Bluemoon Podcast


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Episodes

  • 9.10 - Filthy, 13/10/2017
    Sam Roscoe is back in the studio for the return of the domestic football - and he's joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Paul Hirst from The Times to look ahead to Manchester City's games against Stoke and Napoli. We're looking at how the international break could have affected City, with their players travelling further than anyone else, while we're also asking how City can continue their fine start to the season. David Mooney's taking a trip down Memory Lane to look at City's last home meeting with Napoli - and their first ever Champions League game - and Howard Hockin assesses the feeling of apathy towards international football. Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi are drawing the plaudits, while we also consider how likely Sergio Aguero is to be involved in matches this week. We round off the show with a question of who City's best 'bargain' signing has been.
  • 9.9 - Death by a Thousand Cuts, 06/10/2017
    After a cracking win at Stamford Bridge, David Mooney is joined in the studio by Paul Atherton and the Manchester Evening News's Simon Bajkowski to discuss the details of the performance against Chelsea. We analyse the display, looking at how Pep Guardiola pinned Antonio Conte's team back, and the roles given to Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. We look at the impact that Ederson is having on the defence, along with the improvements to Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, while Fabian Delph is singled out for his recent showings. The team discuss the impact of Sergio Aguero's crash in the Netherlands, while we re-open the club vs. country debate as eyes turn to whether Vincent Kompany will feature for Belgium after missing all of his training sessions since the last international break with injury.
  • 9.8 - Mavericks, 29/09/2017
    It's getting all too easy for Manchester City this season, isn't it? Well, there's nothing like a reality check in the form of a dangerous Chelsea side to come to really test the mettle. This week, Sam Roscoe - along with Goal.com's Sam Lee and ESPN's Jonathan Smith - are on hand to discuss the talking points from the last week and look ahead to that trip to Stamford Bridge. We're assessing the damage Benjamin Mendy's injury could have on the team, lavishing praise on the defence, looking at Sergio Aguero's penalty taking record, and discussing where Fabian Delph can fit in after his duo of excellent displays. We hear the second part of our exclusive interview with Joey Barton, as he discusses coming through at City and the incident with Ousmane Dabo, and Howard Hockin explains why he should be the club's next owner. We also squeeze in some time to discuss queues and cast an eye ahead to the trip to Chelsea.
  • 9.7 - Pocket Rocket, 22/09/2017
    Did Manchester City put in their best ever Premier League performance in the 6-0 win at Watford? David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and the Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan to discuss the display at Vicarage Road. We discuss whether the Blues are shaping up in this unbeaten start to the campaign better than in the last one and work out just why the recent performances against Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been so controlling. We lavish praise on Sergio Aguero - how couldn't we? - after a phenomenal week, and we're looking at his growing partnership with Gabriel Jesus. We also assess the victory in the League Cup at West Brom and discuss the Claudio Yacob challenge that left Ilkay Gundogan in a heap. We ask what's happened to Yaya Toure and whether this is the turning point for the defence without Vincent Kompany. We look at how the 6-0 at Watford became City's biggest ever Premier League away win - and the three 6-1 games it knocked into second place - and we're catching up with former City midfielder Joey Barton in the first of our two-part interview - he's explaining about being sent off in two famous City comebacks.
  • 9.6 - Get the Next Cab, 15/09/2017
    After a week of big wins and talking points, Sam Roscoe is joined by Josh Garside and ESPN's Jonathan Smith to discuss all the ins and outs from the victories over Liverpool and Feyenoord. Was it right that Sadio Mane saw red for his challenge on Ederson? How are Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero looking as a partnership? How much is Kevin De Bruyne settling into this City team alongside David Silva? All those questions - and more - are given answers in this week's show. We look at the importance of City's full backs, with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker both now in the team together following injury and suspension, and we're assessing where the Blues are in the Premier League ahead of the visit to Watford. We preview the League Cup tie at West Brom and look at the Champions League picture, as Pep Guardiola's team sit pretty in their group after a 4-0 win in Rotterdam. Former City defender Colin Hendry speaks to David Mooney about his time at Maine Road and Howard Hockin takes on Gary Neville. On top of all of that, we're also wondering what's happened to Yaya Toure.
  • 9.5 - Dad Opinions, 08/09/2017
    David Mooney is joined by Kieran Clarke and, from Yahoo Sports, Richard Burns, as we look ahead to City's next big test of the 2017-18 campaign. We're previewing the upcoming match with Liverpool, asking how Pep Guardiola should set up to be able to cope with the visitors' attack and to maximise his own side's threat. We're analysing City's previous form at home to Liverpool - and it's actually not as bad as you'd think - and we're wondering if there's a mentality problem which is leading to such a poor record in the big games. Paul Senior from The Anfield Wrap podcast joins us to give us their POV ahead of the game, and we're also previewing next week's match with Feyenoord. Pete Liggins has been trawling the history books to find out how well City have done against Dutch teams in the past, and we squeeze in some talk on whether the Blues need more bite in their midfield.
