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Benched brings you the stories that are sitting on the sidelines of sport, from the inspiring, the harrowing or often absurd. This is a show that isn’t just about sport, but instead acts as as a prism to explore the real world.

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Ep06 - The House Always Wins?

June 13th, 2019


Cat Hulbert has been called the best female gambler on earth. During her decades-long career, she played at the highest level of blackjack and poker …

Ep05 - Out on the Pitch

June 6th, 2019


After being accidentally outed in 2014, Liam Davis became the only openly gay male footballer in Britain. Despite media knocking down his door, he has remained firmly focused on football and has spoken widely about how …

E04 - Ali Dia Is a Liar?

May 30th, 2019


In 1996, Southampton’s manager received a phone call from someone claiming to be footballing legend George Weah recommending the signing of his cousin. For 43 minutes, Ali Dia lived out the fantasy of millions by …

E03 - The Snow Leopard

May 23rd, 2019


In 2010, Ghanaian athlete Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong defied the odds and made it to the Vancouver Winter Olympics on a bet. And the legend of The Snow Leopard was born. Hear his story of hard-won success with guest host …

E02 - Boxing’s Biggest Loser

May 16th, 2019


British boxing professional, Johnny Greaves, fought 100 fights throughout his career and lost 96 of them – and he’s proud of it. In this episode hear from of Boxing’s biggest loser about why it pays not to win. Guest …

E01 - Saved By The Beautiful Game

May 9th, 2019


Eric Murangwa was a goalkeeper for Rwanda's biggest team, Rayon Sports, when the genocide began in 1994. As part of the persecuted Tutsi minority, he tells the story of how football, and his Hutu teammates, helped save …

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