Mitchell Ryan

How the energy crisis is pushing sport to the brink

For years now, the big names in sport have spent recklessly – aimlessly at times, in fact – to seemingly no consequence. And for those that can afford to do so, this is no problem. With the immense amount of funding available at the very pinnacle of sport, it is...
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Posted Mar. 23, 2023

Hogging the Ball EP15: United finally win something?

We are without resident Red Devil fanboy James Taylor for this week's edition of the pod - what a blessing. In this instalment, we cover all the latest Prem and FA Cup fixtures, touch briefly on some tinpot competition that a certain team in red won last weekend, and predict the future, all in one - what more could you ask for?
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Posted Mar. 5, 2023

From Solihull to the SkyDome: Coventry Blaze since ‘73

Formed less than a decade prior to the birth of The Boar, the Coventry Blaze has undergone numerous transformations over the last 50 years. With the state of British Ice Hockey changing a great deal since the 1970s, most notably during the late ‘90s and early 2000s, it is unsurprising...
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Posted Feb. 15, 2023

Hogging the Ball EP13: Office References and City in the National

With the recent news that Manchester City are being charged with over 100 breaches by the Premier League, the boys examine just what we can expect from the investigation, and Mitchell is ruthlessly mocked for having no Premier League titles to his name. Plus, a Premier League roundup and plenty of Office references that only half the room understand.
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Posted Feb. 9, 2023

Hogging the Ball EP12: Deadline Day Special

January 31st is a fabled day - the final day of the Winter transfer window, and the day Fabrizio Romano finally gets to sleep. The boys take a look at the FA Cup action from the past weekend, preview the upcoming PL clashes, and break down all the Deadline Day news as it came in! Is Cancelo to Bayern a good move? Who have Wimbledon signed? How have Chelsea spent so much?
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Posted Feb. 1, 2023

Hogging the Ball EP10: “Chelsea could use a Benteke”

It's been a stinker of a week for Mitchell and Jake, with Liverpool and City turning in some atrocious results, while James cruelly mocks their suffering, sitting high and mighty with United playing well for once. Jonny is there too, but I don't think anyone cares what Wimbledon are doing. In this episode, we discuss the latest premier league fixtures, taking a look at United's upturn in form, Mitrovic's bizarre penalty, and Chelsea's atrocious transfer business.
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Posted Jan. 18, 2023

Hogging the Ball EP9: Darwin or Dobson?

Hogging the Ball is back! After a hectic Christmas period, there's plenty of footie to talk about. How bad are Liverpool? Are United fans becoming optimistic again? How long has Lampard got left in the Everton dugout? All this and more in the Boar Sport's return from the holiday season.
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Posted Jan. 11, 2023