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Nick Hancock and Chris England are old friends who have both been struck by the same soul-shattering thought: "how is it that everything that has changed about football since I started watching it has made it a little bit more s**t?". Have they just been watching football for too long, or are they actually onto something? With the help of some excellent guests from the worlds of comedy and football, they aim to find out.
 
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Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Tony Adams on Strictly Come Dancing, the international break, Southgate’s performance and the pre-World Cup injury countdown. They also have a look at how the rest of England's World cup fared during the international break, and of course, some Oldham sh*t. Get in touch and follow us on Twitter @slopingpitch I…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Todd Boehly’s lofty ideas, England’s Nations League woes and a looks at the recent call ups. Get in touch and follow us on Twitter @slopingpitch If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on slopingpitch@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England are live from the brilliant London Podcast Festival on Sunday 11th September 2022. They are joined by Andy Hamilton and Bob Mills to discuss, the upcoming issues with the World Cup in Qatar, Bob’s team, Leyton Orient, and Andy’s team, Chelsea. We’re on Twitter. Please, please, please follow us @slopingpitch If you hav…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Thomas Tuchel’s sacking, Liverpool getting hammered by Napoli, updates from Oldham and Stoke, a look back at the transfer window, and more VAR news. Come and join us for our first ever live show show at 7pm on Sunday 11th September as part of the brilliant London Podcast Festival at Kings Place in King's Cross…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the latest transfers, the sack race, and ‘dispecting’ players and sh*t’. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, actor, and Sutton fan, Tim Vine. They chat about his team, why Sutton (not Chris) has a giraffe as a mascot, and the band he formed with his brother. Come and join us for our first ever …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Ryan Giggs’ poem, the Man United and Liverpool relegation battle, and the Man City and Newcastle game. They also rake through some Oldham shit, some Stoke shit and the tough time all the England squad are having. AND SOME ON AIR BREAKING NEWS Come and join us for our first ever live show show at 7pm on Sunday …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Tuchel-vision, Conte, Souness, and apologetically more Man United. They also chat about Oldham, Stoke, the Ukrainian league, and stories from a football concierge. Come and join us for our first ever live show show at 7pm on Sunday 11th September as part of the brilliant London Podcast Festival at Kings Place …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the demise of football results on the wireless, some Oldham shit, some Stoke shit, hashtag empty Old Trafford, and some surprising defence of Harry Maguire. Come and join us for our first ever live show show at 7pm on Sunday 11th September as part of the brilliant London Podcast Festival at Kings Place in King…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England catch up after their summer break. The big story is, of course, England beating Germany in the Euros. They also discuss the crazy world of Frank Rothwell, the new Oldham owner, Stoke’s start to the season, and some of the big Premier league transfers. Come and join us for our first ever live show show at 7pm on Sunday…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Mark Lawrenson, the Champions League final debacle, and Scotland v Ukraine. Nick and Chris speak to former England cricketer, journalist, podcaster, all round legend, and Luton and Arsenal fan, Monty Panesar. They chat about supporting two teams, growing up playing both football and cricket, and how TV has aff…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Oldham’s new opponents (new grounds Chris will get to attend), pitch invasions, England call ups, and the last day of the season. Chris speaks to comedian, writer, actor and Man City fan, Simon Brodkin. They discuss Simon’s club, how he became a City fan, their awesome season and the amazing last day of the pr…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Chris’ sanguine attitude towards Oldham’s fate, the FA cup final, penalty chat strategies, a Premier league round-up, and the play offs. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, actor, and Hibernian fan, Jack Docherty. They discuss his club, their revolving manager situation, going to see Scotland p…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Peter Andre, Oldham’s final curtain, the various title fights, Haaland, and the relegation battle at the bottom of the Premier league. Nick and Chris are also joined by writer, and QPR fan, Rob Sprackling. They discuss his team’s season, the inspiration behind Mike Bassett: England Manager and who actually sco…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Maradona’s fat, cheating shirt auction, the Champions League semi-finals and Chelsea’s existential crisis. Nick and Chris are also joined by sports broadcaster, journalist and author of ‘Square Peg, Round Ball’, Ned Boulting. They discuss St. Pauli, George Best, Steven Gerrard's carpet, and watching football w…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss quite inevitably Oldham’s relegation, the Champions League, the Merseyside derby ‘controversies’, and PSG’s deflated title win. Nick and Chris are also joined by journalist, author of ‘This is How it Feels’, and Oldham fan, Mike Keegan. They discuss how Mike came to write his book, how the behind the scene sto…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss untimely sackings, Man United’s continuing woes, and a FA cup semi-final round up. Nick and Chris also look through the digital mailbag, wonder what on earth a 'digital mailbag' is, hope it's not what Cybermen are born with, and have a look anyway. They then answer some of your questions, emails and Tweets. If…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss betting sponsorship, Chris’ long lost football comic collection, the Man City v Liverpool games, and a Champions League round-up. Nick and Chris are also joined by ITV’s Chaser, quizzer and Bolton fan, Jenny Ryan. They discuss Jenny’s Chaser's nickname, her first years as a Bolton fan, being a supporter during…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss some exciting match ball delivery news at the Pizza in a cup Cup, the World Cup draw, and this week’s Champions League action. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, broadcaster and Crystal Palace fan, Kevin Day. Kevin brings his football manifesto to the table. They discuss Crystal Palace’s seaso…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss all the World Cup news, a further instalment of the Man City v Liverpool semi-final travel debacle, Gareth Bale, and England’s week in the friendlies. Nick and Chris are also joined by writer and broadcaster, Sam Delaney. Nick, Chris and Sam chat about growing up a West Ham fan and sharing a room with his QPR …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Man United’s manager job interview process, Mick Hucknall, a FA cup round up, and the Man City v Liverpool game venue unfairness. Nick and Chris are also joined by actor and podcaster, David Morrissey. Nick, Chris and David chat about growing up in a split Liverpool/Everton household, football & music, memorie…
 
