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Upfront - A Women's Football Podcast

Last minute drama in England and last day drama in the US!

Chloe and Rachel discuss Beth Mead’s dramatic comeback, why the Foxes continue to outsmart every rabbit in the WSL, and look forward to Mark Skinner dipping his hand into another tombola to pick his Manchester United team in Paris tomorrow!


Plus, US football journalist Megan Swanick joins us to talk you through a truly one-of-a-kind ‘Decision Day’ in the NWSL. Join us!


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  • A blockbuster weekend in the WSL!

    48:17
    We’d been itching for last weekend for a while – and it didn’t disappoint! Unless you were Chloe Morgan in a box at the Emirates, that is.Chloe and Rachel discuss how Man City did a job away at Chelsea for the first time in 8 years and how exactly Man United put in such a calamitously bad first half performance at the Emirates. Also, is Sonia Bompastor a good fit for the hotseat at Stamford Bridge and will Rachel have any more shocking puns when she’s hired?Plus, Chloe’s fantasy team is in tatters and should we be concerned by the attendance at Everton vs West Ham? Short answer: no.Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Georgia Ball on what it takes to be a top-level official

    35:24
    Rachel’s back with a bonus episode, where she’s joined by WSL assistant referee, Georgia Ball!As an assistant referee in the WSL and a Championship referee, Georgia is part of the next generation of women at the forefront of the changing landscape across the women’s game. She chats to us about how officiating has changed as the game grows, dealing with the pressures and scrutiny that comes with that growth, and how many top refs still have to balance their commitments with working other jobs. It's a fascinating conversation with someone right at the heart of the game at the very highest level!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Keating’s redemption, Parris left out again, and trouble for Euro 2025

    46:23
    Two months ago, Khiara Keating left Meadow Park in tears. On Sunday, she left it as Manchester City’s hero! Chloe and Rachel look back on a huge victory for Man City and how Keating has slowly become one of the WSL’s best. Plus, does Katie McCabe take it too far? And with the release of the latest England squad… why isn’t Sarina Wiegman picking Nikita Parris?! All that and much more on today’s Upfront.Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Marieanne Spacey-Cale: the woman behind Southampton’s rise up the leagues

    28:51
    Today, we are joined by English football royalty. Chloe sits down with former England and Arsenal player Marieanne Spacey-Cale, who has guided Southampton from the fifth tier right to the very brink of the WSL. Ahead of their FA Cup showdown with Man United, they discuss the club’s journey so far – one that has lots of similarities with their opponent’s, in fact – and the ever-increasing pressure on coaches.Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Arsenal’s hammer blow, Brighton’s week of chaos, and why becoming a coach is so hard

    58:33
    Leah Williamson was back and it was all looking so promising for Arsenal. But then… enter West Ham!Chloe and Rachel look back on a huge defeat that leaves Arsenal’s title hopes seriously damaged – but was it really that big a surprise? Rachel explains why West Ham had this in their locker.We also discuss Brighton’s shock decision to sack Melissa Phillips and the chaos that ensued. Plus, Crystal Palace’s Annabel Johnson joins us ahead of their clash with Chelsea in the FA Cup and shares her experience of training to be a coach and some of her concerns about the process. Join us!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Demi Stokes on the title race, being the ‘mum’ at Man City, and her future as a firefighter!

    35:22
    Today, we’re joined by an England and Manchester City legend who is absolutely GREAT craic too: it’s the one and only, Demi Stokes!Chloe and Rachel sit down with her to talk about Green Football Weekend - which kicks off tomorrow - and how her passion for cooking inspired her to be a GFW ambassador this year. She reveals how she’s been helping a few teammates with their own culinary skills and Jill Scott’s surprising restaurant order after they won the WSL in 2016…Plus, Demi pulls back the curtain on Sarina Wiegman’s real impact on the England squad, her friendship with Khiara Keating, and her VERY surprising career plans after football!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Miedema 2.0, Roord’s heartbreak, and a relegation rumpus

    43:12
    We all thought the race for the WSL title was the real spectacle this season. But no: it’s actually Bristol City’s blow-up apple race at half-time.Chloe and Rachel bring the latest from across the WSL, as Vivianne Miedema 2.0 whirs into life but yet another huge name - Jill Roord - is sidelined with an ACL injury. Rachel explains why Man City will be able to adapt without her. Plus, green shoots for Rehanne Skinner at West Ham and we hear from Nikki Doucet on NewCo for the very first time! Apparently she mentioned Glastonbury? Who knew.Come join us!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Chelsea battle into the UWCL knockouts

    25:44
    We’re at Stamford Bridge for our first EVER episode at a Champions League game! Chloe and Rachel bring you their reaction to Chelsea’s hard-fought win over Real Madrid. But with Hannah Hampton’s fumble and another early shower for Mia Fishel, there is plenty to ponder for Emma Hayes....Plus, Rachel introduces us to Basil the Chelsea fan, Chloe reflects on the future of the Champions League after DAZN remove their paywall just months after they set it up, and we wonder just how far Chelsea can go in the competition that Hayes really wants to get her hands on before her farewell. Oh, and there’s the small matter of Leah Williamson’s comeback tonight!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***
  • Kristie Mewis vs the wind and Lauren James vs the world

    47:47
    The WSL is back! Chloe and Rachel are here to give it a warm welcome after its winter hibernation – and we kick off with one of the windiest football matches Dagenham has ever witnessed…Chloe explains how Spurs and Robert Vilahamn are developing a proper identity based around young players and reveals more about her old teammate, Jess Naz! Plus, Rachel gives her take on Lauren James’ performance and celebrating in front of the Man United fans after she had a front row seat for it all at Stamford Bridge. And will Bunny Shaw EVER stop scoring hat-tricks?We’re back on Wednesday to bring you reaction to Chelsea vs Real Madrid, with Champions League qualification on the line!Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! Email us show@upfrontpod.com.Sign up for the Football Ramble Patreon to get ad-free Upfront shows and more: patreon.com/footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***