podcast. In the year since we started the podcast we've had over 21,900 downloads and have been averaging over 1,100 listens per episode since the start of the season. A big thanks to all our listeners, please keep downloading, subscribing, listening and letting us know your thoughts on twitter, e-mail, reddit and the forum.
John Bailey and Tom Parker meet up for another episode of the Saints FC Podcast. The draws against Watford and Tottenham come under scrutiny, as does Pellegrino (again), his in game management, surrendering points from winning positions and the lack of activity in the transfer window.
We go through a lot of listner correspondence, have a closer look at Michael Obafemi, Saints 17 year old debutant, and have a look forward to the games against Watford in the FA Cup and Bighton at home in the league.
John and Tom are back to review Saints last three fixtures, including the honourable draw at Old Trafford, the disappointing loss at home to Crystal Palace and the 3rd round FA Cup win against Fulham.
Is Pellegrino better against the big sides than against the sides we should be beating, how have we lost another must-win game at home, and are we harsh to say that the win against Fulham was unconvincing?
John is lucky enough to get a chance to speak to Saints legend Michael Svensson about his time at Saints, getting to the 2003 FA Cup final, playing for Gordon Strachan and a whole host of other topics as we discus his career.
We get a chance to put some listener questions to Michael, including whether he would prefer forks for arms or spoons for legs! Thanks to Les' Lamborghini for that one!
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Saints try and ruin the Christmas spirit with a disappointing run of fixtures, where losses to Leicester and Chelsea is followed by a failure to take three points at home vs. Huddersfield.
John is on the Isle of Wight staying with the outlaws, fortunately Mike (John's father in law) is a Southampton fan as well, so is able to step into Tom's shoes and discuss Saints form over three disappointing fixtures.
Episode 21 of the Saints FC Podcast covers the last five Southampton Premier League games, from the abysmal loss at Anfield, to the many reasons to be cheerful and hopeful from the games against Everton, Man City, Bournemouth and Arsenal.
Pellegrino is finally working out how to make Saints tick, showing some tactical nous, and players like Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Jack Stephens and Charlie Austin get their season going.
The Saints FC Podcast were invited to Southampton's Staplewood Training Ground in Marchwood, Southampton, where a 'UK Media XI' including John from the podcast were playing against a Mauricio Pellegrino XI - made up from coaching staff, ex-players and staff from around Southampton FC.
John catches up with former Saints captain Dean Hammond, who led Southampton on the field through three fantastic seasons that saw Saints win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and secure back to back promotions from League 1 to the Premier League.
Tom and John discuss the disappointing loss at home against Burnley and the (ahem, yes) disappointing draw way at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Unfortunately this is not a cheery podcast as we try and work out why Saints results have been so poor. Whether Southampton have desreved to be on the receiving end of the results and whether Match of the Day's new statistic XG can provide an insight into what has been happening.
Saints FC Podcast talk to Michael Cox author of The Mixer.
Michael Cox of ZonalMarking.net and the Totally Football Show podcast speaks to the Saints FC Podcast about all things tactics, following the release of 'The Mixer' a book he's written about 25 years of tactics in the Premier League.
John is joined by both James and Tom for this episode of the Saints FC Podcast as they discuss their trip to Selhurst Park in the victory against Crystal Palace and the loss at St Marys to Manchester United.
John and Tom get together again to discuss the summer that Southampton have had, with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino arriving from Alaves, players coming in and players leaving, transfer rumours and the incredibly annoying Virgil Van Dijk transfer scenario.
