Episode 70: From London To Lancashire - 1/16/2019
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.
Episode 43: Bad Bad Scotty Brown - 7/13/2019
Phil and Arran wrap up Season 1 of Across the Pitch by welcoming back their very first guest Scott Brown. They talk about Scott's move from Accrington Stanley to Harrogate Town, reflect on the past season and his career at Stanley, look forward to the upcoming season, and chat with Scott about his plans for after he hangs up his boots. Also, a special message from Scott to fans and former teammates at Accy. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @scottbrown85 .
Episode 42: Honky Tonk, Van De Donk - 7/11/2019
This past Sunday, July 7, 2019 was the biggest day in U.S. Soccer possibly ever, it began with the U.S. women's national soccer team defeating the Netherland's women's national football team to hoist their 2nd consecutive FIFA World Cup. The day ended in disappointment for America, the Men's team fell to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Monday, Phil and Matt sat down to give their thoughts on the outcome of both matches, and what each team will need to remain competitive.
Episode 41: Don't Worry Be Accy - 7/10/2019
In this very Accy episode, Phil, Arran, and Darren Woodhead sit down with Mr. Everything at, and creator of the Raw Milk, Accrington Stanley fanzine. They discuss what goes on behind the scenes with the fanzine, chat a bit about some the quirks of being a Stanley supporter, a special announcement about the Accrington Stanley Supporters Club of North America, and more! You can follow Josh on Twitter at @RawMilkZine
Episode 40: Luke "I'm Your Foster" - 6/29/2019
Phil sits down with veteran defender Luke Foster, to chat about the upcoming season at Loughborough Dynamo, and to discuss memories from his lengthy career. Luke shares memories from the Sheffield Wednesday Academy, Oxford United, and Stevenage among others. He also talks a bit about the state of finances in non-league football, and his plans for after he hangs up his boots. You can follow Luke on Twitter at @LukeJamesFoster
Episode 39: Whatcha Ghana Do - 6/20/2019
Phil sits down with Abdulai Suburu of ghannapremierleaguelive.com and chats about the history of the Ghana Premier League, the Ghana national team's chances in the upcoming African Cup of nations. We also talk about Ghanaian players in the United States, including Phoenix Rising captain Solomon Astante, Abu Danladi of Minnesota United, and Iddrisu Abdallah of the Tulsa Roughnecks. Also a deep discussion of the Accra Hearts of Oak SC vs Asante Kotoko rivalry. You can follow Abdulai on Twitter at @SuburuAbdulai.
Episode 38 Part 2: Waltzing Matildas - 6/17/2019
Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the group stage of the FIFA Women's World Cup in France. They go in depth on Australia's thrilling come from behind win over Brazil. The guys also discuss the all of the hullabaloo surrounding the U.S. Team's 13-0 win over Thailand and celebration controversy.
Episode 38 Part 1: Shiver Me Timbers - 6/15/2019
Phil, Arran, and Matt make their predictions for the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They go through every game in the round and make their predictions, and also pick who they think is going to win the trophy. They also discuss happenings from Round 4 in the Open Cup, and why they think that Portland Timbers could be a surprise threat coming out of the MLS Western Conference.
Episode 37: Thai Game: Interview With Ayutthaya United's Chris Corez - 6/10/2019
Phil and Arran sit down with former Phoenix Rising and current Ayutthaya United Forward Chris Cortez. After almost half a year in Thailand Chris has had a chance to experience the culture of a new land and taken a trip around the league. He shares with us his experiences, what the season has been like so far, and where he plans to play in the future. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @c_cortez88.
Episode 36: WonderCal: Interview With Minnesota United Announcer Callum Williams - 6/8/2019
Phil and Arran sit down with announcer Callum Williams to talk about our Team of the Month, Minnesota United FC. They discuss Minnesota's season so far, expectations for the rest of the season, a bit of club history, and the story behind how "Wonderwall" became the team song. Cal takes a few minutes to bask in the glory of his beloved Aston Villa's recent promotion to the Premier League.
Interview With Phoenix Rising Midfielder Junior Flemmings - 6/5/2019
Matt Robards catches up with Phoenix Rising midfielder Junior Flemmings after practice on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. "Flemmo" is off to a great start in his first season with the club with 6 goals and 5 assists through the season's first 12 games. Matt chats with Junior about what brought him to the club, some of his highlights from the season so far, and a question about gummy bear and hoverboards. You can follow Junior on Twitter at @Flemmo_77.
