Episode 99: Revolution 99 - 3/28/2020

Lost Recordings And A Look Back At Our First 98 Episodes

Clips from a few of our unreleased recordings with appearances by Matt McClennan and Peter Leatham, Arran's legendary Oasis opener, Matt bemoans the scourge that is soccer on baseball fields, and Phil takes a look back at the first 98 episodes.

 

Episode 98: Folks Know In San Antonio - 3/27/2020

Interview With Harry "Ramincol" Austin

Phil and Matt chat with SATX Soccer Round Table host Harry "Ramincol" Austin about San Antonio FC and soccer throughout the great state of Texas, they also talk about the Phoenix Rising vs SAFC rivalry, and Harry's new found interest in Accrington Stanley, plus much more! You can follow Harry on Twitter @Ramincol

Episode 97: Yosser - 3/26/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Mark Hughes

Phil and Tony chat with Accrington Stanley veteran center back Mark Hughes about his time with the club thus far, what is was like winning the League Two title in 2018, how recovery is coming from his recent injury, and his time with other clubs including Northampton, Morecambe, Everton, and even a year in Australia.

Episode 96: Rock 'N Curse - 3/25/2020

Interview With Andrew Bolte (The Curse New Mexico United)

Phil sits down with Andrew Bolte for a relaxed and informative chat, plus some friendly banter, as Andrew is treasurer of Phoenix Rising rivals, New Mexico United's, The Curse supporters group, and also supports Accrington Stanley rival Rochdale AFC. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @albolte

Episode 95: Bluebirds Bayou - 3/24/2020

Interview With Barrow AFC's Craig Rutherford

Phil and Tony chat with Barrow AFC, Community Relations Director, and Youth Team Assistant Head Coach Craig Rutherford to talk about the Bluebirds run that has them atop the National League Table, what manager Ian Evatt has brought to the club, the play of stars like Scott Quigley, John Rooney, Joel Dixon, and Dior Angus, Craig's role within the club and community, and much more. You can follow Craig on Twitter at @CraigRudders

Episode 94: Air Jordan - 3/23/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Jordan Clark

Phil and Tony sit down with Jordan Clark to discuss his impressive 4 seasons thus far with Accrington Stanley; they have included a League Two Championship, a 2019 Team Player of The Year Award, over 25 goals and over 25 assists. Also, learn of his surprise friendship with a member of the Phoenix Rising coaching staff.

Episode 93: Across The Tele - 3/22/2020

What To Watch While Football Is Not On, Favorite Past Games And Goals

Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down to talk about what they have been watching on TV recently in the absence of live football, reminisce on some of their favorite games and goals of the past, give a really hard time to Tottenham, and announce their upcoming listener questions episode.

Episode 92: Let's Get Sykes'd Up - 3/21/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Ross Sykes

Phil and Tony sit down with Accrington Stanley centerback Ross Sykes to talk about his career with Accy thus far and what it means to be one of the club's most successful academy products. They also talk about his FIFA skills, favorite moments from this season, and his plans for the future. Also, a Happy Birthday to Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club Chairman Peter Leatham. You can follow Ross on Twitter @RossySykes

 

Episode 91: A Cult Classic - 3/19/2020

Interview With Accrington and Chorley's Jonathan Smith

Phil and Darren sit down with Accrington Stanley Hall of Famer and cult hero, Jonathan Smith. They reminisce on his 5 years at the club in the the early 2000's, what is was like playing under John Coleman through 2 promotions, and his current gig as a coach with Chorley FC of the National League. You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @JonnySmithCFC

Episode 90: Warrington And Peace - 3/16/2020

Interview With Scott Brown

Phil and Tony sit down with former Accrington Stanley and current Warrington Town midfielder Scott Brown. They reminisce on Scott's past appearances on the show, his time with Accrington, what he has been up to since leaving, the current promotion race Northern Premier League Premier Division, and whether or not jalapeños go on a pizza.

