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The Wheel of Sport
31 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Alexandre Villaplane - French Football's First World Cup Captain
Alexandre Villaplane was an immigrant footballer trying to make his way in the amateur game. He got off to great start and quickly became the best player in the country. Villaplane led France in their World Cup debut in 1930 but on his return his sporting career spun out of control and, with the onset of the Second World War, the demise of this malign character became inevitable.This is the story of a player who rose to greatness before sliding into the underworld and collaborating with the evils against his own countrymen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Jean Marc Bosman - The ruling that changed football forever
Jean Marc Bosman was a lower league professional footballer but his challenge to be in charge of his own destiny had a hugely significant impact on football in Europe and is still shaping how careers are fulfilled and players are transferred. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Basketball: One change = amazing results. But players just won't do it!
What if you were playing top level NBA and a coach told you of some small change to your game that could improve you exponentially? What if the coach told you that the change was perfectly legal and within the rules? What if the coach told you that every player in the NBA knew about it but almost nobody does it?This is the puzzling story of how top level basketball players refuse to make a small change that could improve their performance and the history of it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Super Saturday - London 2012
It was the summer of 2012. The world had gathered in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Team GB had targeted a number of key sports in which they could medal but on Saturday 4th August 2012 the medals rained down on the team. From the morning, right up to an extraordinary 45 minute period, the golds kept coming in one of the most captivating periods in Olympic history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
The Highland Games
The Highland games has endured throughout the ages and exists today as a celebration of Highland culture and Scottish defiance against the aggression of their neighbours.A mixture of strength and skill often inspire by agriculture, the Highland games provide an opportunity to revel in Scottish history and a legacy of historical sporting development. Although the games were coopted by the royal ruling class, they remain a symbol of life before living under English rule. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | May 12, 2021
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Mildred Ella Didrikson, who was known simply as 'Babe', became one of the greatest athletes of all time. However, that was just part of her story. At only 5ft 7in, Babe ran, jumped, threw, pitched and swung her way to be the best sports all rounder that ever lived. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Lay Down Sally
Sally Robbins was a gifted athlete who managed to show so much promise, she was selected for the Australian Olympic rowing team. Although they were outsiders to medal at the Athen's games, the team had got themselves within half a second of the leaders. However, by the end of the race, the Australian boat dragged through the water over ten seconds after all the other teams had finished. What had happened? Why had they thrown away the lead? Who or what was responsible?This is the story of Lay Down Sally, Athens 2004. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Part Two - EFL Trophy Final Special 2021 - SAFC vs TRFC
Ian has avoided social media, his phone and been disciplined and determined, not to know the score of the EFL Trophy Final 2021. He gives Matt a call who is going to reveal to result of the game and give a detailed match report. However, there was an unexpected intervention... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Part One - EFL Trophy Final Special 2021 - SAFC vs TRFC
Tranmere Rovers are playing Sunderland at Wembley in a matter of hours. These are Ian and Matt's hometown teams and first loves, respectively. This is the pre-game excitement before these two teams walk out at Wembley stadium to win the EFL Trophy and probably a few pizzas thrown in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
The 1932 Bodyline Scandal - The Scourge of Cricket
How do you stop the greatest batsman of all time? Bowl dangerously towards his body and his head.Don Bradman was an unstoppable force in Australian cricket. A remarkable sportsman that had a batting average so high, it seemed impossible to stop him. But on the boat over to Australia, the English captain devised a plan on how to tame Bradman and defeat Australia. These tactics scandalised the game and caused a diplomatic incident. This is the story of Bodyline. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Carlton vs. Collingwood Grand Final 1915
One of the biggest games of every AFL season is between suburban rivals Collingwood and Carlton. However, few fans know the origin of this fierce rivalry that dates back to the start of the 20th Century. These two powerhouses fought each other in remarkably close games for years which were marred by bribery, match fixing, skullduggery and establishment tinkering. Did players really go behind Pompey Elliott's back to fix games ruining the Carlton winning streak? Was there a Carlton insider in the establishment who almost prevented Collingwood's best stars from making the 1915 Grand Final? Is this the most enduring Grand Final story in VFL history?Ross McMullin's article that inspired this episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Wilma Rudolph - Olympic Icon
