The Wrap Up

When we mention something on the podcast that we’d like you to go and look at this is where we’ll stick the links or more details. Blame @jimboardman on Twitter if anything’s missing and he might fix it.

* Dates for the City Talk podcast refer to the date of the initial radio broadcast (for the 2012-13 season we’re on CityTalk at 5pm Fridays, with the show available for download later that evening).


Neil was joined in Parr Street Studios by Nick O’Prey, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling, Kristian Walsh, Joel Richards, James Albertina of The Tea Street Band, Ben Johnson and Chris Maguire to talk about Saturday’s win over Southampton, the forthcoming Udinese and West Ham games and also to announce details of TAW on tour.

Stuff mentioned:

TAW On Tour 2013
We announced it in our own way but you can get the rundown on TAW’s visit to Dublin*, set for February next year, here – Announcement: TAW on Tour.

In brief, the TAW panel will be joined by Football Editor of The Times Tony Evans and Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague and after they’ve finished talking football the highly acclaimed Tea Street Band will take to the stage to entertain you properly, with a DJ set to finish the night off. Tickets are going to be available for ten euros each from See Tickets at and the only way you’ll be able to hear this show is by being there, we aren’t planning on recording it.

All profits will be going to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

* We know Bray’s not Dublin. And it’s not like we won’t be sampling Dublin on the way through.

Oscar’s Flag
7 top flight football matches in 7 different countries in 7 days – that’s what this group of lads are doing and it’s all in the name of Oscar Knox, a little lad who was sadly diagnosed with high risk Neuroblastoma (an extremely rare and aggressive childhood cancer) on 30th November last year.

They started in Scotland and will also visit and see games in England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and either Belgium or Holland. We’ll hopefully get one of them on the podcast after they’ve finished their tour to tell us how it went.

Just Giving Page:

Find out more about Oscar and his condition:
You can also follow Oscar on Twitter – @Wee_Oscar – and he has a Facebook page too:

Laura’s Bakery
Long-time listeners to the podcast have heard the effect Laura’s cake has on the guests and now she’s opened up a pop-up shop in Cavern Walks you’ve less of an excuse to find out why. Follow Laura on Twitter, do whatever it is you do on Facebook at or visit her website (where you can also order cake from her) at

Dovedale Social
This week it’s Filter Distortion who on the last two podcasts alone have come highly recommended by John Gibbons and the Tea Street Band’s James Albertina. Get down to the Dovey on Penny Lane, Thursday night, no charge to get in, good food, even better booze and they’ll also be showing the LFC game before the music gets started.

Filter Distortion on Twitter – @filterdistuk – and the web:

03.12.2012 – PODCAST #70: ‘TINSEL AND GLITTER’ podcast page.


Bonfire Night and US Election Eve – but we decided to talk about the latest in a long-running series of draws, this one against Newcastle, and the nailed-on goal of the season. Or nailed-on if anyone else but Suarez had scored it. No Buster this week but we had Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling, Andy Heaton, Jim Boardman, Sean Rogers, Mike Nevin, Alex Koschier, Dan Fitzsimmons and Kevin Sampson. Opening question: “Who would you like to Taser – and where?”

Stuff mentioned:

Extra Time reissue
Kev Sampson’s book about the 1997-98 season, including his account of that mad ‘riot’ at Barnsley has been reissued in both paperback and Kindle – a format that would have been seen as akin to flying cars back then. We still haven’t got flying cars for all but Kev’s book is far more fun and definitely more affordable; you can get it in bookshops good and bad as well as here on Amazon:

Red Rose Walk
This is a walk being done – 96 miles for the 96 – by a large group of individuals who need your support for what you know is a good cause. Details are on the site already, here, help if you can:

New Love Follow Conquer clobber
The new range from Love Follow Conquer (or LFC for short) was released on Friday and it’s full of absolutely boss clobber that isn’t just for match day – but still makes a relatively discrete point about where your loyalties lie. Scot Williams is modelling it on the Love Follow Conquer site; there’s a ‘lookbook’ on the homepage too if you want a quick glance at what’s out:

Paul Rice SPLOSH dinner
Listen to Friday’s CityTalk show and podcast for more details about an important event for an important cause.

