90 Things We Love About the 90s – Podcast

2018 got off to the perfect start for 90s Football fans, thanks to FourFourTwo magazine’s 90s special. At the heart of the issue is a feature called 90 Things That We Love About the 90s, and on the latest Alive and Kicking the boys discuss the magazines choices and add in their own memories of the 90 things that were chosen. Host Ash Rose is joined by regulars Joel Young and Matthew Crist and they give their pennyworth’s on everything from the Anglo Italian Cup, Davor Suker and the traditions of Match of the Day. There’s also 90s chat with former QPR and Bristol Rovers defender Trevor Challis. #Keepit90s

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90s Christmas Wishes – Podcast

Ho, ho, ho! It’s a festive edition of your favourite 90s football podcast as our three wise men talk through their Christmas wishes, inspired by football in the 1990s. Host Ash Rose is joined by regulars Joel Young and Sid Lambert as each are granted five wishes to bring something back from our favourite decade into the modern game. So there’s talk on former broadcasters, footballers who had character…or a belly like Santa, and of course the golden age of kit design. Plus there’s a natter from across the Atlantic as we speak to former Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and USA midfielder John Harkes. Grab yourself a snowball and enjoy the holiday season with a dose of 1990s football. Merry Christmas! #Keepit90s!

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The 90s Appreciation Club – Podcast

Alive and Kicking is back once again with another slice of 90s football action. In this episode Ash takes to social media and chats to two footy fans who have used their love of 90s football to become Twitter celebs! From 90s Football Patrick Short and Crap 90s Football’s, James Richardson talk about their successful social media accounts, the reasons behind why they began and their love for 90s football in general. Plus on the phone, we chat to former Manchester United defender and member of the ‘Class of 92’ Chris Casper. Keep it 90s!

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Stuck On You – Podcast

Got, got, got…..NEED! Yes, this week we take another look at stickers and collectibles in the 1990s – a golden era for collectors! Ash Rose is joined by regular Joel Young and author of ‘Stuck On You’ Greg Lansdowne, ahead of this ITV4 documentary of the same name airing next week. The boys chat through the early 90s days of Panini, the rise of Merlin and their Premier League collections plus Pro Set, Pro Match, Orbis, Upper Deck and loads loads more. There’s also an interview with former Man City and Sunderland goalie Tony Coton. Stick with us and don’t be swapping for any other 90s podcast….and of course Keep it 90s!

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I really rated him – Podcast

The AK90s team return with another XI, as they try and cobble together the most underrated players of the 1990s. Host Ash Rose is joined by regulars Joel Young and Sid Lambert as they each pick an XI of who they consider the decade’s most underrated footballers. Don’t agree? Why not play along and send us your own XI of who you think should have made the cut. We are also joined on the line by former Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder Carlton Palmer, who chats about his new book, life under Big Ron and Graham Taylor’s England. #Keepit90s

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Into the Dragon’s Lair! – Podcast

It’s been twenty years since Sky One introduced Dream Team into our lives! So to celebrate this milestone of the best football-based soap that there’s ever been, we look back on Harchester United and all its glory! Ash Rose is joined by regulars Joel Young and Simon Needle (as well as a little assistance from @DieHardDT) as they relive the show’s very episode and then chat through the highs and lows of the Dragons. Talking Boardroom naughtiness, cup final shootings and the very many famous faces that made their name in Harchester. Plus, we’re joined on the phone by the one and only Luis Amor Rodriguez, aka actor Martin Crews. #Keepit90s

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1998-99 The Treble – Podcast

We’ve reached the end of the countdown, looking back at the 1990s season-by-season with the 1998-99 campaign. Host Ash Rose is joined by journalist and Man Utd fan Matthew Crist to relive the glorious treble as well as BBC journalist and author Cris Slegg who talks to us about Spurs roller-coaster of a season. Plus there’s chat on Di Canio’s push, Hoddle’s sacking and two more names from the past go into the 90s Players That Time Forgot vault. On the phone former Portsmouth, Spurs and England star Darren Anderton has a natter with Ash about FA Cups, Worthington Cups and major tournaments. #Keepit90s

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1997-98 Wenger’s Wonders – Podcast

It’s the penultimate episode in our season-by-season countdown of the 1990s as we delve into 1997-98 and took at two ends of the table. Joining host Ash Rose to talk all things Arsenal in a memorable double-winning season is author and journalist Chas Newkey-Burden, while at the other end director and podcaster with Filmmakers Pod, Giles Alderson recalls Barnsley’s Premier League campaign. There’s also chat on Tino Aprilla’s hat-trick, Roy Keane’s injury and lots of Dennis Bergkamp. Plus giving us an inside view on the Tykes, Ash chats to former Barnsley defender Nicky Eaden on the blower. #Keepit90s