Episode 89: Mr. Accrington Stanley - 3/13/2020

Interview With Sean McConville

Phil and Tony sit down with Accrington Stanley's active leader in goals and assists, Sean McConville, to talk about his career with the club thus far, how his recovery is coming from his achilles injury and when he expects to be back on the pitch, how Accy has changed since his first time there in 2009, other clubs he has played for including Barrow AFC, and which side of the Everton vs LFC rivalry that the Liverpool native is on.

Episode 88: The Flagship Of Devon - 3/12/2020

Effects of COVID19, EFL League One & Two Predictions

Phil, Arran, and Matt start by discussing the most recent announcements regarding the effects of COVID19 on the football and sporting world, then they make their final quarter predictions for who will get promoted, make the playoffs, and get relegated from EFL League One and EFL League Two, also a fan requested contest, and more.

Episode 87: Post Code PO4 - 3/10/2020

Interview With PO4Cast's Hugh Bunce

Phil and Tony sit down with Hugh Bunce, host of the PO4cast podcast and writer for Pompey News Now to preview the Portsmouth vs Accrington game on Saturday, 14 March 2020. They also discuss the ins and outs of being a Pompey supporter, a bit about Hugh's show, predictions for League One Pro/Rel, and a shout out to Hugh's favorite ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers. You can find Hugh on Twitter at @puckdropuk.

Episode 86: The Mighty Reds Sauce - 3/9/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Joe Pritchard

Phil and Tony sit down with Accrington Stanley attacking midfielder Joe Pritchard. They talk about his early career with Watford, Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers, and even a trial with Arsenal. The also discuss his time at Stanley thus far, goals for his career, his favorite Elton John song, what kind of sauce he prefers on a bacon butty, and more! You can follow Joe on Twitter at @pritchard_joe

Episode 85: Phoenix Rising 2020 Season Preview - 3/6/2020

Featuring Kevin Gates of The PRFC Fan Show

Phil, Arran, and Matt are joined by Kevin Gates of the PRFC Fan show as they join forces to preview the 2020 Phoenix Rising season. In a roundtable format, they discuss what they feel are the biggest questions as we lead up to opening day 2020. You can find the PRFC Fan Show on Youtube.

Episode 84: Jahn On The Spot - 3/5/2020

Interview With Atlanta United's Adam Jahn

Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down with current Atlanta United, and former Phoenix Rising striker Adam Jahn, they discuss what is has been like moving from Phoenix to Atlanta, his goals and outlook for this season, and reflect on his season with Phoenix last year. Also, learn why his dog's name is Gunner.

Episode 83: Two Pint Limit - 3/4/2020

Interview WIth David "Bumble"Lloyd

Phil, Arran, and Darren sit down with former English cricket international player and coach, broadcaster, and author of Around The World in 80 Pints David Lloyd to discuss his love of football, and specifically his love of his home town Accrington Stanley. Topics include his playing days with Stanley in the 60's, his current involvement with the club, and his wife's love of York City.

Episode 82: Reds Rovers (Accrington vs Tranmere Preview) - 3/3/2020

Interview With Will Gilbert (Tranmere Supporter)

Phil and Tony sit down with Tranmere supporter, and author Will Gilbert to preview the Accrington Stanley vs Tranmere Rovers match at WHAM Stadium on 7 March 2020. Will runs the Tranmere fan media site Will Gilbert Football Reports.

Episode 81: A Triumphant Return - 3/3/2020

USL League One Preview With Ross Devonport

Phil and Arran are joined by Greenville Triumph and ESPN Plus commentator Ross Devonport. In a preview of the USL League One season, Ross goes through the table starting with who he thinks will finish 12th, and working up to who is his pick to finish first. In depth analysis on all 12 teams!

