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Across The Pitch began in the summer of 2018, when Phil Kennedy and Arran Airs embarked upon an idea to start a podcast to teach fans in the United States about the deeper levels of English football, beyond the Premier League. Although Phil and Arran both grew to love football rooting for Arsenal F.… read more

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Episode 257: Coley

June 18th, 2022


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman about all things Accy including a look back at the 2021-22 season, and expectations for …

Episode 256: 2022 Accrington Stanley Season Review

April 29th, 2022


Phil, Tony, and Darren look back at Accrington Stanley's 2021-22 season with just one match left to play. They discuss results from the season, top …

Episode 255: The Royal Dyche

April 21st, 2022


Tony and Phil discuss the recent firing of Burnley manager Sean Dyche, and how a relegation could lead to increase attendance at Accrington, plus an …

Episode 254: Mitch Clark Interview

March 18th, 2022


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley defender Mitch Clark about his football career beginning with his youth days at Aston Villa, stops at Port Vale and Leicester City before siging with Accy this summer.

Episode 253: Shot Savin' Toby Savin

March 11th, 2022


Tony and Phil talk to Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Toby Savin about his career beginning with his youth days at Southport, Everton, and Crewe Alexandra, and the past 2 season with Accrington Stanley where he has …

Episode 252: A Grand Opening

March 5th, 2022


Tony and Phil interview Accrington Stanley Managing Director Dave Burgess about the happenings at the club, including the recent opening of new …

Episode 251 Part 2: Captain Of The Albion

March 2nd, 2022


Darren, Tony, and Phil speak to Daniel Bowerbank, former commercial director of Accrinton Stanley, who is now owner of the Albion pub about life …

Episode 251 Part 1: A Lesson In Geography

March 2nd, 2022


Phil, Tony, and Darren sit down for this month's pub chat where they discuss Accrington Stanley's recent form, happenings around the club, and a fun quiz about where football teams in different countries are located

Episode 250: Vlog Or V-Log?

February 19th, 2022


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley vlogger Liam Atkinson about all things Stanley, including the season so far and which players have impressed, the transfer window, and more.

Episode 249: Doodlebug

February 17th, 2022


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley vlogger Steve McKelvey about his popular Youtube channel, his thoughts on the Accy season, the transfer …

Episode 248: Peacemaker, Matchmaker & Painter

February 5th, 2022


Darren, Tony, & Phil speak to Peter Marsden, who was Accrington Stanley chairman in the early 2010's. They discuss an up and down time in the club's history that saw previously unprecedented success on the pitch, …

Episode 247: The Changing Man - The Chris Grimshaw story

January 18th, 2022


Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to Accrington Stanley legend Chris Grimshaw, who played over 300 games, in 3 different spells with Accy during the 1980's-90's, scoring over 50 goals. He reflects on his memories of his …

Episode 246: Ringing In The New Year

January 17th, 2022


Tony, Darren, and Phil kick of 2022 with a pub style chat about all things Accrington Stanley, including the conclusion to the Dion Charles saga, a look at the season thus far and outlook for the second half of the …

Episode 245: The Wizard Of WHAM

December 19th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley Public Address Announcer Josh Adcroft about all things Accy. They discuss results from the season so far, …

Episode 244 Part 2: 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza

December 18th, 2021


In Part 2 of our 3rd Anniversary Celebration, Phil talks with Scott Brown, the first guest to ever appear on Across The Pitch. They catch up since the last time he was on the show, and talk about his retirement from …

Episode 244 Part 1: 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza

November 27th, 2021


Phil is joined by past and present co-hosts and contributors sharing their experience, and journey with the show. Part 1 features the beginning of each person's story, with each story completing, plus a special guest in …

Episode 243: From Peel Park To Fenway Park

November 18th, 2021


Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to Neil Edmonds, who is originally from Accrington, and played at Stanley, Oldham, and Rochdale in the 1980's-90's, but now resides in upstate New York. They discuss his playing career and …

Episode 242: Cheer Up John De-Maine

November 8th, 2021


Phil and Tony speak to lifelong Accrington Stanley Supporter Gary De-Maine, first with a quick recap on the recent FA Cup match against Port Vale, and the importance of Cup Competitions to Stanley, then they speak about …

Episode 241: The Ladies In Red

November 5th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Bryn Tracey, who has been the head coach of the Accrington Stanley Ladies Team since July of 2020. They discuss goals for the …

Episode 240: Perritt Flies South For The Winter

October 30th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Harry Perritt who has currently gone on loan to Torquay United from Accrington Stanley about how the trip down south has gone thus far, his youth career with Accrington, plus a special segment on …

