The 72 Show - Episode 2.17 (with Roger Eli)
Anthony Kendrick and Nick Davie are joined by former Leeds, Wolves, and most famously Burnley striker Roger Eli.
We cover a wide range of issues throughout the show, starting with Roger's career from the beginnings at Leeds through to finishing his career at non-league. We also hear about his son's experiences at the Huddersfield academy and how it compares to other academies.
We move on to discuss the Championship, including a 5-1 victory for Norwich over Nottingham Forest which turned out to be a huge result for both sides. Norwich remain a part of the play-off race, while Nottingham Forest are in trouble. They have appointed Alan Brazil until the end of the season but is this the right decision? We also look at Derby's comeback against Bristol Rovers to draw 3-3, and Warren Joyce at Wigan. Can he keep them up and how highly does Roger rate him as a manager?
In League One, he big talking points came at Wimbledon. On the pitch, Tom Eliott received a second yellow card for an over the top celebration for his last minute equalizer, but is this the sort of thing that should be punished? At what level is a celebration too much? Former MK Dons and current Charlton boss Karl Robinson was confronted by a Wimbledon volunteer which the club will be investigating. In the rest of League One, Fleetwood continued their unbeaten run and Scunthorpe lost their second game in a week to in-form Shrewsbury. Bolton and Sheffield United both won their games as the battle at the top continues.
In League Two, our talk focusses on former Premier League clubs Portsmouth and Blackpool who both picked up good wins in what is a critical time of the season in a very congested league. We also discuss Crewe's 5-0 win over Grimsby for a first win in 12, and Plymouth's 3-0 win over an Exeter side who had won their past seven games.
We finish the show by discussing a BBC News Report which suggests that 39% of players in the football league have not been drug tested, and that no tests have taken place in the National League. We ask Roger if things have changed since he was a player. We also look at the consequences of testing, which has found a small group of un-named players guilty of recreational drugs and one player in Alan Judge given a warning due to being over the limit on a drug he is taking for asthma. We discuss the FA Policies of whether players should be accountable of their whereabouts of all times, and whether the FA are doing the right thing in not disclosing those players who have been caught taking recreational drugs.