SW Londoner Podcasts

Ball tampering in professional cricket

In SW Londoner’s Glossing Over the Rules podcast George Dabby, Andy Gerlis and Alasdair Hooper explore the role of food in cricket ball tampering.

In light of South African captain Faf du Plessis’ fine for ball tampering, with the use of a breath mint in November 2016, the team find out what foods would be best suited for creating swing on a ball.

With interviews from respected cricket writer Richard Heller, food scientist Geoffrey Smithers and a practical test at Lord’s Cricket Ground the history and science becomes a lot clearer.

Hashing in the heart of London

The West London Hash House Harriers let us into their wonderful world of hashing! ‘A running club with a drinking problem’, the Harriers allowed us to join in their weekly run to experience the ‘hash’, talk to runners about their hashing experiences all over the world and have a few drinks along the way. Get ready for some interesting hash names, to learn what a ‘hare’ does, a talk with the Grand Master and more!


Can we criticise Rooney for off-field antics?

Our podcast investigates the off-field behaviour of athletes, in particular focusing on Wayne Rooney’s boozy bender after England’s win over Scotland in November 2016. With the help of Sun journalist Tom Barclay and former cricketer and coach of Surrey and Zimbabwe Alan Butcher, we look at what made this story so big and if Rooney was unfairly scrutinised, what athletes in other sports get up to and what is expected of our sporting heroes.


Is greyhound racing in London going off-track?

Wimbledon Stadium is set to close on March 25th next year, so what does the future hold for dog racing in the capital? London was once the hub for greyhound racing with 33 tracks, but today Wimbledon is the only remaining track. With AFC Wimbledon set to move to Plough Lane, we wanted to examine the effect the closing of the stadium was having on the already suffering greyhound industry in London.

In our podcast we spoke to a range of figures from the world of greyhound racing. We spoke to Gary Matthews, Stadium track manager, George & Rod Reed, local bookmakers; Phil Donaldson, Racing Post commentator; Mark Burridge, a greyhound owner and fanatic; Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Morden and Motspur Park.


SW Londoner Podcasts: Bright Young Talent


In SW Londoner’s Bright Young Talent podcast we explore the prospects of England’s young footballers, looking ahead to the Euros in June. We talk loan spells with Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer, as well as naming our personal team selections for the tournament.


SW Londoner Podcasts: Minority Sports


In SW Londoner’s Minority Sports podcast, we look at two minority sports in SW London – touch tennis and korfball.
We speak about the future of both sports to Stu Searle from the LTA at the National Tennis Centre in Southampton and Davesh Patel from the UK’s largest korfball club, Bec KC in Tooting and find out what people on the street know about korfball.


SW Londoner Podcasts: The Week in Words


Katie Falkingham is joined by Ross Lawson, Felix Keith, Jake Evans and Mathieu Wood to discuss the recent action in the world of sport.
This week sees the team discuss the Australian Open, including that breaking news of match-fixing in tennis, as well as a look back at the Masters with an interview with world number 18 snooker player, Martin Gould.
And with the England cricket team’s impressive performances in the series out in South Africa, the team give a review of the third test, and look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixtures for the London teams.


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