Bluemoon Podcast


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Episodes

  • 7.43 - Mancrush, 19/05/2016
    David Mooney and Sam Roscoe have left the confines of the studio for the final show of 2015-16 and are in front of a live audience at Gullivers in Manchester. They’re joined on the panel by Yahoo Sports and uMaxIt writer Richard Burns, Typical City’s Dan Burke and former City striker Paul Dickov. We take a look back over the last campaign and assess whether Manuel Pellegrini’s time at Manchester City was a success. We preview the coming year and the new era at the Etihad, as Pep Guardiola takes the reigns.
  • 7.42 - Stabbed While Making Toast, 13/05/2016
    It’s a crunch week for Manchester City - but many would have thought the match with Swansea would have been vital for a Premier League title challenge instead of securing a top four place. This week, David Mooney is joined by ESPN’s Jonathan Smith and former City journalist Alex Porter to talk through the 2-2 draw with Arsenal. We take a look at City’s progress in Europe and ask if they’ve made it in the Champions League. We consider the game at Swansea and whether the Blues have what it takes to even qualify for the top European competition next season. Howard Hockin looks at Manuel Pellegrini’s relationship with the fans, while we also catch up with Armani from Manchester City Sierra Leone to find out how they’ve been coping in the devastation caused by the Ebola virus.
  • 7.41 - Ridiculously Meticulous, 06/05/2016
    It was a disappointing week for City, following the 1-0 loss at Real Madrid and the 4-2 defeat at Southampton. City’s top four place now hangs in the balance - so Sam Roscoe is joined by Yahoo Sports writer Richard Burns and Typical City’s Dan Burke to work out where it’s all been going wrong and whether City are in trouble for qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Rob Daly from the official Champions League Podcast chats about City’s standing in the competition now, while David Mooney assesses how likely the Blues are to beat Arsenal given their record against the better teams this campaign.
  • 7.40 - Captain of my Heart, 29/04/2016
    After City’s 0-0 draw with Real Madrid, David Mooney is joined by Typical City’s Dan Burke and Yahoo Sports City reporter Richard Burns to discuss where the result leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the tie. Are they now favourites because of the potential for away goals? Or do Madrid have the edge with home advantage? What effect will the coming game on Wednesday have on Sunday’s match with Southampton? We assess the Premier League picture and the race for the top four (or top three). Sam Roscoe speaks to the PFA’s women’s player of the year Isobel Christiansen and Howard Hockin talks about an important week at the Hillsborough inquest.
  • 7.39 - Round Pegs, 22/04/2016
    It’s a big week for City and Sam Roscoe is joined by ESPN’s Jon Smith and our very own Howard Hockin to discuss all of the talking points from the win over Chelsea and the draw with Newcastle. That’s ahead of crucial ties with Stoke in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals. David Mooney’s been speaking to Spanish football expert David Cartlidge to get some insight into Zinedine Zidane’s side, while Jason Wilcox gives us his thoughts ahead of the Youth Cup Final against Chelsea.
  • 7.38 - Cock-a-hoop, 15/04/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Kieran Clarke and Paul Atherton to discuss a second excellent week in a row! Following the 2-1 win over West Brom and the 1-0 victory against PSG, we take a look at the talking points from the two matches - and consider some players who have played very well after difficult City careers so far. Sam Roscoe looks at whether or not the Blues are coming of age in the Champions League, Howard Hockin takes on media bias, and we cast an eye ahead to games with Chelsea and to Newcastle. We even manage to squeeze in some ticket price discussion.
  • 7.37 - A Turd in the Punchbowl, 08/04/2016
    Sam Roscoe reflects on quite a good week for City, in the company of Richard Burns and Dan Burke from Yahoo Sports and Typical City respectively. We talk about City’s big win against Bournemouth and assess the impact and the talking points of the 2-2 draw with PSG. David Mooney examines the links between City and PSG, while Rob Pollard catches up with Chief Football Correspondent at the Independent Mark Ogden to discuss the Champions League and Pep Guardiola. In all of that, we also look ahead to the tie on Saturday with West Brom.
  • 7.37 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Mark Ogden, 10/04/2016
    Rob Pollard speaks to the Chief Football Correspondent at the Independent, Mark Ogden, to talk Pep Guardiola and the Champions League.
  • 7.36 - Records That Don’t Exist, 01/04/2016
    It’s a crucial week for Manchester City. The Blues face a tough test in Bournemouth in their battle to stay in the top four - and we remember Kevin Horlock’s bizarre ‘aggressive walking’ sending off at Dean Court on City’s last visit there, getting the referee’s side of the story too. After that, it’s a tough task in Paris for the first leg of the tie with PSG. Howard Hockin takes on Manuel Pellegrini and youth progression, and we discuss some of the biggest MCFC news stories of the week.
  • 7.35 - Sand on the Beach, 25/03/2016
    There might be no game for City this weekend, but it’s certainly not a quiet week! Sam Roscoe steers the good ship Blue Moon Podcast, with guests Richard Burns and Howard Hockin, talking over the defeat to Manchester United. David Mooney speaks to Kevin Parker, the general secretary of the City Supporters Club, over the issue of £60 tickets for the match with PSG, and we discuss whether a walk-out would be a good idea. We catch up with Nick Cushing, as MCWFC’s season gets underway with a victory over Notts County.