  • 9.4 - Doing a Rubik's Cube, 01/09/2017
    After an eventful week on and off the pitch for Manchester City, Sam Roscoe is joined by Josh Garside and Richard Burns to discuss the events of the last seven days. We're assessing the performance in the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth - were the away team good and deserving of all three points, or did they get a little lucky in the win? We're looking at Raheem Sterling's red card and asking whether or not the winger was at fault or if it's the laws of the game that need to change. David Mooney's been casting his eye over City's performance in the transfer market, while we also discuss the major talking point of the summer window and how the Blues failed in their bid to bring in Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Howard Hockin gives us a crash course on being an In The Know social media user, and we also discuss the stewarding of Premier League matches.
  • 9.3 - Cold Noodles, 25/08/2017
    David Mooney is back in the studio with Gaz (@burnagedaydream) and Goal.com's Sam Lee to discuss the talking points from City's week. Was it a point gained or two dropped in the 1-1 draw with Everton? Should Ederson have kept out Wayne Rooney's shot? We analyse the match, including a ridiculous red card for Kyle Walker and the impact that Raheem Sterling had from the bench. We catch up with Willie Donachie, as he discusses his return to the club in 1997 in the second part of his interview, and we react to City's draw in the Champions League, asking how well the Blues could do in this season's competition. We're discussing whether Pep Guardiola should stick with his 3-5-2 formation for the trip to Bournemouth and we celebrate a decade since the takeover of the club by Thaksin Shinawatra by speaking to for City CEO Garry Cook, ex-boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Manchester football historian Gary James. We also look in on the the new Tunnel Club and discuss City's off-the-field relationship with the fans.
  • 9.2 - Hand of Jesus, 18/08/2017
    After a solid 2-0 victory over Brighton, Sam Roscoe is joined by David Mooney and Kieran Clarke to discuss the talking points from the opening match of the new campaign. We look at the new system, whether or not Guardiola has become a little more cautious in his set-up, and how well Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero could work together. The panel assess how much City have matured since last season, while we also catch up with former Blues defender and assistant manager Willie Donachie to find out more about his time at the club as a player. The game with Everton gets a going over, as City prepare for their first home tie of 2017-18 - and Howard Hockin discusses a pragmatic Guardiola and just how to shed the small-time mentality. We also discuss the potential transfer of Jonny Evans, as we take some listener questions.
  • 9.1 - Why Choose to Lose your Hair?, 11/08/2017
    David Mooney is back in the studio, alongside ESPN's Jonathan Smith and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports. The team discuss how Manchester City have got on throughout pre-season - looking at changes in the style of play, a new formation, and how the new signings have settle in. We're looking ahead to the first game of the season with Brighton, and at City's record against the newly-promoted sides when meeting them in the first month of the season. We review the tour of the USA and we tackle some pressing issues from the summer, such as who's staying and going in the final weeks of the transfer window, how the youngsters may or may not fit in after their performances in the States, and whether there's been a problem with the way City have been reported over the last couple of months.
  • 8.43 - Letting In Shots (Live Show), 02/06/2017
    For the season's big finale, David Mooney and Sam Roscoe are joined by a live audience at Gullivers in Manchester - as they and the panel discuss the ins and outs of the 2016-17 season. Richard Burns, Paul Atherton, Sam Lee and Macca (The Paris Angel) are all on the panel, as we analyse just how Pep Guardiola did in his debut campaign at Manchester City. We comment on the style of play, and whether the Blues are close to what the manager expects. We look at the renaissance of Yaya Toure and Willy Caballero. We sing our praises for David Silva and discuss the goalkeeping situation with Joe Hart and Claudio Bravo. And, as we cast our eyes forward to next season, we're looking at the transfer business City have already completed, plus the areas they need to strengthen in order to make a success of 2017-18. We finish by taking some questions from the audience, covering referees, the youth academy, and the club's connection with the fans.
  • 8.42 - Plays in his Slippers, 19/05/2017
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Paul Atherton and Goal.com's Sam Lee to talk through the penultimate week of the season for Manchester City. Wins over Leicester and West Brom have pretty much sealed a top four finish for the Blues - but should did City finally get the rub of the green against the Foxes? We analyse the talking points, from offside goals to penalty misses, from both of the last two matches. We're saying a fond farewell to Pablo Zabaleta, as David Mooney takes a look at the Argentinian's career at Eastlands since 2008, and we ponder who can fill his boots as both a right-back and a leader at the club. Howard Hockin is asking if football is fair, while we also cast our eyes forward to Sunday's final match of the campaign at Watford. Can City get the victory they need to secure a third place and avoid that pesky Champions League playoff? We're also dissecting Pep Guardiola's comments on whether he'd have been sacked at a 'big club', we look at Sergio Aguero's excellent performances and consider his future at the Etihad, and we're asking how the club can get fans to stay until the end of matches.
