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Life Goals with Theo Delaney

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Every football fan knows it's the goals that really stay with you such is their juddering emotional impact. In Life Goals well known football fanatics re -live the eight defining goals of their lives with host Theo Delaney and reflect on what was happening at the time as it all comes flooding back. Like a good football match it veers from the poignant to the euphoric

44 Episodes
Theo Delaney's guest is James Pearce an authority on Liverpool the team he has supported since childhood. Following a long stint on the Liverpool Echo covering the Reds, he now does the same job on The Athletic. He chooses goals from the likes of Gerard, Gazza and Mo Salah and takes us from slow motorway journeys to Anfield in his Dad's old van to taking his place in the press box as a member of The Athletic's elite team of writers.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by South American football expert and broadcaster Tim Vickery from the Brazilian Shirt Name podcast, a highly respected voice on airwaves and TV screen's the world over. Tim's great knowledge and love of football is matched by his passion for music and he chooses connoisseurs' lists of goals and records including Paul Gascoigne, Roberto Carlos, Esteban Cambiasso, The Four Tops, Miles Davis and The Style Council.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comedian, broadcaster and author Ian Stone joins Theo Delaney to relive the eight defining goals of his life. Ian's new book 'To Be Someone' tells of his youthful love of music and football, in particular The Jam and Arsenal. These are passions that endure to this day and are manifest throughout a wide ranging discussion peppered with goals by the likes of David Rocastle, Andre Arshavin and Michael Owen.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by Iain Dale, the political pundit and broadcaster, a familiar face on TV who has an influencial radio show on LBC and no fewer than five weekly podcasts. A long-standing West Ham season ticket holder at, his memories of Upton Park are misty-eyed but he has only positive things to say about the London Stadium. Among his chosen scorers are Di Canio, Payet and Alan Taylor and we get an insight into his remarkable media career too.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by one of his musical idols singer songwriter Lloyd Cole, who's band Lloyd Cole and the Commotions was one of the great groups of the eighties and who has been making excellent records and touring the globe ever since as a solo artist. A lover of all sports, Lloyd tells how he became a Chelsea fan despite growing up in Derbyshire, how he was on stage at Glastonbury when Maradona scored his 'Hand of God' goal and why he is slightly infatuated with Jamie Vardy. Other scorers include Osgood, Zidane and Cantona and there are fabulous music choices too.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney's guest is Stuart Cosgrove who is best known to football fans in Scotland as the co-host of the hugely popular BBC Radio Scotland show 'Off The Ball'. He's also a successful academic, journalist, television executive and author. (His latest books, a trilogy of soul music histories starting with 'Detroit 67', come highly recommended). Goals from a teenage Alex Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne and Diego Maradonna are among his eight choices and his passionate support of St Johnstone FC and Scotland is manifest throughout. Also, why Prince is the Andrea Pirlo of Minnesota funk.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by Bruce Crouch who is among the advertising industry's top creative talents but is perhaps better known to football fans as the Dad of former England centre forward Peter Crouch. After a brief reminiscence of working together in adland, Bruce tells Theo of his familial allegience to Chelsea and provides remarkable insight into the emotional journey of a parent of a top international footballer. He chooses goals from Osgood, Shearer, Carlos Alberto and Cantona as well as his own son.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney's guests are Hollywood film director Paul Greengrass and his son, goalscoring centre half Kit Greengrass. Paul's films have big budgets, get rave reviews and attract huge audiences. They include three Bourne movies starring Matt Damon and 'Captain Phillips' and the forthcoming 'News Of The World' both with Tom Hanks. Like all good directors he has stamped his mark on the Life Goals script by casting not only his son but three of the friends he has spent his life playing football with. Goals form Sunday league and school football as well as Crystal Palace strikes from Pardew and Zaha are among the Greengrasses' selections and we learn about the soccer allegiences of the aforementioned Hanks and Damon.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by Sid Lowe of the Guardian, ESPN and The Spanish Football Podcast. Sid lives in Madrid and is a huge fan of Real Oviedao as well as maintaining his boyhood allegiance to Liverpool. The remarkable depth of his football knowledge and his passionate love for the game is manifest as he tells stories spaning Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool side, Euro 96, several World Cups and following Oviedo at all levels of Spanish football. Among his chosen scorers are Messi, Dalglish and Stuart Pearce.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney's guest is former postman Alan Johnson who also had stints as the leader of the Union of Communication Workers and as as Home Secretary in Gordon Brown's government. Now a best selling and critically acclaimed author, his love of football and music is clear as he relives goals stretching from 1958 to 2014 that frame his extraordinary life story. A lifelong fan of QPR his deep affection for his adopted home of Hull is also apparent. His chosen scorers include Nat Lofthouse, Geoff Hurst. Rodney Marsh and Dean Windass.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by top commentator Derek Rae who currently works in the USA on MLS and a range of other competitions as well as being the international commentator on the hugely popular FIFA computer game. Over a long and illustrious career his voice has been heard the world over. He is a lifelong fan of his home town club, Aberdeen and. of course, Scotland.