The 9yrs Podcast
An independent AFC Wimbledon podcast
9YRS - EP78 - Restructuring, Restraint ... and Relegation?
February 15, 2017 11:06 PM PST
A newsworthy week has left us with much to discuss. The fallout from the Charlton game took the focus away from a poor performance, but there was nothing to distract us from the horror that was our meeting with Coventry. Nick and Stu discuss the reasons behind our sticky spell, and if we really are fearing a relegation battle over the remainder of the season. Injuries aren't helping our threadbare squad, but what other problems are we facing as we enter a tricky week?
Of course, we can't ignore the post-match and off-the-field shenanigans of Saturday. We'll look at how the club responded to our bad press - bad press that was elicited by the visiting manager of that day - and whether the arrangements we have in place for a fixture against a certain Buckinghamshire club in March will be enough to prevent our name being tarnished in any regard. It's a very difficult balance, and a difficult conversation to have.
Alognside all the negativity, we at least have Top 7 lists, Poleon Go, and Two Word Tango to cheer us up. Don't forget the build to WrestleMania either, which is helping get through some tough times. We also have a look at Nick's column in the programme for the Coventry game and ask: is it time the Football League restructured the system, and re-introduced regionalised divisions?9YRS - EP77 - Clubs in Crisis
February 08, 2017 10:08 PM PST
Charlton and Coventry will visit Kingsmeadow over the coming week, so we thought it would be an opportune time to discuss the ownership issues that are destabilising both clubs. Fans from both sides – Gavin Eastley, and Ryan Benton – join Nick and Stu to explain what the problems are, what supporters groups are doing about them, and what the future holds; we also briefly touch on on-field fortunes and what we might expect from the two games.
Alongside our guests, we look back to the Sheffield United game, and see where it all went wrong for us: starting at our choice of kit, and moving onto the shape of the team, and how me might look at rotating our squad over the remaining months of the campaign. We also touch on a disappointing week for other teams at the club, but we also highlight the encouraging aspects of each defeat that we can take into the next round of games.
Poleon Go, Top 7 lists, and Two Word Tango all return as well. Nick also has some FASCINATING STORIES from his week at work, and introduces another wrestler’s theme as we count down to WrestleMania. Bonus point if you can tweet us whose theme we play.9YRS - EP76 - Loan Rover
February 01, 2017 10:01 PM PST
Ryan Sweeney returns to the podcast this week to discuss his loan move to our LEAGUE ONE RIVALS, Bristol Rovers. How much of a rivalry is there? Very little in truth, although it would be nice to one day get a result at their gaff. But besides that, Sweeney has signed on for The Gas until the end of the season, so Nick and Stu took the opportunity to speak to him about life on loan. Ryan speaks about expectations for the coming year for him and his temporary employers, the potential of the club, and how his routine has changed from that at Premier League Stoke City.
There's also time for Nick and Stu to discuss all the important things in life, for example, WRESTLEMANIA, and Stu's impending wedding day. There is some Dons-related news to speak of as well though: the Academy sides weekend hammering of a franchise outfit, and our transfer deadline day business, as we welcome Tom Soares to Kingsmeadow. Top 7 lists, Poleon Go, and Two Word Tango also all return, and to finish off the show, we speak to Sheffield United fan Matt Orme about our clash this coming Saturday, where we look to end a three-month goal drought away from home in League One. Enjoy.9YRS - EP75 - Taking Stock
January 25, 2017 09:35 PM PST
Nothing. Is. Happening. The 0-0 draw at Chesterfield last week was nondescript; there is no fixture to look forward to in the coming week; we're not signing or selling anyone; and we don't even have a ballot to get antsy about. All in all, it's all very dull. So what can Nick and Stu talk about? Well, PRO-WRESTLING OF COURSE. For a bit, at least. Then it's on to take stock of the season so far, looking at what's gone right and wrong, who's impressed and who's disappointed, and how we think the remainder of the campaign will go.
Mark Hendrikx joins us to discuss the current squad: looking at areas that we might be looking to improve, or players that we think could do with a rest. We're looking at whether we have the strength in depth necessary to maintain our League One status, and how our young players will integrate into the first-team, with an eye to improving our league position, at the same time as developing into players that can consistently perform in the third-tier.