  • 7.34 - Bad, Bad Football Team, 18/03/2016
    Sam Roscoe takes charge of the show in the week where City specialised in 0-0 stalemates - and he's joined by Richard Burns and Paul Atherton to discuss the talking points from the bore draws. City's title race seems all but over and they're now in a battle to hang on to their Champions League status, especially with another injury to Vincent Kompany. Despite that, the Blues are into the last eight of the European competition. Howard Hockin returns to pour scorn on the week and Rob Pollard catches up with Chief Football Writer at the Daily Telegraph Sam Wallace to talk about Raheem Sterling's impact at Eastlands.
  • 7.34 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Sam Wallace, 20/03/2016
    Rob Pollard talks Manuel Pellegrini, Raheem Sterling and City’s season with the Telegraph’s Chief Football Writer, Sam Wallace.
  • 7.33 - The Early Stages Of A Protection Racket, 11/03/2016
    David Mooney is joined by The Manchester Evening News reporter Rob Pollard and Gaz, @burnagedaydream on Twitter, to talk through the issues of the week. A 4-0 win against Villa puts City’s top four credentials back into line - but where did it leave Wilfried Bony? How is David Silva coping under the burden of all the creative midfield? And what did the win do for City’s title challenge? Sam Roscoe also speaks to Jim Glennie and Saul Davies from the band James about growing up as a City fan, while we look ahead to matches with Norwich and Dynamo Kiev - can City get their first back-to-back Premier League wins since October? We also squeeze in some discussion on ticket prices.
  • 7.32 - Jobs For The Boys, 04/03/2016
    In a contrasting week, David Mooney is joined by Typical City’s Dan Burke and former MCFC Club Journalist Alex Porter, currently with the Huddersfield Examiner, to talk through the highs of the League Cup Final win and the lows of the defeat at Anfield three days later. Is the top four under threat? Can City get back into the title race? Is Manuel Pellegrini’s position even safe, despite Pep Guardiola coming in next summer? We seek to answer all of these questions. Also on the show, Howard Hockin looks at the manager’s decision to start Willy Caballero in the cup final, while Sam Roscoe looks at a previous Wembley penalty shoot-out from 1999. We look ahead to the match with Aston Villa and take your questions too.
  • 7.31 - What Catalyst?, 26/02/2016
    Controversy always reigns at Manchester City and Sam Roscoe is joined by ESPN’s David Mooney and Yahoo Sports’s Richard Burns to debate whether Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to heavily rotate his team for the 5-1 loss at Chelsea was vindicated with the 3-1 win at Dynamo Kiev. We speak to Tony Book, Joe Royle and Dennis Tueart from the 1976 League Cup final - 40 years to the date before City’s meeting with Liverpool at Wembley - to get their memories of the game. We look ahead to two meetings with Liverpool and we catch up with Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap to discuss the cup final.
  • 7.30 - Mud Stains, 19/02/2016
    After a tough week, Sam Roscoe is joined by the Manchester Evening News reporter Rob Pollard and Dan Burke from Typical City to discuss the ins and outs of the defeat to Tottenham. Inspired by Mark Clattenburg’s horror show of a decision, David Mooney’s been looking back at some of the worst refereeing calls made to Manuel Pellegrini’s City. We preview the coming matches with Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively. Howard Hockin explains why the ticket price issue is easy to solve, but wonders why it’s all got out of hand.
  • 7.29 - A Gun To The Head, 12/02/2016
    After a disappointing display against Leicester, David Mooney is cheered up by the Independent’s Chief Football Correspondent Mark Ogden and The Sunday Post’s North West Football writer Adam Lanigan. City haven’t won against the top six this season - Sam Roscoe investigates why that is, while we also take a look ahead to the now crucial fixture with Tottenham. We catch up with Tom Davidson, an analyst at Football Manager, to find out how their simulation has City finishing the season. We also look at who might be in and out of the door when Pep Guardiola arrives and the implications of the FA Cup fixture with Chelsea being played on the Sunday evening.
  • 7.28 - Joe Hart Fan Fiction, 05/02/2016
    David Mooney is joined by Kieran Clarke and Typical City’s Dan Burke to discuss the week just gone - and what a week it’s been. City’s victories over Aston Villa and Sunderland are given the going over, while Paul Dickov speaks to Rob Pollard about Kelechi Iheanacho. Sunday Mirror Chief Football Correspondent Simon Mullock gives his reaction to the news that Pep Guardiola will be in the City dugout next year, while we look ahead to a crucial top-of-the-table clash with Leicester on Saturday. Howard Hockin talks about making history.
  • 7.27 - Pep Talk, 01/02/2016
    David Mooney is joined in the studio by fellow host Sam Roscoe for a Blue Moon Podcast special - as Pep Guardiola is confirmed as taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season. We hear from the Manchester Evening News sports reporter Rob Pollard with his reaction, Joe Crilly from bookmakers William Hill gives us the latest transfer odds following the announcement, and Pol Gustems from Catalunya Radio - and Barcelona fan - explains what City fans can expect to see tactically from the Blues next season.
  • 7.26 - No Rhyme Or Reason, 29/01/2016
    After a rollercoaster week for Manchester City, Sam Roscoe is joined by Kieran Clarke and ESPN’s Jon Smith to talk through throw ins, penalties, how well Raheem Sterling did to keep the ball in, and refereeing decisions. David Mooney speaks to another Jon Smith, who represented Emmanuel Adebayor in his move to City, to find out more about agents’ roles in transfers. We look ahead to crucial games with Aston Villa and Sunderland, and Howard Hockin takes on modern football, those against it and those against those against it.
