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Welcome to Evan, ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye was many things to many people; a motown legend, a sex symbol, a tortured soul, a voice who spoke truth to power in 1970s America.. but not too many will be familiar with his stint as a boxing manager. Matthew Allen joined us on the World Service this week to talk about the piece he wrote for Rolling Stone detailing the night his fighter Andy Price went up against the great Sugar Ray Leonard and how it became the fight of Marvin Gaye’s life. Plus there’s reaction to Evan Ferguson's full debut for Ireland as well as Ken’s dive through the language barrier in search of cracks within the French Football camp.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/03/23·20m 26s

Ep 2592: TFW… it’s everyone else’s fault - 20/03/2023

Antonio Conte took the opportunity of a 3-3 draw at Southampton to point the finger at the real enemy - all the losers and failures who have represented Tottenham on the field for the last 20 years. How can even a great coach such as he be expected to overcome the mediocrity which is hard-wired into the very bone marrow of Spurs?We also talk Evan Ferguson, Arsenal’s too hot for broadcast title challenge, and the disappointing quality of the secret football IP which is leaking out of the super-FCB clubs. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/03/23·43m 58s

Ep 2591: Ireland Just Want More And More - 20/03/2023

Even with a grand slam fresh out of the oven and a historic series win over NZ in his back pocket, Andy Farrell was already looking ahead to the World Cup in his post-match press conference on Saturday evening; unlike other big Irish moments in the past, this one felt more like the start of something, rather than the end.We get Andrew Trimble and Shane Horgan on to put this title in context, to explain why Ireland played so badly for an hour, to examine the evolution of Johnny Sexton and to marvel at Ireland's ability to get out of sticky situations.We discuss the Freddie Steward red card, Ireland's incredible defence ad discipline stats and how nice it is to see the players be backed to express themselves, on and off the pitch. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/03/23·1h 9m

Columbus’ Egg, Moneyball Mack, Pep’s Crush

Grand Slam weeks don't come around too often (for now) so we went all out this week with Connacht's Andy Friend dropping by on Wednesday to chat about Mack Hansen's Snake Hips, versatility and general ‘looseness’.Fresh from offering the best analysis around on the Gary Lineker Tweet debacle, Ken dusted down his Columbus Egg as proof he had been right about Trent Alexander-Arnold all along.Plus, there’s Guardiola on how a Julia Roberts trip to Old Trafford both hurt and motivated him in equal measure. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/03/23·18m 16s

Ep 2586: That Didn't Take Long - 13/03/2023

Gary Lineker's brief exile from Match of the Day has ended in an apologetic climbdown by the BBC director general Tim Davie, after the immediate support shown by his colleagues in BBC Sport checkmated the broadcaster.We talk today about aspects of the affair. Was the tweet that got Lineker in trouble really so outrageous? And what does the BBC's commitment to impartiality mean in a media landscape where nobody believes in anyone else's impartiality?  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/03/23·41m 18s

Ep 2585: Adversity Monsters, Slam Week, England Ship 50 - 13/03/2023

There was all manner of things thrown at the Ireland team in Murrayfield but as fans and pundits are coming to realise, this team don’t panic.We chat to Stuart Barnes and Shane Horgan about the invention, versatility and deep confidence this side displays, and we ask if there is any way England, who got dismembered by France, can pull things around in a week.We marvel at Peter O’Mahony’s clarity of thought, Jack Conan’s modesty, Mack Hansen’s creativity and Scotland’s mental and physical collapse.Plus Murph quenches his Quaich thirst and we put Rhasidat Adeleke’s latest achievement in context. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/03/23·1h 5m

The Straight Talk Express, Lancaster’s Leinster, Wout’s Woes

Much admired long-time zoom contributor, first-time live guest, Caitlin Thompson of Racquet Magazine, joined us in The Brass Monkey in New York’s Meatpacking District. Caitlin regaled us with tales from John McCain’s election tour bus ‘The Straight Talk Express’ and how that experience convinced her to drop political reporting in favour of sports journalism. Plus there’s an extract from our chat with Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster ahead of our game with Scotland as well as a deep dive from Ken into the fallout from the 7-0 at Anfield.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/03/23·29m 30s

Ep 2580: Made In Manhattan - 06/03/23

We've arrived in New York, eaten a hot dog, and made our way straight to the Ghostbusters building to record today's show.All five of us are on air at the one time (for the first time ever?) a7.51.130nd we have a chat about that scary day 10 years ago when we left Newstalk for pastures unknown. Eoin warns us about Slimer, Mark does his Michael Jordan hall of fame speech, Murph talks about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure a bit too much, Simon explains the art of the deal and Ken talks in flight movies.We love you all, thanks for sticking with us, more shows coming from New York this week. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/03/23·14m 48s

Ep 2579: Massacre At Anfield, Magic Mo, United's Deepest Cut, Nelson's Thunderbolt - 06/03/2023

Ken watched but did not understand what he saw at Anfield today as previously weak, fragile, inconsistent Liverpool turned this game into a massacre.Ten Hag called it unprofessional, which, considering the source, may be the deepest cut of all for Man United. Ken wades into the errors and the implications of this historic defeat.Salah was brilliant today, which begs the question - where has he been all season?We talk to Ryan Hunn of the Stadio podcast and Wrighty's House about an epic comeback win for Arsenal.Plus there's mystic Souness, Gunnersauras TV and Ken calls the title, again. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/03/23·1h 7m

The Game that Changed Football, The Italian Hatchet Job, The Adeleke Hype Train

In 2014 the Dubs lined out against Donegal in the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final. Paul Flynn was clipping scores from all angles as Dublin paraded their personal brand of rock-and-roll Gaelic Football. Unknown to the Footballing public however was that the 3-14 that Michael Murphy’s Donegal were able to slip by them that day would set the course for a rebuild that saw Jim Gavin’s men go on a 45-game winning streak, notching 6 All Ireland Titles in the process.We talked to Flynn and Murphy on the World Service this week about that fateful game in order to seek answers to Dublin's poor form at the moment.  Plus, we seek some clarity on exactly what the Italian band did to our poor anthem before last weekend's Six Nations game in Rome and there’s an extract from our chat with Ireland’s athletics superstar-in-waiting; Rhasidat Adeleke.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/03/23·18m 21s

Ep 2534: Howe Now, Carabao? - 27/02/2023

Yesterday Erik ten Hag won the first trophy he could win as manager of Man United. Jose Mourinho also won the League Cup in his first season there - but this time it feels different, right?We also talk about Graham Potter’s unfortunate habit of comparing his situation at Chelsea with Mikel Arteta’s early days at Arsenal. Laurie Whitwell and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about the Carabao Cup final. Why did it never quite get going for Newcastle? How have the leopards in Manchester United’s dressing room managed to change their spots? And with Avram Glazer a visible presence at yesterday’s final, what is the latest on the takeover front? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/02/23·1h 12m

Ep 2533: Artful Italians, 18 Phases And The Truth, Scots Come Close, Full Swing And A Miss - 27/02/2023

Ireland's season, and all the good vibes surrounding this team, hung in the balance for long periods of the second half in Rome, but a brilliant 18-phase try, finished by Mack Hansen, won the game and kept the Slam dream alive.We discuss Six Nations 7's rugby, Ireland's new midfield, Hugo Keenan's metres, Italy's brilliant attack, Scotland's failed comeback in Paris, Welsh gardening and anthem skulduggery.And we digest listener feedback on our Full Swing episode, which was.... mixed. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/02/23·22m 52s

Be Like Water Be Like Carlo, Ken’s Kankles, Learning to Love Finn, LIV’s Allure

Elite managers are an interesting bunch, often willing to die on the hill of protecting the brand of football that got them success in the first place. This week, as Klopp-ball stuttered to a halt, it’s become abundantly clear that some sort of change is required at Liverpool. Fortunately, we’re all about solutions on the World Service and suggest that maybe some salvation can be found in the teachings of the shapeless, formless, water-like outlier that is.. Carlo Ancelotti? Plus there’s Shane Horgan’s startling Scottish fandom, a Ken injury newsflash, as well as a taste of our chat with Malachy Clerkin and Lawrence Donegan on the ups and downs of the new Netflix golf documentary ‘Full Swing’.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/02/23·25m 34s

Ep 2528: Jarlath Burns' Hopes And Dreams, The Trip To Rome, Welsh Rugby Strike - 20/02/2023

Jarlath Burns is the new President-elect of the GAA. He's a former Ulster title-winning captain with Armagh, which already makes him a different animal to many GAA presidents. But as talk of a border poll in the North shows no sign of going away, having a man who has never been shy about expressing his opinions on a united Ireland will make for a very interesting few years ahead.As Ireland prepare for stage 3 of their inevitable march to Grand Slam glory we discuss who is in and who is out of Farrell's squad for the trip to Rome.The Welsh Rugby Union continue to hold the title of worst-run organisation in pro sports; in the wake of allegations of sexism and bullying, this week they face the possibility of the players going on strike for their Six Nations game against England in Cardiff. The Welsh players have given the WRU until Wednesday to meet their demands, and they aren't asking too much - they basically want to know if they have a rugby career beyond the end of this season! We discuss the story with Steffan Thomas of Wales Online. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/02/23·41m 12s

Ep 2527: It’s React-IVE not React-IONARY - 20/02/2023

Many listeners were enraged by last week’s premature doom mongering about Arsenal’s title hopes. After the Gunners’ Emi Martinez-inspired comeback at Villa, Ken deals with the fallout.We also discuss the Man United takeover situation, why it’s not working for Graham Potter at Villa, and what to make of Darwin’s weird numbers. Jack Pitt-Brooke and Richard Jolly join us to talk about the weekend’s football. Can anyone explain Marcus Rashford’s sensational form? Why do many Man United fans think they need Qatar? Will Graham Potter last the week at Chelsea? And is the departure of Lee Mason from PGMOL a good sign for the future of PL refereeing? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/02/23·1h 23m

City Go Clear, Potter Goes Nuclear, Mahomes Hops to Glory

A new GOAT has entered the stable, the name; Patrick Mahomes. US Murph joined us in the aftermath of a Super Bowl for the ages to talk Mahomes playing through the pain barrier and Las Vegas Octopuses. Over in London Town Arsenal’s title charge has continued to crumble, while closer to home it's Rovers' title to lose. Contenders ready. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/02/23·17m 0s

Ep 2562: Cringe City, Arsenal Robbed, Mersey Beat, Lord Palmerston Relevant Again - 13/02/23

As Pep Guardiola begins to further resemble the Captain of a Pirate Ship, his crew at the Good Ship Etihad raised the Black Flag of Lord Pannick in what may just be the lamest Premier League moment yet. Down in London where Pannick has yet to grip the streets, contented Chelsea Boss Graham Potter stayed too calm for some pundits. Could his easy-going ways be put down to the large pay-off which will surely come soon... or his healthy lunches? We also chat Arsenal - Robbed!, Lord Palmerston's Famine record and the Gavin Bazunu situation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/02/23·44m 39s

Ep 2561: Ireland Are Something Special, Doris Delights, Slam Talk, Video Replay Nasties - 13/02/2023

Ireland came into this game as the disputed number 1 team in the world, but after Saturday's thrilling win over France few could argue they are now a special group with no limits to what they could achieve.We chat to Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley about how entertaining this game was, the ambitious coaching plan, Doris' 10/10, Ireland's fitness levels, whether they can be "worked out", the Atonio high hit, the squad depth and Ross Byrne's emergence as a reliable back up to Sexton.Murph goes full JFK magic bullet on the Lowe try TMO angles.Plus there's MOTM awards, Sexton's tears, Corcoran at full throttle and Lowe's Poker Face Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/02/23·1h 0m

The Twickenham Arms, Ken on the City, Ireland Still Favourites?

Six Nations Fever is not the only ailment gripping the rugby world this week. An injury crisis has struck Ireland ahead of our clash with France and the Twickenham crowd seem to have come down with some gastrointestinal problems, according to one Clive Woodward.  We talk to Romain Bergogne of L’Equipe about how he sees the game playing out at the weekend, plus there's Dion Fanning and Miguel Delaney chatting to Ken about how important the Premier League's allegations against Manchester City may turn out to be. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/02/23·24m 56s

Ireland Take First Step, Keenan Perfection, Borthwick Bodies Eddie, Can Scots Change The Script.

It was a thrilling opening weekend of the Six Nations with all six teams having their moments. Ireland made a fast start in Wales, then wobbled for a period, then impressively took back control. We chat to Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble about Ireland's 18th win in 20 games and how nice it is to be the team that everyone else now hates.We marvel at the clarity and ferocity of those opening 20 minutes, the detail required in attack, the performance of Hugo Keenan, how well Finlay Bealham and Ross Byrne did coming in for two all time greats, and where the team can and need to improve if they are to beat France.After scoring some stunning tries to beat England, again, we ask if the Scots can change the script for round 2 against Wales, and if we can read much into France's issues with Italy.And with the Glen - Crokes saga finally coming to a close, we are left with more questions than answers. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/02/23·1h 7m

Barmy Boehly, Hoggwatch 2023, Breathless In Cardiff

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Stuart Hogg is back with a vengeance ahead of the 2023 Six Nations and Chelsea Football Club continue to break international transfer spending records. We tackle these issues on the World Service this week, as well as Ireland V Wales and Katie Taylor's Croke Park dreams being crushed.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/02/23·19m 56s

Ep 2551: Are You Not Entertained? - 30/01/2023

Yesterday's FA Cup matinee, The Assassination of Evan Ferguson by the Coward Fabinho, played to generally poor reviews. Audiences were turned off by the gratuitous bursts of mindless violence and absence of any justice or comeuppance for the perpetrators. Critics say the latest dark vision from the mind of policeman-turned-auteur Howard Webb, with its unsettling themes of child sacrifice and bankrupt authority, is perhaps still too far ahead of its time.We discuss Man City's decision to let Joao Cancelo go on loan to Bayern Munich, with the option to make the move permanent in the summer. Why has Guardiola said goodbye to one of his best players of recent years? And Sean Dyche has been confirmed as the new manager of Everton. Ken gives his immediate verdict on whether they will escape relegation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/01/23·38m 46s

Ep 2550: Rory Wins It For The Good Guys, Six Nations Preview, Novak Emotes - 30/01/2023

Rory Mcilroy brightened up our Monday morning with a clutch 20-foot putt on the last to beat golf's number 1 heel, Patrick Reed, by 1 shot in the Dubai Desert Classic. We discuss clutch Rory and the horror of seeing the tee-throwing, subpoena-wielding, LIV golf-subscribing Reed going so close to beating the Irishman (and I mean an Irishman).This year's Six Nations will have the number 1 and 2 ranked teams in the world, England under new management, a confident Scottish squad, a best ever Italian team and Wales getting the band back together under Gatland once again.We chat to former England flyhalf Stuart Barnes about him rating Ireland as favourites, if we have maxed out on our talent, if Gatland can be as successful again without Shaun Edwards, why we all continue to underrate the Wales-Gatland dynamic, and if France can go back to back.Plus there's a streaming speed hullabaloo and we wonder if Novak is emoting for real after his latest Australian Open triumph. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/01/23·49m 33s

GAA Goes Full Liveline, Eddie Frankenstein, The Hollywood Murphs

The All Ireland Senior Club Football Final is a big day in the calendar but nobody expected the result of Kilmacud Crokes and Glen to become the water cooler topic of the nation this week. We welcomed Paul Flynn & Michael Foley onto the show to discuss how farcical this has all been. Plus there's Eddie Howe's likeness to Dr Frankenstein and how Hollywood has come knocking in Milltown Co, Galway.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/01/23·24m 46s

Ep 2545: The Kilmacud 17, Munster Play Pretty, Broadhurst Beaten, Permutations Man Is Angry - 23/01/23

Kilmacud Crokes beat Glen of Derry to win the All Ireland Club Football Final this weekend, but footage shows they had 17 men on the pitch for the final play of the game. Should Glen appeal? Should the GAA offer a replay? Or should they go with Ken Early's suggestion and kick Kilmacud out of the competition altogether?Munster scored one of the greatest tries in their history, away to Toulouse, thanks to a series of sharp passes and smart running lines. They lost the game but even in defeat gained energy, joy, excitement and hope that they can be a great side once again.... even if they have a horrible last 16 tie away to Siya Kolisi's Sharks. We chat to Gavan Casey of The42 about World Champion Amy Broadhurst's defeat to Grainne Walsh in the National Elite Boxing Championship Finals, and what it means for Broadhurst's Olympic Qualification hopes.And with Edinburgh failing to understand what they needed from their game against Saracens, permutations man feels compelled to have his say. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/01/23·41m 30s

Ep 2544: Arsenal Going Clear - 23/01/23

Mikel Arteta described Arsenal's 3-2 win over Manchester United as "increlliant" - which just about covers it.Led by Saka and Zinchenko (thanks Pep!), Arsenal recovered from the gut punch of Marcus Rashford's brilliant opening goal to turn the game around and all but knock United out of the title race. Andrew Mangan and David Sneyd join us to talk about the weekend's football. If Arsenal do win the title should Pep Guardiola get a medal for selling them Zinchenko? Did City's 3-0 defeat of Wolves suggest they might be about to go on one of their 18-match winning runs? And the question everyone is asking: who is better between Haaland and Ferguson? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/01/23·1h 20m

Ian Wright Finds His Voice, Kicker's Shape Lives And Legacies

We were delighted to welcome Ian Wright to the World Service this week to talk about Arsenal's hot streak, how he eventually came to find his voice in broadcasting, as well as the role of the modern striker - namely Haaland and our very own Evan Ferguson. Plus there's US Murph on how it's often the humble kickers that shape lives and legacies.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/01/23·21m 43s

Ep 2539: The Clifford(s) Effect - 16/01/23

Starting with a McGrath Cup game for Kerry on January 5th, 2022, he played 34 games, scored 20-187 and won eight trophies from nine competitions.  David Clifford has had a hell of a season.  Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times joins us to talk to us about Fossa’s win in the All-Ireland junior club final yesterday, and the travelling circus that has accompanied their route through the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland championship, with crowds following Clifford wherever he went. We also pay tribute to Paudie Clifford’s victory speech, comparing it favourably to Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame acceptance, and there’s also the return to top-class international rugby of Eddie Jones.   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/01/23·40m 31s

Ep 2538: The Premier League Vibe Shift - 16/01/2023

Manchester United surging back into title contention, Arsenal winning at Spurs, City and Liverpool losing on the same Saturday for the first time in ten years... is the long-established PL order transforming before our eyes?But while many things thought solid are melting into air, other old truths remain: Chelsea are outspending everyone, Everton are engulfed in revolutionary tumult, and VAR is still happily inserting mistakes.Miguel Delaney and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the Manchester and London derbies, whether Manchester City have what it takes to reel Arsenal in, and whether Jurgen Klopp is reaching the end of the road at Liverpool. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/01/23·1h 26m

La Faute de Giles, Bale Bows Out, Hollywood Bills

One of the great Irish sporting controversies dominated the World Service this week.. who really was at fault for the opening French goal in our 2-0 defeat in Paris in 1976? There's also Ken's case for Bale's footballing immortality, as well as US Murph on what's making the Buffalo Bills' march to the NFL playoffs just so damn Hollywood. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/01/23·30m 59s

Ep 2533: Proactive Porter, Vialli's Stats, Ulster Lose - 09/01/2023

2023 is but a pup and already Irish rugby fans are fretting over the team's World Cup chances if Johnny Sexton isn't fit.Since his switch to loosehead prop just over a year ago Andrew Porter has become almost as important to both Leinster and Ireland. Simon caught up with him to discuss winning streaks, how Porter separates work from the rest of his life and his work with the Tackle Your Feelings campaign which aims to help people be proactive about their mental health, a topic close to Porter's heart since he lost his mother to cancer at 12 years of age.We also look at Ulster's latest loss in Italy, Vialli's stats and The Buffalo Bills. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/01/23·28m 45s

Ep 2532: Potter Flops, Big Wout's Big Move, Hands Off our Evan - 09/01/2023

Graeme Potter is the Chelsea coach... but why were the Chelsea fans singing the name of Thomas Tuchel at the Etihad last night? The Currency's Dion Fanning and Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian join us on today's show to talk about Chelsea supporters' unrealistic expectations, why Potter's body language matters, why none of this is his fault - and why his blamelessness doesn't actually matter. We also talk about Evan Ferguson's prospects of playing for England (hands off, Lee Carsley), Wout Weghurst's triumphant return to the Premier League, and why Zinedine Zidane has fallen foul of a quote-friendly sports administrator.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/01/23·1h 13m

Rest in Peace Vialli, The rise of Ferguson, Cristiano's Conclusion

The Premier League has returned to our screens in the wake of the winter World Cup, so there's been plenty to get into in the first week of the year on the Second Captains World Service. Firstly though we pay tribute to the life and career of Gianluca Vialli, the legendary Italian striker who died this week aged 58. Terry Daley joins us from Milan to discuss the style, charm and dignity of the man, whose appeal transcended club and national loyalties. We also dust off an old interview from 2007 featuring a young Eoin McDevitt and Ken Early grilling the great man with questions like 'Is Ruud Gullit a bit of an asshole?' Plus Bohemians coach Trevor Croly, who coached Ireland's emerging Premier League talent Evan Ferguson, on how they worked on his game at Bohs and brought him into the first team at just 14 years old. As well as Ken on where Cristiano Ronaldo stacks up against the great players of his generation. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/01/23·35m 58s

Ep 2527: Ronaldo's Transfer to Second Tier Greatness, Evan Ferguson Enters the Record-Books & do Arsenal Have It Sewn Up? - 02/01/2023

As dawn breaks on a New Year most Premier League clubs have only completed 16 fixtures - the season is about to get intense, but that doesn't stop Ken making a bold prediction on the destination of the title. Guardiola's big-man-up-top system continues to reap goals for Erling Haaland; Eoin, Ken and The Guardian's John Brewin, discuss whether or not the Norwegian's scoring stats are enough for Manchester City to catch Arsenal.One man who tried to halt the Arsenal title march was former Bohs striker Evan Ferguson. The 18 year old became Ireland’s youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer on Saturday when bagging Brighton & Hove Albion’s second in their 4-2 defeat by Arsenal at the Amex StadiumWhile Ken and Eoin debate whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to a country he recently told Piers Morgan he would not be transferring to, has finally settled where his place in the football pantheon lies; 'second-tier' greatness.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/01/23·1h 11m

Ep 2526: Rest in Peace, King of Football - 30/12/2022

Yesterday, at 3.27 pm local time, a statement from a Sao Paulo hospital confirmed the death of the great Pele, “our dear King of Football”. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele to the footballing world, is considered one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Aside from scoring over 1200 career goals, he also was seen as one of the great innovators in football, with many tricks and skill moves we commonly see today being attributed to his creation. As Erling Haaland put it so succinctly, “Everything you see any player doing, Pelé did it first. RIP”. In tribute to the great man, we’ve chosen to revisit a chat between Ken & Tim Vickery from last year about the Pele documentary on Netflix, discussing the life of Brazil’s finest player and where he fits into the conversation of the all time greats. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/12/22·39m 39s

Ep 2525: Nationalism, Irish Identity And Up The Ra With Una Mullally And Brian Kerr - 29/12/22

Amid the joy and celebrations after the Irish women's team qualified for the World Cup, a now infamous video from the team’s dressing room involving a republican song went viral and the subsequent controversy surrounding it seemed to almost immediately overshadow the achievement itself. The reaction to the song then gave way to a much broader debate about nationalism and its place in Irish sport and Irish life.With that in mind we asked Una Mullally of the Irish Times and former Republic of Ireland Manager Brian Kerr to join us live in Liberty Hall Theatre to reflect on the video, the reaction to the video, and the conversation the country needs to have about border polls, nationalism and where we want to be in 10 years time. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/12/22·48m 55s

Ep 2523: US Murph's Sport Stories of the Year Live from Liberty Hall Theatre - 27/12/2022

It’s never a true Gang’s All Here week without the charisma & enthusiasm of everybody’s favourite West Coast sports radio powerhouse, US Murph. Having just touched down on Irish soil, he was expecting a relaxing few days of conversation and merriment but instead was greeted with word that the biggest Baseball story of the year was breaking back home.We get the lowdown on how he had to cover the news from the warm embrace of Fallon’s Pub in Dublin City, how it feels to be back with us for the first time since the heady days of 2019, as well as a rundown on his Top Three US sport stories of the year.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/12/22·36m 44s

Ep 2518: Ulster Vent And Oscillate, Munster Tackle And Battle - 19/12/22

At the start of December Ulster were 22-3 up against Leinster and cruising against 14 men, but fell apart and lost the game 38-29. Then the following week they lost 39-0 to Sale, and this weekend were losing 29-0 at half time to La Rochelle, before a 29 point comeback secured them a losing bonus point and a 4 try bonus point.We ask former Ulster and Ireland centre Darren Cave to explain Ulster's mental state, both now and historically.Gerry Thornley is in studio to look at what has gone wrong and right for the province and if coach Dan McFarland and CEO Jonny Petrie were right to go public on their frustrations with the EPCR for not allowing the game be played in Belfast, rather than an empty Lansdowne Road.Plus there's ROG's facial expressions at the final whistle, Munster's renewed appetite for battles and tackles and we crowbar a mention of Puma legend Hugo Porta into the chat. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/12/22·36m 33s

Ep 2517: Messi's Destiny And Glory For Argentina - 18/12/22

Lionel Messi and Argentina have won the World Cup, and in a fashion so outrageous that no one watching will ever forget it. Tim Vickery and Philippe Auclair give Argentina their due while puzzling over the paucity of the French challenge for 80 minutes. And Ken Early, the Lion of Lusail, joins us one more time, mere hours before his flight home to talk us through the almost unbearable tension of normal time, injury time, extra-time, and injury time in extra-time, before penalties secured Messi’s legacy forever. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/12/22·1h 34m

Messi Equals Football, Quelle Griez, Pick Fit, Amber Live

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15/12/22·31m 52s

Ep 2512: Munster Lose In Fog Of War, Ulster Disappear, Lovely Leinster, Gatland In, Jones Out - 12/12/2022

As the World Cup in Qatar has taken the majority of our attention over the last few weeks, the rugby wheel has kept on turning. We chat to Shane Horgan about Munster's progress but also basic errors made against Toulouse in the fog in a packed-out Thomond Park. Is the game plan starting to come together, and do they have the players for said game plan? Elsewhere, Leinster & Ulster experienced very different results with the former strolling to an impressive away win over Racing 92, while Ulster seemed to concede every type of try imaginable as they were thumped 39-0 by Sale.  Plus there's Eddie Jones being relieved of his role as England Coach, the return of Warrenball, ROG committing his future to La Rochelle and the GAA making the ballsy decision to go toe to toe with the World Cup Final. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/12/22·48m 6s