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1996-97 Bonkers Boro – Podcast

Back once again like a renegade master and back with our season-by-season countdown as we focus on the bonkers season that was 1996-97. None more so than at The Riverside so it’s only right that Ash Rose is joined by AK90s resident Joel Young to talk all things Boro as well as debutant Simon Needle who relives yet another glory laden season for Man Utd. The boys also chat through Arsene Who? Sean Bean adverts and Keegan’s last hurrah….which puts Joel firmly on his soapbox. Plus on the phone former Newcastle assistant manager and Liverpool hero Terry McDermott chats to Ash about his time with the Toon Army during the decade. #Keepit90s

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When Ash met Alexi – Podcast

Alive and Kicking celebrates it’s milestone 50th episode with a very special show, as host Ash Rose goes one-on-one with 90s icon Alexi Lalas. The pair chat about Alexi’s early career in the US, through international recognition and then the 1994 World Cup when he exploded onto the scene – and of course THAT kit. There’s also memories of his time in Italy, he’s musical career and his memorable Fantasy Football League appearance with Baddiel and Skinner. There’s also time for some Q&A’s and some gushing thank you’s as AK90s hits the big 50! Keep it 90s!

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1995-96 I’d Love it – Podcast

We resume our season-by-season countdown of the 90s with a look back at the 1995-96 campaign. This was a season dominated by the epic title battle between Manchester United and Newcastle United and we have a voice from each as Ash is joined by journalist Matthew Chris and the man behind the Championship Manager blog David Black. As well as Keegan, Ferguson, Anfield and all that, the boys also chat through the stellar set of signings who joined the Premier League that year as well as Gazza’s move to Scotland and yet more memories of Euro 96. Plus there’s an interview with former Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton man Scott Sellars. Keep it 90s!

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FA Cup Day – Podcast

In another slice of bonus 90s action, Ash Rose is back to talk FA Cup Finals of the 90s. He’s joined by journalists Matthew Crist and Chas Newkey-Burden as well as former footballer turned pundit Sam Parkin to look back at all ten finals of the decade. The boys discuss Man Utd’s five appearances, the one-sided nature of most finals and of course THOSE white suits. On the phone is 1991 Cup Final scorer for Spurs Paul Stewart. #Keepit90s

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The Play Off Picture – Podcast

Ahead of the Football League Play Offs, Alive and Kicking brings you a bonus episode looking back at the play offs from the 1990s. Ash Rose is joined by someone who has literally written the book on the Play Offs Richard Foster, Hooked On Event’s Paul Benson and Charlton author Paul Breen. With thirty games over the decade, the boys try to cover as much as possible including Swindon’s early 90s adventures, Crystal Palace’s back-to-back appearances as well as the greatest play-off final of them all. On the phone Ash is joined by former Swindon goalkeeper Fraser Digby. #Keepit90s

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1994-95 Ewood Ecstacy – Podcast

We’ve reached the halfway point in the AK90s season-by-season look back, and what a season it was. To look back at what was a truly eventful campaign Ash Rose is joined by BBC’s John Harrison, talkSPORT’s Matt Davies and freelance journalist Richard Buxton. The boys aim to cheer-up Blackburn fans with a look back at that famous title win and final day at Anfield and there’s also chat about Everton, Robbie Fowler, Arsenal’s misdemeanours and of course Cantona’s infamous meltdown at Selhust Park. Plus on the phone Ash chats to former Crystal Palace and Coventry winger John Salako and there’s three new names to recall in 90s Players That Time Forgot. #Keepit90s

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1993-94 Double Delight – Podcast

AK90s is back and continues it’s season by season countdown with a look back at 1993-94. Ash Rose is joined by show regular and Boro fan Joel Young as well as debutant Mark Godfrey, editor of The Football Pink – who shares with us all you need to know about their special 1990s issue. The boys chat through Man Utd’s double win, Everton’s scrape with relegation and Swindon Town’s Premier League ride. Plus Villa’s Cup win, England’s demise and a little of World Cup 94 and THAT USA kit. What’s more we drop two new names that 90s football forgot and speak to former QPR and Fulham defender Rufus Brevett! #Keepit90s!

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Cashing in on potential XI

On a recent episode of Alive and Kicking, host Ash Rose and guest Sid Lambert came-up with their own particular XI’s. Using the lead character from Sid’s new book Cashing In as the lead, they both picked an eleven made-up of players who in the 1990s looked as though they were destined to become stars, but for one reason or another never fulfilled their potential.