Liverpool Music Awards
We’ll be giving tickets away for this on Friday, details of who’s been nominated can be found here – – and you’ll see a lot of familiar names if you’re a regular listener to our Friday downloads.

Delayed podcast next week
It’s not very often it happens but next week’s podcast is going to be over a day late, messing up routines across the world and probably seeing a handful of confused souls wandering around Parr Street feeling lost on Monday morning. But there will be a podcast, it will talk about the Chelsea game and it will probably be more sweary than usual. All being well, you’ll be able to download it late on Tuesday night.

05.11.2012 – PODCAST #66: ‘REPUBLICANS ARE BAD WOOLS’ podcast page.

CityTalk: Lessons Learned7 September 2012: ‘CityTalk: Lessons Learned’

Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Andy Heaton and Paul Cope were in the CityTalk studio for a chat about the Brendan Rodgers press conference with fans and one week on to discuss the continuing fall out from the transfer window.


The Ragamuffins – Hold Steady
The Ragamuffins tell us this is “a bit of faux reggae-tinged political pop about cover-ups I wrote with our mate and former keyboard player Julia when sat on a couch before a gig in Preston a few years ago.” They’re playing The Dovedale Social on 13th September, “with a six-piece line up, trumpet and trombone in tow!” As always, it’s free to get in.

As well as that they’re raising money for Cerebrau UK (children with neurological illnesses) alongside The Relics and The Troubadours at The Lomax on 7th October. Tickets are £5 and can be bought from the venue, the bands or through House Of Scouse on Twitter.
Twitter: @theragamuffins

The Cheap Thrills – The Last Romantic
On Saturday 8th September The Cheap Thrills headline a fantastic 12 band showcase at Eric’s on Mathew St. It’s free entry so get down there if you can.

07.09.2012 -‘CityTalk – Lessons Learned’ podcast page.


Without even mentioning The Proclaimers the lads discussed a letter from America, deadline day, Arsenal and what happens next for Liverpool. In the studio this week and feeling better for being there were Neil Atkinson, Nick O’Prey, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling, Jim Boardman, Andy Heaton, Kristian Walsh, Daniel Sandison and Stephanie Till.

Jim also promised to add these to this very page:

Against Modern Football
Daniel was in to talk about the first issue of this quality-filled fanzine – see @StandAMF on Twitter and check out the website – – to order a copy (quick, before they run out).

Talk to Frank
Sachin Nakrani is interviewing LFC’s academy director Frank McParland soon and wants to ask him your questions. He’ll pick some of the best and stick the answers down in an article for the TAW website. You can get your questions to Sachin by email – sachin dot nakrani at guardian dot co dot uk – and given LFC’s need to look for free agents, convert players to new roles or find some more Academy gems it’s probably as good a time as any to get asking those questions.

03.09.2012 – PODCAST #57: ‘AYRE WE GO AGAIN’ podcast page.

CityTalk: Going Live31 August 2012: ‘CityTalk: Going Live’

Philip Schofield (Neil) and Gordon the Gopher (Andy) were joined by Nick O’Prey and John Gibbons as TAW did deadline day, live, from the CityTalk studio.

Phoning in to see if they could swap Junior Scrabble for a pack of Top Trumps were Rory Smith and Rob Gutmann, before this synopsis started to mix up its Saturday morning TV. The day after this went out nobody was really in the mood for Saturday Superstore, but that’s enough spoilers for now.

Music: Death Masks and Voo.

31.08.2012 -‘CityTalk – Going Live’ podcast page.

PODCAST #56: A GOOD DRAW?27 August 2012: ‘PODCAST #56: A GOOD DRAW?’

Neil Atkinson was joined by Ben Johnson, Jim Boardman, Rob Gutmann, Barrie White, Fernando Duarte, Sean Rogers, Alex Koschier, Steve Graves, Nick O’Prey and Phil Blundell as they looked back at the Man City game and Nuri Sahin’s unveiling in a Bank Holiday special.