Episode 80: Dream Match (2nd Half) - 3/1/2020

Phoenix Rising vs Accrington Stanley 2/30/2020

2nd half of a hypothetical friendly match, Phil takes the role of Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman, and Matt takes the role of Phoenix Rising manager Rick Schantz. They argue the case for why each of their respective sides would win, with a position by position breakdown. Arran Airs takes the role of VAR and decides the winner! This episode is sponsored by @TShirtsnGiggles

Episode 80: Dream Match (1st Half) - 2/29/2020

Phoenix Rising vs Accrington Stanley 2/30/2020

In a hypothetical friendly match, Phil takes the role of Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman, and Matt takes the role of Phoenix Rising manager Rick Schantz. They argue the case for why each of their respective sides would win, with a position by position breakdown. Arran Airs takes the role of VAR and decides the winner! (2nd Half coming tomorrow).

Episode 79: This One's A Keeper - 2/28/2020

Interview With Retired Goalkeeper Jamie Speare

Phil and Darren sit down to chat with former Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Jamie Speare. In this lively and fun filled chat, they discuss his early career with Everton, his move to Stanley, and what it was like playing for John Coleman's teams in the early 2000's. Also, his thoughts on the evolution of the keeper position, and more.

Episode 78: O' Captain, Our Captain - 2/23/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Seamus Conneely

Phil, Arran, and Tony Robinson sit down with longtime Accrington Stanley captain Seamus Conneely. They discuss this season so far, his previous years at Stanley, winning the League 2 championship in 2018, meeting John Coleman when with the Sligo Rovers, his time with Sheffield United and Galway United, and much more.

Episode 77: Bent It With Beckham - 2/22/2020

Interview With Former Accrington Captain Jay Flannery

Phil and Darren sit down with Jay Flannery, who was captain of Accrington Stanley in 2000, when they won their first of 4 promotions under manager John Coleman. They reflect on his days with Accy and Lancaster City, what he is up to these days, his support of Liverpool, and the time he squared up against Becks.

Episode 76: Beg, Steal, And Barrow - 2/17/2020

EFL Table Rundown, Team of the Month Barrow A.F.C.

Phil and Matt lead with a deep dive on Leeds United, followed by a detailed run down of the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two tables. Will Stevenage be relegated to non-league? And our Team of the Month Barrow A.F.C.

Episode 75: Accrington Gone Wild - 2/16/2020

Interview With iFollow Commentator Ben Wild

Phil and Arran sit down with Accrington Stanley iFollow play by play commentator Ben Wild. They discuss how the service allows fans around the world to stream Stanley games, recent results and upcoming matches, Stanley's season thus far, and other happenings around League One.

Episode 74: Across The Box - 2/14/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Callum Johnson

Phil and Tony Robinson sit down with Accrington Stanley defender Callum Johnson, currently League One's leader in successful crosses. They discuss his season so far, what the team's outlook is for the rest of the season, he reflects on his early career in Middlesbrough, his toughest match-ups, and more.

Episode 73: Accy Bishop Strike - 2/9/2020

Interviews With Accrington Stanley's Colby Bishop

Phil sits down with Accrington Stanley striker Colby Bishop, and they discuss his first season in Accy, his youth career with Notts County, his time with Leamington F.C., when to expect him back on the pitch after his recent hamstring injury, and much more.

Episode 72: In Through The Out Doerr - 2/5/2020

Sam Doerr To The Coyotes & The State Or Women's Football

Phil, Arran, and Matt start off by wishing farewell to Phoenix Rising Vice President Sam Doerr, who has joined the NHL Arizona Coyotes front office, and what it means for both franchises. They also do a deep dive on the state of women's soccer in the United States and how the NWSL stacks up with leagues from around the world and in England.

Episode 71: Rocky Mountain Highbury - 1/18/2020

FA Cup, EFL Trophy, Premier League Who Will Finish 4th

Phil and Arran go cup crazy with a discussion of both the FA and EFL Cups, and a deep dive on the EFL Trophy, they also discuss who they think will finish 4th in the Premier League, and our Team Of The Month Peterborough United.