  • 8.41 - Intangible, 12/05/2017
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Jonathan Smith from ESPNFC to discuss Manchester City's thumping 5-0 win over Crystal Palace. We're analysing the performance, asking what the future will hold for Vincent Kompany after his longest run in the team since 2015, and we look at the excellence of David Silva. David Mooney speaks to Manchester City Women's manager Nick Cushing ahead of his side's FA Cup Final with Birmingham Ladies on Saturday evening, while we look ahead to matches with Leicester and West Brom. Howard Hockin is looking at levels of hypocrisy in football and the ills of the game, while we also squeeze in some discussion on Pablo Zabaleta's future, what success in 2017-18 would look like, and the players that City currently have out on loan.
  • 8.40 - Boiled Frogs, 05/05/2017
    A 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough gets the analytic treatment from host David Mooney and guests Richard Burns and Howard Hockin. Did Leroy Sane dive to win the penalty or was it a clever piece of play? How about Guardiola's system - did a switch to a back three to get both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero into the team cause the majority of the first half problems? We attempt to provide some answers. We're also looking at Manchester City's away record this season, as the Blues get their best ever points haul on the road in the Premier League, while we also assess how well the club has done in the transfer market since first winning the league in the Sheikh Mansour era. With an average two per cent season ticket rise for next year, we're also asking if the increase is right and can be justified - and giving our thoughts on the impact it has on the supporters in the stadium. We also squeeze in some time to talk about the future, as Jesus Navas is offered a contract extension as a back-up right back.
  • 8.39 - Underpants Over his Head, 28/04/2017
    After a Manchester derby bore draw and a disappointing result in the FA Cup semi-final, David Mooney is joined by Goal.com's Sam Lee and Gaz, Twitter's @burnagedaydream, to discuss Manchester City's week. We're asking if the Blues have had a run of bad refereeing calls in the big games, including in the extra time defeat at Wembley, and we're looking at how Pep Guardiola's side weren't able to cope when the better teams have sat deep to defend. We pick the bones out of the (few) talking points from Thursday's game - finding out who's better off with the point. Elliot Eastwick asks if the manager's first season has been a failure or not, while we also look ahead to the match with Middlesbrough on Sunday. Howard Hockin's looking at the City fans at Wembley, the atmosphere at the Etihad, and how the sport is run. We also squeeze in some talk on Vincent Kompany's return, Sergio Aguero's performances, and on video technology.
  • 8.38 - Paroxysm of Nature, 21/04/2017
    After a cracking win at Southampton, Sam Roscoe is joined by ESPN's Jonathan Smith and the Manchester Evening News's Stuart Brennan to look through a vintage Manchester City performance on the coast. We're talking Vincent Kompany's return and what he means for the Blues' defence. We analyse City's attacking threat and how much Sergio Aguero has been moulded into the sort of striker Pep Guardiola would like to see. We're looking ahead to the FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal and how the manager can make it nine wins out of the last nine at this stage of the competition - as David Mooney takes a look at the club's excellent record when down to the final four. There's also a Manchester Derby on the horizon, so we're speaking to Shaun Goater, Trevor Sinclair, Ian Bishop, Sven Goran Eriksson, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jon Macken and Gerrard Wiekens about their impressive displays against United in the past. We also take your questions on Ask The Panel.
  • 8.37 - Talk of his Testicles, 14/04/2017
    Sam Roscoe looks back on a solid victory against Hull and how it's affected City's position in the race for the Champions League - with the help of Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Simon Bajkowski from the Manchester Evening News. We also take a look at City's record against the top four so far this season and whether or not it's improved based on performances and results. Claudio Bravo is under the microscope again after another error in goal, while we look at the club's defence in John Stones and Vincent Kompany. Fabian Delph has come waltzing back into the team and done his chances of staying around no harm, so we look at how he's fitting into the midfield. We assess how Guardiola is changing City's style and whether or not it's working, based on that second goal against Hull, while we throw forward to the match with Southampton on Saturday. Howard Hockin tackles video technology. We also ponder why Raheem Sterling didn't get a PFA award nomination.
  • 8.36 - The Animal Sanctuary, 07/04/2017
    After a disappointing end to Manchester City's run of crucial games, David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and, from the Manchester Evening News, Alex Porter - to discuss where it went wrong for Pep Guardiola's side at both Arsenal and Chelsea. Do the Blues have a soft underbelly in the big games and why do they find taking chances so difficult? The defence is analysed too, as it becomes clearer that there are deep problems in that arena, with Jesus Navas starting at right back. We analyse where Vincent Kompany's future might lie as he came through 90 minutes for the first time in a couple of months, while BBC Sport's Will Perry discusses the shape of City's season so far. We look ahead to a now crucial tie with Hull and we also discuss whether or not City fans expected too much of Guardiola from when he joined the club.