27.08.2012 – PODCAST #56: ‘A GOOD DRAW?’ podcast page.

CityTalk: The Big Payback24 August 2012: ‘CityTalk: The Big Payback’

Neil was joined up the Radio City Tower by John Gibbons, Kevin Sampson and Peter Hooton as they had a chat about the Hearts game and a look forward to the City game – with Bluemoon’s Dave Mooney joining in on the phone.

The Last Broadcast
The Dovedale Social is starting ‘The Last Broadcast’ every Sunday from Sunday 2nd September where from 6pm it will feature great acoustic acts and Gibbo playing Northern Soul. If you fancy coming down to play get in touch. The first Sunday features Thomas McConnell, one of the two artists with tracks on this week’s CityTalk download.

Thomas McConnell – So Long, Souvenirs
Thomas is just 19 but has been chosen to support Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets at his Liverpool show on September 8th. You can hear more of Tom’s stuff on SoundCloud:

Mohebbi – Portmanteau
Mohebbi are a psychedelic rock band from Liverpool who are playing the Dovedale Social on August 30th. You can listen to more of their stuff on SoundCloud:

24.08.2012 -‘The Big Payback’ podcast page.

The Big Letdown20 August 2012: ‘The Big Letdown’

Neil Atkinson, Mike Nevin, Dave Downie, Steve Graves, Daniel Fitzsimmons, John Gibbons, Kris Walsh, Jim Boardman and
Sean Rogers tried to make the best of the big defeat in the season opener at West Brom, in a different studio and with a TV crew looking on.

They also looked forward to the Hearts match and mentioned this week’s Dovedale Social, which features Rob Vincent (see The Dovey will be showing the Hearts game on the TV before the music kicks off and entrance is free.

20.08.2012 -‘The Big Letdown’ podcast page.


With the big kick off looming, Neil, Andy, Kris and Paul Cope had a look forward to Liverpool’s trip to the Baggies as well as running the rule over the (then) potential arrival of Nuri Sahin.

The music this week was from Robert Vincent and The Laurels

17.08.2012 – ‘CITYTALK: THE BIG KICK OFF’ podcast page.

Down to Business13 August 2012: ‘DOWN TO BUSINESS’

With only 5 days to go until the big kick off at The Hawthorns, Neil, Jim, Andy, Nick, Rob and Mike run the rule of the Gomel and Leverkusen performances and whether we are expecting a little too much a little too soon?

13.08.2012 -‘DOWN TO BUSINESS’ podcast page.

The summer of 2012

Manager out, manager in, players out, players in, new mascot, old nets. It was a busy summer and so The Wrap Up wasn’t updated as much as should have been. But this is a list of some of the music we’ve featured on the CityTalk show over the summer months. If we’ve missed any give us a shout!

Mark Frith – Scene of the City

The Blue Jays – Honeywell

Silent Sleep – It  Breaks Me
Silent Sleep is the new project of uber-talented Liverpool musician and writer Chris McIntosh.  You can hear more of their stuff on Soundcloud

28 Costumes – This band has eaten all our money
Before Silent Sleep Chris Mcintosh was a member of fantastic Liverpool band 28 Costumes. This is from their last album, of the same name.

Mono LPs –  6am

The Down and Outs – Boys from the Blackstuff
Their new album, ‘Forgotten Streets’, was out on July 23rd

10 Reasons to live – Grace
To quote their Twitter: “Five-piece rock/pop band. On the brink of the verge of whatever and ever. Listen to us, we are good. Tell your friends.”
Twitter: 10reasonstolive

Feeds – Sleepy Head
Huddersfield based pop/rock band, this is the first single from their newly released E.P. Words Of A Fool.
Twitter: @wearefeeds

Shibuya Crossings – Gamla Stan
Northern Irish group based in London. From their second album DOYA
Twitter: @ShibuyaDec