There are top 7 lists to reveal, Poleon Go to play, and possibly the WORST attempt at Two-Word Tango in the history of the game - and that really is saying something. But in reality, the show is all about getting ready for WRESTLEMANIA season. It's The Royal Rumble this weekend, so Nick is very excited ... however, it's Stu that brings the WWE chat to the podcast on this occasion. Who is his favourite WWE Superstar of all time? Your answer might surprise you ... if you care. Which you probably don't. Enjoy!9YRS - EP74 - Giantkilled
January 18, 2017 09:26 PM PST
It hurts. Defeat to Sutton in our FA Cup Third Round Replay was very hard to swallow for a number of reasons, so Nick and Stu decided to discuss the game in-depth this week, as part of some kind of therapy. We looked at red cards, substitutions, unpunished fouls, defensive lapses, and pitch complaints as our "Friendly Derby" became a most intense, fiercely-contested, and poorly-officiated fixture that, alongside the Bury battering and Curzon comeback, means our 2016-17 FA Cup run will never be forgotten.
We're investigating whether we made the right changes following Paul Robinson's red card, or whether the damage was already done in celebrating a draw on United's artificial pitch, or by the team we chose to start the replay with. There's also TV coverage and ticket concerns that have hung over this tie, as well as the ever-thinning squad that is leaving us short of options during a busy and key period of our season.
It's not all doom and gloom though: we've a game with Chesterfield to look forward to, with the help of Spireites fan Scott Fullwood, as well as the usual features, namely Poleon Go, Two-Word Tango, and Top 7 lists. It's an hour's worth of top quality AFC Wimbledon audio entertainment to banish those Blue Monday blues as, after all, it is the best day of the week: PODCAST THURSDAY~! Which is gonna become a thing, trust us.9YRS - EP73 - Youth Cup runneth over
January 11, 2017 10:02 PM PST
Following our Under-18s fantastic 3-0 victory over Hull City in the week, Nick and Stu decided to take a look at some of the players making waves in our Academy sides. Having enjoyed a successful FA Youth Cup run last season, and with a place in this season's quarter-finals assured, who and what are driving our young side to outperform their counterparts at clubs higher up the league pyramid: clubs with greater resources and higher-rated status as Academy set-ups.
Toby Sibbick and Jayden Antwi are among those discussed, as well as some of the methods employed by our youth coaches. However, we also must question how strong the pathway extends towards first-team football. Goalkeeper Joe Bursik is a great example of a player making his way through the age groups, but is the final gap - competitive Football League action - the most difficult to bridge, and why?
The FA Cup tie with Sutton also provides a great deal of chat for us this week. Andy Rudge joins us once more for the Sutton view, discussing chances, penalty appeals, atmosphere, and ticketing situations. Two-Word Tango and Poleon Go complete a slightly-longer edition of the show and whilst bigger isn't always necessarily better - Nick has to tell himself that - we think it might just be on this occasion.9YRS - EP72 - SUTTON: PAST & PRESENT
January 04, 2017 10:50 PM PST
As we prepare to face Sutton United in the FA Cup, Kris Stewart, Founding Chairman of AFC Wimbledon, joins Nick and Stu on the show to reminisce about the club's very first fixture at Gander Green Lane in 2002. Kris discusses the manic period between the FA Commission's decision and our inaugural game, including getting players and kit, as well as his memories of the evening, from press conferences, radio interviews, delayed kick-offs, pitch invasions, and sharing of gate receipts from the attendance of exactly, *ahem*, 4,657 ...
Looking ahead to the Third Round clash, the show is also joined by Sutton season-ticket holder Andy Rudge, who sheds some light on his team's season so far, and who we should be keeping an eye out for on Saturday. We also discuss Matt Tubbs, Ross Worner, the ticket situation, and why the club have the nickname, 'The Amber and Chocolates'. Yes, Stu really did ask that question.