Episode 70: From London To Lancashire - 1/16/2020

Interview With Accrington Stanley's Jerome Opoku

Phil Kennedy of Across The Pitch and Abdulai Suburu of Ghana Football News interview Accrington Stanley defender Jerome Opoku, who is currently on a full season loan from Fulham. They discuss life in Lancashire for the self proclaimed "London Boy", how he is enjoying playing for Accy thus far and expectations for this season, future plans for his career, his potential interest in playing for the Ghana National Team, and more. Jerome also reveals that we might be seeing more of him on social media in the near future!

Episode 69: Last Trip To Tulsa - 12/18/2019

FC Tulsa Name Change, Accrington Season Review

Phil, Arran, and Darren discuss the recent rebranding of his beloved Tulsa Roughnecks to FC Tulsa, a mid-season review of Accrington Stanley, and a look a the League One Table. Also the debut of St. Paul of Phoenix's new North American Accrington Stanley Supporters Club Theme Song "On Stanley On".

Episode 68: Dial Square - 12/15/2019

Manager Sackings, Phoenix Rising Signings, Unsung Players

Across The Pitch returns from holiday break, and Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the recent wave of manager sackings in the EPL, the latest offseason signings by the Phoenix Rising, predictions for what team will lead each of the 4 English divisions on boxing day, and a look at who are some of the unsung players excelling on mid to lower table teams.

Episode 67: The Pirates Of Cornwall - 11/13/2019

EFL League One Deep Dive And Worst Crests

Phil, Arran, and Matt start off by eulogizing the Phoenix Rising's 2019 season, followed by a discussion of whether or not a single elimination playoff system is appropriate for association football. Also, a deep dive on the EFL League One table, plus we introduce a new segment about the worst crests in football.

Episode 66: El Traffico Live - 10/29/2019

Arsenal And MLS Playoffs

Phil and Arran start off by breaking down what they think are the issues causing the recent struggles with Arsenal, plus a breakdown of action in the first two rounds of the MLS playoffs, all while watching and reacting the the LAFC vs LA Galaxy, El Traffico playoff game live.

Episode 65: Bracketology - 10/18/2019

MLS Playoff Bracket Breakdown

Phil, Arran, and Matt break down their MLS playoff brackets, and make their picks all the way through the Championship Game.

Episode 64: Callum Hat Trick - 10/17/2019

Interview with Minnesota United Announcer Cal Williams

Phil and Matt sit down with Minnesota United announcer Callum Williams to discuss this Sunday's upcoming playoff match with the LA Galaxy, Minnesota's season overall and chances in the postseason, plus Cal gives us his MLS Bracket picks. You can find him on Twitter @CalWilliamsComm.

Episode 63: Ghana Football News - 10/16/2019

Interview with Abdulai Suburu

Phil and Arran speak with Abdulai Suburu about his website GhanaFootballNews.com. They discuss Ghanaian players around the globe, what the latest news is on the return of the Ghana Premier League, the Ghana national team, and more! You can follow Ghana Football News on Twitter at @GhanaFootballN2.

Episode 62: Heavy Traffic - 10/10/2019

EFL Championship, League One, League Two Roundup

Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down to discuss the EFL tables as the season reaches it quarter way point. Starting with the EFL Championship, followed by League One and League Two, they look at both ends of the table and discuss which clubs are most likely to be promoted or relegated from each tier.

