Bluemoon Podcast


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Episodes

  • 9.41 - The Larger of the Chuckles, 11/05/2018
    Ahead of the final game of the season, David Mooney is joined in the studio by Manchester City fans Ciaran Murray and Kieran Clarke. The team discuss the draw with Huddersfield and the win over Brighton - or, more accurately, the Premier League trophy lift and the send-off for Yaya Toure. We take a look at some individual performers, with Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva all catching the eye. We cast our gaze towards the goalkeeping change for Wednesday’s game and at the brand new kit for next season. Rob Wilson looks at how City’s England players could do at this summer’s World Cup, while Howard Hockin pays tribute to a departing City legend in Yaya Toure. We look ahead to a potential history-making game at Southampton - a win would give City 100 Premier League points - and we also discuss the recent rise in ticket prices for next season.
  • 9.40 - Net Goes Swish, 04/05/2018
    As this extraordinary season heads towards its conclusion, Sam Roscoe is back in the studio with the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan and ESPN’s Jonathan Smith to discuss this week’s Manchester City hot topics. We’re looking back at the victory over West Ham - analysing the role Raheem Sterling played in the result and his performances this season. We’re also looking at the calamity of errors that led to the home side’s consolation and the work rate of the forward players to get City in full control of the match. David Mooney’s taken a look at the milestone goals this season, as City pass the 100 mark, while he’s also been casting an eye over Yaya Toure’s career at the Etihad, as it seems sure to come to an end in the coming weeks. We look ahead to matches with Huddersfield and Brighton, while also asking what Pep Guardiola needs to do for next season to make sure he can defend the title.
  • 9.39 - Spiders with David Attenborough, 27/04/2018
    David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Simon Bajkowski from the Manchester Evening News to discuss Manchester City’s week. The team are looking back over City’s 5-0 win against Swansea, analysing the role of Kevin De Bruyne after he missed out on the PFA Player of the Year award and looking at the return of Benjamin Mendy. Raheem Sterling has had a busy week eating breakfast the night after not winning awards, so the team look at the media coverage the winger is subjected to. Sam Roscoe takes a look at what records City could break in the final four matches of this outstanding season, while we also cast an eye forward to the game with West Ham - would it be disrespectful for Ederson to take a penalty now the league is over and should Yaya Toure and Phil Foden get more minutes in the final throes of the campaign? Howard Hockin explains why City fans should ignore what happens to other clubs and celebrate what their side have achieved this year.
  • 9.38 - A Bargain Bucket and a Glass of Prosecco, 20/04/2018
    Sam Roscoe is back steering the good ship Blue Moon Podcast and leading the celebrations of the club’s third Premier League title win, Manchester City’s first before the final day of the season. He’s joined by Goal.com’s Sam Lee and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports - and they’re looking back over what turned out to be an excellent display at Wembley against Tottenham. David Mooney takes us through the key moments of the season that led to the title win, while the panel react to the team taking the crown. Is it an anti-climax because it happened while they weren’t playing? Or does that just show the level of dominance the club has enjoyed this season. We take a look ahead to the match with Swansea - will a few youngsters feature, will Pep Guardiola be focused on record breaking, or will the manager experiment for next season? The Sun’s Martin Blackburn gives us a glimpse ahead to how the team can defend the title and the future under Guardiola, while we also cast an eye to the CAS verdict on the transfer of Benjamin Garre and the players involved in the PFA Team of the Year.
  • 9.37 - Thrown All Over the Place, 13/04/2018
    A bad week for Manchester City, but David Mooney is here with Goal.com’s Sam Lee and ESPN’s Jonathan Smith to walk you through the pain of the last seven days. The panel discuss what went wrong in both the Manchester Derby and the Champions League tie with Liverpool. Was the problem the tactics? How about the team selection? What impact did refereeing decisions have on the results? We pick the bones out of the two games. We’re looking ahead to City’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham, with the help of Tom Green, who’s been looking back at City’s record at Spurs, and Sean Walsh, a freelance journalist and part of the Tottenham Way Podcast team. Howard Hockin explains why, despite the last few games, we shouldn’t be too down on the season - and we look at where John Stones sits in the pecking order after his recent absence.