Nick Hancock, (who comes all the way from a windy Barbados), and Chris England, (back in Streatham), discuss the England team call ups, the sports-washing derby, Chelsea’s continuing saga and Chris catches Nick up on all the rest of the week’s football news. Nick and Chris are also joined by actor and Leeds fan, Matt Lewis, (in Florida). Nick, Chri…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss World cup qualifiers, the Chelsea club club shop, and Nick being lesser clevering from Chris. Nick and Chris are also joined by TV and radio journalist and presenter, and Brentford fan, Natalie Sawyer. Nick and Chris and Natalie chat about Brentford beating Oldham, Brentford beating Stoke, Brentford having an …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss football’s reaction to the Ukraine crisis. They also look at Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea and the possible new owners. Nick also looks back at his trip to London 50 years ago this week to watch Stoke win the league cup final. Nick and Chris are also joined by actor, and Sheffield Wednesday fan, Tom Craig. Nick…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss how the Ukraine crisis could affect football, historical moments when politics and sport have collided, some Tomelu Tukachel news, more woe at Man United and the renewed possibility of a title battle. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, actor, presenter, and Grimsby Town fan, Lloyd Griffith. Nick, Chri…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Derby and Middlesborough, fan-owned clubs, Arsenal’s red card record and the demise of the away goal rule. Nick and Chris are also joined by multi-award-winning, best-selling novelist, and Wolves fan, Mark Billingham. Nick, Chris and Mark chat about Mark making his character Tom Thorne a Spurs fan, how he beca…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the demise of Neighbours, Zouma and UK & Ireland’s Euro bid. Nick and Chris are also joined by TV presenter, podcaster and Chelsea fan, Tim Lovejoy. In our first guest manifesto episode, Nick and Chris speak to Tim about his ideas to improve football. They chat about ‘fan fraud', getting rid of offside, and ha…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss all the news from the transfer window, music at football grounds, the Africa Cup of Nations, and Don Revie. Nick and Chris are also joined by former England footballer, broadcaster and Everton fan, Sue Smith. Nick, Chris and Sue chat about how her football career started, choosing broadcasting over managing an…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the Africa Cup of Nations, manager movement, a VAR alternative, and a little bit of Oldham, of course. Nick and Chris are also joined by sports agent and Leicester City fan, Jon Holmes. Nick, Chris and Jon discuss Jon’s career, advising Lineker, football agents today, the transition between player and broadcas…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss all the action from the third round of the FA cup. Don’t worry though, there is of course some Oldham news too. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, podcaster and actor, Justin Moorhouse. Justin talks honestly with Nick and Chris about how he feels about his team, Manchester United. They also ch…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss booing, the Tuchel/Lukaku fallout and the Southampton takeover. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian and actor, Norman Pace. Nick, Chris and Norman chat about being a games teacher, Les McKeown from the Bay City Rollers and going to see Nottingham Forest with the milk lady. We’re now on Twitter. Please, …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the post-Christmas matches, Ronaldo’s new statue, player welfare, and rainbows in Qatar. Happy New Year to all our listeners and thanks for listening in 2021. We’re now on Twitter. Please, please, please follow us @slopingpitch If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on sl…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the Oldham fan ban, more inevitable covid news, a Socios-related update and VAR inconsistencies. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, cricket statistician, BBC TMS broadcaster and Gillingham fan, Andy Zaltzman. Nick, Chris and Andy chat about the amazing time difference between Australia and the UK, his…
 
