The 9yrs Podcast
An independent AFC Wimbledon podcast
9YRS - EP87 - Volunteers Day
April 19, 2017 10:42 PM PDT
The away game at Swindon on Good Friday was this season's designated 'Volunteers Away Day', in which those that selflessly give up their time to carry out vital jobs at the club are given a proper thank you, with free tickets, travel, and food provided. Chris Draper spoke to some of those volunteers about what they do and why, and we broadcast their thoughts this week, from Rob Cornell of WDON fame, to Traci 'Turnstile' Sleet, and the man behind the whole event, Iain McNay.
Either side of that, Nick and Stu discuss all the usual. With our current goalless run, we investigate where our goals have come from, why they have dried up, why we haven't scored enough from midfield, and what we might have to do next season to fix it. We also discuss why we continue to demonstrate reticence in giving some players significant match time - but on the flip side, we do highlight the performances of youngsters Joe McDonnell and Toby Sibbick.
There's also a few issues to be decided in League One, and we look ahead to what might happen at the top and bottom of the division. We also glance at next season, thinking about who's coming down from the Championship, and the strength of the teams coming up from League Two. We also have - as always - top 7 lists, Two Word Tango, and Poleon Go ... including which part of Manchester Stu believes Sheffield United come from.9YRS - EP86 - Top 50 EFL Players
April 12, 2017 03:09 PM PDT
FourFourTwo magazine this month listed its Top 50 Football League players. There were some, shall we say, interesting choices, so Nick and Stu thought it was worth having a look through, and highlighting the key names, with a League One and ex-Wimbledon focus. It may come as no surprise that the top 10 all ply their trade in the Championship - and number 11 will be too, next season - but the names of three ex-Dons might be a bone of contention for some.
The defeat to Bristol Rovers also raised a lot of questions this week. Are we on the beach already, or should some players be showing more desire as they look to earn themselves a deal for next season? Are our younger players getting enough of a chance to impress? And are Neal Ardley's tactics and formations getting the best out of our squad? We also look ahead to the forthcoming Easter weekend, and wonder what we can realistically expect from the final few games of the campaign.
There's a couple of top 7 lists, a tricky Poleon Go, and a yellow-themed Two Word Tango as well ... plus Stu once again discusses the merits of downloads over printed copies. It gives a quite fascinating insight into his mind, although Nick's innuendo-meter must have exploded this week, so he can not really say too much. There is a good deal of wrestling in this week's show though, so don't worry, grapple-fans.9YRS - EP85 - B-Team Solution?
April 07, 2017 12:55 AM PDT
This week's 9yrs Podcast is brought to you in association with WRESTLEMANIA. Nick is very tired following his trip to Orlando, but the show continues none-the-less, as Stu looks at a potential solution to the current issue of getting Academy players decent game time. Looking at the Brentford model of a season of B-Team friendlies, we investigate whether the idea would suit more clubs, and if it is a sustainable solution to developing young players at first-team level.
We're also joined by Ryan Sweeney once more, as we look ahead to his return to Kingsmeadow with Bristol Rovers on Saturday. He discusses his side's chances of taking the final play-off place, as well sharing his opinion on how players treat the end of season run-in, especially when there seems very little to play for. George Jones also returns to the show to catch Nick up on what happened at Port Vale last Saturday which, in short, appears to be very little. Fans of roundabouts will be pleased, however.
Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists as always finish off the show, whilst Nick also briefly touches on his trip to WrestleMania, and all the fun that goes with it, including GETTING HIS PICTURE TAKEN WITH ALEXA BLISS! Kind of ... and also the retirement of The Undertaker. All in all, another fun show, so check us out!9YRS - EP84 - Checking Out?
March 29, 2017 10:48 PM PDT
You might have missed the news - in fact, you most probably have - but this Sunday, Wembley will host the final of the EFL Checkatrade Trophy. Remember that competition? It was formerly known as the LDV Vans Trophy, or the Auto Windscreens Shield, or the Johnstone's Paint Trophy ... and as much as it was mocked, it was a genuine competition for Football League teams, two of whom shared a day out at the national stadium. This season, the introduction of Championship and Premier League Academy Teams saw the competition ridiculed and reduced to being played out infront of dwindling attendances.
For Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, however, the new format has 'reinvigorated' the tournament, and he is expecting the Academy Team experiment to continue next season. Well, Nick and Stu hope that doesn't happen - and this week, we discuss our reasons why, looking at some of the spectacular failures of the trial run. Unfortunately, a large attendance on Sunday, and a continuation in huge prize money, will likely see the competition continue in its current form next year.
Of greater importance this Sunday is, of course, WRESTLEMANIA. Nick is very excited, but there's still more than enough time to focus on the Southend defeat, the Rochdale victory, our continued Academy success, Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists. We hope you enjoy ... we know that ALAN DALE does: he's a huge fan!9YRS - EP83 - Top 5 Partnerships
March 22, 2017 11:51 PM PDT
Fresh from Stu's Stag Do in Barcelona, during which Stu saw arguably the finest forward line in football at the moment - Messi, Suarez, and Neymar - we got to thinking about some of the best partnerships we've seen in our time watching Wimbledon. From the glory days of sixth place in the Premier League, to starting all over again in the CCL, there have been many great pairings across the pitch, and we spend a good bit of time reminiscing over some legendary names.
