Second Captains @ The Irish Times

Second Captains @ The Irish Times


The multi-award winning team of Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan return to broadcasting as Second Captains @ The Irish Times.


Richie and Stephen Elliott discuss life under Roy, academy evil, Yorke body fat  

Richie Sadlier attempts that 'difficult second podcast', as he sits in for Eoin and chats to his old team-mate Stephen Elliot about their time together under Roy Keane at Sunderland, Dwight Yorke's body fat, and why academies are the root of all ills in football. There's also the day Richie's parents met some Man City ultras, helicopter parents, and what breed of dog Ken would be, if he were to transform into a species of mammal that Richie actually admires...

Pochettino pontificates, Delaney and The Dail, Xabi the maestro  

Ken and Ciaran discuss Mauricio Pochettino's disdain for social media, and why you should never trust a political article that makes a football comparison. Emmet Malone joins us in studio to talk about John Delaney's appearance yesterday before a Dail committee. And Simon Hughes reflects on the career of Xabi Alonso, who announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season.

Munster are back, Leinster styleee, marathons and seizures  

One year ago, the Irish provinces were going nowhere fast in Europe - now Munster and Leinster are through with a round to spare, and Connacht still have their destiny in their own hands. Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley on another good-news weekend for Irish rugby. And we speak to Katie Cooke, an inspirational 19 year old living with epilepsy and not letting it prevent her from finishing the last two Dublin marathons, and her doctor Colin Doherty, an epielpsy specialist in St James Hospital, who runs with her every step of the way. Plus there's Tadhg Furlong's pillow, Quasar and hugging it out.

Pogba's no show, Pep patience, Everton's young 'uns, La La Liga  

Ken and Ciaran talk about Merseyside v Manchester, after a great weekend for long-haired bearded English footballers, and a bad weekend for Iberian galactico super-coaches. Miguel Delaney and John Brewin join us to analyse the weekend's action: did Jose blow his big chance? Will Pep lose patience with City before City lose patience with him? Plus there's Andy Carroll's giant leap for mankind, Everton's young 'uns and La La Liga.

Richie meets Luke Fitzgerald, covering Gascoigne, rating colleagues  

We invited Richie Sadlier in as guest host and he immediately started bossing us around, demanding in depth interviews on weighty topics..... and that we walk and feed his dog Bobbi. First up is Luke Fitzgerald, who like Richie, had to retire early because of injury. Luke turns the tables and starts asking Richie some searching questions. We also talk to Dion Fanning about the football world's inability to openly discuss Paul Gascoigne's alcoholism. Plus there's Ken's mood swings, Astro scum, rating colleagues, and how to become a football man.

Jose rights ship, Liverpool becalmed, Payet's price, RIP Graham  

Ken and Ciaran scour history searching for feats to compare with the miracle that Jose Mourinho has performed at Manchester United. Rob Smyth joins us to look ahead to the weekend's match at Old Trafford. And Philippe Auclair explains what's going on between Dmitri Payet and West Ham United.

Munster's Euro dream, Leinster and Leo, Davy's Wexford Wand  

Munster utterly dominated Racing Metro of Paris in every facet on Saturday - Liam Toland and Shane Horgan ask if they (and Leinster) have what it takes to go on and win the Champions Cup outright this year. Davy Fitzgerald got off to a flying start as Wexford hurling manager yesterday - we ask Liam Griffin if it's OK to start getting carried away yet. Plus there's the weekend that didn't matter, BDO darts upheaval and making people look like lunatics.

FIFA The Best, Merson V Remoaners, Ken's Gooools, Ozil loyalty  

Ken and Ciaran comb the desolate wilderness of the FA Cup third round weekend like a couple of stray dogs rooting through a rubbish tip for giblets. After Merse and Thommo kicked off on Soccer Saturday, Jonathan Liew joins us to talk about whether English football is giving English football men a fair deal. And Josh Robinson is in Zurich for FIFA's annual gala, which has been renamed The Best.

Kenz Friendz, Irish Oakland Raiders, Ronda Rousey media  

US Murph joins us for the first time in 2017 to tell his hopes and dreams (not Trump related) for the new year. We talk about Ronda Rousey's precipitous fall from grace in the UFC, plus there's a brand new edition of Kens Friendz, US sports franchises most popular with 1990s teens, and John Giles.

