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This week the Byline Times podcast discusses Brexit, Britishness and Empire. Hardeep Mathuru, editor of the Byline Times website and newspaper reflects on the connection her parents felt with Empire despite growing up in parts of the world where they were considered "subjects" rather than citizens. She explains why this led to them voting for Brexi…
 
Adrian is preaching nothing short of a football revolution in this episode, with a Manifesto for English Football, and argues for the creation of what are effectively two codes of the game. He's ably assisted by John Nicholson, author of Can We Have Our Football Back, and blogger Matt Jones from Mitch Cook's Left Foot. Produced by Adrian Goldberg.…
 
As the UK and China drift towards a diplomatic Cold War, what will be the knock-on effect for English football, which has attracted numerous Chinese investors and owners over recent years. Manchester City, Wolves, Aston Villa, West Brom, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Northampton Town and even Manchester City have all seen cash flow in from China…
 
In this episode Adrian and John discuss the plight of Wigan Athletic who have been put into administration without warning after ownership of the club was passed to a company registered in the Cayman Islands. Lifelong Latics supporter Karen Kendrick and Paul Middleton of the Mudhutter fanzine share their thoughts. There is crowdfunder for non playi…
 
Adrian and John are joined by writer Daniel Gray in an appreciation of Scottish football. Daniel is the editor of the Scottish football periodical Nutmeg and wrote a book called Stramash, the story of Scotland through its smaller clubs. And as another gay player comes out AFTER retiring, why can't homosexuality be acknowledged in the mens' game? Pr…
 
For this episode Adrian and John are joined by Alyson Walsh (@fairfloozie) Commercial Director of Fare Share who gives the inside story on Marcus Rashford's successful social media campaign to persuade the government to provide free meals for needy kids over the summer. They also talk to Chris Skudder (@chris_skudder) the former Sky TV and ITV news…
 
Adrian Goldberg and John Nicholson are joined by Tom Walsh from the Wise Men Say podcast to discuss the the future of Sunderland Football Club, amid fears that a pledge to repay £20million in parachute payments - used by the current directors to buy the club from its previous owner - might not now be honoured. At the centre of the controversy are d…
 
Adrian Goldberg and John Nicholson discuss radical proposals by Conservative MP Damian Collins aimed at saving financially ailing Football League clubs in the aftermath of Coronavirus. (The previous episode of this podcast features an in-depth interview with Damian Collins about his plans). Presented by Adrian Goldberg and John Nicholson. Produced …
 
"We may only have a few weeks to save football in this country as we know it” warns Damian Collins MP - who has come up with a radical new plant to save clubs who might go out of business because of Coronavirus. He’s calling for a government backed loans for those in financial distress - but with strings attached. Any bail out must be accompanied b…
 
Port Vale co-Chair Carol Shanahan explains how her club will move forward following the unanimous decision to immediately end the League Two season (apart from the play-offs) because of Coronavirus. The proposal (subject to FA ratification) is that promotion and relegation should be determined by the state of the table at the time of its suspension…
 
35 years on from the Bradford City fire which killed 56 football fans, Adrian Goldberg discusses the lessons learned and the opportunities missed with John Dewhirst, co founder of the Bantams' fanzine City Gent, and an eye witness to the tragedy. In this episode we also investigate claims that the FA is "disrespecting" women's football by declaring…
 
As the Coronavirus lockdown continues the Premier League has launched Project Restart in a desperate attempt to resume playing. Unless the season continues, their continued flow of TV revenue is in jeopardy. Broadcaster Jonny Gould joins Adrian Goldberg to discuss the issues at stake. Meanwhile towards the base of the football pyramid, clubs whose …
 
Should there be rigorous testing of who is a fit and proper person to run a football club? The idea was mooted more than 30 years ago in the Off The Ball fanzine, and in the years since then both the Premier League and EFL have introduced an Owners and Directors Test. Whether it's fit for purpose is another matter. Fans at Charlton Athletic are onc…
 
Some of the wealthiest owners in English football - including Mike Ashley of Newcastle and Joe Lewis at Spurs - have earned criticism for relying on taxpayer handouts to help pay the wages of their non-playing staff during the enforced Coronavirus lay-off. Liverpool also planned to use the UK government's furlough scheme, but have since u-turned fo…
 