  • 8.35 - Turd in a Bowtie, 31/03/2017
    Sam Roscoe tries to keep control over ESPN's David Mooney and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports, as the panel look ahead to the crucial matches with Arsenal and Chelsea in what could be a hugely important week for Manchester City. We catch up with Man City Women's latest superstar signing, Carli Lloyd, and get her thoughts on women's football and the move to Manchester from the USA. Howard Hockin is talking us through his reasoning why City fans shouldn't have to apologise for enjoying their team's on the pitch success. And we take your questions in Ask The Panel - discussing Raheem Sterling's impact and the youth set-up at Eastlands.
  • 8.34 - Joe Public, 24/03/2017
    After the thrilling 1-1 draw with Liverpool, David Mooney is joined by Goal's Sam Lee and, making his Blue Moon Podcast debut, the Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan to discuss the issues of Manchester City's week. What lessons were learnt from the match with Jurgen Klopp's side? Were City unlucky not to be given a penalty and should Yaya Toure have been punished further for his sliding challenge on Emre Can? We dissect the performance of Willy Caballero and analyse how he fought to become City's first choice in goal. We also take a look at John Stones' resilient displays in recent weeks and discuss the boos aimed at James Milner - were they justified or were they tit-for-tat? On top of all that, we speak to sports lawyer Jake Cohen from Mills and Reeve to discuss how Brexit could affect City as the UK prepares to leave the EU and James Cooper from Sky Sports News gives his thoughts on how City are shaping up this season. We manage to squeeze in some thoughts on transfers and the crucial weeks to come.
  • 8.33 - Narratives, Narratives, Narratives, 17/03/2017
    David Mooney is joined by City fans Kieran Clarke and Josh Garside to discuss where it all went wrong in the Champions League, as the club exits at the last 16 stage for the third time in four seasons. How did a two-goal lead get wiped out so easily by Monaco and where does Pep Guardiola go now with his side's defensive issues? And how about the attack - how does he get them to take the chances they create? The panel do their best to analyse the current situation. We also take a look at whether City have progressed in the Champions League, despite Guardiola's insistence that they are still "young" in the competition, while the FA Cup picture is assessed, as City eased past Middlesbrough into the semifinals. David Mooney takes a look at the impact Yaya Toure has had at City both on and off the pitch, while Howard Hockin discusses the away goals rule and Kevin De Bruyne's recent form. We also find time to squeeze in some previews of the match with Liverpool on Sunday.
  • 8.32 - Turbocharged, 10/03/2017
    Ahead of another week in the cups, David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and the Manchester Evening News's Simon Bajkowski to discuss Manchester City's contrasting fortunes in their 2-0 win over Sunderland and 0-0 draw with Stoke. Has that midweek stalemate blown their chances of the title or are Chelsea still catchable? Sam Roscoe analyses a new defensive record set by City's victory at the Stadium of Light - as the Blues have five away clean sheets on the bounce for the first time in their history. We look ahead to the crucial week in the FA Cup, as Pep Guardiola's side travel to the Stadium of Light, and what promises to be another thriller in the Champions League, as the club takes a two-goal lead to Monaco. Just how vital will that be, in light of the French team's three away goals? Ian Irving from Premier League TV speaks about the progress City have made under Guardiola so far and we discuss the manager's comments about wanting more English players as we take some listener questions, too.
  • 8.31 - Keeping it PG, 03/03/2017
    With Manchester City safely through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, David Mooney is joined by Yahoo Sports writer Richard Burns and Twitter maestro John Hay to discuss the week. We take a look through all of the talking points from the 5-1 win over Huddersfield - including handbag decisions (or not), City's front three of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero, goalkeeping errors, and cheers for Claudio Bravo saves - and assess where the side is looking at the bigger FA Cup picture. Sam Roscoe assesses where Kelechi Iheanacho is in Pep Guardiola's thinking after getting just ten minutes, but still finding the net, against Huddersfield, while we catch up with The Sun's Martin Blackburn to get his thoughts on the season so far. We also preview the coming matches with Sunderland and Stoke.