Discussing the modern day, and there's not a great deal to speak of, as we start to wind-down the campaign. George Jones joins the show to talk about the goalless draw at Fleetwood, whilst we also look ahead to a couple of interesting home games over the coming week. We also think about how League One is shaping up, and who we think will finish in the top and bottom places in the division.
Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and Top 7 lists feature as usual as well, plus a few tidbits from our time in Barcelona. But without doubt, the main news this week is Nick's choice of a new, number one WWE diva! Is it Naomi, Maryse, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, or Peyton Royce? What about Lana? More importantly: who actually cares?9YRS - EP82-0 - Proud
March 15, 2017 11:31 PM PDT
Only one thing to talk about this week, so let's do it right. Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over some team from Buckinghamshire - we checked the programme to remember the name of said team, but we couldn't find it there either - was an awesome evening, so we're going to revisit the evening as a whole. From the performance of the team, to the atmosphere in the stands, and the club's handling of the media before and after, we look at all the details of what was an incredible, historic evening.
We do try to take a dispassionate look at the tactics of the game, but there's a lot of emotion involved - and that clearly takes hold. Less so for the defeat to Northampton, however, which we do kind of have to talk about - if only for our visitors' decision to change kits. However, podcast fans have no need to panic: all the usual nonsense is also involved this week. Two Word Tango, Poleon Go, and Top 7 lists accompany Stu's nonsensical ramblings which, this week, lead to the best outtake ever! Although it'll do well to replace 'visually seeing' things...
That said, it's important to note how far our wonderful club has come in 15 years. As good as Tuesday night was, it will never make-up for what happened in 2002, but our continued success tells the world how things can be done the right way, and be in doubt, be done in the wider interests of football.9YRS - EP81 - Talking Level-Heads
March 08, 2017 09:49 PM PST
With our first-ever meeting with a certain business franchise coming up, Nick and Stu take the opportunity to look at some of the arrangements made for this most difficult of fixtures. We discuss the whys and wherefores of decisions made regarding ticketing and policing, and we try to explain why security has to be made so secure. We talk about what we expect the atmosphere to be like on the day, and how we, as a collective, can create a raucous atmosphere ... without stepping over any lines.
There's the draw at Bolton to reflect upon, with the help of George Jones, and the game against Northampton to look forward to as well - even though our record against them is far from noteworthy. There's updates from our Academy sides, ladies team, and players out on loan at the moment, plus a look back at some historical moments from our recent history - even though we're not exactly sure when or at what games certain moments actually took place.
But the highlights of this week's show most certainly centre on Mr Stuart Deacons himself, who - aside from inviting the potential for legal action to be taken against our fine show - manages to talk Coleman-balls the like of which have never been heard before. It's wonderful entertainment alongside Two Word Tango and Poleon Go - the regular features of our hostile and friendly podcast.9YRS - EP80 - On The Road
March 01, 2017 10:08 PM PST
From Kingsmeadow to Scunthorpe, via Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Leyton Orient, Leatherhead, and, erm, Kingsmeadow again ... the podcast team have been keeping an eye on many different stories around our wonderful football club, and some other ones as well. Most pertinently, George Jones has been following our Development and First-Team squads over the past few days, and he joins us to talk about his #wombleodyssey, with Nick and Stu joining in to discuss our upturn in fortunes on the pitch.
We're also looking at what the future holds for Kingstonian, as they prepare to leave Kingsmeadow and take-up tenancy at Fetcham Grove. Despite what some fans might think, we've done a lot to help out our past landlords - but we need to be careful that the move doesn't reflect badly on us. What can we do, what have already done, and what can Ks do to help themselves? We'll also touch on the situation at Leyton Orient, as the spectre of another phoenix club looms worryingly over the capital.
A look at ticketing arrangements for MK, this week's coming fixtures, Poleon Go, Top 7 lists, and Two Word Tango finish off this week's episode. There's wrestling news and some classic Stu quotes to ensure we maintain our remit to inform, educate, and entertain. Well, at least to ... no, we're not actually sure which of those three we achieve. At least we try.9YRS - EP79 - The R Word
February 22, 2017 10:07 PM PST
Some fans are starting to panic: are we heading towards the relegation trapdoor? Patchy form and only two points from three games against teams around us suggests we might be looking over our shoulders for a little bit of time. Nick and Stu look at the bottom half of the table, and discuss who they think are going to fall into League Two. Do we have the squad depth to survive? Can we pick up enough points from a tough run-in? How many points will we need to stay up? We attempt to answer all these questions.
As well as that, we'll review the Shrewsbury defeat at the draw at Gillingham, looking at questionable refereeing decisions, but more at poor defending, at set-pieces or otherwise. It's not all negative though, as we bask in the glory of SCORING AWAY FROM HOME IN THE LEAGUE!!!! Lyle Taylor and two from Andy Barcham seemed to have lifted the curse ... although we might quickly switch back to Barch and his, erm, defensive capabilities ...
Other than that, it's a great show for people that enjoy listening to Stu say ridiculous things. There's loads this week: LOADS. We also have easily the greatest anagram clue EVER in Poleon Go; a fun Two-Word Tango; the most random Top 7 lists, and a serious debate about the future of our high street in the digital age. A really fun listen this week so check it out! And there's also a little tip towards who might be Nick's new favourite WWE female superstar ... for the wrestling fans among you.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?
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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