  • 9.36 - Please Let Me Go!, 06/04/2018
    Sam Roscoe takes charge of Paul Atherton and Josh Garside as the team look back at a mixed week on Merseyside for Manchester City. After a great win at Everton’s Goodison Park, City put in a horror-show performance at Liverpool to leave themselves with so much work to do in the second leg, following their 3-0 loss in the Champions League. The team try to work out what went wrong and why Pep Guardiola decided to change his tactics for the match - and the affect it had on the team. We look ahead to the Manchester Derby and David Mooney explains why winning the title against United would be a dream come true. Howard Hockin looks at atmospheres in stadiums and why social media has killed football, while we also discuss some of the big moments that we’ve missed and wished we’d seen.
  • 9.35 - Pop Psychology, 30/03/2018
    Looking ahead to the Manchester City trips to both Everton and Liverpool, David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and Goal.com’s Sam Lee. We assess whether the receptions for returning players, like John Stones at Goodison or Raheem Sterling at Anfield, will have an effect on the team, and we’re also discussing where Pep Guardiola’s focus should be in the coming matches. With a little bit of needle from the FA over City’s discipline, we’re looking at whether there’s been a change under Guardiola or whether everything, tunnel rows and red cards, is being blown out of proportion. Former captain Keith Curle chats to the show about his time at Maine Road and the circumstances surrounding his departure, while we also squeeze in some discussion on the left back situation with Benjamin Mendy’s imminent return and the transfer window in the summer.
  • 9.34 - A Giraffe with a Balloon, 23/03/2018
    With no games in the days either side of this week’s show, Sam Roscoe - along with Manchester City fans Andy MacNab and Murd - takes the opportunity to delve into some of the off-the-pitch talking points. We take a closer look at the Champions League draw and how a trip to Liverpool in the first leg might (or might not) be as problematic as some seem to think, while Neil Atkinson from the Anfield Wrap gives us their verdict on the draw. Following talk of a hostile reception on Merseyside, coupled with the news story that Manchester United may have briefly considered giving fans hymn sheets, we’re assessing the rights and wrongs of the Etihad atmosphere and how it can be improved. David Mooney’s been speaking to psychologist Emma Kenny to find out what Pep Guardiola’s new adoption of four kittens is likely to do for the feeling at the CFA, and we look at the manager’s style on the touchline - trying to work out what parts of his character make him tick and do the business on the field.
  • 9.33 - City’s Swiss Army Knife, 16/03/2018
    ESPN’s Jonathan Smith and Yahoo Sports’ Richard Burns join David Mooney for this week’s instalment of the Blue Moon Podcast. We’re taking a look back at Manchester City’s trip to Stoke, with a focus on David Silva’s performance and Raheem Sterling’s return. We’re looking at the top of the Premier League table and looking at how likely it could be that Pep Guardiola’s side could win the title against their rivals Manchester United, while we examine if there’s anything in the manager’s words about not enjoying Monday night games. We take a look at how the Blues have progressed under the Catalan, while Howard Hockin explains why it’s okay to mock United fans - since they were merciless in years gone by.
  • 9.32 - Time + A Lot of Money = Really Good, 09/03/2018
    Sam Roscoe is steering the good ship Blue Moon Podcast, with his guests Jack Gaughan from the Daily Mail and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports. This week, the team review the victory over Chelsea and the defeat on the night to FC Basel - focusing on how Bernardo Silva is settling into the team, how Leroy Sane is hitting top form, and how Nicolas Otamendi has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. David Mooney's been speaking to Pol Ballus from Diario Sport and Sid Lowe from the Guardian and the Spanish Football Podcast to discuss Pep Guardiola wearing the yellow ribbon and if it throws up any moral implications for the manager. We're looking ahead to Monday's match with Stoke, while former City winger Trevor Sinclair gives us his memories of playing at Eastlands.
  • 9.31 - The Moonwalk, 02/03/2018
    After two successive 3-0 victories over Arsenal, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns and Paul Atherton to look at the week that was. Pep Guardiola picked up his first silverware at Manchester City, before extending the team's lead to 16 points at the top of the Premier League. We're looking back at some of the star performances - assessing how Vincent Kompany would be right for feeling on Cloud Nine, how Bernardo Silva has quietly grown into this City team, and waxing lyrical over one touch in particular by David Silva. We speak to Zack Weir, the young City fan arrested at Bournemouth after a surge forced him onto the pitch, after his case was thrown out, while we also look ahead to the coming games with Chelsea and FC Basel. Howard Hockin looks at how fans are treated and we also squeeze in some discussion on the youth team development and first team appearances.