Ep 2511: Kane Unable, Rue Giroud, Messi Magic, Oranje Spice, Morocco March On - 11/12/2022

Welcome to our bonus Sunday World Cup pod after four of the most dramatic quarter-finals in the competition’s history.We chat with Tim Vickery about the scenes between Argentina and The Netherlands, Brazil’s limp exit and some of the strange refereeing performances over the last few days.We pay tribute to the life and career of American writer and broadcaster Grant Wahl who sadly passed away in Qatar while working on the Argentina game.Plus there’s Ronaldo’s tears, Rue Giroud, England’s missed opportunity, big Wout, Moroccan magic, Messi’s moment. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/12/22·1h 33m

Ep 2506: Hey Jude, Mbappe's Knockout Blows, Giroud Pour L'Eternite, Messi's One Man Band - 04/12/2022

England and France dealt with Poland and Senegal with the minimum of fuss today, but how will they handle each other?  Ken got his first look at England in the flesh at this tournament, and he was suitably impressed with Jude Bellingham… but has Kyle Walker got what it takes to stop Kylian Mbappé? We talk to friend of the show Philippe Auclair about Mbappé's red-hot form, and about Giroud, now France’s record goal-scorer.And we discuss Messi's one man band, how much Louis van Gaal is loving life at the moment, and why Declan Rice can safely return to Ireland now that he’s just a middle-aisle Jude Bellingham. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/12/22·1h 17m

Ep 2505: Karma Bites, Xhaka the Shithouse, South Korea Scrape Through - 03/12/2022

It’s the end of the World Cup group phase and after another day of chaos and disorder we have Luis Suarez in tears, South Korea triumphant and Granit Xhaka sealing his reputation as an Ulster senior football championship-level shithouse.Ken was at both the Uruguay Ghana and Switzerland Serbia games yesterday and he tells us how gleefully Ghana celebrated their own demise when faced with the image of a weeping Suarez and just why Serbia limped so pathetically out of the World Cup.  Plus there’s Uruguay’s valid VAR complaints, South Korea’s deserved progression and another relaxed evening of football with Argentina. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/22·36m 38s

Team Hobo, Messi Saunters, Fat Horses, Golf Ball To The Groin

it's been an eventful World Cup for our man on the ground. Ken was on hand to watch Messi inspire his team to the top of Group C with a display that flew in the face of everything we know about attacking football. We also discuss Pulisic's knee to the groin which brings up painful memories for Murph. And Ken gives us the rundown on what delights Doha has to offer. With episodes every night after the matches, there's maybe never been a better time to become a World Service Member. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/12/22·20m 46s

Ep 2500: Double Ken, Mbappe Gold, Messi To Miami, Germans go Full Krug - 27/11/2022

It’s been another bonkers weekend of World Cup action and there’s only one way to cover it all…. that’s right, it’s a double helping of His Ken-ness!In the big game of the day Germany saved their bacon by going FULL KRUG while Spain forgot to keep playing football. There’s also golden Mbappe, Croatia crushing Canada, “relish it Rabat” and Messi to Miami.Don’t forget we’ve another show out earlier today on Argentina’s win over Mexico. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/11/22·1h 1m

Ep 2499: Messi Magic Might Spark Argentina, Dressing Room Dressing Downs & Sing-Songs - 27/11/2022

Lionel Messi saved Argentina again last night with a stunning goal to break the deadlock against Mexico. They're back in contention, but can they go all the way? Tim Vickery is far from sure, but the arrival of Enzo Fernandez in their midfield gives them a chance. Plus there's misguided vox pops, Eoin's favourite dressing-room moment of the World Cup so far, and a short audio history of Argentinian post-match celebrations. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/11/22·38m 22s

Big In Japan, Ken's Glass Ceiling, Argentina Again, German Retail

Ken has been on hand to witness both Japan's victory over South Africa in the 2015 RWC and their recent win over Germany in the 2022 football World Cup, but the king of world cup upsets didn't stop there as he was also at the Saudi Arabia Argentina game.We discuss Germany's silent gesture, the joyous positivity of Cameroon's Joey N'Do and have a new bed for Ken's glass door incident.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/11/22·20m 39s

Ep 2494: Rugby Loses, Ireland Wins, White Wobbles, Wales Sing - 21/11/22

Ireland laboured to a win over Australia to make it three wins from three in the autumn internationals, and yet again a backrower won MOTM. Murph has a theory on this trend.We talk to former Ireland stars Gordon Darcy and Shane Horgan about Ireland's muddled attack, strange decision making, but also their guts and defiance. How did debutant Jack Crowley do, have we an issue with taking high balls, has our phase game been worked out and will we be the better for these hard fought wins?We also look at how the Nic White concussion was missed by those responsible and if the independent doctors are relying too much on the Head Injury Assessment process while missing the key information seen by all 50,000 people in the stadium.Plus there's the rise and rise and rise of Josh Van Der Flier, ROG for England and the Welsh football song that made Murph weep at breakfast time. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/11/22·1h 0m

Ep 2493: World Cup Starts With A Whimper, Ken In Qatar, Infantino Feels Everything - 20/11/22

The 2022 World Cup has begun and Ken was at the Al Bayt stadium to see the hosts lose 2-0 to Ecuador with a hopeless display. You still can't buy success in international football, well not yet anyway.We catch up with Miguel Delaney to talk about Gianni Infantino's outlandish press conference performance on Saturday, and the bizarre scene of an opening world cup match being played in front of an almost empty stadium.And with Ken's world cup barely 12 hours old he's already had his first traumatic travel tale to tell. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/11/22·46m 6s

Qatar's Rise to Power, Who'll Win the World Cup?

Tim Vickery, Miguel Delaney and Jonathan Wilson joined us on the World Service this week to preview the first ever winter World Cup - who will win it, and why.AND, with three days to go before the tournament starts we spoke to anthropologist John McManus whose new book, Inside Qatar, offers an insightful portrait of the host nation. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/11/22·18m 31s

Ep 2488: Andy Irked, Fan Fights, Ruby Dazzles, Rassie's Tweets - 14/11/2022

It was a limp display from Ireland this weekend and Andy Farrell wasn't shy about showing his displeasure with the performance, the attitude and the decision to kick their last possession into touch.We talk to Andrew Trimble about Farrell's post match reaction, Jack Crowley's rapid progression, and Rassie's latest tweet tirade.Plus there's fan trouble at the FAI Cup Final and in Parnell Park and we marvel at the charisma of NZ's Ruby Tui as her team shocked England to win the WRWC final. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/11/22·39m 7s

Ep 2487: End Of Part One, Ronaldo Burns Bridges - 14/11/2022

Six days left until the start of the World Cup, but there's one last weekend of Premier League to talk about, and City's defeat to Brentford means the first part of the season has ended on a cliffhanger...Then we're joined by Dion Fanning and Rory Smith to talk about Ronaldo's interview with Piers Morgan, Newcastle's win over Chelsea, and whether Todd Boehly knows something FSG doesn't. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/11/22·1h 11m

Africa's World Cup Perspective, Rhys McClenaghan On Perfection And Identity

No World Cup build-up is complete without a chat with our friend in Nigeria, Oluwashina Okeleji. We asked him about Senegal's chances, if Mane will play, Cameroon's WC build up, and attitudes in Africa to Qatar's record on human rights.Ireland's first Gymnastics World Champion Rhys McClenaghan popped into studio with his medal during the week. We spoke about the inevitability of mistakes in Pommel Horse, the lessons you learn, and the questions of identity he was forced to face when it looked like he wasn’t going to be allowed to compete for Northern Ireland at this year’s Commonwealth Games.Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/11/22·19m 56s

Ep 2482: Premier League Goes Goal Crazy, Liverpool For Sale, Howe High, Marsch Madness - 07/11/2022

This was the goaling-est weekend of the Premier League season thus far, even notwithstanding the tactical chess match that was Chelsea/Arsenal. Gavin Cooney of the42 and Jonathan Wilson join us to discuss Liverpool's win over Spurs, Eddie Howe's rise, trouble at the bridge and Marsch madness.There are also reports from David Ornstein of the Athletic that Liverpool are up for sale - another chance for some nation-state to get involved maybe?Plus there's the return of Permutations Man, 10 red cards from Argentina, and the argument for the FAI to dabble in our native tongue. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/11/22·45m 31s

Ep 2481: Ireland beat the World Champs - 07/11/2022

Ireland survived an almighty onslaught in the first half against SA before playing some brilliant attacking rugby of their own. Did this game prove this team can cope against the most powerful sides in the world?We chat to Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley about Ireland's grace under fire, the ability to transition from defence to attack, the job Paul O'Connell is doing in scrum and maul, and if this result means anything for the world cup.We also examine Rassie's conspiracy tweet, Mack Hansen's licence to roam, and the atmosphere at the Aviva. Plus, there's chill Cheika beating Eddie the workaholic. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/11/22·1h 10m

Must Watch Nunez, Protests In Iran

Liverpool battled to a win over Napoli and once again it was hard to take your eyes off Darwin Nunez. Eoin wants someone to measure a footballer's "presence" on the field but Ken is all about the facts and figures and compares him to a few other star PL strikers.As Iran prepares to play a World Cup on its own doorstep, the country has been swept by waves of protests after the September 16th killing in police custody of 22-year old Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the Morality Police in Tehran for wearing her hijab 'loosely'. The security forces cracking down on these protests have since killed at least 284 people, including 45 children, according to Iran's Human Rights Activists News Agency.Now a group of current and former Iranian athletes has written to FIFA asking that their country be banned from the World Cup for human rights violations, while the Ukrainian FA has asked for Iran to be thrown out in retaliation for supplying Russia with attack drones for its war against Ukraine.To talk about this story, we welcome back to the pod Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who was arrested and imprisoned in Tehran in 2014, and who first spoke to us on the pod during the 2018 World Cup.Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/11/22·14m 22s

Ep 2476: Howe Kowtow and the Seven-Year Itch - 31/10/2022

We talk about Arsenal keeping up their two-point lead, Manchester United keeping up their 85-year run, and as Newcastle roll into the top four, Eoin tries to force Ken to give due credit to Eddie Howe.After another defeat for Liverpool prompted fresh rounds of comparisons between this season and Klopp's last season at Dortmund, we discuss the relevance of the "seven-year-itch" theory. If you are a Liverpool fan, the conclusions may disturb you...Then we're joined by David Sneyd to talk about Shamrock Rovers' third successive League of Ireland title. How have they become so dominant, and where is the next challenge likely to come from? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/10/22·1h 1m

Ken's Mea Culpa, Kellie Harrington & Roddy Doyle

It takes a big person to admit that they were wrong. This week on The Second Captains World Service, Ken Early was prepared to do just that as he trawled through his own back catalogue to a piece written in advance of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Also, we were joined last night in Windmill Lane by Olympic Champion Kellie Harrington in what was a fascinating chat to launch her excellent new autobiography with Roddy Doyle. Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/10/22·21m 18s

Ep 2471: The Race For Number 10, Kleyn's Landing, Crokes Clean Up - 24/10/2022

Munster may have lost on Saturday evening in the Aviva, but were there enough reasons to be cheerful about the manner of their defeat to Leinster - and was it a positive portent for Irish rugby to see two young Irish outhalves playing so well at full-back? We also discuss the Jean Kleyn yellow card and if some moments are impossible to referee.Kilmacud Crokes are the Dublin Senior Football, Hurling and Women's Football champions for 2022, and Eoin McDevitt for one is in the mood for a celebration. Plus there's news from Ken's inbox, and a chance for 10 listeners to join us for the launch of Kellie Harrington's brilliant new book in Windmill Lane this Thursday. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/10/22·26m 43s

Ep 2470: Thanks Danks, Messi v Ronaldo - 24/10/2022

As the games pile up the flames of crisis are blazing brightly at Leeds, Spurs, Wolves, Brighton and Liverpool, but for one happy club the only light on the horizon is the golden glow of a new dawn. Today is all about Aston Villa's world record new manager bounce. We also identify the qualities Casemiro has brought to Manchester United, and why Roy Keane was so eager to defend Ronaldo on Saturday night.The Ronaldo debate leads into our chat with the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson, who has written a new book with Jonathan Clegg: Messi v Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATS, And The Era That Remade The World's Game - which is published here on November 10th. The book traces the evolution of Ronaldo and Messi's parallel superstardom, and shows how their influence transformed the sport and defined an era.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/10/22·1h 32m

Ten Hag Games It Out, Roddy’s Corner Work

It's been a sparkling week on the World Service as Roddy Collins and Paul Howard joined 30 of our members for what was a highly enjoyable debut live show in our new city centre studios. We also spoke to Dion Fanning & John Brewin about Ronaldo's failure to read the room & Darwin "Shredder" Nunez.Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/10/22·16m 8s

Ep 2465: Munster Rise From Slumber, Dead Wasps, A Reading From The Rodfather - 17/10/2022

Munster finally got their season up and running on Saturday with a convincing win over The Bulls. They still butchered a lot of chances but a confident looking Joey Carbery got MOTM, new coach Mike Prendergast got a tune out of his attack and a number of fringe players - Edwin Edogbo, Shane Daly, Tom Ahern and Jack Crowley - all made an impact.We chat to Shane Horgan about rays of hope down south, improved standards in the URC and with Wasps and Worcester going into administration, why the English Premiership may have more bleak days ahead.And as we prepare for tonight's live show with Roddy Collins and Paul Howard we have a reading from the Rodfather. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/10/22·36m 13s

Ep 2464: Pep Makes Anfield Great Again - 17/10/2022

Liverpool beat Manchester City in a match that had more than the usual share of morbo. We pay tribute to the men who did more than anyone else to make this occasion so memorable: Anthony Taylor and Darwin Nunez.We also discuss some of the weekend's other action, including Xavi's mediocre record at Barcelona, Jordan Pickford's actually rather exceptional record at saving shots this season, and a scandalous suggestion that Arsenal may have benefited from the L-word in their narrow win at Leeds.Jonathan Wilson joins us to analyse the match at Anfield. Did Jurgen Klopp's comments about City's funding have a direct influence on what happened on the pitch? What to make of the mess that is 'let it flow'? And will City's loss of control in the second half give Guardiola cause to brood on the best way to approach the big tests to come? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/10/22·1h 15m

Vera Pauw On Belief, The Big Time And Her Players Singing That Song

Ken met up with the Irish WNT this week and had an interesting chat with Vera Pauw about the achievement of making it to the World Cup, her self belief, tactics, bringing on Amber Barrett and the team singing a Wolfe Tones song in the dressing room afterwards. Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at – it’s finger lickin’ good, special. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/10/22·18m 36s

Ep 2459: South Africans Sour On Sexton, Clifford Vs Seanie O'Shea, Mark O'Connor's Mates Make A Splash In Tralee - 10/10/22

A lot of South African people appear to have discovered for the first time that Johnny Sexton likes a word with the referee - we talk about Sexton's commanding seasonal debut on Saturday as Leinster and the Sharks shared 13 tries.Mark O'Connor was celebrating a Grand Final victory with his Geelong team-mates in Melbourne a few weeks ago, and in Tralee on Saturday night, he was able to celebrate with a gang of them again as a dozen of them pitched up to Dingle's Kerry county championship quarter-final win over Dr Crokes. Between that and David Clifford facing off against Sean O'Shea on Sunday afternoon, it was a fairly exciting weekend of football in the home of the All-Ireland champions.Plus we announce the latest book to get the "I'll Tell You Who Wrote It" Second Captains Book Club treatment. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/10/22·27m 45s

Ep 2458: Ireland's Dream Euro Draw, Flowers For Arsenal, Casillas Torches His Rep - 10/10/22

Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-2 in extremely entertaining fashion yesterday, and they remain top of the league. High time, then, for some flowers to be laid at their feet.Ken lines up to give them their dues, and he's joined by Miguel Delaney and Andrew Mangan of the Arseblog podcast. There's also Ireland's horror draw for Euro 2024 qualification, with France, The Netherlands, Greece and Gibraltar... but where others see obstacles, Eoin only sees opportunities. Plus there's Iker Casillas, Carlos Puyol, and when is a handball not a handball.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/10/22·1h 19m

Pep's Glasshouse, 90s Hip Hop Week, What Are The Kids Watching?

On the world service this week we discussed Conte's troubles at Spurs, Trent trolls, the Norwegian Sun God, Pep's glasshouse, and what football can learn from F1 - all while MC Devitt ran the show for 90's hip hop week.Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at - it's finger lickin' good, special. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/10/22·19m 5s

Ep 2453: Fishing Scandal, Sibling Rivalry, 90's Hip Hop Week, Mullins' Legacy - 03/10/22

It seems there is no safe harbour in the world of sport from the scourge of cheating, not chess, and not even professional fishing - Eoin brings us the latest.We discuss the legacy of Brian Mullins, the man who best epitomised the youth and exuberance of Dublin in the 1970s.Sibling rivalry turns sour in European GAA for 2 world service members, and we launch 90s Hip-Hop week, with Eoin outlining the parameters in stark detail. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/10/22·29m 47s

Ep 2452: Another Hat Trick for Haaland, Heavy Metal to Edelweiss - 03/10/2022

Eight weeks into the Premier League season and rampant Norwegian goal yeti Erling Haaland has already burned through the existing stockpile of superlatives. We trawl the archives in search of fresh supplies.Meanwhile, Florentino Perez is back on the Super League war trail with a new battle cry: "Think of the Children." But is he right to see football as competing with entertainment products? John Brewin and Mark Critchley join us to talk through some of the weekend's action. Has Haaland proved Pep has spent the last ten years exploring a cul de sac? And how crushing is the impact of this result on the delicate flower of confidence at Man United Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/10/22·1h 26m

Chess Cheats, Sports And Acting, Loss of Kencentration, Stephen A In The Shade

On the world service this week we had Nations League mayhem, the similarities between sports stars and actors, loss of Kencentration, chess cheats and Stephen A gets put in the shade. Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/09/22·16m 6s

Ep 2447: Irish Win in OZ, Coach Fed, Marathon Pace, GAA Must Go Amateur - 26/09/2022

Yes, Eliud Kipchoge knocked 30 seconds off his own marathon world record but.. he still didn't break through the 2-hour barrier. We have some simple advice that should do the trick.Federer charmed and sobbed his way through his farewell event, the Laver Cup, winning fans' hearts one last time - but has he got what it takes to become a great coach?A listener argues the GAA should embrace its amateur status and eradicate under-the-table payments to managers and set the players free from the training "arms race". And Murph puts into context how good Zach Tuohy is at a game he didn't grow up playing. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/09/22·28m 35s

Ep 2446: Played Like Never, Lost Like Always - 26/09/2022

Ireland have done it again, starting well and taking the lead against a higher-ranked side away from home and then going down to defeat in the second half. We analyse the game and some of the criticism that has followed.We also discuss some recent interviews with Mark Lawrenson and Eric Cantona.Dion Fanning and Kieran Canning join us to talk about the match at Hampden. As we fight to stay positive, can we take heart from Scotland's development over the last few years? and to look ahead to Nations League B new boys England's dead rubber against Germany tonight. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/09/22·1h 12m

Ep 2441: McCaffrey and Mannion back for Dublin, Dessie Delivers The Good News In Customary Style, Becks The PR Master - 19/09/2022

Jack McCaffrey hasn’t played for Dublin since a cameo off the bench which ended in injury against Tyrone in Omagh in February 2020. Paul Mannion’s last game was the 2020 All-Ireland final.  They were both off the Dublin panel, presumed retired - until yesterday evening. We get the Fair View of their surprise return to inter-county football, what it means for Dublin… and what it means for everyone else, with 4-time Kerry All-Ireland winner Sean O’Sullivan. We also pay homage to David Beckham’s queueing stamina, Ken casts his eye over proceedings in London this morning, and we salute Eddie Butler’s love of Wales.   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/09/22·28m 49s

Ep 2440: Collins Goes Viral, Juve's Decline and Fall - 19/09/2022

There's more than one way to make your name in the Premier League. Until now Nathan Collins has been trying the quiet excellence way, but on Saturday against Man City he hopped on the fast track to building his profile internationally.We also discuss a disgraceful episode in Spain, and the sad scenes at Munich's Oktoberfest, where Bayern's top brass tried and failed to look like they're having a good time despite dropping nine of the last 12 points.James Horncastle joins us to talk about how Juventus lost their stranglehold on Italian football. What and who is to blame for their fall? And who will win the culture war between the traditional values of Italian football and an ambitious new generation of internationally-influenced coaches? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/09/22·1h 22m

Todd The American, Happy Snappers, Historic Cheats, Beardsley Sings

Why are English football people so down on Todd the mouthy American interloper? What is a long snapper? And would it surprise you to hear the New England Patriots were involved in one of the oldest cheating scandals in NFL history? That means US Murph, Champions League and fun times on the World Service this week. Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/09/22·12m 31s

Ep 2435: Exxon VARdez, Peaky Lijnders - 12/09/22

After a series of terrible VAR decisions in the Premier League last week we heard many VAR advocates claim "it's only in England they don't know how to use it, VAR is working perfectly everywhere else." Right on cue, Juventus-Salernitana generates the Exxon Valdez of VAR decisions.We also talk about whether Pep Lijnders' recent book is as dangerous a signal for Liverpool as Didi Hamann fears, and relay the views of our favourite Argentine football writer on the signing of Darwin Nuñez. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/09/22·36m 15s

Ep 2434: 'Good Guys' Win At Wentworth, Rating Rory, 7’s Get World Cup Bronze - 12/09/22

Shane Lowry is back in the winner's circle for the first time since his Open victory at Royal Portrush in 2019, courtesy of a faultless Sunday performance at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday.  He was pushed all the way by Rory McIlroy, who fell literally an inch short of forcing a playoff - we talk to Malachy Clerkin about Shane's lovely habit of winning big tournaments, why Shane described this as one for "the good guys", and why human rights have disappeared from the PGA/LIV war of words.  We try and find out, as Malachy wrote a few weeks ago, if Rory is the most underrated person in Irish sport. There's also Terry Kennedy, Georgie Best, and why is Garth so big in Monaghan. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/09/22·46m 17s

Tuch Little Tuch Late, Liverpool Meltdown, The Football Data Revolution

The Champions League is back, Thomas Tuchel has been shown the door and friend of the show, Rory Smith of the New York Times has a new book out on the data revolution in football... That means lots of football on the World Service this week, and lots of good reasons to sign up now. Join us for ad-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/09/22·8m 0s

Ep 2429: Kilmacud Too Good, Mighty Mannion, Kyrgios Draws Dregs Of Celebs, Mageean Bests Muir - 05/09/22

Shane Walsh made his debut for Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin senior football championship, and his new club sent a message to every other club in the country with a powerful display. If they were a county, would they win Division 3? But it was salt of the earth Dublin GAA man Eoin McDevitt making impassioned calls for one young footballer to put his life on hold to give back to his community today - as retired Dub Paul Mannion put on a clinic.Nick Kyrgios has the star power to keep the celebrities coming to Flushing Meadows after Serena departed the scene over the weekend, and Ciara Mageean finally gets the better of Laura Muir. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/09/22·19m 26s

Ep 2428: Man United Turn A Corner, Celtic V Royalty, The Football UniVARse - 05/09/22

VAR will be good, they said. It will reduce the amount of time people waste pointlessly arguing over wrong decisions, they said.Ever mindful of the wants and needs of our listeners we tried not to do too much VAR talk today but after a weekend like that it's not easy.Mark Critchley was at Old Trafford to see Erik ten Hag's clinical Manchester United end Arsenal's 100% start.And after Celtic's 4-0 win against Rangers, Kieran Canning talks to us about their fantastic form heading into tomorrow night's Champions League match against Real Madrid. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/09/22·1h 6m

Reactionary Ken, Pep's Machine Gun Dilemma, Murph On Losers, Serena's Secret Sauce

Welcome to our weekly taster of the Second Captains World Service which includes Ken on grammar, Caitlin on Serena's secret sauce, Murph on losers and Pep's machine gun dilemma. Join for a fiver a month at It takes less than two minutes to set up, there’s no contract, no obligations and no hidden fees.1 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/09/22·13m 22s

Ep 2423: Guardian Of Golf Roars To Victory, Dollar Fetish, Cork's Canon - 29/08/22

Rory McIlroy became the first 3-time winner of the FedEx Cup last night, chasing down the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler who held a 6-shot lead going into the final round. But what’s the difference between the 18.5 million dollars Rory won last night and the Saudi money on offer in LIVgolf? There’s also Damien Delaney’s dad’s hurling exploits for Cork, Paul Galvin in Leap last week, and why watching a brilliant sportsperson mentally implode is so enjoyable. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/08/22·22m 24s

Ep 2422: Richarlison Means No Disrespect, Ronaldo Agonistes - 29/08/22

Spurs suffering, Arsenal allegedly overcelebrating, Richarlison’s swift justice, Steven Gerrard’s brow scrunching up ever more tightly – season 22-23 is boiling up nicely. Thankfully we can still say: nobody beats Mark Travers ten times in one game.We also dissect the Sunday Times’ inside story of the Cristiano Ronaldo-Man United stand off.Lars Sivertsen and John Brewin join us to talk about the weekend action. Is Haaland showing up the Premier League? Why are Aston Villa fans so angry with Steven Gerrard? And will Antony prove cheap at the price? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/08/22·1h 6m

Ep 2417: Silver For Mageean, Joshua Takes The Mic, Dubs Get Donoghue, Good Clean Fun - 22/08/22

Anthony Joshua had a couple of things he wanted to get off his chest after he lost a split decision to Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night - listeners wanted Ken's thoughts, and Ken is more than happy to provide them. It was a brilliant European athletics championships for Ireland, with Ciara Mageean and Mark English both winning medals on the track, and we have a new Dublin hurling manager in Micheál Donoghue, who won an All-Ireland title with Galway in 2017. And we also have Pat Kenny's thoughts on the soundtrack to the long, hot summer of 2022.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/08/22·21m 39s

Ep 2416: Major Leeds Soccer, Open City, Praise Jesus, The Case Of Case(miro) - 22/08/22

Jesse Marsch is winning points faster than friends in the Premier League as hard-running Leeds make a lot of other managers look bad.  After Casemiro's tearful Real Madrid farewell, we debate whether his signing is a good idea for Man United. Meanwhile there are hints of trouble in paradise as Jurgen Klopp points out he's not in charge of deciding how much Liverpool spend on midfielders.  John Brewin and Miguel Delaney join us to talk over the weekend's action. Did they enjoy the spectacle laid on by Saudi v UAE? Has Gabriel Jesus brought Man City's culture with him to Arsenal or is he playing so well because he's left it behind? Are Spurs' title-contending credentials looking less convincing after their midfield struggles against Chelsea and Wolves? And why have Tuchel's Chelsea lost control? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/08/22·1h 21m