So then in all their 1990 stickers glory is the two teams the guys picked. If you want to hear their reasons behind each choice, you can listen to the special episode here, which also includes a fascinating interview with 90s child prodigy Sonny Pike.

Sid Lambert XI

Goalkeeper; Richard Wright (Ipswich Town)

The 90s outstanding goalkeeper who’s promise at Ipswich earned him a big money move to Arsenal. Unfortunately he never made theta step up and became a perennial bench-warmer for rest of his career.

Right-back; Gary Charles (Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa)

A steady-eddie at Premier League level but was hotly-tipped to became an England regular in his early Forest days. It never happened, and despite a decent top-flight career gave into his demons once retired.

Sweeper; Chris Bart-Willams (Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest)

Seemed to be a jack of all trades in his time at Forest and Wednesday, hence he’s shoe-horned role at the back. A typically 90s name who starred for England’s U21’s but his never made the full grade internationally.

Central defender; Dean Blackwell (Wimbledon)

A name some may not remember but among Wimbledon’s crazy gang of the 90s Dean was seen in same vein as John Scales and Chris Perry. His mega money move never materialised and remained a Don for the vast majority of his career.

Left-back; John Harley (Chelsea)

A product of the Chelsea youth team (and someone Sid used to play football with), Jon broke through right at the end of the decade. However, his career stalled as he could never dislodge Graeme Le Saux or Celestine Babayaro from the number three slot.

Right midfield; Stuart Slater (West Ham United)

Hammers fans have fond memories of this tricky winger, namely for some impressive display in the FA Cup in the early 90s. His promise though was short-lived as injury slowed down his career and he never did recapture his early potential.

Centre midfield; Joe Parkinson (Everton)

One of Joe Royle’s ‘Dogs of War’ alongside Barry Horne in the Toffees central midfield, Joe was a proper combative midfielder. Won an FA Cup winners medal with Everton but a knee injury meant we never got to see the very best of him after that.

Centre midfield; Sasa Curcic (Bolton, Aston Villa)

The only foreign inclusion comes in the shape of Serbian (or then Yugoslavian) Sasa Curcic, who rocked up at Bolton in 1995 and bamboozled the Premier League. However, Sasa became more Ketsbia than Juninho after failed moves to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and later went on to star in the Serbian Big Brother.

Left midfield; Ian Olney (Aston Villa)

Before there was Peter Crouch there was this gangly and unique looking forward in Villa’s early 90s line-up. He however, didn’t have that ‘great touch for a big man’ and despite become Oldham’s record signing in 1992, he quickly fell away from the game and today is a financial advisor.

Striker; Daniel Dichio (QPR)

Readers of Match magazine may remember Dichio being the coolest kid on the block when he broke into the QPR team – thanks to his DJ skills. But on the pitch it all came to soon for ‘Daniele’. Thrown in the deep end after Les Ferdinand’s departure the striker couldn’t repeat the goal feats he found at youth level. His Italian roots did somehow get him a move to Sampdoria after Rangers though.

Striker; Francis Jeffers (Everton)

He may have had to live with the tag ‘fox in the box’ for the majority of his career but before that ill-fated move to Highbury, Jeffers looked the real deal. Scoring 20 goals in his first 60 matches for the Toffees, many thought young Francis would be England’s next poacher supreme. Then came his move to Arsenal before a tour of world football that’s seen him play in Australia, Scotland and even Malta.

Ash Rose’s XI

Goalkeeper; Richard Wright (Ipswich Town)

The only player  picked by both Ash and Sid, Wright’s only competition came in the lesser renowned shape of Paul Gerrard and Steve Simonsen. Unbelievably still on Manchester City’s books as a their last resort choice for goalkeeper.

Right-back; Rob Jones (Liverpool)

Still highly regarded by Liverpool fans and someone who if it weren’t for injury could have gone on to rival Gary Neville for England’s right-back spot. Made his international debut the same night as Alan Shearer, but back and knee problems meant he never built on his early promise and won just seven further caps for the Three Lions.

Central defender; Paul Lake (Manchester City)

A somewhat City darling of the late 1980s who was seen as one the brightest products to ever come out of their youth team. Able to play in defence and midfield, Lake was an U21 international by the time the 90s rolled around but then suffered a ACL injury that he never recovered from and retired in 1994.

Central defender; Stuart Nethercott (Tottenham Hotspur)

Not an obvious name and he just edged out Ricky Scimeca in a position where youngsters didn’t flourish in the 90s. Nethercott was once seen as the potential long-term replacement for Gary Mabbutt and earned international recognition at U21 level as well as playing over 50 Premier League games for Spurs. However, Stuart – a Merlin sticker favourite – never kicked-on and with Sol Campbell breaking through was sold to Millwall in 1998.

