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Berkshire Football Stories with Tom Canning and Rob Davies is a podcast that aims to dig deep into the history of the non league and grassroots game across the county.
We’ll be talking to former players, managers and people behind the scenes about anything from the really big to really niche moments in time to shining the spotlight on a playing career.
Episodes coming up include conversations with Wokingham & Emmbrook president Mark Ashwell, Jon Underwood and Neil Baker the Slough Town managers, former Sandhurst Town managers Pete Browning and Steve Stairs and Maidenhead United supporter and all round Magpie encyclopedia Steve Jinman.
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Episode fifteen of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Maidenhead United Women's right back Sarah Thompson who discuses the step up from Woodley United and gives Tom and Rob a crash course in Futsal as captain and founder of Reading Royals Women's Futsal team. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode fourteen of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Bracknell Town boss Bobby Wilkinson about his time at Hungerford Town and reaching the National League, joining Bracknell Town and his time working at Reading FC. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode thirteen of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth about how he ended up playing in the Bracknell Sunday League, joining Woodley United, Adebayo Akinfenwa and a starry night at the LMA awards. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode twelve of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Binfield centre back Idris Kamara about his playing career, managers getting the best out of him, winning the Hellenic League player of the season award fighting for his place at Binfield. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode eleven of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Holyport boss Derek Sweetman about his playing career and getting into management, his second spell with the Port and his rude awakening in to the world of non league football at Slough Town. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode ten of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to the Reading FC Women First Team goalkeeper coach Craig McCreeth about the women's game, Reading's place in it, working with Grace Moloney and Rachael Laws and how he ended up playing for Woodley United. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode nine of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to the Berks & Bucks County FA's Women & Girls Development Officer manager Ellen Hopkins about the growth of women's football, how she started out and ended up as a goalkeeper as well as a coaching career that took her to America. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode eight of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Thatcham Town manager Danny Robinson about how the club is coping with the lockdown, the challenges facing the club and of course, we take a trip down FA Vase memory lane. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode seven of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Reading City manager Simon Jones Johnson about being the youngest manager in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, the changes at the club during his near two seasons in charge and how a bit of advice from ex-Welsh international Darren Barnard gave him the biggest lesson in his managerial career. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode six of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Ascot United manager Jamie Tompkins in a timely conversation about the cancellation of the step 5 and 6 season (however this conversation was recorded before the announcement the season was null and void. Jamie talks about how he got involved in the club working as Brentford FC community coach and how far Chris Ellis can throw the ball. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode five of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Binfield chairman Bob Bacon in a timely conversation about the cancellation of the step 5 and 6 season, how he got involved in the club as well as his playing career and move to walking football. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode four of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to Hungerford Town manager Ian Herring who tells talks about his behind the scenes videos, searching out rough diamonds on the pitch and the story behind his early career at Swindon Town. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode three of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode we speak to AFC Crowthorne Ladies Abi Ticehurst who tells us about her first season playing football, starting a team from scratch, watching the Lionesses in the SheBelieves Cup and joining the FiB writing team. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode two of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. This episode, Bracknell Sunday League fixtures secretary Tony Hardy chats to Tom Canning about the role, his previous heavy involvement at Bracknell Town where he was everything from club secretary to groundsman as well as a County Cup winning manager with Whitegrove. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Episode one of our regular pub (but not in a pub) chats with people in and around the grassroots and non league game. We'll be trying to release a few of these a week, if not daily. First up, it's Maidenhead United fixtures secretary Neil Maskell who chats to Tom Canning about the season so far, the County Cup and dressing up as a Magpie. Visit our website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) Follow us on twitter @fiberkshire (https://twitter.com/fiberkshire) and Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/footballinberkshire/) .
Football in Berkshire is back to podcasting while football is off. We're hoping to bring you a regular conversation with someone in the game, if not daily, then a few times a week! Visit the website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) - Music is Elevation by Joseph McDade (https://josephmcdade.com/music) .
Episode Ten of Berkshire Football Stories looks back to the 2000s at Bracknell Town with long-serving former manager Alan Taylor. The early 2000s were a period of great promise for the Robins who had just reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time and were chasing promotion up the Isthmian League. Hosts Tom Canning and Rob Davies speak to Alan Taylor who took over the reigns from Clive and Mark Tallentire in 2001, taking the Robins on another FA Cup run and to a Berks & Bucks County Cup Final. Al discusses how he ended up getting the Bracknell job, the players he worked with and working within a tight budget. We also chat about Alan's assistants at Larges Lane and his habit of getting them out of retirement as well as his time managing Farnborough and why he decided to step aside. That is it for series one of Berkshire Football Stories. We'll be back in 2020! If you'd like to suggest a guest or a story you'd like covered, please email editor@footballinbracknell.co.uk Visit the website at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) - Music is Elevation by Joseph McDade (https://josephmcdade.com/music) .
Episode Eight of Berkshire Football focuses 2015, a landmark season for Reading FC's women's team as they won promotion to the FA WSL 1, the top tier of women's football in the country. Hosts Tom Canning and Rob Davies speak to forward Lauren Bruton who was part of the title winning side and weighed in with seven goals. Lauren talks about what it was like training every day with the likes of Fran Kirby, her memories of the season and being pushed all the way by Doncaster Rovers Belles. We also chat to Lauren about her early career, growing up in Luton and making her debut for Arsenal as well as her England Lionesses honours. Coming up in the final episode of series one, we speak to former Bracknell Town boss Alan Taylor. Full details on what's coming up at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) - Music is Elevation by Joseph McDade (https://josephmcdade.com/music) .
Episode Eight of Berkshire Football focuses on one of Berkshire's success stories in Binfield FC, charting the rise from a separate junior and senior club to where it is today. Hosts Tom Canning and Rob Davies speak to the Moles former chairman Rob Jones who was in charge at Hill Farm Lane for 13 years. Rob, talks about laying the foundations for the club to grow, how a meeting with Bobby Ellis brought two clubs together and the numerous obstacles and challenges they had to overcome. The 2000s was a big ten years for the club that saw ground improvements such as the installation of floodlights as well as a fairly successful time on the pitch that included promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division. Coming up in the final two episodes of series one, we speak to Reading Women's forward Lauren Bruton and former Bracknell Town boss Alan Taylor. Full details on what's coming up at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) - Music is Elevation by Joseph McDade (https://josephmcdade.com/music) .
Episode Seven of Berkshire Football focuses on Reading & District Sunday League side Caversham United and how the club went from almost calling it a day to having friends in high places on Twitter. Hosts Tom Canning and Rob Davies speak to the Billy Goats organiser, secretary, manager and player Paul Gutteridge about everything from how he ended up running the team to organising a summer tournament that welcomed clubs from across the country and the increasing importance of social media as away of clubs engaging with their support. For anyone not aware, the club have become a bit of an online sensation, making online friends with the likes of AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen as well as having competitions to design the clubs kit - with some truly sensational entries. Coming up in future episodes, we speak to Berks & Bucks FA Chief Exec Liz Verrall and former Bracknell Town boss Alan Taylor on the way as well as social media phenomenon Caversham United and young Finnish international Aimee Claypole. Full details on what's coming up at www.footballinberkshire.co.uk (http://www.footballinberkshire.co.uk/) - Music is Elevation by Joseph McDade (https://josephmcdade.com/music) . You can find Caversham United on social media @CavershamUnited (https://twitter.com/CavershamUnited)
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Bob Bacon

this is a good start, looking forward to hearing more

Sep 18th
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