Podcast of the Week: Football Cliches

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Adam Hurrey is a Twitter football legend. I’m not sure if that is a compliment or a shudderingly hideous insult, but it’s true none the less. Through his @FootballCliches handle, Hurrey has touched upon the uncanny valley that is real life football resembling computer games, the serious/joke/serious interview style of Frank Lampard and the idiosyncrasies of regional goals programmes. In short, he’s one of us. He played Championship Manager. He owned a Mitre Delta. And he definitely completed a Merlin Premier League sticker album.

Hurrey’s introduction to the podcast world was met with a cautious excitement from myself, Clive. Would Hurrey sound as I expected? Can he do it in a cold, windy studio in Stoke (or wherever the pod is recorded?). The result is mostly a resounding success. While the show still feels in its embryonic stage and Hurrey makes for a slightly awkward presenter (in fairness, I mostly listen to James Richardson so almost anyone would feel awkward in comparison), the football clichés podcast is unique enough to stand out in what is an incredibly crowded field. Closer to Quickly Kevin, than The Totally Football Show, Hurrey’s podcast is clearly a labour of love, and this passion combined with Hurrey’s trademark humour, ensures that the football clichés podcast is an entertaining and compelling listen, Jeff.

It’ll be interesting to see how this podcast evolves as first glance would suggest there is only a finite amount of topics but no doubt Hurrey has plenty more up his sleeve. In a world in which there might be very little actual football happening at all, it will be up to the likes of Adam Hurrey and David Squires to keep us entertained. No pressure lads…

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