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The Official EFL Podcast
34 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
44: EFL Special Series Episode 3 - A Sustainable Future
In the third episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch to reflect on the challenges faced by EFL Clubs over the past 16 months and to understand more about the EFL’s proposals for financial reform to provide sustainability for Clubs, who are the beating heart of communities across England and Wales. This episode was recorded remotely.
51 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
43: EFL Special Series Episode 2 - The Fixture Generator
In the second episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Ben Wright, Chief Commercial Officer and Paul Snellgrove, Competitions Manager to learn more about how EFL fixtures are compiled and how that process links to the EFL’s broadcast and streaming arrangements following a year of football being played behind closed doors.
43 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
42: EFL Special Series Episode 1 - The Next Generation
In the first episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Dave Wetherall, Head of Youth Development and Alex Richards, Head of Safeguarding to learn more about how the system works, and the responsibility that the EFL has to educate, protect and nurture the next generation of footballing talent.
46 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
41: The Best Of The Guests Part Two!
t’s the final episode of the official EFL podcast for the 2020/2021 season, and we thought we had to end with a best of! Now that everything has been concluded and the close season is upon us, Mark Clemmit takes a fond look back at some of the best interviews that we’ve been lucky enough to share with you over the last 9 months, so sit back, relax and enjoy, as Clem brings you the very best of the guests part two!
42 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
40: Season Review with Jobi McAnuff
Who better to join Mark Clemmit and cast an expert eye over this extraordinary season, than the former Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Reading, Stevenage and Leyton Orient legend that is Jobi McAnuff! Jobi recently announced his retirement from professional football, and now looks forward to spending more time with his wife and kids and concentrating on life beyond a 20 year playing career. Clem and Jobi discuss his own personal achievements over the last two decades, as well as the playoff champions from last weekend and have a look ahead to the Euros which are just around the corner. McAnuff is enough when it comes to this penultimate episode of the official EFL podcast, and it’s a joy to hear these two expertly dissect everything and everything EFL related, as we enter the close season.
58 minutes | May 26, 2021
39: A professional playoffs preview with Prutts
Sometimes you don’t need to over complicate things. Simple ingredients and a simple recipe often create the best results, and that’s very much the case with this week’s official EFL podcast. 3 playoff finals, expertly previewed by 2 men in just under 1 hour. Like steak and chips or bread and butter, the joy is in its simplicity and youwon't find a better playoff preview than Clem and Prutts playing at the top of their game!
44 minutes | May 19, 2021
38: Three inspirational stories from three wise men, looking back on a season like no other!
With next week being our big preview of the playoff finals, Mark Clemmit this week sits down to have a frank and honest chat with 3 inspirational gentlemen representing each of the 3 divisions within the EFL. Exiting the championship with nothing but pride in himself and his players is Wycombe Wanderers extraordinary coach Gareth Ainsworth. Erik Samuelson talks about his own personal role in the return of Wimbledon to Plough Lane and what it will be like to finally have the fans back in, and Mark Bonner looks back at Cambridge United’s fantastic achievement in Skybet League Two, which sees them promoted and competing with some very big clubs next season in League One!
50 minutes | May 12, 2021
37: Look back at an extraordinary season, a preview of the upcoming playoffs, and Kevin Ellison is here to talk about his own personal battle with depression and anxiety, as we reflect on Mental Health Awareness Week.
It’s been a season that none of us will ever forget and in the most challenging of circumstances, football in this country has pulled together and the achievements of the 72 EFL league clubs both on and off the pitch has been extraordinary. One of our regular pod pundits this season, Curtis Davies discusses all the key points with Mark Clemmit as the curtain comes down on the 2020/2021 season, and Newport County’s Kevin Ellison talks to Clem about the his own personal battles over the years, as we shine a light on Mental Health Awareness Week.
39 minutes | May 5, 2021
36: Congratulations to James Coppinger on a truly remarkable career!
