29 December 2016

Graeme Souness

While other football podcasts have either had the good grace to disappear over Christmas or have chosen to give you good stuff for free, the Football Fives Podcast is dragging its toes through the sludge at the bottom of the barrel and delivering whatever solids it finds into your ears with its feet. Yes, it's quiz time.

David Hartrick is in charge this time round, with Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee put through their paces across five rounds of kickball quizzing. There's a squad numbers game, a wotsit about some clubs and that, a bit about Football Fives favourites, and some other things. I dunno. I can't remember.

So sit back and enjoy the festive dead air as three people forget everything they know in the glare of the spotlight. And, of course, Happy Christmas to most of you.

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22 December 2016

Santa Claus

Ho ho ho! It's, like, three days until Christmas. You didn't know, did you? That's because Sunday Christmas is a right old stitch-up. Some of the Football Fives Podcast team haven't even put their Christmas trees up yet, such is the fleeting nature of this year's festivities. But we're trying to do our bit in this week's show, so get the Quality Street out and settle in.

Apologies for last week's absence, by the way. Illness, work, life and other matters interfered with our ability to get a show together. And, this week, we've had to settle for an awardless three-hander, because Daniel Storey isn't with us. So David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee have taken the chance to make five recommendations each, material or otherwise, to brighten up your footballing winter.

Part gift guide, part self-help, this week's show offers up a smorgasbord of good stuff. Stuff to buy, stuff to do, stuff to see. Stuff to wear, read, love and support. And if you've been sent our way because Daniel won that thing, don't worry - we've got a list of gubbins from him too. Happy bloody Christmas, yo.

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9 December 2016

Packie Bonner

It's five-a-side team week again here at the Football Fives Podcast, and this time we put the subject out to a public vote. An Irish team was the resounding winner, and so this episode of the show is our chance to build our ultimate team from Irelands Northern and Republic. Speaking of public votes, Daniel Storey's on this one and he won an award.

Helping Dan bulk out the show with triple pod meat are David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee, who each picked five Irishmen and argue the toss over the inclusion of each one until the collaborative Irish Fives is complete. We pick a goalkeeper, a defender, a forward and two other guys we're able to crowbar in on spurious rationale.

There's sentiment in abundance, a few surprise shouts and an exceptional final team. We hope you like it. One of us won an award, you know.

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1 December 2016

Gary Neville

Football and the media. Isn't it? Mmm. In this week's Football Fives Podcast we're going back in on the beautiful game's rather less enticing mediascape, inspired by Gary Neville's set-to with members of the fourth estate last week. So, where better to begin than by discussing the point he was making and the point that got poked back at him.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee also take a look at the impact of clickbait culture in football, the future of the match report and whether agents, players and clubs are to blame for increasing contempt for transfer rumours in the media. Well, three of us do. One of us hates the bloody things anyway.

Finally, we look for a positive spin on what can be a distressing topic. The challenge? Pick a line-up of columnists for an imaginary football website that we don't want to turn out rubbish like so many of the real ones.

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