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by the legendary Norman Jay MBE, the doyen of DJs, who has been a global superstar since the 90s and was honoured by the Queen in 2002 for services to deejaying and black music. Norman's other life long passion has been football and Tottenham Hotspur in particular. He recalls bunking into Wembley as a child, sticking around after away games for Northern Soul all-nighters before hitch hiking back to London and being convinced it was a prank when 10 Downing Street got in touch with news of his MBE. His remarkable tales take in Blackpool, Oslo, the Notting Hill Carnival, Seoul and Molineux. Among his selected goal scorers are Martin Chivers, Ray Kennedy, Heung Min Son and Paul Gascoigne accompanied by some fabulous music selections.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by the broadcaster, journalist and inspirational campaigner Charlie Webster who has worked for major broadcasters the world over including ESPN, Sky Sports and the BBC and has her own investigative podcast ‘Unmissable’ which tackles misconceptions about domestic abuse. In a wide ranging interview Charlie talks about her difficult childhood, her remarkable career, her near fatal encounter with Malaria and an extraordinary encounter with Andy Carroll in the West Ham changing room. A lifelong Sheffield United fan, among her selected goalscorers are Chris Basham, David Beckham, Ronaldinho and David Unsworth.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by one of the great football commentators, the genial Ian Darke, whose voice is currently familiar to viewers of BT Sports in the UK and ESPN in the USA. A lifelong Portsmouth fan, Ian's choices include Pompey and England goals and several he has commentated on himself including a Landon Donovan strike that changed his life and the course of soccer history in America. Along with fascinating insights into his commentary craft we learn of his deep love for the game and how the two are inextricably linked.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Named by The Radio Times among the ten most unmissable podcasts in the world, this edition of Life Goals sees Theo Delaney joined by novelist, award winning advertising man and some time DJ Paul Burke. Among his lauded books is 'Father Frank', the tale of a taxi-driving Catholic priest who doesn't believe in God. In a wide ranging discussion Paul talks about growing up in the Irish community of north west London, a liking for discos, white socks and Cortinas in his teenage years and how he allowed his son to jump ship for Arsenal after watching them put six past QPR. Goalscorers include Bobby Zamora, Devon White and Denis Bergkamp.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney welcomes journalist and broadcaster Carl Anka who writes about Southampton FC for The Athletic. Carl is a Manchester United fan with increasingly strong feelings for The Saints.. He also has split loyalties at international level and has shed tears at the World Cup defeats of both England and Ghana. His deep love and knowledge of the game is on display as he describes his devotion to Didier Drogba and how the England football team helped restore his faith in the nation. Other scorers include Cantona, Ings, Trippier and Welbeck. Carl's twitter name is @Ankaman616  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by Julie Welch, Fleet Street's first female football writer. Her new book 'Fleet Street Girls', published in August 2020, tells the story of the women journalists who broke down barriers in the 1970s. Julie's work has appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. She's also written plays and the film 'Those Glory Glory Days' about her childhood passion for Tottenham Hotspur a club for which she is now the official biographer. During a forthright and colourful discussion, she nominates goals from Kane, Crouch, Brooking and Drogba among others.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by journalist, writer and broadcaster James Brown whose Loaded magazine was at the very centre of 90s popular culture.His best selling book tells of his life long love affair with football, both playing and watching, and here he tells Theo about living next door to Allan Clarke, loving life in the lower leagues and the excesses of life on Loaded that inevitably led to rehab. Goalscorers include Steve Bull, Jermaine Beckford and Johan Cruyff.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by Academy Award nominee Peter Cattaneo, the celebrated director who counts 'The Full Monty' and 'Military Wives' among his dazzling array of credits. According to his wife he almost missed the birth of his first child because he was watching a pivotal Man Utd v Arsenal game in the hospital canteen. Though he denies this, his obsessional love of football in general and Arsenal in particular is starkly apparent. Among his chosen goalscorers are Charlie George, Denis Bergkamp, Marco Tardelli and Tony Adams.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Theo Delaney is joined by comedian and broadcaster Bob Mills who has been making people laugh in live shows and across the airwaves since the mid-eighties. The first match he ever watched was the '66 World Cup Final at home in Chester and he tells us how he came to live in London, after joining and un-joing the Merchant Navy, and finally finding a football home at Leyton Orient. He also reveals how previous 'Life Goals' guest Kevin Day changed his life. Among his goal scorers are Geoff Hurst, Gerd Muller and Matty Lockwood.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (2)

Mark Leadbetter

If you love your football and enjoy music, this gives you a fantastic combinatio of both. The host Theo Delaney has an obvious love of them both and his enthusiasm and passion as well as the input from his varied guests means you can always be guaranteed of enjoying the show. Give it ago you will not be sorry.

Mar 30th

David J Cooper

tftm brought me here. Really enjoyed this, Worth a listen if u like your football

Sep 23rd
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