It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.
In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer month, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we’re heading North to the home of one of the oldest football clubs in the United Kingdom. Formed in 1882, Burnley Football Club were one of the original 12 clubs in the football league, going on to win the first division on a couple of occasions. Since then, however, they have had more downs than ups and, at one point during the 1980s, they were in danger of falling out of the football league altogether. Since then, they have been slowly making their way back to the top, becoming a yo-yo club which has, in the last season, managed to maintain a consecutive place in the Premier League for the first time in its history. Is this it then? Have they made the Premier League their rightful place for the time being? Or is it just a matter of time before they drop back down into the second tier?
Joining us on the show today is Natalie Bromley, who is, amongst other things, a poker player, a lawyer and a self-confessed ‘feisty Claret’. She is also one of the main contributors for the sole podcast dedicated to Burnley Football Club, the No Nay Never podcast . No Nay Never began life in 2010 as a blog, open for any Burnley fan to write about any viewpoint. Three years later, a podcast was added which soon proved to be a hit amongst Burnley fans. Always pushing the boundaries, in October 2016 No Nay Never published their first special podcast exploring LGBT attitudes and representation in football, in response to Andre Gray’s ban for homophobic tweets.
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