Episode 239 Part 2: Another Pint Of Cider

October 26th, 2021


Phil and Tony ask listener question to Accrington Stanley Coach Jimmy Bell in Part 2, plus an update on the situation with Dion Charles, how things are coming with the under-23 team, and why he feels like Accrington is …

Episode 239 Part 1: When I Do, I Have A Couple Ciders

October 22nd, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley coach Jimmy Bell about how this season has gone so far, how things have changed on and off the pitch at Accy in the past few years, new players to the squad this year, challenges …

Episode 238: Tin Pot Podcast

October 17th, 2021


Phil, Tony, and Darren meet at the pub to discuss the Accrington Stanley season thus far, the happenings with the Supporters Trust, who are the biggest and most tin pot clubs in League One, surprising players for …

Episode 237: The Greatest Team In The World

October 8th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Liam Atkinson, host of a popular Accrington Stanley match day vlog on Youtube about his show and the making of the videos, plus …

Episode 236: The Reds Baron

October 3rd, 2021


Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to Dave Baron, who played for, captained, and managed at Accrington Stanley beginning with 1970, the reformed club's first season, through 1982. They talk about is playing and managing days, …

Episode 235: Strike Out

September 24th, 2021


Phil and Tony have a short discussion on the recent situation that has seen star striker Dion Charles left out of the lineup against Wigan, and rumors of his discontent with the club. They discuss their thoughts on the …

Episode 234: Many Happy Returns

September 4th, 2021


Phil, Darren, and Tony celebrate Darren's return to the show, and the return of their monthly discussion about all things Stanley. They discuss …

Episode 233: Star Spangled Extravaganza

August 26th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to U.S. based Accrington Stanley supporters Steve and Nicola Clark (originally from Accrington now living in Massachusetts) and …

Episode 232: Another Brick Through The Wall

August 20th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley midfielder Harry Pell about joining the club this offseason, his playing career up to date, this season for Accrington thus far, what it has been like for a Southerner getting …

Episode 231: A Thesis Statement

August 12th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Joshua Bland, who is currently doing a thesis project for Cambridge University about Accrington Stanley and the historic importance of football clubs in post-industrial England. Josh is also …

Episode 230: Season Opening Predictions

August 5th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk about the start of Accrington Stanley's EFL League One season, including predictions for the Starting XI, breakout players, final table predictions, and a preview of Saturday's first match against …

Episode 229: Supporters Season Preview

August 3rd, 2021


Phil and Tony interview prominent Accrington Stanley supporters Gary De-Maine and Debra Phillips of Accrington, Keith Laird from Scotland, and Harry Austin from Texas about their predictions for the upcoming Accy …

Episode 228: The Lost Episode

July 30th, 2021


Back in November Phil, Darren & Tony had gotten together for an episode of Across The Pub, the recording had been lost of nearly 8 months, but has now been resurrected! They talk everything Accy, plus beer, trading …

Episode 227: Season 5 Kick -Off

July 29th, 2021


Phil and Tony look ahead to Season 5 of Across The Pitch with a look at upcoming shows and their expectations for the 2021-22 season of both Accrington Stanley and the show.

Episode 226: Offseason Short

July 1st, 2021


Phil and Tony talk about the latest things happening around Stanley including the recent release of next season's fixtures, what players are new and returning to the club, a look at the various Cup tournaments, new …

Episode 225: Footballers, Canoeists & Flying Horses

June 24th, 2021


Darren, Tony & Phil chat with Bryan Pemberton who played with Accrington in the modern club's first match in 1970 against Formby Town about his footballing career, how the game has changed over the past 50 years, …

Episode 224 Part 2: Holty Unplugged

June 15th, 2021


Phil and Tony focus on the future of the club in Part 2's discussion with Andy Holt, both this upcoming season and further down the road, plus …

Episode 224 Part 1: Holty Unplugged

June 11th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley Chairman Andy Holt first about the new Accrington Stanley trading cards set, plus a look back at last …

Episode 222 Part 2: This Round's On Me

May 21st, 2021


Phil, Tony, and Darren look ahead to next season, and what the squad can improve on to move higher in the table, also each picks 3 favorite past episodes, a surprise story or talent from each host's past, and more.