 

Episode 61: Mr. Excitement - 9/24/2019

Interview with Accrington Goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov

Phil and Darren sit down with Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov, and discuss everything from his early career in Bulgaria, to his time at Nottingham Forest, through his current role at Stanley. We also talk to ins and outs of goalkeeping, and what kind of potential he sees in Stanley's squad this year. You can follow him on Twitter at @DimiEvtimov

Episode 60: Not Your Ordinary Joe - 9/20/2019

Interview with Joseph Lowery (Joe In Cleats)

Phil, Arran and Matt sit down with Joseph Lowery, better known as Joe in Cleats for his work with The Athletic Soccer, and also for his website risingtactics.com. They discuss the MLS playoff race from top to bottom in both conferences in the first half of the episode, the second half of the episode focuses on the Phoenix Rising's winning streak and run up to the playoffs. You can follow Joe on Twitter as @JoeinCleats for things related to his articles on @TheAthleticSCCR, and @RisingTactics for all things PRFC and on his website.

Episode 59: Midnight Dynamos - 9/19/2019

Interview With Loughborough Manager Lee Attenborough

Phil sits down with Loughborough Dynamo manager Lee Attenborough to discuss their upcoming match in the FA Cup against Tamworth, what advancing in the tournament means to a 6th tier club, expectations for the season at Loughborough, and a look at which players have come and gone from the squad since last season.

Episode 58: The Canadian AccringTonyian - 9/18/2019

Interview With Accrington Supporter Tony Robinson

Phil and Arran sit down with longtime Accrington Stanley supporter Tony Robinson. A native of Accrington, now living outside of Toronto, Canada, Tony is currently back in England and traveling to various matches. They discuss the recent Accrington vs Sunderland match that he attended and all other things Stanley including his involvement in the new North American Supporters Club, plus a brief chat about Canadian Premier League.

Episode 57: Footballer's Paradise Feat. L.V. - 9/13/2019

Deep Dive On The Phoenix Rising

Phil, Arran, and Matt have an in depth discussion on the Phoenix Rising, an immediate reaction to their win in Las Vegas and player by player breakdown, a look ahead to Saturday vs LA Galaxy II, thoughts on the winning streak, plus a brief look at our Team of the Month Wolverhampton Wanderers next match against Chelsea, and news across the news desk

 

Episode 56: Dead And Bury'd - 9/12/2019

Bury F.C., Other League One Topics, And More

Phil, Arran, and Darren discuss the tragic situation with Bury F.C. and what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future, plus a League One round up, that latest with Accrington Stanley and the debut of Jerome Opoku, and a discussion on the opposite streaks of the Phoenix Rising and Tulsa Roughnecks.

 

Episode 55: Across The Grid - 9/10/2019

Several Special Announcements

In this jam packed episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss everything from the Champions League to Accrington Stanley's latest signings, the Phoenix Rising winning streak, announce a spin-off podcast, our Team of the Month Wolverhampton Wanders, and our new partner site ghanafootballnews.com, plus more!

 

Episode 54: The Great State 48 Debate - 8/26/2019

Interview with The Red Bearded Red Andrew Southwick

Phil, Arran, and Matt are joined by Andrew Southwick, known as The Red Bearded Red on his popular YouTube Channel. The 4 discuss the MLS's announcement of St. Louis as its latest expansion team, what this means to the Phoenix Rising's chances at the MLS, whether the team is better off staying in the USL, and if the team should build a permanent stadium even if an MLS berth isn't in the cards. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @RedBeardedRed

Episode 53: Mullin Things Over - 8/26/2019

Interview with Accrington Stanley Legend Paul Mullin

Phil and Darren sit down for a chat with recent Accrington Stanley Hall of Fame inductee Paul Mullin. Paul is Accrington's all-time leader in games played with 362. He scored 132 career goals for the club, and famously scored the 2005 goal against Woking F.C. to secure Accy's promotion from the National League to EFL League Two. We also talk about his time with Morecambe and early days with Clitheroe and Radcliffe Borough, and what he has been doing since he hung up his boots. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @PMull10

Episode 52: On Stanley On - 8/24/2019

Interview with O.A.S.S.C Chairman Peter Leatham

Phil sits down with Chairman of the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club, Peter Leatham. They discuss the inner workings of the club and membership benefits, what's going on, on and off the field at Accy, plus the new Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club of North America. You can follow O.A.S.S.C. on Twitter at @officalassc1

Episode 51: Another Gurban Show - 8/18/2019

EFL League One And Casino Sponsorship

Phil and Darren sit down and talk about his trip to WHAM stadium to the Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland League Cup match, also, our Team of the Month Lincoln City, Blackpool's hot start, the Wayne Rooney 32Red controversy, and Linfield F.C. will meet our old friend Gurban Gurbanov and Qarabag FK in the Europa League.

