The Long Ball Street

The Long Ball Street

United States

According to the internet, and co-host Matt Wilson, The Long Ball Street is the best football podcast out there. And if the internet knows anything it's stuff like this. In a virtual world drowning in football podcasts, Ball Street aims to bring you something a little different. We were set up to create an independent and authentic alternative the mainstream media, with fans at the heart of everything we do. As well as reacting to events in the football world, we'll be talking to fan channels like Arsenal Fan TV and Redmen TV on the content they produce, as well as interviewing football personalities like Jimmy Bullard and Ian Wright. The Long Ball Street isn't just another football podcast. It's THE football podcast...* *Matt Wilson and the internet.


Episode 26 - Anwar Uddin - Ruptured abuductors, West Ham dressing room and asian footballers  

Being an Asian professional footballer. Anwar Uddin is the Diversity and Campaign manager for Football Supporters Federation, he is also an ex-professional for West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge, Barnet, Sutton United and Eastbourne. He’s also a Bengali Muslim. Flav is joined by James in the absence of Matt. We talk to Anwar about his experiences as a pro footballer from an ethnic minority. He cut his teeth at West Ham during one of the greatest generation of youth players ever seen. He shared the dressing room with Ian Wright, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Leon Britton, and Frank Lampard. It wasn't always easy, but Uddin was a big part of the atmosphere at the club and has amazing stories to tell. Oh and there's the usual stories of horrendous injuries that will turn your stomach... See you at the far post.

Episode 25 - Dealing with success - the fans and the players  

Success in sport is seen as the aim for all who compete. But little thought goes into the impact that winning things can have on clubs, fanbases and the players themselves. Flav, Matt and Jim sit down and discuss the trappings of success and discover that no one really knows the answer to the question whether winning it all is really worth it. See you at the far post.

Episode 24 - Danny Gabbidon and the men that made him  

We're joined by West Ham and Cardiff stalwart Danny Gabiddon as we talk about the moments that defined his career. We get off to a shaky start. Former football agent Jim Erwood joins us as well. His much told story of representing Ashley Williams and losing him after another pro player whispered in his ear is blown wide open. And everyone hates Gary Megson. Danny talks candidly about his time at West Ham, Cardiff and QPR, while letting go of some amazing stories... not least the dressing room fall out between Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt at half-time during a game against Tottenham. The whole pod is, as ever, a fascinating listen. See you at the far post.

Episode 23 - Leon McKenzie - Knives, goals, suicide and boxing  

Leon McKenzie has gone through enough to live two lives. This is another podcast in a line produced by Ball Street where we've been fortunate enough to get behind the professional footballer, and in this case, the professional boxer. Leon goes into depth about his surroundings growing up and being tested as most young people in London contend with. Unfortunately his struggles didn't end when he made it into the professional ranks - a fascinating story in itself. Throughout his career Leon struggles with injury and for some footballers this brings with it mental strain. Typically the environment in football isn't set up to deal with mental health issues, but footballers, because they're men, are more susceptible to struggling mentally... for some it's a melting pot for depression and worse. But Leon is a different type of character, and isn't beaten so easily. This week we've got an offer on with DraftKings, a Daily Fantasy game where you compete live for real money with other players as the goals go in. Join our league this Saturday for your share of £15k: To get tickets for Leon's next fight at York Hall click this link: See you at the far post.

Episode 22 - Football Supporters Foundation  

Matt and Flav are together again and their tiff is very much a thing of past. Both are joined by Amanda Jacks and David Rose of the Football Supporters Foundation. We talk about the role of the organisation, the criticisms they face, the Twenty's Plenty campaign, the Whole Game Solution, and Safe Standing - we've never been closer to an introduction of rail seating in English grounds. We'll see you at the far post

Episode 21 - Fair Cop guv - Policing football fans  

We're joined by Amanda Jacks, a case worker for the Football Supporters Federation. She works with football fans who have been arrested or mistreated at football matches to ensure that supporters are treated as people rather than criminals. We talk about the damaging culture of football fans in that they accept the way they're treated, and how some fans court controversy as a two fingered gesture at what the game has become. We also touch upon the fascinating Joey Barton issue as he sits through his three week ban at Rangers. Matt is on holiday so we're joined by Ball Street co-founder Stuart, a worthy substitute. We'll see you at the far post.

