Three or four passionate football fans around a table shooting the breeze about your club and your club only. From autopsying the last game to crystal-balling the next. To venting about the spiteful media agenda against you and slating the player that should’ve been slung out long ago. Also, second-guessing the manager’s line-up, tactics and even his matchday clobber: What could be better?
Football podcasts are a pretty great way to blitz that journey into work or to mentally melt away into the comfort of a soft armchair.
For young Blues, they can provide valuable history lessons. For veterans, they offer those sighing eye-rolls and eureka moments.
Here we review one of the very best which every City fan should enjoy.
Blue Tuesday (BBC Radio Manchester): Radio Show & Podcast
If Blue Tuesday were a band, they’d be Pink Floyd.
Special treats include regular visits from City legends like Peter Barnes and Denis Tueart and there are always two regular fans onboard to provide views from us mere mortals as well as regular input from social media via the delectable Neda Drusic or Mike Minay.
But for me, the best thing about the show is “Cheesey” himself: Ian Cheeseman.
The BBC man and 2012 NW journalist of the year recently hit the 2000 game mark – more than most players and managers in our history!
That’s over 40 years of attending City games home and away. Think about that for a minute. His first was at Maine Road in April 1970 at the tender age of 10 years old.
This is a guy who as a youngster, volunteered to sell food on chartered trains just to get to away matches!
He has indeed seen it all: both the highs and the lows: the 1976 cup win at Newcastle, the FA Cup defeat to Halifax in 1980, the 10-1 v Huddersfield and hundreds of other classics, some of which you can still catch in grainy form on YouTube.
Basically, if Ian were not a journalist, we’d be taking classes from him at Oxford!
There have been reports that Ian is unwell at the moment having not featured on the airwaves for a while.
We wish him well and a speedy recovery. The phrase ‘die-hard supporter’ doesn’t begin to do him justice and he presides over a great show with class and effortless cool.
Favourite recent podcast moment: Peter Barnes saying he’d fancy his chances against our current defenders.
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