Welcome to a brand new podcast from The Athletic and Muddy Knees Media – The Totally Football League Show: Extra-Time…
You may very well have heard the big news from The Totally Football League Show this week: we’re going twice weekly.
That’s double the podcast. Twice the podcast. 100% more podcast, every week. You lucky people.
The Totally Football League Show will now switch to Mondays, while on Thursdays you will now be able to listen to The Totally Football League Show: Extra-Time.
Both shows will be delivered down the same Totally Football League Show feed, so there’s no need to subscribe to anything new. Unless you aren’t already subscribed, in which case – subscribe here.
And even better than all that, the new show will be presented by your friends and ours Ali Maxwell and George Elek.
“As listeners might know we’ve had the Going Up, Going Down podcast with The Athletic for the last year or so,” said George, “and we’re delighted that show will be becoming The Totally Football League Show: Extra Time, every Thursday.
“There will be lots of the same stuff we were doing previously. We’ll be looking at teams in focus, we’ll be interviewing key personnel from players, managers and fans from all the leagues. But crucially on Thursday this week we’ll be doing our preview for Leagues One and Two.”
And as a small sneak preview of that preview show, here’s what the boys think will be happening in Leagues One and Two.
“In League Two, we’re both aligned on Salford City,” said Ali. “There are two heavy favourites with the bookmakers: Salford and Bolton Wanderers, but I think both of us feel – and we’ll go deeper on this on the podcast this week – that going all-in on Bolton with just a complete revamp of the playing staff and management staff just seems a bit too early.
“Salford had their first season in the Football League last season and were pretty solid, got stronger as they grew into the season, and a lot of it comes down to transfer business. They’re able to attract League One-quality players.”
League One, however, is less clear cut.
“It’s a curious case because normally you have three strong sides coming down from the Championship,” said George, “but this season those three don’t look in great shape. Obviously Wigan’s issues have been well-documented, Charlton are still hoping for a takeover soon but they’re operating under an embargo at the moment, while Hull had such a torrid end to last season so don’t come down looking in particularly good shape.
“Which means it’s probably the likely lads from last year: Peterborough, Sunderland, Oxford, Fleetwood. The teams that were in and around the playoffs but didn’t quite get promotion.”
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