The Anfield Wrap

The Anfield Wrap

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Liverpool FC through the eyes of match-going supporters, the award-winning Anfield Wrap podcast talks honestly and passionately about every game The Reds play home and away in the Premier League, the cups and European competition. Also covering LFC news, gossip and analysis, TAW has grown from two free shows a week in 2011 to a subscription package of circa 30 shows a month in 2016. More information at


Liverpool Ladies Special  

Neil Atkinson was joined by Heather Carroll and John Gibbons for a TAW Special to catch up with what's going on with Liverpool Ladies FC.

Cherry Ghost  

Neil Atkinson is joined by Dan Vincent, Andy Heaton and John Gibbons to talk about Liverpool's game against Leeds and look forward to the weekend against Bournemouth. He also speaks to James Roach who supports Bournemouth and Michael Edward who is putting The Wrong Festival on.

The Rider: Return Of The Melia  

Huge week for The Rider. Ian Skelly from The Coral on the phone talking about their upcoming tour and forthcoming exhibition at Redhouse Originals gallery in Harrogate. It is a show detailing the work on their most recent album Distance Inbetween, showing the work Ian did on the design and the process behind the album. He also talks about that album and how it has been received, along with the whole span of the band and the excitement around the tour with its wide array of supporting artists. More? Of course there is more. The Rider is delighted as a collective to see Adam Melia back from his North American journey. He lets us know what he has been up to. John Gibbons misses the start of the show - he has work going on with the house. Neil Atkinson and Stephanie Heneghan welcome Adam back into the bosom of The Rider family, discuss weekends and moments around Roger Sanchez. Eleven great songs this week. Eleven. Count them. Walk around them. You never know, you could be about to hear your new favourite band. Tracklisting JP Klipspringer - Words For Me Circa waves - Wake Up The Raveonettes - Fast Food Elsa - Never Come Down The Courtneys - Silver Velvet The Coral - Miss Fortune Soft Shug - Hermes Lupe Fiasco - Made In The USA (Feat. Bianca Sings) Lambchop - JFK The Darcys - Miracle BANNERS - Holy Ground

Liverpool Mackem Pay  

‘The Anfield Wrap this week sees Neil Atkinson host John Gibbons, Craig Hannan and Paul Cope as they discuss Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Sunderland. Divock Origi's goal, Jurgen Klopp getting at the fans and Roberto Firmino's brilliance all get discussed at length. Should Liverpool add a player in January? And how did their patience manifest itself against the Black Cats? There is also a chat about the Rainbow Laces campaign. The Reds are bang in the hunt for the title. There are twenty five games to go and everything matters, even at this stage. Let's enjoy it!’

Can Liverpool Bounce Back?  

Neil Atkinson hosts as Gareth Roberts, Mike Girling and Ian Salmon talk at length about Steven Gerrard, Sunderland and Liverpool bouncing back from their draw against Southampton. Steve Goldsmith from Wise Man Say Podcast lets us know what Sunderland have been up to recently and poses a question for older listeners. What a weekend to look forward to!

The Rider: Whoo-hoo  

The Rider has its last special guest for the year and what a special guest it is. Fresh off the back of her appearance on BBC Introducing and in the week her album "The Great Unknown" comes out The Rider is overjoyed to have the brilliant and all round marvellous Natalie McCool join in with all of our nonsense. She talks about what she has been up to, which is releasing a terrific album, picks something from it and begins plans for the next one live on air seemingly. She also picks another lovely new tune for us. The Rider regulars Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and Stephanie Heneghan settle into talk of jumpers, weekends and Agatha Christie with one eye on the Christmas horizon. What else? Well the songs. The songs are especially marvellous this week. Natalie's obviously but everyone else in fine form as the music industry moves to a close down. The Rider - Melia back next week, but hasn't everyone been lovely? Tracklisting Loyle Carner - No CD Childish Gambino - Redbone DNCE - DNCE Romare - L.U.V. Natalie McCool – Pins Tobi-Lou - Hopefully Jhene Aiko - Maniac Silent Cities – Petrichor Shovels & Rope - Buffalo Nickel Emmy The Great - Rapids

The Anfield Wrap - Zero Ambition  

Neil Atkinson hosts as Gareth Roberts, Ian Salmon and Rob Gutmann dissect Liverpool's 0-0 draw away at Southampton. Could changes have come sooner? Does it feel like two dropped points? Who were the stand out performers?