In our first ever remote podcast, Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss a possible F1-inspired improvement to football, the inevitable covid issues this week, Newcastle news, and the very odd Champions League draw. Nick and Chris are also joined by Richard Bevan, the Chief Executive of the League Managers Association. Nick, Chris and Richard chat …
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss covid-related business, Jude Bellingham, and a proper actual teaser about a Christmas present. Nick and Chris are also joined by the brilliant broadcaster, and West Bromwich fan, Adrian Chiles. Nick, Chris and Adrian chat about what it’s like to present football on TV, what a great pundit Roy Keane is, and lea…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Omicron, the Pizza in a cup Cup and the Ballon d’Or. Nick and Chris are also joined by, well… Gary Lineker. Nick, Chris and Gary chat about Messi, Maradona, the biennial World Cup and Chris’ play ‘An Evening with Gary Lineker.' If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on sl…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Keith Curle, this week’s fan-led review, and Gerrard’s ketchup ban. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, actor, and Arsenal fan, Alan Davies. Nick, Chris and Alan chat about the Gunner's progress this season, Saturday Night Fever and the joy of watching Patrick Vieira play. If you have any thoug…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss England wrapping up their world cup qualifying campaign, bizarre football injuries, and Qatar. Nick and Chris are also joined by economist and author of ‘More Than a Game’, Mark Gregory. Nick, Chris and Mark chat about how English football is not sustainable in its current state, how we got to where we are, an…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Gerald Sinstadt, home shirts, turning down an England call up, and standing at football. They're also joined by podcaster and our Watford correspondent, Olly Wicken. Nick, Chris and Olly chat about Graham Taylor’s pants (as advertised) and VAR. Olly’s podcast is available here - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/p…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss new manager bounce, Chaddy the Owl, Tottenham, and how the COP26 affects football. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer, broadcaster and Crystal Palace fan, Mark Steel. Nick, Chris and Mark chat about Palace, sporting commentary highlights, and they return to the Saudi/Newcastle takeover shitty b…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Man United’s dodgy new form, Paul Pogba’s dodgy new boots and David Beckham’s dodgy new role. Nick and Chris are also joined by former professional player, manager and footballing royalty, Tony Pulis. Nick, Chris and Tony chat about his family-orientated managerial style, the most important aspects of building…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Steve Bruce and Newcastle, the Champions League, England’s one match ban, and of course a quick look at Oldham’s progress. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian and actor, Hugh Dennis. Hugh, Nick and Chris chat about loving football from an early age and supporting Arsenal, appearing in the new James Bond…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the demise of the ball plinth thing manufacturing industry, England’s international break, and the murky waters of Saudi/Newcastle takeover. They are also joined by comedian and writer, Andy Hamilton. Nick, Chris and Andy chat about the recent BBC documentary Fever Pitch, Andy’s long-standing relationship with…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the car ball delivery thing, the 'genius manager v genius manager' hype, and Watford. Nick and Chris are also joined by fascinating physio, Helen Delap to discuss how she began in sports physiotherapy, what it’s like living inside football and being a parent of young professional players. If you have any thoug…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the Swiss-system (whatever that is), panic buying and Moneyball. They are also joined by a true legend this week. Don Goodman has a chat with Nick and Chris and sprinkles a little professionalism over the whole affair. If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on slopingpitc…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss Jimmy Greaves, FIFA and of course Oldham’s continuing descent into the depths of unhappiness. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, Andy Smart to chat about Farnborough, and following the Iran national team. If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on slopingpitch@gma…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss gamesmanship, Ronaldo’s diet, and of course, Oldham. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, novelist and hit songwriter David Baddiel to chat about Three Lions, why Gareth Southgate doesn’t like it and a case of mistaken identity If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact u…
 
Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the international breakdown, the rank idea of a World Cup every two years and the Brazil vs Argentina debacle. Nick and Chris are also joined by comedian, writer and podcaster Kevin Day for a sing-along sing song. If you have any thoughts, feelings or queries, please feel free to contact us on slopingpitch@gma…
 
This week Nick Hancock and Chris England discuss the glistening, chinless thigh model Ronaldo, FIFA and a submarine. Nick and Chris are also joined by podcaster and director, Theo Delaney to chat about Tottenham, Arsenal and a drunken musical Danish bacon advert with Peter Schmeichel. Please contact us on slopingpitch@gmail.com See acast.com/privac…
 
Michail Antonio’s goal celebration this week inspired Nick Hancock and Chris England to look at famous goal celebrations of the past, and the very mad Socios football tokens story also caught their eye in quite a contemptuous way. More importantly, Jo Brand joined Nick and Chris in the studio to discuss Crystal Palace and her extensive footballing …
 
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