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The Magic Sponge with Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith

Ex-pro Jimmy Bullard is joined by comedians Rob Beckett and Ian Smith plus a guest from the world of football to talk about the beautiful game and their outrageous experiences on and off the field. Tweet us using #MagicSponge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tracks

David Bentley Can Do It All!
S6 Ep6 - The one and only David Bentley is on The Magic Sponge podcast. Anyone that's not a fan of his, give this a listen and then see what you think. Stories about Arsenal, Spurs, Blackburn, Capello, Savage... Stacky sends in a voice message about... And if that wasn't enough Bullard calls up at the end while he's 'working' with Wayne Bridge. Hell of a last episode.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett and David BentleyThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
60:48 06/12/17
Razor, Merse, Rob and Ian
S6 Ep5 - Razor Ruddock joins Roba and Ian, plus Merson is back for another episode full of great stories. Razor seems to attract the interesting characters in a team so it's not a surprise to hear he hung out with Wrighty, Burridge, Sedgely... Gazza. It's amazing to think he played for England! Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Paul Merson and Neil Razor RuddockThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44:04 29/11/17
Paul Merson did some miles!
S6 Ep4 - Paul Merson joins Rob and Ian (while Jimmy is off fishing). Merse is a guest we've been trying to get for a while and he doesn't disappoint. Stories from his whole career which include the time he lived with Gazza and a great one about going to Barbados. GOLD.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett and Paul MersonThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52:47 22/11/17
Gallen and Watson - The two Kev's
S6 Ep3 - The two Kev's wedge themselves into the smallest recording studio to talk about Gallen cracking his pubis in the Grenfell game, playing with Gazza, slogging it out in non-league management and starting out in the premier league.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Kevin Gallen and Kevin WatsonThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
41:53 15/11/17
John Salako AKA Jonny Salad
S6 Ep2 - Jonny Salad joins hosts Rob Beckett and Ian Smith while Sam Parkin (from the very first Sponge episode) fills in for the absent Jimmy Bullard. Pardew gets a mention as does Wrighty and Brighty not to mention the shoeing he got for slagging off some of the first team when he was starting out and playing for England.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Ray ParlourThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31:28 08/11/17
David Noble - Cliff diving with Graham Stack
S6 Ep1 - The Sponge is back for a brand new series and starts with an absolute belter. Stacky's mate David Noble telling some unbelievable stories from his time in (but mostly out) the game.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Ray ParlourThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:17 01/11/17
Nearly Back! ...and It's Still October
S6 TRAILER - The Magic Sponge is HERE... Nearly. Rob, Ian and sometimes Jimmy give chat to guests - Paul Merson, Razor Ruddock, John Salako, Kevin Watson and David Noble. In the mean time here's a little trailer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07:53 28/10/17
Leesa Mattress Special with Ray Parlour
S5 Ep8 - It's the final episode of the series and (thanks to our sponsor - Leesa Mattresses) we've only gone and got The Romford Pele - Ray Parlour! The Arsenal legend has some cracking stories including one about ex-England football manager Kevin Keegan... "like going on holiday to Vegas". And if that wasn't enough, Jimmy gets one over on Beckett and Smithy turns up late.Go to leesa.co.uk/magicsponge and type in the code MagicSponge80 for £80 off your LEESA mattress.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Ray ParlourThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
63:58 24/05/17
John Sitton and his 90s Nightmare
S5 Ep7 - John Sitton shot to fame for all the wrong reasons in the mid 90s after a C4 doc "Orient: Club for a Fiver" where he was more 'aggressive' to his players during a half time rant than was considered acceptable and was ostracised from the game. He sets the record straight as well as telling a stupid amount of amazing stories from his time in the game... He also swears quite a bit.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and John SittonThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:22 17/05/17
Tony Warner Remembers Everything
S5 Ep6 - Tony Warner is back with more ridiculously funny stories. This time he's got a bunch on Jimmy too. Stories include; Dennis Rodman, Steve Harkness, Chris Baird and Chris Coleman... all of which are pure gold.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Tony WarnerThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
39:44 05/04/17
Adebayo 'BMO' Akinfenwa
S5 Ep5 - We have the biggest man in all the leagues DaRealAkinfenwa on the show! The Strongest man in football has some brilliant chants to his name as well as a number of great stories about THAT penalty and his time in Lithuania. BEAST MODE ON.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Kevin Gallen and Adebayo AkinfenwaThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:04 29/03/17
Agent Liam Ridgewell
S5 Ep4 - Jimmy tries to explain away Pascal Chimbonda's revelation while the boys wait for Liam Ridgewell. Ridgy gives us the lowdown on his newspaper scandal as well a few Hendrie stories.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Bullard and Liam RidgewellThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Perason Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
37:25 22/03/17
Clinton O'Morrison
S5 Ep3 - Clinton 'O' Morrison risks the wrath of Roy Keane to tell the boys what really happened in Japan, his bust up with Danny Mills and sharing a room with Graham Stack.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Kevin Gallen and Clinton MorrisonThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
42:27 15/03/17
Invincible Graham Stack
S5 Ep2 - Graham Stack has stories to rival the best we've had on here, and that is saying something. Arsenal, the Invincibles, Pennant, Keown, Parlour, Reading, Danny Rose & Fabian Delph, David Seaman, Dodgy gear... The list goes on and on. to put it simply... ENJOY! Starring: Jimmy Bullard, Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Graham StackThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson assistant producer Dorian James Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
66:11 08/03/17
Rohan Ricketts is worth the wait!
S5 Ep1 - The Magic Sponge is back for another series and it's off to a belter with the world travelling Rohan Ricketts joining Rob, Ian and Jimmy. From the moment Rohan enters the room 15mins late, having been delayed by food poisoning, it's a whirlwind of a show. Just don't ask Jimmy about how Leatherhead are getting on.Jimmy Bullard, Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Rohan RickettsThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson with Dorian James assistant producer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
46:26 01/03/17
How big is Jimmy's Bed?
S5 Teaser - The Magic Sponge is nearly back... While these 10 minutes aren't quite your usual full episode, they may well be the funniest 10 minutes the boys have ever made. Turns out Ian has a theme tune and Jimmy doesn't understand bed sizes. New series starts Wednesday 1st March!The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08:47 01/02/17
Tony Warner and the Devil Fish
S4 Ep6 - Jimmy Bullard's old pal Tony Warner comes in armed with a note pad of stories from his Liverpool, Millwall and Hull days and doesn't disappoint. Jimmy's celebrating his first win as manager and Smithy's been promoted to first team coach at The One Bell. It's a hell of a series finale! The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
51:14 13/10/16
Seth 'The Negotiator' Johnson
S4 Ep5 - Seth Johnson joins the boys to talk about "that negotiation" and to put the record straight on Lee Hendrie. Jimmy gives us a bit more insight into his foray into management and Ian Smith's been promoted to ASSISTANT MANAGER! It's all happening... The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
43:11 06/10/16
Jimmy 'The Gaffer' Bullard
S4 Extra - Seeing how Jimmy has just become manager of Leatherhead FC we thought we'd do a little extra podcast for all the fans out there that want to know a little more. It's more serious than the usual pre-season p*ss ups but not exactly high brow.The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08:32 03/10/16
Perry 'out-of-work' Groves and 'Ole Gunnar' Gallen
S4 Ep4 - Arsenal cult hero Perry Groves gives Rob Beckett a going over after stealing his Absolute Radio gig on Saturday afternoons. As Jimmy Bullard is off looking after his new side Leatherhead FC we have the James Milner of the Sponge Kev Gallen to step in. Plus it turns out, as we all knew, 'The Tuesday Club' was a well-oiled machine.The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter and Sam Pearson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
45:12 29/09/16
The Chronicles of Barry Fry
S4 Ep3 - The legendary Barry Fry joins Jimmy, Rob and Ian armed with so many unbelievable stories it's hard to know where to begin... Jailed chairman, the saviour George Best, managing Jimmy, Peterborough United as well as the numerous sackings by Stan Flashman. They are some of the best stories in the history of football!The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
55:30 22/09/16
Tony Cottee... and Kev Gallen!