Ken Monkou joins the Saints FC Podcast for a conversation. We cover his time at Southampton FC, Huddersfield, winning Player of the Year for Chelsea and his post football career tossing pancakes! Ken Monkou played over 200 games for Saints in the Premier League, scoring over 10 goals including a vital last minute winner versus Norwich City in the famous 5-4 win for Saints and the first goal when Saints schooled Man Utd during the infamous 'invisible kit' day. Ken takes us through disagreements with Graeme Souness, fashion advice from Ian Dowie and what part of the cake Matt le Tissier is. As always get in touch @SaintsFCPodcast on twitter and firstname.lastname@example.org
John Bailey and Tom Parker discuss the 2016-17 Premier League season through the eyes of Southampton Football Club. Part 2 covers off questions from our followers and goes through the first ever annual Saints FC Podcast awards! Listen in to see who's won: Academy/Young Player of the Season Player of the Season Goal of the Season Hero of the Season Villain of the Season Chant of the Season Player/Manager most likely to leave Most bleedingly obvious typical Saints thing to do of the Season Twitter: @SaintsFCPodcast Email: email@example.com Read more at http://saintsfcpod.libsyn.com/#2TDWcv1vfXRDSgJm.99
John Bailey and Tom Parker discuss the 2016-17 Premier League season through the eyes of Southampton Football Club. Part 1 of the end of season review takes a whistle stop tour through the entire season, starting with Ronald Koeman, Mane, Wanyama and Pelle leaving, with Claude Puel coming in along with Saints record signing Sofiane Boufal. We discuss the cup run in the EFL Cup, the Europa League disappointment, beating Inter Milan, Arsenal and Liverpool, while failing to find momentum and capitalise on the progress of the past few seasons. Part 2 will be out in the next few days where you can join us for comments from listeners and the coveted Saints FC Podcast Awards. Twitter: @SaintsFCPodcast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saints FC Podcast is lucky enough to speak to Saints legend and former England international David Armstrong. David is famous for playing as part of arguably one of the best Southampton sides ever including Mick Channon, Alan Ball and Kevin Keegan who came close to winning titles and trophies under Lawrie McMenemy. David tells us about being involved in one of the greatest Saints goals ever, playing over 350 consecutive games while at Middlesborough and how he adapted to life after football following an injury that left him disabled from his mid 30s. Following the interview with David, Tom and John discuss Saints recent form in the Premier League, the games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Hull City. We also discuss rumours about Claud Puel and whether he will be eased out of the club in the summer.
The @SaintsFCPodcast 's John Bailey and Tom Parker discuss all things Southampton as we look back at Saints performances against Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion and reaching 40 points in the Premier League Also on the agenda is James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond's England debuts, Ryan Bertrand's 100th appearance for Southampton and Shane Long's recent run of form. We work out how to pronounce Dusan Tadic, then proceed to mispronounce his and a load of other players and managers names wrong in the podcast and Dele Alli is declared to the be the future world's best player! It's been a good few games for Southampton, so this podcast is a suitably cheery meander through a couple of wins and good performances. Enjoy, and let us know what you think, either on twitter, iTunes reviews and ratings or even on email: email@example.com
The Saints FC Podcast speak to the sons of two Southampton Football Club legends, Mick Channon Jr. son of Mick Channon and Mitchell Le Tissier, son of Matt Le Tissier. Mick has written a book, 'How's your father? Embracing Failure in the Shadow of Success' and shares some fantastic anecdotes from his life, as a student, racehorse trainer, Southampton trialist and son of a famous father. Mitchell Le Tissier tells us about his experiences growing up on the Channel Islands, playing for Southampton at his father's testimonial, being subbed on for Peter Beardsley and Ian Wright's bizarre choice of penalty spot.
In the first half of this episode we talk to ex Saints FC legend Brett Ormerod about his time at Southampton Football Club. We talk about his famous performance in the 2003 FA Cup semi final, playing in the final and losing to Arsenal 1-0. Brett tells us about James Beattie, Anders Svennsson, and life under Gordon Strachan and what it was like in that great Saints side that made it to 8th in the Premier League and to the FA Cup final. Brett also tells us what it was like as Saints started to fracture after Strachan left, Harry Redknapp, Rupert Lowe and Clive Woodward are all discussed in a time when Brett tells us Saints had lost their way. Afterwards we give our opinion on Southampton's performance in the EFL Cup final versus Manchester United, what the atmosphere was like and our thoughts for the rest of the season.
John Bailey and Tom Parker launch the first episode of the Saints FC Podcast and are joined by two Saints legends, Jason Dodd and Neil Maddison. We talk about the 3-1 loss to West ham United, the brand of football under Claude Puel and look forwards to the EFL Cup Final. Jason Dodd and Neil Maddison discuss life at Southampton from the late 80s through to the early 00s, playing for only £91 a week, playing snooker with team mates and learning their trade under Dave Merrington. Jason and Neil reminisce on victories over Pompey, Neil Heaney kicking a Tottenham right back into the stand and how the focus of their team tactics of getting the ball to Le Tiss! #SaintsFC #WeMarchOn