Across The Pitch hosts Matt Robards, Arran Airs, and Phil Kennedy
Tony and Darren under Across The Pitch Sign at WHAM Stadium

Across The Pitch: The Best Soccer Show From Accy To Accra

Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.C., they began to grow a passion for the grassroots of the game after they started regularly attending games for their hometown. USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Inspired by the story of "The Team That Wouldn't Die", they decided to make Accrington Stanley their flagship club, and in November of 2018, they recorded and released their first episode.

Things quickly took off for them when Accy midfielder Scott Brown agreed to come on the show, for what was just their second episode. By episode 10, they had added Matt Robards to the fold, and ever since the community, and scope of Across The Pitch has continued to grow. This includes Accrington natives Darren Woodhead and Tony Robinson joining the team, and expanding to another continent when Abdulai Suburu founded our partner site Ghana Football News. Moving into 2020, we are going to be bringing even more in depth coverage of the EFL pyramid, the USL and MLS, and of course our favorite teams Accrington Stanley and Phoenix Rising.

Buy 50 Years Of Accrington Stanley By Darren Woodhead


50 Years Of Accrington Stanley: Book By Author Darren Woodhead


50 Years Of Accrington Stanley book cover

New Book Chronicles 50 Years at The Crown Ground (WHAM Stadium)

It’s the ultimate written record of Stanley since we took  up residence at The Crown Ground in 1968…

Note: Ships From U.K.

Available on backorder

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USL Stadium Tour In The Time Of COVID (A Road Trip With Arran) Part 2

Day 3: St Louis FC The next day was a shorter drive from Kansas City to Louisville, via St Louis, and that of course meant a stop and a search for the Eastern Division side Saint Louis FC’s home ground, West Community Stadium. Never having seen them in action live, or on TV (inter-conference games…
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Arran at Colorado Switchbacks stadium

USL Stadium Tour In The Time Of COVID (A Road Trip With Arran)

It all began one night a few weeks back when a friend called me up out of the blue and asked if I wouldn’t mind help him move. This wasn’t any ordinary move though – he was asking me to drive his Jeep Grand Cherokee from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Dayton Ohio, while…
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George Hudson Accrington Stanley

George Hudson: Accrington Stanley Peel Park Days Legend

Following photographs featuring Accrington Stanley’s legendary centre forward George Hudson surfacing on social media, I thought it would be good to contact George and thanks to a search on Twitter, l managed to locate initially  his son Al, then eventually George himself. Understandably aged 83, George has had his ups and downs with health issues but…
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Phoenix Rising vs Portland Timbers 2 2020 preview

Phoenix Rising vs Portland Timbers 2: 2020 USL Match Preview

Portland Timbers 2 travel to Casino Arizona Field to play Phoenix Rising FC this Saturday, March 7, 2020. It is the first USL Championship match of the year for these Western Conference foes. Phoenix finished 1st place in the Western Conference last season with 78 points, before being upset in the 2nd round of the playoffs…
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Loudon Clear U.K.

Erik In, Erik Out: Loudoun Clear From The U.K. Part 2

In my first ever piece on Loudoun United, one of the main topics I covered was the exciting news that Estonian International Erik Sorga had signed for Loudoun for the forthcoming season. On researching the 20-year old, it soon became apparent that the striker had bright future in the game. What I did not expect…
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Loudon Clear U.K.

Loudoun Clear From The UK: By Darren Woodhead Part 1

Until I joined the Podcast team on Across the Pitch to initially speak about my club-Accrington Stanley, Football/Soccer in the US had largely passed me by. Apart from watching clips of Franz Beckenbauer, George Best and Pele playing in the NASL in the 1970’s and taking a brief interest in the exploits of English players…
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Raw Milk being read at WHAM Stadium

Why Accrington Stanley? Unabridged Raw Milk Fanzine Article

Why Accrington Stanley? It is a question that I have been asked more than once since I started Across The Pitch. The first person was Scott Brown, the former Stanley midfielder who is now with Harrogate Town. It was the first thing he asked Arran Airs and myself, when we interviewed him the first time…
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Arran and Phil at OASSCNA meetup

Official Accrington Stanley Supporter Club of North America

It was a record setting day on the pitch for Accrington Stanley, as their 7-1 win over Bolton Wanderers F.C. was their largest margin of victory since a 7-0 win over Bradford City all the way back in 1955. However, over 5000 miles away, more history was being made with the first ever meet-up of…
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Padiham F.C. vs Runcorn Town

Across The Witch: A Visit To Padiham F.C. Vs Runcorn Town

A last minute change of plan at the weekend gave me the unexpected opportunity to take in a visit to Padiham F.C. for their North West Counties Premier League encounter with Runcorn Town F.C. at the Ruby Civil Arena. About The Teams For those who don’t know, Padiham  is a small town with a population…
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Coventry City vs Accrington Stanley

Coventry City vs Accrington Stanley: EFL League One Match Preview

The EFL League One match coming up this Saturday, 26 October 2019, between Coventry City F.C. and Accrington Stanley F.C. will take place at St. Andrew’s in Birmingham, England. This match looks to favor Coventry on paper, but Accrington has had a habit of playing to the level of their opponents recently, beating Ipswich Town F.C., but…
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As fans from "across the pond" one of the most difficult things to find in the USA is good coverage of English football outside of the big teams. Our goal is to bring that kind of in depth coverage not only American listeners, but also share our unique views with our friends "Across The Pond". Our goal is to bring a truly unique, and uniquely entertaining perspective on the world of association football (our preferred nomenclature). We are also looking forward to hearing questions and comments from our listeners and readers.

Email us anytime at if you have a question you would like for us to answer on the podcast, any comments about previous broadcasts, or any suggestions on what we can do to make the show better. We promise to answer you question on the air, even if you are a Spurs fan! Thank you for stopping by, and welcome to Across The Pitch.