Yes, that’s right. The actual Neville Southall – the goalkeeping legend once considered the best in the world for a period in the eighties – joins us on the Nostalgia Ultras podcast.
Needless to say this is the biggest interview I have done in the two year existence of this show. The former Everton and Wales player joined us to promote his new book, Mind Games: The Ups and Downs of Life and Football, a fantastic read in which he takes the lessons he learned in the game and masterfully applies them to everyday life.
Once you get Neville going, it’s hard to get him to stop – not that you’d want him to anyway. I got to ask him about the causes he cares about, including mental health, LGBT rights, and discrimination against Transgender people in sport, before moving onto the “biggest liars in the world” (Hint: their first names are Boris and Donald), and “the shit that people actually believe” in the absence of genuine truth.
We also talked about his life after football, working in education, and why young footballers are being psychologically set up for failure.
What is about football stadiums that we hold so dear to our heart?
They’re only bricks and mortar after all. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s where memories are made, where we make our fortnightly pilgrimage, where individuals come together as one homogenous mass to get behind a common goal.
The football ground plays a huge role in the local community, one that often goes unnoticed. It’s never truly felt until it’s gone.
In the latest episode of the Nostalgia Ultras podcast, I was joined by Chris Lee of Outside Write to discuss why stadiums are so important, what makes a good stadium, the soullessness of modern arena, and special ones from the past that we dearly miss.
We’re back with a new episode of the podcast and this time we’re talking about one of the most dominant teams in football history: Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
I was delighted to be joined by Darryl Geraghty, a football writer who covers the League of Ireland, but is also mad about Spanish football and is a bit of an expert when it comes to Barça.
We focused on the 2009 Champions League final between the Catalan outfit and Manchester United, the match that lit the fire on the greatest side we have probably ever seen in the sport.
Darryl and I talked about the final, why it was such a unique event (only to be reenacted two years later), how Man United could have approached the game differently, and the lasting legacy of the team.
Freelance football writer David Sneyd also contributed to this podcast to give us the United side of things and to let us know what it was like to attend the match itself.
And yes, this only happened in 2009, but it was over a decade ago so it counts as nostalgia for us.
Just like the bus, you wait ages for a Nostalgia Ultras podcast and two come along in quick succession. Well, quick for us anyway.
This is a special edition of the podcast, as it signals the return of the original trio: Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and the immaculate emigrant himself, Conor Clancy.
In celebration of the return of The Artist Formerly Known As Concalcio, we’ve decided to talk about his favourite team (other than the mighty Bray Wanderers, obviously) Atalanta and Italian football culture, his raison d’etre.
We ask Conor how he even began supporting this provincial club from Bergamo, what makes it so special, the reasons for their recent surge these past few seasons, what makes Italian football good (and bad), why it’s different from British and Irish football, and the worst type of fans in the country he now calls home.
Yeah, this basically turned into an AMA with Conor.
We also discuss the four players that mean something to us, Colm’s adoration of the “high octane Lee Trundle”, otherwise known as Ronaldinho, classic football boots, retro video games and Ludo.
Marcelo Bielsa is one of the most influential football managers in the modern era, shaping many of the tactical trends that pervade the game today.
Ste McGovern is joined by Ben Jarman to discuss his amazing legacy and intense obsessiveness on the latest episode of the Nostalgia Ultras podcast.
We touch on his time at Athletic Club de Bilbao, how his upbringing in Argentina impacted his methods, how he influenced players like Gabriel Batistuta and Alexis Sanchez, why he will never manage a ‘big’ club, how his failure to win major honours has affected his reputation, and his current work at Leeds United.
Ben is co-host of the Fulhamish podcast and a Spanish football aficionado.