This weekend 40 year old James Coppinger will hang up his boots after more than 20 years as a professional footballer, and call time on a glittering playing career that has seen him make more than 600 appearances for Doncaster Rovers! As he sits down with Mark Clemmit to reflect on his long life in the game and look forward to the final weekend, we couldn’t not remind him of his part in an extraordinary match at Griffin Park on the 27thApril 2013, that saw him score in the dying seconds to promote Doncaster Rovers as league one champions, in a game that will long live in the memory as one of the greatest of all time.
46 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
35: The mercury’s rising for Hull City’s George Honeyman, and it’s Strictly Duff Dancing as Cheltenham Town also secure automatic promotion.
Two men from two divisions with two very expressive forms of celebration. Hull City’s influential midfielder George Honeyman looked every inch the rockstar last weekend, as he celebrated his side’s promotion back to the Skybet Championship with a performance of ‘I Want To Break Free’ that even Freddie Mercury would’ve been proud of. Elsewhere Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff, used the medium of dance to display his delight at his side’s automatic promotion to Skybet League One, and is already rumoured to be on the long list for this year’s Strictly. Mark Clemmit is also joined by the chair of ‘Kick It Out’ Sanjay Bhandari, to discuss this weekend’s mass boycott of social media, as the football world come together and stand united in the fight to tackle online racist abuse, and discrimination of all kind within the sport.
53 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
34: Dion Dublin salutes the canaries’ return to the top flight, and Owen Coyle assesses the sides under the hammer, as we enter the business end of the season in the EFL.
He started and ended his career at Carrow Road, and few people are better qualified to talk about Norwich City and their spectacular achievements this season, than premier league goalscoring legend, Dion Dublin. Owen Coyle, back from the Indian Super League on a sabbatical joins Clem to talk about all the news this week, and there’s been a lot for him to cast his expert eye over, and EFL Chair Rick Parry is here to discuss the welcome return of a controlled number of fans for Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final at Wembley.
46 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
33: The EFL Day of Action 2021 Special Episode
Wednesday the 14th April saw the EFL host its fifth annual day of action, an initiative that sees all 72 clubs in the Skybet Championship, League 1 and League 2, pull together to help those in their local community that need it the most. From stocking foodbanks, to creating social hubs to help tackle loneliness and depression, the scale of fundraising and good causes is breathtaking! On this special edition of the official EFL podcast, Mark Clemmit talks to those who have selflessly helped out in their local area, and those who have benefitted so much from what can be done, when the football communities within the EFL come together at this time every year.
39 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
32: Jonathan Woodgate’s Cherries Challenge, and will Phil Brown keep The Shrimpers afloat?
It’s what’s known as the business end of the season, and Mark Clemmit is joined this week by two men who hail from the North East, but are both plying their trade in the south at opposite ends of the EFL pyramid. Jonathan Woodgate is the manager of AFC Bournemouth until the end of the season and his side are on a fantastic run of form, eyeing a return to the top flight at the first attempt through the perilous playoffs. At the other end of the EFL spectrum, vastly experienced manager Phil Brown, has returned once again to one of his old clubs to see if he can keep them from being relegated from Skybet League Two and dropping out of the EFL completely. It’s a tough ask, but you wouldn’t bet against Brownie with 5 games to go!
50 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
31: Earnie, Evans and Adkins.
It’s the 3 wise men on this week’s official EFL Podcast. Well 4 I suppose if you count Clem, who’s joined by one of the EFL’s most formidable former marksmen Robbie Earnshaw, to cast his expert eye on all the week’s news in the Skybet Championship, League One and League Two. CEO of the EFL Trust Mike Evans is here to talk about next week’s annual EFL Day of Action, which sees football doing it’s bit for the local community, and Nigel Adkins pops by to inject some much needed positivity, as he reflects on his first month in charge at Charlton Athletic.
52 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
30: Rebecca Welch makes history as she’s appointed the first female referee in the English Football League!