  • 8.30 - Nought to Sixty, 24/02/2017
    Holy hell, what a week it's been for Manchester City! David Mooney is back in the host's chair and he's joined by ESPN's Jonathan Smith and Goal's Sam Lee to work out what on earth happened in City's 5-3 win over Monaco. We analyse the Champions League picture, while we also look at the quality in attack on show in Europe - and the lack of it in the defence. We hear from penalty-saving goalkeeper Willy Caballero, in-form attacker Raheem Sterling, and defender John Stones following that victory, while we also assess how Guardiola approached the game (and how he's likely to approach the second leg). The panel tries to work out if City are looking far tougher mentally, especially in Europe, while Sam Roscoe looks back at some FA Cup replies to remember in recent years. We discuss Sergio Aguero's changed game, we look ahead to the coming FA Cup tie with Huddersfield and Howard Hockin gives us his thoughts on how the club is performing in the Champions League. On top of that, we squeeze in a little bit of time for your questions, too.
  • 8.29 - Death Threats, 17/02/2017
    Sam Roscoe chairs the discussion between Howard Hockin and Paul Atherton, as the team look back over Manchester City's week. The panel assesses City's performance in the 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, asking what impact Willy Caballero is having in goal over Claudio Bravo - and working out how City's attack has looked so much more dynamic in recent weeks. We save the plaudits for Leroy Sane, while we discuss the impact of Gabriel Jesus's injury with Sergio Aguero looking ready to prove himself once again. David Mooney looks at City's record in the Champions League knockout stages ahead of the tie with Monaco, and we preview the coming FA Cup tie with Huddersfield. We squeeze some time for you questions in Ask The Panel, too.
  • 8.28 - Rent-a-Quote, 10/02/2017
    Sam Roscoe is in the studio with Goal.com's Sam Lee and Typical City's Dan Burke, discussing Manchester City's week. They analyse the last-gasp win over Swansea and assess the impact that Gabriel Jesus is having. But where does that leave Sergio Aguero in the future? Is his place at the club in doubt or is it all being blown out of proportion? The panel weigh in on the debate. We also look ahead to the coming match with Bournemouth and hear about a record City could break on Monday night. The boffins from Football Manager explain how their match engine predicts the season will end, while Howard Hockin is taking on media narratives and how easily they're built. We also have time to squeeze in some discussion on Willy Caballero and whether Yaya Toure should get a new contract.
  • 8.27 - Skip on Wheels, 03/02/2017
    Two great victories are the meat and drink for host Sam Roscoe and his guests this week. He's joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Jonathan Smith from ESPN to discuss the wins against Crystal Palace and West Ham. We ask what role Gabriel Jesus will play and where Sergio Aguero will fit into the team in the future. And what does Willy Caballero's start over Claudio Bravo mean for the club, as Pep Guardiola dropped his goalkeeper? There's also a lot of excitement in the studio about the club's front three of Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. We look back at some of City's Brazilians of years gone by with David Mooney, while Sam speaks to Andy Lawson from Radio Yorkshire to find out more about City's FA Cup opposition, Huddersfield Town. We look ahead to the match with Swansea.
  • 8.26 - Insidious, Malicious and Vicious, 27/01/2017
    After the 2-2 draw with Tottenham, David Mooney is joined by Paul Atherton and Yahoo Sports writer Richard Burns to discuss all of the week's talking points. We ask what Raheem Sterling needs to do to get a foul these days, after four incidents in six days where he's not been given the decision he should have been. We examine the style of play in the draw with Spurs, looking at how City put in one of their most entertaining displays in months - however, should we be concerned about the number of chances the team are missing? Sam Roscoe catches up with ex-City midfielder Lee Croft to get his memories of his time with the club, while we look ahead to the FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace and the Premier League game at West Ham. Howard Hockin asks if City are getting more bad decisions than good ones.
  • 8.25 - Transatlantic Podcast, 20/01/2017
    In a Blue Moon Podcast first, Sam Roscoe and Typical City's Dan Burke link up with the American Cityzens podcast team, Josh Webb-Thomson and Grey Papke, to discuss Manchester City's week. A 4-0 loss at Everton is analysed, as the panel try to work out how City can improve and just what's causing the defensive issues - is the just the goalkeeper or are there other issues at play. Ex-City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver chats to Sam about Claudio Bravo and how he can improve his game, while David Mooney visits Elliott Fernandez and his mum Beverley, as they try to raise the £100,000 they need to get the former City ball-boy to Germany for treatment on a very rare form of cancer. We look ahead to the visit of Tottenham and try to work out how Pep Guardiola's side can stop Spurs in their tracks - if it's at all possible. We also discuss Kelechi Iheanacho, Gabriel Jesus, and players from the youth set-up.
  • 8.24 - Donald F. Duck, 13/01/2017
    It's never a quiet week in the life of Manchester City - and David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Sam Lee from Goal to work out what on earth has been going on at City. A 5-0 win over West Ham in the FA Cup gets analysed to within an inch of its life, while the team also assess City's recent form and defensive solidity. We look at Yaya Toure and his future, we appreciate David Silva's influence on matches, and Raheem Sterling is really coming into form - so we look at the impact he's having on the squad. Sam Roscoe's been looking at City's previous January transfers, while we look ahead to the game with Everton and explain why it looks like the fans may have to wait to see Gabriel Jesus. Howard Hockin is revolutionising the FA Cup, while we squeeze in thoughts on the anti-doping charge City are facing and Bacary Sagna's ban for his Instagram post. Not one to be missed!
  • 8.23 - Perhaps, Possibly, Maybe, 06/01/2017
    It's been an interesting week for Manchester City - and Sam Roscoe has enlisted the help of ESPN's Jonathan Smith and our very own Howard Hockin to pick the bones out of everything that's happened. It's been a tough time for Pep Guardiola, who was clearly grumpy after the win over Burnley and the loss to Liverpool - the panel work out why and go through the talking points of those games. Is there a discipline problem at the club with the seventh suspension of the season with Fernandinho's third red card in six games? We try to get to the bottom of the naughty behaviour. It's also Guardiola's debut in the FA Cup, so David Mooney's been looking back at previous managers' first seasons in that competition, while we also discuss what impact Gabriel Jesus will have now he's arrived and we ponder on potential January signings.
  • 8.22 - Like a Crab, 30/12/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Paul Atherton for a festive podcast - as they look back over the 3-0 victory at Hull. We analyse City's attack and focus on Raheem Sterling's influence to the forward play. We also look at the rejuvenation of Yaya Toure and his input into City's recent upturn in form. We catch up with The Anfield Wrap to assess Liverpool's season, ahead of the fixture on New Year's Eve, while the panel also cast their eyes forward to that match and the game with Burnley less than 48 hours later. Howard Hockin talks us through the highlights of 2016, while the role of social media for footballers is looked at.
  • 8.21 - Fistpumping in the Bathroom (Christmas Special), 24/12/2016
    David Mooney and Sam Roscoe have gone down to the pub for a festive special. Joining them at the table are Howard Hockin, Dan Burke, Paul Atherton and Richard Burns - discussing the highs and the lows of Manchester City's 2016.
  • 8.20 - Nice to be Nice, 23/12/2016
    Ahead of the Christmas period, Sam Roscoe is joined by Howard Hockin and Dan Burke to discuss Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Arsenal. We analyse the roles of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane in the win, as well as Pep Guardiola's tactical switches. The defence gets a grilling after looking much better in recent weeks, while David Mooney takes a look at the role John Stones can play in the new-look back four. We look at City's record in the festive seasons of years gone by, while we also cast an eye ahead to the coming fixture with Hull on Boxing Day. We also find time to squeeze in some thoughts about the shirts for Ilkay Gundogan, referees, and New Year's resolutions.
  • 8.19 - Don't Disagree Too Hard, 16/12/2016
    Sam Roscoe is joined in the studio by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Sam Lee from Goal to discuss an eventful week for Manchester City. In today's show, the panel discuss the injury to Ilkay Gundogan and ask how the Blues will cope without their main midfielders against Arsenal. We assess the performances against Watford and Leicester, trying to work out what went wrong with the defence and asking if the attack can be doing more to put the ball in the net. David Mooney's been speaking to Ligue 1 expert Andrew Gibney to find out about Monaco, following the Champions League draw - and Howard Hockin sets his sights on Stan Collymore.
  • 8.18 - Pep the Romantic, 09/12/2016
    In this week's show, David Mooney is joined by Typical City's Dan Burke and the Manchester Evening News's Simon Bajkowski to discuss and interesting week of everything Manchester City. The team look over the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea - and the melee that followed. We work out what Pep Guardiola is likely to do in the absences of Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero, while analysing whether Nicolas Otamendi has much of a future at the club after a difficult week. We look at the performance against Celtic as the Blues qualify for the next phase of the Champions League, but fail to win again at the Etihad. Football historian Gary James talks us through City's past performances in Europe, while BBC Online chief correspondent Phil McNulty assesses City's season so far.
  • 8.17 - Tearing His Hair Out, 02/12/2016
    Sam Roscoe takes charge of Yahoo Sports writer Richard Burns and ESPN's Jonathan Smith as they discuss the ins and outs of Manchester City's week. The panel mull over the club's fight after a battling performance at Burnley's Turf Moor, while David Mooney assesses the situation against City's title rivals. We look ahead to a tough visit from league leaders Chelsea, and Howard Hockin addresses the criticism of Raheem Sterling. We also get to grips with Pep Guardiola's style, whether or not he's got the players he'd like, and who can replace Vincent Kompany should the Belgian prove he's not up to the challenge fitness-wise. Mix in some dodgy accents and you've got yourself a fun hour of all things City.
  • 8.16 - Only Stones Remains, 25/11/2016
    David Mooney takes charge of the show for another week, joined by Howard Hockin and, from Blue Moon Rising TV, Paul Walsh. They're looking back at Yaya Toure's return to first team duties in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, and just how on earth Fernandinho managed to be sent off during the 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. We talk Vincent Kompany's injuries and Pablo Zabaleta's legs, while we also try to work out what's wrong with Sergio Aguero. David Mooney chats to Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague and Sam Roscoe quizzes ESPN's Jeff Carlisle about New York City FC's first season under Patrick Vieira. We also discuss the idea of introducing safe standing with the next expansion at the Etihad.
  • 8.15 - Going At It, 18/11/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Sam Lee from Goal.com to discuss City's week. The panel take a look ahead to the trip to Crystal Palace and the Champions League tie with Borussia Monchengladbach. Sam Roscoe takes a look at some of City's recent defensive partnerships and we look at what City's best options are at centre-back this season. Howard Hockin's talking tickets, England and John Stones, while we also discuss Jesus Gabriel's arrival and Pep Guardiola's post-midnight sex ban. Certainly not one to be missed!
  • 8.14 - All Cake is Rubbish, 11/11/2016
    With another home draw racked up and with questions beginning to arise about Manchester City's form at the Etihad, Sam Roscoe is joined by Dan Burke and Kieran Clarke to work out if there is anything to worry about. The team look back at the 1-1 stalemate with Middlesbrough and ask where City are going wrong. David Mooney's been looking at Yaya Toure's apology and Dmitry Seluk's refusal to say sorry, while former goalkeeper Carlo Nash chats to Sam Roscoe about his career at Maine Road. We give our progress report of the season so far, too.
  • 8.13 - The Spanish Alan Kernaghan, 04/11/2016
    Will Unwin from ITV Sport and Nick Ames from the Guardian join David Mooney for a look back over the last seven days at Manchester City. The 4-0 win at West Brom gets the analysis treatment, and we look at what Pep Guardiola did to make sure that City were on top of their game against Barcelona to take the victory. How are Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan performing? We give our thoughts. David Mooney also speaks to Alex Williams about 30 years of City in the Community, while Howard Hockin discusses what's made City one of the more enjoyable teams to watch. We also look ahead to Saturday's game with Middlesbrough.
  • 8.12 - Back to Basics, 28/10/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Howard Hockin to discuss City's continuing winless streak, as Pep Guardiola embarks on his worst run as a manager. We discuss the ins and outs of the matches with Southampton and Manchester United, giving thoughts on the boss's style of play, errors at the back, and team selection for the derby. David Mooney's been examining whether City fans should continue booing the UEFA Champions League anthem ahead of the match with Barcelona, while Sam Roscoe looks at City's record on Halloween and Bonfire Night. We also look ahead to matches with West Brom and Barcelona.
  • 8.11 - The Juice is Worth the Squeeze, 21/10/2016
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Typical City's Dan Burke and the Manchester Evening News's Rob Pollard to discuss a week that didn't really go to plan. We consider the impact of Claudio Bravo's red card and ask about when Pep Guardiola needs to be willing to compromise on style. We ask whether Sergio Aguero is an automatic starter after being benched two matches running. And we ponder two missed penalties against Everton and what that's done for the Premier League picture. The team look ahead to fixtures with Southampton and Manchester United, while Howard Hockin demands the manager is given time to implement his changes. Sam Roscoe also chats to Rob Wilson, a football finance expert from Sheffield Hallam University, about City's books, revealed this week.
  • 8.10 - Not Offered a Biscuit, 14/10/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Kieran Clarke to look ahead to Manchester City's week as the Blues get back to domestic action. After disappointing results against Celtic and Tottenham, we ask if there's a so-called "blueprint" to beating City or if that's just an overreaction. We look forward to the games against Everton and Barcelona. Sam Roscoe takes us on a whistle-stop tour of some of City's biggest bogey teams, while ex-defender Danny Granville chats to David Mooney. We also get the panel's thoughts on wifi or 3G bans for players and juniors having to wear black boots.
  • 8.9 - Bertying, 07/10/2016
    Sam Roscoe returns to pick through the bones of City's first defeat of the season. He's joined by Gaz, better known as Twitter's @burnagedaydream, and ESPN's Manchester City Correspondent Jonathan Smith to discuss the impact of Spurs' performance and name names when it comes to City's poor showing. David Mooney speaks to Nick Cushing and Steph Houghton from Man City Women as they make history with their debut in the Champions League, while Howard Hockin takes on punditry in the last seven days. We discuss the quality of City's start to the season and look at defensive options, too.
