It was the thirty seconds at Vicarage Road that had it all – controversy, injustice, relief, fear, hope, anticipation, euphoria and anguish… plus Gianfranco Zola falling on his backside.
A delighted DC (back from Vegas) and a despairing Jim describe their contrasting emotions following Watford’s incredible injury time win against Leicester in the Championship playoffs at the weekend. We also look forward to the playoff final against Crystal Palace, following their 2-0 aggregate win against Brighton. Palace fan and Croydon Guardian journalist Andy Bloss is on the phone, to reflect on an unexpected victory masterminded by Ian Holloway.
Western Gazette sports editor Chris Sweet also joins us as Gary Johnson and Yeovil prepare for a huge game against Brentford in the League One playoff final at Wembley…
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Where do you even begin to start with that? After putting their fans through the most astonishing, torturous ninety minutes of their lives, Hull City have done it. They are back in the Premier League after the most dramatic final day in recent memory.
The boys pay tribute to Steve Bruce and his players with Hull fan and ‘Boothferry To Wembley‘ blogger Rick Skelton – and ask if they can cut it next season in the top flight. We also get the lowdown on events at Vicarage Road from Mike Parkin of the brilliant Watford podcast ‘From The Rookery End‘. The Hornets have to lift themselves as they join Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester in the playoffs.
Peterborough blogger John Fernandez is also on the line after Darren Ferguson’s men dropped out of the second tier in the cruellest fashion imaginable on Saturday, following a last minute defeat at Selhurst Park.
There’s all that – plus heartbreak for Bolton, our tribute to David Flitcroft and reaction to an incredible weekend of League One and League Two play offs. Brentford, Yeovil, Bradford and Northampton start planning for Wembley now.
From agony to ecstasy in eighteen crazy seconds. The boys try and get their heads round the most unbelievable Football League finale since Jimmy Glass, as Doncaster Rovers seal their place back in the Championship courtesy of Marcello Trotta’s penalty miss and James Coppinger’s breakaway goal at Brentford.
We get the contrasting emotions of two men who were there at Griffin Park. Nick Bruzon, writer for the Brentford Programme and Bees United board member joins us – plus we speak to Glen Wilson, editor of Doncaster’s Popular Stand fanzine who was there commentating.
Following the last day drama in League Two, we also catch up with delighted AFC Wimbledon fan and writer Charlie Talbot – plus BBC Radio Sheffield and Yorkshire Radio’s Murray Burnell, after Rotherham United finally clinched promotion against Aldershot to end a six year stint in the bottom tier.
There’s also Wolves’ deepening plight to discuss, relegation for Scunthorpe, Barnet and Aldershot – the L1/L2 playoffs to preview and the big question of the week…. are Hull City choking?
Congratulations Bournemouth! Eddie Howe’s side are back in the second tier of English football for the first time since 1990 after a 3-1 win against Carlisle on Saturday sealed their promotion from League One. We speak to Cherries fan Ed Griffiths to get the lowdown on Howe’s return and an eventful season on and off the pitch at Dean Court…
Plus, after 106 years of football at Underhill, Barnet bid farewell to their famous old ground with a crucial 1-0 win against Wycombe in League Two. It means they start ‘Survival Saturday’ outside the relegation places, ahead of a tricky trip to Northampton. Bees fan Brett Freeman joins us to preview the final day.
We also pay tribute to Malky Mackay and Cardiff after they finally clinch the Championship title – plus we look forward to the crunch Brentford vs Doncaster promotion showdown at Griffin Park on Saturday…
Busy show this week! The WAGU boys are joined first by Sheffield United fan and blogger Ian Rands from ‘A United View on Football‘, following the shock departure of Danny Wilson from Bramall Lane on Tuesday night. The Blades currently sit six points off the automatic promotion places in League One, but have two games in hand on Bournemouth. We chat to Ian about their promotion chances, and the future of the club under the ownership of Kevin McCabe.
Speaking of ownership, it’s been a historic week for Portsmouth Football Club. After a torrid five years on and off the pitch, the club can finally start to look forward to life under their new owners, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust. We speak to Bob Beech, chairman of fans group ‘SOS Pompey’, to get reaction to an emotional week in the High Court.
We also discuss those horrible scenes at Wembley on Saturday, Bury’s relegation to League Two, the impending promotion of Cardiff City to the Premier League – plus the rest of the weekend’s action…
Episode 78 – Gillingham Clinch Promotion
Congratulations Gillingham! The Gills became the first side in the Football League to clinch promotion this season after a 1-0 win over Torquay at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday. Daniel Storey, editor of Gills fan-site ‘Gills Fans Online‘, joins the boys to examine Martin Allen’s achievements – plus look forward to life in League One next year.
It was also another great weekend at Wembley for fans of Crewe Alexandra, after they beat Southend 2-0 on Sunday to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for the first time in their history. We catch up with Crewe fan Hugh Wilson (Sky Sports/ITV) for his reaction, plus once again sing the praises of Alex boss Steve Davis.
We also reflect on Neil Warnock’s departure from Leeds – plus take a look back at another intriguing week across all three divisions… with only a few games remaining, it’s hotting up!
In a special Easter edition from East London, the WAGU boys leave the warm confines of the studio and take a trip to the Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road) to watch some live action, as Leyton Orient take on struggling Bury in League One.
Mark, DC and Carl speak to locals about the decision to award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United, and discuss the possible implications of the move for The O’s. We also catch up with Bury fans to get their opinion on a nightmare season and the future of boss Kevin Blackwell.
We also review the Easter action (in a pub), consider Paolo Di Canio’s move to Sunderland and bring you live ‘alternative’ commentary highlights as the Shakers slip closer to relegation…
Three more Football League managers have bitten the dust this week, including Southend United boss Paul Sturrock in bizarre circumstances, just two weeks before their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final against Crewe at Wembley. The WAGU boys (joined by Adam Willams for his studio debut) catch up with editor of Shrimpers fanzine All-At-Sea, Jamie Forsyth.
This week’s comments by LMA chief executive Richard Bevan are also up for debate, after he described the number of Football League managers losing their job as ‘embarrassing for the game’ and said ‘the volatility is undermining the profession’.
We also look back on the weekend’s action and yet another tumultuous week at Blackburn Rovers…
Episode 75 – Race For The Premier League
With just eight games remaining, the WAGU boys focus in-depth on the top of the Championship this week – as the race for promotion to the Premier League hots up…
We speaks to fans of the top seven clubs to get their view on how their side is going to fare: Cardiff (Richard Blake), Hull (Marcus Dysch), Watford (Mike Parkin), Crystal Palace (Ed Malyon), Nottingham Forest (Steven Toplis), Leicester (Jim Knight) and Brighton (Elliot Cook).
We also look back on all the week’s action, including THAT own goal by David Davies – and a second hat-trick in a week for Daniel Lopez…
The bad run goes on… and on… and on. It was an eighth defeat in nine games on Saturday for Torquay United, who lost 3-1 to Oxford at Plainmoor to drop to 22nd in League Two, just one point above the relegation zone.
With Martin Ling on extended sick leave and Alan Knill the new man in charge – what chance do the club have of staying in the Football League? To find out more we speak to John Cadigan, Torquay fan and assistant producer at talkSPORT.
We also chat to Northampton blogger Ben Trasler after the Cobblers’ eighth consecutive home win over the weekend, a 2-0 victory against struggling Accrington. It lifted Aidy Boothroyd’s side to just a point behind Burton Albion in the race for promotion.
We also discuss the weekend’s action – including the FA Cup quarter final at the New Den, plus are joined by Jim following yet another defeat for Leicester against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday…