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This week, Wogan and Allen face a challenge – how do you address the startling mediocrity that was on show during Arsenal's trip to Manchester United? Elsewhere in football's good and bad, two goalkeepers mess up, two careers are revived in Germany, and one club is literally a car crash. In part twol, Wogan forces himself to revisit Ireland's Rugby World Cup defeat to Japan, before the boys struggle to get to grips with the World Athletics Championships playing out in an empty stadium in Qatar, and a player too violent for the NFL. Bye, Vontaze.
In Episode 15, Wogan worries (again) that Liverpool's fine form is setting them up for a horrible fall, Bernardo Silva scores on the pitch and misses off it, the wheels are falling off Ole's bus and Allen is excited about a Leeds supporting Terminator and the timely demise of Tottenham Hotspur. After the break, we head to Japan where the Rugby World Cup has been in full swing. No tier-1 shocks yet, but the Uruguayans have taken the scalp of Fiji. A quick NFL review leads us, via Antonio Brown's return to college, to our Top 4 of Nerd Sportspeople. Enjoy!
This week's Left Field is jam-packed with sporting goodness! In Part 1, Norwich get a pat on the back for their win over Man City and we run the rule over a couple of youngsters making waves in Europe. That’s before Wogan tries to persuade the world that Liverpool going five points clear at the top of the Premier League is bad, and Allen lays into his hapless Arsenal. Part two starts with our first ever guest interview. Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, we chat to Robbie Owen from the brilliant @SquidgeRugby. He’s in the Land of the Rising Sun to give us the lowdown on what we can expect over the coming weeks. We round things off with a quick post-mortem of the Ashes, mull over Tyson Fury’s bloody night in Vegas and take stock of ALL the NFL quarterback injuries. Enjoy!
In an episode that critics are calling 'clearly recorded while one man is on an international break', Wogan and Allen discuss free-scoring England, happy Liechtensteiners, angry Albanians, a well-watched weekend of the Women's Super League and a Barcelona player in trouble for shooting a gun in a hospital. Part 1's football has a bit of everything this week. After the break, we pay homage to Australian droid Steve Smith (again), weigh up which US Open final was more significant – Rafa's win or Serena's defeat – then we end with NFL as Allen's New Orleans Saints start the season in dramatic fashion and Antonio Brown adds more chapters to his memoirs. Episode 13 is live. Enjoy!
Welcome to Episode 12 - an absolute banger, we promise! From Eric Cantona's cryptic speech to Michael Owen's feud with Alan Shearer, football's good and bad come in all shapes and sizes this week. After the break, Wogan invites Allen to finally pin his colours to the mast of an NFL franchise, all the men at the US Open have turned into John McEnroe and there's some chat about the rugby and boxing. Enjoy the show!
Bury's misery casts a long shadow over Episode 11 as Allen and Wogan reflect on a bad week for English football. On the pitch, Liverpool and Manchester City continue to set tongues wagging and Joe Linton is up and running for the Magpies. But it's bad news for Javi Gracia at Watford. In Part 2, we discuss Ben Stokes' heroics at Headingley, aided by friend of the show Jack Leach, chat US Open tennis (briefly) and pick our top 4 'what could have been' sportspeople after Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck announces his retirement. Enjoy the show.
Left Field marks it's 10th episode celebrating a great week for football stuff beginning with 'A' - Adrian, Arsenal, Ashley and Aritz Aduriz all get a thumbs up. A bad week for Newcastle gets worse as Wogan sings an ode to Joelinton and Allen isn't amused by the new handball rule – or Robin van Persie's attempts to re-write history. The Ashes headlines the second half as Jofra vs Smith makes not football headlines, we look at Wales' rise to the top of the rugby rankings, check in on Antonio Brown's latest gripes and finish things off with a lesson in why hurling matters. The last time we'll ever end the show with hurling. Enjoy!
Premier League football grabs the headlines in Episode 9 as the boys look at the winners and losers of matchday one. Do the Hammers actually have a reason to be optimistic? Wogan thinks so! In the second half, we get a feel for NFL pre-season thanks to HBO's new season of Hard Knocks, and chat rugby as the world gears up for Japan 2019 – all before Allen goes off on a rant about the fuss being made over Saudi Arabia hosting the Ruiz vs Joshua rematch.
