How do you pick between Osset Albion and Osset Town? Both are small teams near Wakefield in Yorkshire. They both play at the same level of football. What? Osset Albion has a fantastic pub two minutes from the ground and Osset Town is next to a bus station. Ladies and Gentleman, we have ourselves a winner!

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In the start of a new series Richard Aisthorpe – long-time Sheffield United fan (and my Father-In-Law) brings us his views on a club he has followed since the 80′s. A club that has now gone full circle. I’ll let Richard take up the story…

Ok let’s start with some history. In 1987 I moved to Sheffield and wanted to watch some football ASAP. I went to see Sheffield United play an early season game at home to Northampton in the Third Division (Now League 1). When I got home my wife asked “How was it?” I said “They certainly know where the fucking goals are!” “No need to swear!” she said.

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On the podcast this week I am joined by Charlie Anderson, Chris Mayer and Ethan Dean-Richards. We give our take on how far Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur can go next year. Who will be pushing forward who will stagnate backwards. What do Liverpool do with Steven Gerrard?

Charlie then talks us through the Danish Superliga with four games to go. What has made Champions Copenhagen so good. Who are the players linked with moving away in the summer. The race for the Europa League and 2nd Champions League spot. Also the relegation battle that everyone from 5th place down can still get relegated.

To finish off the show we look back at our favourite moments in the FACup in homage to this weekend’s final between Man City and Stoke.

Link to download the podcast and subscribe and all that jazz!!

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The FA Cup is the oldest cup competition in the world and third round weekend is that magical time where fans of lower league clubs hope and pray for “the magic of the cup”. There will usually be at least one cup upset, and fans either dream that their club can achieve the impossible or fans of big clubs hope just to advance and avoid any potential banana skins.

From watching any of the pre-Cup build up programs that have been shown on British television , you may not have realised but other countries do have cup competitions as well. Just across the channel in France they have a competition similar to the FA Cup, the Coupe Charles Simon or more commonly known as the Coupe de France.

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A quiet pint with fellow blogger Hayden Shaw turned into a mini-Socrates type meeting. Scott Johnston from thefootyblog.net made the 4 hour trip from Glasgow to join Hayden & I in The Library pub in Leeds as we watched the early match between Arsenal and Leeds United.

Between our frantic beer-fueled dicussions that put the football world to rights I was armed with my trusty dictaphone so thought it would be nice to record our pre, during and post match thoughts.

The audio is only five minutes long and I’m sure it will make you laugh if nothing else.

Enjoy

ARSENAL v LEEDS UTD – MINIPOD

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The Third Round of the FA Cup was drawn on Sunday, and before 2nd round ties can be concluded the excitement has already begun to build around West Yorkshire as Leeds will travel south to take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Matthew McKeith explains the history between the two clubs and reasons for the fans to be optimistic.

Leeds United have once again been drawn a mouth watering FA Cup 3rd round tie, away against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Elland Road side famously beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Centenary FA Cup Final back in 1972 with Leeds legend Alan Clarke heading home a 53 minute winner. 100,000 fans packed into Wembley to witness Leeds win their only FA Cup to date.

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So if you’ve read my last piece you’ll know I went to watch the Giuseley v Crawley Town game, well with the score 2-0 to Crawley, we move at half-time to a lovely spot behind the goal thinking that Crawley would be certain to score a couple more goals, get a nice view of them, and who knows we might get on TV.

Well it worked, after Sergio Torres goal to make it 5-0 to Crawley ITV’s camera’s zoom in and you get a clear view of yours truely.

If any more proof is needed, you may notice I am holding a camera, so that’s me taking this picture.

A good day overall, I know it’s really sad to be happy over being on TV but I just find it amusing, so I apologise for a little bit of self indulgence.

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This Saturday saw gibfootballshow losing its virginity in two football areas, my first ever Non-League match and also my first ever FA Cup match, what better way to lose my FA Cup cherry than watching local Blue Square North side Guiseley AFC take on the “Man City of Non-League” Crawley Town, riding high in the Blue Square Premier it was always going to be a tough ask for the home side.

A decent crowd turned up at Nethermoor Park, the capacity later revealed as 1,600 helped in part by the big away support and most likely a few people like myself were just there for the day out. With the minimum expectation just to see a decent match and be entertained an increased ticket price of £12 didn’t seem too steep.

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