  • 8.8 - A Woman Scorned, 30/09/2016
    Games against Swansea and Celtic get the critical eye from Sam Roscoe and his guests Richard Burns, from Yahoo Sports, and - making his podcast debut - Will Unwin, from ITV Sport. We analyst the roles of Raheem Sterling and Claudio Bravo. David Mooney chats to former City goalkeeper Geert De Vlieger, while Howard Hockin has been reading Joey Barton's book to give us all the juicy gossip. We look ahead to the tie with Tottenham and assess City's Champions League position.
  • 8.7 - Kept Quiet for 40 Years, 23/09/2016
    As Pep Guardiola makes it nine wins in nine games, David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and Typical City's Dan Burke to discuss the ins and outs of City's play. We touch on how the Blues play from the back and the outside criticism of it, we analyse how City research their opposition, and how direct the team is this season - as we review wins over Bournemouth and Swansea. We discuss the impact of injuries on Vincent Kompany and if he can bounce back again. Sam Roscoe takes a look at Yaya Toure, his agent and their relationship with the manager, while we preview the coming games with Swansea in the Premier League and Celtic in the Champions League. Alistair Mann chats new-look City to Rob Wilson and we pass comment on the new third kit.
  • 8.6 - Cagoules and Strepsils, 16/09/2016
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Paul Atherton and the Manchester Evening News's Rob Pollard to look back over a terrific Manchester Derby victory for City. We ask how far Kelechi Iheanacho can go, we consider the performances of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, and we assess the performance and role of Claudio Bravo. The team looks back over a great win against Borussia Monchengladbach, while throwing forward to matches with Bournemouth and Swansea. We discuss whether John Stones is a future captain, Howard Hockin tackles the weather, while we consider City's influence on sales of Cagoules and Strepsils.
  • 8.5 - Let Down the Hipsters, 09/09/2016
    Ahead of the Manchester Derby, Sam Roscoe is joined by chief football writer at the Sunday Mirror, Simon Mullock, and chief football writer at the Independent, Mark Ogden, to discuss the issues surrounding Manchester City. We discuss Sergio Aguero's ban, Mark Halsey's tweet, and the rivalry between the two clubs. David Mooney speaks to Sid Lowe, Spanish football expert from the Guardian and from The Spanish Football Podcast to get the lowdown on Pep Guardiola's relationship with Jose Mourinho. We also discuss the coverage of City in the press and cast an eye further forward to the match with Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • 8.4 - The Buy To Let System, 02/09/2016
    Sam Roscoe returns with Dan Burke from Typical City and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports to discuss the ins and outs of the last week at Manchester City. The 3-1 win over West Ham gets an analytical eye, while we consider whether Sergio Aguero deserves a ban for his actions in that game. We sing the praises of Raheem Sterling and the assess what's changed in his game. The transfer window is the topic for Howard Hockin, while the team in the studio discuss the ins and outs at the club. David Mooney looks back on Joe Hart's 10 years at the club.
  • 8.3 - 4-and-a-Half Million Instagram Followers, 26/08/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and, from the Manchester Evening News, Rob Pollard, to look back at the week for Manchester City. A 4-1 victory at Stoke provided many talking points - penalties, goals, performances... and we analyse it all. We have reaction to the 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest and what could be Joe Hart's final appearance for the Blues. We catch up with Pol Gustems from Catalunya Radio to explain what Claudio Bravo will bring to the club, while artist Lesley Ross explains why she's drawing every single City goal this season. If that's not enough, we review the Champions League draw and look ahead to the match with West Ham.
  • 8.2 - New Sheriff in Town, 19/08/2016
    It looks like it's all change at City - and David Mooney is joined by Dan Burke and Paul Atherton to try and work out Pep Guardiola's false fullbacks, just how Sergio Aguero missed two penalties and still scored a hat-trick, and how the Blues can get the best of Stoke. Former City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver joins us for a chat about Joe Hart and his future at the club, while Howard Hockin tackles Guardiola's team selections and influence on the squad. We also take a look at the sad passing away of former City striker Dalian Atkinson.
  • 8.1 - Old Dog, New Tricks, 12/08/2016
    As a new era begins at Manchester City, David Mooney is joined by ESPN’s Jonathan Smith and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports to discuss how the Blues are shaping up for the beginning of the Pep Guardiola era. The team discuss pre-season and whether the preparations have been enough, we talk to some members of the press to see how exciting the new manager could be, and we take a look ahead to games with Sunderland and Steaua Bucharest.
  • Looks Like Scunny Next Season, 30/05/2014
    On Sunday 30th May 1999, Manchester City played one of the most important games in their history. Having sunk to the lowest point in their history, the Blues had the chance to bounce back from Division Two at the first attempt when they faced Gillingham in the Play-Off Final. But it almost all went wrong, with City trailing 2-0 as stoppage time approached. Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov scored last minute goals to pull the club level, before they went on to win on penalties. In this special documentary, David Mooney has spoken to every one of the players involved that day and the manager to mark the 15th anniversary of the game.