The Second Captains Podcast


Welcome to Evan, ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye was many things to many people; a motown legend, a sex symbol, a tortured soul, a voice who spoke truth to power in 1970s America.. but not too many will be familiar with his stint as a boxing manager. Matthew Allen joined us on the World Service this week to talk about the piece he wrote for Rolling Stone detailing the night his fighter Andy Price went up against the great Sugar Ray Leonard and how it became the fight of Marvin Gaye’s life. 

Plus there’s reaction to Evan Ferguson's full debut for Ireland as well as Ken’s dive through the language barrier in search of cracks within the French Football camp.

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More Episodes

  • Ep 2654: Two Down One To Go, Rating ETH, Man U Must Bomb a Few

    Two down, one to go for Manchester City, after they eased to FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.We talk through some of the key moments of the final before Mark Critchley and John Brewin join us to reflect on where the defeat leaves United at the end of Erik ten Hag’s first season. Who should stay? who should go? and will they have to sell before they buy?Plus there's Sancho the scapegoat and Londoners' problems with "The North.
  • Man Utd Morals, GAA Shot Clock, Fun To Run

    This week on the Second Captains World Service Murph Paul Flynn and Michael Murphy tried to find a way forward for Gaelic Football; a route that can take the game away from six minute periods of possession. Rule changes, mentality changes? Evolution. In our Second Captains World Service 'I'll Tell You Who Wrote It'' Book Club, we focused on Christopher Mc Dougall's 'Born To Run', with Olympian Ciara Mageean. And with the Most Important FA Cup Final in recent memory fast approaching we chatted with life-long Manchester Red, Nooruddean Choudry, author of Inshallah United. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at
  • Ep 2649: Munster Complete Transformation, Hurling Is Hot, Kevin Moran Documentary - 29/05/2023

    What you win is important, but so is how you do it and who you beat along the way, and Munster's gritty run away from home against The Stormers. The Sharks, Glasgow, Leinster and The Stormers again in the final in Cape Town have turned an up and down season into a great one.We drag Barry Murphy away from the celebrations in Limerick to put this URC title in context, and Ruaidhri O'Connor joins us fresh off a flight from Cape Town to discuss the performance, the Hodnett try, the job this coaching team have done in one season and how it may influence Andy Farrell's extended World Cup squad, which is named later this week.Plus there's "le block", Murph on a hot steamy weekend of hurling action and the f bomb cover up.And Kevin "Branno" Brannigan is in studio to talk about his new documentary Kevin Moran: Codebreaker, which airs 9.35pm tonight, Monday 29th May, on RTE 1.
  • Ep 2648: Getting Away With It All My Life - 29/05/2023

    Everton live to get away with it another day after finding the relegation plughole already jammed with the soggy remnants of Leeds and Leicester. We trace some of the steps of Leicester's long sleepwalk to the Championship.Erik ten Hag bewitched the Old Trafford crowd with his final-day address and we look at where one of his predecessors went wrong.Raphael Honigstein joins us to talk about the final day of the Bundesliga, when Dortmund produced a mega-bottle to hand Bayern their 11th straight title. How did Oliver Kahn chief-executive his way out of the job? And is Thomas Tuchel sticking around to build the next Bayern team?
  • The Trent Debate, Limerick On The Brink

    This week on the Second Captains World Service football man Damien Delaney and our own Ken Early finally went head to head in heated debate the motion: Is Trent at centre mid the long-term solution to Liverpool’s problems? We were also joined in studio by the Jamie Wall / Malachy Clerkin punditry axis. The best duo in the business.Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at 
  • Ep 2644: Look On My Works Ye Mighty And Despair

    Jose Mourinho once said, with a nod to Hegel: the truth is in the whole. We try to apply that spirit to today’s Salute The Champions podcast.We also talk about the international incident that has been sparked by the racist abuse and controversial sending off of Vinicius Jr at Valencia last night.
  • Ep 2643: The ROG Show, Tunnel Vision, Leinster Look Vulnerable Again

    Leinster once again had a lead against La Rochelle, once again went behind late on, once again were handed a yellow card lifeline, and once again lost a heartbreaking epic Champions Cup final. We herald a truly great coach and leader in O'Gara, pick through the wreckage for Leinster and look at the possible impact on Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.Shane Horgan and Ruaidhri O'Connor join us to discuss the psychological ebb and flow, why Leinster couldn't change the plan mid-game, the tunnel incident, eye contact at the toin coss, the Drop Goal plan and if ROG is a cert for the Ireland job.Plus a listener reveals how Murph and the Second Captains Hurling cadre changed the course of his weekend and in doing so opened his eyes to the power and the glory of Munster Hurling.
  • Flamin' Hot Fritos, Cold City, The Ref Caste

    This week on the Second Captains World Service we spoke about movies about crisps, the rigs on refs, cold killers Man City (with Rory Smith and Jonathan Wilson); we also previewed Leinster V La Rochelle with a worried Shane Horgan and chatted penos and the group stages of the football championship with Paul Flynn and Michael Murphy. Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan In Studio

    Ronnie O'Sullivan was in studio with us to talk about his new book "Unbreakable". We discuss his career, his childhood, his father, his complicated relationship with success and the decision that almost derailed his career. Here is a taster.=Join us for ad-free, contract-free, member-led broadcasting for just €5 + VAT a month at