  • 7.25 - Wise Old Owl, 22/01/2016
    David Mooney is joined by the Chief Football Writer at the Sunday Mirror Simon Mullock and by Yahoo Sports City writer Richard Burns to look back over the week’s news - including a storming 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. We touch on Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta, and we ask how the defence has managed to settle without the captain. Ahead of the second leg of the League Cup tie with Everton, Sam Roscoe reports on how the Blues do in two-legged ties when they’re trailing - and we preview the match with West Ham, too. Paul Lake chats to David Mooney about recurring injuries and the psychological effect that could be having on Vincent Kompany.
  • 7.24 - Electric Blue, 15/01/2016
    With back-to-back clean sheets in the last two games - and WITHOUT Vincent Kompany - Sam Roscoe is joined by Paul Atherton and Jon Smith to discuss the 3-0 win at Norwich and the 0-0 draw with Everton. David Mooney speaks to Adam Carter, the man behind the @StatCity Twitter account, and Howard Hockin takes a look at Manuel Pellegrini's conduct through the speculation that Pep Guardiola will take over from him at the end of the season. On top of that, we also look ahead to Saturday's match with Crystal Palace.
  • 7.23 - Absolute Chaos, 08/01/2016
    For the first show back of 2016, David Mooney is joined by Gaz Medina and the Manchester Evening News's Rob Pollard to look back over the win at Watford and the defeat in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Everton. We take a look at City's poor form in recent FA Cup seasons, how well Eliaquim Mangala and the defence are shaping up and we look at the benefits of Jesus Navas. Rob Wilson speaks to two fans battling chronic health problems to watch the Blues and we analyse the latest Pep Guardiola situation.
  • 7.22 - With The Money We’ve Spent (Christmas Special), 25/12/2015
    It’s Christmas and the team have gone to the local pub to enjoy dinner. David Mooney and Sam Roscoe are joined by Howard Hockin, Paul Atherton, Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to discuss the highs and lows of 2015. Perfect for while you peel the spuds.
  • 7.21 - Look At My Six Pack!, 23/12/2015
    In an early pre-Christmas show, Sam Roscoe is joined by David Mooney and Richard Burns to look back over a poor result at Arsenal - where we ask questions (again) of the defence, of the team’s ability to create and convert chances, and of Eliaquim Mangala and his future with the Blues. We also take a look at the coming Christmas period and whether City have what it takes to get their season back on track - and we examine some festive spells gone by. Sunday Mirror Chief Football Writer Simon Mullock gives us his thoughts on Manuel Pellegrini’s comments about the possible arrival of Pep Guardiola.
  • 7.20 - On His Rocking Chair, 18/12/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Sam Roscoe and Richard Burns to talk through City’s last-gasp win against Swansea. We wonder if Wilfried Bony will ever fit in at the Etihad and whether Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi can settle into the back four. We’re also looking at the Blues’ defence with and without Vincent Kompany, while we look ahead to the match at Arsenal. Howard Hockin talks us through the Champions League draw and we give our reaction to the coming ties with Dynamo Kiev. We also talk through the latest Pep Guardiola rumours.
  • 7.19 - Facemail, 11/12/2015
    It’s been an up and down week for City and we’re here to guide you all the way through it. We take a look back at the disaster at Stoke and analyse what then went right against Borussia Monchengladbach. We speak exclusively to Fabian Delph to find out how he’s settling down in Manchester, while Howard Hockin talks about not writing off City too soon. We look ahead to the match with Swansea and see if Wilfried Bony has fitted in to the squad in his first year.
  • 7.18 - Relax, Baby, 04/12/2015
    As City go back to the top of the Premier League table and are into the semi-finals of the League Cup, David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and Kieran Clarke to discuss the ins and outs of the week. We look at the games against Southampton and Hull, we throw forward to the match with Stoke, and we take a look at City’s record when then come up against their former managers in recent years. We chat to football finance expert Rob Wilson to find out what effect - if any - Sheikh Mansour’s sale of 13 per cent of his stake in the City Football Group will have on the Blues, too.
  • 7.17 - Dragging Us Back Down, 27/11/2015
    Well, what a week that wasn’t! Tactics and selection are the focus for Sam Roscoe as he hosts the show - Richard Burns and Gaz Medina discuss where results against Liverpool and Juventus leave City in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Sam takes a look at City’s worst moments since the takeover in response to Liverpool dishing out City’s worst home defeat at Eastlands ever, while Howard Hockin focuses on injuries. We look forward to Saturday’s match with Southampton.
  • 7.16 - So You’re Saying There’s An Agenda?, 20/11/2015
    David Mooney takes charge of the show, with Paul Atherton and Kieran Clarke, to look ahead at the coming match with Liverpool - how will Raheem Sterling do against his former club and what role will James Milner play coming back to his old employers? We speak to Neil Atkinson from the Anfield Wrap to preview the match, looking at how Jurgen Klopp is settling in Merseyside. We catch up with Tony Griffiths from the Reddish Blues to find out how the supporters’ club in Sierra Leone is coping following the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the country is ebola-free. We take a look forward at the Champions League picture, too, as the Blues prepare to take on Juventus, where a win will confirm them as winners of Group D.