Ep 2411: Clifford Mobbed, Man Utd Twitter Transfers, The Great O'Donovan - 15/08/22

There were contrasting weekends for the two stars of last month’s All-Ireland senior football final as Fossa’s David Clifford got mobbed by tiny pitch invaders so cute even Ken couldn’t have a problem with them, while Kilkerrin-Clonberne's Shane Walsh was at a wedding as his club secured a dramatic win over Headford. Paul O’Donovan's unstoppable march to becoming by-common-consent Ireland’s greatest ever sportsperson continued this week at the European Championships - so what the hell is Murph complaining about?And with Jamie Vardy now being linked to Manchester United, does the transfer committee at Old Trafford now include… every Twitter user on the planet? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/08/22·29m 3s

Ep 2410: Souey In His Happy Place As PL Goes WWE - 15/08/22

The weekend marking the 30th anniversary of the Premier League belonged to Graeme Souness who declared after watching Chelsea 2-2 Spurs that "we've got our football back."We argue about what that means and whether this new direction is likely to lead anywhere good.Laurie Whitwell and Dion Fanning join us to talk about the weekend's football. Should fights between managers become a more regular PL staple? And what's the fallout at Man United after their 4-0 thrashing at Brentford?  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/08/22·1h 19m

Concrete Germans, Abstract French, Poor Silva, Rugby's Uncomfortable Conversation

Welcome to our weekly taster of the Second Captains World Service which includes Ken on goal hatching, poor Bernardo Silva, US Murph on the Irish-American broadcast poet, and rugby's uncomfortable conversation. Join for a fiver a month at It takes less than two minutes to set up, there’s no contract, no obligations and no hidden fees. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/08/22·12m 26s

Ep 2405: Ref Mic Success, Clutch Kilkenny, Camogie Power, Rugby League Comms - 08/08/22

The GAA's first foray into using a ref-mic was a resounding success on tg4 yesterday (as exclusively revealed by Frances Murphy during her TV guide on Friday), and we had a thrilling, tense, physical, All-Ireland camogie final this weekend as well. If we're playing rugby league commentary on this show then you better believe it has an extremely high "northern English people shouting at each other" quotient. And we've further proof that Xhosa commentary is the best rugby union comms around. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/08/22·19m 11s

Ep 2404: Superman Gets Off The Mark - 08/08/22

City's midfield made the passes, Erling Haaland scored the goals, and all is rosy in their garden, once Guardiola gets used to his new job as a guy who talks about the younger Haaland for a living.Elsewhere it appears the Premier League has rolled out interesting new rules which mean lots of random fouls are no longer fouls. Will this encourage the fast-flowing furious football we all crave?Jonathan Wilson and Jack Pitt-Brooke join us to analyse the weekend's football. Are there any obvious solutions to Man United's problems in the short term? How did Gavin Bazunu get on at Spurs? And just what are PL defenders supposed to do about Haaland? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/08/22·1h 14m

Premier League Preview, Small Town GAA, America's Winning Machine

Welcome to our weekly taster of the Second Captains World Service which includes a Premier League Preview show, the GAA's tug of love, and US Murph on America's winning machine. Join for a fiver a month at It takes less than two minutes to set up, there's no contract, no obligations and no hidden fees. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/08/22·12m 40s

Ep 2399: Lionesses Win Euros, Hearts And Ratings, Darwin And Haaland Swap Seats - 01/08/22

England are European champions, after a final that attracted the biggest-ever UEFA tournament crowd and the biggest UK TV audience of the year.Liverpool won the Community Shield as Darwin Nuñez enjoyed a better debut than Erling Haaland - what wild conclusions about the season to come can be extrapolated from this one friendly? Richie Sadlier joins us to talk about England's Euros win and to give his impressions of a highly successful tournament.= Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/08/22·53m 9s

Ep 2394: Tuchel Does A Lampard, Nice Guy Erling, Barca's Pun - 25/07/22

Ken has returned from holidays and it's time to ease back into familiar routines, starting, obviously, with Frank Lampard and moving on. Why does Antonio Conte make his players run till they puke? Might Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish make City the most watchable team in Europe this season? And how are we meant to make sense of what is happening at Barcelona? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/07/22·47m 13s

Ep 2393: A Dynamite All-Ireland Final, The Clifford And Walsh Show, Ken Returns - 25/07/22

It was a classic All-Ireland final, and it was a fitting stage for two of the great individual final performances of all time. David Clifford scored 8 points to win his first Celtic Cross, and was still almost over-shadowed by the luminous brilliance of Galway's Shane Walsh.Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn talk us through the major talking points, as Kerry answered all the questions and won their 38th title.Plus there's the burning question of whether Murph attended David Clifford's afterparty, and a goodbye to Brian Cody.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/07/22·55m 22s

Flynn Says Galway To Win, Explaining Haaland, Richie On Mind Altering Drugs

Welcome to our weekly taster of the Second Captains World Service. Ken is back next week so today we play a snippet from our chat with Ken and Lars Sivertsen on Lars' fellow countryman Erling Haaland who explains why the Man City striker is so blunt with journalists. Plus Paul Flynn says Galway to win and Richie tells us what it was like being on mind altering drugs. Join for a fiver a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/07/22·10m 15s

Ep 2388: Limerick Come Through Ultimate Test, No Meltdowns But No Magic From Rory - 18/07/22

It was impossible not be impressed by both Kilkenny and Limerick yesterday, but in coming through the ultimate test Limerick can now party like its 2020, 2021 and 2022. We discuss the magical points, the big performances and the outpouring at full time.Rory seemed to be on course to finally win a major after an 8 year break but slow and steady wasn't enough on a day when Cameron Smith was rolling in putts from everywhere. We chat to Lawrence Donegan about what he could have done differently, his incredible record in majors this year and why the LIV chat won't go away any time soon. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/07/22·38m 30s

Ep 2387: Ireland Create History In Wellington Playing Rugby From The Gods - 18/07/22

It was the way they won it, the team they were facing, the history at stake and the drama, guts and glory in the second half that made this perhaps the greatest day ever in Irish rugby.We chat to All Black legend Justin Marshall and Shane Horgan about the breathtaking quality of Ireland's tries, the Tadhg Beirne masterclass, the mental strength shown and just why this tops even the Grand Slams for the sheer quality on display.Plus there's tears before breakfast, Sexton's hopes and dreams and Mark Horgan has weaved a beautiful audio blanket for you. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/07/22·1h 11m

New Old Cody, Pressure On New Zealand, Time To Hustle

We had a great time on the World Service this week including chats about Ireland winning the transfer window, "new" old Brian Cody, the immense pressure on NZ ahead of the third test and the hugely enjoyable new Netflix basketball movie, Hustle, starring Adam Sandler.To hear all our shows from Monday to Friday join for just five euro a month. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/07/22·10m 6s

Ep 2382: Chelsea's Post-Roman Summer, The Euros Hots Up Tonight, Will Grigg's For Hire - 11/07/22

England/Norway could be the game of the group stages of Euro 2022 and Miguel Delaney will be there tonight. He tells us about the host nation’s reaction to the tournament thus far, and we also discuss Chelsea’s first post-Abramovich summer so far, their new-found canniness in the transfer market… and where a kite being flown about buying Ronaldo fits into that. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/07/22·34m 33s

Ep 2381: A Dublin-Kerry Classic, Damien Comer Daftness, A Galway-Kerry Final, And A Bumper Flynn & McConville Show - 11/07/22

Another wild weekend of football in Croke Park ends with Galway and Kerry as the last men standing in this year’s All-Ireland championship. The best in the business Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn talk Dublin’s lack of a sweeper, Clifford magic, red cards, penalties and the Damien Comer effect. And as Sean O’Shea’s last-second free takes its place in the pantheon, we give it the full audio-bed treatment.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/07/22·58m 53s

A Slice Of The World Service This Week

All Ireland football semi-finals, Ireland's tour of New Zealand, Euro 2022, the climax of Wimbledon, the All Ireland hurling final... The list of massive sporting events taking place this month goes on and on and we've got it all covered on the Second Captains World Service. Listen to some of the highlights of this week's independent, member-led podcasts and sign up now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/07/22·8m 58s

Ep 2376: Ronaldo Eyes The Exit, Ten Hag Might Help Him Find It - 04/07/22

Ronaldo has told Manchester United that he wants out, as he hasn't seen enough ambition in the club this summer to suggest a tilt at the Premier League title next season is likely. Jonathan Wilson joins us to discuss whether Ronaldo coming out and demanding an exit might actually be the perfect solution to Erik ten Hag's biggest problem at Old Trafford.  Plus there's the arrival of Christian Eriksen, and the club almost embracing the 40 hour working week.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/07/22·27m 26s

Ep 2375: Ireland Eaten Alive At Eden Park, Limerick-Kilkenny All-Ireland Final Incoming - 04/07/22

Nobody said it was going to be easy, but even against our most pessimistic outlook, this has been a chastening first week on tour for Ireland in New Zealand. Two games down, two dispiriting defeats, and a squad being stretched thin already by injury - Shane Horgan and Jim Kayes from Sky Sports New Zealand are on the show today to sift through the wreckage.  We also had two All-Ireland hurling semi-finals this weekend, and the fallacy of minimising Kilkenny's chances before a big game was revealed once again, while Murph's exquisite pain is mined for the benefit of our audience.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/07/22·54m 19s

Ep 2370: The Man In The Arena, What Is Jesus, Who Is Neymar - 27/06/22

All the way from the tender green shoots of the grassroots game to the swollen red giant of Neymar's declining career... the extreme fisheye perspective of today's football pod can mean only one thing: it's summertime.That also means TRANSFER TALK, including Jesus to Arsenal, Bale to LA, De Jong to Man Utd and Neymar to nowhere. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/06/22·28m 27s

Ep 2369: Flynn And McConville On The Goals, The Glory, The Fightback And The Fight - 27/06/22

After the goals, the fightback, the fight, the red cards, the penalties and the tears, we had a lot to get through with Oisin Mcconville and Murph today, but we start by asking how the GAA, and Armagh, should deal with the scenes at the end of normal time.Murph prays there will be no appeals process, but what about Galway and their late collapse, their inability to deal with high balls, their brilliant goal in extra time and superb penalty technique?Plus there's Ken TV, meek Mayo, Dublin's stroll in Croker and Derry looking good not just for a final, but maybe an All Ireland title too. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/06/22·1h 10m

Joanna Harper On Transgender Athletic Performance

This is our weekly reminder about all of the great shows you can access when you become a member of the Second Captains World Service, for just 5 euro a month. Go to for details. We spent a surprising amount of the week discussing summer camps and John Stockton's mid 90's trips to Ireland, and we had a great chat with Joanna Harper, a competitive runner who transitioned a number of years ago, and since then has become one of the leading voices in this area. She's now a medical physicist and an advisor to many international sports federations and is based at Loughborough University in the UK, where she’s researching transgender athletic performance. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/06/22·18m 21s

Ep 2364: De Jong Is De Man For Man U, Gareth Must Go, FAI's Sponsor Saga - 20/06/22

Eoin returns to the football pod and gives his long awaited take on the Nations League and Ireland’s best goal, meanwhile Ken is accused of twisting facts to suit his narrative, which just goes to show the kind of stuff that comes in from scum around the country. We also chat about Richard Arnold’s pub talk with Man United fans, what's happening with Frenkie de Jong and Murph's solution to the FAI's sponsor issues.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/06/22·27m 10s

Ep 2363: Eoin On A Farm, Ken's Golf Power Rankings, And Then There Were Four - 20/06/22

Eoin is back in the hot-seat, and to celebrate his return, the All-Ireland hurling championship has been whittled down to its last four - Jamie Wall and 2013 All-Ireland winning captain Pat Donnellan join us to discuss the two quarter-finals this week. Galway beat Cork, but don’t have a rat’s chance against Limerick, while Shane O’Donnell continues to perform miracles for Clare, even when they’re under-performing. And when Plan A works, but has been rumbled, how important it is to adapt - the two teams that did at the weekend, are still alive this morning. Plus there’s Murph’s superpower, Eoin on a farm, Ken's golf power rankings and the butcher of Ballybrack strikes again. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/06/22·54m 24s

Ep 2358: Rory McIlroy, LIV And Let Die - 13/06/22

From calling out Phil Mickelson, to pronouncing the LIV Series dead in the water, to questioning the pursuit of money, Rory McIlroy has been nothing if not outspoken these last few months. He looked like a man with a point to prove as he defended his Canadian Open title this weekend, taking him to 21 PGA Tour wins, one more than.....somebody else. Meanwhile Charl Schwartzel was winning four times as much as Rory over on the LIV tour, but wasn't wrestling with his conscience. And world number 374, GMAC, sees only one set of footprints in the Saudi sand.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/06/22·16m 26s

Ep 2357: Victory At Last - 13/06/22

Victory this weekend was never, of course, in doubt and that is precisely what Ireland delivered. We chat to Dion Fanning and Miguel Delaney about our over-reaction to every Ireland result, the reality that this group of players, and this manager, will continue to make mistakes and be inconsistent, and a heated debate breaks out over whether long shots, dribbles or passing moves are the best kind of goals.Plus there's the joy of simplicity, the Hendrick debate, and Ken on the beauty of Poland.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/06/22·1h 7m

Ep 2352: No Goals, No Wins And No Excuses For The Irish Football Team - 06/06/22

The Irish football team: a consistent source of disappointment, or a consistently bracing source of perspective on life? Ken and Murph disagree, just as they disagree on many things about the game. One thing they do agree on is that in international football, a superhero isn't necessary, but as Wales and Norway demonstrate, it sure helps. Richie Sadlier and Gavin Cooney join us to analyse what happened in Yerevan. Why can't we create chances? For all the supposed improvement are there any signs of the development of real confidence? Is there anything to be said for another system change? Plus there's wild talk of "creativity", "passing triangles" and the need for "De Bruyne crosses". Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/06/22·1h 12m

Ep 2347: Turkeys, Derry Scenes, HaraKildari And Energy Free Zones - 30/05/22

We had four pretty awful provincial Gaelic Football finals this weekend, the undoubted main story of which was Derry outlasting Donegal in a dour, defensive Ulster final during which Donegal played a risk averse, low energy game.Galway keep marching on in Connacht, and then there was the galling sight of Dublin and Kerry once again filleting provincial opposition in their finals on Saturday.Why on earth did Kildare not use a sweeper against Dublin and will Derry get it so easy outside of Ulster? We set the scene for our chat with Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn, coming up on the World Service on Wednesday. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/05/22·24m 7s

Ep 2346: Tears, Tear Gas And Ratatouille - Madrid Are Champions Of Europe - 30/05/22

The universe gave Ken all the signs in the world, including an actual, real-life rat infestation on the streets of Paris, but he refused to listen. Real Madrid are champions of Europe.After a chaotic, dangerous and depressing night in Paris for so many Liverpool fans, Ken speaks to Miguel Delaney and Jonathan Wilson about whether they're a great team or not, the mistakes made for the Vinicius goal and just how Madrid keep winning this competition.Liverpool played 3 cup finals this season, failed to score in any of them, and now it looks like Sadio Mané is leaving and Salah will go soon after. How does Jurgen Klopp go about rebuilding from here?Plus there's El Chiringuito on the streets, Liverpool on parade and the behaviour of the French police towards Liverpool fans. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/05/22·1h 10m

Ep 2341: Waterford Sink, Can't Buy Me Liam, GAA Move Fast And Break Things

Last month, Waterford were the number 1 contenders for Limerick’s All-Ireland crown. Today, they’re out of the championship. Did expectation and big talk kill them?Ken wants to know why the Dublin hurlers haven't bought the Liam McCarthy Cup, and with the All-Ireland finals no longer in September he accuses the GAA of ripping up the fabric of Irish life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/05/22·21m 11s

Ep 2340: City Clench And Clinch , Football's Dictators, Mbappe's Staying Power, Saipan Fresh

Manchester City are the Premier League champions, again sealing the title with a 3-2 comeback win at home. We talk about City's win and how in the end the players carried their manager over the line.We are joined by Miguel Delaney and Jonathan Wilson to talk about City's win. The last day provided the drama, but is the competition in a healthy state? Is the billionaire-worship of football fans an ominous sign for wider society? Plus there's Mbappe's staying power and who was right in Saipan, anyway?  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/05/22·1h 28m

Blue Crush, Frank's Emotions, Rangers on Tour, Dreary Derry

It's been a wild week on the Second Captains World Service with Frank's redemption, Everton's fan power, Rangers in Seville and we even take the time to have another pop at Derry football. This is just a taste of what we've been up to, for access to all shows Monday to Friday go to, its five euro a month with no minimum contract, no sign up fee and you can cancel whenever you want. It's sexy podcasting, with no strings attached.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/05/22·10m 33s

Ep 2335: Now That’s What I Call Hurling, Meath Spurn The Hayes Way, Eoin Is Talkin' Italian - 16/05/22

Cork were mad as hell and they just weren’t gonna take it anymore… and their defeat of Waterford yesterday has blown the entire championship wide open. Waterford are now relying on winless Tipperary to do them a favour next week, otherwise the league champions won’t even qualify out of Munster. And a packed Cusack Park in Ennis was a stark contrast to how spinelessly Meath exited the Leinster football championship – a situation which moved Ken almost to tears. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/05/22·21m 8s

Ep 2334: City Slip, Treason At Wembley, Newcastle Fly The Flag - 16/05/22

There was little in West Ham’s record against Guardiola-era Man City to suggest they would cause many problems to the aspiring champions yesterday, but it turned out Jarrod Bowen and Lukasz Fabianski had other ideas.Meanwhile Liverpool won the FA Cup yet defiled the occasion by booing both the anthem and the second in line to the throne. Dion Fanning and Gavin Cooney join us to analyse the weekend’s action. How confident can Jack Grealish be of getting his hands on the league trophy next Sunday? Why can’t Liverpool beat their closest rivals? Why are Everton’s matches now appointment television? And we also discuss the controversy around Newcastle’s Saudi Arabia-style change kit. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/05/22·1h 17m

Episode 2329: Munster Heartbreaker, Zombie Comes Alive, Leinster Tame Tigers - 09/05/22

Munster had 41,000 fans roaring them on to what, after 65 minutes, looked like being a famous victory over Toulouse. In the end they lost it in the most heartbreaking way, by shanking a few kicks in a penalty shootout. It had ,however, all the drama, atmosphere, desire and great play shown by the teams in the 2000's, but will that be of any solace this week?We also discuss Leinster doing just enough against Leicester, their date with the French double winners, Zombie coming alive at the Aviva and if there's a better way to finish games than penalty shootouts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/05/22·20m 23s

Ep 2328: Liverpool's Quad Dream Dies, Pep Doesn't Feel The Love, Klopp's Conte Criticism - 09/05/22

Ep 2328: Liverpool's Quad Dream Dies, Pep Doesn't Feel The Love, Klopp's Conte Criticism - 09/05/22 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/05/22·1h 17m

Ken's Origin Story, Magic Is Real

After a bonkers week of Champions League football Ken reflects on his childhood, and a book he shouldn't have read.For coverage of the Champions League, Premier League, the GAA season, the Champions Cup and everything else that's going on in the wide world of sport join us for a fiver a month at No contracts, no minimum stay, no hidden costs. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/05/22·9m 32s

Ep 2323: Long Ball Lampard, Chelsea Sale, The Ramsdale Express, Ricey's Bad Weekend - 02/05/22

Ep 2323: Long Ball Lampard, Chelsea Sale, The Ramsdale Express, Ricey's Bad Weekend - 02/05/22 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/05/22·1h 6m

Ep 2318: Galway Bate Mayo, Murph TV, A Western Weekend - 25/04/22

It was a beautiful weekend to be out west, especially when your team silences all the losers and haters out there, as Murph's Galway tribe did on Sunday by beating a much fancied Mayo team. Murph also details his very western weekend which involved football, a funeral, and some booze, and Ken wonders why his colleague keeps appearing on TV. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/04/22·18m 12s

Ep 2317: Everton, Liverpool, The Slip And The Drop - 25/04/22

The ghost of The Slip haunted yesterday's Merseyside derby, as Everton took an old-school approach to getting out of Anfield alive. We talk about why this was a terrible idea. Rory Smith and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about the weekend's action. Did Everton ever have a chance with Lampard's game plan? Do Mohammed bin Salman's Mags already look a Champions League qualification contender for next season? And how likely is Antonio Conte to stick around at Spurs? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/04/22·1h 7m

Batman At The Bridge, Ten Hag's New United, Beefs And Barnies In Ulster, Will Galway Bate Mayo?

The best of this week's fare on the World Service. Join us for a fiver a month at No contracts, no minimum stay, no ads, just lots of podcast goodness. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/04/22·9m 0s

Ep 2312: This Is On Pep, Quad Talk, Arse Drops, Ronaldo Stats - 18/04/22

Liverpool will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final after a Wembley semi-final that burnished Ederson's reputation almost as much as Mane's.Meanwhile, after Eintracht Frankfurt's fans turned the Nou Camp white, Barcelona's directors claim they are shocked, shocked to find that ticket reselling is going on in here. John Brewin and Jack Pitt Brooke join us to analyse the weekend's action. Is City's defeat on Guardiola? Can Ronaldo do it again at Anfield? And which of the three sides hobbling after fourth place is going to make it?Plus there's Brendan's magpie love, Arsenal's collapse and Wreck-It Ralf. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/04/22·56m 28s

Unprecedented Action Against The Kinahan Gang; Champions League Panic

Yesterday on the World Service we did a big piece on what's been described as the unprecedented international action being taken against the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, and on the depth of Daniel Kinahan's continued involvement in boxing. If you'd like to hear it, alongside all our great Champions League and Champions Cup coverage, sign up now at for just €5 + VAT a month. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/04/22·11m 33s

Ep 2307: Step Aside, Scottie Scheffler: It's The Rory Show - 11/04/22

The US Masters was won by the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler last night, but in another, more important way, surely Rory McIlroy should be declared the winner? We discuss how Rory enlivened what would have been an otherwise routine Sunday evening in Augusta, and how Shane Lowry continues to excel in the big tournaments. There was also Tiger's grind, and Jim Nantz's minimalist commentary style, and a possibly superfluous Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mention. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/04/22·23m 38s

Ep 2306: A Blue Dot Gratefully Gleams - 11/04/22

Frank Lampard chases away the vultures while Ralf Rangnick sardonically dismisses his team's chances, but Arsenal are doing everything possible to keep them alive. Meanwhile one Irish warrior is cut down in his prime, while another spreads his wings...All that before we get to the main event - the latest in the stunning series of matches between football friends, Manchester City and Liverpool.Dion Fanning and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the game at the Etihad (and some of the rest of the weekend's football). Why does Critch still think City are better? And if we're honest, would we prefer this rivalry to get a bit nastier? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/04/22·1h 10m

Tiger's Back, Benzema vs Ronaldo, Ken's Politics Pod

Tiger's return to the Masters, Champions League quarter-finals, a potential Premier League title decider, the Champions Cup last 16: we're in the middle of an amazing fortnight of sport, which means it's a brilliant time to come try out the World Service for just €5 + VAT a month. Plus there's plenty of Ken's political podcasts to sink your teeth into too. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/04/22·9m 41s

Ep 2301: David Clifford The GOAT, Waterford Narrow The Gap - 04/04/22

Kerry and Waterford were crowned national football and hurling League winners at the weekend, and as befits spring champions, their prospects are looking very rosy indeed for the summer ahead. Murph reports on the David Clifford Show from his front-row seat at Croker yesterday, and why he's prepared to call him the greatest to ever do it... already. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/04/22·22m 43s

Ep 2300: World Cup Draw And Qatar's Tone Shift, Mol An Óige, Frank's New Direction - 04/04/22

Irish talent was dominating at every level this weekend, with Chiedozie Ogbene lighting up the Papa Johns and Michael Obafemi the Championship; as for the Premier League, at this rate it cannot be long before Tottenham rename their ground The Matt Doherty Stadium.We also talk about the World Cup draw, Frank Lampard's new direction and the challenges Graham Potter faces managing the not-helpful suggestions of Brighton fans.We then chat to Miguel Delaney about his visit to Qatar for the World Cup draw. Did it leave him more or less convinced that Qatar is a suitable venue for a World Cup? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/04/22·1h 6m

Sadlier's Mo Moment, Kerr On Multicultural Ireland

We chat to Richie Sadlier about his Mo Salah moment and Brian Kerr about Ireland's path to becoming a multicultural society.Join for a fiver a month at No contracts, no minimum stay, no ads just lots of podcast goodness. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/04/22·10m 57s

Ep 2295: GAA Super Sunday, Division 2 Dubs, Monaghan Magic - 28/03/22

Yesterday gave us plenty of GAA drama as Monaghan pulled the rabbit out of the hat on the last day of the league yet again, Dublin in turn got relegated to Division 2, with four other Leinster teams also dropping down a division. If that wasn't enough, it all played out with the GPA-GAA row looming in the background. We'll be discussing all that on your second free show of the day before chatting to the McConville-Flynn dream team on the World Service tomorrow. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/03/22·21m 12s

Ep 2294: Ireland 2-2 Belgium - 28/03/22

We look back on Ireland 2-2 draw with Belgium's still-pretty-useful B-team. Some inept defending aside, it seems the Irish team is now a river to its people. Gavin Cooney joins us to give his thoughts on Ireland's progress in the year and a day since we lost 1-0 to Luxembourg. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/03/22·48m 35s

George Hamilton The Piano Man

Any evening we're lucky enough to spend at Liberty Hall Theatre with our World Service members feels pretty special, but Wednesday's show took it to another level. The voice of Irish football, George Hamilton joined us for a chat, yes, but he also gave us a pretty spectacular rendition of one of his favourite tunes alongside our house band.To join the World Service and hear our chat with George, go to - it's just €5 + VAT a month. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/03/22·9m 18s

Ep 2289: Old Men Yell At Clouds - 21/03/22

The weekend saw some spectacular action on the pitch - but very little impresses the men of football's Greatest Generation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/03/22·36m 13s

Ep 2288: A Triple Crown For Ireland, All Hail Ange Capuozzo, A Masterclass in Hoggwatching - 21/3/22

Whatever we expected from the final weekend of the Six Nations, those expectations probably didn't include an amazing win for Italy in Cardiff, sealed by a last minute wonder-try created by a 71kg 22-year-old. On the other hand, a howler from Stuart W. Hogg was far more foreseeable... And after what was a pretty great tournament for Ireland, we chat to Racing 92 coach Mike Prendergast and former Ireland and Lions winger Shane Horgan about the significance of a Triple Crown, why Ireland's attack stuttered against Scotland, how our defence (which only conceded 4 tries all Championship) is now a weapon, how Grand Slammers France still have a lot of improving in them, and how Ange Capuozzo went from looking like a fragile teenager to a lethal attacking weapon on what was, finally, Italy's day in the sun.Plus there's the final Early verdict on Eddie Jones, Italian emotional overload and perhaps the greatest Hoggwatch of them all. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/03/22·52m 7s