History will be made on Easter Monday, as Rebecca Welch from Washington, Tyne and Wear becomes the first female referee to be appointed by the EFL. Her debut sees her taking charge of Port Vale’s visit to Harrogate Town in Skybet League 2, which she explains to Mark Clemmit will be a huge milestone in her already impressive career. Clem also links up with Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson live from his garden on a balmy spring evening, and Morecambe’s Derek Adams, who Clem’s promised to buy two packets of Tunnocks caramel wafers if the Shrimps are successful in their promotion push!
48 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
29: Ivan Toney. Breaking records with Brentford.
This week it’s all about the biggest star in the EFL, as Mark Clemmit sits down for a fascinating chat with Brentford’s goal scoring talisman Ivan Toney, as he takes a much needed breather in the international break. With the opportunity of a bit of time off, he’s able to reflect on an incredible season so far in the Sky Bet Championship, and look forward to the task ahead in his side’s big push for promotion to the promised land of the Premier League. Clem is also joined by his old mate Simon Grayson to catch up on League One life at Fleetwood Town, and to find out what the secret is to promotion from this tricky division, bearing in mind Grayson has managed it four times to date, with four different clubs!
52 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
28: Captain Curtis on all the week’s big news, and we contemplate a weekend away in Harrogate with the Weavers!
A busy week of managerial comings and goings in the EFL, and the heated battles at the top and bottom of all 3 divisions intensifies. The brilliant Curtis Davies joins Mark Clemmit to give his expert view on all of the above, and we enjoy a frank and honest assessment of life in league 2, with the longest serving manager in English football, Harrogate Town’s Simon Weaver. Clem also catches up with Rochdale fan Mark Cryer, who’s spearheading an amazing fundraising campaign to honour one of the club’s most loyal supporters and most generous of benefactors.
37 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
27: Robins’ Rockin’ at a return to the Ricoh, and we look ahead to the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final
At 16 years and 274 days James Vaughan smashed the record for the premier league’s youngest ever goalscorer, a title he still proudly holds to this day, and 16 years and 13 clubs later he should have been continuing his goalscoring habit at Wembley this Sunday, against one of his former employers Sunderland in the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final. However, a recurrence of a knee injury that has blighted his career sees him injured and unavailable for selection, but he still hopes to be fit enough to travel with his Tranmere team mates, for what promises to be a very special day out for Keith Hill’s Skybet League 2 high flyers. Elsewhere, Mark Clemmit catches up with Coventry City boss Mark Robins, who’s looking forward to the return of fans, a return to normality and a return to the Ricoh Stadium next season after their groundsharing sabbatical at St Andrews.
37 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
26: Appleton and Hendo. The city of Salford is the common link and they’re both clearly ‘Appy Chappies!’
Two brilliantly candid interviews this week which Mark Clemmit does so well. First up, Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton on the learning journey at Sincil Bank and his side’s continuing push for promotion. Then a man who’s scoring goals for fun, a stone’s throw away from where Appleton grew up. Last summer, Ian Henderson made the short move from Rochdale where he’d become a club legend, to aspirational Salford City to take part in their footballing journey. It seems to be an inspired move so far, and he’s even managed to blag a trip to Wembley out of it, for next weekend’s rearranged 2020 Papa John’s Trophy Final!
53 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
25: Mighty Millers, Tricky Trotters and a seemingly ageless Cameron Jerome!
At the risk of overdelivering, this week Mark Clemmit gives you not one, not two, but 3 cracking interviews, to prove once again that this is the best EFL Podcast by a country mile! Rotherham manager Paul Warne, gives us a brilliantly candid insight into the 24/7 pressure of football management, 34 year old Cameron Jerome is still scoring week in, week out for old mate Russell Martin’s MK Dons, and Bolton’s Eoin Doyle gives some of the best, funniest and honest answers ever heard in a football interview! It can only be the official EFL Podcast!
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