  • 7.15 - Further the Baldness, 13/11/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Rob Pollard and the Sunday Mirror’s Simon Mullock to take a look back at Manchester City’s draw with Aston Villa, despite the lack of goals at Villa Park Manuel Pellegrini’s men remain at the top of the Premier League table going into the international break. Across the pond New York City FC have a new boss, Patrick Veira will leave his role in the City Academy to take over from Jason Kreis. We speak to Jeff Carlisle an American soccer journalist to ask what impact the Frenchman will have in New York. Howard Hockin is also back, this week he’s talking City’s Champions League qualification and Aston Villa fans’ reaction to Fabian Delph.
  • 7.14 - Navas is Bae, 06/11/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to look over a great week for Manchester City. Wins over Norwich and Sevilla mean the Blues are top of the Premier League and safely through to the next phase of the Champions League with games to spare. We take a closer look at Fernando’s improved form for the club, while Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony are put in the spotlight. We look ahead to the coming match with Aston Villa, while Gary James talks about some elements of the MCFC badge that might have some misconceptions surrounding them.
  • 7.13 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Ian Irving, 31/10/2015
    Rob Pollard speaks to Ian Irving from Premier League TV about Kelechi Iheanacho and the managerial position.
  • 7.13 - True Colours, 30/10/2015
    Following a goalless draw with Manchester United and a 5-1 hammering of Crystal Palace, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Paul Atherton to discuss all of the latest talking points: Where does Wilfried Bony fit into the squad? Should Kelechi Iheanacho get more minutes? Are we seeing a different, more pragmatic City under Manuel Pellegrini this season? All the answers are in the show. Plus - Rob Pollard catches up with Ian Irving from Premier League TV to get his thoughts on City’s season so far, we look ahead to the fixture with Norwich, and we speak to a former football league physio about the stresses and strains the game can put on the joints, asking if the Blues have an injury crisis.
  • 7.12 - Chipfat and Vinegar, 23/10/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by David Mooney and Richard Burns to discuss the last seven days of all things City. We look back over a dominant win against Bournemouth, a last-gasp victory in the Champions League against Sevilla, and we throw forward to the coming Manchester derby in the Premier League. We discuss if there are any underlying issues between Manuel Pellegrini and his captain Vincent Kompany or if it’s a case of being on the naughty step. Gary James joins us to speak about the history of the club’s badge - as City announce plans to consult the fans over a new design. Howard Hockin talks about his nerves ahead of the game with United and he casts his eyes over the books.
  • 7.11 - Belly Tickles, 16/10/2015
    As the domestic football returns, Sam Roscoe is joined by Rob Pollard and Jon Smith to look ahead to the coming game with Bournemouth. We’re assessing how City have fared through the international break on the injuries front, with Aguero and Silva being the headline problems - though there are some other names to throw into the pot too. We ask if Wilfried Bony can step up to the plate while the Argentine is injured and if it’s too early to judge him in a City shirt. David Mooney speaks to football finance expert Rob Wilson about the Blues now being in profit after the figures for 2014-15 were released. On top of all of that, we cast an eye to the Champions League and the midweek match with Sevilla.
  • 7.10 - Personally Delivered, 09/10/2015
    In international week, we take a look back at a seven-day spell that probably couldn’t have gone any better for City! David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and The Sunday Mirror’s Chief Football Correspondent Simon Mullock to look back at a fine display against Newcastle. We talk City’s big hitters - Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva - and Howard Hockin looks at a title race, even though it’s still only October.
  • 7.9 - A Relatively Simple Job, 02/10/2015
    It’s been a turbulent week for Manchester City, but David Mooney, Sam Roscoe and Richard Burns are all here to ease you through the choppy waters. We’re looking back at offsides, disallowed goals, set-backs, penalties and goalkeeping displays as we analyse what happened against both Tottenham and Borussia Monchengladbach. Mikkel Bischoff speaks to us about his time at Maine Road, while Sam catches up with MCWFC manager Nick Cushing ahead of their crunch game with Notts County on Sunday - where they could qualify for the Champions League and where they also have a chance of the WSL1 title. If that wasn’t enough, we preview the coming game with Newcastle and we’re talking apathy in Europe too.
  • 7.8 - Me Mam’s Retirement Do, 25/09/2015
    Following a defeat to West Ham and a big win at Sunderland, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to talk through all of the City highlights of the last week. We discuss Sergio Aguero's run of form, how Nicolas Otamendi is settling in, and whether there's a case for hating on Jesus Navas. We discuss the youth policy after three academy graduates made their debut in midweek, while Sam Roscoe speak to Lucy Bronze about MCWFC's title run in and what it's like being in FIFA16. Howard Hockin talks fears and rivalries and we also look ahead to games with Tottenham and Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • 7.7 - Putrid Lime, 18/09/2015
    After City’s first defeat of the campaign, Sam Roscoe is joined by Gaz Medina and Richard Burns to sort through the positives and negatives of the last week. We look back at the last-gasp victory at Crystal Palace and contrast that with the loss to Juventus - asking whether or not the Blues deserved to end their first Champions League tie of the season with nothing. David Mooney’s been looking at some memorable first goals from academy graduates and he’s also been chatting to Rugby World Cup winner and City fan Will Greenwood. We also look ahead to the fixtures with West Ham and Sunderland, and we take a look at the brand new third kit.