S4 Ep2 - Once the most expensive British transfer, Tony Cottee joins the team to talk about pre-season tours, 30 man bundles, rugby-football, hide and seek... and a lot of stories that would NEVER happen today. And if that wasn't enough, Kev Gallen makes his presence known as Jimmy's stand in by breaking a chair with his bear hands.The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
49:41 15/09/16
Glen 'Blakey' Little
S4 Ep1 - WE"RE BACK WITH A BELTER! Burnley and Reading fan-favourite Glen Little joins Jimmy, Rob and Ian for the first episode of the new series. His story about Gazza is worth listening to alone not to mention his tales of the great Stan Ternent's regime and 'Arry's 'Oliday Camp... Oh and his Chris Eubank impression is uncanny.The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50:22 08/09/16
The Sponge is Back... Nearly
S4 Teaser - The Magic Sponge returns next week for a brand new series but in the mean time Rob and Ian have a little chat about what they've been up to... while Jimmy is on his death bed.The Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave, produced by Joel Porter, Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05:06 01/09/16
Jon 'The Beast' Parkin
S3 Ep8 - It's not only Adebayo Akinfenwa who's known as 'The Beast' in football, fellow striker Jon Parkin shares that nickname... and for good reason! The notorious Yorkshireman joins Rob Beckett and co to tell us about who he hates in football as well as numerous stories about faeces. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith join forces to commentate on Jon's wondergoal at Forest Green Rovers. We'd lover to hear your ideas for a new feature, tweet at #MagicSponge or leave a review! Also remember to watch the two animated clips on YouTube and tweet @join_dave #MoreMagicSponge to get that fourth series!The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
35:29 23/02/16
Animated Jimmy
S3 Extra - We've taken two of Jimmy's best stories and immortalised them as short animated films for your viewing pleasure! You can watch them on YouTube by searching for "Magic Sponge", head to #MagicSponge on Twitter or take a look on the Dave website.The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05:03 19/02/16
Unprofessional Lee Hendrie
S3 Ep7 - Former Aston Villa midfielder and single England cap winner Lee Hendrie joins the lads for more anecdotes from a career in football. Not the most professional during his playing days Lee brings some outstanding stories including going out drinking with Peter Crouch and one unbelievable story about goalkeeper Stefan Postma. With Rob Beckett late, Ian Smith takes his chance at helming the podcast while in a Magic Sponge first Jimmy Bullard comes prepared, bringing stories of a dead duck and confetti at Hull City.The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
48:26 16/02/16
Referee Mark Halsey
S3 Ep6 - Former ref Mark Halsey reveals the politics behind being a referee, the headaches that were Michael Brown and Craig Bellamy, and how he was in the same hotel with the celebrating Man City fans after refereeing their Second Division play off final win over Gillingham. This week Ian Smith takes the lead in the commentary game with Rob Beckett and Jimmy Bullard letting their imaginations run wild.The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30:59 09/02/16
How Welsh is Kit Symons?
S3 Ep5 - Former Fulham manager Christopher "Kit" Symons joins Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith in the studio for some more football banter. Turns out the Welsh hero isn't actually as Welsh as you would have thought... We also hear about how to get out of training with Chris "Cookie" Coleman and when Jimmy threw his assistant manager's flip flop in a canal.The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
35:55 02/02/16
22 Clubs Steve Claridge
S3 Ep4 - A whirlwind of an episode! Known for his bags of energy, journeyman striker Steve Claridge used every second of his fleeting time in the studio to talk about his rollercoaster career before unceremoniously shooting off to take training as Manager-Director at Salisbury FC. Just like his playing career, we're left questioning "will he be back?"The Magic Sponge is a Pixiu production for Dave, produced by Sam Pearson and Chris Reidy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
37:15 26/01/16