The Beautiful Game

Once brilliant insight and opinion on major talking points in top-level English football, sadly no more. But you can watch all the football you want on Sky Sports

August 06, 2007

Football Book Offer

The ultimate christmas gift for the football fan in your life is a book of their club’s history as told in the sports pages of the newspapers. The hardback book contains the club's history, filled with news reports and club photographs. The the football club history book starts from £44.99,

July 01, 2007

Football Coaching Holidays

If you're after a bit football coaching for the kids while you're on holiday then look no further than the football coaching holiday page on There's information on where to get some coaching and any costs involved.

June 23, 2007


In a Summer (Not So) Special Episode of TBG, hear what Arsenal fan Ian Trevett makes of THIERRY HENRY'S transfer to Barcelona.

South American football expert TIM VICKERY previews the Copa America which kicks off on Tuesday.

BBC Sport Online journalist Chris Bevan gives us the lowdown on Manchester City's summer of turmoil.

And I party with the Real Madrid fans as they celebrate their first La Liga triumph for 4 years.

Thanks for listening,


June 11, 2007


England get Beck to basics as McClaren's men regain focus on their Euro vision

Real are in Ruud health. Van Nistelrooy keeps Madrid on course for La Liga glory

And we celebrate football's golden oldies; the players for whom age is no barrier

Thanks for listening top our final show of 2006/07. We'll be back next season with occasional updates throughout the summer.


Alex and Chris (Noel is already on holiday)


June 04, 2007

Episode 2:37

On this week's show...

It's a Hollywood script for LA-bound Beckham as the former England captain lives up to his billing at Wembley - but will there be a happy ending in Estonia?

We celebrate the AWOL footballers who tried to sell their clubs a dummy.

And orators or useless debaters? There are heated points of view in Defend Your Corner.

Enjoy the show.

Alex, Chris and Noel

May 28, 2007


This week on The Beautiful Game

Steve McClaren mends it with Beckham. The former England captain is called on to save the coach who jettisoned him

It's Derby day as County beat West Brom to gain promotion to the Premiership

Liverpool are out of luck as Inzaghi shoulders responsibility for European champions Milan

And we reveal why Nuno Morais doesn't expect to be a Chelsea pensioner.

Thanks for listening and enjoy the show


Chris & Noel (Alex R is in Italy and Alex K has given up :(

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May 20, 2007


Hi all,

As you’ll hear on this week’s show (TBG 2:35) I’ve decided to stop doing the podcast. This hasn’t been an easy decision to make, although the rationale behind it is actually rather simple – the show’s recorded during the day on Monday, and this is a day that I now have to work on.

When we started doing the show back in January 2006 all our schedules were the same. All four of us work at the weekend, with Monday being the day we all had free. Even if I worked on a Monday, my shift pattern still allowed me to record the show. But since I changed jobs in March I find myself working almost every Monday (my next one off is in mid-July, while the other three lads’ schedules are the same).

It’s almost 18 months since I came up with the idea of doing a football podcast. I’d scoured iTunes and the rest of the web for a decent show, but to no avail. I felt there must be at least a few people around the world feeling likewise so decided to ask Chris, Noel and Alex R (who joined the show a little later as he was out of the country when we began) if they fancied putting something together.

I think that what had transpired since then has been a success and hope you feel likewise. The amount of work Chris, Noel and Alex R have put it to the show is absolutely phenomenal, and I’d like to thank them all for producing a podcast of the highest quality. If our real jobs didn’t get in the way I think TBG could have been even better, but I’m extremely happy with how things have turned out.

I wanted us to do a show that was a little bit different – with no ranting and swearing. I wanted it to be offbeat and irreverent, while still being informative and, occasionally, even entertaining. It’s always been a hard balance to maintain, but I think the lads have done a magnificent job in getting it just right. Chris, Noel and Alex R all stamped their unique characters on the show. Their research, writing, production and presentation skills are all very different, but always of the highest quality.

I’d also like to thank my wife Angela – who can be heard at the start of each episode reminding you what you’re listening to – for all her patience. It took some serious hours to get the show up and running, and she was always very understanding and supportive.

Finally, I’d like to thank all our listeners for the tremendous support you’ve given us. We’ve never made a penny from the show (indeed, we’ve lost a fair bit!), and it’s purely the kind words and knowledgeable comments from fans all over the world that have kept us going.

It’s been a brilliant experience being part of TBG and thank you so much for making it so enjoyable. Your support has helped our show (independently produced and never advertised) compete with the podcasts put together by national newspapers and global media organisations.

So wherever you are, and whoever you support, please keep enjoying The Beautiful Game

Alex K


This week on The Beautiful Game

Drogba and Chelsea make Wembley history as Manchester United's double vision fades

Liverpool aim for 6 of the best, but will Kaka and Milan block their path to glory. We've got an exclusive interview with MARK LAWRENSON

It's a pooch invasion as we reveal the footballers' dogs who'll never walk alone

And Alex K says farewell to The Beautiful Game

Thanks for listening, Chris, Alex R & Alex K