  • 9.30 - Acting it Out, 23/02/2018
    David Mooney is a late substitute for the sick Sam Roscoe - and he presides over Richard Burns of Yahoo Sports and Sam Lee of Goal.com as they discuss the last seven days of Manchester City news. It starts with a breakdown of the match at Wigan: Was Fabian Delph right to be dismissed? Why did Anthony Taylor change his mind? Were the fans out of order at the end? Was the stewarding up to task? We're also looking at Claudio Bravo's role in the squad, whether he can do better with some of the shots that beat him and whether he could win the supporters round with a good display at Wembley. We're looking ahead to that game at the national stadium and the same fixture in the Premier League the following week, as City face Arsenal twice in quick succession. There's also interviews with the key figures of the Joe Royle era at Maine Road, 20 years on from his return to the Blues as manager - as chairman David Bernstein, captain Andy Morrison, goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, coach Willie Donachie and Big Joe himself look back at a crucial time for the club.
  • 9.29 - Super Casual Pellegrini's City were Atrocious, 16/02/2018
    David Mooney tries to keep control of Kieran Clarke and Ciaran Murray as the team discuss Manchester City's victories over Leicester in the Premier League and FC Basel in the Champions League. We're discussing Sergio Aguero's role in the squad and how that's changed under Pep Guardiola, while Raheem Sterling must be feeling positive after setting his critics right with his 20th goal of the campaign. We're looking at how Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan have settled into the team this season. With Wigan to come in the FA Cup on Monday, we're looking at whether or not the Blues can exorcise some demons should they get a win at the DW Stadium. Howard Hockin takes a look at the money in the Premier League and discusses whether it filters down the pyramid well enough. We're also discussing City's consistency under Guardiola, how the high-press is earning goals, and the Typical City psyche.
  • 9.28 - Grown a Left Leg, 09/02/2018
    Sam Roscoe presides over the panel of the Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan and ESPN's Jonathan Smith to discuss Manchester City's last seven days. We're taking a look at the major talking points - including Raheem Sterling's open goal miss (and the fall out from it), Ederson's footwork and his ball handling, and the tiredness that seems to be spreading through the team. Tom Green assesses whether Pep Guardiola was right to name just six subs at Burnley or whether he should have given a chance to a youngster, while David Mooney is looking at the value the Blues have achieved in the transfer market recently. We take a look ahead to the matches with Leicester and FC Basel and look at how the manager should prioritise over the coming weeks as each competition hots up.
  • 9.27 - The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel, 02/02/2018
    Sam Roscoe is back to preside over Gaz and Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports, as the panel look back over two routine Manchester City wins. In the week where City's performances have been top notch, it's unfortunate that the officiating and the tough challenges that have been flying in on their players have hit the headlines - we're looking at how there has been a raft more of red-card-worthy tackles that have all been leniently punished. Would VAR have solved the issues? We're looking at the improvement in Raheem Sterling and at how Kevin De Bruyne continues to raise the bar week-on-week to the point that nobody is noticing that he's consistently brilliant. After Bernardo Silva's thunderbolt was disallowed at Cardiff, David Mooney is looking at some of City's more memorable goals that never were, while Howard Hockin takes on the internet trolls who like to comment on any club's size compared to others. We look at the transfer window and assess how well City have done in their business this January.
  • 9.26 - A Weird Portal to Greatness, 26/01/2018
    Manchester City got back on track in the Premier League with a win over Newcastle and they made their first final under Pep Guardiola, too - all in all, not a bad week. David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin and Richard Burns to chew the fat of the last seven days. In all of the good results, we're asking if there's an issue with the defence after no clean sheets in the last six and none since New Year's Eve, while we're also looking at John Stones after his hit-and-miss performances since his return from injury. Sergio Aguero gets yet more praise after his goals, and we take a look at how Oleksandr Zinchenko has settled in at left back. Sam Roscoe's been looking at all of City's perfect hat-tricks in the Premier League, after Aguero netted with left foot, right foot and head against Newcastle - while David Mooney speaks to former City defender Rae Ingram about his time at Maine Road and his battle with suspected ME and Meningitis. We look ahead to games with Cardiff and West Brom, and we also squeeze in some discussion on City's unsung heroes this season.