A Big Week In Sport, A Big Week On The World Service

A gripping Six Nations deciding weekend, a key week in the Premier League title race, and the small matter of another Man United European exit - it's a big week in sport and that means it's a great time to sign up to the World Service. Just go to and come aboard for only €5 a month + VAT. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/03/22·9m 29s

Ep 2283: Howe Football And Politics Don't Mix, Ronaldo Resurrects Brady - 14/03/22

Ronaldo's hat trick, Brady's U-turn, Havertz burns Burn, Eddie Howe's dead bat: it's all here in Monday's short football pod. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/03/22·33m 12s

Ep 2282: A Wild Saturday At Twickenham, Ken Keeps Up With The Jones, Le Crunch - 14/03/22

Mere days after their triumphant return to Liberty Hall, we chat to Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble today about Ireland's 60 minute reset at Twickenham on Saturday, the magnificence of the back three, controlled aggression, the idea that an English red card should mean a 50 point win and if Les Rosbifs can topple Les Bleus in Le Crunch.Ken saw the finger-prints of Eddie Jones all over the wild celebrations of the England players after every penalty decision in their favour at the weekend, and has some comforting words for those Irish fans worried by Ireland's perceived under-performance - and Murph talks us through the many and varied permutations ahead of the final Saturday of the tournament. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/03/22·53m 48s

Ep 2281: Bonus Ireland v England Build-Up Episode, Live from the Liberty Hall - 12/03/22

As a special Saturday treat, here's your perfect build-up broadcast ahead of today's game. This is a very special bonus podcast recorded late last night at Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre with Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble. In this hilarious 30 minute quick-hit ahead of Ireland v England, you'll hear about singing the wrong anthems, terrible days in Twickenham and why we're going to win today. Also included are beautiful musical introductions from Kieran Quinn and of course, the first ever live Hoggwatch. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/03/22·31m 39s

A Little Taste Of Our Liberty Hall Live Shows

After far, far too long, we're finally back doing live shows at the Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin, so today we thought we'd give you a little taste of what it's been like so far this week. More specifically, a taster of what it's like to work with Eddie Jones, something we spoke to Connacht head coach Andy Friend about on Wednesday evening. To sign up to the World Service and hear more from our live shows, just go to now. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/03/22·6m 44s

Ep 2276: Our Tribute To Cricket Legend, Shane Warne - 07/03/22

Shane Warne, the greatest spin bowler of all time, passed away aged just 52 on Friday.We discuss his tragically premature death on today’s second show, the parallels with Maradona, why scandal never stuck to him, and how he even managed to commentate on his own wicket-taking. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/03/22·22m 41s

Ep 2275: City Clear, Howes of Saud - 07/03/22

Manchester United's thunder run to the fourth Champions League qualifying spot now appears hopelessly stalled, as Mikel Arteta's Arsenal machine races away. Meanwhile, Eddie Howe has had to field some awkward questions in recent press conferences, but might an extended MBS profile in the Atlantic monthly suggest good times ahead for NUFC?Mark Critchley joins us to talk about the Manchester derby. Was this one of City's best-ever performances - or did United just not want it enough? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/03/22·1h 6m

Muhammad Ali, Norman Mailer & The Second Captains Book Club; The Abramovich Auction

Muhammad Ali, Norman Mailer & The Second Captains Book Club; The Abramovich Auction by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/03/22·11m 20s

Ep 2270: Rugby Gets Weird, Hoggwatch Forever, Highs And Lowes - 28/02/22

Almost everybody in the Aviva stadium, including the players and coaches, were confused by the ruling that meant Italy only had 13 players on the field despite having had only one red card. We try to explain why this happened, why Ireland reacted so badly and why it shouldn't happen ever again.Murph was really considering taking a week off Hoggwatch duty, but an incident in the 38th minute of the first half forced his hand.Plus there's Michael Lowry's pass to James Lowe, why high tackles are the biggest mistake you can make in a game of rugby, and how players should prepare accordingly. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/02/22·19m 53s

Ep 2269: Carabao Caoimhin, FIFA's Choice - 28/02/22

Caoimhin Kelleher didn't save any penalties but his penalty-taking made the difference as Liverpool beat Chelsea to win their first League Cup in a decade.Chelsea, though, are preoccupied with bigger questions surrounding their future under Roman Abramovich, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues despite the Chelsea owner's alleged efforts for peace. Rory Smith and Jonathan Wilson join us to discuss the League Cup final, Abramovich's situation, and what FIFA should do next. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/02/22·1h 14m

Ep 2264: McIlroy v Mickelson, Philly McMahon v Mayo - 21/02/22

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are at daggers drawn over Saudi Arabia, in a row that appears to have rather more legs than the latest inane ramblings of Brooks Koepka and/or Bryson DeChambeau.And this weekend seemed like a pretty weird time for ex-Dublin players to be taking to print to tell us about the various failings of Mayo football, but Murph has some thoughts on why sporting losses are not always down purely to moral failure. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/02/22·26m 15s

Ep 2263: The Kane Game, Tuchel And 7 Touches, The Title Race Is Reborn - 21/02/22

Would Eoin be able to get more than two touches of the ball in a half of Premier League football? Clearly it depends on the extent to which he was prepared to sacrifice himself to the system, not that Thomas Tuchel would accept that as an excuse.We talk about the Conte masterclass at the Etihad, and Neymar's ennui, before Jack Pitt-Brooke and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the weekend's action. If City have won 19 out of 22, why does it suddenly feel like they are under pressure? Is the best yet to come from Harry Kane? And has Jadon Sancho paid off the last instalment of Bundesliga tax? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/02/22·1h 10m

Duffer The Gaffer, Conte The Confused, Our Winter Olympics Special

The return of the League of Ireland, a look back at the Super Bowl, Champions League last 16 analysis, a Winter Olympics special - the World Service was a sporting broad church this week and we've pulled together the very best of it for you today. To sign up for just €5 a month + VAT, go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/02/22·10m 57s

Ep 2257: Ken Is Back, Kurt Zouma Continued, World Champs Chelsea - 14/02/22

Ken is back today and bringing you the first of three football shows this week. In keeping with the immutable laws of nature, a big story broke while he was away in the form of the Kurt Zouma incident - he weighs in today. Plus, Chelsea are undisputed champions of the world, but the club may just have its attention fixed on a certain corner of the globe and the consequences a Russian invasion of Ukraine could bring. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/02/22·25m 47s

Ep 2257: Ireland Fail Stress Test, Kick For Corner Game Theory, Super Bowl Hot Takes - 14/02/22

Ireland got a losing bonus point against France but besides their guts and ability to come back from the dead, were there many positives for Andy Farrell and his players?We chat to Shane Horgan, Andrew Trimble and host of Le French Rugby Podcast, and former Scotland player, Johnnie Beattie about Ireland's plan getting a punch in the face, our breakdown woes, Carbery's good and bad points, the decision to go for a kick at goal when 6 points down with 9 minutes remaining, and Scotland continuing to be... Scotland.Ken and Murph share their late-night Super Bowl hot-takes, and there was late drama on the double on All-Ireland club final day, with crazy last-second goals winning the hurling and the football titles for Ballygunner and Kilcoo. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/02/22·1h 6m

Sonny Bill On Boxing, Paul Flynn's Melee Memories, Prince Of Paris

This week on the world service we spoke to Paul Flynn about his melee memories, Sonny Bill Williams about why he's in Ireland training with Andy Lee and Andrew Trimble about Ireland's trip to France.Join for a fiver a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/02/22·11m 38s

Ep 2252: The FAI Decides Euros > World Cups; Senegal > Egypt - 07/02/22

The FAI, in its prudence, has abandoned its joint bid with the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup, and instead in its prudence will now make a joint bid to host Euro 2028. Ken reports back from the five-association press conference held earlier today.We also chat about last night's AFCON final, Egypt's questionable penalty shootout approach, and the Salah-Mane dynamic which grows ever-juicier. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/02/22·28m 20s

Ep 2251: Ireland Do It In Style & Scotland Do It Again; Big Live Show News - 07/02/22

Winning in style with a bonus point in front of a full house in the Aviva and Scotland coming through in a nerve-biter in Murrayfield: this was a grand old way to start the Six Nations. We chat to former Lions and Ireland winger Shane Horgan about Mack Hansen's dream debut, the perfection of the Ringrose try and Andy Farrell 2.0. We ask Alan Dymock of Rugby World magazine how England managed to lose a game they had so much possession in, the Luke Cowan-Dickie penalty try and if Scotland can keep it going against Wales.Elsewhere, the Scots rammed Murph's words down his big, fat mouth... but is there an apology forthcoming for Stuart William Hogg and his beloved, belief-filled boys?Plus we have some big live show news for everyone who listened to Where Is George Gibney?. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/02/22·48m 41s

How Football Can Take A Stand On Violence Against Women; Six Nations Begins, Lampard Returns

Earlier this week on the World Service, we spoke to Richie Sadlier about Mason Greenwood's initial arrest on suspicion of rape and assault, the massive outcry following Raith Rovers' signing of David Goodwillie, who was found by a civil court to have raped a woman in 2017, and more generally about how football - and society in general - can better deal with issues around physical and sexual violence towards women.We also previewed the Six Nations which gets underway this weekend with two men who know a thing or two about it in Jerry Flannery and Shane Horgan, and Ken welcomed back his old friend Frank Lampard to Premier League management. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/02/22·8m 22s

Ep 2246: National Football Leagues Of All Stripes, The Flynn & McConville Show, Choke Ahoy - 31/1/22

The National Football Leagues of America and Ireland are the main focus today, with Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn on hand to pore over Armagh's thumping victory away to Dublin on Saturday night.Dublin need to change, but does that mean personnel need to change too? Are the men responsible for dominating the last decade the men to dominate this decade? And Kerry were far from impressive too, so everyone's got something to play for all of a sudden.And Ken Early knows a choker when he sees one, and he saw one playing quarter-back for the Kansas City Chiefs last night. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/01/22·46m 17s

Isolating With David O'Doherty: Episode 103 - Packie Boner - 24/01/22

David begins the final-ever week of The Isolating Podcast (yes, he has said this twice before) with trapped wind from drinking stout in a pub. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/01/22·25m 33s

Ep 2241: Tinfoil Hats And Tactistocrats - 24/01/22

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, scrawling their own lines on a photograph to prove Cavani was offside...It's taken a couple of years but VAR might finally have broken people's minds. The football over the weekend may have been mediocre but the VAR conspiracy theorising has reached new heights.We also hear some of the more interesting listener responses to last week's Man City debate.Then Patrick Boyland joins us to talk about the latest in the ongoing megacrisis at Everton. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/01/22·1h 9m

Bonus Episode 2238: Violence Against Women And Girls, And What Society Can Do About It - 19/01/22

The murder of the 23-year-old teacher, musician & camogie player Ashling Murphy in Tullamore last week has opened up a national conversation around the harassment and violence suffered by women at the hands of men in our country.Sinead O’Carroll, editor of, and Louise Crowley, professor at the School of Law in UCC join us on today’s show.Louise has introduced a bystander intervention programme into the college which teaches students how to intervene in situations where there’s inappropriate language or behaviour being used, and her insights from the front lines illustrate both the size of the problem, and the willingness among men and women to do something about it.They talk to us about what men can do, what the country can learn, and whether this is truly a watershed moment in Irish life.*This episode, originally released on the World Service, has now been made available to everyone.* Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/01/22·58m 7s

Isolating with David O’Doherty: Episode 100 - The World Celebrates Ep (We Think) 100 - 17/01/22

David celebrates the 100th Isolating podcast with sinister news of the fake David O’Doherty and a beef for the ages. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/01/22·26m 50s

Ep 2236: City - For Me, Or Not For Me?; Everton Squanderfest - 17/01/22

As the Pep team streaks towards a fourth title in five, we talk about the emotions they stir up compared to the dominant sides of the past. Dion Fanning and Miguel Delaney join us to talk more City-Chelsea and to react to Rafa Benitez’s Everton exit. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/01/22·1h 25m

The Killing Of Ahmaud Arbery And Its Echoes Today

There was only one story that we wanted to focus on in today’s promo for the Second Captains World Service. We talked to Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mitchell S. Jackson about a searing piece he wrote about the life and death of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 - the senseless killing of a totally innocent jogger in broad daylight, a story which has seen a devastating and tragic echo in Ireland in the last 24 hours. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/01/22·6m 31s

Isolating with David O’Doherty: Episode 98 - Babe Still In The City - 10/01/22

David is back for season three of the Isolating podcast. Is this good news or bad news? Probably both. Isolators gather once more for tales of solo cans and postcards from places brackets exotic. Email Doodlers directly at and to listen to all of David’s thrice-weekly shows, become a member now. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/01/22·24m 25s

Ep 2231: McDevitt's Cup Magic, Ireland Represented At AFCON, Novak's In - 10/01/22

The FA Cup - still magical? Not magical? Who even cares, when there is so much more to life! Serie A for instance, where Roma and Juventus played out one of the most dramatic league games of recent years. Then we are joined by Roberto 'Pico' Lopes from the Cape Verde base at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Cape Verde defeated Ethiopia 1-0 last night to get their tournament off to a winning start.We also react to the news that Novak Djokovic has swept triumphantly into Australia. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/01/22·1h 6m

Djokovic v Australia, Ken Goes Vegan, The Life & Times of John Madden, Murder... She Wrote

Despite the fact it's dreary January and Omicron is omnipresent, we've had one of the funnest weeks on the World Service we've had in a while. From the sheer hilarity of the Djokovic-Australian Open saga to Ken's new lifestyle change to US Murph reflecting on the life and times of NFL titan, John Madden - it's all waiting for you. Join now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/01/22·10m 56s

Ep 2226: Blue Moon Blue Planet, Tuchel v Lukaku, VARsenal, Kelleher Fan Club - 03/01/22

We begin 2022 by admiring a succession of incredible goals scored in recent Premier League matches. A wonderful, positive start to the year. There were a couple of great games this weekend to mention as well, before we settle into the main business of analysing VAR mistakes.Raphael Honigstein joins us to talk about the falling out between Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel, and whether City are becoming an English Bayern.Plus there's the Cookstown curler, Kelleher praise, post peak Van Dijk and Ken on darts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/01/22·1h 3m

Ep 2222: Scrooge Football 2021

It's the Monday after Christmas and while most people are resting up, footballers are playing their hearts out and Ken is podcasting football shows.He welcomes Jonathan Wilson to their annual Scrooge Football chat which includes the Leicester Man City thriller, why Grealish's move to City hasn't worked and rational Germans offering practical solutions to English football's problems.Plus there's the unfairness of Covid and Jonathan's new book about Eduard Streltsov, the Soviet football star who was arrested on the eve of the 1958 World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/12/21·37m 39s

Ep 2217: Spurs-Liverpool: Full Of Sound And Fury - 20/12/21

Premier League refereeing is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. Although you can be reasonably sure that whatever the rules are this week, they won't be applied to the England captain. Was Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool a good game, or a sad indictment of how English football has lost its way? Dion Fanning and Jack Pitt Brooke join us to discuss that explosive 2-2, and more. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/12/21·1h 9m

Ep 2216: Audio Beds Of The Year, Rachael Raises The Bar Still Higher, McDevitt On Darts - 20/12/21

It's Christmas week on Second Captains, and that can mean only one thing - it's almost time for us to announce our audio bed of the year live from the SC Log Cabin. What does all of this mean? We've been doing it for years and Richie Sadlier still doesn't have a clue, but we nevertheless give you the run-down today. Rachael Blackmore had a pretty successful weekend - announced as the Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year on Friday, the RTE Sports Personality of the Year on Saturday, and the BBC World Sports Star of the Year yesterday, joining Roger Federer, Muhammad Ali and Pele as previous winners of that category. And to continue the festive theme, Eoin brings us right up to speed with the very latest from the World Darts Championships. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/12/21·17m 27s

Ken's Pens, Administrators Gone Wild, Chris Sutton Never Backs Down

Brand new slots, old slots brought back to life, and audio-beds fresh from the Mark Horgan audio-bed oven - your World Service taster menu has got it all this week. Sign up now for €5 + VAT a month for independent, member-led, festive broadcasting at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/12/21·5m 31s

Ep 2211: Welcome Back To The Home Of Formula 1, Second Captains - 13/12/21

The unique charms of Formula One have largely been lost on our presenting corps over the last 25 years or so, but it came roaring back into our collective consciousness this weekend. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been engaged in a thrilling battle for F1 supremacy this season, and it all came to a climax in Abu Dhabi yesterday as thrilling racing, ridiculous TV access to the inner workings of the drivers’ respective teams, and high-level on-the-hoof chicanery from the race directors combined for a hilariously entertaining afternoon. Eoin and Murph speculate wildly about a great many things they know little about, Ken says he’s still a chariot-racing man, and we set up a big weekend’s rugby chat coming up tomorrow on the World Service. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/12/21·17m 34s

Ep 2210: Barclays Penalty League, UEFA Screw Florentino - 13/12/21

We chat about some of the weekend’s penalties before buckling up to talk, yes that’s right, COVID vaccines. Then Neil Atkinson and John Brewin join us to further analyse the weekend spot kick action. And finally we react to both UEFA CL draws on the day Europe’s governing body was let down by “external software provider”. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/12/21·1h 18m

Neville's Career Change, Kenz Kidz, Before The Troubles

Please enjoy this week's world service taster which includes Ken speculating on a big career change for Gary Neville, Ken on Kids and former Ireland and Ulster star Willie Anderson on life as a protestant in Co. Tyrone before the Troubles began.It's all in a week's listening on the Second Captains World Service, and it's available to you for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/12/21·8m 55s

Ep 2205: Chelsea's Blip, Bellingham Shoots from the Lip - 06/12/21

A little stutter over the past few days and Chelsea have slipped to third, such is the pace of this season's title race.We discuss the early signs of Ralf Rangnick's influence, and the acrimonious aftermath of Dortmund's controversial defeat to Bayern.Rory Smith and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about the weekend's football. It's probably not a good sign that only four Premier League clubs have a positive goal difference. But it still looks healthier than leagues like the Bundesliga, where Bayern are cruising to ten in a row. What is to be done? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/12/21·1h 21m

NSFW Week With Richie And US Murph, The Players Chair With Keith Earls

This week's World Service appetiser is dedicated to one Richie Sadlier, who not only did an amazing interview with Keith Earls for the Player's Chair, but continued to churn out #content whilst lying in a hospital bed, recovering from spinal fusion surgery. Sign up now and you'll also hear one of the best pods of the year, the Second Captains Sports Book of the Year Show with Sinéad O'Carroll and Malachy Clerkin, plus loads of football, too - Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/21·10m 48s

Ep 2200: Ulster Trump Leinster, Munster Stranded, The John McGrath Miracle, Effin' Eddie - 29/11/21

It was a massive weekend for Ulster in the URC as they got a rare win over Leinster, while things couldn't have gone worse for Munster who find themselves stranded in South Africa after a player tested positive for Covid. One of the sporting stories of the year came out of Tipperary this weekend after Loughmore-Castleiney sealed a county double in football and hurling, with both finals decided by points scored by Tipp hurler, John McGrath. Throw in that they lost both county finals last year by a point and you've got one hell of a tale... Plus there's a massive week ahead on the World Service, Connacht's torrential try-fest, and Effin' Eddie Moroney. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/11/21·19m 21s

Ep 2199: Ken Returns, St Pat's Are Cup Champions, Don't Mention United - 29/11/21

Ken is back, having rediscovered over the weekend how much more enjoyable it is to go to football matches than it is to work at them. Big questions are up for discussion. Do Ralf Rangnick's coaching gifts extend to telepathic influence? And how is it possible Eoin and Ciaran have never heard of the cinnamon challenge? Then Kevin Brannigan and David Sneyd join us to talk about the FAI Cup final. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/11/21·1h 13m

Ep 2194: Ireland Dream Big, Lavanini At Large, MOTM Carbery, French Class - 22/11/21

Ireland weren't quite as good as they were against NZ but it was another impressive display from a team hit by a number of injuries. We discuss the confident happy vibes coming from the camp, MOTM Joey Carbery, Peter O'Mahony's red card diatribe and the depth we now have in certain positions.Plus there's French class, Lavanini at large and Murph rattles Donal Lenihan. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/11/21·18m 18s

Ep 2193: Solskjaer Out - 22/11/21

What would it take for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lose his job? Not a 0-5 loss at home to Liverpool, not a 0-2 loss a week later to Man City... but the final straw did eventually come on Saturday as Manchester United crashed to a 4-1 defeat away to Watford. Mark Critchley and Jonathan Wilson join us to discuss the inevitable, what United do now, how badly this has been mismanaged by the club and Ronaldo's influence on who will eventually take over. Plus there's Ken Early's exquisite timing, and Kenny Cunningham gets on board with Eoin's succession master-plan. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/11/21·42m 57s

Pat Kenny, Ken, Stan, A Van

Welcome to our weekly world service taster which involves Pat Kenny, Ken, Stan, and a Van. Join for a fiver a month - there's no sign up fee, no minimum stay and no ads. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/11/21·7m 40s

Ep 2188: Ireland Beat New Zealand, Again - 15/11/21

Another epic game against the All Blacks, another brilliant Irish win, and a full crowd back in the Aviva - this was one of the special days in Irish sport.James Lowe took a moment to send his appreciation to the bollockses who questioned his defence, and to talk about the weirdness of playing against his native country.We're joined by Andrew Trimble, Gerry Thornley and from New Zealand by Spark Sport's Scotty Stevenson to discuss how this win stacks up next to our other two victories over the All Blacks, where it stands in the pantheon of Irish wins overall, the need to back this up next summer down in New Zealand, and we try and fail to avoid mentioning the next RWC.Plus Hugh Cahill gives Murph a shout-out, and Johnny Sexton’s runs his mouth. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/11/21·1h 0m

Ep 2187: Revenge Is Best Served In A British Style, Request For A Ken Apology - 15/11/21

For more than sixty minutes last night, it looked like Ireland could be facing into another pretty embarrassing result against Luxembourg but by the end of the evening, any debate about extending Stephen Kenny's contract had been put to one side (even by Liam Brady).We reflect on a campaign that started out horribly, with Kenny plagued by terrible luck at every turn, and which ended with admittedly less-than-impressive results overall but a massive turnaround in performance levels from a young Irish side. Plus a listener formally requests that Ken apologise to Murph for CERTAIN comments made after the Azerbaijan draw, and Eoin gets explicit. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/11/21·30m 24s

To Contract Or Not To Contract, Kenny Context, Ireland-All Blacks A-Go

We were joined on the World Service today by the crack punditry team of Richie Sadlier and Damien Delaney to talk about Ireland's performance against Portugal, Richie's Stephen Kenny contract debate with Liam Brady, and whether Damian himself would prefer to sign Kenny up again now or wait and see until next year.Earlier in the week we spoke with Shane Horgan about Ireland taking on the All Blacks in another Aviva sell-out tomorrow, and why the result doesn't really matter provided the performance and the positive intent are both there. A big week for Irish sport means a big week on the World Service, so sign up now for just €5 a month + VAT at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/11/21·8m 59s

Ep 2182: Ireland Play Total Rugby, Samurai Sexton, Sweet N' Lowe - 08/11/21

This was one of the most aesthetically pleasing Ireland performances of all time, and even allowing for the horrendous performance by Japan, Ireland look like a side who are committed to evolving their style of play. We discuss Jamison Gibson Park's new found self belief, Tadhg Furlong the outhalf, ignoring hat trick scoring wingers for Man of The Match awards, Sweet N Lowe, and Samurai Sexton. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/11/21·19m 11s

Ep 2181: The Moyesy Reprise Surprise, Liverpool Fragility, Man Utd Control The Narrative - 8/11/21

The Premier League signed off for the international break with a bang, or in West Ham’s case a series of shattering hammer blows that smashed Liverpool’s creaky defence into pieces. Dean Smith and Daniel Farke ran out of time at their clubs, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clings on despite a dismal derby defeat and a weekend that saw more soul searching for United over the true nature of their club. Jacob Steinberg and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about West Ham’s victory, Liverpool’s sudden fragility, and just why so many players now feel the need to apologise for defeats on social media. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/11/21·1h 23m

Morbid Man Utd Analogies, Hockey Legend Ayeisha McFerran On A Legacy Outside Sport, Beer + Running

Ken sums up Man United's current form with analogies most gruesome, Cathal Dennehy lets Eoin and Murph in on the secret of the sport of kings: the beer mile, and the world's best hockey goalkeeper, Ayeisha McFerran talks about her mission to help children who are growing up in foster care, like she did as a teenager. It's all in a week's listening on the Second Captains World Service, and it's available to you for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/11/21·10m 3s

Ep 2176: Nuno Out, Conte Hovers, Ole Clips Wings, Mighty Rovers, Pat Kenny Meets Mary Jane

Goodbye Nuno Espirito Santo, hello Antonio Conte? That seems to be Daniel Levy's agenda this Monday, but as we have seen, Levy doesn't always get what Levy wants. Jack Pitt-Brooke joins us today to discuss where it went wrong for Nuno and where Tottenham go from here.We discuss Agent Klopp, Ramsdale the amazing, blunt City and will Ole stick with his wingless wonders?David Sneyd is on to give Shamrock Rovers the respect they deserve after securing a second successive title on Friday night.Plus there's Curb's new season, Pat Kenny meets sweet Mary Jane, and another smooth drive with West Ham's Rolls Rice. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/11/21·1h 12m

Ep 2171: Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool, Neville's Defence, Conte's Candidacy - 25/10/21

Fergie's puffed cheeks, Dalglish's giant grin, Maguire's hapless defending, Salah's hat trick, Pogba's red card, Sancho on the sidelines, United fans leaving early, Scholes' prophecy, Luke Shaw's self abasement, the record defeat - Man United fans witnessed the complete nightmare in Old Trafford this weekend. Dion Fanning and Mark Critchley join us to discuss Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool, Gary Neville's defence of Solskjaer, the mood for change at the club, Conte's candidacy and why this wasn't all the manager's fault. Plus there's Captain Smith's Titanic, Ronaldo's incredible physical stats, Dennis Bailey, Brazil 1-7 Germany, and Eoin's marathon mediocrity. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/10/21·1h 12m

Peter Schmeichel And A Fergie Double-Cross, Man United Groundhog Day, US Murph On Game 5 Heartbreak

There was Man United past and present on the World Service this week as we spoke to club legend Peter Schmeichel about his new book, 'One', and not-club-legends Richie Sadlier and Jonathan Wilson about the most recent edition of Ole Groundhog Day. Plus US Murph joined us after his beloved San Francisco Giants suffered a very special kind of heartbreak: Game 5 play-off heartbreak against an old, bitter rival.To sign up for independent, member-led broadcasting, just go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/10/21·8m 31s

