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9YRS - EP90 - The 2016-17 Season Review show
May 10, 2017 08:03 PM PDT
It's a bumper edition of the podcast this week, because it's the final edition of the podcast ... for this season, at least. Yes, after months of highs, lows, drama, tension, and joy, the curtain has been drawn on the 2016-17 campaign, and it's time to sit back and reflect on everything that we've had the pleasure, albeit sometimes dubious, to witness.
Nick and Stu are looking back at the main talking points of the season, picking out our best and worst moments, from kits to keepers and signings to, erm, Sutton. We also have a glance around League One, looking at the best managers and travelling fans, as well as looking at which teams have over and under-achieved. With the help of Mark Hendrikx, we remember the best goals we have seen this campaign, be it for or against us, whilst George Jones helps pick the bones out of our away days. We also look back at the podcast team's pre-season predictions, to determine how wrong a group of football fans can possibly be. Herbie Knott also joins us to talk more about his charity bike ride.
But of course, alongside all our treasured memories, life goes on, and Top 7 lists and Poleon Go continue - for one more show, at least - to feature. There's also a Two Word Tango to bring the season to a fitting close. So, as we ride off into the sunset, we hope you enjoy our final offering of the season - although we totally understand if you want to, you know, break this into a few listens ... because you want to savour listening to Nick and Stu, of course, and not because an hour-and-a-half of us might be considered a worse fate than having a season ticket at Vicarage Road. Viva Alexa Bliss!9YRS - EP89 - Thank you, and Goodbye
May 03, 2017 04:27 PM PDT
Don't worry listeners! The title of this week's show is not Nick and Stu riding off into the sunset - we've still got another week yet - but is in fact a reference to the members of the AFC Wimbledon squad that are departing Kingsmeadow. We have seven definites, two probables, and five possibles, so we've decided to look at each and every one of them, discussing whether the time is right for them to move on, and how well they've done for us in their time at the club.
We also look back at the Oldham game, and look forward to the final throes of the season. Who will win the League One play-offs, and who is coming down from the Championship? There's also our somewhat-less serious topics of conversation, including Game Boys, meat-based football teams, Poleon Go, Two Word Tango, and a lot of the goddess of professional wrestling, Alexa Bliss. Who is awesome. There's also bonus microphone issues for you this week, because we love you so much.
We also take time to speak to Herbie Knott, a Wimbledon fan of over 30 years, who is undertaking a London to Amsterdam cycle ride this summer, in aid of Prostate Cancer. Herbie is taking six other Dons fans with him, so we implore you to listen to his story, and perhaps throw a few quid his way.9YRS - EP88 - Player of the Year?
April 26, 2017 11:25 PM PDT
We're rapidly winding down the season, and is to prove the point, Stu couldn't be bothered to turn up this week. Well, that's not strictly true … he was injured and failed a late fitness test. In his absence, Chris Draper and Paul Raymond pick up the baton - and there's a few different things to talk about, most notably our choices for Player and Young Player of the Year. Who are the candidates, and who is most likely to win? We discuss our thoughts.
Chris also joins Nick to have a quick chat about Kingstonian, and the future of the club as it heads to a ground-share at Leatherhead. We discuss the history of the stadium, and where things have gone wrong for our neighbours. We also think about what's happening at Leyton Orient, and how that situation has been allowed to reach such a sad low.
There's the defeat at Bradford to talk about, a look at what's left to be decided in League One on Sunday, Top 7 lists, Two Word Tango, and the BEST EVER EDITION OF POLEON GO. It's a must listen. This week's show was also a first, as Nick recorded a good chunk of the show underwater … or at least it sounds that way. Enjoy!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.
Hosted by Nick Draper and Stuart Deacons, the 9yrspodcast drops every Thursday during the football season, with some variable audio quality and occasional insightful comment.
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