  • 9.25 - Not Too Keen on You, 19/01/2018
    After Manchester City's first defeat of the season, David Mooney is joined in the Blue Moon Podcast studio by City fans Helen Powell and Nic Unsworth to discuss one hell of a weekend. We're looking from back to front at the team in their loss at Liverpool, discussing why so many players had an off-day and just what the Blues have to do to get a win at Anfield. Should John Stones have had a foul for the second goal? Should Ederson have just booted it out of play? What did City's near-comeback say about this team compared to previous ones? What did Martin Tyler mean by "payback"? We try to provide some answers. Speaking of situations that need clearing up, Sam Lee from Goal.com gives us the reasons why the Alexis Sanchez deal fell through and we give our reaction to the news, while we also look ahead to games with Newcastle and Bristol City. Howard Hockin gets brought back down to earth, while we're also asking about City fan meltdowns - and considering which City player is the most likely to eat worms. Don't ask.
  • 9.24 - Alexis Sanchez Transfer Special, 12/01/2018
    David Mooney is joined by Goal's Sam Lee, ESPN's Jonathan Smith, the Manchester Evening News's James Robson and The Sun's Martin Blackburn to look at the latest developments of the Alexis Sanchez transfer to Manchester City. It's understood Arsenal want to sell the player and he'd like to play for Pep Guardiola - but could a disagreement on the price allow Manchester United to steal in? Will City meet Arsenal's demands to stop that happening or are they prepared to walk away? The journalists at Pep Guardiola's press conference give us the latest news.
  • 9.23 - Squeezing Orange Peel, 12/01/2018
    A week of cup comebacks is the talking point for Sam Roscoe and his guests Kieran Clarke and ESPN's Jonathan Smith. The team look back at Manchester City's FA Cup victory over Burnley and their EFL Cup success against Bristol City, focusing on how Sergio Aguero has returned to form to impact on the games. We're assessing John Stones's return from injury after he's had an eventful set of matches, while some smooth play from Ilkay Gundogan gets the panel fawning, too. We're discussing rotated sides and how well the fringe players have stepped up to the mark, while David Mooney takes a look at the issue of ticket prices after Vincent Kompany's comments on how cheaper entrance fees may improve atmospheres. We preview the trip to Liverpool - where City have won once since 1981! - and we're looking at how Anfield has become such a bogey ground for the Blues. Throw in some transfer talk on Alexis Sanchez and some thoughts on empty seats and improved players and you have yourself another action-packed show.
  • 9.22 - Disaster of All Disasters, 05/01/2018
    David Mooney takes charge of the first show of 2018 and he's joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Andy Hampson from the Press Association to look at Manchester City's dip in form… as they drop points for only the second time this season. As well as the games with Crystal Palace and Watford to analyse, the team look at Sergio Aguero's situation at the club and his relationship with Pep Guardiola, while we also assess the impact the return of John Stones had on the defence. David Mooney's speaking to former Premier League referee Mark Halsey to look at the red card challenges that have been missed by officials in the last few weeks, while Howard Hockin reviews 2017 and looks ahead to 2018. Stan from the One Stream in Bristol podcast joins us to preview the coming game with Bristol City in the League Cup, while we also cast an eye forward to the FA Cup tie with Burnley. There's even time to squeeze in some discussion on the transfer window, Johnny Evans, and Alexis Sanchez.
  • 9.21 - Glitch in the Matrix, 29/12/2017
    For the last podcast of 2017, the team review Manchester City's wins over Newcastle and Bournemouth. We're looking at how Pep Guardiola has got the side playing so well, with the ability to dig in deep when it's really needed. How much has Nicolas Otamendi improved, in light of his superb goal line clearance at St James' Park, and his superb passing and positional play all season? Are City's players being targeted by thuggish challenges after yet another one was missed by the officials? And what's going on behind the scenes with Sergio Aguero, as all seems well away from the pitch - even though he's been scoring on it? Guillem Ballague gives us his thoughts on how Guardiola has shaped this team into what it is and how far they can go under the Catalan's tutelage, while David Mooney looks at all of the records City have broken in their impressive start to the season. We cast an eye forward to games against Crystal Palace and Watford, and we discuss City's January transfer options with another injury to Vincent Kompany and now that Virgil Van Dijk has agreed terms with Liverpool.
