The season is here again and while you already know about the giants of football podcasting: Guardian Football Weekly, The Football Ramble, The Sunday Supplement et al; you may not know about a new football podcast that is jam-packed with opinions, insight and inside knowledge.
The Football Quarter Podcast, featuring our very own Chris Shankly and David Fehily, is a weekly football podcast dedicated to discussing the biggest issues concerning both Everton and Liverpool.
So, with this in mind, we thought we’d recap and review some of our favourite episodes thus far – starting with episode one.
“Liverpool, as a city, is known for having so many things going for it: music, culture, architecture – and obviously sport is a massive part of that but, you can’t go anywhere in the city where you can get that holistic history of both clubs,” said Chris Shankly before continuing: “So, what we wanted to do was to create a place where people can go and get that wider, broader perspective on Merseyside history.”
Although Chris was discussing the upcoming football quarter here, he could have easily been describing our new football podcast that shares the same name. “The essence of it is partisan,” added David Fehily.
And so, to the football.
In episode one, David and Chris are relentlessly interesting and chat about everything from Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing style and how he does not deviate from it to Marco Silva and Marcel Brands’ long-term plan for Everton.
Much like David and Chris’ other work, this football podcast is sharp and well informed inasmuch as it is enjoyable.
Episode 2 of our football podcast took place in The Dixie Dean Hotel, specifically in The No.9 Bar and Restaurant, as Everton were at home – and David took no time in discussing Everton’s game against Watford; a rivalry he said had “got a bit out of order at times.”
However, unlike episode 1, David and Chris gave their opinions on the previous weekend’s games, most notably Everton’s draw with Crystal Palace. Prompted by Chris, which shows the blossoming relationship between the two, David nicely summarised the mood of the Evertonians after the game, emphasising the Blues’ “defensive solidity.”
In what was a funny exchange between the two, Chris went on to analyse Adrian’s performance in goal for Liverpool – which sparked the host to say David was having nightmares, referring to the goalkeeper’s heroics against Everton in the FA Cup in 2015.
The dynamic relationship between David and Chris was clear for everyone to see in this episode, as the two rivals looked at home discussing their beloved teams.
Unlike episode 1 and 2, episode 3 saw David and Chris discuss the weekends football without an intermediary – which may have been the reason why they recorded this episode in a private room in The Shankly Hotel and not The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
Nevertheless, Chris began the discussion by chatting about Liverpool’s win against Southampton. He speaks to his co-host about VAR and the changes to offside in a handy 5-minute chunk, while David’s insights on Dominic Calvert-Lewin are not to be missed.
This football podcast episode is football-centric chat at its very best.
Back in The Dixie Dean Hotel, David spoke about Everton missing the opportunity to go top of the Premier League. However, it was how he broke down Marco Silva’s tactics and how he uses his wide men, specifically Bernard and Richarlison, that caught our eye.
Ever the professional, David couldn’t resist mentioning The No.9 Bar and Restaurant when speaking about Dominic Calvert-Lewin and how “if you’re going to wear the number 9 for Everton Football Club, it is prerequisite that you’re able to put the ball in the net on a regular basis.”
There’s a very likeable and knowledgeable tone to this football podcast which makes you realise how insightful Chris and David are.
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The Dixie Dean Hotel provides guests with an unprecedented experience, ideal for overnight stays, watching Everton play as part of our match day package and admiring unseen memorabilia. The hotel is also home to the incredible No.9 Bar and Restaurant, which celebrates Everton’s greatest ever goal scorer.
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