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David Preece: Goalkeeping Greats and the Agony of Conceding

Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with David Preece. For the first time, here’s the full episode.
If watching Neville Southall practice taught David a formidable work ethic, observing the mighty Barcelona train with Víctor Valdés in goal demonstrated what keepers can be in a total footballing side. In part two, David also praises other goalkeeping heroes: Edwin van der Sar, Gianluigi Buffon… and explains how Scotsmen Andy Goram and Jim Leighton were at one time the best if British. You’ll hear about David’s desire that the fear be taken out of football and how awful it feels for a No1 to hear the ball rustle in the net.
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David Preece: Henrik, Hurting for your Craft and Life beyond the Goalkeeping Cliché

Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with David Preece. For the first time, here’s the full episode.
To say I loved chatting with David would be an understatement – and not only because he kept goal for my beloved Aberdeen. David is quite simply one of the most accomplished ex-professionals at writing about the beautiful game, as he succeeds in dragging analysis of the art of goalkeeping beyond the lazy clichés. In part one, David speaks about being on the end of a whirlwind thrashing by a Celtic side which featured the legendary Henrik Larsson, how he broke every finger during his career and how losing a match threw him into a pit of gloom.
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Andrea Orlandi: Your New Favourite Analyst

Hola!

Andrea Orlandi will be the next big thing in broadcasting punditry– you heard in here first.

I adore listening to his analysis of the beautiful game, skills which were honed when he played at Barcelona observing the talents of the likes of Ronaldinho, Deco and Sergio Busquets. Andrea wants to put the viewer in the boots of the player in a given situation. He wants to you to visualise what goes on in the changing-room, behind the scenes.

Andrea’s biggest regret was avoiding a meeting with Pep Guardiola when the now-legendary manager took over the Barca B side, but he never rued snubbing a big-money move to Greece for the Roberto Martínez revolution at Swansea City. Despite the initial culture shock in which he had to get changed in the training ground car park, Andrea and Swansea gained promotion to England’s top flight under Brendan Rodgers. Andrea gives an amazing insight into why Brendan WILL go on to be a Premier League-winning manager, not least because training is such a joy under the Northern Irishman. He’s also brilliant on what makes great punditry and why, and who will win La Liga this season.

You will love this interview with this articulate, charming man.

Graham

Clive Allen: Me and Harry Kane

Like his father before him, Clive Allen played in a great Tottenham Hotspur side, and in part two this prolific scorer shares memories of what it was like being fed by the marvellous Chris Waddle.

There’s also chat about Julian Dicks and getting West Ham promoted to the top flight, starring in the early days of Soccer Saturday alongside George Best and Alan Brazil, and Clive’s affinity for Harry Kane, a player he helped to shape. Oh, and did you know that after he retired from soccer Clive played NFL, for the London Monarchs?

Clive also reflects on the recent sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, and how he had what could almost be described as a premonition that the Special One would one day manage Spurs.

Enjoy

Graham

Clive Allen: The Goalscorer’s Guide to London

Clive Allen’s autobiography Up Front reveals a man who fell head over heels in love with football at an early age. It is little wonder, because he hails from a family of true London footballing royalty, and in part one of this frankly special Big Interview he describes watching his father Les play for Queens Park Rangers in the 1960s. Clive gives us an insight into what the London grounds felt like in those days, the sheer thrill of attending a match.

Clive followed in his father’s footsteps and turned out for QPR where he came across the legendary Stan Bowles. He gives us a sense of how the pitches back then forced you to hone your skills, and how the game wasn’t for the fainthearted.

Clive describes his England debut in a famous defeat of Brazil in the Maracana during which he should have scored with his first touch, what it was like at Chelsea under controversial owner Ken Bates, and why he never regretted taking a punt at playing abroad for Bordeaux, and how the experience transformed him into a wine connoisseur.

Utterly brilliant stuff. I just know you will love it.

Graham