Venus in Faux – Kid Gloves
Twitter: @venusinfaux

Babysnakes – Reluctant Traveller
From Southwest England. The song is from their self-titled album which is available to buy on iTunes. We’re told the singer is a massive Liverpool fan, but we have no way of knowing if this is true.
Twitter: @Babysnakes_UK

Atticus Anthem – Into the Light
From Nottingham. You can download this song for free from their website
Twitter – @atticusanthem

The Fall of Kings – Tall Army
Twitter: @thefallokofkings

Mervin Gersh – Would I Lie to You
(Unfortunately not a Charles & Eddie cover) A fully moustached band from Liverpool
Twitter: @mervin_gersh


EPISODE 42 – Monday 14th May 2012

TAW42 graphicNeil Atkinson, Nick O’Prey, Mike Girling, Jim Boardman, Phil Blundell, Kristian Walsh, Sean Rogers, Steve Graves and Rob Gutmann. (@Knox_Harrington, @ni_coppi, @mikejgirling, @jimboardman, @PhilBlundell, @Kristian_Walsh, @Sean_Rogers, @steve_graves and @robgutmann.)

We talked about Kenny. We didn’t all agree but we didn’t fall out. And we announced some of our plans for the summer.

TAW42 Podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 9 – Thursday May 10th 2012

CityTAW9 graphicNeil Atkinson, has Steve Graves, Nick O’Prey and Paul Salt in the studio. Times reporter Rory Smith is also on the phone (twice). (@Knox_Harrington, @steve_graves, @ni_coppi, @paulsaltysalt and @RorySmithTimes.)

A 4-1 victory over Chelsea, potential summer exits and the upcoming end-of-season trip down to Swansea

I’ll Be Following You by The Springtime Anchorage
Twitter: @SpringtimeMusic

(Springtime Anchorage were formed out of the ashes of the fantastic Liverpool band The Great Northwestern Hoboes.
They are currently in the studio recording new material, but here’s a small taste of what’s to come.)

Needle & Thread by Ciaran Lavery
Twitter: @ciaran_lavery

(Ciaran is a singer from Northern Ireland, this song is taken from his E.P ‘To The Maker Of Things’ which is available on iTunes. He’s just finished a UK Tour but anyone near Coleraine can see him at The Listening Post on the 1st of June.)

EPISODE 41 – Monday 7th May 2012

TAW41 graphicNeil Atkinson, Jim Boardman, Sean Rogers, Paul Cope, Andy Heaton, Rob Gutmann, Steve Graves and Mike Girling. (@Knox_Harrington, @jimboardman, @Sean_Rogers, Paul Cope, @andrew_heaton, @robgutmann, @steve_graves, and @mikejgirling.)

A Bank Holiday Monday in Parr Street reliving the FA Cup Final. It’s all history now. Ironically.

TAW41 Podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 8 – Thursday May 3rd 2012

CityTAW8 graphicNeil Atkinson, with Mike Nevin, John Gibbons and Jim Boardman.
(@Knox_Harrington, @michaeltnevin, @johngibbonsblog and @jimboardman.)

Fulham at home (because we had to) then onto the FA Cup Final, ending with Mike and John fighting it out with an ‘FA Cup winning Reds’ version of John Furlong’s Playground Game.

The two teams picked for the playground game can be found here:

John’s team. Mike’s team.

Vote on Twitter, @TheAnfieldWrap.

The Raggamuffins – Whatever Happened To The Common Decency Of Lying
Twitter: @theragamuffins

(The song is from their soon to be released debut album “Irony Curtain”, an album that gets TWO launch parties in Liverpool. The first is on Monday 7th May at Studio 2 on Parr Street and  the other is on Saturday 12th May at the Pilgrim. The album will be sold via the Bandcamp website. )

Esco Williams – DayOne
Twitter: @escowilliams

(Gibbo met Esco at the GetIntoThis Music Awards last Friday and (drunkenly) told him he was a superstar. Esco’s funding his first album through the Pledge Music website (link above) which allows people to pre-buy albums before they are made so artists have the money to make them. Esco has reached his target already, but you can still pre order to support the project. If you have a ticket to Soundcity in Liverpool, Esco Williams is playing on Thursday 17th May, venue to be confirmed.)