Episode 222 Part 1: Another Round

May 19th, 2021


Phil, Tony, and Darren do a season wrap up edition of Across The Pub where they talk about the big news of the new Across The Pitch branded Accrington Stanley trading cards set, Darren's new book My Football Life, and …

Episode 220: The Accy Ronaldhino

April 24th, 2021


Darren, Tony, and Phil talk to Mark Shirley, who was one of the most prolific scorers on Accrington's teams in the early 2000's about what it was …

Episode 219: Accy Of Central Scotland

April 18th, 2021


Phil and Tony speak with Keith Laird, founder of Accrington Stanley Supporters Club of Central Scotland about what lead him to supporting a team nearly 3 hours away, and why the atmosphere and common sense approach of …

Episode 218: Miles & Miles & Kilometers

April 4th, 2021


Darren, Tony, and Phil speak with John Miles, who played for Accrington Stanley from 2007-2010 among other teams including Macclesfield Town about …

Episode 217: Captain Morgan

March 29th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to David Morgan who recently joined Accrington Stanley in February, after a stint as captain at Southport. They discuss his road from Non-League Football to League One, career aspirations, what …

Episode 216: Mr. Leftside

March 12th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Accrington Stanley defender Cameron Burgess about his journey that has taken him from Scotland to Australia to Accrington with stops everywhere from London to the far north of Ross County in …

Episode 215: Paul Of Duty

March 9th, 2021


Phil and Tony talk to Paul Smyth, now on his second stint with Accrington Stanley about his football career, big goals scored for Accy back in 2019, …

Episode 214: Hear, Hear!!!

March 7th, 2021


The Accrington Stanley Legends Series returns as Darren, Tony, and Phil speak with former Stanley Director Frank Martindale about his time with the …

Episode 213: The Sheriff

March 4th, 2021


Phil and Tony chat with Michael Nottingham about his unusual journey into the Football League and finally landing with Accrington Stanley after stops …

Episode 212: Clean Sheets In Lancashire

February 21st, 2021


Phil and Tony chat with Nathan Baxter, goalkeeper currently on loan to Accrington Stanley from Chelsea. They talk about his youth career, previous loan spells in Yeovil and Ross County, Scotland, the season so far with …

Episode 211: The Butcher Album Remix

February 13th, 2021


Phil and Tony return to ATP with an interview with Accrington Stanley midfielder Matt Butcher. They catch up with Matt since their last chat back in October, and how the season has gone so far, the outlook for the rest …

Episode 210: Arse N' Ales

November 25th, 2020


Phil and Arran introduce a new sub-series called Arse 'N Ales where they each review a beer each week and then chat about Arsenal pub style while enjoying said brew. This week they review last match against Leeds and …

Episode 209: Accy Week 14 Round Up

November 24th, 2020


Phil and Tony talk about Accrington Stanley's 0-0 draw against Lincoln City, Sean McConville's controversial red card, and match tactics, plus a …

Episode 208: EFL League One Week 14 Round Up

November 23rd, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss all of the action from last Saturday's EFL League One matches with analysis of each match, plus a look ahead at, and …

Episode 207: A Cold Wet Tuesday Night

November 23rd, 2020


Phil and Darren speak with retired Burnley midfielder Phil Malley about his early playing days, his time Turf Moor from 1984-1988 including his favorite matches and moments, the battle to avoid relegation in 1987, and …

Episode 206: Accy Week 13 Round Up

November 20th, 2020


Phil and Tony review Accrington Stanley's 3-0 win at Swindon Town on Tuesday night, and look ahead to Saturday's home match against Lincoln City.

Episode 205: EFL League One Week 13 Review

November 20th, 2020


Phil and Tony talk about the latest news in EFL League One including What's Wrong With Oxford United, and predictions on all of Week 13's upcoming matches.

Episode 204: EFL League One Week 12 & Accrington Stanley Round Up

November 16th, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss the matches from Saturday's League One Week 12 matches, including in depth on Accrington's win at Northampton Town and a look ahead to Tuesday's match between Accy and Swindon.

Episode 203: Northampton Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Preview

November 13th, 2020


Phil and Tony break down Saturday's upcoming match between Accrington Stanley and Northampton town, give predictions for the weekend's other matches, and a short quiz game.

Episode 202: Quantum Footballing

November 13th, 2020


Phil and Darren talk to former Accrington Stanley owner and global entrepreneur Ilyas Khan about his early life in Lancashire, his investments in the team from the mid-1990's until taking over as owner in 2007, the …

Episode 201 Part 2: EFL League One First Quarter Review

November 12th, 2020


Phil and Tony finish up their EFL League One First Quarter Review with analysis and predictions for all of the teams currently ranked in the Top 10 in the table, plus playoff and league champion predictions.