Synth Week 2021 Winning Tracks

We had the time of our lives doing synth week and had so many floor fillers sent in by our ultra talented listeners that we've decided to put the top three into one podcast. The Winning Tracks Are: 1. The Ballad of Jurgen Klopp and Union Berlin by Colin Ratcliffe2. Pet Shop Boos by Dan Mullen3. Balls by Patrick Stefan GroenlandIf you want to join the Football Synth Revolution then please become a member for a fiver a month. There's no minimum sign up, no contracts, and no ads. Go to for details.Special thanks too to our judges The Synth Lord, aka Ken Early, and Sir Marks A Lot, aka Mark Horgan. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/10/21·7m 30s

Ep 2166: Saudi Newcastle, Coach Rodgers' Clinic - 18/10/21

The era of Saudi Newcastle began with scenes of rejoicing at St James' Park, as Newcastle fans rapturously greeted their trillionaire saviours. Newcastle's days as many people's second favourite team may not return for some time, but hey - it's better to be feared than loved?We talk about the dramatic match at the King Power, where Coach Brendan Rodgers won the tactics and the mindgames.Rory Smith and Miguel Delaney join us to give their impressions of the events in Newcastle yesterday, and how the Saudi story might play out from here. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/10/21·1h 20m

Ep 2165: URC Big On TV, Ireland's Form 9 and 10, Berlin Memories - 18/10/21

The United Rugby Championship is up and running, and judging by some press releases Eoin has seen, it's off to a flyer. We note the increased profile terrestrial television has given it, but there are also some things that might need to change in Irish rugby if the only domestic league available to us is to succeed, and whether that might end up being a pretty good result for us.  We thank our Berlin super-fans one more time for our week over there with thanks to Aer Lingus, and there's also Connacht's grievances over refereeing decisions which might have gone another way in Thomond Park on Saturday evening. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/10/21·21m 58s

Ep 2160: A Competitive Win For Kenny, Goals For CR7, Synth Week LIVE From Berlin - 11/10/21

The gang is officially back together again as Eoin, Ken and Murph gather around a big ol' Berlin kitchen table and record live in person like those pre-Covid days of yore. It's only bloody Synth Week Live from Berlin!!We chat to Dion Fanning and Gavin Cooney about the other cause for celebration today, Ireland's win against Azerbaijan, one which surely eases pressure on Stephen Kenny... for now at least. The win aside, the main headline from the match was the small matter of Callum Robinson's two goals, goals which led to some serious DM traffic for our football correspondent over the past two days. Plus there's Fairview Lady vs Mensch, Courtois going off script, and live show news. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/10/21·1h 8m

The Captain Of The Afghan Women’s Football Team On How She Rescued Her Team-Mates From The Taliban

Last week we spoke with the amazing Khalida Popal, founder & former captain of the Afghan women's football team, and human rights lawyer Kat Craig, about how they got Khalida's teammates out of the country and out of the hands of the Taliban. We had an amazing reaction from world service members to this show with quite a few getting in touch to see if they could help in any way. Today, we are making the conversation free to all. If you have any feedback or think you can help please email us at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/10/21·41m 44s

Ep 2155: El Clasico Uprooted To England, Super Salah, City And Strikers - 04/10/21

Salah's goal was so good even Mane looked impressed. We try to unweave the rainbow of Liverpool 2-2 Man City.Miguel Delaney and Gavin Cooney join us to talk through the weekend's football. Should Salah get his contract? Did Ronaldo join the wrong Manchester club? And are there answers for City's striking problems in the Premier League beyond Harry Kane? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/10/21·1h 21m

Fleeing The Taliban, Top Red, Football Isn't About Fun

It's the start of the month so the perfect time to sample the World Service. Join for a fiver a month, with no minimum sign up, no contract, no ads just lots of independent journalism. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/10/21·7m 23s

Ep 2150: Ryder Cup Tears, Ken's New Favourite Trump Quote, Apologising For F-Bombs - 27/09/21

Ep 2150: Ryder Cup Tears, Ken's New Favourite Trump Quote, Apologising For F-Bombs - 27/09/21 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/09/21·18m 49s

Ep 2149: Penaldo v Penandes, Don't Sleep On City, The 'Give Him Time' Doctrine - 27/09/21

It was a week of forgetfulness and brutal reminders. Bruno forgot to keep it down. Spurs players forgot their game plan. We all collectively forgot that Man City were the best team in the PL. Rory Smith and Dion Fanning join us to talk through the weekend action. Are Arsenal back, reaping the rewards from Giving Him Time? But then, how much time is too much? And are Leeds roadrunners running out of road? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/09/21·1h 13m

US Murph Running Scared, Twat Stats, Rugby's Deliberate Demographic

This week on the world service we discussed Jadon Sancho's lack of impact at Man Utd, Barca's delusions, strikers in their 30's and the race to be Kerry manager and in this taster we have US Murph running scared, Lawrence Donegan's Twat Stat, and. Ken on rugby's demographic being a feature not a bug. Join for a fiver a month, with no minimum sign up, no contract, no ads just lots of independent journalism. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/09/21·8m 26s

Ep 2144: Lame Kane, Emptihad, Chelsea Power, Let Ricey Take It - 20/09/21

Today kicks off with an explosive allegation: a Manchester United fan believes the media are biased against his club. We delve into this scandal to see if there's anything to it.Jack Pitt-Brooke and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the weekend's football. Did Harry Kane deserve the criticism that came his way after the defeat to Chelsea? What's the latest in Pep Guardiola's feud with the City fans? And where are we with that Solskjaer/Lampard analogy...Plus there's Roy on Kane, Ronaldo's penalty appeal hat trick, Nagelsmann guff, trouble in Paris and Jimmy Greaves memories. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/09/21·1h 11m

Ken Triggered, The Man United Diet, Bob Mortimer Made It

Ken gets triggered, then gets happy and comedy legend Bob Mortimer tells us the time his mum finally believed he had made the right choice in leaving the legal profession. Join the world service for a fiver a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/09/21·8m 30s

Ep 2139: Tyrone Stealth, Mayo Heartbreak, Public Sympathy Curdles - 13/9/21

Tyrone are the All-Ireland football champions... so why is everyone still banging on about Mayo? We bang on about Mayo for a little while, before Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn make sure to give Tyrone their due for their skill-level, their finals mentality, and their opportunism. But why does this keep happening? There were tactical, technical and psychological flaws shown up on Saturday, and we delve deep into them all. Elsewhere there was a magnificent Galway surge to win the All-Ireland camogie title, we heard some serious GAA fast talkers, and we salute Britain's first billion-pound athlete. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/09/21·1h 3m

Ep 2138: Harvey Elliott's Injury, Ronaldo Hysteria As Kathryn Mayorga Banner Hovers Above - 13/09/21

Ken pitches a concept for new Premier League branding. The "mercury effect lion wearing a crown" is a non-symbol, it doesn't transmit anything. It's time for a new logo that encapsulates the league's rugged values.We also talk about Ronaldo's return and mass hysteria as the Kathryn Mayorga case hovers above. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/09/21·27m 57s

Murph And Ken Hug It Out, All Ireland Final Preview With Flynn And McConville, Bazunu To Centre-Mid

So far on the World Service this week, we've had one hell of an All Ireland final preview with Paul Flynn and Oisin McConville, we've basked in the warm glow of the Bazunu and Omobamidele Show, and, most importantly, we've seen Murph and Ken let bygones be bygones and hug it out. Sign up to the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month for independent, member-led broadcasting with a minimum of inter-presenter beef at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/09/21·10m 27s

Ep 2133: The Return of Meathness, Dublin Dethroned, Leona Maguire Lights Up The Solheim Cup - 6/9/21

It was a classic All-Ireland women's football final in Croke Park yesterday, which saw Meath stun the four-in-a-row champions Dublin in a major shock. It was however no shock to seasoned watchers and admirers of Meathness - Murph gives us a run-down on just what makes the Royallers tick. Leona Maguire is the first Irishwoman to play in the Solheim Cup, but she wasn't content to get there - ever since the competition began on Saturday morning, she's been a revelation. Her singles match this evening could be pivotal, and with Katie Taylor winning on Saturday evening as well, it was a very, very good week to be an Irish sportswoman. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/09/21·19m 5s

Ep 2132: Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan - How Are We Supposed To Feel? - 06/09/21

Ireland were behind to Azerbaijan with 4 minutes to go at home to Azerbaijan. A Shane Duffy equaliser spared Ireland's blushes somewhat, but some people have run out of patience. Richie Sadlier and Damien Delaney join us on the show today to discuss just how quickly we can expect an upturn in results on the pitch, how much responsibility Stephen Kenny bears, and what we can expect from Serbia tomorrow night. Fault-lines within the Second Captains team also reveal themselves, as Murph accuses Ken of attempting to gaslight the nation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/09/21·1h 9m

The Nation Dries Its Eyes

The main event on the World Service so far this week was Ireland's visit to Faro to play Portugal where a record-chasing Ronaldo lay in wait. Today, we've been grieving the loss of something that was very nearly beautiful, with the help of Richie Sadlier. Sign up to the World Service for independent, member-led, ad-free broadcasting now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/09/21·8m 7s

Ep 2127: Tyrone Ambush Kerry, Meath Mettle, County Bias, Nicole's Heroics - 30/8/21

Another dramatic weekend of GAA action will be picked apart in full by Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn tomorrow - they did see this Tyrone ambush coming on Saturday afternoon, they just didn't foresee Kerry not foreseeing it.With Sean Cavanagh and Pat Spillane clashing on live telly, the call has come again to move away from having analysts from the counties involved on broadcasts... we are not so sure that's a good idea.Meath are the All-Ireland minor champions for the first time in 29 years, and Nicole Turner won silver at the Paralympics this morning - before charming the nation with a post-match interview for the ages. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/08/21·18m 54s

Ep 2126: The Second Coming - 30/08/21

He’s back baby and the global Manchester United family is celebrating harder than ever.But if United signing a 36 year old Ronaldo and making him the best paid player in the league is obviously such a good idea, why did they wait until Man City seemed about to close the deal before making their move?Laurie Whitwell joins us to analyse the makings and implications of the mega deal. Will Greenwood improve under CR7, how does Bruno feel about this, is it a football signing, how did Fergie influence things and can he do a Tom Brady and play into his 40's?We also talk about Messi's PSG pro-am, Rio the matchmaker, Roy's selfies, Chelsea's band of brothers, Thiago Time, Arsenal's bad marriage and patronising Pep. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/08/21·1h 10m

Ep 2121: Pep Praises Jesus, Rafa's High Standards, Marseille Malice - 23/08/21

Pep Guardiola is heaping over-the-top praise on Gabriel Jesus, which means he’s probably gonna get rid of him at the end of the season. Ken also takes a look at the Marseille brawl, how Rafa Benitez motivates his players and big Shane Duffy's return to form. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/08/21·16m 22s

Ep 2120: Limerick's Perfect Plan Executed To Perfection, What's Next For The Rest? 23/08/21

Was this the greatest ever performance in an All Ireland hurling final? Maybe. Did we see the greatest half of hurling ever? Possibly. Are Limerick the biggest strongest hurling team ever assembled? Definitely.We talk to Jamie Wall and Malachy Clerkin about the perfect plan executed to perfection, how they seem to peak in finals, how much joy they take in their style of play, and the lessons rivals need to learn if they're ever going to beat them.Plus there's glassy-eyed stick-wielding fans, angry Brian Murphy, McConville V Flynn and Clash Of The Ash. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/08/21·1h 9m

World Service Taster: El Chiringuito Sez Relax, Kane Spec, Dubs, Dung And Donnybrooks - 19/08/21

Hola! On this week’s World Service Ken speaks Spanish, speculates about Kane transfer speculation and admires the unique El Chiringuito formula for success - WWE, Love Island and old Spanish men talking nonsense about football. Meanwhile Murph and Eoin watched on as the best GAA punditry team in the biz, Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn, went at it over John Small and a hypothetical "anti Dublin bias", and Jamie Wall came up with a masterplan for Cork to beat Limerick.All these shows are at your fingertips IF you’re willing to part with just 5 euro a month. No minimum contract, no hidden extras, no ads. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/08/21·8m 24s

Ep 2115: GAA Taster Menu As Mayo Win At Last, Eoin Eats Humble Pie, Ken Cries Foul - 16/08/21

We've assembled a crack punditry outfit for our analysis of Dublin/Mayo tomorrow, but there's no doubt this was the sporting event of the weekend. Ken bemoans some refereeing decisions that went against the Dubs, while Eoin eats some humble pie for laughing off the demise of his beloved boys in blue. Murph on the other hand is on top of the world - the Dubs' dominance is over, Offaly and Roscommon were both in an All-Ireland final, and a Meath team came back from the dead in classic Royaller style to qualify for their first ever women's football final yesterday. "We've gone back to the future and it feels sooooo good...." Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/08/21·22m 13s

Ep 2114: Welcome Back Premier League, Welcome Back Fans - 16/08/21

The Premier League is back and so are Richie Sadlier and John Brewin to talk through the opening weekend. Do City need Harry Kane more than Spurs do? How is Jack Grealish going to fit into this system? And are Manchester United credible title contenders? Plus there's The Eagle Eye with Eoin McDevitt, polite Ken, and VAR, but not as we know it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/08/21·1h 17m

World Service Taster - Barca Blunders, Tyrone Kerry Postponed, Messi The Wrecking Ball/Handbrake

Ahoy podcasters! This week's World Service was all about Messi, Neymar, PSG, Barca, the return of the premier league, the Dublin Mayo rivalry and The GAA/GPA's handling of Tyrone's covid outbreak – available now IF you’re willing to part with just 5 euro a month. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/08/21·8m 59s

Ep 2109: Kellie Harrington, Olympic Champion - 09/08/21

Kellie Harrington is an Olympic champion, after what must have been one of the most emotionally draining Sunday mornings of all of our lives. We speak to former world champion Andy Lee and Gavan Casey of about an extraordinary Irish sporting achievement, by an extraordinary Irish athlete - how she got there, what she did to get over the line, and what she needs to guard against for the next few months as her life gets turned upside down. We salute the joy and spirit of her family, Eoin pens a very special (terrible) poem memorialising the moment in verse, and, of course, there's a Mark Horgan audio-bed for Kellie Harrington - the woman who rocked the machine. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/08/21·52m 48s

Ep 2108: Messi's Tears, PSG Power, Grealo Too Sexy? 09/08/21

Today's football minipod takes on the big issues in a short time. Was it OK for Lionel Messi to cry? Should he play for free? And why do managers think Jack Grealish is simply too sexy to risk sending on to the field of play?And Ken tells us how pumped he is for the start of the new Premier League season. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/08/21·18m 14s

Ep 2103: Not-So-Super Sunday For Ireland In Tokyo - 02/08/21

We were all so full of hope on Saturday night - we could go to bed, and when we awoke, maybe Kurt Walker would have won a bronze medal at least, Aidan Walsh could have progressed to an Olympic final... maybe Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy could do something at the golf, and Rhys McClenaghan could win us gold while we ate our breakfast? As it turned out, none of those things happened - we talk to Sinead O'Carroll and Cathal Dennehy live from the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, about a really disappointing day for Team Ireland, why Rhys McClenaghan deserves more than just platitudes, the lessons he can learn and the armchair psychology he can ignore, for Paris in 3 years time. Plus there's the return of Hoggwatch, why a 7-way playoff is such good telly, the night of nights for Italy, and why mixed team events in the Olympics are so much fun. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/08/21·53m 49s

Ep 2098: Mona's Mind And Body, Emmet Brennan Charms The Nation, Lions Comeback - 26/07/21

The first weekend of the Olympics has had it's usual mix of brilliant Irish displays, disappointment, ecstasy, beautifully upbeat post-race interviews and heartbreaking (and unnecessary) apologies to a nation. Mona McSharry became only the second Irish swimmer to make an Olympic final in a breathtaking achievement, and her final tomorrow will be a huge highlight for the country regardless of where she finishes. Michael Cheika and Shane Horgan tell us what happened at half time in the Lions South Africa game, how Warren Gatland played the refs like a piano, why the Lions can win it better and if South Africa can continue to trust the gameplan that won them a RWC.Frances Murphy gives us the TV guide to the overnight action, and there's Hoggwatch, as our hero contemplates what it means to even be Stuart Hogg any more. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/07/21·1h 3m

Ep 2093: Limerick Blow Tipp Away, Clinical Kilkenny, Wexford Bow Out, Davy's Problems - 19/7/21

We saw 'the greatest half of hurling ever played by any team', with a goal that 'no other player in the history of the game could have scored' yesterday, so it's safe to say that Limerick's second half performance got some tongues wagging.Derek McGrath and Jamie Wall are on form today as they discuss where Limerick's revival came from, the clinical way Kilkenny went about winning the Leinster final on Saturday evening, and the latest twists and turns as Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford are out of the championship at the hands of Clare for the second year in a row.Plus there's US/Italian Murph, side-feuds, excitable local GAA commentaries, and tasty qualifier draws - all the meats of the Irish summer stew. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/07/21·56m 38s

World Service Taster: Messi The Winner, Messi The Master Negotiator

Ahoy Monday only listeners! Today's World Service show was all about Messi, Neymar and Argentina - available now IF you’re willing to part with just 5 euro a month. Go to also had Paul Flynn, a new addition to our GAA punditry team, having a pop at Dessie Farrell for his handling of the questions around Stephen Cluxton’s future, Shane Horgan on the Lions, there's loads of Olympics next week and football will keep on footballing. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/07/21·5m 45s

Ep 2089: McGregor's Latest Highly Profitable Crushing Defeat, Hurling's Hottest Rivalry - 12/07/21

Conor McGregor was fighting again at the weekend, breaking his ankle in gruesome circumstances against Dustin Poirier, and accepting defeat in his usual classy style - we ask how much longer he can keep this jamboree going.Clare and Wexford seemed destined to be drawn against each other in the hurling qualifiers. Murph reports, with a heavy heart, that these two.... straight up don't like each other.Plus Ken doubles down on his obituary for Gareth Southgate's time in charge of England. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/07/21·16m 45s

Ep 2088: Notti Magiche - 12/07/21

Italy are the European champions after beating England on penalties at Wembley. Jonathan Wilson, Jack Pitt Brooke and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about what was an astonishing occasion at Wembley and to try to figure out where it went wrong for Southgate’s dreamers.Plus there's dangling sacks, wing backs, Mystic McDevitt and Ken explains why he thinks Southgate should hand in his badge. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/07/21·1h 32m

Football's Coming Home Or To Rome

It's been an amazing week at the Euros, which means it's been a pretty darn good week on the World Service, too. We're a couple of days away from the ever-so-slightly seismic event of England playing in their first major tournament final in 55 years, against the team of the competition... So couldn't you do with some independent, ad-free football journalism in your life? Join now for just €5 + VAT a month with no contracts, and no minimum stay. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/07/21·9m 12s

Ep 2083: GAA Summer Takes Off - Clare Fume, Tipp March On, Dublin Hurlers Beat Galway - 05/07/21

The GAA summer really caught fire this weekend, with four brilliant hurling games - the most dramatic moment of all though was a refereeing decision which cost Clare dearly. Meanwhile, Murph returned to the sidelines of Gaeldom yesterday in Roscommon, with sodden, hilarious and idiotic results. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/07/21·19m 13s

Ep 2082: Ruthlessly Efficient England Take Aim At Danish Dream - 05/07/21

England have hammered Ukraine and now storm remorselessly towards the title. Next up they face Denmark - who have a story of their own to tell.Meanwhile, Belgium's golden generation didn't have quite enough gold to go around. But now Italy, who looked so impressive in victory, have lost a big player of their own with that injury to Spinazzola.Jonathan Wilson and James Horncastle join us to review the quarter-finals and look ahead to the semis. Can anybody stop the runaway train of Gareth Southgate's success? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/07/21·1h 15m

The Greatest International Football Tournament Ever?

The comebacks, the late goals, the attacking football, the blunders, the hubris, the pathos, the fans - we are watching maybe the greatest football tournament of all time. To listen to our daily shows become a member for 5 euro a month at - no contract, no minimum sign up, no obligations just ad free independent journalism. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/07/21·6m 30s

Ep 2077: Poc Fada, Club Cluxton, Cap'n Murray, Shithouse Sticks - 28/06/21

The All-Ireland championships began this weekend, but there weren't exactly a surfeit of headlines... although 98 shots at goal in one hurling game is certainly newsworthy. We suggest a few rule changes to simplify the game.Stephen Cluxton played for his club on Saturday night, which indicates he might not be involved in Dublin's first game of the Leinster championship next weekend - Ken wonders aloud if this sombre moment might stop the whingeing.Conor Murray has been named the new Lions captain after Alun Wyn Jones' injury on Saturday, but is the tour still in danger of being derailed? Plus there's Lukaku's careless whisper and the staying power of shithousery. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/06/21·21m 21s

Ep 2076: Danish Hug, Young Chiesa, Pepe's Elbow, Shaw's Schlap - 28/06/21

Half the teams that started the finals of Euro 2020/1 have been knocked out, and now the big teams are starting to fall. We talk about where it went wrong for Holland, and why the real victim in their downfall is Jose Mourinho. Rory Smith and Dion Fanning join us to talk about Belgium v Portugal. Was violence part of Portugal’s gameplan? Rory has been doing some blue sky thinking about the future of the Euros. What if we went… even bigger? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/06/21·1h 24m

Taster - European Championship's Sweet 16

The group stages have been brilliant and going into the last 16 the tournament is wide open. Ken can't make his mind up on Germany, Rio Ferdinand doubles down on his England predictions, and the Danes are riding a wave of positive energy.Join us for the remainder of the Euros - go to - it's a fiver a month for ad-free daily podcasts, with no contracts and no minimum sign-up. Lay down your fiver and see where it takes you. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/06/21·6m 16s

Ep 2071: Rahm Wins Snakes & Ladders US Open, Ireland Men's 7s Qualify For The Olympics - 21/06/2021

It takes something pretty special to wrestle some attention away from the Euros these days, but the US Open last night was a hilarious snakes & ladders of the world's best players charging to the top of the leaderboard before falling back in increasingly daft and humiliating ways. The final result was a win for Spain's Jon Rahm, and there was drama elsewhere too as Leona Maguire came agonisingly close to a first win on the LPGA tour... and even Murph had an unforgettable incident on the fairways of West Clare.  Our Men's 7s team qualified for the Olympics at the weekend, and captain Billy Dardis gave an emotional interview moments after the final whistle which summed up just how big a moment this was for the sport in Ireland. Plus, the Euro news just keeps on coming as Scotland's young tyro Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/06/21·19m 4s

Ep 2070: Super Saturday, Scots Surprise, Germany Germinate - 21/06/21

Murph returns as we talk about an epic weekend of European Championship football. Remember how Germany weren't that good? Well that was last week. Today we talk to Raphael Honigstein about how Germany might in fact be quite good.Plus there's Scotland fan energy, predictable England, beautiful Italy and boring Spain. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/06/21·1h 4m

England V Scotland, Gareth Fail, Rio's Hostage to Fortune

Today's taster includes Rio Ferdinand's bullish prediction for England V Scotland, Gazza 96 and a controversial Gareth Bale pun-a-thon.Sign up at for a fiver a month - no ads, no contracts, no minimum stay and its member led independent journalism. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/06/21·5m 59s

Schick Strikes, Stephen A Soccers, Scots Steal, Mbappé Goes Supersonique

Football tournament pods are undoubtedly the funnest pods on the World Service and our daily Euro 2020 shows are officially full steam ahead. While Stephen A Smith - ESPN's new voice of soccer - thought Patrik Schick's second goal against Scotland a masterpiece, Ken wasn't so convinced. Eoin is incensed that the Scots stole an Irish football anthem, and Kylian Mbappé has been reaching speeds supersonique. Sign up for daily football shows now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/06/21·5m 41s

Ep 2065: Nineteen for Novak, Stephen A's Soccer Beat, Kerry Heir - 14/06/21

Kerry made sweet sweet love with Gaelic football on Saturday night and Oisin McConville was in Killarney to witness it all. What did the locals make of it, is coach Keane talking up his boys and are Kerry now official heirs to the Dublin throne?ESPN's Stephen A Smith is on the soccer beat for the Euros - we analyse his analysis. Novak Djokovic powered past Nadal in the semis and won a 5 set final in Paris to secure his 19th Grand Slam. Eoin says its time for acceptance, Novak will pass Rafa and Roger's Slam records very soon. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/06/21·19m 12s

Ep 2064: Concern For Christian Eriksen Dominates The Euros, Three Points For Three Lions - 14/6/21

Richard Sadlier and Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the Euro 2020 opening weekend, which was overshadowed by the collapse of Christian Eriksen at the Denmark-Finland game.We also discuss England's opening win against Croatia, the reasons why broadcasters seem to have become less critical, and the Mbappé-Giroud war of words... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/06/21·1h 6m

The Euros Are Here At Long Last

We've been waiting and waiting, and for a whole 25% longer than we usually are, but Euro 2020 is now but a couple of hours away. There's going to be wall-to-wall coverage every day on the World Service for the next month, so there couldn't be a better time to sign up. On today's taster menu, there's Ken stabbing his brother over a morsel of cheese, the extraordinary pageantry of the Italian squad announcement and some bittersweet memories of Euros past. Join us now for what will be an absolutely brilliant summer on the World Service for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/06/21·4m 49s

Ep 2059: Booing England, Copa Omnishambles, Mediocre Magyars - 07/06/21

Ireland are on a winning streak and its the poor miserable mediocre Magyars next on the chopping block. Ken shows Murph Hungary's recent record.....England fans once again booed their own players for taking a knee before the Romania game. We discuss Gareth Southgate's handling of this situation, Nigel Farage's response, the worrying make up of the England crowd and just what a fraught build-up its been ahead of what is a de facto home tournament for them.We talk to the brilliant Tim Vickery about the Copa Clusterfuck, why mid pandemic Brazil are now hosting it, if the players will protest, and how Bolsonaro is using the tournament to sell his political philosophy.Plus there's Jordan Henderson's body language and the most read article on The Guardian website today. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/06/21·55m 30s

Ep 2054: Naomi Osaka Rages Against The Roland Garros Machine - 31/05/21

Naomi Osaka won her first round match at the French Open yesterday, but it was a statement she released in the days leading up to her appearance at the tournament that has grabbed the lion's share of media attention this weekend. Osaka announced that she wouldn't be appearing at post-match press conferences during the tournament in order to protect her mental health, leading organisers to fine her $15k and threaten her with expulsion. Should players have to face the press win, lose or draw? Has Osaka approached this in the right way? Murph and Ken mull it over. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/05/21·18m 27s

