Now, I have gone into every Big Interview knowing that football was going to be the main topic of conversation. But there have been times when I’ve spoken to a guest who talked just as passionately about cricket – so much so, that we have dedicated a special clip show to the sport.
We begin with perhaps the most talented cricketer to have featured among our guests: Mr Phillip Neville. Phil was facing fast balls and yorkers, delivered by some recognised international players, when he was just eight years old. He lived to tell the tale on The Big Interview.
A young Matt Le Tissier was also considered to be a skilled wicketkeeper and a prodigious batsman. He might have made it in the sport had he not happened to be a pretty capable footballer too.
Phil also describes the mental toughness he saw in the Australian cricketers he played with and explains how that helped him in his football career, while Chris Sutton argues that batsman is the most psychologically demanding role in all sport.
And we give the last word to Gary Neville as he pays tribute to the late, great cricket commentator Richie Benaud.
Remember, this clip show episode is available for free but you can listen to it ad free, as well as over 10 hours of other content, by becoming a Socio at www.patreon.com/grahamhunter
LAST week I introduced you to Ledley King during an hour-long Big Interview in which the former Spurs captain talked about about where he came from – the place and the people (including Ashley Cole and John Terry).
The podcast was also about the ties that bind him to Tottenham – his memories of The Lane, the big games he was a big part of, and the players and managers of his era as a Tottenham legend and one of the best defenders in Premier League history.
In this extract, Ledley talks about one of those managers, Juan Ramos, and describes the strict fitness regime implemented by the Spaniard during his reign at The Lane.
But this is only a taster. The full interview is available to Socios (if you haven’t signed up but would like to then click here) and is just one of the exclusive podcasts we have been producing.
In August, our Socios received over nine hours of ad-free content, including:
- The Big Interview with Rafael van der Vaart
- New episodes of The Big Inside View every week
- La Liga Preview Q&A
- Sevilla Match Day Special
- Champions League Special
- Ousmane Dembele Transfer Special
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Welcome to The Big Inside View… Live from Sevilla’s rocking Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. What a game. What a night. What an atmosphere!
At the end of it all it was Sevilla who claimed their place in tomorrow’s Champions League group stage draw… but İstanbul Başakşehir ran them mighty close.
You’re about to listen to my full matchday experience, including…
- My pre-match expectations and what the qualification jackpot would mean for Sevilla
- My live take on the action as it unfolded
- After-match reaction from the mixed zone and my own angle on what happened and what it means for Sevilla
This is a bonus episode for our free audience. We have much more of this kind of content planned, but from now on it will be exclusive to our rapidly-growing army of Socios.
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IN part two of my interview with Slaven Bilic, we discuss the big figures from his past – from players he faced, like Dejan Savicevic and Darko Pancev, to his former Croatia colleague Alen Boksic.
Slaven also takes us back to the 1998 World Cup, when he was part of the Croatia side which lost to France in the semi-finals, as well key moments from his time as manager of his national team.
One of the most enjoyable moments of this interview is when Slaven teaches me something I didn’t know about the Croatian team spirit. You’ll find it interesting, too.
And he talks about the development of Luka Modric from a teenager playing in his homeland into a brilliant footballer admired the world over.
THIS is the first part of my interview with Slaven Bilic, recorded at West Ham’s pre-season camp in Germany.
This interview will leave Hammers fans loving their manager even more than they already do – and will also, I’m sure, have everyone else feeling exactly the same way.
In the first part of this podcast, we hear about Bilic of Croatia, the centre-back of the team so many of us adored in Euro 96 and a side which nearly won it all at the World Cup two years later.
From Boban and Suker, to Boksic and Prosinecki, Slaven talks about all of those wonderful Croatian footballers, and in incredible, colourful detail too.
Slaven is one of the most passionate and insightful guests we’ve had on The Big Interview. I think you’ll agree.