Episode 201 Part 1: EFL League One First Quarter Review

November 11th, 2020


Phil and Tony do a review of the EFL League One season's first quarter. They are first joined by guest Matt Pearce for an in depth look at Lincoln …

Episode 200: Fletch

November 6th, 2020


Phil and Darren talk to Paul Fletcher, who played over 400 matches for Burnley in the 1970's, and also featured for Bolton and Blackpool, in his post …

Episode 199: EFL League One Week 11 Review

November 5th, 2020


Phil and Tony break down all of the EFL League One action from Tuesday's Week 11 matches, as we head into the FA Cup break this weekend. They also look ahead to their upcoming quarter season review episode.

Special Edition: Belarus Premier League October Round-Up

November 5th, 2020


Phil, Jonny, and Ed review the Belarus Premier League season through 27 of 30 matches played, and do an in depth review of the upcoming Bate vs Shakhtyor match, plus who is in the running for European spots, where FC …

Episode 198: EFL League One Week 10 Review/Week11 Preview

November 3rd, 2020


Phil and Tony break down all of the action from Saturday's EFL League One Week 10 matches, and look ahead to tommorrow's biggest Week 11 match ups.

Episode 197: Phoenix Rising Nation

October 31st, 2020


Phil talks to Edward Cunningham (@phxrisingnation) on Twitter about everything PRFC, his famous Twitter account, the Soccer Birb, Guy Fieri, the PRFC …

Episode 196: Across The Pub

October 29th, 2020


Phil, Darren, and Tony do the first in a new monthly series that will feature all the latest news in and around Accrington Stanley both on and off the pitch, and everything that is new with the Supporters Trust. In this …

Episode 195: Soccer Mon (Wolves, Road Trips & Fish Stories)

October 29th, 2020


Phil chats with Phoenix Rising Super Fan Monica (Mon) McPherson about her story of following PRFC all the way since their days as Phoenix Wolves and …

Episode 194: EFL League One Week 9 Review/Week10 Preview

October 29th, 2020


Phil and Tony review all of the results from EFL League One Week 9 action, and look ahead to the biggest matches upcoming in Week 10. Also an in …

Episode 193: Phoenix Rising USL Championship Final Extravaganza

October 28th, 2020


Phil and Jake Anderson of Arizona Sports 98.7 discuss all of the major story line and tactics leading up to Sunday's USL Championship Final between Phoenix Rising and Tampa Bay Rowdies, in Tampa.

Episode 192: EFL League One Week 8 Review/Week 9 Preview

October 26th, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss all of the action from EFL League One Week 8, and look ahead to the biggest matches from Tuesday night's scheduled Week 9 …

Episode 191: Phoenix Rising vs El Paso Locomotive

October 24th, 2020


Phil answers listener questions about the upcoming USL Championship Western Conference Finals match between Phoenix Rising and El Paso Locomotive.

Episode 190: Burnley, Wembley & Not So Posh Places

October 24th, 2020


Phil and Darren talk to Phil Cavener, a retired footballer who played over 100 matches for Burnley and also with Bradford City, Gillingham and Peterborough among other teams. He also managed in non-league after having …

Episode 189: EFL League One Week 7 Review/Week 8 Preview

October 24th, 2020


Phil and Tony run down all of the results from Week 7 of EFL League One action and preview Saturday's big upcoming matches including Peterborough at …

Episode 188: Accrington vs Bristol Preview

October 23rd, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss Accrington Stanley's win over Fleetwood Town and preview the (now postponed) match between Accy and Bristol Rovers. Also, a new …

Episode187: The Butcher Album

October 20th, 2020


Phil and Tony speak with Accrington Stanley midfielder Matt Butcher about his career beginning with Bournemouth, a loan spell at Yeovil Town, and a …

Special Edition: Daryl Grove Tribute And Accrington/Fleetwood Match Preview

October 19th, 2020


Phil opens with a tribute to Daryl Grove of the Total Soccer Show and the key role that Daryl and Ira Jersey played in the creation of OASSCNA and …

Episode 186: Ipswich Town vs Accrington Stanley Preview

October 16th, 2020


Phil and Tony break down Saturday's upcoming match between Ipswich Town and Accrington Stanley including lineups, injuries, key stories and players, gambling odds, and a new game called Tractor or Not A Tractor.

Extra #2: The Fall Of Project Big Picture

October 15th, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss what becomes of the proposed EFL bailout with the fall of Project Big Picture, in addition to League One and League Two …

Episode 185: EFL League One Week 5 Review/Week 6-7 Preview

October 13th, 2020


Phil and Tony go over the results of every EFL League One match from last weekend, and look ahead to key matches from both this Saturday's and next …

Episode 184: Football's Black Pioneers

October 13th, 2020


Phil and Darren speak with author Bill Hern about his new book called Football's Black Pioneers which is a history of the first black player for each of the 92 English Football League Clubs.

