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

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


May 14, 2007

Episode 2:34

Premier departure - Sheffield United's labour is in vain as Wigan get the vote.

There'll be no domestic bliss at the home of football this weekend as Manchester United and Chelsea prepare for a Wembley cup final once more.

And we reveal which footballer you should never invite to lunch.

Enjoy the show,

Noel, Chris and Alex R (Alex K has been deported!)

PS. Note to all Premiership football managers - please do not get the sack or resign just hours after we've recorded the show. It makes us look bad. Thanks.


May 08, 2007

Episode 2:33

It's a turf war in the Premiership as West Ham's relegation rivals seek a level playing field through the courts.

A United front proves decisive in the title race as Chelsea are dethroned amid disharmony.

And Charlton's time at the top table is over. Any one of three other clubs could be starved of Premiership football next season.

Enjoy the show!

Alex R and Noel (Chris and Alex K are away this week)