 

Episode 50: The Wombling Pod - 8/16/2019

50th Anniversary Celebration

Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down for the 50th Across The Pitch episode. They discuss opening round action in the EFL Cup, and what can be done to increase interest in the tournament. A look at teams off to a hot start, including our Team of the Month Lincoln City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, an in depth discussion on the upcoming match between AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley, and more.

 

Episode 49: Impin Ain't Easy - 8/8/2019

EFL Week 1 Review, Week 2 Preview

Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down to talk about the start of the EFL season. They discuss Barnsley vs Fulham, Luton Town vs Middlesbrough in the Championship, League One follows our Team of the Month Lincoln City in their matches against Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United, plus the massive Ipswich vs Sunderland match and what's going on with Bury, we recap Newport vs Mansfield and make some bold predictions about League Two, plus, what we think of Wayne Rooney's future with Derby County.

 

Episode 48: In Through The Exeter Door - 8/5/2019

Interview With Tulsa Roughnecks Broadcaster Dave Saunders

Phil and Darren sit down with Tulsa Roughnecks color commentator Dave Saunders for a discussion about the differences between professional soccer in the United States and England. Dave is originally from Exeter, and talks about not only the Roughnecks, but Exeter City, Torquay United, and a general discussion or small club football in England, including Accrington Stanley. You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveSaunders63

Episode 47: A Galaxy Not 2 Far Away - 7/30/2019

USL Championship And MLS Playoff Races, Plus U.S. Open Cup

Phil and Matt talk about the playoff races heating up in the USL and MLS Western conferences, will the Phoenix Rising winning streak continue against LA Galaxy 2, contenders Reno, Fresno, and New Mexico, are Orange County or San Antonio sleepers, review of LAFC vs Atlanta match, the rise of Portland in the MLS standings, are Minnesota and San Jose for real, and the U.S. Open Cup semi-finals, and even more!

 

Episode 46: Original Reds Hot Sauce - 7/30/2019

Accrington Stanley 2019-2020 Season Preview

Phil and Darren Woodhead sit down to talk about the release of his new book 50 Years of Accrington Stanley, which coincides with the start of the new season. In our Accy season preview show we discuss new arrivals on the squad this year, improvements made to the pitch and the grounds, and how we think it will impact results this season. Also, we talk about why Stanley is now on the same shelf with Big 6 Premier League clubs, and more.

 

Episode 45: Welcome To Atlanta Where United Play - 7/26/2019

Interview With Atlanta United Broadcaster Kevin Egan

Phil sits down with Kevin Egan the voice of our Team of the Month, Atlanta United to discuss how a team that has only in the league for 3 years is so good, and so popular, a bit of insight about tonight's big match against LAFC, a bit about his beloved Aston Villa, why you should pick Atlanta if you haven't picked a favorite MLS side yet, and who he thinks will match up in this year's MLS Cup Final. You can follow Kevin on Twitter at @kev_egan

Episode 44: Then You Might Be A Roughneck - 7/25/2019

Season 2 Premier Episode

Phil and Arran kick off season 2 of Across The Pitch with a spirited debate about Zlatan vs Vela, a look ahead to LAFC vs Atlanta United and Phoenix Rising vs Tulsa Roughnecks, a shout out to Darren Woodhead's new book release, Zinedine Zidane's favorite hat, and much more.