Wilma Rudolph is not a name that is commonly known when US Olympians are talked about. She should be. Wilma Rudolph overcame extraordinary personal adversity in her childhood whilst black America suffered segregation. She rose to international fame becoming one of the stars at the Rome Olympics. On her return home she set about contributing to the fight for equality and paving the way for black woman in athletics. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Peter Norman - Black Power Icon
The field of sprinters that lined up for the 200m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were the greatest there had ever been. Two Americans and an Australian took the medal places. There was mild surprise that the Australian had placed in silver as he wasn't a favourite and started characteristically slow before blasting away his opponents in the final few metres. However, the running wasn't the focus by the time the athletes were stood on the podium. The photograph of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman has become the most iconic image of the modern Olympics. This is the story of how a boy from Coburg, Melbourne became caught up in a storm for racial justice in the USA and Australia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Jane Saville - Australian Race Walker
Jane Saville was ready to set the Sydney Stadium alight for the second time in a matter of hours. Cathy Freeman had raced to Gold the night before and Saville was thriving in the glow when she found herself in the lead of the Women's 20km Race Walk. With only metres to go, Saville found herself faced with a third red card. This is the story of one of the most difficult decisions in race walking history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Andres Escobar - A Lethal Own Goal
Andres Escobar was a quality international footballer. He had won domestic silverware and was now part of a promising Colombian national team who were heading for the World Cup Finals in the USA ranked fourth in the world. Even the Brazilian legend Pele tipped them as favourites. Under the pressure of huge expectations the Columbians underperformed and Escobar scored an own goal against the USA. The goal proved fatal to Columbia's chances of qualification and deadly to Escobar who was assassinated on his return to his home country. This is the story of Andres Escobar. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Keegan and Toshack - A supernatural partnership
Kevin Keegan and John Toshack were a defining strike partnership in the 1970s. Playing for Liverpool, they linked together so well, a local TV network decided to test whether there was anything more to their partnership than just football skills. This is the story about how two 1970s British soccer players defied science to prove a supernatural aspect to their play. Or did they? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Deep Blue vs. Garry Kasparov
In 1997, the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, was challenged by IBM to play against their computer 'Deep Blue'. This is the extraordinary story of man versus machine. It was an international news headline as Artificial Intelligence overcame the flaws in humankind, not only to become the best chess player in the world, but also to realign our ideas about the capabilities of computers and technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Nadia Comaneci - The Perfect 10 - Montreal 1976
Nadia Comaneci appeared at her first Summer Olympic Games in Montreal 1976. The expectations were high but nobody could've predicted the remarkable achievements of this extraordinary teenager. Even the scoreboard wasn't large enough for this Romanian who managed to score the first ever perfect 10 in history. This is the story of how a teenager won the hearts of the world and the implications it had for her when returning to an Eastern Bloc country under the rule of a tyrant. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
James 'Buster' Douglas - Boxing's Biggest Upset
James 'Buster' Douglas was a middling fighter that, after a change of coach and a string of wins, found himself in a showdown with Mike Tyson. The infamous Tyson came into the fight as the undefeated, undisputed champion of the world. Fought in Toyko, Japan, the fight has become an example of one of the biggest upsets in world sport.This is the story of how James Douglas sat Tyson down to become the new Heavyweight Champion of the world.This episode was Ian and Matt's 50th episode they have recorded together. What a knockout! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
John Daly - Wild Thing
Golfer John Daly earned the nickname 'Wild Thing' due to his awesome power off the tee and perhaps his antics both on and off the course. His extraordinary talent for playing golf and taming the most difficult courses, added to his love for fast food, alcohol and cigarettes, make for an exhilarating story of his rise in this conservative sport. This is the story of the incredible first years of John Daly's golfing career. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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