International Bright Young Things  

The Anfield Wrap this week has a new band in Lilium and a new contributor in Nick Illingsworth of Ugly Inside Fanzine to talk about Southampton. However there is also the same old bullishness of Gareth Roberts, studied class of Ian Salmon and stable young hand of Josh Sexton joining Neil Atkinson. All the fun of the fair. Up the Reds.

The Rider: The Dear One  

This week The Rider are overjoyed to be joined by Baltic Fleet's Paul Fleming. Baltic Fleet won the GIT Award a few years back and Paul is one of Liverpool's most exciting artists. The album The Dear One has elicited all sorts of mainstream praise and is one of the best records of the year so far.

In short he is a proper grown-up.

Though he doesn't seem to go the tip as often as we would like.

We play something from The Dear One, Paul picks two of his favourite things of the year so far and Neil, Steph and John all have their own belters to play plus an exclusive play of new band Lilium's first single.

Talk of the weekend, The XX and Leonard Cohen as well.

It's a great show. They are great songs. The Rider - everything you need for a balanced diet.

A Tribe Called Quest - We The People
Giggs - Lock Doh
Lillium - Disappear
Illum Sphere - The Journey
Baltic Fleet - Tuns
Lorenzo Senni - emotiva1234
The XX - Hold On
Bearson - One Step at a Time (Feat. Natalola)
C Duncan - Wanted to want it too
Arborist - I Heard Him Leaving

Don't Buy The S*n  

Last week we released an edition of our 'Back Page' show which dealt with the boycott of the Sun newspaper and the debate around how far the boycott should stretch, the issues around it and the increasingly blurred lines that exist in regards to what is just, right and respectful.

After much feedback around the show from our subscribers, we have decided to release it in the place of the week's main show.

Gareth Roberts is joined by James McKenna, Paul Cope and Neil Docking to talk about Liverpool’s boycott of The S*n. Have lines become blurred? Is the focus in the right place? Is anger directed at the right people and organisations?

Head Strong?  

For a special Citytalk show looking at Mental Health issues both in sport and outside of it Neil Atkinson and John Gibbons are joined in the studio by Mark Boyns of Opening Up Cricket. Mark has been using sport as a way of addressing the causes of illnesses for a number of years now.

On the phone the three are joined by Luciana Berger MP, Stan Collymore and Ronnie Irani.

This is an Anfield Wrap show which isn't about The Reds and we hope you will share widely with your friends whoever they support, even if they support no one.

Huge thanks to everyone for speaking frankly and openly and giving up their time.

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CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably, a resource aimed at men with
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and their website is full of brilliant articles and videos.
Number: 0800 58 58 58

Papyrus: A charity with a mission to reduce the rate of suicide among
young people in the UK. Call their HOPELine if you ever need advice or
Number: 0800 068 41 41

7 Cups of Tea: An online chat resource for anyone who wants to talk,
but would prefer not to do it on the phone.
Website: 7Cups

The Rider - AAA  

The Rider this week sees Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and Stephanie
Heneghan be joined by Steve and Vicki from The Mono LPs - the
brilliant Liverpool rock n roll band with a cello.

They have a new album out called States Of Decay and they talk about
that process and those songs on the show.

Elsewhere they also pick something they like from the last few years.

Neil, John and Steph talk a lot about John's house, all the weekend
talk and the joys of being triple A.

All you need. The songs? The business. We always say that and we are right to...