  • 7.6 - Players On Finance, 11/09/2015
    The return of the Premier League is the main topic of discussion for host Sam Roscoe and panellists Paul Atherton and Jonathan Smith - who will start at right-back following injuries to Sagna and Zabaleta? Where will Kevin De Bruyne fit in? Will the international break have affected City’s rhythm? David Mooney speaks to the man who is auctioning off the tunnel from Maine Road, while Howard Hockin takes on England and Financial Fair Play. We take a look at how the finances show City are in a very healthy position and we also throw forward to the Champions League match with Juventus.
  • 7.5 - A Tactical Fernando, 04/09/2015
    With an international break on the horizon, David Mooney is joined by Sam Roscoe and Richard Burns to look back at City’s perfect start to the new season. We assess the club’s dealings in the transfer window, with the last-minute arrival of Kevin De Bruyne, and we speak to Jonathan Wilson from The Guardian and The Blizzard to rate City’s chances in the Champions League.
  • 7.4 - Not Too Upbeat, 28/08/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Paul Atherton and Adam Keyworth to talk back through the 2-0 win over Everton. We speak to La Liga expert David Cartlidge from BeIN Sports about the move of Nicolas Otamendi, while we also react to the news that Kevin de Bruyne is set to sign. David Mooney takes a look at City's record over the promoted teams, while Howard Hockin takes on the Liverpool pundits. We also give our thoughts on the Champions League group stage draw.
  • 7.3 - The 9th Win Trophy, 21/08/2015
    Rob Pollard and Richard Burns join Sam Roscoe for our third episode of the new season - they look back at City’s excellent 3-0 win over Chelsea and assess the season so far. We speak to Joe Crilly from William Hill bookmakers, after City’s title odds have been shortened to make them the most-fancied potential league winners at this stage of the campaign ever. David Mooney speaks to former chairman David Bernstein in the second part of our interview, while Danny Wilson gives us the lowdown on the new South Stand.
  • 7.2 - That’s A Big Carrot!, 14/08/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and The Sunday Post’s football correspondent Adam Lanigan to discuss the 3-0 victory over West Brom and to look ahead to the coming match with Chelsea. Former City chairman David Bernstein explains to David Mooney his decision to resign from the board in 2003 and Howard Hockin returns to give the transfer window both barrels.
  • 7.1 - Excessive Smiling, 07/08/2015
    The Blue Moon Podcast returns with a show recorded backstage at City Live. Hosts David Mooney and Sam Roscoe are joined by guests Black Rivers, Alex Williams, Mike Wedderburn, and Mike McClean to preview the coming season for the Blues. David Mooney takes a look at pre-season, while Sam Roscoe speaks to Joe Crilly from William Hill bookmakers to get all of the latest title odds. Steph Houghton also gives us the latest from Manchester City Women, and we hear from both Vincent Kompany and Gael Clichy on how their preparations for the new campaign have gone.
  • 6.41 - A Lesson In Respect, 29/05/2015
    For the final Blue Moon Podcast of the season, David Mooney and Sam Roscoe team up to host the Blue Moon Podcast Live. Recorded in front of an audience at Gulliver’s in Manchester, the hosts are joined by Rob Pollard, Richard Burns, Paul Atherton and special guest and ex-City captain Andy Morrison - with the panel looking back over the highs and lows of the 2014-15 season and looking ahead to the summer and beyond. We discuss Yaya Toure, James Milner and Manuel Pellegrini, we talk transfers and Raheem Sterling, we ask why City’s title challenge didn’t last and we try to solve the Champions League problem. Throw in some musings on FFP and some questions from the audience and you’ve got yourself a bumper end-of-year episode.
  • 6.40 - Tying Up Loose Ends, 22/05/2015
    With second place secured thanks to a 4-2 win at Swansea, David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and Richard Burns to talk about the pressing issues of the week surrounding Manchester City. We look at Yaya Toure and James Milner’s positions at the club and ponder whether they’ll be moving on this summer, while we assess where Manuel Pellegrini stands with his job. David Mooney tries walking football, while Howard Hockin looks at the Raheem Sterling situation and we preview the final match of the season, as Southampton visit the Etihad.
  • 6.39 - A Bit American, 15/05/2015
    As City close in on second place - with that now in their own hands - Sam Roscoe is joined by Jon Smith and Paul Atherton to talk over the 6-0 drubbing of QPR and throw forward to the game at Swansea on Sunday. Gary James talks to us about City title defences down the years, as we try to work out why the Blues can’t seem to hang on to a title and Howard Hockin remembers that Aguero goal three years ago this week.
  • 6.38 - Gold Statues Outside The Etihad, 08/05/2015
    Three wins in a row make the situation for City somewhat more upbeat for host David Mooney and panellists Sam Roscoe and Richard Burns. The team looks back over the 1-0 victory at Tottenham, while Rob Pollard speaks to Martin Blackburn of The Sun about Manuel Pellegrini’s position as manager. We also preview the coming fixture with QPR and remember the 4-1 victory at Blackburn that secured promotion back to the Premier League 15 years ago this week.
  • 6.37 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Martin Blackburn, 03/05/2015
    Rob Pollard speaks to Martin Blackburn from The Sun about the current situation City find themselves in and the future for Manuel Pellegrini.
  • 6.37 - The City Spirit, 01/05/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Gary James and Rob Pollard to look back over the (lucky?) victory over Aston Villa and look ahead to the fixture with Tottenham, while David Mooney takes a look at how City’s form book has changed against Spurs in recent years. We also talk the development of women’s football with Manchester City and England Women’s captain Steph Houghton.