Ep 2053: Blue Is The Colour - 31/05/21

With a concrete defence and clockwork attack, Chelsea are champions of Europe for a second time. For Man City, the wait goes on.Miguel Delaney and Jonathan Wilson join us to analyse the final. What's the secret of Chelsea's mid-season transformation? Why does Guardiola experiment in the biggest games? And where do City go from here? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/05/21·1h 21m

Ep 2048: Mickelson Takes Another Major At The Fine Age of 50, A Betrayal Of Madridismo - 24/05/21

Ep 2048: Mickelson Takes Another Major At The Fine Age of 50, A Betrayal Of Madridismo - 24/05/21 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/05/21·23m 6s

Ep 2047: Pep Cries, Gini Flies, Leicester's Top Four Encore - 24/05/21

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City spent 92% of the last two seasons in the top 4, yet twice missed out on Champions League football. Is Rodgers officially a nearly man or can he talk his way out of this one? Ken has a look at the cold hard facts.Rory Smith and Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the end of the Premier League season. Are Liverpool right to let the injury-proof Gini Wijnaldum leave? Could Harry Kane bring City the love they crave? And who do they see as Manager of the Year?Plus there's Pep's tears, limbs in Bale's face and cold Manchester rain. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/05/21·1h 18m

Kane Wants Out, Liam Hayes On One Of The Great Editions Of The Player's Chair, US Murph The Hypeman

Variety, they say, is the spice of life and there's been plenty of it on the World Service this week: from Ken on whether Harry Kane will get the Spurs exit he's wrangling for, to US Murph on the LeBron - Steph Curry showdown we were gifted, to our conversation with World Rugby chief medical officer Dr Éanna Falvey about the complex relationship between rugby and concussion, which we'll be releasing tomorrow. The show that a lot of members felt was one of the best we've ever put out, though, was the latest edition of the Player's Chair, where Meath legend Liam Hayes joined Richie Sadlier and spoke really honestly and movingly about the death of his brother by suicide, his own mortality and his relationship with his playing past. It's all available when you sign up to the World Service for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/05/21·8m 18s

Ep 2042: David Clifford Masterclass, John Kiely Declares The Game Officially Gone - 17/05/21

Gaelic football arrived back into our lives this weekend, and with it came the return of the phenom that is David Clifford. Although his beloved Galway were the team unfortunate enough to find themselves on the end of Clifford's incredible performance, Murph can't help but be in complete awe of the 22-year-old Kerryman. There was plenty of hurling too, hurling which prompted Limerick manager John Kiely to decide that the game as we know it is GONE. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/05/21·24m 56s

Ep 2041: Alisson Scores, Fergie Remembers, Brendan Does The Business - 17/05/21

Ep 2041: Alisson Scores, Fergie Remembers, Brendan Does The Business - 17/05/21 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/05/21·1h 11m

Never-Ending Housing Crisis, White Water Ahoy, Marcus O'Sullivan On The Race That Changed His Life

It's been a massive week on the World Service so far, and that's before we've even gotten around to this Friday's post-Liverpool-United Football Show. We spoke to Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan about the merits or otherwise of the council's white-water rafting proposals, to the excellent Aidan Regan on the role of international institutional investors in the housing crisis on Ken's Politics Podcast and to an under-the-radar Irish sporting great in three-time World Indoor 1500m champion, Marcus O'Sullivan on The Game That Changed My Life. Sign up now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/05/21·12m 33s

Ep 2036: McIlroy's Mentality, Canelo's Crowd, Saunders' Stool - 10/05/21

Rory McIlroy ended an 18 month dry spell to land the Wells Fargo Championship last night, but not without all the usual Rory tropes - a nervy finish, confusing golf rules, help from his caddy, and of course some brilliant golf.A record indoor crowd for a boxing event in the US (73,126) turned up to watch Canelo Alvarez defeat Billy Joe Saunders in their super middleweight world title unification bout in Texas. We discuss Canelo working the crowd and the commentators' reactions to Saunders not coming out for the 9th round. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/05/21·20m 30s

Ep 2035: Sergio's Sorrow, Blame Game at Juve - 10/05/21

Manchester City still can't quite seal the deal, and now a listener is on claiming that Kevin de Bruyne is actually overrated. We don't usually read out all the stuff that comes in from scum around the country but...We also discuss Leicester's chances of making the top four, before James Horncastle joins us to talk about what has happened at Juventus. A 3-0 defeat to Milan leaves them outside the Champions League spots with three games to go - one of which is against the champions, Inter. We ask: what happened? who's taking the fall for this? and will Juventus ever give up their Super League dream? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/05/21·1h 15m

BONUS EPISODE 2022: Oisin McConville & Andrew Trimble On A Shared Future In Northern Ireland

**NOTE: This was initially a Second Captains World Service members-only show broadcast first on 22nd of April 2021. If you like what you hear, please consider becoming a member at Your support allows us to continue to do work like this, broadcast our daily shows and undertake long-term projects like 'Where Is George Gibney?'. We hope you enjoy the show.**For months now, we’ve wanted to talk to Oisin McConville and Andrew Trimble, two of our favourite regular contributors, about a shared future in Northern Ireland, their very different upbringings, and what role sport can play in bridging the gap between two communities.We talk about why at various stages they felt like ‘bottlers’, how close Andrew came to learning the words to Amhrán na bhFiann, and why Oisin feels uncomfortable saying the words ‘Northern Ireland’. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/05/21·1h 1m

Ep 2030: The Revolution of Old Trafford - 03/05/21

"We don't want to see fans storming stadiums Gary? Do we?"It depends...Mark Critchley was there at the Lowry Hotel and Old Trafford, and Jonathan Wilson also joins us to talk about what happened on an unprecedented day, and what might happen next.Plus there's sympathy for Dave Jones, throwing soup and being a good Yank.And we ask the question - are you a mudlark, or a quitter? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/05/21·1h 12m

Katie's Career, Leinster's Challenge, Ken's Life Choices

On this week's dip in the World Service paddle pool we look back at Katie's London Olympics and Ken's life choices and look ahead to the tough challenge awaiting Leinster in the Champions Cup semi final.Join for a fiver a month. There's no contracts and no hidden fees and you can quit at any time. It’s independent, commercial-free and member-led. You’ll also be supporting the development of our longer-form work, like our recent international series ‘Where Is George Gibney?’. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/04/21·12m 48s

Ep 2025: Munster Finally Give Leinster A Beating, Ireland's Women Hit Target - 26/04/21

It was a while coming, but when it came Munster's win over Leinster was emphatic. The caveat of a weakened Leinster team might be applied retrospectively, but the alternative was barely worth contemplating from Munster's point of view, and their determination to keep their foot on Leinster's throat was exemplified by a fired-up Peter O'Mahony, who treated this game like it was one long interview with Reggie Corrigan.  Ireland's women finished third in this year's Six Nations after their win over Italy on Saturday which, given the two-tier nature of the competition now, seemed like both a minimal requirement reached and the best result that we could have hoped for. We were introduced this week to the joy-filled commentating style of League of Ireland legend Joey N'Do, McDevitt throws down the gauntlet to tennis novice Murph, and there's possibly the most deranged email we've ever received. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/04/21·20m 40s

Ep 2024: Crime & Punishment: What Do The Big 6 Deserters Deserve Other Than Our Contempt? - 26/04/21

After the crime was uncovered last week, there must be punishment. But what form will this punishment take? Will the prodigal sons be welcomed back into the fold, or is swift, harsh judgement coming their way? Rory Smith of the New York Times, and the Currency's Dion Fanning hold court on today's show. We also discuss why Dublin lost their Euro 2020 games, heart-break for Moyesy, and a United/Leeds game so bad it had Jamie Carragher hooting derisively at the players' efforts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/04/21·1h 27m

The Rise And Fall Of The Super League, The Future Of Northern Ireland

Member-led journalism is a hell of a thing. Three days, three bumper football podcasts, one former Super League. We've been joined on the World Service over the last couple of days by Miguel Delaney, Sid Lowe, Gabriele Marcotti and Jonathan Wilson as the league began to disintegrate before our eyes, and there'll undoubtedly be more breaking news as the week unfolds. Today's World Service taster also features some of our brilliant conversation with Oisin McConville and Andrew Trimble on segregation in the North and how progress can be made, which we'll be releasing later in the week. Plus there's Graeme 'Geopolitics' Souness and the hotly-contested battle for our Administrator of the Week award. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/04/21·10m 40s

Ep 2019: Damaging Defeat For Irish Women's Rugby, Prince Philip & A European Super-League - 19/04/21

We've already got a full football podcast out in the world, but bloody hell what a morning of news. As opinions continue to pour in from players, pundits, managers (and Ian Holloway), we delve into our bulging mailbag for more reaction to the dirty dozen breakaway. Ireland shipped 50 points to France, just 7 days after putting 45 unanswered points on Wales in this year's 6 Nations - a pretty clear reflection on how wide the gap is now between the professional, semi-professional and amateur teams in the competition. We discuss the job the IRFU have at the international and mini-rugby ends of the game. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/04/21·21m 38s

Ep 2018: The Dirty Dozen - 19/04/21

You know it's a big day of football news when Jose Mourinho getting sacked is a mere speck on the windshield of the day's stories.Today's pod is giving some initial reaction to the Super League plans announced by 12 of Europe's richest clubs. They've made their grab for money and power - can anyone call their bluff?Tariq Panja and Miguel Delaney join us to discuss one of the biggest football stories in years. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/04/21·1h 20m

Roddy Collins On The Game That Changed His Life, Haaland Pop, Rachael Takes The Grand National

This week we had another special show in our 2000th episode celebration series as we chatted to a dear old friend of the podcast, Roddy Collins about the game that changed his life, his double-winning season with Bohs, safe-cracking, and having a few pints on the Six One News. As part of our Rachael Blackmore show we spoke to Katie Walsh and Malachy Clerkin about Rachael's impact, and to Charlotte Budd, the first female jockey to ever ride the Grand National. And on today's Champions League football show we uncovered (saw on Twitter) a pearl of a song dedicated to one Erling Haaland. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/04/21·11m 31s

Ep 2013: Leinster Overturn Exeter, Ireland Storm Cardiff, Rachael Blackmore Makes History - 12/04/21

It was a crazy couple of hours on Saturday evening, as Rachael Blackmore won the Grand National, Ireland hammered Wales in the 6 Nations, and Leinster came back from 14-0 down to beat the reigning European champions in their home ground in a classic Heineken Cup match.  Galway has a new number 1 sportsperson in the extraordinary Beibhinn Parsons, Stuart Hogg is outplayed by Hugo Keenan, and we consider a rebrand for a couple of Ireland's rugby players as we look ahead to another insane week on the Second Captains World Service. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/04/21·14m 25s

Ep 2012: The Game's Gone, But The Moyesiah Abides - 12/04/21

It was the weekend when Richard Keys and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agreed: the Game's gone. We know that - but why? Also today, Ken unveils a controversial new theory: how will Eoin respond? Today is a heavily Ulster-inflected pod, with Cookstown's Stuart Dallas galloping through and Carnlough's Brendan Rodgers letting us in on some of the many - not secrets, exactly... let's say "principles" - of his (and John Terry's) success.Dion Fanning and John Brewin join us to talk through the weekend's football. Moyes triumphant, Ole's critics silenced, and a verdict on whether anyone really wants Harry Kane. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/04/21·1h 29m

Champions League Lemmings, Doddles Meets Paul Kimmage, US Murph Achieves Zen

The Champions League being overrun by lemmings, David O'Doherty meeting Paul Kimmage, and US Murph achieving true sporting zen. It's your World Service sampler menu in a week absolutely packed with sport from the Champions League to the Champions Cup to the US Masters. Sign up the World Service for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/04/21·8m 55s

Ep 2007: CR7 runs riot, Pep v Mino, Silva Winner - 05/04/21

Thomas Tuchel has had it all his own way since taking over at Chelsea, but then he had not faced Callum Robinson - until Saturday afternoon.We also discuss the question of whether Erling Haaland can take control of Manchester City's transfer policy.Then we're joined by Dermot Corrigan to talk about the allegation of racism that caused Valencia to walk off in their game against Cadiz, and how Real Madrid are feeling ahead of Liverpool's visit tomorrow.Plus there's Silva the winner, same old Jose and glazed Neville Bros. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/04/21·1h 1m

Ken vs Chris Sutton, 2000th Show Celebrations With Greg Louganis, Champions Cup A La Linford

Our month-long 2000th episode celebrations kicked off on the World Service last week with the big day itself and continued this week with the first of our big interviews, with Olympic diving legend and HIV/AIDS activist Greg Louganis.Ken had a barney about Martin O'Neill with Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday evening before unloading everything he wished he'd said on the World Service. And with the Champions Cup knock-out stages starting tomorrow evening, we have some golden advice for Munster. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/04/21·13m 20s

Ep 2002: Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg - 29/03/21

Is this rock bottom - or just the new normal? Damien Delaney and Richie Sadlier join us to talk over the game in the most ambitious crossover event in Irish sports broadcasting history of the last three days. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/03/21·1h 21m

Ep 2001: Leinster Win Fourth, Scotland Come Forth, Munster Misery, LaVar Ball Energy - 29/3/21

For this Monday's mini-pod, we focus on yet another Dublin-based team in blue barely showing any emotion while coolly winning yet another title in their home ground against plucky but over-matched country cousins.Why did Munster look a beaten docket from the start, should they be asking more of their best players, and what needs to change for them to beat Toulouse next weekend?There's also one more Hoggwatch for the road, as Scotland out-Scotland themselves in Paris, and there's LaVar Ball's 2000th-episode message to Eoin for the benefit of our Monday listeners. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/03/21·18m 28s

From Ireland Goal Drought To Goal Fest, Eoin McProphet, Gary O'Toole Joins Us On The Book Club

It's fair to say nobody really saw last night's 3-2 scoreline in Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia coming... nobody but Eoin, that is. Ken reflected on the pain and pleasure that came with both ending the goal drought while also losing. We also welcomed Irish swimming great Gary O'Toole to the "I'll Tell You Who Wrote It" Book Club and unsurprisingly, it was a brilliant chat. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/03/21·10m 18s

Ep 1996: The Trial Of Harry Kane (Cont’d) - 22/03/21

Harry Kane continues to captivate. His trial continues on today's football pod after he pulled off what may just have been an entirely unique piece of play last night. And after the opening weekend of the League of Ireland season, we hear from a listener who has a bone to pick with Bohs. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/03/21·16m 22s

Ep 1995: Ireland Outwit England, Heroic Henshaw, Wales' Death Match, Hoggwatch - 22/03/21

After two and a half years Ireland finally got the performance and the win that could see them back in the big time. Did we miss the signs or did this come out of nowhere? Would it ever have happened without Henshaw's manic intensity at the start? Was the Earls try proof that Farrell and Mike Catt had the right plan all along but just needed some polish?We chat to Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble about using Earls more often, Sexton and Murray's return to top form, red card drama, French magnificence and if Wales will still win the championship.Fans make the Six Nations... so how come we've just had possibly the most entertaining tournament in living memory?! Ken reckons everyone's happy, and Stuart Hogg reckons we saw the 'real' Scotland on Saturday, conveniently ignoring that pretty much everything that has happened in the last 5 weeks has been 100% pure distilled Scotland rugby. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/03/21·1h 5m

No To Rabonas, Alpha Andy Farrell, Oisin McConville On The Need For GAA's Return In The North

Your World Service taster menu is hereby served. After his initial show of disgust on Monday at Erik Lamela's goal in the North London derby, Ken continued to push his anti-rabona agenda during the week. On St Patrick's Day, Oisin McConville joined us to chat about cultural identity and the need for the GAA to allow people to get back training in Northern Ireland even if the rest of the island has to wait. And ahead of Ireland-England in the Six Nations this Saturday, Paul Grayson and Shane Horgan talked Ireland's attack and why Mike Catt may not be getting as much of a say behind closed doors as he'd like. Sign up now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/03/21·8m 47s

Ep 1990: Ireland Win Ugly, France Leave Beautiful Corpse - 15/03/21

France and England put together arguably the most high quality 40 minutes of rugby in 6 Nations history and while England came out on top, the question is how do we make rugby look like that more often?We talk to Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble about Ireland's ice cold professionalism in the last 5 minutes, their brilliant pack, why the backs look like strangers and if defence is now our biggest problem.Murph gives his latest HoggWatch and Eoin asks Murph if he would prefer to tackle Tadhg Furlong or Mathieu Jalibert.Plus there's Marvellous Marvin Hagler, Murray Walker and wings in space. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/03/21·57m 47s

Ep 1989: The North London Derby With Added Rabona, Anti-Liverpool Bias - 15/03/21

Erik Lamela's goal in the North London derby yesterday was met with differing reactions: for Eoin it was a thing of beauty; for Ken, a thing of great annoyance. A listener has done a deep dive into the podcast archives and come to a chilling conclusion: there is a clear and undeniable anti-Liverpool bias on the Second Captains football desk. Ken responds to the accusations. Plus there's the original Rabona king and Ronaldo declares victory over football. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/03/21·21m 48s

World Service Taster - Football Wellness, Rugby Gymnastics, Synth Week Lives

It's time for your weekly reminder of what you've missed out on the Second Captains World Service. There was Ken, Miguel Delaney and Jonathan Wilson on the future of football in the social media age - is it a full-throated adrenaline rush, or an alternative to the meditative wellness industry? Shane Horgan looks ahead to Ireland/Scotland and wonders if Ireland are ready to embrace risk. And there was the week-long celebration of synth which came bursting out of our beloved members. To join them, go to and for a fiver a month plus VAT the (synth) world could quite conceivably be yours. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/03/21·8m 55s

Ep 1984: It's Synth Week - And The Only Rule Is Floor-Fillers, All Week - 08/03/21

Ken's long-held, but newly-voiced, love of synth, and football-related synth in particular, shocked the Second Captains World Service to its core last week. So we have a number of bombshells for you today. Ken plays out the show with his first synth floor-filler choice, but not before a listener's only synth composition gets a debut airing. We also talk about Bryson Dechambeau and his assault on the norms and conventions of staid ol' golf, filet steaks and all, and there's some love for Eoin's obsession for terms and conditions. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/03/21·22m 24s

Ep 1983: It's All Coming Up MacStevie - 08/03/21

Steven Gerrard defies the doubters to lead Rangers back to the summit of Scottish football just as Jurgen Klopp loses his sixth home match in a row? This is getting a bit witchy. Meanwhile, Luke Shaw was the hero as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Man United to yet another win in the Manchester derby. Maybe the win has come too late to affect the destination of the league title, but could United have given Guardiola something to worry about for the Champions League? Jordan Campbell of the Athletic joins us to talk about Rangers' title success. Is this more than winning the league by default after the only credible opposition collapsed? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/03/21·1h 8m

Plucky Brexit Britain, FAI-th No More, Time Flies, I Flannery

It's World Service Menu Taster time and this week we had joy and we had fun but our faith in the FAI to deliver a home World Cup is sadly starting to fade. We also discuss Big Boris' plucky Brexit Britain, Jerry Flannery's Tonya Harding moment and we chat to Derval O'Rourke about world records, times and new technology.You can join any time for a fiver a month at - no contract, no ads, no minimum stay. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/03/21·9m 36s

Ep 1978: Galthie's Bubble, French Waffle, Welsh Providence, Ireland's Magic Eight - 01/03/21

You make your own luck in sport, unless you're the Welsh rugby team, who on Saturday had a lot of ref and TMO decisions go their way. So is it just that everything always comes up Wales, or are they a doughty, tough, mentally resilient and increasingly skillful side that deserves the Triple Crown and the now inevitable Grand Slam?We talk to Gerry Thornley and Shane Horgan about the series of Covid breaches in French rugby, if Fabien Galthie will get the sack, and what the French Government, the French rugby union and 6N should do about this.We ask if Ireland can continue to offload against the good teams, if Andy Farrell, with Kelleher, Furlong, Kilcoyne, Henderson, Ryan, Beirne, Connors and Stander, has found his best set of forwards for the Scotland and England games.Plus there's Rees Zammit's poker face and rugby analysis via Kevin Costner and Lewis Dunk. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/03/21·57m 3s

Ep 1977: Chelsea v Man Utd, Keane v Redknapp - 01/03/21

Man United's matches against the big six have been following a pretty familiar, pretty boring pattern as of late and yesterday's 0-0 draw with Chelsea was no different.And so any dash of colour during an otherwise drab weekend had to come from the Sky Sports punditry team, with things between Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp getting heated. Why was Keane getting more annoyed at what he was saying himself than what Redknapp was saying? And what does Matt Doherty have to do with all of this? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/03/21·20m 2s

Ep 1972: Tennis Trigger, Sprintastic, Sound Of Da Grammar Police - 22/02/21

As expected Novak Djokovic marched to his 9th Australian Open title this weekend, but the really interesting events happened after the match. In the last five days five different Irish athletes have posted the five fastest runs in the history of the 800m Irish indoors. Nadia Power and Siofra Cléirigh Buttner are top of the pile, and Eoin wonders if we have another (Ollie) Campbell (Tony) Ward fight to the death on our hands.And several listeners have informed us that Eoin does not pronounce the word "film" correctly. Yep, its time to call the Grammar Police. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/02/21·15m 50s

Ep 1971: Haaland v Mbappe, Everton's Ceiling, Method Man Reiterates Stature - 22/02/21

Which PL player is Erling Haaland most like? Murph is invited to guess - and the results may surprise you. We also talk about no-nonsense Thomas Tuchel, and how the methods of a certain somebody remain beyond reproach.We are joined by Jonathan Wilson and Dion Fanning to look back at the weekend's football. After their first win at Anfield in the 21st century, where is the ceiling for Everton? How are Manchester City close to setting a world record for consecutive wins? And why do people keep suggesting West Ham have been better without West Ham fans? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/02/21·1h 14m

World Service Taster - Football's Future, GAA's Past

It’s time for your weekly whiff of the Second Captains World Service which includes football's future, the GAA's past and the Second Captains mailbag reaches max capacity. Join for five euro a month + VAT at for independent, member-led broadcasting. There’s no contracts, no minimum stay, and no adverts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/02/21·8m 41s

Ep 1966: City On A Spree, The Great VAR Conspiracy - 15/02/21

Everyone seems to be talking about Liverpool Football Club as a pitiable mess, an irredeemable shambles, and after watching them concede 3 goals in the last 15 minutes against Leicester, you might be forgiven for thinking their world was falling in. But there's plenty of shambles to go around, and Man United are far from immune. And while the two most successful teams in English football implode, there's City - embarking on a record-breaking run of wins, and now seemingly sauntering to another league title. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/02/21·19m 10s

Ep 1965: Guts But No Guile, No Answers At Halfback, Farrell Feels the Heat, Hogglebox - 15/02/21

Ireland were gutsy and got close on the scoreline against France but lacked any real creativity in attack, even when against 14 men. Where does Andy Farrell go from here, and is his position as head coach now under pressure?We talk to Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble about our philosophy in attack, what changes Farrell should make for the Italy game, if we are any closer to finding out who our best halfbacks are, the impact made by Paul O'Connell and the non-impact from Mike Catt, and if this Scottish generation are already running out of time to seize a golden opportunity.Plus there's Murph on his tartan certainty, more HoggWatch and Grammar Corner. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/02/21·49m 6s

Ep 1960: The Accelerating Collapse of Klopp's Hopes And Dreams - 08/02/21

'To me, they've been bad champions'. Those were the words of impartial observer Roy Keane on Sky Sports yesterday as any glimmer of hope Liverpool were clinging on to that they were still in the title race was repeatedly stamped on by Alisson Becker's big boot.As for Jurgen Klopp, he's not taking the collapse of his dreams into tiny piles of dust all too well. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/02/21·15m 6s

Ep 1959: 14-Man Ireland Fall To Wales, Horgan & Trimble On Outhalf Dilemma, Supreme Scots - 2/8/21

From the 14th minute when Peter O'Mahony was sent off  for a dangerous clear-out, Ireland looked in trouble in Cardiff, and despite showing encouraging flashes in attack, and improvements at the set-piece, they eventually went down 21-16 for a dispiriting start to 2021.Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble join us to discuss how damaging that moment was, the outhalf dilemma, where Ireland showed improvement, and small talk with Andy Farrell.The Scots provided all the drama on Saturday evening as they won in Twickenham for the first time since 1983, in the process shoving some words down Murph's throat. Does he retreat,or double down today? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/02/21·53m 58s

The Last Irishman In The NFL, Ken Says Thanks, Six Nations Ahoy

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs facing off in the Super Bowl this Sunday, what better time to speak to the last Irishman to play in the NFL, ten-year vet Neil O'Donoghue whose career highlight just so happened to come for the Bucs against the Chiefs. We also got our Six Nations coverage under way with Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble who looked back on their various humiliations against Wales, while Ken thanked himself for his own journalistic contributions. Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/02/21·10m 54s

Ep 1954: Barca DNA, Juan Seba Alcantara, Frail Bale - 01/02/21

Whenever the directors at Barcelona are faced with a crisis, they fall back on the programming of their Barca DNA: whatever the situation, simply add more smoke, mirrors, cloaks, daggers, secrets, spies and lying eyes, and wait to see what happens. This is how they can pay a guy more than half a billion euros over four years and still have him hate them with the fire of a thousand suns. We also discuss some of the Premier League weekend talking points, such as whether Thiago is the new Juan Sebastian Veron. Jacob Steinberg and Alan Smith join us to discuss whether Jose Mourinho can make it to the end of February, and whether there is any hope for Gareth Bale. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/02/21·1h 4m

Ep 1949: Farewell Frank, Liverpool's Weak Link, Munster's Many Regrets - 25/01/21

Chelsea have sacked Frank Lampard, with Tuchel set to take over. What did Frank do wrong, besides the losses, the waste of talent and putting the blame on his players?Liverpool scored two goals against Man United and played better than they have done recently but big games come down to the weakest link, or maybe what you thought was your strongest link turning out to have a few cracks?A number of Ireland players have timed their return to fitness nicely ahead of the 2021 Six Nations, including Tadhg Furlong, Dave Kilcoyne, Iain Henderson and James Lowe but the Munster players will have a ton of regrets after taking a 10-0 lead inside 12 mins, dominating possession, and still losing 13-10 to Leinster. Shane Horgan and Andrew Trimble tell us why Munster should still be optimistic and why Leinster should start to heed the warning signs of a slip in form. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/01/21·48m 51s

World Service Taster - Lamp-oon, Movie Pitch, Ciara's Race - 21/01/21

It's time for your weekly waft of the Second Captains World Service which includes Ken the songbird, Eoin pitching his movie idea, Failing Frank and our chat with the brilliant Ciara Mageean about the race that changed her life.Join for five euro a month + VAT at for independent, member-led broadcasting. There's no contracts, no minimum stay, and no adverts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/01/21·8m 52s

