The away game at Swindon on Good Friday was this season’s designated ‘Volunteers Away Day’, in which those that selflessly give up their time to carry out vital jobs at the club are given a proper thank you, with free tickets, travel, and food provided. Chris Draper spoke to some of those volunteers about what they do and why, and we broadcast their thoughts this week, from Rob Cornell of WDON fame, to Traci ‘Turnstile’ Sleet, and the man behind the whole event, Iain McNay.
Either side of that, Nick and Stu discuss all the usual. With our current goalless run, we investigate where our goals have come from, why they have dried up, why we haven’t scored enough from midfield, and what we might have to do next season to fix it. We also discuss why we continue to demonstrate reticence in giving some players significant match time – but on the flip side, we do highlight the performances of youngsters Joe McDonnell and Toby Sibbick.
There’s also a few issues to be decided in League One, and we look ahead to what might happen at the top and bottom of the division. We also glance at next season, thinking about who’s coming down from the Championship, and the strength of the teams coming up from League Two. We also have – as always – top 7 lists, Two Word Tango, and Poleon Go … including which part of Manchester Stu believes Sheffield United come from.
FourFourTwo magazine this month listed its Top 50 Football League players. There were some, shall we say, interesting choices, so Nick and Stu thought it was worth having a look through, and highlighting the key names, with a League One and ex-Wimbledon focus. It may come as no surprise that the top 10 all ply their trade in the Championship – and number 11 will be too, next season – but the names of three ex-Dons might be a bone of contention for some.
The defeat to Bristol Rovers also raised a lot of questions this week. Are we on the beach already, or should some players be showing more desire as they look to earn themselves a deal for next season? Are our younger players getting enough of a chance to impress? And are Neal Ardley’s tactics and formations getting the best out of our squad? We also look ahead to the forthcoming Easter weekend, and wonder what we can realistically expect from the final few games of the campaign.
There’s a couple of top 7 lists, a tricky Poleon Go, and a yellow-themed Two Word Tango as well … plus Stu once again discusses the merits of downloads over printed copies. It gives a quite fascinating insight into his mind, although Nick’s innuendo-meter must have exploded this week, so he can not really say too much. There is a good deal of wrestling in this week’s show though, so don’t worry, grapple-fans.
On this week’s 9yrs Podcast, Stu looks at a potential solution to the current issue of getting Academy players decent game time. Looking at the Brentford model of a season of B-Team friendlies, we investigate whether the idea would suit more clubs, and if it is a sustainable solution to developing young players at first-team level.
We’re also joined by Ryan Sweeney once more, as we look ahead to his return to Kingsmeadow with Bristol Rovers on Saturday. He discusses his side’s chances of taking the final play-off place, as well sharing his opinion on how players treat the end of season run-in, especially when there seems very little to play for. George Jones also returns to the show to catch Nick up on what happened at Port Vale last Saturday which, in short, appears to be very little. Fans of roundabouts will be pleased, however.
Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists as always finish off the show, whilst Nick also briefly touches on WrestleMania, and all the fun that goes with it, including the retirement of The Undertaker. All in all, another fun show, so check us out!
You might have missed the news – in fact, you most probably have – but this Sunday, Wembley will host the final of the EFL Checkatrade Trophy. Remember that competition? It was formerly known as the LDV Vans Trophy, or the Auto Windscreens Shield, or the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy … and as much as it was mocked, it was a genuine competition for Football League teams, two of whom shared a day out at the national stadium. This season, the introduction of Championship and Premier League Academy Teams saw the competition ridiculed and reduced to being played out infront of dwindling attendances.
For Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, however, the new format has ‘reinvigorated’ the tournament, and he is expecting the Academy Team experiment to continue next season. Well, Nick and Stu hope that doesn’t happen – and this week, we discuss our reasons why, looking at some of the spectacular failures of the trial run. Unfortunately, a large attendance on Sunday, and a continuation in huge prize money, will likely see the competition continue in its current form next year.
Of greater importance this Sunday is, of course, WRESTLEMANIA. Nick is very excited, but there’s still more than enough time to focus on the Southend defeat, the Rochdale victory, our continued Academy success, Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists. We hope you enjoy … we know that ALAN DALE does: he’s a huge fan!
Fresh from Stu’s Stag Do in Barcelona, during which Stu saw arguably the finest forward line in football at the moment – Messi, Suarez, and Neymar – we got to thinking about some of the best partnerships we’ve seen in our time watching Wimbledon. From the glory days of sixth place in the Premier League, to starting all over again in the CCL, there have been many great pairings across the pitch, and we spend a good bit of time reminiscing over some legendary names.
Discussing the modern day, and there’s not a great deal to speak of, as we start to wind-down the campaign. George Jones joins the show to talk about the goalless draw at Fleetwood, whilst we also look ahead to a couple of interesting home games over the coming week. We also think about how League One is shaping up, and who we think will finish in the top and bottom places in the division.
Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists feature as usual as well, plus a few tidbits from our time in Barcelona. But without doubt, the main news this week is Nick’s choice of a new, number one WWE diva! Is it Naomi, Maryse, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, or Peyton Royce? What about Lana? More importantly: who actually cares?