In the late 80's and 90's Charlton Athletic Fans organised as a political party to save their clubs and return it to its spiritual home The Valley. In the last five years, they've had to mobilise again, this time to see off Roland Du Chatelet whose eccentric ownership model left the club floundering in debt. Lifelong Addicks fan Dave Thomson, who w…
 
The Democratic Football Lads Alliance describes itself as an anti-extremist group of football supporters with a commitment to raising funds for the homeless and social justice campaigns. But critics say it’s a far right organisation which has an anti-Islamist agenda. Its marches and demonstrations have attracted rival groups of anti-fascists and ha…
 
Calls for a cross party inquiry into claims that a growing number of families are being accused of inventing or causing their children’s illness. It’s called Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and used to be known as Munchausen’s Syndrome By Proxy. It’s a rare form of abuse where parents exaggerate their child’s medical condition – or even cause i…
 
Abbie Bull is 22 and has had serious acne for three years. It got so bad she felt unable to leave the house for fear of being stared at. She developed depression and anxiety but when she went to her doctor for help, she didn’t get it. 5 Live Investigates has learned that thousands who suffer from serious skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoria…
 
5 Live Investigates has seen figures which show a big rise in the number of rapes, sexual assaults and stalking cases involving victims who were targeted on online dating platforms and mobile apps. The programme has received figures from more than half of the police forces in England and Wales which show the number of crimes has more than doubled b…
 
5 Live Investigates has seen new evidence that hundreds of vulnerable children with Special Educational Needs are being injured whilst being restrained by teachers and classroom assistants. Physical and mechanical restraint techniques can be used against children as young as four without schools having to report it to anyone - even parents. But aft…
 
‘I try not to call him. I’ll wait for him to call because he tends not to call me when he’s drunk. He drinks most of the time - a bottle of vodka a day.’ Maria is 25, the daughter of an alcoholic and one of a growing number of young adults who has a parent who’s a problem drinker. The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics has told 5 L…
 
The victims of the most serious crimes who are having to wait longer than ever for the police to turn up. Figures obtained by 5 Live Investigates reveal some of the biggest police forces in the UK are taking almost twice as long to respond to so called ‘grade one’ emergencies as they were five years ago. The programme hears from the parents of a sc…
 
The mums and dads threatened with having their disabled sons and daughters taken into care – accused of inventing or exaggerating their child’s illness. These are parents of children with conditions which are sometimes difficult to diagnose - such as autism spectrum disorder or rare inherited conditions. Some parents claim their council has used ch…
 
5 Live Investigates has discovered three of the UK’s leading supermarkets are misleading customers by selling food which is high in salt or fat in the healthier choices sections of their stores. The British Dietetic Association says the supermarkets are being ‘unhelpful’ and the practise is ‘confusing’ for customers. Researchers visited the top fiv…
 
Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. Many can spend weeks or even months in hospital fighting for their lives. But limited maternity and paternity rights mean many parents are having to return to work much sooner than they would like. The charity Bliss which supports families of premature and sick infants has surveyed mor…
 
Thousands of police officers and civilian staff haven't been vetted since the introduction of strict guidelines in 2006. 36 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales responded to a Freedom of Information request from 5 Live Investigates. But 16 of the forces that provided information said they hadn't performed retrospective background checks on …
 
Alice Franklin is one of 300,000 people in the UK with Tourette’s Syndrome. For 25-year-old Alice, the condition manifests itself in uncontrollable body movements or ‘tics’ – jerking, twitching, punching walls and windows and involuntarily collapsing to the floor. The physical side of the condition is the hardest to deal with and exhausting she say…
 
An investigation by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates reveals problem gamblers are able to continue betting online even when they sign up to a national self-exclusion scheme. More than 50,000 people have signed up to the GamStop scheme which allows addicts to ban themselves from online betting platforms. But 5 Live Investigates recruits the son of a pr…
 
There has been a big increase in the number of vulnerable children being housed alone without live in support. In some cases youngsters have been placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, bedsits and even caravans by the local authorities that are meant to be looking after them. Figures obtained by 5 Live Investigates show the number of young peop…
 
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