The 9yrs Podcast
An independent AFC Wimbledon podcast
9YRS - EP57 - Ryan Sweeney
September 21, 2016 09:46 PM PDT
He'll always be one of our own, even though he's taken his career to the next level at Premier League Stoke. Ryan Sweeney, who made his way through the Dons Academy to playing an important part in our promotion season last year, talks exclusively to the show to discuss his passage through the Wimbledon youth teams, all the way to Wembley.
Cooped-up in a Staffordshire Holiday Inn, Ryan describes how he progressed from trials for the Under-9s side, to working with Mark Robinson and Alan Reeves, before transitioning to the first-team squad, and then on to Stoke, where he finds himself under the tutelage of ex-Don, Glyn Hodges. Ryan explains how the move came about, and his immediate hopes for his Stoke career. Dannie Bulman, Adebayo Akinfenwa, and Neil Cox all get a mention, as do elephant-sized pugs and crayons as fingers.
Another struggle for Stu on Poleon Go, an in-depth look at the Charlton game, the result of our Goal of the Month contest, and a look ahead to the visit of Shrewsbury complete this week's show, which again finds us struggling to fit it all in. There is time to make sure we all hate Watford, however.9YRS - EP56 - Coming on Board?
September 14, 2016 09:42 PM PDT
Are you considering becoming a Dons Trust Board member? The latest round of elections to the board will be taking place over the coming months, and this week, we speak to current Board member Mark Davis about what is involved when taking a 'tour of duty', including how the Board operates, its aims and objectives, its relationship with the Football Club Board, and what is involved during the election process.
All the usual features accompany our interview this week. We review the defeat to Sheffield United, including the ticket situation between the Chemflow and RyGas stands, look ahead to Charlton away, and play Poleon Go - despite Nick's protestations over Poleon's terrace song, and Stu's moan over our lack of chants for other players.
Top seven lists, updates from Dan Gallagher at Kingstonian and the Wimbledon Ladies Team, and discussions over the respective merits of Wednesdays and Thursdays complete another great anti-Watford podcast.9YRS - EP55 - LADIES' DAY
September 07, 2016 11:16 PM PDT
The podcast is joined by two stars of the AFC Wimbledon Ladies' Team this week, as prior to their Premier Cup victory over Plymouth last Sunday, Kelly-Jade Whelan and Jess Trimnell accompanied Nick and Stu on the show.
The girls discuss how the team is developing after promotion last season, including their memories of their outstanding campaign and their aspirations for the year ahead. They also talk about their experiences of playing abroad, how they enjoyed their trip to Vegas, their preparations for an upcoming game in Milton Keynes, and applauding the crowd at a first-team game. Kelly-Jade also discusses her experience on the catwalk in Centre Court, as Jess admits just how she got her team-mate to model the new kit.
A look back at the Chestefield game, Poleon Go, motorway service stations, the Arsenal legends team, and squirrel-sized tigers complete a really fun show this week.9YRS - EP54 - WORST FOOTBALL LEAGUE XI
August 31, 2016 11:31 PM PDT
Throughout the years, football fans have discussed the best players to have ever worn the shirt of their beloved club. Wimbledon fans are no different, but we like to mix things up a little bit on the podcast, so this week, Nick and Stu select a team made up of whom they consider rank amongst the worst to have pulled on the blue and yellow of AFC Wimbledon . . . since promotion to the Football League in 2011.
Their selections come during another busy week of Dons news, as we delve into many various talking points relating to the EFL Trophy, and our fixture against a Swansea 'Under-23' side in midweek, including the low attendance that observed it and all other games in the inaugural competition.
An update from Dan Gallagher at Kingstonian, a look at Transfer Deadline Day, a review of the Rochdale game, Poleon Go, a brief preview of our upcoming game with Chesterfield, and our top seven lists round-off another fun show in which, following the news that Lyle Taylor has signed a new contract at Kingsmeadow, we ask: how much information should know about the contracts of our players?9YRS - EP53 - Points, Progress, & Plough Lane
August 24, 2016 04:12 PM PDT
A busy week of Wimbledon news means there's a lot for Nick and Stu to catch up on ... especially Nick, as he's on holiday and is a little discombobulated with what's happening in and around SW19.