Left-back; Danny Granville (Chelsea)

Chelsea’s left-back position was an embarrassment of riches in the 90s, we’ve already mentioned Jon Harley, but Danny was another youngster who vied for that spot during the decade. Signed from Cambridge with high-hopes, Granville was never given a fair run in the side – despite playing in the 1998 Cup Winners Cup Final. With Le Saux and Babayaro ahead of him, he went on to Leeds in 1998 and later Crystal Palace.

Right wing; Darren Eadie (Norwich City, Leicester City)

One of FourFourTwo magazines first ever players to feature in their ‘Boys A Bit Special’ section, Eadie was seen as one of the Canaries most popular players of the late 90s. Darren had the ability to play anywhere across midfield and had an keen eye for goal. Something which earned him 7 U21 caps and a call-up to the England squad for 1997’s Le Tournoi. A move to Leicester in 1999 was meant to the next step for Eadie but injury curtailed his spell and was forced to retire after just 40 appearances.

Central midfield; Darren Caskey (Tottenham Hotspur)

In Merlin’s first ever Premier League sticker album, Caskey was highlighted in the collections ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ section; looking resplendent in a classic England away kit of the time. The midfielder captained the famous U18 side that won the Euros in 1992 and was expected to go on and do the same at White Hart Lane. it didn’t go down like that and after never fulfilling his potential at Spurs went on to play for Reading and Notts County.

Central midfield; Ian Selly (Arsenal)

Made his Gunners debut aged 18 and was the youngest player on the field when Arsenal beat Parma to win the Cup Winners Cup in 1994. At that point the future looked bright for the central midfielder, until a cruel leg-break became the beginning of the end. He played just one further game in North London before being sold to Fulham and never recapturing that early glory.

Left wing; Lee Sharpe (Manchester United, Leeds United)

Alongside Ryan Giggs in Man Utd’s early 90s breakthrough, Sharpe became one of football’s first pin-ups. Signed from Torquay, his electric pace and pop-star looks saw him fast-tracked to United’s first team and his corner-flag shimmy was soon all the rage. Lee though, unlike his United team-mate fell fail to the bright lights and instead of filling the void on England’s left flank during the 90s (he won just 8 caps), he instead was filling up his score-cards of his own. Moved to Leeds in 1996 and later had spells at Sampdoria and Bradford.

Striker; Danny Cadamarteri (Everton)

There’s not many better ways of announcing yourself into the first team then scoring a winner in a Merseyside derby. That’s exactly what Cadamarteri did in once of his early appearances for The Toffees, but it was something of a false dawn for the striker. Despite looking like he had all the tools to become an Everton regular, he managed just 15 goals in four seasons for the club and after some scrapings with the law over assault charges was released in 2001.

Striker; Julian Joachim (Leicester City, Aston Villa)

Few players were quicker and more explosive in the early 1990s than Leicester’s Julian Joachim. Having impressed in the First Division as the Foxes achieved promotion, Joachim was on target with the club’s first-ever Premier League goal at the start of 1994-95 season. His speedy displays were enough to convince Aston Villa to sign him a year later, but Julian never settled on a larger platform and was eventually moved to the wing and then sent to Coventry – literally.

 

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You do Ron, Ron

In another AK90s ‘special episode’ host Ash Rose talks through some the 90s titbits that may have been missed from last season. Including the best boots of the decades, VHS tapes and more forgotten teams of the 1990s. Plus there’s a brilliant interview with former Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Harchester United manager Ron Atkinson. #Keepit90s.
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AK90s Season Two

Before the new season of AK90s gets underway, enjoy this little taster of an mini-episode as host Ash Rose gives us the latest news on the show and answers your questions. Plus there’s a bonus interview with former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor.
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The Summer of 96 Part 2

AK90s continues it’s look back at the summer of 1996, and Euro 96 by delving into the knock-out stages of the tournament. Ash Rose is joined once again by freelance football writer Richard Buxton, football guru Rob Gallagher and Media 73’s nostalgia loving Graham Large. The boys talk England’s ecstasy and agony and they reflect on the merits of the eventual winners. Plus former Scotland defender Colin Hendry joins them on the phone.

 

The Summer of 96

AK90S get into the Euros spirit by reliving the wonderful summer of 1996 and the tournament that was Euro 96. Ash Rose is joined by regular and freelance football writer Richard Buxton, writer and author Roger Domenghetti and an author who’s literally written the book on the tournament Michael Gibbons. The team chat through the build-up and group stages of the tournament and are joined on the phone by Statto himself Angus Longhran

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