Episode 34 Part 2: FIFA Las Vegas - 5/25/2019
In part 2 of this week's episode Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the Phoenix Rising's most recent match against the Las Vegas Lights, and what they are seeing with the team recently. They talk about how midfielders Junior Flemmings and Solomon Asante compliment each other on the pitch. Also a shout out to our friend Scott Brown who is leaving Accrington for Harrogate Town.
(Note: This episode was recorded at the same time as Episode 34 Part 1, but was released after episode 35.)
Episode 35: Showing You Who's Ross - 5/25/2019
Phil and Arran sit down with USL League One Greenville Triumph announcer Ross Devonport and talk football on both sides of the pond, and even a little bit of rugby. Ross is a true Renaissance man who know a little bit about every sport in the book, and has worked for cbssports.com as a fantasy writer. To top things off he is the son of an English rugby player! We also have a special surprise. The first ever Across The Pitch Rug Bee!
Episode 34 Part 1: Aston Villa Music Ft. (/ˈdɑːrbi ˈkaʊnti/) - 5/22/2019
This week Phil, Arran, and Matt break down the EFL Playoffs, going in depth on each of the 3 matches. They start with EFL League Two Tranmere Rovers vs Newport County, then EFL League One Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland A.F.C., and conclude with EFL Championship Aston Villa vs Derby County, with the winner of the game earning promotion to the Premier League, and and estimated $160 million pound payout! Read our previews of each of these games at Blog.
Episode 33: Here Comes The Dove King - 5/19/2019
Phil and Matt sit down with Accrington Stanley right back and midfielder Callum Johnson, in the second interview in our Callum Club series. They talk with Callum about the previous season in League One, and what he his looking forward to next season. They talk about his time at Middlesborough Academy, and why he decided to sign on with Accy full time after going there on loan. We also ask him if he believes his name Callum gives him any special advantages as a footballer. Read more at Callum Club
Episode 32: Most Hated Man In Birkenhead - 5/12/2019
On this week's episode Phil, Arran, and Matt break down the promotion playoffs in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. They go over the match-ups and make predictions for who they think will be promoted from each league. They also do a recap on the happenings of the semi-final round in the Champions League, and Arran makes a few new friends in Tranmere. Also, we debut "Get Some" the new single by The Glides at the end of the show.
Episode 31: EFL Unplugged In Arizona - 5/3/2019
In this week's episode Phil, Arran, and Matt talk playoffs in the EFL. They break down the final week of the season in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. They also discuss which team's have already been promoted of relegated, and make their pick to come out of the playoffs in each league.
(Note: This episode is Unplugged because due to time sensitive material we have done very little sound editing. We apologize that this episode is less than our regular quality standards.)
Episode 30: I Wanna Holt Your Hand - 5/2/2019
In an extra special Sunday Conversation edition, Phil and Arran sit down with Accrington Stanley Owner and Chairman Andy Holt. They talk with Andy about what lead him to buy the club, his background and the story of his business WHAM, improvements with the club, the importance of staying up in League One, and what he wants his legacy to be with the team. Special thanks to Mike Procter http://www.brettonart.uk/ for the use of his painting.
Episode 29: Dynamo Dreamin' - 4/25/2019
In a special Non-League Spotlight edition of Across The Pitch, Phil and Arran sit down with Loughborough Dynamo manager Lee Attenborough. They discuss the happenings around Loughborough, and the unique challenges and ups and downs of managing a club that is underfunded even compared with other teams in their division. Lee is at 28-years-old the youngest manager in Northern Premier League Division One East history, and has a chance with a win this Saturday to lead Dynamo to their best finish in club history.
Episode 28 Part 2: House Of The Rising Son - 4/23/2019
In Part 2 of episode 28 the farm animals have gone home, but Phil, Arran, and Matt return to talk about the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. They discuss what happened in the previous round, who they think will advance, and Phil makes a shocking pick to win the whole thing. They also debate who the top player left in the tournament is, and we introduce a brand new author, Darren Woodhead, to the Across The Pitch blog team!
Episode 28 Part 1: Stone Bold Team Austin - 4/20/2019
On a very special Farm Animal Night of Across the Pitch Phil, Arran, and Matt are cheesed off after Phoenix Rising's loss to the expansion Austin Bold. They give an unhinged and oftentimes emotional take on the night's game. On a side note, @yourPHXCW we do compare you to a certain metal water boiling kettle, however, your video apology is noted and accepted. Hey, even NBC had The Heidi Game. UEFA Champions League recap coming in part 2.
Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com, BuffBill84, Mike Koenig http://soundbible.com/
Episode 27: Tangerine Dreams - 4/17/2019
In a very special interview Phil, Arran, and Matt chat with Blackpool legend Brett Ormerod. Brett scored at all 4 levels of English Football for Blackpool, including the Premier League and the winning goal in the EFL Championship playoffs. Brett also discusses his time with Accrington Stanley, tells stories about his former coaches, and a bit about life after football. If you want to hear more of Brett, you can hear him on the Under The Cosh podcast https://podtail.com/en/podcast/undr-the-cosh/.
Episode 25 Part 3: The Loan Rangers - 4/14/2019
In the long awaited Part 3 of our 25th episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt have a spirited debate about the financial issues facing teams in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. Arran thinks the cause of the financial issues that teams like the Bolton Wanderers are having are due to big teams hoarding players and loaning them. Phil suggests a salary cap and revenue sharing system. Matt suggests that they both are crazy, and its just plain poor ownership. A real cracker of a discussion! (NOTE: THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED AT THE SAME TIME AS PARTS 1 AND 2 OF EPISODE 25. IT WAS RECORDED BEFORE BUT RELEASED AFTER EPISODE 26, HENCE THE IRREGULARITY IN NUMBERING)
Episode 26: Industry And Prudence Conquer - 4/9/2019
In a special Sunday Conversation (recorded on a Saturday) edition of Phil and Arran sit down for another chat with 50 Years of Accrington Stanley author Darren Woodhead. They discuss what will be going into the final chapter of the book, due out in July, that you can preorder at onstanleyon.com or purchase at the grounds. They also talk about what Stanley needs to do down the stretch to stay up in League One, and Arran and Darren nerd out for a moment about their shared love of cricket.
Episode 25 Part 2: Cat On A Hot Tin Pot - 4/7/2019
In Part 2 of this 3 part 25th episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt break down what's going on in EFL Leagues One and Two. They talk about what teams are most likely to get promoted, make the playoffs, or become relegated. They also introduce Portsmouth as team of the month for April, and discuss the meaning of the term tin pot. They also look at the heated battle to stay in League One, and follow up on whether Notts County, Yeovil, and Macclesfield can stay up and avoid being sent to non-league. Stay tuned for Part 3 upcoming which is a deep dive on loan players and financial issues in the EFL.
Episode 25 Part 1: The Oxford Blue Throne - 4/6/2019
On Part 1 of this week's special, multi-part, 25th episode, Phil, Arran and Matt talk about the Premier League and EFL Championship races at both the top and bottom ends of the table. They also discuss the opening game at the massive latrine also known as the new Tottenham Stadium, and the unusual friendship between WWE legend Mick Foley, and Sheffield United's Billy Sharp. In the upcoming parts they will discuss Leagues One and Two, and a deep dive on loan players and financial issues in the EFL.
Episode 24: What's Your MLS Fantasy? - 3/30/2019
This week Phil, Arran, and Matt interview mlssoccer.com MLS Fantasy writer Schuyler Redpath about the best strategies for winning your league. Schuyler is the 2011 National Champion for MLS Fantasy and each week has a list of the top players. He shares with us some of his secret strategy's including the Autoroo, and at the end we play a bit of Premier League trivia with him. A very entertaining and informative chat!
Episode 23: Mad Marchness - 3/23/2019
On this week's episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the madness that is the relegation battle in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. Additionally, they do a deep dive on the financial crisis with the Bolton Wanderers. They also talk about the Final Four of the FA Cup, and what the future could hold for Jose Mourhino and Mesut Ozil. They also play a sneak preview of a new song called L.A.W. by past guest Travis Kenny.
Episode 22: Werewolves In Wolverhampton - 3/19/2019
In this week's episode Phil and Arran (Matt is out this week) do a deep dive on the race at both ends of League One. In addition, they talk about what's going on with the UEFA Champions League, the fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League, and player of the week, Wolverhampton striker Raul Jimenez. They also talk about the first game of the Phoenix Rising season, and what their head coach Rick Schantz may have learned from Jurgen Klopp. Also, a special announcement from Phil.
Episode 21: Gone With The Snow - 3/11/2019
On this week's episode Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss some surprise results in the UEFA Champions League, preview the just underway MLS season and a recap of the exciting Snow Classico 3, talk about whether or not Liverpool's title hopes are gone with the wind, and exciting breaking news announcements. Plus, a listener question about what are the reasons that a team would want to loan a player to another team, and what does the future hold for Gareth Bale.