  • 9.20 - So Emotional, 22/12/2017
    It's Christmas! And who'd have thought Manchester City would STILL be on the winning run they are, now up to 16 games in the Premier League. Joining David Mooney in the studio to discuss this week's talking points is Paul Atherton and John Hay. We're analysing how City made Tottenham look like an average team, focusing on the high pressing and the creativity in Pep Guardiola's side. Kevin De Bruyne is coming into his own, while we also look at the impact of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. Refereeing decisions are hot on the agenda after Leicester's penalty in the Carabao Cup and after Harry Kane and Dele Alli didn't see red, but we're also discussing diving - why has it crept into City's game in the last few weeks? Sam Roscoe casts his eye over City's previous title-winning seasons to see how they'd done at Christmas, while Howard Hockin takes on the latest round of jibes towards the club. We look ahead to games with Bournemouth and Newcastle, and also squeeze in some discussion on contract renewals.
  • 9.19 - Whodunnit?, 15/12/2017
    Another week, another set of records broken - and Sam Roscoe is joined by the Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan and Goal's Sam Lee to discuss how Manchester City earned the top-flight's best ever winning run. We're looking at the improvement David Silva has shown this season, we're analysing the defensive situation with another injury to Vincent Kompany, and we're celebrating Emerson's reactions following two brilliant saves this week. We've reaction from the victories over Manchester United and Swansea and asking if the title is done and dusted already. David Mooney has been following the story of Tunnelgate and looking into how that situation blew up after the Manchester Derby, while he's also been speaking to Mandy Henry from Premier League Productions to discuss the season so far. We look ahead to games with Tottenham and Leicester, and take a look at who could be City's biggest transfer targets in January.
  • 9.18 - Swim or Die, 08/12/2017
    It's Manchester Derby week and David Mooney is joined in the studio by the big hitters in Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and Simon Mullock, chief football writer at the Sunday Mirror, to discuss all the ins and outs of the last seven days. The panel look at City's ability to break down a team that's parking the bus, which may or may not come in handy this week, along with their vulnerability at set pieces without John Stones in the side. We take a look at City's performance in Ukraine against Shakhtar and who impressed in a rotated team and who didn't. Ahead of the trips to Old Trafford and Swansea, we analyse how Pep Guardiola can take maximum points and keep the gap at the top as impressive as it is, while Howard Hockin explains why he hates facing the most hated rivals. Tom Green's been delving deep into Phil Foden's development at City, with the help of Esteemed Kompany vlogger Steven McInnerney, and we squeeze in a question about Alexis Sanchez.
  • 9.17 - Cucumber Cool, 01/12/2017
    David Mooney is joined by Manchester City fans Kieran Clarke and Rob Toole to discuss the hot topics of the week. On the agenda is Raheem Sterling's late-goal record this season, questions on how City can break down stubborn defences, and how Pep Guardiola has got the team playing in his style right up until the last kick of the match - as we review the tough 2-1 wins over Huddersfield and Southampton. We're also discussing the manager's 'praise' of Nathan Redmond, Benjamin Mendy's quick-hop to join in with the celebrations on Wednesday, and how David Silva took everybody's breath away on social media. Ex-City midfielder Jim Whitley chats to the show about how he's ended up playing Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra after his playing career ended. We're looking ahead to games with West Ham and Shakhtar Donetsk, catching up with James Cooper from Sky Sports News to get his take on what's changed between this season and last, and we question why no City player wore the rainbow laces for the anti-homophobia campaign against Huddersfield.
  • 9.16 - Early Joker, 24/11/2017
    Sam Roscoe chairs the debate between ESPN's Jonathan Smith and Mail Sport's Jack Gaughan as the pair chew the fat over the last week at Manchester City. Should Vincent Kompany have been sent off at Leicester? How has the last week shown that Raheem Sterling progressed immensely this season? Will City cope without John Stones? Just how hard did Kevin De Bruyne thwack that shot at the King Power? We're here to discuss the talking points. We're looking ahead to the Premier League games with Huddersfield and Southampton, and we cast an eye over a special match against the Terriers from 30 years ago, as City ran out 10-1 winners at Maine Road. Howard Hockin's looking at the picture at the top of the Premier League.