  • 6.36 - More Questions Than Answers, 24/04/2015
    Richard Burns and Macca (The Paris Angel) join David Mooney to look back over City’s win against West Ham and give their thoughts on the coming match with Aston Villa. EDS player Jordy Hiwula speaks to the show about his loan spell at Walsall and Howard Hockin looks at what’s been bugging Blues fans over the last week. We also take a look at how City should reform the squad over the summer and wonder who will be in the manager’s dugout come the first fixture of next season.
  • 6.35 - First Love, 17/04/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Rob Pollard and Richard Burns to mull over what went wrong at Old Trafford - and in the weeks before the derby. Sam takes a look at Aguero’s 100 City goals with some of the British press, while we hear from EDS star and Lille loan player Marcos Lopes. We look ahead to the coming fixture against West Ham and discuss what the future holds for Manuel Pellegrini.
  • 6.34 - Same Old Story, 10/04/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and, from the Sunday Mirror, Simon Mullock, to pick the bones out of the defeat to Crystal Palace. Manuel Pellegrini and Gael Clichy give us their thoughts, while we assess the vulnerability of Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano. We look ahead to the Manchester derby, taking good form at Old Trafford but bad form in general. On top of that, Howard Hockin looks at the season ticket renewals packs.
  • 6.33 - Not Worth 50p, 03/04/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Richard Burns and, making his podcast debut, Blue Moon Rising TV’s Adam Keyworth, to preview the match against Crystal Palace. We also take a look at some of the false starts Manchester City have made this season, while Joe Crilly from bookmakers William Hill gives us the lowdown on the title from their point of view. Howard Hockin takes on the past week of press, too.
  • 6.32 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Richard Jolly, 29/03/2015
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and ESPN’s Richard Jolly.
  • 6.32 - A Really Naughty Thing To Do, 27/03/2015
    Following a 3-0 win over West Brom, David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and Paul Atherton to discuss the ins and outs of the match. ESPN’s Richard Jolly gives his thoughts on Manuel Pellegrini and the jobs done by Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, while we also take a look at some of City’s most memorable comebacks down the years. Sam Roscoe previews the Manchester City Women FC season opener against Birmingham, with manager Nick Cushing and captain Steph Houghton.
  • 6.31 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Henry Winter, 22/03/2015
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and the Daily Telegraph’s Henry Winter.
  • 6.31 - Because We Don’t Believe, 20/03/2015
    It’s catharsis time once again on the Blue Moon Podcast, as David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Paul Atherton to look at two 1-0 defeats - in entirely different circumstances, as the Blues fell to Burnley and then Barcelona. Rob Pollard speaks to the Daily Telegraph’s Henry Winter about what’s happening behind the scenes at City, while we preview the match with West Brom and Howard Hockin wonders if fans should be able to moan.
  • 6.30 - More In Hope Than Expectation, 13/03/2015
    With a trip to Spain on the horizon, Sam Roscoe is joined by Simon Mullock - City fan and journalist with the Sunday Mirror - and Pol Gustems, a Barcelona supporter who covers MCFC for Catalunya Radio. They discuss the upcoming fixtures against Burnley and Barcelona, while David Mooney investigates why City fans don’t seem to have fallen for the Champions League. Andy Morrison also gives us his thoughts on the departure of Matija Nastasic.
  • 6.29 - The Head Boy, 06/03/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Rob Pollard and Gaz Medina to talk about the last week of City, including a defeat to Liverpool and a win over Leicester. Paul Bosvelt speaks to David Mooney about his time at Maine Road and his part in a dramatic comeback win at Tottenham, while Howard Hockin tackles the topic of Manuel Pellegrini - in or out?
  • 6.28 - Eggs Everywhere, 27/02/2015
    In a contrasting week of a 5-0 win over Newcastle and a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona, David Mooney is joined by Rob Pollard and the Manchester Evening News Manchester City Correspondent Stuart Brennan to look back at the week. We get reaction to the Champions League last-16 first leg from Manuel Pellegrini, Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany and we look ahead to the fixture with Liverpool with the Anfield Wrap’s Neil Atkinson. We also squeeze in an interview with ex-City defender and current Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.
  • 6.28 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Oliver Kay, 24/02/2015
    Rob Pollard speaks to The Times’ chief football correspondent Oliver Kay ahead of the Blues’ fixture with Barcelona.
  • 6.27 - 20 Miles to Blackpool, 20/02/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Jonathan Smith and David Mooney to look ahead to games with Newcastle and Barcelona, while we also take a look back at what went wrong the last time the Blues met the Spanish giants. Howard Hockin takes on ticket prices and racism in football and we talk about the impact new signing Wilfried Bony could have.
  • 6.26 - All The Fun In The World, 13/02/2015
    Games against Hull and Stoke are the focus for host Sam Roscoe and panellists Rob Pollard and Richard Burns. The team look back over the 1-1 draw and the 4-1 win, plus David Mooney takes a look at City’s previous record in the Potteries. We also speak to Shaun Wright-Phillips and find out his feelings about that move to Chelsea.
  • 6.25 - Risk-Reward, 06/02/2015
    After a return to form for City at Stamford Bridge, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to discuss the issues from the 1-1 draw. We speak to Vincent Kompany and Frank Lampard in reaction, plus we hear from Wilfried Bony on his arrival, as well as Matija Nastasic and Scott Sinclair on their departures as we take a look back at the transfer window. Games with Hull and Stoke are previewed, while Howard Hockin takes on the pundits.