Episode 20: Where In The World Is Chris Cortez - 3/2/2019
In this week's special episode, Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down with Phoenix Rising all-time leading scorer, Chris Cortez, and talk about his move to Thailand and more. Find out why Chris decided to make the move to the Far East, some of his favorite Phoenix Rising memories and goals, and where Chris thinks his career may take him in the future. This is a can't miss, as this is it is his first English language interview since his transfer to Chonburi FC and subsequent loan to Ayutthaya United. Chris also gives a heartfelt thank you to the supporters and his former teammates in Phoenix.
Episode 19: 50 Years Of Accrington Stanley - 2/28/2019
On a special, Sunday Conversation, edition of Across The Pitch, Phil Kennedy sits down with Darren Woodhead, author and historian of Accrington Stanley. They discuss his upcoming book commemorating the team's 50 years at the Crown Ground. They discuss things that are happening with the club past and present including Darren's first hand account of celebrating with the team after winning League Two in the 2017-2018 season. You can pre-order a copy of the book here for just 8 quid plus postage.
Episode 18 - Part 2: Singing The Sarri Blues - 2/25/2019
In part 2 of the episode Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the situation that is happening at Chelsea, and what they think is the future there for Maurizio Sarri. Additionally, they do a break down of the races in the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. This includes a discussion about the dominant season Luton Town is having, and a check in on Newport County and Notts. We also announce a special Accrington Stanley related guest that is upcoming, and news about a shirt raffle.
Episode 18 - Part 1: Doueugui's Pizza - 2/23/2019
In our special 2019 Phoenix Rising season preview Phil, Arran, and Matt go over the roster from top to bottom including a look at players who have come and gone from last season. They take an in depth look at Adam Jahn who is pegged to be the team's top striker this year, and discuss what other holes in the roster still need to be filled. They also talk about returning players like Solomon Asante, new additions like Joey Calistri, head coach Rick Shantz, a pizza named in the honor of Doueugui Mala, and much more!
Episode 17: The Callum Club - 2/17/2019
In this special edition, Phil Kennedy, Arran Airs, and Matt Robards sit down with Minnesota United FC announcer Callum Williams. This interview, which is the first edition in our Callum Club series focuses on the upcoming MLS season, Minnesota's latest signings and acquisitions, Callum's thought's on the Phoenix Rising, and more. We also discuss how the MLS stacks up against other leagues around the world and whether or not David Beckham deserves a statue in Los Angeles.
Episode 16: Amond Joy - 2/16/2019
A special edition as Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs sit down with Newport County A.F.C. striker Padraig Amond prior to their big match-up with Manchester City in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Big goals against Tottenham, Leicester City, and Middlesbrough. They also talk about the League 2 season, his career with Accrington Stanley and Grimsby, his sport column in Ireland, coaching aspirations, and whether or not he would ever consider coming to the MLS.
Episode 15: Forget Me Notts - 2/9/2019
This week Phil, Matt, and Arran discuss the FA Cup as it leads into the 5th Round and some upsets including Newport Country over Middlesborough. They also discuss historic teams, the origin of the English football league, and team's with unusual names. Additionally, they talk about what team may get promoted from or relegated to "non-league", guys playing soccer while wearing ties, and even a debate about Leo Messi versus Tom Brady.
Episode 14: Team Daryl Supporters - 2/3/2019
In tonights episode Phil, Arran, and Matt dedicate their team of the month for February in support of Daryl Grove of the Total Soccer Show who recently announced he is battling cancer. You can find a link to donate to Daryl's GoFundMe on our homepage or donate by clicking here https://www.gofundme.com/team-daryl-grove.
We also discuss the movings about of the January transfer window, upsets in Round 4 of the FA Cup, and a bit on footballers named Callum. We also answer a listener question about our home town Phoenix Rising FC, and say farewell to our January team of the month Luton Town.
Episode 13: American Outlaw Country - 1/28/2019
This week Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down with American Outlaws Phoenix Chapter President Ryan Shirah. AO is the official supporters group of the U.S. Mens National Team. Ryan tells us about his experience with setting up for this week's match in Glendale against Panama. He also tells us more about how the club works, and we have an in depth discussion about new coach Gregg Berhalter, up and coming players to watch, the Women's World Cup, and more. Ryan is also know for dressing up as George Washington at the U.S Team game and hosts his own podcasts Shat The Movies (http://shatthemovies.com/) and Shat On TV (https://shatontv.com/).
Episode 12: Great Scott - 1/24/2019
On this special edition of the Across The Pitch Podcast, Phil, Arran, and Matt sit down with veteran Accrington Stanley midfielder Scott Brown. (Scott Brown also appears on episode 2). They discuss the upcoming FA Cup match with Derby County at the WHAM Stadium, a wild match at Charlton, the departure of goalkeeper Connor Ripley, the team's latest additions in the January transfer window, and what is The Gaffer, John Coleman cheesed off about.