Adam Vida - I'm Juiced (Tommy Pickles)
Leikeli47 - Money
Moire - Lost You (ft DRS)
April - Open Mind
Mono LPs - Love and Hate
Bloody Death Skull - Betsy's Back
Chemical Brother - C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L
Mono LPs Second Song
rRoxymore - Organ Smith
Rat Boy - Lovers Law

The Joy Of Six  

Liverpool smashed Watford by SIX goals to ONE to put the Reds top of the table and joining Neil Atkinson to talk through the glory on a heavy headed Monday are Rob Gutmann, Karl Coppack and Melissa Reddy.



The Rider: Tension  


This week the special guest on The Rider is Mo Stewart and he is bringing the tension with him. Mo doesn't like one of Neil and John's songs and won't say which it is. Nail biting stuff.

Other than this there is talk of the brilliance of Baltic Fleet and Zach De La Rocha, more apologies for folk and can you play metal in a city centre bar in 2016?

All that here plus 9 great songs. All the usual fun of The Rider fair.


Leo Kaylan - Together

Anderson Paak - Come Down

Sabina Ddumba - Did It For The Fame

Baltic Fleet - Angel's Shotgun

The Beat Escape - Seeing Is Forgetting

Zach De La Rocha - Digging For Windows

Jubilee - So Over It

Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam - Peaceful Morning

St Lenox - You Don't Call Me Anymore


Unbeaten in eleven, the Reds march to the title continues apace with even more capital punishment dished out, with Crystal Palace this time the recipients of the swarming, whirling, irresistible boys in toxic green whose attacking performance lit up Selhurst Park more than their luminous shirts.

Joined by Adam Smith, Jay McKenna, Ian Salmon and Simon Hughes, Neil Atkinson hosts another victorious big show live from the big room.

Raiding Palace  

Neil Atkinson was joined by Gareth Roberts, John Gibbons and Andy Heaton for this week's Radio City Talk show.

The Rider: Nimble  

Like the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square, the fourth seat at The Rider's table is the one they all want.

For the next few weeks we will be rotating it, starting with this week when Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and Stephanie Heneghan welcome...

...Rob Gutmann to the warmth of The Rider's bosom.

It means he gets to enjoy all the Rider's talk. The tip, John liking things, Steph not liking things.

What else? Sexy Bats, Britney and Vegas all get a mention. As do Korova and near death experiences. And why we all need to stay nimble.

Ten great songs too. What a Rider. Come on board.


Ohrn - Bang Bang
Lady Gaga – Joanne
Las Kellies - I'm On Fire
HMLTD - Is This What You Wanted
Icarus - They Are Not Like You
FaltyDL - Frigid Air feat µ-Ziq
Run The Jewels - Talk To Me
Oshan - Most At Home
Human League – Dreams Of Leaving
Temples - Certainty


The Perfect Weekend  

What a win, what a weekend. Gareth Roberts is joined for this week's free podcast by John Gibbons, Daniel Austin, Melissa Reddy and James Sutton to talk about a massive weekend for Liverpool as they shrugged off the disappointment of Manchester United to dispatch a troublesome West Brom side with relative aplomb.

Only just missing out on top spot on goal difference, could Liverpool have done more against a manager they've historically struggled against or did they produce enough against an inspired Ben Foster in the West Brom goal, and from one goalie to another, the microscopic analysis of Loris Karius continues, but is he really in as poorer form as is being made out?

What now for Liverpool with Spurs on the horizon and Crystal Palace at the weekend?

Can a few on the fringes force their way into the picture this weekend?

Smashing The Past  

Andy Heaton is joined for this week's Radio City Talk show by John Gibbons, Gareth Roberts and Jamie Braidwood.

With Liverpool without a league win over a Tony Pulis team in 5 years can Jurgen Klopp finally end the tracksuited long-ball hoodoo that has hung over Anfield for far too long?




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