  • 9.15 - Thrown to the Wolves, 17/11/2017
    David Mooney is joined by Howard Hockin for this week's Blue Moon Podcast, as we look ahead to Manchester City's trip to Leicester. Who should partner John Stones at centre-back? Is Aguero ready to start after fainting on international duty? How difficult will the tie be after the break and with the Foxes' recent good form? We assess City's recent record at the King Power Stadium and look at how they've been better away to Leicester than at home. We preview the upcoming game with Feyenoord and look at how City have progressed in the Champions League. Former striker Leon Mike chats to us about coming through the ranks at Maine Road and how it's changed for youngsters now. We also look at the players City shouldn't have let go, who stacks up as the club's best ever, and what City can do to get more younger fans interested in the club.
  • 9.14 - A Football Paradox, 10/11/2017
    It may be international break, but while Manchester City have a weekend off we do nothing of the sort! Sam Roscoe is joined by Paul Atherton and Mail Sport's Jack Gaughan to discuss the past seven days at the club. We're analysing the impact that Arsene Wenger's comments could have on Raheem Sterling, we're looking at City's display in the 3-1 win over Arsenal, and we're analysing the partnership between John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi. David Mooney puts goalkeeper Ederson under the spotlight and examines why he's been such a big influence on the defence, while the team also take a look at how City have been breaking records left, right and centre this season. Howard Hockin is also on Arsene Wenger's case, while we squeeze in some talk about Fernandinho, David Silva, Fabian Delph, and how the winning start this year is so different to last.
  • 9.13 - Favourite Man on Earth, 03/11/2017
    This week, David Mooney is joined by Richard Burns from Yahoo Sports and City fan John Hay to discuss the last week at Manchester City. We're analysing the performances against West Brom and Napoli, looking at how the team accepting opposition pressure on the ball is creating chances, and we're lavishing praise on the club's defence this season - even if there were a couple of errors this week. We look at Sergio Aguero's record-breaking goal and speak to members of the press to get their reaction to his achievement at the club. Sam Roscoe's been on a trip down Memory Lane to 2011, as City overtake their previous Premier League record for the best start after 10 games, and we're also looking ahead to Sunday's match with Arsenal.
  • 9.12 - Drink Your Milk, Eat Your Greens, 27/10/2017
    After another record-breaking week, David Mooney is joined by Ciaran Murray and Keiran Clarke to discuss the victories over Burnley and Wolves. We're analysing what makes a penalty a penalty, after Sean Dyche's comments on what contact constitutes a foul, and we're looking at how City's defence has improved in recent weeks with a partnership between Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. Historian Gary James explains how much impact Eric Brook had on City's team in the 1930s as Sergio Aguero levels the club goalscoring record, while Howard Hockin explains why Vincent Kompany shouldn't be obliged to end his international career. After Pep Guardiola's comments about the weight of the Carabao Cup ball, we investigate the difference between that and a Premier League ball, while we also look ahead to the games with West Brom and Napoli. We also squeeze in some discussion on the queues at the Etihad and ask how City can improve the situation.
  • 9.11 - Happily Married, 20/10/2017
    It's been a record-breaking week for Manchester City and joining Sam Roscoe to discuss the 7-2 victory over Stoke and the 2-1 success against Napoli are Alex Porter from the Manchester Evening News and Andy Hampson from the Press Association. We're gushing over the performance of Kevin De Bruyne, as the Belgian impresses yet again in a Blue shirt, while we're also looking at how Pep Guardiola's tactics are helping the team score more goals than ever before. We look at why City were so destructive against Stoke and how they remained resilient - while still playing from the back - against Napoli. David Mooney's assessing how Raheem Sterling has developed under Guardiola and how he's growing into his role at City, while Will Perry from BBC Sport gives his verdict on the team's start to the campaign. We also look ahead to matches against Burnley and Wolves, discuss where the club needs to target in the transfer market, and save some time to look at Fernandinho's role.
  • 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.
  • 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.