Episode 20 - The rise of fan channels  

Flav is away on holiday so Matt is left to hold the fort. He's joined by Nicky from West Ham Fan TV and Elliot from The Bear Pit TV of the Ball Street Network. James also worms his way onto the pod for the second game. This week we look at the rise in fan media and the impact that's having on the way football clubs treat fans. Some clubs are better than others. Both Nicky and Elliot talk in depth about their experiences in the field. As Nicky is in the house we talk West Ham's new stadium, the owners, and all the fighting. Just what is going down at West Ham. We'll see you at the far post.

Episode 19 - The beauty of rivalry with journalist and author Steve Tongue  

Journalist and author of Turf Wars: A History of London Football, Steve Tongue joins Flav and Matt in the Ball Street studios to discuss rivalry in football. Football and rivalry have gone hand-in-hand since the game begun. Tongue's book focuses on London's clubs. The capital has one of the highest concentrations of football clubs of all the world's cities, and offers a rich history in how the rivalries are formed and how they manifest both on and off the pitch. We'll see you at the far post.

Episode 18 - Michael Greco - from Chelsea to Walford to Las Vegas  

Michael Greco joins Matt and Flav this week as we talk about Chelsea and their potential this season. The importance of Kante, the influence of Conte, and the rebirth of Eden Hazard. In keeping with the spirit of what the Long Ball Street has become the best stuff comes in the stories of Greco's time playing world level poker tournaments, Eastenders, and the women... all the all the women. See you at the far post...

Episode 17 - Law and football - buying football clubs and signing players  

Daniel Geey is a specialist in sports law and a partner of Sheridans Sport Group. He's involved in all the interesting parts of football that happen off the pitch: transfers, the sale of football clubs, image rights and well some of the boring bits as well... watertight contracts anyone? We also spend talk Financial Fair Play as Geey explains why it really is a force for good; plus we upturn plenty of misunderstanding from football fans about governance in the game. We didn't even get to how Brexit is going to impact football... Such a fascinating discussion was this that we've arranged a time for Simon to come back to the Ball Street studio very soon. See you at the far post.

Episode 16 - Fans have had enough - fixing football  

From an outside perspective the game in England has never been healthier. Clubs are spending more money on players than ever before, the franchise has never been more popular the world over, and in terms of skill, both in managers and players, we’ve never had a spread of talent like it. But there are obviously major issues with the game: today on the Long Ball Street we’re looking at some of the clubs that are suffering in the daylight of money in modern football. We're joined by Charlton fan Ged Colleypriest as we discuss the protests at The Valley, the situation at Hull and the ongoing issues between Mike Ashley and Rangers. We'll see you at the back post. *Views expressed on this podcast are that over the participants and not Ball Street as a whole

Long Ball Street Extra Time - MMA and Michael 'Venom' Page  

Matt and Flav leave football behind for a podcast and dip their toes into the world of mixed martial arts. We're joined by Bellator MMA star Michael 'Venom' Page, a fighter known for his vicious knockout power and his unorthodox, hands down' style. We speak about all things MMA, including dealing with going viral after KOing Cyborg, as well as plans for the future. He also talks about how he schooled Chris Eubank Jr during a boxing sparring session, which resulted in Jr throwing a 'hissy-fit'. We go in depth on the current MMA scene, who MVP's next targets might be, as well as how he developed himself to become the fighter that he is. MVP also admits that he joined Bellator while still having a lot to learn, especially in the art of Jujitsu and fighting on the ground. There's loads more, just listen.... See you in the cage.

