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It’s the final episode of the series and Sachin is well and truly going out with a bang given he’s joined for a chat about Brentford by the brilliant broadcaster and podcaster, Natalie Sawyer. Natalie is as engaging as she is eloquent and those traits are fully on show as she talks about the club she’s adored ever since a childhood trip to Brentfor…
 
Trophies, what are they good for? Absolutely nothing. Well, not quite, but they’re certainly not the be-all and end-all of being a Tottenham fan as far as Leon Mann is concerned. Leon is a broadcaster, film maker, campaigner and, as Sachin knows from personal experience, a truly lovely person, and he speaks with typical intelligence and warmth abou…
 
Reply. Retweet. Like. Mute. Block. Yes, that’s right, it’s time to talk Twitter. It’s the social media platform most people cannot stand but are also addicted to, with Sachin very much in that camp. He loves/hates Twitter and is joined by two cracking guests to discuss this most twisted of online relationships - podcaster Laura Kirk and deputy edit…
 
Middlesbrough may not feel like a club that has a rich and interesting history but it absolutely does, and few people have a better grasp of that than the Football Association’s former director of communications, Adrian Bevington. After a quick chat about Sven-Göran Eriksson (naturally), Adrian speaks with clarity and passion about what it’s been l…
 
This episode is brought to you by Sergio Georgini. Yes, that’s right, it’s time to talk about the Swindon (Town) lot. Sachin is joined by sports writer and funny man on Twitter, Declan Taylor, for a discussion about a club that is in perpetual crisis. Or at least that’s been the case for the 25 years or so Declan has supported Swindon and he does a…
 
Stick on your best pair of jeans, have a bevvie and get your rocks off to this banger of an episode as Sachin is joined by Reverend and the Makers frontman, Jon McClure, for a chat about Sheffield Wednesday. What a band Reverend and the Makers are and what a musician Jon is – a high-energy performer who has written some of the best British tunes of…
 
It's a case of friends reunited as Sachin is joined by his pal – and brilliant podcaster – Ash Rose for a chat about Queens Park Rangers. Ash is host of the 'original' 90s football podcast, Alive and Kicking, and, as such, it's no surprise this episode opens with a discussion about the decade when football was at its best. Well, that's certainly wh…
 
It’s back! Yes, that’s right, the start of a new series of FANS is here, and what a start it is as Sachin is joined by BBC journalist Neil Henderson to talk all things Manchester City. Neil is best known for being part of a team of BBC journalists who tweet the front and back pages of the national newspapers every evening and, perhaps not surprisin…
 
It's the final episode of the series and Sachin is well and truly going out with a bang given he is joined by two brilliant podcasters to talk US football fandom; host of the Arsenal Vision podcast, Elliot Smith, and contributor - and host - of the Blue Room podcast, Rob Vera. Elliot and Rob are in typically fascinating, forthright and funny form a…
 
It’s a very different and very important episode of FANS as Sachin is joined by Football Supporters’ Association caseworker Amanda Jacks for a discussion about the treatment of match-going fans by police and stewards. This is a subject Sachin has wanted to cover for a while and he does so with the absolutely ideal person given this has been Amanda’…
 
What’s it like to support a club that has experienced the highs of league titles and European glory as well as the lows of relegation and 9-0 tonkings by Manchester United? To find out you’d need to ask an Ipswich Town fan, and there are few more engaging and entertaining than comedian and writer, Tony Cowards. Tony’s love for Ipswich was sparked i…
 
It's the episode Sachin has been dreading but knew he'd eventually have to do - yes, that's right, it's time for a full-on chat about Manchester United. Fortunately for this podcast's Liverpool-supporting host, he is joined by a wonderful guest to do just that - TalkSport presenter Andy Goldstein. Andy is at his warm and funny best as he reflects o…
 
It's a special episode of FANS as Sachin is joined by TWO guests to talk about Sunderland, and really they're a lot more than that - father and daughter and key figures in one of the greatest periods in the club's history. Well, one of them is ... Malcolm Crosby's story is a brilliant one - the lifelong Sunderland supporter who suddenly found himse…
 
Given the drama and success that has come to define Chelsea in recent decades it was inevitable Sachin would dedicate an episode to the club, and here it is - a chat about the Blues with that most brilliant of guests, David Baddiel. David, of course, is the man who alongside Frank Skinner played a big part in the 90s being such an amazing decade, f…
 
Few clubs have gone through as much as Leeds United have in the past 30 years. From the extreme highs of winning the title and becoming a European force to the devastating lows of financial ruin and multiple relegations; it's been quite the ride for their supporters, one of whom is award-winning audio producer Ed Morrish. Ed speaks with great wit a…
 
Welcome to the first episode of a brand new series of FANS, and what a return it is as Sachin is joined by the magnificent Miles Jacobson to talk all things Watford. Miles, of course, is the man behind Football Manager and there is plenty of chat about the game that defined a generation - great stories as well as insight into the much-needed escapi…
 
It's the final episode of the series and Sachin is going out with a bang given he's joined to talk all things Scotland by the brilliant broadcaster, Kelly Cates. Kelly is in typically captivating form as she reflects on her relationship with the country of her birth and its national team. There is a lot of love there but also some difficult feeling…
 
Hakuna Matata. It means no worries. Why the random Lion King reference? Well, it'll make sense once you listen to this episode in which Sachin speaks to comedian and writer Tom Craine about his love for Aston Villa. Tom's story is a fascinating one; the boy from Bath who became obsessed with Villa during that most glorious of decades - the 1990s, a…
 
Bury's expulsion from the EFL in August 2019 is one of English football's saddest stories and for no one more so than the club's fans, as writer and author James Bentley can testify to. In this episode James, who was born and bred in Bury and went to his first game in 1988, talks about what happened to the club he loved and how it felt like a death…
 
It was inevitable Sachin would do an episode on Liverpool and here it is, a full-on chat about following the Reds with that most brilliant of Reds – writer and author, Kevin Sampson. Over a in-no-way-breaking-Covid-restrictions drink at Hotel TIA, located in the shadow of Anfield, Sachin and Kevin talk about the club that matters most to them, with…
 
GOOOOOOOOLAZZO! Yes, that's right, there's an Italian flavour to this episode of FANS as Sachin is joined by Serie A writer and broadcaster Chloe Beresford to talk all things Fiorentina. The girl from Stockport who became a fan of La Viola via her great grandad playing for Manchester City, Chloe has an incredible story to tell and does so with warm…
 
Sachin hits the road, travelling to The Duke in Wanstead, east London, to talk all things West Ham with Chris Scull, one third of the brilliant 90s football podcast, Quickly Kevin; Will He Score? Over a socially-distanced pint, Chris talks life as a Hammer - how it was a certainty from birth, his memories of going to Upton Park and how the experien…
 
Joining Sachin to talk all things Arsenal is writer, blogger, podcaster and all-round A-star Gooner, Tim Stillman. Tim is in typically excellent form as he reflects on the seismic event that was becoming a first-time father at the same time Arsenal were winning the FA Cup, before discussing the importance of Arsene Wenger during his own childhood a…
 
Welcome to the first episode of a new podcast in which Guardian sports writer Sachin Nakrani explores the experiences and emotions of being a football fan with a range of different and interesting guests. Childhood memories, favourite players and games, present-day highs and lows as well as hopes for the future – it'll all be discussed alongside a …
 
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