Spurs crack Chelsea code, Sanchez hissy-fit fallout, the wanderer  

Spurs blew the title race wide open last night, defeating Chelsea 2-0 to end their 13 match winning streak. Have Spurs shown others how to crack Conte's code? Dion Fanning joins us in studio to talk about another calamitous week for Arsenal, and Murph and Ken discuss whether Jefferson Montero has ever heard of Ronald Reagan. Plus there's Fergie's comfort zone, Sanchez's hissy-fit and Arsenal Fan TV.

Munster's Rise, Dev the Giant Irishman, Solitary Confinement, Pep Country  

Two wins from two meant Munster certainly had the most productive Christmas of the four Irish provinces; Gerry Thornley and Denis Hickie join Simon, Ken and Murph to look back over the festive rugby action. Gregor McGuckin tells us why he wants to take part in the sporting world's version of a time machine; the Golden Globe solo round the world yacht race. Plus there's celestial navigation, Pep's country for old men, swimming with sharks, and Devin Toner the giant Irish man.

Must Stop Chelsea, The Mike Dean Experience, Giroud's scorpion kick  

Ken and Ciaran talk about a busy New Year's weekend in the Premier League. As the pressure increases, there are signs that managerial heads are beginning to melt. Miguel Delaney was at the Olympic Stadium to see Manchester United extend their winning run to six And Jack Pitt-Brooke looks ahead to Tottenham v Chelsea, a match Spurs need to win to keep people believing the title race is still on...

Hazard's hungover hat trick, Mkhitaryan majesty, Nasri tweets, WC gluttons  

Eoin and Ken look back on the Christmas football programme, including Eden Hazard's superb display against Bournemouth, Pep eyeing Liverpool, and a rough 24 hours for Samir Nasri. Jonathan Wilson joins us to reflect on Bob Bradley's brief spell in charge of Swansea City. And there's Harry the Hornet, Mkhitaryan majesty, and World Cup gluttons.

Second Captains Stephens Day Special  

We've left the Christmas cabin but the magic is still alive as we discuss smoking outside Mass, Jerry Flannery sightings, Michelangelo, and Brian O'Driscoll's snooze button snobbery. We look back at some of our favourite shows from 2016 including the Muhammad Ali special, Emmanuel Petit on French society, and the time Cerys from Catatonia out analysed Ken Early.

Zlatan of England, Madrid cut flab, Germany V Red Bull, Chinese civilization  

Ken and Murph discuss China's contribution to civilization, Putin the cuddly cartoon and mighty Zlatan's relentless drive to be Knighted. We ask Raphael Honigstein why German fans now hate Red Bull more than they hate Bayern Munich. And Dermot Corrigan explains why Madrid are about to cut some flab.

Second Captains Christmas Sports Pudding 2016  

It's a very special festive edition of The Irish Times Second Captains podcast, as we look back at the best moments of 2016 with Richie Sadlier and a collection of our most popular music montages. Expect Robbie Brady, Robbie Henshaw, Pat Kenny, John Giles, Bobbi the dog, and Steve McClaren to feature prominently. Plus we look at the impact of Euro 2016 on Ireland, NZ rugby fallout and there's a war of words between Richie and Murph.

Pat Lam's fun house, Munster's emotional run, Mayo drama, Ken's TV review  

Connacht are now the great entertainers of European rugby, but against Wasps they won without playing their best rugby. We ask former Connacht star Gavin Duffy how significant this win was with Pat Lam having announced his retirement two weeks ago. Liam Toland and Gerry Thornley discuss Munster's late loss to Leicester and Northampton's strange approach to the competition. Plus we analyse the latest episode in the Mayo drama, and Ken the Tv reviewer makes his first ever appearance on the show.

Ozil's press, Totti at 40, European philosophers, Chinese money  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran discuss the art of looking like you care when you don't really care, and other pressing issues from the weekend's football. Jonathan Wilson analyses Man City's victory over Arsenal in the big game of the weekend. And Rory Smith joins us to talk about his meeting with Francesco Totti, still going strong at 40.

Second Captains 2016 Sports Book Special  

Its time for one of our favourite shows of the year - its the Second Captains Sports Book Special!! We welcome the most learned man we know, Malachy Clerkin, to the studio, to discuss the best books of the year. Warning: things get a little heated. We examine weighty themes such as the search for darkness in a sportsman's soul, making lemons from lemonade, and Paul O'Connell's smoking habits.

Midweek MOTD, Lallana polish, disresPEPted, 1996 and the End of History  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran discuss Ronaldo's four-ball, midweek MOTD, Lallana's fresh polish, and one pundit's irritable reaction to being disresPepted. David Stubbs joins us to talk about his book: 1996 and the End of History. Plus there's Oasis V Blur, Gazza's yard of pace, and hatin' on Chris Evans.

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