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The Hard Truth - Inside the Football Industry with Darragh MacAnthony

62 EpisodesProduced by Darragh MacAnthonyWebsite

Having bought a professional football club Peterborough United aged 29 and been in the game for nearly 15 years Darragh shares his opinions on all things football as well as business discussion in this weekly podcast.Brutally honest, direct opinion and insight of what happens behind the scenes, not … read more

62 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

S2 EP9: Forget Tables, It's Performances!

September 29th, 2021

1:04:10

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

S2 EP8: Posh's Big Win, Bradford's Missing Link and Derby County

September 22nd, 2021

1:03:36

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

S2 EP7: Trust The Process!

September 15th, 2021

56:00

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

S2 EP6: It's Good To Be Home

September 8th, 2021

58:20

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Darragh …

S2 EP5: Transfer Deadline Special

August 31st, 2021

59:30

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Darragh …

S2 EP4: Football's a Beautiful Game

August 25th, 2021

56:22

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Phil is …

S2 EP3: Late Late Drama

August 18th, 2021

58:35

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 

On this week's episode... 

- Posh …

S2 EP2: Darragh, Phil and Special Guest Ryan Sparks!

August 11th, 2021

1:05:51

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 

On this week's episode... 

- …

S2 EP1: Football is back!

August 4th, 2021

1:01:36

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 


On this week's episode... 

EP54: The Season Finale

June 2nd, 2021

55:17

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

EP53: Posh end on a high, Bradford sack their managers and Derby County face repercussions

May 12th, 2021

55:34

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

Posh end …

EP52: We Are Going Up!

May 5th, 2021

41:08

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

The Posh …

EP50: The European Super League

April 21st, 2021

49:56

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Posh …

EP49: Algorithms and Permutations

April 14th, 2021

43:25

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- The …

EP48: Easter Results, Vaccine Passports, Agent Fees and more!

April 7th, 2021

43:36

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP47: Seven Heaven

March 31st, 2021

34:06

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP46: Reacting to Setbacks

March 24th, 2021

39:37

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP45: Some Things Should Stay Behind Closed Doors

March 17th, 2021

38:47

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP44: Darren Moore, Marcus Evans, FAI, and More...!

March 10th, 2021

52:44

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP43: [Business Podcast] Bouncing Back from ROCK BOTTOM

March 3rd, 2021

53:20

The Hard Truth Business Community launches this week, and to celebrate, we are sharing Episode 1 of The Hard Truth Business Podcast, the weekly podcast for members of the community.

In Episode 1, Darragh MacAnthony and …

EP42: The Roadmap

February 24th, 2021

48:21

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- League …

EP41: Salary Cap, Ryan Sparks Interview, and Much More!

February 17th, 2021

1:26:13

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and co-host Philip Ideson are joined by Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks to give insights on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On …

EP40: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 2)

February 10th, 2021

41:05

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this week's episode...

- GOAT's

EP39: The January Transfer Window

February 3rd, 2021

49:17

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this week's episode...

- …

EP38: The Good, Bad & Ugly of Agents, Billion Dollar Leeds, Lampard, and More!

January 27th, 2021

56:24

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...


- A bad …

EP37: Back Up Keepers, Goal Celebrations, Becoming a Scout, and Much More!

January 20th, 2021

57:02

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Man …

EP36: Accrington, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday, and More!

January 13th, 2021

55:05

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP35: Transfer Requests, Circuit Breakers, and much more

January 6th, 2021

51:04

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- …

EP34: [Bonus] Firing Up the Points Per Game Calculator...

December 30th, 2020

36:21

We weren't going to record this week, but with Darragh missing his football due to Peterborough United's COVID shutdown, Phil willing to talk to anyone who will listen about Bradford City's turnaround in form, and a …

EP33: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 1)

December 23rd, 2020

1:08:44

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- COVID …

EP32: You're Fired!

December 16th, 2020

56:48

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football …

EP31: Bailout, New Overseas Signing Rules, Scouting Setups & Much More...

December 9th, 2020

52:38

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP30: Out of the Cup, Fans are Back, & Much More...

December 2nd, 2020

58:06

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP29: Greg Clarke & The FA, MPs Debate, Manager of the Month, & Much More...

November 18th, 2020

56:11

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Manager of the month

- …

EP28: Player Medicals, FA Cup Wins, Manager Short Lists, Elections, & More...

November 11th, 2020

53:54

Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to …

EP27: Top of the League, Managing the Manager, Lockdown, and More...