EPISODE 40 – Monday 30th April 2012

TAW40 graphicNeil Atkinson, Nick O’Prey, Peter Hooton, Kristian Walsh, Andy Heaton, Jim Boardman, Rob Gutmann and John Gibbons. (@Knox_Harrington, @ni_coppi, @TheFarm2012, @kristian_walsh, @andrew_heaton, @jimboardman, @robgutmann and @johngibbonsblog.)

Hat-trick for Suarez, Hodgson for England, All Together Now for England Euro 2012 Song?

Winners of the Liverpool FC Heroes books are Paul Norris, Will Williams and Alan Dean. Email theanfieldwrap at FAO Andy with your details so he can sort out getting them to you. Don’t (do) send him any articles.

Neil’s got ten tickets to give away for the screening of “Pro” at 7pm on Thursday – this Thursday – May 3rd. Tweet him at @knox_harrington if you want one, they’re his tickets so his decision is final as far as who gets them is concerned. And have a look at this:

Peter mentioned the Spirit of Shankly podcast – it’s not out yet but will be soon, keep an eye/ear out for it here: and have a listen to some of the older ones in the meantime.

Last but not least, have a look for Neil and Rob in your FA Cup final programme this coming weekend.

TAW40 Podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 7 – Thursday 26th April 2012

Neil Atkinson with Andy Heaton, Marine manager Kevin Lynch and Liverpool FC Ladies’ Goalkeeper Aroon Clansey. John Gibbons also sort of does a Jose Enrique.


Marine’s floodlight appeal – As Neil pointed out, @marineafc‘s floodlight appeal is close to its target but it’s GOT to hit that target to survive. Details here:

Liverpool Ladies – Aroon’s on Twitter – @aroonclansey – and on Facebook: The Reds’ Ladies side have their own official website too – – and are also on that Twitter: @lfcladies.


The Sound of Guns – Sometimes
Website –
Twitter – @soundofgunsUK

(The song is from the album Angels and Enemies which is out now, also see Andy Thornley’s review of their gig at Cargo in London here: Gig Review: The Sound of Guns.)

Fidel Afro – Waiting for Yesterday
If anyone lives near Golborne off the East Lancs road there is a 3 day music event from 5th to 7th May at The Millstone Pub to raise money for Brain Tumour UK.

Fidel Afro play on the Saturday night and they are good lads. They are also at the Lomax in Liverpool on Saturday May 19th

Website –
Twitter @fidelafro
Music –

CityTalk Episode 7 Podcast Page.

EPISODE 39 – Monday 23rd April 2012

Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling, Kristian Walsh, Jim Boardman, Peter Hooton, Alex Koschier and Ragnhild ‘Ronnie’ Lund Ansnes – with Andy Heaton butting in near the end.


More details on Ronnie’s book – Liverpool FC Heroes – and a chance to win it here:

Neil’s film and why he’d love you to help sponsor it: PRO – YOUR HELP GRATEFULLY RECEIVED

JFT96 Fundraiser – Pre Cup Final Party. Friday 4th May (9pm – 2am) at Star Lounge Bar in Harrow. Tickets are £10 each (PayPal [email protected]) see this flier for more details. There will be a raffle and silent auction too – all proceeds from the night will be going to the HJC.

TAW39 Podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 6 – Thursday 20th April 2012

Neil Atkinson with Rob Gutmann, Jim Boardman and special guest and BBC sport journalist Ben Smith.


We The Undersigned – False Flag
Twitter: @wtu

The Hummingbirds – The Ballad of John Doe
Facebook –
Twitter: @thehummingbirds

CityTalk Episode 6 Podcast Page.

EPISODE 38 – Monday 16th April 2012

Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Sean Rogers, Kristian Walsh, Andy Heaton and Scot Williams.
Appropriate links:
The HJC –

Scot Williams –

TAW38 podcast page.


