Friday, September 12, 2008 by Paul Grech
As far as I’m aware there aren’t that many football podcasts, certainly not a lot of good ones. The one that comes out of the BBC World Football Phone-In tends to be very good whilst the ones that are done by the Times and the Guardian have their good moments but far too often try too hard to be funny.
In this barren landscape steps the ‘This is Anfield’ podcast. I’d listened to this once before, in the aftermath of the home game against Inter last season, and it was very, very good. The only problem was that it was done rather sporadically so it was hard to keep track of when a new one was coming up. So I ended up never hearing another episode.
Until the start of this season, that is when I happened across their latest offering. And good thing I did.
Their formula is very simple: get intelligent Liverpool fans and leave them to talk about their club. In the latest episode there’s got David User, the editor of the Liverpool Way fanzine, who is witty, intelligent and has that dark mood that seems to be edging its way among fans at the moment. Then there’s John Barnes who, as most former players tend to be, tries to be as politically correct with his criticism as possible. He’s still got a lot of interesting things to say.
The best of the podcast, however, is reserved for the second half when Rogan Taylor comes along. As expected, Taylor makes a determined sales pitch for his Share Liverpool project and it is hard to argue against his points. More than that, Taylor also talks about the current situation at the club, on and off the pitch, and everything he says makes a lot of sense. As with Usher, it can be a bit depressing but hey, how can it be too different given the way things are going?
The problem remains the same: unless you happen to be a regular visitor to the site it is hard to keep track of when a new episode is out. But, given the quality, it is definitely worth it make the effort.
To listen to the This is Anfield podcast, go here. If there are other podcasts you think are worthwhile listening to, share it with the rest of the readers by leaving a comment.
Category Spreading the Word