Episode 183: Accrington Stanley vs Rochdale AFC

October 10th, 2020


Phil and Tony break down all of the key factors leading into the Accrington Stanley vs Rochdale match at WHAM Stadium including key players, betting analysis, tactics, and more.

Extra #1: Should The Premier League Bail Out The EFL

October 9th, 2020


Phil and Tony do a 15 minute timed discussion of whether or not the Premier League should bail out the teams that are lower in the EFL pyramid.

Episode 182: EFL League One Week 4 Review/Week 5 Preview

October 7th, 2020


Phil and Tony break down the biggest matches from EFL League One from Week 4 and Preview the upcoming matches for Week 5.

Episode 181: I Would Walk 40 Miles

October 1st, 2020


Phil, Darren, and Tony start by introducing a new upcoming series of short podcasts where they will debate one hot button topic for 15 minutes, with this week's topic being Accrington Stanley's start to the season, they …

Episode 180: EFL League One Week 3 Review/Week 4 Preview

September 29th, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss EFL League One Week 3 results including Lincoln City over Charlton, Wigan over Portsmouth, Sunderland over Peterborough, Oxford …

Episode 179: 20 Questions About Phoenix Rising

September 24th, 2020


Phil chats with Jake Anderson of AZ Sports 98.7 about the current state of Phoenix Rising including what went wrong in the San Diego Match, a preview of this week's upcoming game against Orange County, thoughts on …

Episode 178: EFL League One Round Up Week 2

September 23rd, 2020


Phil and Tony talk about Accrington Stanley's loss to Burton and upcoming match against Oxford, as well as in depth discussion on Sunderland, …

Episode 177: A Tuesday Night In February

September 23rd, 2020


Phil and Darren talk to Rob Heys, former CEO of Accrington Stanley about the unique challenges of running a small budget club, and also his time with …

Episode 176: From Blues To Reds

September 18th, 2020


Phil and Tony talk to Tariq Uwakwe who has scored 4 goals in just 2 matches for Accrington Stanley since coming on loan from Chelsea about his career so far, outlook for this season, adjusting to the move from London to …

Episode 175: The Shirt Collector

September 17th, 2020


Phil and Tony speak with Rob Russell, long time supporter and owner of the world's largest Accrington Stanley shirt collection about the past, …

Episode 174: Whelan And Dealin

September 17th, 2020


Phil talks to Phoenix Rising defender Corey Whelan about coming to play in the U.S. after growing up in the Liverpool area, his youth career with the …

Special Edition: Belarus Premier League September Round-Up

September 17th, 2020


Phil, Jonny, and Ed discuss recent news and results in the Belarus Premier League plus upcoming matches, and a focus on the recent 5 game winning run …

Episode 173: September Team Of The Month Dekalb County United

September 16th, 2020


Phil and Tony speak with John Hall Founder and President of Dekalb County United of the Midwest Premier League in the United States. They discuss the …

Episode 172: EFL League One Week 1 Review/Week 2 Preview

September 15th, 2020


Phil and Tony discuss EFL League One Week 1 matches including Accrington Stanley vs Peterborough United, Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury, Sunderland vs …

Episode 171: Barrow V Boro

September 10th, 2020


Phil and Jonny break down the opening week match between Barrow and Stevenage including what players have come and gone from both clubs since last season, and a break down and prediction for Saturday's match.

Episode 170 Part 2: 2020-21 EFL League One Preview Extravaganza

September 9th, 2020


Phil and Tony preview the 2020-2021 season for all 24 EFL League One teams. Part 2 features Lincoln City, Northampton Town, Oxford United, …

Episode 170 Part 1: 2020-21 EFL League One Preview Extravaganza

September 8th, 2020


Phil and Tony preview the 2020-2021 season for all 24 EFL League One teams. Part 1 features Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, Burton …

Special Edition: Flashing Lights

September 4th, 2020


Phil has a short chat with Jake Anderson about the "theatrics" that happen at Cashman Field during a Las Vegas Lights match, whether or not it is "good promotion" or "too over the top", and if things like Inflatable …

Episode 169: Alphabet Soup

September 3rd, 2020


Phil and Tony talk to New York Cosmos Historian Dr. David Kilpatrick about the most storied soccer club in the United States from the Pele era to present, and also his affinity for Accrington Stanley, and a story about …

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