Thursday 13th April 2012

Neil chaired a 90 minute four v four special in the lead up to the biggest derby in decades as Gareth Roberts, Paul Smith Jr, James Pearce and Mike Girling squared up against Greg O’Keeffe, Peter McPartland, David Downie and Mick Callaway

TAW Special – podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 5 – Thursday 13th April 2012

Neil Atkinson, Gareth Roberts, Mike Nevin and Kristian Walsh.


Ian Prowse – Maybe There’s a God After All
Twitter: @IanProwse

The Albany – Girl
Twitter: @The_Albany

CityTalk Episode 5 Podcast Page.

EPISODE 37 – Monday 9th April 2012

Neil Atkinson with Mike Girling, John Gibbons, Steve Graves, Sean Rogers, Jim Boardman, Nick O’Prey, Gareth Roberts and Tim and James from the Tea Street Band.

TAW37 podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 4 – Thursday 6th April 2012

Neil Atkinson with Mike Girling, Sean Rogers and Andy Heaton.


Mr2G (Feat. Miss Sian) – Fly Away
Twitter: @MR2Gmusic

Price – Ear to the Street

Twitter: @priceonline

CityTalk Episode 4 Podcast Page.

EPISODE 36 – Monday 2nd April 2012

Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling, Paul Cope, Mike Nevin, Daniel Fitzsimmons, Nick O’Prey and Sean Rogers.
The Hillsborough-Anfield run – loads more info on their website: – but in a nutshell they’re running, yes running, from Hillsborough to Anfield and have already raised over £5000.

We also gave Ben Williams another shout for his 280 mile Ride for the 96 (more details below under episode 35)and another mention for Fran and Kevin’s 250 mile ride for Marie Curie (more details below under City Talk episode 3).

More details on Neil and Dan’s film project as soon as they give us the link can be found here:

TAW36 podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 3 – Thursday 29th March 2012

Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons, Paul Salt and Jim Boardman

Links mentioned:

Fran Stanton and Kevin Morland of Spirit of Shankly are aiming to do the Edinburgh-Dublin 250-mile bike ride in July to raise funds for Marie Curie in memory of SOS founding member Paul Rice and Kevin’s mum, Julia. They need to have raised £2000 by April 10th, the total is currently at £1600. For more details and to make a donation visit their JustGiving page here:

Ian Maloney of LoveFollowConquer has brought out some new spring-summer LFC clobber in time for Wembley. More details here:Wear on the march with Kenny’s army.

The Music on the podcast:

Mark Magill – Liverpool

Silent Sleep
Twitter: @silentsleepish

CityTalk Episode 3 Podcast Page.

EPISODE 35 – Monday 26th March 2012

Neil Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Mike Girling and Kristian Walsh with Sean Rogers and Karen Gill.

Links mentioned:

Ben Williams, @subvertbeats on Twitter, is riding from his home in South Norfolk to Liverpool, via Hillsborough. 280 miles in 3 days, raising funds and awareness for HJC and HFSG. For more info and to sponsor him visit the website: You can also sponsor him by texting RYGJ60 £5 to 70070 (replace £5 with your donation amount – texts are free).

TAW35 podcast page.

Music from the City Talk episodes

The Anfield Wrap on City Talk 105.9 is broadcast on Thursday nights at 6pm (repeated 7am Saturdays) and is made available for download on Fridays at lunchtime (or dinner as some of us say). In the download version we include a couple of tracks from bands relevant to The Anfield Wrap, a mixture of signed, unsigned and ‘semi-signed’.  Details will be above along with the other details for each episode, but these are the bands we featured on episodes 1 and 2:

CITY TALK EPISODE 2 – Thursday 22nd March 2012

Married to the Sea – Mutiny

Twitter: @mttsband

Cold Shoulder – Tears for Me

Twitter @ColdShoulderUk

City Talk Episode 2 podcast page.

CITY TALK EPISODE 1 – Thursday 15th March 2012

The Tea Street Band – Summer Dreaming

Twitter: @TeaStreetBand

The Last Gambados – Tappin’

Twitter: @thelastgambados

CityTalk Episode 1 podcast page.


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