November 4th, 2020

57:05

Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to …

EP26: "There's No Big Money TV Deals in Football Without the Big 6"

October 28th, 2020

1:05:19

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Thoughts on the Premier …

EP25: Are All Football Clubs for Sale?

October 21st, 2020

1:02:46

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP24: Project Big Picture

October 14th, 2020

51:56

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Football in the community

EP23: Deadline Day Realities

October 7th, 2020

1:01:37

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP22: "Football Needs Help"

September 30th, 2020

58:44

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- COVID testing saga

- Fans …

EP21: Injury Time, Taking a Knee, and Much More...

September 23rd, 2020

1:16:30

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Winning in injury time

- …

EP20: "F*ck Football"

September 16th, 2020

57:28

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Posh players test …

EP19: Fans Forum Special - 20/21 Season Preview

September 9th, 2020

1:16:47

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Behind closed doors …

EP18: Big Transfers! / Posh Supporters Forum

September 2nd, 2020

1:09:01

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP17: Inside the Loan Market

August 26th, 2020

59:32

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Fixtures are out!

- …

EP16: "Hold My Beer"

August 19th, 2020

51:13

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- EFL bailout (or not)

- FA …

EP15: "It'll stop football clubs going out of business"

August 12th, 2020

46:50

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP14: "That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles"

August 5th, 2020

58:34

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP13: Transfer Silly Season

July 29th, 2020

59:53

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

EP12: The Salary Cap

July 22nd, 2020

1:01:13

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the …

Episode 11 - Football Purgatory

July 4th, 2020

58:41

In this Episode El Presidente covers Life, Football, Politics and 2021 Targets. 

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Episode 10 - The Final Vote

June 5th, 2020

49:51

In Episode 10 i discuss the upcoming EFL Vote on finishing the League 1 Season

Life for Posh after the Vote

Changes Needed in the EFL

Normality for all us is coming 

Life in Florida at the Moment 

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Episode 9 - The Fat lady is clearing her Throat

May 22nd, 2020

54:59

My thoughts on events of the last 10 day regarding EFL meetings, upcoming vote & the future of Football. 

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Episode 8 - Losing my Mind

May 8th, 2020

1:05:03

Bumper episode this week as I speak to Barry Fry & also the Editor in Chief of the Athletic UK on all things football & of course the Coronavirus. We discuss the constant news article around Voiding or …

Episode 7 - Life is full of Risks & Always has been

May 1st, 2020

46:24

My personal feelings re Coronavirus & choice we have to make going forward 

Players now worried about their Safety if asked to play 

Lockdowns need to finish 

If Football doesn't come back; what next? 

--- …

Episode 6 - Price of Voiding Football Season/Football Bail Out/Dwight Gayle Transfer Story

April 24th, 2020

51:35

In this Episode i discuss the REAL price of voiding the season & blow up the nonsense theory its right thing to do financially. I discuss my chat with the EFL Chairman Rick, Bailing out football clubs, Dwight Gayle …

Episode 5 - PFA/EFL Wage Deferral talks/Football Is coming Back/Warning to Owners with Agenda's/Interview with an EFL Manager/Lee Tomlin Story

April 17th, 2020

53:29

In Episode 5 I discuss the following issues:

  • PFA/EFL Wage Deferrals
  • EFL Resuming the Season
  • Other Football Club Owners with Different Agenda's

Episode 4 - Football Saving Itself/Finishing Our Season/New Season Goals

April 10th, 2020

37:19

In this Episode i discuss my ideas on how we save EFL football clubs & come through this pandemic financially stronger long term. Finishing the …

Episode 3 - Football Family Issues/Solutions are on the way/Mental Health

April 3rd, 2020

35:15

In this episode i discuss Mental Health in todays world with this ongoing crisis touching everyone of us. I discuss the PFA/EFL/PREMIER League …

Episode 2 - Non League football voided - WTF & Player Wage deferrals may well be coming & Life once this Coronavirus is beaten

March 26th, 2020

32:32

In this episode i cover the FA'S decision to void Non league football today, Women's football voided, Player wage Deferrals, EFL/Premier League financial package ideas to help the 72 EFL clubs, Life during Coronavirus, …

Episode 1 - Football World coming through this current Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19th, 2020

29:21

With no football until potentially May; many clubs will be in danger of administration & in serious financial peril. In this episode i give the hard truth regarding this & my opinions on what the football …

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