We're also thinking about who and what we can attract in the January transfer window, with Stu composing a list of players he'd like to see us chase. A review of our games over the New Year period and Poleon Go complete another hour ... ish ... of top quality ... ish ... AFC Wimbledon audio entertainment.9YRS - EP71 - The 2016 Awards Show
December 28, 2016 04:17 PM PST
Despite there still being one fixture to be played this calendar year, the podcast team have decided to create their honours list for 2016, fairly safe in the knowledge that nothing will happen at Bristol Rovers that could possibly affect any of their choices ... so yes, expect three goal of the season contenders in a 6-4 classic ...
Looking back at the last twelve months, we have selected our goal, quote, signing, performance, match, away day, and manager of the year. In doing so, Nick and Stu revisit some great memories, taking in famous games with Plymouth, Peteborough, and Curzon Ashton; goals against York, Notts County, and Accrington Stanley; and words from Paul Robinson, Neal Ardley, and Tom Elliott. We also make some tough decisions in who to present awards to, whilst actually absolving ourselves of responsibility in awarding others: we need your help for player and most undderrated player of the year, so check Twitter and Facebook to have your say.
A review of the Southend game, a preview of Bristol Rovers, the loan waatch, Poleon Go, and Two Word Tango round-off the 71st edition of the podcast, and the final one of 2016. Hopefully, we do so with a reduction in the level of nonsense we speak ... but we doubt it. Severely.9YRS - EP70 - The 2016 Christmas Show
December 21, 2016 10:08 PM PST
IT’S CHRISTMAS! Which means that you’re either off work, or sitting in a near-empty office*, with very little to do, so rejoice! Nick and Stu are here to help you get through the hours leading up to the big day itself. It is the Christmas edition of the podcast, so amongst the mince pies, mulled wine, and despondent realisation that the year is coming to an end and we’ve all failed to achieve anything worthy of note, we are in festive mood. We’re thinking of presents we could buy certain members of the squad, as well as swapping a present between ourselves. There’s also a yuletide edition of Poleon Go to enjoy.
There’s many footballing issues to debate too, from the hammering of Port Vale, to the latest thoughts on the Sutton ballot, to the upcoming game with Southend. We also have some views of the goalkeeping situation at the club, as a certain ex-loanee teases a return.
However, most importantly this week, we discuss TANGOGATE … and whether Stu cheated on last week’s edition of Two Word Tango. Without wishing to spoil it for you – he did. So Nick won. But we go again this week, for Stu to try and reclaim his crown. The crown is not musical, however – that honour belongs to our house band, These Fine Gentlemen, who return to introduce and play us out this week. Check them out @TheseFGentlemen~!
*With apologies to those working in retail or social care … or many other industries. We hope the show gets you through.9YRS - EP69 - It could be you ...
December 14, 2016 10:01 PM PST
The once-in-a-blue-moon event of demand outstripping supply for match tickets has got Nick and Stu thinking this week, which - as we all know - can be a dangerous thing. As the club prepares to draw names for a hat to allocate tickets to our FA Cup tie away at Sutton in January, we discuss how we might be able to distribute away allocations in future, should we face a similar situation in future. Stu's been looking at how other clubs prioritise demand for away games, whilst Nick looks at what Luton do, and wonders if we can copy it at Kingsmeadow or, probably more likely, Plough Lane.
Lots of a match talk to be had this week, as we look back at the trip to Buckinghamshire last week. Conversation tends to focus on the atmosphere of the day, and what we might expect from the return fixture in March, and how the team coped with the build-up to the fixture. We also touch on the performance of the referee ... which we NEVER do, so it must have been bad. We also preview the coming fixture with Port Vale.
Loan watch, an Academy update, top 7 lists, and Poleon Go round-off this week's show, during which we introduce our new house band! These Fine Gentlemen play us in and out this week: we hope you enjoy. Oh, and in BREAKING NEWS, we might have to stage a steward's inquiry with Two Word Tango ... Nick may well have been cheated! The podcast regulator will likely be calling over the coming days. Or maybe it won't.
Hosted by Nick Draper and Stuart Deacons, The 9yrs Podcast drops every Thursday with some ill-informed and amateurish opinions about all things AFC Wimbledon.
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