On Episode 8, the boys' loins are moistened by the return of competitive football. We ask, who had a good week? Who endured a nightmare start? And where does the plague fit in? With the Premier League kicking off on Saturday, we also reach for the crystal ball. After the break, Wogan welcomes Australia's crushing destruction of England in the Ashes' first test, while Allen is enthralled by baseball fisticuffs, both on the field and on social media. Finally, after NFL cyborg Tom Brady penned a new two-year deal at 42, we ponder the best aged sportspeople of all time? That's right – it's a Top Four of old guys.
Episode 7 of Left Field sees Wogan and Allen limping towards the new football season. We spend the first half asking if pre-season tonkings matter, if Gareth Bale should learn Spanish and whether Arsenal are subject to a voodoo curse. Then we debut (yet another) new segment ‘Crystal Ball’ where we make our predictions for the new Football League season. Just give us football, man. Then in the usual second half of not football, we cover Ireland out-capitulating England in the cricket at Lord's, the very wet Formula 1, Sergio Garcia being a dope, Jeremy Lin being sad, and a Top Four of young overachievers – despite Wogan's best attempts to introduce it wrong.
Like a doomed manager switching formation yet again, Wogan and Allen try a fourth new microphone set-up as we tackle Episode 6. For a show that dedicates an entire half of its running time to football, it's slim pickings on the 'beautiful game' front but we still manage to cover Gareth Bale's trip to China, Steve Bruce's yin-yang managerial choices and all of the lovely and not so lovely new Premier League kits in a new edition of the further rebranded Top Four, Relegate Three. In the second half, things move on to Shane Lowry's Open Championship celebrations, reflection on the Netball World Cup, and a half-hearted attempt get to grip with the Tour de France. Wogan also boasts that he can run faster than a 96-year-old. Twice as fast! Enjoy.
In Episode 5, Wogan and Allen reflect on a weekend when sport may have peaked. Not so much on the football front, although we still discuss Arsenal being a laughing stock, the upcoming AFCON final and a new list, a rebranded Top Four – this time of African Premier League players. After the break in not football, we dissect Lewis Hamilton's character flaws or lack of, contrasting Wimbledon finals and the gobsmacking finale to the Cricket World Cup.
In Episode 4, Wogan and Allen compare the football fortunes of the US men's and women's national teams. It seems only one is any good. Then attention turns to the raft of international tournaments taking place - Copa America, Gold Cup and AFCON 2019. Is English football ready for a player to come out? We discuss a Twitter account that says it's about to happen. Finally in part one, in a new segment 'The Champions League of [x]' we talk worst/best transfer window clichés. In Not Football, our passive enjoyment of Wimbledon soothes a hangover, the Cricket World Cup struggles to grab our attention, we're completely ambivalent towards Le Tour de France and our shocking ignorance of the NBA salary caps shines through. Enjoy.
In Episode 3, your boys Wogan and Allen react to the USA crushing the World Cup dream of England's Lionesses, there's chat about an Arsenal kit launch howler, the birth of Flat Earth FC (wtf?) before attention turns to not football - is baseball better at the London Stadium than West Ham, will everybody go out at Wimbledon and what is NBA free agency? Enjoy!
In Episode 2, Wogan and Andrew Allen are neck-deep in VAR, which is going some way to ruining the Women's World Cup. Elsewhere, in a first half of football, there’s discussion of England’s bottle-job at the European U-21 Championships, Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United and news of an unlikely punch-up at the Vue Cinema in Islington. That's before a second half of Not Football, where we discuss Zion ‘giant teddy bear’ Williamson being the NBA Draft’s pick #1, baseball’s arrival in East London, Wimbledon and a story about a dog. Enjoy.
Your boys Wogan and Allen give their mild to piri-piri takes on the football in the first half of the new Left Field – including first impressions of the Women's World Cup, Michel Platini's corruption arrest and Qatar's unusual invitation to Latin American football's top table. Not Football takes centre stage after the break as we cover NBA-champs Toronto Raptors before we give fledgling segment ‘Sports Old White Guys Like’ a run out off the bench with some chat about Gary Woodland and the Cricket World Cup.