Alongside our customary bumbling broadcast skills - and passing traffic - we discuss stadium news, our development side, our draw at Northampton, how early results are shaping League One, what we expect from our trip to Rochdale (including a worrying memory lapse regarding a highly-regarded former player), Dons Trust and fundraising updates, Poleon Go, and another top seven list.
We also look ahead to our first EFL Trophy tie with Swansea. With the competition becoming an increasingly contentious issue, Nick and Stu explain how the podcast team are approaching the forthcoming fixtures, and why we may or may not be attending the games. There's a number of interesting and debatable points raised this week, but don't worry, we also have all the regular nonsense, but sadly, there's no time for any WWE talk this week.9YRS - EP52 - Goalkeepers!
August 17, 2016 04:02 PM PDT
The podcast brings sunshine into your life to try and take our 100% losing start to the season off your mind. We do this by, erm, discussing our latest two defeats … but NEVER MIND! We also have Poleon Go, the birthdays game, top seven lists, and our memories of goalkeepers of AFC Wimbledon past. We’ll also discuss if we can find a new way of not beating Northampton …9YRS - EP51 - Week One
August 10, 2016 10:16 PM PDT
games, two defeats, a first-round League Cup exit, and panic on the streets of Wimbledon. It’s just a little bit of history repeating … but enough about last season, we’re here to discuss the start to life in League One. Nick and Stu will be thoroughly analysing the defeats at Warsaw and Peterborough, and discussing what might change ahead of games against Bolton and Scunthorpe.9YRS - EP50 - 16-17 Season Preview
August 03, 2016 10:21 PM PDT
Trevor Williams joins the show this week as we preview the 2016-17 League One season. Last year, Nick and Stu's powers of prognostication were a little off, but with some considered discussion of the state of play across the board in our new division, our predictions might be a little closer to the mark this time.
We cast an eye over the teams joining the division - either from below or, with one notable exception, above - as well as those, such as Sheffield United, who feel they have hung about too long at the third tier, and others, such as Oldham Athletic, who would love to stretch to a 21st consecutive campaign in the old Division Three. We also review the clubs that begin the season with a new manager in the dug-out, and the players that will be looking to top the goalscoring charts come May.
Poleon Go, and a look ahead to some opening day fixtures, round-off an hour of top quality audio entertainment featuring every League One club ... if you don't count Southend or Rochdale, that is.9YRS - EP49 - The EFL Trophy
July 27, 2016 10:18 PM PDT
Why have Academy teams been invited into a 'rejuvenated' Football League Trophy competition? With the new format announced, Nick and Stu discuss the reasoning behind why the majority of League One and Two chairmen voted in favour of the changes, and whether or not their logic is sound. The motivation of the Premier League also comes under scrutiny, as does the tenuous tie-in with the England National Team and the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Alongside a rundown of the 2-0 friendly win over Reading, there's also room for the usual stuff and nonsense, including another round of Poleon Go, comparisons of sticker book completion, and how well Stu performed in his predictions for the 2015-16 season, ahead of next week's preview of the coming campaign.9YRS - EP48 - Adebayo Azeez
July 20, 2016 10:20 PM PDT
An exclusive interview with Adebayo Azeez kicks-off the new season of the podcast. Now plying his trade with Patrick Thistle, Ade speaks candidly about his time with the Dons, including the Wembley play-off final, including why he didn't take the penalty he won; scoring against and beating Milton Keynes; the team meeting that followed the Stevenage debacle and Christmas party in Manchester; and what Neal Ardley was like as a manager.
On top of this, Stu gives his opinions on the team's opening pre-season friendlies, whilst Nick introduces a BRAND NEW GAME for the new season, as well as revealing which five celebrities he would most like to share an intellectual evening of high-brow, philosophical conversation with.
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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