  • 6.24 - Proper Crunching Points Tallies, 30/01/2015
    David Mooney is joined by Sam Roscoe as the team get snowed in the Blue Moon Podcast studio! They review the defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and preview the coming crucial tie at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea. We hear from Deloitte about their latest Money League and how City rank compared to the rest of the Premier League, while author Darryl Webster gives us the insight into his book, Pride in Travel. We also hear from Roberto Mancini on his time at Eastlands.
  • 6.23 - What’s Mido Up To These Days?, 23/01/2015
    Richard Burns and Paul Atherton join Sam Roscoe to work out where it all went wrong against Arsenal, while David Mooney speaks to the developers of Football Manager to find out what the chances are of City overhauling the gap to Chelsea. Howard Hockin tackles transfers and we look ahead to the FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough.
  • 6.22 - Arse as Big as the Mersey, 16/01/2015
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Richard Burns and Jonathan Smith to look back over the draw with Everton and preview the fixture with Arsenal. We hear from Matija Nastasic after his loan move to Schalke, while David Mooney looks at the signing of Wilfried Bony - and we also catch up with MCWFC’s Nick Cushing, as the team jets off to Abu Dhabi for some warm weather pre-season training.
  • 6.21 - One Man Team, 09/01/2015
    It was a happy Christmas for City, as the Blues closed the gap on Chelsea to quite literally nothing - and we look back over the festive period in our first show of 2015. David Mooney is joined by Ric Turner, owner of the Blue Moon forum, and Macca (aka The Paris Angel on Twitter). Howard Hockin takes on transfers and we also take a look at the Wilfried Bony situation.
  • 6.20 - Facepaint (Christmas Special), 25/12/2014
    In this festive special, David Mooney and Sam Roscoe head down to the local pub for Christmas dinner to discuss the highlights of 2014. They’re joined by podcast regulars Rob Pollard, Paul Atherton and Richard Burns, for a look back over some of the best bits of the last 12 months.
  • 6.19 - Ring Runs Around Barcelona, 19/12/2014
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to look back over a win against Leicester and preview the coming game with Crystal Palace. We look to Howard Hockin to look back over 2014 and assess the year for the Blues, while we have all the reaction to the Champions League draw as City face Barcelona... again. We also hear from Txiki Begiristain on the draw.
  • 6.18 - A Finisher’s Finish, 12/12/2014
    Sam Roscoe looks back over two big wins for Manchester City, as the Blues beat Everton and Roma - and he’s helped by Richard Burns and the Sunday Mirror’s Simon Mullock. David Mooney has a report into the new City Football Academy, while Rob Pollard’s been speaking to Brian Marwood about the youth development at the club. We also take a look ahead to the coming game with Leicester.
  • 6.17 - Looking Like Berks, 05/12/2014
    David Mooney is joined by Paul Atherton and Rob Pollard to reflect on a remarkable week for City - as a turnaround in form saw great performances and big wins against Southampton and Sunderland. We also speak to YouGov to explain why their new profile tool paints Blues as 60+ females and Howard Hockin takes a look through the club’s books.
  • 6.16 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Edin Dzeko, 30/11/2014
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and City striker Edin Dzeko.
  • 6.16 - Cheeky Tweets, 21/11/2014
    Wins over Swansea and Bayern Munich are the order of the day for host David Mooney and panellists Paul Atherton and Richard Burns. On top of that, Rob Pollard speaks to Edin Dzeko, while Keith Curle gives us his memories of his time at Maine Road. We also preview the two tough fixtures coming up, as City travel to Southampton and Sunderland.
  • 6.15 - Take the Bull by the Horns, 21/11/2014
    David Mooney hosts the show and is joined by the returning Paul Atherton and guest Gareth Medina (aka @burnagedaydream) to look ahead to the games against Swansea and Bayern Munich. We hear from Manuel Pellegrini on his team’s form, while Howard Hockin tackles Sergio Aguero’s autobiography and gives some ideas on how to improve modern football. We also speak to Tony Griffiths from the Reddish Blues to see how the Sierra Leone branch is being affected by the ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • 6.14 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Simon Mullock, 16/11/2014
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and the Sunday Mirror’s Simon Mullock.
  • 6.14 - Pellegrini’s Holistic Crowbar, 14/11/2014
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Jonathan Smith and Richard Burns to talk through the draw with QPR and the issues the Blues have faced on the pitch in the last few weeks. Rob Pollard speaks to the Sunday Mirror’s Simon Mullock, while David Mooney takes a look at those City players that lost their lives in the First World War.
  • 6.13 - A Catharsis of Epic Proportions, 07/11/2014
    Richard Burns and Henry Francis join David Mooney to review a Manchester derby win and a disastrous performance against CSKA Moscow. We assess what went wrong for the Blues and ask why they can’t seem to perform in the Champions League. We also take a look back at some other games where City had two men sent off with Richard Edghill and Kevin Horlock, while Howard Hockin chews over some dismal displays. The team look ahead to the trip to QPR too.
  • 6.12 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Jamie Jackson, 02/11/2014
    The full length discussion between our very own Rob Pollard and the Guardian’s football writer Jamie Jackson.
  • 6.12 - The Blueman Pobcast, 31/10/2014
    Guests Rob Pollard and Jonathan Smith join Sam Roscoe for this edition of the podcast, while we chew over the recent poor results against West Ham and Newcastle, while the team looks ahead to a big game at the weekend as the Manchester derby approaches. Denis Law speaks to us about playing for both sides in Manchester, while the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson gives his thoughts on the Blues.
