26 November 2015

Toto Schillaci

This week's Football Fives podcast is another themed episode, this time encompassing five questions about football's venerable old men, the veterans who test their lower limbs to their limits into their mid-30s and beyond. Firstly, of course, we decided where the 'veteran' line is drawn, a topic bound to make all of us feel a little over the hill ourselves.

It's a three-man crew this week. Chris Nee's work-related absence left Ryan Keaney, Daniel Storey and David Hartrick at the tiller to discuss their favourite footballing old-timers, legendary age-defying performances and the value or otherwise of experience at the highest level of the sport.

The entire subject this week was inspired by our listener question, which was submitted by Nayson: who was your favourite veteran signing? We're all a tad young to remember Ferenc Puskas but the names come thick and fast regardless.

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19 November 2015

Ivan Zamorano

Goals. The (other) currency of football, the ultimate high for a player and the zenith of vicarious celebration for supporters. And, for one glorious week only, the vaguest of themes for the Football Fives podcast. Yes, we challenged ourselves to come up with a full episode on the visceral thrrrrp of a net and we'll be damned if we didn't achieve it.

We're back up to four-hander status this week with the return of Ryan "The Talent" Keaney, who joins Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee to gas about goals. We talk about the most favourite goals ever scored and our all-time favourites, but in between there are more substantial matters at hand.

Should goals be made bigger? Where in the world of football would we most like to score a goal? And, thanks to Terry Duffelen of a superior football podcast, should the away goals rule be abandoned forever, flytipped on the verge of the never-ending dual carriageway of football?

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12 November 2015

Henrik Larsson

It's time for The Question. We talk about five topics every week but all the while there's been one question on the back burner, patiently waiting, unavoidable. We decided before the first Football Fives episode was even recorded that we'd cover The Question before Christmas, and here it is: at what point do we have to start treating MK Dons like any other football club.

Ryan's not with us this week so he avoided that question and also sits out as Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee discuss the need for an additional automatic promotion spot between the National League and the Football League and the young English players that have impressed us so far in 2015/16.

The listener question this week comes from Andy Rockall and concerns the players subject to our irrational hatred, and we close this week's show with a quick chat about our favourite ever football shirts.

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5 November 2015

Roy Keane

After a week of fictional football oddballishness Football Fives is back to full strength and back to its regular format for an "anything goes" rattle through five football topics, pressing or otherwise. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee kick off by predicting the next first-time winner of the FIFA Balon d'Or.

Question two addresses the future or otherwise of the League Cup in England, challenging the panel to fix a competition that's seen better days, and question three examines the fate of the English manager. Is the Proper Football Man not long for the dugout as clubs move to a more sustainable model of management?

We finish by asking whether English football deserves more from its governing body and, thanks to a question from listener Euan Dewar (again), give a quick assessment of our own clubs' seasons so far.

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