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Gaizka Mendieta: Soul Music

Hola!
My interview with Gaizka Mendieta revealed a man whose devotion to artistry on the field of play is matched by his obsession with music. Gaizka describes his conversion to a total footballer at Valencia, his second life as a DJ, and scoring what should be considered one of the best – if not the best – goals of all time. Oh, and he also mentions meeting Lou Reed, the Johan Cruyff of music.
Gaizka, you are a class act.
Enjoy.

Don Hutchison: From Howard’s Way to Walter’s Wrath

Hola! In the concluding part of our interview, Don Hutchison brings the trauma of a relegation dogfight vividly to life, and tells how survival caused a grown man to weep – this time the late, great Howard Kendall. Don also speaks about how the mind games of another Everton manager, Walter Smith, brought out the best in him. Enjoy.

Don Hutchison: The Wembley Wizard

Hola! I recently met with Don Hutchison, a miner’s son from Gateshead whose loyalties lay north of the border. In the first part of this fascinating interview, Don describes how his formative years playing in the local church hall led to a contract with Hartlepool and soon Liverpool. Don talks about his midfield heroes, including Jan Molby and Patrick Vieria, and how he played without fear and with 360-degree vision. The episodes ends with Don describing scoring the winner for Scotland against England at Wembley, a moment that reduced his tough father to tears. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Kevin Kilbane: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

A year ago I interviewed Kevin Kilbane, a man whose insight as a pundit mirrors his intelligence as a footballer. In our second episode, Kevin describes playing with a golden generation of Irish talent, qualifying for the 2002 World Cup… and the infamous bust-up between boss Mick McCarthy and talisman Roy Keane.

Enjoy!

Kevin Kilbane: From Rags to Riches

A year ago I interviewed Kevin Kilbane, a man whose insight as a pundit mirrors his intelligence as a footballer. Born in Preston, Kevin describes his humble background and the no-holds-barred football upbringing on the streets of that town, and his journey from there to the high of being selected for the Republic of Ireland.

Enjoy!