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We're all really proud of last week's episode of the Price of Football podcast, which featured an in-depth interview with the chief executive of the English Football League (EFL), Trevor Birch.


It's coming up to two years since Kieran Maguire, Kevin Day and Dap Dip launched The Price of Football, and in that time we've interviewed club owners, supporters' groups, players, agents, campaigners, lawyers and more, all to give our brilliant listeners real insight into the inner workings of the beautiful game, and entertain them along the way.


We've also been featured in national newspapers, we're closing in on three million total downloads, and just this week we broke into PodBoard's Top 100 podcasts in the UK.


Thanks to all of our interviewees so far and, of course, our beloved listeners, who've made the show what it is today.


Listen to the full interview with EFL CEO Trevor Birch here:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4fC2g3pmzIUgpVO6D12YQ8


https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/efl-chief-executive-trevor-birch-interview/id1482886394?i=1000537050950


Listen to a snippet of Trevor Birch's interview here:


We're almost halfway through this year and it's been another brilliant one for podcasting, with so many great shows springing up.


There are three in particular I've loved listening to in 2021 so far:


/// SmartLess

This pod is just a very simple combination of a great premise and three very funny co-hosts (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes) talking to big names. It's also brilliantly edited and I could listen to Will Arnett's gravelly tones all day.

https://smartless.simplecast.com/


/// Wind of Change

Did the CIA write The Scorpions' huge 1990 hit Wind of Change to encourage the fall of the Soviet Union? That's the crazy question that this pod tries to answer, and very entertaining it is too. (Thanks to Martyn Walsh for the heads up on this one)

https://crooked.com/podcast-series/wind-of-change/


/// Song Exploder

If you're interested in music and the process artists go through to create their songs, this is a brilliant pod. Beautifully produced and always fascinating, Hrishikesh Hirway's Song Exploder is a treat.

https://songexploder.net/



The three I'm most looking forward to listening to in the second half of 2021 are:


/// BBC radio 5 live's Daily Euros

My old colleagues at 5 live are brilliant at putting out daily content during the big football tournaments so this'll be a great listen during the upcoming European Championships.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrsln/episodes/downloads


/// How Did This Get Made?

This series of deep dives into how terrible films get made has come highly recommended.

https://www.hdtgminfo.com/


/// Crime in Sports

Another recommendation, this time by Kieran Maguire, and there are more than 250 stories of sports stars who fell foul of the law for me to work my way through!

https://open.spotify.com/show/5Mve0zKmB5EbtUvrvvYSZh




It's been a massive few days for The Price of Football podcast with Kevin Day and Kieran Maguire.


Last week we passed the 2 million downloads mark.


And yesterday's European Super League Special helped us to our biggest day in terms of downloads ever, up 25% on last week.


Thanks to everyone who has listened so far and become part of the growing community around the podcast.


Kevin, Kieran and I are football fans first and foremost so it's a great feeling to know we've become essential listening for thousands of our fellow fans around the world!