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Across The Pitch hosts Matt Robards, Arran Airs, and Phil Kennedy

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

Welcome to Across The Pitch, a brand new website and podcast dedicated to bringing the best coverage of English Association Football, commonly referred to as soccer, to fans in the United States. Our shows and blogs will focus on all things English Football. Hosts Phil Kennedy, Arran Airs, and Matt Robards will be bringing you coverage on a wide range of topics including in depth previews and recaps of matches, gambling and fantasy picks, random topical debates and more. Comparisons to American Sports are frequently used to illustrate the nuances of the English game. We discuss English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, EFL Championship, EFL League One. If you are an American sports fan looking to learn more about "The Beautiful Game" then this is the show for you.

Phil, Arran, and Matt currently live in Phoenix, Arizona. Phil and Arran are both supporters of Arsenal, while Matt is a Chelsea supporter. All 3 of us are also supporters and season ticket members of the USL Phoenix Rising. We have recently been joined by a 4th member, Darren Woodhead, our English consultant, who will write regular blogs, and make occasional appearances on the show. Darren has written several books, including his latest master work, 50 Years of Accrington Stanley, which will be out in July. At Across the Pitch, we all share a passion for Accrington Stanley, and have recently formed a chapter of the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club of North America.

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.

Exeter City vs Swindon Town

Exeter City vs Swindon Town: League Two Match Preview 2019

The pick of the matches in England’s 4th tier (EFL League Two) this weekend is the clash between two of the early frontrunners. Exeter City F.C. start the day in 3rd position with visiting Swindon Town F.C. one place above, albeit only on goal difference. Both teams have won their first two league games of…
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Phoenix Rising vs Reno 1868

Phoenix Rising vs Reno 1868: USL Championship Match Preview

Reno 1868 FC travel to Casino Arizona Field in Tempe, Arizona to play Phoenix Rising FC on Friday, August 16, 2019. It is the second and final USL Championship regular season match-up of the year between the two Western Conference clubs. Phoenix comes into the match, having won every game that they have played since…
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A.F.C. Wimbledon vs Accrington Stanley

A.F.C. Wimbledon vs Accrington Stanley: League One Match Preview

The EFL League One match coming up this Saturday, 17 August 2019, between Accrington Stanley F.C. and the AFC Wimbledon will take place at Kingsmeadow in London, England. It is the first match League match for Stanley since and opening week loss to Lincoln City F.C.. This is due to the postponement of last week’s scheduled match…
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Sunderland A.F.C. vs Portsmouth FC August 2019

Sunderland A.F.C. vs Portsmouth F.C.: League One Match Preview 2019

It is fair to say it has been a turbulent few years for both of these clubs. The Black Cats (Sunderland A.F.C.) suffered successive relegations in 2017 and 2018 to see themselves competing in the English third tier (EFL League One) for the first time in 30 years. Despite being favourites to turn their fortunes…
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Blackpool vs Oxford United

Blackpool vs Oxford United: EFL League One Match Preview

As the season enters the third week, both Blackpool F.C. and Oxford United F.C. are unbeaten in the league, and will be full of confidence when they meet at Bloomfield Road on Saturday. Oxford heads into the game following a 1-0 home win against Peterborough United, which followed a highly creditable opening day draw at…
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Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland League Cup

Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland: EFL League Cup Match Preview

The first round of the EFL Cup is underway, and a match between EFL League One sides Accrington Stanley F.C. and Sunderland A.F.C. will take place at WHAM Stadium in Accrington, England on Tuesday 13 August 2019. It is a match that is between the two most unlikely clubs in League One, but for very…
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Phoenix Rising vs El Paso Locomotive

Phoenix Rising vs El Paso Locomotive: USL Championship Match Preview

El Paso Locomotive travel to Casino Arizona Field in Tempe, Arizona to play Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday, August 10, 2019. It is the second and final USL Championship regular season match-up of the year between the two Western Conference clubs. Phoenix comes into the match, having won every game that they have played since…
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Portsmouth vs Tranmere Rovers

Portsmouth vs Tranmere Rovers: EFL League One Match Preview

Newly promoted Tranmere Rovers F.C. were subject to a baptism of fire on the opening day as they fell 3-0 down to Rochdale A.F.C. at Prenton Park and although a late fightback saw them grab two late goals, it was not enough to salvage something from their first game of the season. It doesn’t get…
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Southend United vs Blackpool: EFL League One Match Preview

The season moves into week two and Blackpool F.C. fans must be feeling extremely optimistic. The crowds have returned following the ownership change, and over 11,000 came through the Bloomfield Road turnstiles to witness an opening day win over Bristol Rovers F.C.. It is quite a contrast to the opening home game of last season…
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Ipswich Town vs Sunderland A.F.C.

Ipswich Town vs Sunderland A.F.C.: EFL League One Match Preview

An early season EFL League One clash of the titans happens this Saturday, 10 August 2019, at Portman Road in Ipswich, England, between Ipswich Town F.C. and The Black Cats of Sunderland A.F.C.. It will be the second match of the season for both former Premier League clubs, who are among the favorites to be…
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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 contact@acrossthepitch.com 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.

Pundits with Pints is a collaborative effort produced between four soccer podcasts from Phoenix, Arizona. PRFC Fan Show, Az Soccer Radio, Rising As One Pod, and of course Across The Pitch are the 4 contributing shows. We record this show once a month, and topics focus on both things related to our home to Phoenix Rising, and any other hot button topics from the world of association football.

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