By James Parkinson
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A narrative show about football and the human connection behind the beautiful game. Featuring interesting and insightful short stories, from personal narratives to club histories and everything in between. By Association is a 2018 Webby Award Nominee and winner of two Australian Podcast Awards, 2017 and 2018. The show is hosted and produced by James Parkinson and has featured in The Guardian and NPR's Only A Game. Episodes released monthly.
||CleanFootball, politics & Russia 2018 with David Goldblatt||David Goldblatt is the host of the excellent Game of Our Lives podcast and one of the most knowledgable people in football. James speaks with David about this years World Cup in Russia and the politics and issues that surround it. This special...||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: This is Red Star||On the 21st of February 1897, in a cafe in Paris, a football club was born. It was founded on inclusive values, which it still upholds today. This is the story of Red Star, the last romantic football club in France. Links: byassociation.audio By...||16 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Be a Pro||What does it take to be a professional footballer? From childhood dream to playing in a World Cup, former Danish international and Premier League goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen reflects on life in the game and competing at the highest level. Links: ...||16 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: The Language of Football||Football is often said to be a universal language. If you can play it, you can communicate with anyone around the world. But as the sport has embedded itself into cultures, so too has the way we write about it and talk about it. From match reports and..||10 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: The Art of Football Commentary||On January 22 1927, BBC Radio broadcast a football match for the very first time. It was thought that radio coverage would affect match attendance and newspaper sales, but by 1931 the BBC were broadcasting over one hundred games a season. Six years...||4 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Tour of Duty||It was November 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War when an international football tournament was held in Saigon - and Australia's national team was sent to compete. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter By Association on Instagram...||5 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Football v Homophobia||As the world game, football is a reflection of our global society. It has the power to transcend political, religious, cultural and social barriers. But that also means there is still work to do when it comes to representation, equality and inclusion...||5 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: The Anxiety of Football||Whether you’re a player on the pitch or a fan in the stands, the highs and lows over the course of a football match test our nerves and pull at our emotions. It’s a unique experience where intense feelings are concentrated and heightened....||5 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: The Youdan Trophy||This is the story of the worlds oldest football trophy and the games first knockout tournament. Before the FA Cup, there was the Youdan Cup. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter By Association on Instagram James Parkinson on...||6 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: State of the Game||Association football may be the most popular sport in the world but in many regions the development of the game remains a work in progress. For countries that are still trying to build their own football culture, the very globalisation of the game can..||6 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: CONIFA||FIFA, football’s world governing body, established in 1904 to oversee the international game. Today, it’s comprised of 211 member associations. That’s more than the United Nations. But of course, there are many nations outside of FIFA. That’s...||7 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Blizzard x By Association: The Silenced Crowd||In collaboration with The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly, we present 'The Silenced Crowd'. The greatest scandal in British football in the first half of the twentieth century, as a group of players from two of the country’s greatest sides...||1 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Grassroots||It's a scene that plays out every weekend around the world during the football season. People flock to their local community clubs to watch, play, coach and volunteer. On this episode we explore why grassroots football is the lifeblood of the...||8 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Le Ballon||Have you ever dreamed of creating your own football club? This is the story of some football fans who went several steps further. They created an entire league. Le Ballon, the coolest amateur football league in the world. Links: ...||8 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Football on Film||As a global sport football is integral to so many cultures around the world and naturally, we see it represented in many different art forms, including film. In this episode we take a look at some of the best (and worst) football films and explore the..||10 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Iraq 2007||A nation torn apart by war and the football team that defied all odds to achieve the impossible. This is the inspirational story of how Iraq became Champions of Asia. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter By Association on...||9 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: The Age of the PlayStation Footballer||Football video games have become a major part of soccer fandom. We explore their role in modern football culture and the growing influence they're having on the sport itself. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter By Association...||6 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: DT38||This is the story of Dylan Tombides. The young Australian footballer who’s brave battle with testicular cancer inspired the Foundation in his name and left a legacy that aims to educate and raise awareness, throughout the football community and...||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Melbourne Victory: The Foundations||2004 saw the demise of Australia’s National Soccer League, which existed in various forms from 1977 as the top level of the game in the country. It made way for a new national competition, which commenced in 2005 - the A-League - consisting of eight..||8 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: La Fábrica||Football's success stories are well documented. Like the youth players that rise through the ranks of the academy system to make it as professionals. But what about the ones who don't make it? Ignacio Martin was just like any young football fan. He...||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: Foosball||In 1921, with the popularity of football growing rapidly throughout Europe, Englishman, Harold Searles Thornton wanted to create a game that replicated football that people could play in their homes. Inspiration struck with a box of matches. The...||7 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: Aston Villa 1981||For many of us, our love for the game begins from a young age and it's these early experiences that often define our relationship to football and the connection we have to our favourite club. This was certainly the case for Andy Jackson. Growing up a...||6 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06: The Poetry of Football||Football writer, Musa Okwonga talks about his connection with football, his love for Manchester United and capturing the beauty and simplicity of the world game through poetry. Links: byassociation.audio byassociationfc.tumblr.com By...||6 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: The Man Who Saved Barcelona||In July 1936, The Civil War broke out in Spain and the La Liga season was put on hold as tensions grew around the country. Aligning with the Republicans, FC Barcelona were a club under threat. On the verge on bankruptcy, it was the actions of the...||7 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: Wild Westerners FC||An amateur pub team embark on a football tour of the Far East. But what they find when they arrive, nobody would have expected. Links: byassociation.audio byassociationfc.tumblr.com By Association on Twitter James Parkinson on Twitter ...||7 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: The Champions||In 1992 the European Cup became the Champions League. Not only was it the introduction of a new group stage format, it also gave us a piece of music that would become iconic in its own right. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter James..||9 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: 1975 Portland Timbers||The story of the 1975 Portland Timbers. Author, Michael Orr and original '75 Timbers player, Mick Hoban document the establishment of the football club and their debut season in the North American Soccer League. Links: byassociation.audio By...||9 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: Highbury 2006||A life long Arsenal fan travels from Australia to London in the hope of witnessing the clubs last ever match at Highbury. Links: byassociation.audio By Association on Twitter James Parkinson on Twitter Dan Gribbon on Twitter Music: Creative Commons...||10 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Not a football fan, but..
I'm not one who watches the world sport but this podcast is more then just talking about "soccer". If you like hearing about the stories from fans and their experience with the game, this is a great podcast. Looking forward to see what else comes out.
New podcast with potential
Great new podcast. Seems promising. Looking forward to hearing more. I give it my player of the match vote 👍🏻⚽️
Great start, looking forward to more
Been a long time listener of James’ podcasts, and this one is great. Engaging story and well produced, it’s going to be a top quality pod if the first episode is anything to go by.