Episode 15 - Football and fisticuffs with MMA star Michael 'Venom' Page  

The first of a two-part podcast with Michael 'Venom' Page, the man who broke Cyborg's skull with a jumping knee to the dome, and celebrated by rolling a pokemon ball at the fallen fighter. Michael was unaware that his opponent was hurt so badly, and only found out the next day when his brother was reading a newspaper... MVP goes into his love of Manchester United and football as a whole, as well as bring tested on the streets - just how does a man who can use his fists in the way he can deal with being fronted? The second part of the this podcast goes deeper into the MMA side of MVP's life so if you're into that check the Long Ball Street Extra Time... We'll see you at the far post.

Episode 14 - Adam Osper - Financial planner to Premier League ballers  

This episode is all about money in the beautiful game. Financial Planner to professional footballers, Adam Osper, joins Matt and Flav to talk about the pitfalls of earning wedge through football. The stereotype is to assume that footballers earn so much money that they never have to worry about living anything other than the most lavish of lifestyles. In actual fact the burdens of earning as much as they do often impact the kind of lives that they intend to leave, and create stresses that mere mortals couldn't imagine. We'll see you at the far post.

Episode 13 - Michael Duberry - cocaine, broken legs and court cases  

Former Chelsea, Stoke, and Leeds centre back, Michael Duberry, holds nothing back as we discuss the multiple ups and downs of his professional career. We discuss his playing days from youth development to making his debut under Hoddle at Chelsea all the way through to his final club at Hendon. He talks about facing players like Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Patrick Kluivert, and Alan Shearer, and the kind of tricks they'd get up to get the edge on the pitch. He opens up about being branded a 'grass' after the Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer court case; how the story broke that Leeds officials had allegedly planned to plant cocaine in his food so they could break his contract. Enjoy. See you at the back post.

Episode 12 - Sam Parkin and Rhys Weston - The plight of the lower league footballer  

Ex-professional footballers Rhys Weston and Sam Parkin played for 22 different football clubs between them. Despite the fact that we had two pros in the studio, Matt is apparently still the star. Flav returns as his dutiful co-host. Sam and Rhys give their take on what it's like to play in the bottom two echelons of football, and give a fascinating insight into everyday lives of professionals that make their living outside of the spotlight of the Premier League. They talk about the importance of football in their lives and the games when everything went wrong and nothing went right... but it wasn't all bad... Cal updates us on what's been going on around the world of football and beyond

Episode 11 - Football agents - scourge of the game?  

Former football agent, Jim Erwood, joins Flav and Matt as they churn through the seedy underbelly of the game we all love. Southend fan Cal also makes a return. Erwood's unrelenting honesty in the realities of managing footballers makes for a fascinating listen - the egos, the bizarre requests and the cynical grabs for success. We work with Jim so a lot more makes sense now... Enjoy.

Episode 10 - Andros Townsend's Old Man  

Kick it Out's Troy Townsend, father of England International Andros Townsend, joined Matt and Flav in the Ball Street studios. We spoke at length about Andros' career, the ups, the downs, the nine loan spells, the heartache and frustration of missing out on the Euro 2016 squad, Newcastle, Tottenham and of course Crystal Palace. Troy also opens up about his role as a father to a Premier League footballer, and the challenges and joys that brings. And, unfortunately, we're forced to delve in to the murkier side of social media once again. Enjoy!

Episode 9 - Not Hodgson, but who? feat. ArsenalFanTV  

James makes his debut and Robbie from ArsenalFanTV returns to the Long Ball Street podcast, with Flav and Matt, to discuss the fall out of England's horrendous Euro 2016 championship. This is a no holds barred podcast, we go at the failings of England in the raw emotion of just being beat by an Iceland team managed by a part-time dentist.

Episode 8 - Ian Wright opens up  

We sat down late one night during the Euros with Arsenal and England legend Ian Wright. We were expecting a chat about England's chances at Euro2016, but what we got was a near long two hour conversation about the perils of being a legend at a club like Arsenal, and the joys of winning, and breaking, hearts of supporters... He opened up on a level that people rarely do on podcasts about football. We found the person behind the man that everyone knows and many love. We understand 1hr 55min is a lot of your time, but we urge you to take a listen because this is truly fascinating. Enjoy.

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