Bonus Episode 1943: A Momentous Week for Irish Society, Fionn's Story - 19/01/21

NOTE: This was initially a Second Captains World Service members-only show broadcasted first on 15th of January 2021. Due to the importance of the subject matter and the huge reaction to Fionn's story, we have decided to re-publish for all today, the 19th of January. To help us continue to produce independent, member-led journalism like this and projects like 'Where Is George Gibney?', please join the Second Captains World Service for just €5 a month. Enjoy the show and thanks to all our members as always for their support.**Today we go entirely outside of sport on the Second Captains World Service and the magnitude of the Mother and Baby report this week in Ireland warrants it, particularly when a friend of the podcast has such an important story to tell. Fionn Davenport was born in the St Patrick’s Mother and Baby home on the Navan Rd in Dublin in 1968. His mother Jane was lied to and told she couldn’t keep her son. Fionn was adopted soon afterwards.This week, this dark part of our history has been brought into sharp focus. On Tuesday, the final report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was published, detailing the cruelty experienced by thousands of women and children at 14 mother and baby homes and four county homes across Ireland between 1922 and 1998, and the following day the Taoiseach issued a state apology for how these people were treated.Fionn is now a well-known travel writer and editor and he tells us his emotional story; the impact it’s had on him throughout his life, the significance of this week’s report and the roadblocks that still exist for survivors. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/01/21·49m 50s

Ep 1944: Liverpool Nil, Fergie Time - 18/01/21

Ken inspects his bulging mailbag and finds listeners and non-listeners alike have lost patience with the constant stream of nonsense he has talked on many subjects, ranging from the source of Liverpool's problems, the quality of Marcus Rashford's performances and Frank Lampard's trust in Mason Mount. Carefully, patiently, he sets these losers and haters straight.We hear quite a lot from Alex Ferguson today, from his negotiations with Andrei Kanchelskis' agent to his opinions about the recently-retired Wayne Rooney.Rory Smith joins us to discuss yesterday's game at Anfield. Why are Liverpool bad now? Is their recruitment department quite the world-beating operation it's cracked up to be? And is Bruno Fernandes the new Luis Suarez? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/01/21·1h 18m

World Service Taster - Axeman Of Old Trafford, Capitol Riots, Golf's Moral Compass

Its time for your weekly snifter of the Second Captains World Service. We build up to Liverpool V Man Utd by looking at Solskjaer's skill at cutting away the dead wood at Old Trafford, US Murph talks to us about Trump and the Capitol riots and Ken takes a reading on golf's moral compass. Join for five euro a month at We are independent and member led. There's no contracts, no minimum stay, and no adverts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/01/21·7m 25s

Ep 1939: Paulie Enters, Duffer Departs, Sports Calendar Shredded - 11/01/21

Stephen Kenny has had a highly eventful time as Ireland manager with a penalty playoff loss, a pandemic, a Covid close contacts crisis, a video storm, 8 games without a win and now he has lost his assistant coach Damien Duff. Ken journalist is on the case, and he has some strong leads (1.00). Paul O'Connell is maybe Ireland's best-ever forward, one of our best ever captains, a Lions captain, but besides a curtailed spell in Paris and some short stints in Ireland, he hasn't got a very extensive coaching CV. We ask Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley to predict how good he will be, and why (20.30).Plus there's Roy Keane football manager, mighty Leinster, Connacht butchering a 15 on 13 overlap and Eoin McDevitt's shredded sports calendar. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/01/21·56m 25s

Tom Parsons Says Goodbye, NFL Tales Of Redemption, King Of Trolls

Tom Parsons joined us alongside his old friend and former teammate Andy Moran to discuss his decision to retire this week, one of four Mayo careers which came to a close over a handful of days. US Murph has been prepping us for the start of the NFL postseason this weekend, while Stephen A Smith prepped Dallas Cowboys fans for the premature end of their season. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/01/21·6m 50s

Ep 1934: Can A Caterpillar, Given Time, Turn Into A Chelsea Lion? - 04/01/21

We talk about Frank Lampard's struggle at Chelsea - which might now, if history is any guide, be entering a terminal phase.Meanwhile Ken reveals he has made important changes to his lifestyle - but that doesn't mean he doesn't have time to round on the losers and haters.We're joined by Jonathan Wilson and Dion Fanning to discuss some of the weekend's football in more detail. What went wrong for Chelsea against City, and is it ever a bad time to Give Him Time? Are Manchester United serious title contenders? Why are they getting more penalties than anyone else? And is refereeing in the age of VAR increasingly vulnerable to influence by #narrative? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/01/21·1h 20m

Ep 1929: Big Sam's Big Christmas, Frank's Thin Skin, Bielsa's Busy Tongue - 28/12/20

Ken and Jonathan Wilson talk over the post-Christmas football, as is the tradition.We all know the image we will remember the weekend by....but did Sam Allardyce's tactics actually cost his team victory at Anfield? Why should Chelsea fans be worried about Frank Lampard's uncompromisingly direct criticism of his players after losing to Arsenal? Why have Tottenham ground to a halt? And why is Jonathan sick of having to defend Marcelo Bielsa? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/12/20·53m 30s

Ep 1925: Dubs Win 6, Oisin & Andy On Last Quarter Composure, 90's McTominay - 21/12/20

2020 threw up a lot of surprises, so we should be thankful at least for some certainty and security in life - and few things in life now are as certain or secure as Dublin finishing the year as All-Ireland football champions. Oisin McConville and Andy Moran are on the line to pick through the bones of it, how much of the gameplan went right for Mayo, why Dublin were still able to pick them off... and how to stop Dublin from scoring goals direct from the throw-in. Ken also tries to get into the mind of Stephen "The Clinker" Cluxton, good people making good Dubs, and a mention too for Scott McTominay's heroics yesterday. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/12/20·1h 11m

Dinosaur Jr, Klopp's Ground War, Why not Mayo?

It was a week that featured more soccer than you could shake a stick at, a review of the All-Ireland hurling final, a preview of the All-Ireland football final, and the start of the European champions cup in rugby... so what the hell are you waiting for? Join us today and hear Ken lauding the return of the dinosaurs to the Premier League, why the war on Chris Wilder is Jurgen Klopp's Vietnam, and why Andy Moran still believes Mayo have what it takes to win the All-Ireland final. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/12/20·8m 52s

Ep 1920: Arsenal Win At Losing, Story Time With Evra, Houllier's Romance - 14/12/20

This morning we heard the sad news of the death of Gerard Houllier, former manager of France, Liverpool and Aston Villa among others. We talk about the mark Houllier made on English football. Then we turn our attention to the weekend, in which Arsenal stole the show from some other underperforming clubs then had the show quickly stolen from them by Patrice Evra.We are joined by Dion Fanning and John Brewin to talk about Houllier, Arsenal, and whether some critics are right to suggest this is the worst season ever.Plus there's Thierry Henry's media fence, reaching maximum outrage and Paul Ince's 5-a-side record. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/12/20·1h 22m

Ep 1915: Millwall Tilt At Windmills - 07/12/20

With Jose Mourinho's Spurs riding high at the top of the league you might think there should be only one question for Ken this Monday: would he like his humble pie plain, or with salt? But there was much more going on in the world of football over the weekend, not least at The Den, where Millwall fans rejected the kneeling protests. We try to figure out why they reacted this way.Richie Sadlier was at the FAI Cup final in the freezing fog, we talk about the prospects ahead for Jack Byrne, how Irish football is going to respond to the news that it can no longer export teenagers to Britain, and what he made of the events at his old club Millwall on Saturday.And Jack Pitt-Brooke joins us to discuss the North London Derby. What are the secrets of Mourinho's mysterious chemistry at Tottenham? And how fast is faith in Mikel Arteta fading? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/12/20·1h 35m


For once, The Isolators put down their parsnips of war and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas Tops-Off-Thursday.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month plus VAT at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/20·25m 55s


It’s beefs galore in the Imagination Cave as the Isolators turn on each other.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month plus VAT at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/11/20·29m 40s

Ep 1910: Cowardly Lions, Furious Celts - 30/11/20

As Raul Jimenez recovers in hospital after fracturing his skull in an awful clash of heads with David Luiz, Troy Deeney has attracted derision by arguing that players should self-diagnose when they have suffered brain damage. But why does he feel that way, and how should we understand his legitimate concerns? Miguel Delaney and Jacob Steinberg join us to talk about last night's stalemate between the London title contenders, and confront the awkward question of how certain people might have been 'wrong' to write off Jose Mourinho.And Kieran Canning explains why angry Celtic fans were protesting outside the stadium last night. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/11/20·1h 21m


To celebrate being certified pox-free, David gives us the sexiest ever Tops-Off-Thursday.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month + VAT: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/11/20·24m 39s

BONUS SHOW - 'Where Is George Gibney?' Bonus Q&A Episode

Since episode 8 of 'Where Is George Gibney?' aired last month, we've been inundated with questions, comments and emails about the making of the show, and the impact it's had.So to tide people over until the final two episodes drop on BBC Sounds on December 3rd and 10th, we have a Q&A with the podcast's creators Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy, which was originally released on the World Service.We discuss the final, fateful meeting with Gibney, feeling an obligation to the survivors to do this thing right, and the emotional toll it took just living in this story for 2 years.There's also plenty of questions from our listeners, crazy golf, and what it's like to spend many, many weeks in a car with foul-mouthed podcast host Mark Horgan. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/11/20·52m 56s


David's stitches are out and he is in the mood for vengeance.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month + VAT: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/11/20·26m 45s

Ep 1905: Magic Weekend As Tipp Take Munster & Cavan Shock Donegal; Klopp Goes Off On Sky - 23/11/20

In yesterday's Munster football final, Tipperary wore jerseys which commemorated the team, featuring Michael Hogan, that played in Croke Park 100 years ago on Bloody Sunday. They did more than wear a jersey though, they went out and won their first provincial title since 1935, and they were good value for it too.  Two hours later, Cavan created an even bigger shock when they beat Donegal in the Ulster football final. Put that with Dublin's demolition job on Meath on Saturday evening, and you have the sort of weekend that only Andy Moran and Oisin McConville could do justice to (23.00).Plus there's Jurgen Klopp going off on one about the three-sub rule and the role of broadcasters in this season's manic fixture list in an unbroadcast interview on Sky (5.45). Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/11/20·1h 14m

Cannibalising Ireland, Shutting Down Tony Kelly, Stabbing David O'Doherty - 19/11/20

Ireland's goal drought is beginning to warp the minds of everyone at Second Captains HQ, with Murph and Ken turning to a discussion of which Ireland player they'd eat first in a crisis. In a slightly saner conversation, we unveiled a new hurling pundit in Jamie Wall this week who gave us the definitive account of how to stop Clare's superstar Tony Kelly. And over on Isolating with David O'Doherty, there's stabbings, the musical stylings of Kriss Kross and Anthony Hopkins.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month + VAT at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/11/20·8m 58s


Unriddled by the Covids, David takes us on his daily cycle to the spot where, as a teen, he mourned the death of Kurt Cobain by making out with a stranger.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month + VAT: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/11/20·21m 9s


Snitches get stitches. Following his shivving, David receives well-wishes and threats from the Isolators.Join the World Service now for just €5 a month + VAT: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/11/20·25m 33s

Ep 1900: Andy Moran & Oisin On Mayo's Connacht Title, Meath's Goals & Donegal's Level - 16/11/20

It was a big weekend of Gaelic football, and we have the best punditry team in the business to pick over the bones of it this Monday, as Andy Moran and Oisin McConvillle are with us. We talk about Mayo's first Connacht title since 2015, why Croke Park might suit them better than Salthill in November, and why Donegal are still a bit short of the Dubs... we reckon. Plus there's Murph's ducks (and why they'd have drowned this weekend), Mickey Harte's decision to step away from Tyrone, and Ireland's goal drought. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/11/20·1h 2m

Scottish Winners, Another Irish Cul De Sac

It could have been the morning after the night before of a famous Irish victory in Wembley but alas, it was not to be and the culture wars keep roaring on. In our little taster of the week's World Service shows, we turn to the Scots, David O'Doherty and an amazing new documentary on Jack Charlton to cheer us up. Join the World Service now at for just a fiver a month plus VAT. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/11/20·9m 46s


On a huge Tops Off Thursday, David deep-dives into the sad history of his former favourite breakfast cereal, RiCiCLES. Plus there's ballcock success, Doctor Oooops, nerd alerts and stupid things kids are scared of. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/11/20·29m 43s


Nice day for a goth wedding. David reveals some of the incredible celebrities who have dined at his local Fish and Chipper. Plus there's bad knees and magic moments. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/11/20·26m 8s

Ep 1895: Are You Not Entertained? - 09/11/20

Not for the last half hour anyway, as City and Liverpool were too tired to play a full match. David Sneyd joins us to keen over Grealish and look ahead to Thursday.And Kieran Canning explains what’s been going wrong for Shane Duffy at Celtic. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/11/20·1h 8m


Tops Off Thursday makes its triumphant, and quite chilly, return, and there have been a series of Doddles sightings around the city. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/11/20·29m 12s

GAA Democracy, US Revolution And Goooooogle

Have a whiff of this week's shows on the Second Captains World Service. To access daily shows go to Its 5 euro a month for independently produced advert free daily shows including Isolating with David O'Doherty, twice weekly football shows with Ken Early, the Book Club with Murph, The Player's Chair with Richie Sadlier, all anchored by television star and marathon bore Mr. Eoin McDevitt. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/11/20·8m 43s


As 2020 continues its relentless bullshit, David gets the band back together.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/11/20·23m 44s

Ep 1890: Ole Melancholy, Arteta Looks Better - 02/11/20

Why are Manchester United so inconsistent? To Roy Keane the answer is obvious: too many of the players lack too many of the key qualities of real Manchester United players. Aggression. Leadership. Courage. Men. But maybe there are a couple of other reasons besides these. Ken is back today to suggest a few.Dion Fanning and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about how Solskjaer and Arteta matched up, whether Pogba is reaching the end of the road, the growing momentum at Spurs, and who else besides Liverpool can be considered contenders. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/11/20·1h 13m

Ep 1885: United/Chelsea Bore Draw, Shamrock Rovers Are Champs, The Enemy of Pundits - 26/10/20

After the fireworks of recent weeks, this was an altogether more sedate weekend in the Premier League. In fact the most blood-curdling battle of the entire round of fixtures was in the Sky Sports studio as Patrice Evra and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink went at each other in extremely entertaining style.  Richie Sadlier joins us to talk about why that was altogether more fun than the United/Chelsea game which preceded it, and why letting two people talk for 15 mins about football is altogether rarer than it should be.Jonathan Wilson is with us as well, as he remembers his colleague Kevin McCarra, and we also salute Shamrock Rovers, who bestrode this shortened League of Ireland season and are the worthiest of champions. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/10/20·51m 6s

Ken Meets Tim Robbins, GAA Green Light, Ole's Week

Welcome to your weekly sample of the Second Captains World Service which included the surreal but brilliant chat between Ken and Tim Robbins, Champions League, and Oisin and Andy Moran on the GAA getting the green light. Go to to access daily shows. No contract, no obligations, no minimum sign up. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/10/20·7m 44s

Ep 1880: This Is Your Brain On Pickford - 19/10/20

Ep 1880: This Is Your Brain On Pickford - 19/10/20 by Second Captains Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/10/20·1h 12m

Ep 1875: Stephen Kenny's Crazy Week, Goalless Again, Mick's Shtick - 12/10/20

Ireland were goalless again against Wales, but with half a team out due to Covid complications, with a bombshell false positive from Slovakia leaving a bitter taste in the mouth, and with a new manager left bearing the brunt of communicating all this drama to the public - a 0-0 draw was a pretty good result, and the performance was encouraging too. Richie Sadlier and Gavin Cooney of join Ken, Eoin and Murph as we discuss a pretty stressful week in the life of Stephen Kenny. Mick McCarthy's continued presence as a kind of Greek chorus around Kenny as he starts his international management career is still a disgrace, and we also discuss just what Liverpool and Man United have in common with Marcus Crassus. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/10/20·1h 22m

Ep 1870: Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Guuuhls - 05/10/20

Manchester United losing 1-6 to Spurs is the sort of result you could just about imagine happening in real life, if things ever went as badly off the rails for United as early in the game as they did yesterday. But Liverpool losing 7-2 to Villa in the very next game... does... not... compute... Is this just what football is now? How did it get this way? And should we just enjoy it while it lasts?Richie Sadlier joins us to talk about the 7-2 and the 1-6. Are they really the same thing? And at whom does he point the finger of blame in the target-rich environment of Manchester United? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/10/20·1h 27m

Klopp Feasts On Keane, Kobe's Mean Days, You'll Never Break The Irish

This week's look around the Second Captain show house includes Ken's theory on Klopp's Sky savagery, the truth about young Kobe Bryant and ex Connacht coach Pat Lam on the game that changed his life and the unbreakable Irish spirit.Go to for full access. Its 5 euro a month (plus VAT) with no contract and no minimum sign up or hidden costs. AND its the start of the month, so the perfect time to jump aboard. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/10/20·9m 27s

Ep 1865: Careless Hands, Crusty Haunches - 28/09/20

It was a weekend that reminded you of what we treasure about the game of football - the chance for everybody to absolutely lose their minds over something that really does not matter at all. We talk about why almost all the outrage over "the new handball rule" misses the point. There is also Pat Kenny, Paddy Kenny, Neil Warnock's crusty haunches, Lord Bamford and the latest from the Suarez-Messi telenovela, before Jonathan Wilson and Jacob Steinberg join us to talk about hands, Pep and Super Frank. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/09/20·1h 20m

Nice Guys Come First, Sugrue At Us Open, Forgive Frank

On this week's taster we chat to green jersey winner Sam Bennett about imposter syndrome, Ireland's next golf superstar James Sugrue about playing alongside Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood at the US Open and Ken about forgiving Frank Lampard - is where its at! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/09/20·6m 40s

Ep 1860: Hard Choices Ahead At Chelsea - 21/09/20

Was that the end of Chelsea's title challenge? Two games in it's too soon to say, but they'll need to play a lot better if they want to cut down last season's 33-point gap to Liverpool, who have added a new dimension with the signing of Thiago.Was yesterday's easy Liverpool win a question of incidents involving Christensen, Kepa and Jorginho not going Chelsea's way - or were there deeper problems too?Jack Pitt-Brooke and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the contrasting fortunes this weekend of Tottenham and Manchester United. Why was nobody else but Spurs in for Gareth Bale? Does Mourinho want to get rid of Dele Alli? And what was it about Paul Pogba's Covid-19 hit pre-season that convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was ready to start against Crystal Palace? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/09/20·1h 5m

Ep 1858: Champagne Football With Mark Tighe And Paul Rowan - 17/09/20

Champagne Football is out today. It’s the definitive history of John Delaney’s rise, reign and spectacular fall at the FAI, by the journalists who brought him down.  Eoin and Ken interviewed authors Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan at the book's virtual launch last night and we're making the chat available to everybody for free.Plus there's episode 4 of 'Where Is George Gibney?', Scorsese goes Irish, and truth is stranger than fiction. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/09/20·47m 23s

Ep 1855: The Risen Leeds, Right Back Wars - 14/09/20

Better to live one day as a Lion than a thousand years as a Sheep. Such is the Leeds United philosophy under Marcelo Bielsa... the downside of course is that you only get to live one day. Though if Leeds can keep scoring three goals a game they should live a bit longer than that. The Spurs-Everton game was dominated by Jose's headline-grabbing soundbites about lazy pressure and so on, but more interesting was the rivalry of the Ireland right backs. Who would you rather be right now: Seamus Coleman, or Matt Doherty?Miguel Delaney and John Brewin join us to discuss (the bit we have so far seen of) the Premier League's opening weekend. What is Bielsa's secret? Are Chelsea poised to storm to the title under their legendary young coach? And can John Brewin say the word Doherty? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/09/20·1h 9m

Put A Little English On It

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Boris Johnson, Declan Rice, Jack Grealish, the return of the English Premier League….. we’ve been covering a wild week for the people of England on the world service and you can access our daily shows for a fiver a month at’s taster also includes Triple H, Ken looks into his crystal ball, and there’s the great Spanish Podcast Mystery. When you join theres no contract, no minimum stay, no sneaky tie-ins just daily shows in your app, plus instant access to all our archives. Disfrutar! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/09/20·5m 14s

Ep 1850: Ireland 0 - Finland 1, Messi Dupes Us All - 07/09/20

Stephen Kenny is now winless in two as Ireland manager. It is time to admit it just hasn't worked, and retreat to the safety of the old ways? Or after four training days and two matches, might it still be too soon to pronounce definitive judgment?Dion Fanning and David Sneyd join us to analyse the game. If there's a culture war in Irish football, who are the warring sides? And are there any quick solutions to the problems that have revealed themselves?Ken also complains about being taken for a ride by the Nine Figure Man himself, Lionel Messi. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/09/20·1h 16m

Irish Football Culture War Looms, Mick Hovers, Premier League Is Coming

It's been a big week for Irish football as the FAI's succession plan is finally complete and Stephen Kenny holds the reins, which means it's also been a big week on the World Service. Richie Sadlier and David Sneyd joined us for a bumper chat after Kenny's first match in charge against Bulgaria on Thursday evening which is available on the World Service now. Earlier in the week, Ken cast a critical eye over the new Spurs documentary on Amazon Prime, a series which - surprise, surprise - features some massive bigging up of Jose, by Jose. Come join us and sign up to the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month - the start of the month is the perfect time: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/09/20·8m 0s

Ep 1845: Kenny's Fresh Start, FAI's Old Problems, Messi's Move, The Lampard Effect - 31/08/20

Stephen Kenny will play his first game as Ireland manager this week, and he's outlined his modest plans for Ireland - just a complete reconstruction of how the world views Irish football AND qualification for major tournaments. Richie Sadlier is with Eoin, Ken and Murph to talk about Matt Doherty's move to Spurs, Doherty or Coleman for Ireland, Obafemi Bolt, Stephen Kenny's ambition, and the questions the FAI need to answer.We also discuss the Frank Lampard effect, which is currently drawing all of Europe's top talent to Chelsea. And while Man United bulk up their options by signing Donny Van de Beek from Ajax, there's still no movement from Liverpool in the transfer market. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/08/20·1h 6m

Messi Jeopardy, Ashen Faced Choker, The Greek, Player Walkouts

We had a lot of fun talking about Messi and Maguire this week, and if you want to join in go to Its a fiver a month, with no contracts and no obligations, so give it a whirl.This week's taster menu includes Ken V Murph + Eoin on Messi the "ashen faced choker", the brilliant Sid Lowe on the reality that Messi could fail big at his next club, Harry The Greek, and one of our favourite contributors, Caitlin Thompson of Racquet Magazine, on player walkouts in the NBA. MLS, WNBA, MLB and tennis. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/08/20·8m 54s

Ep 1840: Bayern Risk It All to Win It All - 24/08/20

Bayern Munich have won their sixth Champions League, becoming the first team to win every game on the way to becoming champions of Europe.Hansi Flick took risks, got lucky, and won the treble. For Thomas Tuchel there can only be regrets. Are there any obvious candidates to succeed him as PSG manager? Richie Sadlier and Jonathan Wilson join us to analyse the game. Have the players adapted to the post-fans reality a little too well? Is the job spec for coaches at the biggest clubs changing? And what's the next move for PSG's stars?There's also some initial reaction to Stephen Kenny's first squad announcement as Ireland manager.It's a big week for us at Second Captains with our new international investigative podcast series coming to BBC Sounds this Thursday, August 27th. We're excited to say you can hear the full trailer for Where Is George Gibney? on today's show. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/08/20·1h 12m

Ep 1835: Barca's Mess, Raheem's Miss - 17/08/20

Barcelona have been in slow decline since 2017, but the annual Champions League knockout reminders get more traumatic every year. What needs to happen now? Where can they go from here? And can anyone stop the march to the final of Bayern's eminence grise, Thomas Goal-ler? Eh? Thomas Goal-ler? Meanwhile Man City have Pepped it up again. Why does Guardiola do this to himself? Can Sterling ever live the miss down? And what are the prospects of Pep turning this around? We talk to Raphael Honigstein and Miguel Delaney about those incredible Champions League quarter-finals. Why are German coaches leading the way in Europe? Has Guardiola betrayed his own principles? And how would they each solve a problem like Messi? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/08/20·1h 33m

In Pursuit Of Happiness, That Morikawa Moment, Tasty Champions League

Second Captains Snifter Time!We chat to former GAA dual star Jamie Wall about sliding doors moments, a life changing diagnosis and why the constant pursuit of happiness is sure to lead to misery.Brian Murphy was the perfect man to talk to about the USPGA because not only did he predict Colinn Morikawa would win it, it’s also his local course, and he covered it for the New York Times. All of this made for a happy US Murph.Plus Ken has been covering the Champions League, and enjoying the Champions League, which is turning out to be a very tasty tournament.To hear daily Second Captains shows, plus access to years of archive go to - its a fiver a month with no contracts, no obligations, no minimum sign up... just top top top broadcasting. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/08/20·8m 5s

Ep 1830: It's Champions League Time - 10/08/20

The time horizons of the final stages of the 2020 Champions League have been compressed from six weeks down to 12 days. The competition has to make up for lost time. Meanwhile for a generation of stars, time is running out.For David Silva, who has one last chance to win it with Manchester City. For Robert Lewandowski, whose hopes of winning the Ballon D'Or were dashed by France Football's decision to cancel the 2020 award. Lewandowski's stunning achievement in almost single-handedly defeating Frank Lampard's effervescent Chelsea would surely have been enough on its own to seal the award. And most dramatically of all for Lionel Messi, whose Barcelona look hopelessly outgunned in their quarter-final fixture against Bayern, but nevertheless still have a chance because he plays for them.Time has already run out this year for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Juventus were knocked out in the second round by Lyon. We're joined by The Athletic's James Horncastle to analyse where things went wrong for Maurizio Sarri, what we can expect from the new coach Andrea Pirlo, why Ronaldo hasn't been able to turn Juventus into Champions League winners and whether they should persevere with him for another season. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/08/20·1h 15m

Ep 1825: The Player's Chair With Danny Rose - 03/08/20

Danny Rose has been one of the most outspoken and arresting voices in English football for the last number of years, and he’s our guest today on The Players Chair - as Richie Sadlier and Ken Early present a change to our regular Second Captains World Service Monday schedule. In this exclusive interview with Richie, we hear Danny’s thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, and we focus on the incidents of racism he still faces as a premier league footballer going about his daily life. We also discuss why he can't wait to see the back of his football career, the reason he wants another season at Tottenham and why he speaks up on social issues in society and football.And as well as all that, we also find time to briefly touch on Mikel Arteta jumping into the brawny, welcoming arms of serial winner David Luiz ahead of tomorrow’s Football show on the world service. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/08/20·51m 40s