  • 6.11 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Mark Ogden, 26/10/2014
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden.
  • 6.11 - City in the Cinema, 24/10/2014
    David Mooney hosts and is joined by Richard Burns and Henry Francis to discuss the win over Tottenham and the disappointing draw at CSKA Moscow - including hot topics of penalties, the ‘empty’ stadium, and City’s Champions League problems. Howard Hockin talks tickets, while Rob Pollard chats with The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden about City’s start to the season. Vincent Kompany and Manuel Pellegrini also give their reaction to the draw in Russia.
  • 6.10 - A Five Minute Trolleydash Around Europe, 17/10/2014
    A look ahead to games with Tottenham and CSKA Moscow is on the agenda for David Mooney and studio guests Richard Burns and Rob Pollard. Gary James explains why it was City and NOT United who put Manchester on the footballing map and Sam Roscoe also catches up with the Manchester City Women FC team, after they won their first ever major trophy.
  • 6.9 - How to Psychologically Damage Frank Lampard, 10/10/2014
    In this week’s show, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to look back over the win at Villa Park. We also try to work out if there’s such a thing as lucky underpants, while Gary James gives us the lowdown on what’s happened in this week throughout City’s history. We also look at the pros and cons of the proposed new seeding system for the Champions League.
  • 6.8 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Martin Samuel, 05/10/2014
    Rob Pollard speaks to the Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel all about Financial Fair Play.
  • 6.8 - Investing in Lawnmowers, 03/10/2014
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Richard Burns and Henry Francis to look back over the win against Hull and the draw with Roma. The boys look at the form guide ahead of the trip to Villa Park and Rob Pollard speaks to the Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel about Financial Fair Play. We also check in with Manchester City Women’s FC ahead of the Continental Cup Final.
  • 6.7 Extra - Garry Cook Full Interview, 06/10/2014
    David Mooney speaks to Garry Cook about his time as City’s CEO, including the finding out how close the Blues were to signing Kaka and Wayne Rooney and what happened over his resignation.
  • 6.7 - A Game of Two Halves, 26/09/2014
    Sam Roscoe talks over the draw with Chelsea and the win over Sheffield Wednesday with Rob Pollard and Paul Atherton, while David Mooney catches up with Garry Cook in the second part of our exclusive interview with the former CEO. Howard Hockin also waxes lyrical over Jose Mourinho.
  • 6.6 - The Ghost of Sulaiman Al-Fahim, 19/09/2014
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Rob Pollard to look back over the 2-2 draw with Arsenal and the last minute defeat to Bayern Munich. We hear what Joe Hart, Bacary Sagna and Edin Dzeko made of the game in Germany, while Garry Cook speaks about how he sold the club to Sheikh Mansour in the first part of our exclusive interview.
  • 6.5 - Turkeys Don’t Vote for Christmas, 12/09/2014
    Sam Roscoe hosts with Richard Burns and Henry Francis on the panel to discuss the upcoming games with Arsenal and Bayern Munich. We speak to Paddy Power and Stonewall about the Rainbow Laces campaign, while Howard Hockin discusses the transfer window.
  • 6.4 - Sometimes, 05/09/2014
    Sam Roscoe is back in the host’s chair with Paul Atherton and Rob Pollard in to review where it all went wrong against Stoke, plus a look ahead to Sunday’s Continental Cup Semi-Final for MCWFC with Steph Houghton. Paul Simpson from Champions Magazine takes a look at the Champions League draw, too.
  • 6.3 - I Like Lights, 29/08/2014
    David Mooney is joined by Paul Atherton and Rob Pollard to discuss win over Liverpool and look ahead to Stoke. We find out Txiki Begiristain’s thoughts on the Champions League draw, while the Guardian’s chief football writer Daniel Taylor gives us his views of City’s summer. Howard Hockin is back to discuss the transfer of Mario Balotelli.
  • 6.3 Extra - Rob Pollard with... Daniel Taylor, 29/08/2014
    An extended chat between the BlueMoon Podcast's Rob Pollard and the Guardian's chief football writer Daniel Taylor.
  • 6.2 - On The Merry-Go-Round, 22/08/2014
    Sam Roscoe is joined by Rob Pollard and Richard Burns to review the win at Newcastle and look ahead to the game with Liverpool. Joe Royle talks to David Mooney about contracts, while we catch up with what’s going on with Manchester City Women’s FC.
  • 6.1 - Location, Location, Location, 15/08/2014
    We’ve broken the confines of the studio to record the show from behind the scenes at City Live. In the first show of the season, David Mooney and Sam Roscoe look back over pre-season, preview the fixture with Newcastle and we catch up with Vincent Kompany, Manuel Pellegrini, and Mike Summerbee ahead of the new campaign. William Hill give us City’s title odds, while BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey shares his thoughts of what City are doing off the field.
  • Season 6 Preview, 06/08/2014
    The BlueMoon Podcast returns soon for the 2014-15 season. Here’s a sneak peek of some things to come.
  • 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.
  • From False Dawns and F*ck Ups, 22/12/2012
    While Manchester City fans are currently enjoying watching the English champions play at The Etihad Stadium, it's something that generations of blues have missed out on. In this documentary, David Mooney looks at all of the false dawns that the fans have endured since the club dropped to its lowest ever league position in December 1998.