Graham's Blog

Phil Neville: Spanish passion and Salford soul

Ahead of this summer’s World Cup, here’s another chance to hear my 2016 interview with Phil Neville, the manager of England’s Lionesses.
In part two, Phil describes how he and his family made the joint decision to try a new life in Spain, his love for the Spanish language and the differences between football culture in Spain and Britain. Phil also speaks about his involvement with Salford City FC, a club which he and several others of Manchester United’s Class of ’92 have invested in financially and emotionally.
Truly fascinating stuff.

Phil Neville: In love with cricket, married to football

Ahead of this summer’s World Cup, here’s another chance to hear my 2016 interview with Phil Neville, the manager of England’s Lionesses.
Phil’s first love was cricket – and he played it to a very high standard with some truly great players; in fact, he could have gone all the way in that sport. However, football was where he found fame and fortune at Manchester United. Cricket’s loss has been soccer’s gain. Phil speaks about the values cricket and his parents instilled in him, and how we must strive to nurture toughness and independence in today’s young footballers.

David Weir: Goodison, Gravesen and Big Duncan Ferguson

Ever wondered what it’s like to share a dressing room with big Duncan Ferguson and Tommy Gravesen?
In part two, let David Weir take you into the inner sanctum of the Everton dressing room between 1999 and 2007. Listen to him break down the challenge of playing against the top Premier League strikers of that era and how his greatest test was facing rangy forwards like Freddi Kanoute and Paulo Wanchope. You’ll also hear about David’s take on stockpiling trophies during his spell at Rangers and that unforgettable run to the final of the 2008 UEFA Cup final, where the Ibrox side lost to Zenit St Petersburg.

David Weir: Made in America

As a player, David Weir was bright, he read games brilliantly and his intelligence ensured that he enjoyed a long and successful career. That career, in my eyes, was a boy’s own story.
In this first episode, David claims that he was not good enough for professional football at 18 and so he left for the United States, becoming one of the elite players in the college game. You’ll hear about his experiences across the Atlantic, as well as his time at hometown club Falkirk, and Scottish Cup glory at Hearts.

Jamie Carragher: Glory in Europe

Reflecting on from Liverpool’s epic Champions League win over Milan in Istanbul, Jamie Carragher talks about how it felt to play through the pain barrier against the best team in Europe. He’s great on another historic final – the UEFA Cup win over Alaves, and why Liverpool couldn’t celebrate it. If you want to know more about the myth of ‘continental’ management and what Jamie thinks of recruitment at Liverpool over the last 10 years, then I think you’re going to enjoy this.