Ep 1820: Vindicated Managers, Lampard's Littl'uns, Grealish Goodness, Unadorned Silva - 27/07/20

The Premier League is over, and with Man United and Chelsea securing Champions League football it’s time for some seriously vindicated managers to remind the critics that they don’t get everything right either. We try to understand why a zippy zephyr like David Silva has completed his career in England unadorned with individual awards while individual honours pile up at the hairy feet of Hendo. Jacob Steinberg and Jack Pitt-Brooke join us to talk about the climax to the Premier League. With Chelsea spending big what is the outlook for Lampard’s Littl’uns? Can the likes of Spurs meet this renewed challenge from Chelsea? And can Jack finally show Ken the light, David Silva-wise?Plus there's plucky underdogs Man United, Aaron "lightning" Connolly, Grealish goodness and faith healers. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/07/20·1h 16m

Ep 1815: Luiz & The Losers, Big Time Bielsa, Pearson's Passengers, O'Shea's Surprise - 20/07/20

David Luiz had a busy weekend with his last ditch tackles, accurate passes, aerial dominance, classy interviews and of course silencing all the losers and the haters out there. The debate is over, surely? Richie Sadlier wades into the deep end.The really big news in football land is that lovely lovely Leeds and their genius coach Marcelo Bielsa, are back in the big time. We chat to Phil Hay of The Athletic about Bielsa's remarkable impact at the club, the end of a 16 year journey, and the ambitions they have for next season.Nigel Pearson is out the door at Watford with two league games to go, but have the club really made the right choice? Plus there's Pearson's passengers, John O'Shea's big surprise and Richie Sadlier on playing your way to the chop. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/07/20·51m 53s

Ep 1811: Our Tribute To Jack Charlton (1935-2020) - 14/07/20

Jack Charlton was the most popular Englishman in Irish history, and the news of his death on Saturday morning came as a huge blow to so many people. Today we look back at his career as Irish manager, his upbringing in Ashington, near Newcastle in his beloved north-east of England, his relationship with his brother Bobby, and his enduring love of this country. We speak to his biographer Colin Young about the Jack that he grew to know, his personal warmth, his humility, and his solidarity with the mining communities of his birthplace. And there’s young Eoin interviewing Jack in 2005 - the unabridged version. We discuss the value of a man with a plan coming into a culture of failure, and how Jack made people love a style of football that opponents hated. Amidst it all there was Dunphy, Giles, letters to the editor… and we take a moment to appreciate how lucky we were to have lived through it all. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/07/20·1h 35m

Ep 1810: City Fought The Law, The Law Takes The L - 13/07/20

Manchester City breathe the sweet air of freedom after UEFA's FFP case against them collapsed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In the short term, the race for the top four suddenly got a lot more exciting. In the medium term, the future for City, for their coach and top players, is looking much more optimistic. In the long term - the repercussions could be huge.We're joined by Tariq Panja of the New York Times and Miguel Delaney of the Independent to discuss the verdict.Where does the credibility of UEFA's enforcement stand after this verdict? What's the future for the FFP system? Is this a decisive moment in revealing where the power really lies in European football?Plus there's Jack's story, Brendan's bombs and a possible final day face off between Leicester and Man Utd. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/07/20·1h 6m

A Fox's Tale, The VAR Zone, Stephen Kenny's Ambition, Pierce Brosnan Gives His All

Buckle up non members, its time for your weekly World Service test drive.Ken on Vardy's heel, Stephen Kenny's ambition, Man United's (he believes well founded) hope of overtaking Man City next year, and being up at the crack of noon.Plus there's beef and beefs with Bryson DeChambeau, US Murph on NBA in the Covid 19 hot seat and Mahomes' massive money contract, Brosnan does Robin Hood, Connell's GAA twin and Bobby Bonilla day.Its 5 euro a month, no contracts, no obligations - just daily podcast fun. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/07/20·5m 28s

Ep 1805: The Listener Hour, Bruno The Catalyst - 06/07/20

Today the Second Captains listeners take centre stage, whether in the form of original music, outstanding Rory Best impersonations or the bumper mailbag on last week's racial-bias-in-commentary discussion that prompts a struggle session for Ken. Fortunately for him, the conscientious self-criticism can be softened with the reassuring balm of some fresh Frank Lampard content. Jonathan Wilson and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about the weekend's football. Who deserves the credit for Manchester United's recent resurgence? Where could Jack Grealish fit in to this more promising picture? And what are the chances of United being the best team in Manchester next season? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/07/20·1h 13m

Anger Rules, Hurlers And The Hydrogen Cycle, Fernandes Love, Finding Family

Welcome to our weekly Second Captains World Service taster menu:Ken covers Frank Lampard's magnificent leadership, Keir Starmer's defund the police stance and on Friday will discuss Man City Liverpool and Bruno Fernandes' impact at Man Utd.All-Ireland winning Clare hurler and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Shane O'Donnell on Friday Night Lights and the burden of being a sports star at a young age.What is the function of anger and how has it become the most powerful emotional influence on our politics and economics? Ken talks to the author of Angrynomics, Eric Lonergan.And Irish sprinter Leon Reid, who grew up in England, first in a “crack den” with a drug addicted mother, then in foster homes, on how he finally found a stable home life with his adoptive mother Claire Russell.For the full feast of shows go to - no contracts, no obligations, no minimum sign up, just a fiver a month for access to all our archives, all new shows, Richie Sadlier's Player's Chair (Andy Cole, Luke Chadwick, Sean Dyche and many more), Ken's Politics Pods, The Book Club, all the breaking sports news, the big interviews, and maybe some day.... grunge week. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/07/20·8m 9s

Ep 1800: The Glory Of Frank, LFC Celebrations, Richie On Player Activism - 26/06/20

In 1956 a young Senator named John F Kennedy wrote a bestselling book, Profiles In Courage, about eight times American political leaders had demonstrated outstanding courage, leadership and integrity in the line of duty. The collection of inspirational stories about inspirational men would win the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.It is a pity Kennedy was shot dead in 1963, for if he were still alive today the 103-year-old ex-President would at this very moment be sitting at his desk composing a ninth Profile in Courage, to be added to an all-new edition of his classic work, as the only fitting way to mark Frank Lampard's triple substitution at Leicester City yesterday afternoon.After paying our own humble respects to the deeds that took place at the King Power yesterday we talk to Richie Sadlier about how much political activism was going on in the Millwall dressing room 20 years ago, and what he has made of the tortured efforts to get Irish football going again. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/06/20·1h 21m

Klopp's Charisma, Brains And Determination - Can One Man Turn A Club Around?

Ahoy Liverpool fans and haters, we have so much to discuss and learn together. After all, its not that long ago that Liverpool were a rabble, and now they are the most dominant Premier League winners English football has ever seen. How did they turn it around so quickly, is it sustainable, and is it mostly down to Klopp?This thimbleful of the Second Captains World Service can be turned into a waterfall by joining for 5 euro a month - no contracts, no obligations, no minimum sign-up, just daily gulps of podcast joy. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/06/20·4m 26s


David turns the polytunnel into a musical recording studio for an emotional final Tops Off Thursday.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/06/20·26m 3s


The solstice has passed and David begins the slow trudge into Winter’s loveless arms. Contains the inspirational story of Randall the Starling and the truth about David's listener emails.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/06/20·17m 22s

Ep 1795: Keane Spleen, Trenchant Trent - 22/06/20

We can bet that Roy Keane might not be waiting too long to sign a contract for his TV punditry services next season, the legendary former United captain having worked out that when analysing goalkeeping errors, "I'd be throwing punches at that guy" generates more engagement than "He'll be disappointed with that."Contrasting Keane's words and demeanour with those of a much younger footballer in a different interview over the weekend, we talk about how and why young footballers today sound so different from their counterparts of 20 years ago. Then we're joined by David Sneyd and Mark Critchley to talk about the Premier League weekend. How has behind-closed-doors football been to cover? Was Roy Keane for real? And is it really taxi time for David De Gea? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/06/20·1h 6m

Luiz V Bald-Headed Gammons, Premier League For Real, The Voice Of Ireland-Romania

Ken makes surely his last ever defence of David Luiz's defending by attacking the people who attack Luiz.Plus the Premier League starts for real this weekend and the voice of the greatest moment in Irish sport, George Hamilton, tells us about that time a nation held its breath.Join now for a fiver - no contracts, no obligations, no ads - just heaps of podcast fun at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/06/20·6m 12s


It’s Tops Off Thursday and Susan The Satanic Hare has tried to murder David.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/06/20·22m 34s


David is heartbroken. He cycled all the way to Grace O’Malley’s pirate castle to tell her that he loved her only to find that she died in 1604.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/06/20·27m 23s

Ep 1790: Premier League Returns, 2020 Season Is Real, Football Lads Face New Climate - 15/06/20

Ireland should have been playing Poland in the Euros today. Instead it's Project Restart Matchday One Minus 2. Rory Smith and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about the return of the Premier League - and also the very patriotic Football Lads performance in London on Saturday afternoon. To what extent are these Lads really Football Lads? And as they argue over whether it should be All Lives Matter or White Lives Matter, how significant is it that the Premier League has openly taken the opposite stance? Is the inevitable destiny of English football to go the way of American sports, sucked into the vortex of a sundowning former power's culture war? And with a promise of rapid redemptions for any team that can win 5 games in a row, do Arsenal really have a chance of making the Champions League? And will there even be a Champions League next year? Plus there's Gatland & Son, Eoin's tiny table, Trump snubbing soccer, and why this football season is as real as any other. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/06/20·56m 16s

Premier League Is Back, Ken-spiracy Theories, Kinahan's Role, Derval's Lane

Premier League football is back next week, and Ken is chomping at the bit. But will it mean less of his conspiracy theories? His latest centred on England's 1966 World Cup win.Tyson Fury. the heavyweight champion of the world. announced what could be the biggest fight of the century by lavishing praise on the leader of the most profitable organised crime group in Irish history - we talk to the one US journo covering this story.We have a brand new episode of the Game That Changed My Life with Derval O’Rourke who revealed herself as an athlete you probably wanted to give a wide berth to on major championship race day.Sign up for five Euro a month for daily shows plus "isolating" with comedian David O'Doherty - no contracts, no ads, just member led independent journalism. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/06/20·6m 40s


It’s Tops-Off-Thursday and a frighteningly fit David accuses the listeners of underwear pilfering.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/06/20·20m 55s


David and Susan the Satanic Hare are excited as lockdown restrictions start to lift in Ireland.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/06/20·21m 21s

Ep 1785: Liverpool Hedge On Timo, Britain's No Win Race, Colston's Gone, Churchill Next? - 08/06/20

England is coming out of lockdown but Liverpool and Klopp are not feeling so bullish about football’s future profitability, and have turned down the chance to sign German sensation Timo Werner. If Chelsea sign him will it be seen as the last ever big money transfer, or a bargain?Slave trader Edward Colston, and as he’s been described in some sections of UK society, “philanthropist”, is under water. Is Winston Churchill getting nervous?We also speak to Derek Bardowell about his William Hill-nominated book, No Win Race. The book is about growing up as the British-born son of Jamaican immigrants, his evolving sense of his own identity and his shifting relationship to sport between about 1980, when the Minter-Hagler fight exposed him for the first time to the meaning of racism, to the present day.Via the West Indies, Michael Jordan, Lloyd Honeyghan and Ian Wright, Bardowell reflects on how sport has shaped the experience and influenced the perception of black Britain and black America. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/06/20·1h 6m

America's Collapse, Football's War On Joy, Luke Chadwick, Lance Love, Everyone's Favourite David

Ahoy podcasters! Its the start of the month which means its the best time to sign up to the World Service. Its 5 Euro a month which gives you instant access to all our archives, as well as all our current shows which now include daily doses of everyone's favourite David, David O'Doherty, isolating in Achill Island. This week we spoke to ESPN’s Howard Bryant about racial inequality and police brutality in the US and Ex Man United player Luke Chadwick about the anguish he suffered as a young player when he became the butt of repeated gags on the tv show They Think It’s All Over. And we review the new Lance Armstrong documentary and examine football's war on joy. Go to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/06/20·8m 55s


It’s the coldest ever Tops Off Thursday, but that won’t put David off tripodding with his guns blazing.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/06/20·22m 30s


David has avoided being struck by the fuselage of Elon Musk's rocket and is delighted to tell you about the time a Beatle visited Achill Island. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/06/20·20m 49s

Ep 1780: Dara Ó Cinnéide On The Game That Changed My Life, Bye Matt Damon, Mescal Hurls - 01/06/20

"You only have three All-Irelands? Jesus, I thought you had more" - this is the sort of thing a footballer of Dara Ó Cinnéide's quality gets met with from time to time. Along with those three All-Ireland medals, he has 8 Munster medals, and is the sixth highest scorer in the history of Kerry football.  He joins us today to tell us about "The Game That Changed His Life", being happy with his place in the pantheon, car journeys with Páidí, a stolen glance, the Kerry drought and why abuse beats pity.We also discuss Paul Mescal's hurling career, the sad end to Matt Damon's stay in Dalkey, Eoin and Murph's experience in the Damon household, Eddie Irvine, indoor pools, and Baz Ashmawy. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/06/20·52m 28s


It's Thursday so David has taken his top off and is fantasizing about having feet like a lobster. A huge day on Achill Island.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/05/20·24m 39s

Ep 1775: Smallfolk And Sovereigns, "On This Day" Week - 25/05/20

Another pandemic football pod - the Bundesliga continues, American sports media turns its attention to Saipan, for the most part we keep going in search of lost time.As Spain continues its staged lifting of lockdown, we discuss Pepe Reina's approval of the self-styled freedom fighting patriots in Madrid, and Jean Michel Aulas' disbelief at the hasty actions of the French government in cancelling Ligue 1. Jonathan Wilson and Miguel Delaney join us to talk about trips to Barnard Castle, the latest in Project Restart, and for the week that's in it, reminiscences of great Champions League finals gone by. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/05/20·1h 7m


David attempts to podcast during an Atlantic storm and reveals he spent some of the weekend kissing a cliff. #CovidHorn Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/05/20·18m 34s


The tops of the world are being removed around you which can only mean one's Tops Off Thursday on Achill Island! Today's show is packed full of Jigsaw News, celebrity emails and of course nudity. Lord Doddlesworth reveals how the podcast nearly ended for good yesterday and receives an effigy of himself from Joe the Postman.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/05/20·22m 0s

Ep 1772: Let Us Be Your Apollo Creed, The Second Captains Running Playlist - 20/05/20

Today's free-to-air bonus podcast features your new fitness best friend. But it can also be your gardening/cooking/cleaning/resting best friend and it'll be right here for you whenever you need it.Many of our listeners around the world have started training over the lockdown. So we've compiled some of our favourite Second Captains audio beds from over the years to pump you up, to make you laugh, and most of all, to stop you from thinking about your burning legs. It's a 30 minute playlist that Eoin, Murph and Ken will introduce and countdown to. You'll get a polite and inspirational reminder of how much time has passed after the 10 and 20 minute mark. Your running playlist will start after 7.15 minutes of this podcast and your sprint finish will be the beautiful mix of David Bowie's 'Where Are We Now?' and Robbie Brady's goal against Italy in 2016. Soon you'll be sprinting on the beach à la Rocky Balboa. We're your Apollo Creed so let's finish our runs by celebrating in the sea in tiny shorts together.Good luck and join us on the Second Captains World Service at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/05/20·39m 59s


It's a miserable day on Achill but David's car steams up with the tale of his near death encounter with a shark.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/05/20·24m 29s

Ep 1769: Fussball Returns, Hips Don't Lie - 18/05/20

Football is back - in Germany at least - but might there be an incredibly obvious way in which its return could be improved? Eoin is pleased that running has become the sole sporting outlet of a people in chains, but he is by no means the most enthusiastic proponent of the no-ball game. Meanwhile Ken has been trying to develop correct hip alignment, incorporating advice from some of the greats.We speak to Felix Tamsut of Deutsche Welle about the Bundesliga restart: were there any setbacks on the first weekend of the return? How is the football changed by the absence of fans? Why did polls suggest that most Germans were against it? And if it's so unpopular, why did Sky Deutschland report record audiences for its Bundesliga programming this weekend? Plus there's Eoin's tropes, hostile Haaland and runner's friend. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/05/20·58m 52s

Andy Cole's Armour, Normal People, Bundesliga Is Back, Romantic Achill

We had a series of brilliant guests on Second Captains this week, starting with Shane Lowry on “the game that changed my life”, Andy Cole on his mental health struggles since his kidney transplant, Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson on his hit show Normal People and David O’Doherty on the baffling success of Romantica ice cream.You can try it out at for 5 Euro a month - no contract, no obligations, just top class pods. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/05/20·8m 20s


Things have taken a huge turn on Achill Island as Tops Off Thursday takes over the Tripod.And, after a rollercoaster of a week (more of a log flume into a pit of turds), David has found his fizz again. Also he has taken his top off.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/05/20·23m 24s


David is shocked by the sexiness of his own legs and welcomes his Dad back on the tripod to play your requests. It's a brilliant bumper Monday edition of Isolating!Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/05/20·30m 53s

Ep 1764: Shane Lowry On "The Game That Changed My Life" - Time, Thrift And Toughing It Out - 11/5/20

Shane Lowry is the reigning British Open champion and one of Ireland's most popular sportspeople, and he's the latest guest on our slot "The Game That Changed My Life".He's got a few memorable wins to choose from, whether from Portrush last year, from the WGC Invitational in 2015 against the best field in golf, or the break-out win of his career at Baltray at the 2009 Irish Open. He talks us through his choice, how you go about building a career in professional golf, the benefits of having to be thrifty, why time is the greatest gift, and what it means to have golf's return back on the horizon.  There's also big news on the Players Chair front, some Lotto results, and Eoin plays "God" - aka The European Ryder Cup captain. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/05/20·46m 3s

Why Always England, Young Eoin Attacks Sir Bobby, Carli Abides

Have England been denied major tournament glory by the sinister machinations of the rest of the football world? Terry Fenwick thinks yes, based on his experience at the 1986 World Cup.Young Eoin savages Sir Bobby Robson and Carli Lloyd tells us about the time her coach laughed at her for saying she wanted to be the best player in the world.Join the world service for 5 euro a month, no contracts, no obligations, just bundles of podcast fun. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/05/20·8m 37s


All-Killer-No-Filler Thursday is thrown wildly out of sync when a hare appears beside David’s car.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/05/20·22m 49s


David has achieved his life goal by having a wool colour named after him. What is left? Settling scores. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/05/20·22m 2s

Ep 1759: Andy Lee Watches Hagler V Hearns, The Greatest 3 Minutes In Boxing History - 04/05/20

Today we go back 35 years to tell the story of arguably the greatest fight of all-time – Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns. We hear about bank robberies, dodgy entourages and watch back the greatest round of them all with the brilliant Andy Lee.It’s one of those glorious occasions when the hype beforehand ended up significantly *under-selling* the action once the bell went. Andy tells us why this loss hurt his and Hearns’ coach Emmanuel Steward more deeply than any other. He tells us about the man in the tuxedo who carried Hearns to his corner, and why Hearns hates that photo so much...about a character called Willie ‘Caveman’ Lee, and why 35 years on, it’s still hard to get people from the Kronk Gym to acknowledge the greatness of this one.Through the wonders of modern podcasting technology, you guys can watch the fight right along with us, just check twitter/insta for details. if you missed our brilliant show with Andy on his fight with Peter Quillin check it out here - Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/05/20·52m 50s

Solidarity Shout-Outs, Sausage Spillages and Unchecked Egos

This week saw the return of the World Service Small Business Solidarity Shout-Out and with it, good old-fashioned donks. Eoin continued to dish out scandalous stories of members' run-ins with Murph and Ken in our new Egomaniacs slot, run-ins which, needless to say, left them with a sour taste in their mouths. And over on Achill Island, David regaled us with a description of a slightly surreal former job of his cleaning up sausage spillages in a German grocery warehouse.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/05/20·8m 19s


Today David lifts the lid on his career as a nine-year-old detective as the pain of our badly named listeners comes back thick and fast in 'Say My Name'.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/04/20·23m 24s


On today's Isolating podcast David announces his (at this time still untested) cure for Coco Pox and ignites his Monday mood with a brand new slot. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/04/20·23m 54s

Ep 1754: Ultras v Bosses, 2003 Men v 2020 Boys - 27/04/20

The question of whether the Bundesliga should return behind closed doors has proved controversial in Germany. On one side millionaire bosses, on the other, accelerationist ultras. Who really has the best interests of the game at heart? Felix Tamsut brings us up to speed...We also discuss the quality of information in opinion polls, pandemic diabetes management, and why nothing can ever, ever, ever, ever compare to the men - and we use that word advisedly - of ‘03. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/04/20·1h 0m

Penalty Posterity, Ken Keano Redux, The Anti Elvis

This week we did one of our best ever interviews - it was about the Oisin McConville final, with Oisin McConville, who told us what was going through his head at HT in the 2002 All Ireland Final.Plus there's David O'Doherty daily, Ken V Keane REDUX, Djokovic the anti Elvis, egomaniacs, and a Player's Chair with Megan Campbell. Go to to join. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/04/20·10m 1s


David watches the sun go down while sitting in the ruins of a Celtic ring fort and listening to Enya. It’s very mystical. Today's show also features his Dad playing your requests.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/04/20·26m 14s


Today on the podcast David explores Achill Island’s relationship with the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and reminisces about his karaoke days.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/04/20·19m 13s

Ep 1749: Out Of Frying Pan And Into Saudi Arabia, Scared Footballers, Keane For Ken - 20/04/20

The miserable Mike Ashley era at Newcastle looks to be drawing to a close. Cue mass rejoicing. But is it possible things could be about to get... even worse?  How are Newcastle fans feeling about the prospect of their club being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium? We talk to Alex Hurst, host of the True Faith podcast and chair of the NUFC Supporters Trust.  Is a Saudi takeover the equivalent of winning the football lottery, or is one of the game's least lucky fanbases about to get acquainted with a new form of exploitation? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/04/20·1h 0m

Do You Mean To Insult My Balls?

Its time for your weekly waft of Second Captains FOMO.Ken talks about the Spain of old, Kenny Cunningham talks about the time he had Raul in his pocket, plus there's the apocalypse lovers, Kevin McStay turning down Brian Clough and World Cup hockey star Nicci Daly on her family business (motor racing), and delaying the Olympic dream for a year. Go to to join. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/04/20·10m 2s


Let's cut to the chase here: today, David gets in the nude. Plus, get ready for the greatest Jigsaw News™ there's ever been.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/04/20·18m 54s


As David struggles with another jigsaw, his pianist father, Jim is back on the podcast to remind us all what an actual talent is.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/04/20·23m 38s

Ep 1744: Barca's Lockdown Meltdown, Brews At WC 2002, Eoin-A-Likes - 13/04/20

It's a very very special day for Eoin McDevitt, not that anybody notices until he reminds them of it, but several of you have noticed young Eoin's voice-a-likes. Today we're joined by Sid Lowe, to talk about how FC Barcelona have managed to career off the rails even though Spain has been in lockdown for weeks. Why have six directors resigned, and what is the nature of the scandalous allegations pursuing the reviled President Josep Bartomeu?Plus there's Roy Hodgson's documentary feast, Jose's jog, Ken's potholes and we give details on our next Second Captains watch-a-long, Ireland v Spain in the 2002 World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/04/20·48m 54s


David is sad when he scares away a bee with a dildo but all is saved when, mid-episode, he receives his dream gift.Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/04/20·21m 40s

World Service Taster: Ken Goes Full Shankly, Week Of Limerick Legends With Andy Lee & Paul O'Connell

The World Service was, as always, a broadchurch this week. The reincarnated Bill Shankly chose Ken as his host so we could finally get to the bottom of what he would have made of the Liverpool furlough scandal. Andy Lee watched the most gruelling fight of his career back for the first time before joining the lads to relive the whole experience. And to top things off, Paul O'Connell became our very first guest on our new slot, 'The Game That Changed My Life.' Join the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/04/20·9m 33s


It's to Achill Island we go again to check in on our Isolating host, David O'Doherty. The Joe Wicks of shouting in a car greets the new week with a breath of fire. Today's show also features his first ever recorded collaboration with his father, Jim on piano. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/04/20·21m 42s

Ep 1739: Succession Plan Complete, Stephen's Philosophy, Mick's Legacy; Players Must Pay - 06/04/20

There was some major Irish football news over the weekend but before we get into the Mick McCarthy / Stephen Kenny story, we ask the question that has been obsessing much of the UK media: have greedy Premier League footballers done enough to protect society from the coronavirus? Richie Sadlier and David Sneyd join us to talk about the Ireland managerial succession. How will Mick McCarthy's second stint be remembered? And what are their expectations for the Stephen Kenny era? Plus there's bitin' yer hand off, our NHS, and Irish manager rhetoric. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/04/20·1h 24m

Ep 1738: Kenny Gets The Top Job, Murph Introduces Our Liberty Hall Interview - 04/04/20

You've probably heard the news that Stephen Kenny has just been confirmed as Republic of Ireland manager with immediate effect, so we think it's a pretty damn good time to replay our brilliant interview with the man himself from our most recent The Gang's All Here Shows (boy will there be a live show party when we get through this by the way).Murph introduces the show this Saturday night. Stephen spoke to us in front of a packed house at Liberty Hall and this interview is one not to be missed, as his passion for his job shines through in every answer.We discuss his advice to young players, why loan deals can be a poisoned chalice, why you shouldn’t be punished for being an Irishman, his commitment to his attacking philosophy, and how the u-21s performances have been a rare bright spot for Irish football last year.We'll be back for more reaction with Ken, Eoin and Murph on Monday in the meantime this Saturday, you're allowed ONE DRINK, NO MORE, THEN YOU'RE OFF TO BED Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/04/20·39m 1s

The Greatest, Magic Memories, Good Hare Day

The greatest Premier League game of all time, US Murph's memories of the day Magic Johnson told the world he was HIV positive, and David O'Doherty tries to make peace with the hares - its been an audio stew on the Second Captains world service this week, and you can eat and drink your fill for a fiver a month. No contracts, just love at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/04/20·12m 24s


Like President Bill Pullman in Independence Day, David uses his incredible rhetoric to make peace with the hares. It's a four-part Isolation podcast masterpiece (you'll barely notice the windy conditions of part two 😬).To continue listening to David's daily podcasts from Achill, join us now so you never miss an episode: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/04/20·17m 45s


Absence, they say, makes the heart grow fonder. We make our way back to the island for the first show of the week where we find our host returning to the lair of the hare, armed only with a carrot. In differently-spelled hair news, David also gave himself a quarantine do and made an absolute balls of it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/03/20·19m 48s
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