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9YRS - EP74 - Giantkilled
January 18, 2017 09:26 PM PST
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

9YRS - EP68 - Never Forgive, Never Forget
December 07, 2016 03:19 PM PST
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It's impossible to ignore ... the fixture that a lot of us hoped would never happen, IS happening this Saturday, for the first time in the Football League. Nick and Stu discuss their thoughts on the game, including fans' differing opinions on attending or not, the depth of feeling underpinning the fixture, what the future holds for the game, and how we think our fans that are going will conduct themselves. We also touch on the actual game of football that will take place, recounting previous visits to the Franchise as well.

Alongside the horrendous experience that we'll go through on the weekend, we talk about some of the nicer aspects of supporting Wimbledon at present - most notably, the incredible FA Cup win at Curzon Ashton last week, and the fantastic fixture with Sutton that has come off the back of it. We discuss our experience of the game, including our differing travel arrangements, and our thoughts on Curzon as a club.

Poleon Go, Two-Word Tango, and the Loan Watch round-off the show, which this week features some of the best lines ever quoted on our dear podcast. Goalkeepers that are good kicking with their feet, and teams that are used to playing at their home ground, factor into a long list of nonsense that Nick and Stu continue to speak when unscripted ... as if it gets any better when we plan this stuff.

9YRS - EP67 - The 'Fan-Owned' Question
November 30, 2016 03:26 PM PST
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With supporters of Kingstonian having recently voted against moving to a community-owned and run club, in favour of staying in their current set-up as a director-led organisation, Nick and Stu are wondering whether the fan-owned model is likely to grow any more than it has already. With problems mounting at FC United of Manchester, and AFC Telford searching for external investment alongside their supporter-led structure, has the rise in the supporter-owned model reached its peak? We question whether we are an exception to the rule that clubs can only progress so far with a democratic structure, and if clubs such as Portsmouth and Wycombe soon seek to relinquish control in the pursuit of on-field success.

We're also looking back in-depth at the Fleetwood game, as well as previewing our big, live TV game in the FA Cup on Sunday. It's safe to say, we're all tremendously looking forward to our trip to Manchester - even if Stu is having to depart at some ridiculously early hour to make the midday kick-off. We're also picking out some potential FA Cup upsets from the weekend's rather fragmented fixture list.

Poleon Go and Two-word Tango return as well, as does our Top 7 lists, but we also have to touch on a couple of wider-footballing issues as well, including the tragic events in South America. Sometimes, events come along that put everything into perspective, and our thoughts go to all those affected.

9YRS - EP66 - The Price of Football 2016
November 23, 2016 03:27 PM PST
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The results of the latest Price of Football survey were released last week, so we thought it was worth comparing the cost of tickets, merchandise, and - most importantly - refreshments at Kingsmeadow with our League One counterparts. Little has changed in regard to the cost of being a football fan - it remains far too high - and whilst our pricing looks in keeping with the general average in the league, there are perhaps areas we can look at offering better deals for supporters: coach travel and programme options are among a number of areas that Nick and Stu see potential in incorporating the ideas of other clubs in the country.

All the usual features accompany our main feature. We discuss the second rout of Bury and the goalless draw at Millwall, and then look ahead to the upcoming Fleetwood game ... with half an eye on the Milton Keynes game that awaits in a couple of weeks. We also catch up with the Ladies Team, Academy sides, and our trio of players currently out on loan at various levels of the non-league pyramid.

Celebrity Two-Word Tango returns, as does Poleon Go which includes a HUGE SURPRISE BONUS TWIST this week. There's also a startling revelation regarding wildlife in the Bermondsey area. We won't spoil it for you now, but safe to say, Stu has made a remarkable discovery. There's also time for some great wrestling-related links: get used to them as Nick counts down to his trip to WRESTLEMANIA BABY!

9YRS - EP65 - STATE OF THE LEAGUE ONE NATION
November 16, 2016 03:53 PM PST
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Managerial sackings, disenchanted fans, and out-of-touch owners … it’s an old tale of woe that has hovered like a cloud over many football clubs for too many years now, yet does not seem to go away. With many clubs in League One suffering one, if not all, of these ailments, Nick and Stu look at what’s happening to a number of teams that we currently share a division with. Chesterfield, Coventry, Bury: just what is going wrong at present?

Alongside our look into these recurring problems, the podcast deals with its own recurring problems of stuttering sentences, never-ending non sequitirs, and patent plagiarism. We’re talking about the thrashing of Bury, the goalless draw at Oldham, and the coming return game with Bury who, as we discover during recording, will have a new manager in the dug-out. We also try to figure out when we last won 5-0 …

Poleon Go, Celebrity Two-Word Tango, and Top 7 lists somehow continue to find their way on to the show, alongside Tony Blackburn, Kingstonian, KFC, and Black Friday … suggesting that it’s probably about time we started scripting the show again. It’s not pretty, so be warned. There’s also a dearth of WWE and anti-Watford sentiment this week, although a famous Luton victory at least gets a name check.

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