Episode 11: Cech Ya Later - 1/21/2019
This week Phil, Arran, and Matt discuss the retirement of legendary Arsenal and Chelsea goaltender Petr Cech, as well as player of the week David De Gea as part of a deep dive on goalkeepers. They also discuss athletes in American sports with a soccer background, the FA Cup rematches, more on our team of the month Luton Town, and how will Tottenham fare without Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
Episode 10: Hatter's Delight - 1/12/2019
This week guest analyst Matt Robards joins Phil and Arran again as they cover team of the month Luton Town and the departure of their manager Nathan Jones, their upcoming match with Sunderland, the League One title race, and also do a deep dive on the hit Netflix documentary series, "Sunderland Til' I Die". Additional topics include upsets in the FA Cup and player of the week Rúben Neves of Wolverhampton.
Episode 9: Citizens Kane - 1/7/2019
On this week's episode we break down an epic English Premier League match-up between Manchester City and Liverpool that is decided by a mere 11 millimeters. We also discuss the FA Cup third round action, our team of the month Luton Town, and our player of the week Son Heung-Min of the Tottenham Hotspur. Plus, a listener question about the best and most surprising EPL players so far this season.
Episode 8: New Years Rockin' Episode - 12/31/2018
This week Phil and Arran ring in 2019 with a musical themed episode. We sit down with Travis Kenny, lead singer for The Glides (who provide the official Across The Pitch intro music). Travis talks about his musical products and talks about his beloved Seattle Sounders, and a childhood meeting with the legendary Pelé. We also announce our team of the month for January, Luton Town, winners of our fan contest.
Episode 7: Insane In De Bruyne - 12/25/2018
Guest co-host Matt Robards joins the Across The Pitch team today to discuss what new players your team may be getting for Christmas during the upcoming January transfer window. In depth analysis on Christian Pulisic and Callum Wilson, and where they may be headed. Our player of the week is Kevin De Bruyne and we discuss who is the best Belgian between De Bruyne and Hazard. Also find out about who the Phoenix Rising have recently signed to make up for the hole left by the retirement of Didier Drogba.
Episode 6: Say It Ain't So José - 12/22/2018
On this week's edition of the Across The Pitch Podcast Phil and Arran mourn the loss of their favorite topic, José Mourhino, after he has been sacked from Manchester United. They discuss United's future, post Mourhino, and the recent struggles of Arsenal. Also on tap this week's featured player, Aaron Wan Bissaka, the return, of Kevin de Bruyne, and our first sponsor @PatOrmsby17. We also announce the newest addition to the Across The Pitch team, tactical expert Matt Robards.
Episode 5: The Gurban Dictionary - 12/15/2018
This week Phil and Arran discuss the Final 16 in the UEFA Champions League, with a debate about whether or not fans should root for rival team's from their favorite league in European Leagues. We also talk about the Arsenal match-up with Qarabag in the Europa League with a profile on Qarabag manager, and Azerbaijani football legend Gurban Gurbanov. We also talk this week's English Premier League match-ups, and a listener question about Arthur Blank and Newcastle United. Plus, we talk about our team of the month Sheffield United.
Episode 4: No Way José Mourhino - 12/8/2018
This week Phil and Arran discuss José Mourhino's future at Manchester United, and a deep look into other EPL action from this week. We also discus who may be the frontrunner for EPL MVP and break down who has the most goals and assists. At the end of the show we answer a listener question, and have a trivia contest to announce our team of the month for December.
Episode 3: We Are The Champions League - 11/30/2018
In this week's episode we discuss the UEFA Champions League and how the English team's are doing in the competition. We also talk about upcoming local derby's in the English Premier League, give a break down on what the UEFA Europa League is, and break down the difference between the EFL Cup and FA Cup. Our first listener questions are in this week as well.
Episode 2: Interview With Scott Brown Accrington Stanley - 11/24/2018
We took the time this week to sit down with veteran Accrington Stanley midfielder Scott Brown. During the interview we discussed a bit about his career, and how his rise back to League One after missing over 2 seasons with a serious leg injury has in some ways run parallel to Accrington Stanley's rise. We also talk with him about manager John Coleman, whom he followed to Stanley after captaining for him at Southport, and how Coleman has been instrumental in both his success and the club's rise through the tables.
Episode 1 - Who Are They? - 11/22/2018
Welcome to our very first podcast - a podcast for American listeners who are wanting to learn a little bit more about the "beautiful game". Tonight: An introduction, Accrington Stanley, Mbappé, us, and a general good chat about what "cheeses us off".