This Is Deep Play



A football podcast that's not about football. Punditry in a time of crisis. #ForFutureFootball


  • League 3

    14/05/2014 Duración: 58min

    We are awakened by our slumber to discuss our opposition to the 'League 3' plan to allow elite clubs' reserve sides to enter the Football League system.

  • The TiDP End of Year Awards for 2013

    30/12/2013 Duración: 50min

    Awards include: Journalist of the Year, Imaginary Team of the Year, Dead Club of the Year, Non-League Goal of the Year, Gentrifier of the Year, Fixed Capital Football Advancement of the Year and Player of the Year.

  • Hallowe'en Special 2013

    31/10/2013 Duración: 01h04min

    Loss, disappearance, death. A rambling wide-ranging discussion to kick-off series 2. Featuring extinct football clubs such as Nunhead FC and Middlesbrough Ironopolis, the Spectre of Marx, epochs in football, the similarities between squats and non-league grounds, the gothic horror of Roy of the Rovers and how death somehow seems more real in football. Concludes with a call to embrace morbidity in football.

  • Regionalism in Football: Collective Identities & Political Potential

    20/09/2013 Duración: 54min

    In this episode we speak to Alex Niven, author of 'Folk Opposition', about the political potential of regional identities and how they can center around football fandom. Featuring: neoliberal regeneration, Kevin Keegan's Labourism & Sir John Hall's Thatcherism, supporters trusts, the political activity of Istanbul ultras, a west/east divide in unEnglish regional identities, the lack of a Cornish league club, 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously', regionalism in Iberian football, Sicilians supporting Argentina, a hyper-conservative bourgeois inauthentic 'London' identity and the indisputable fact that Oasis were better than Blur.

  • The Jouissance of Football

    02/09/2013 Duración: 54min

    Building on Roland Barthes' work on plaisir and jouissance we introduce the terms and place them in the recognisably muddy grounding of association football. Featuring the importance of cheating to the sport, Luis Suarez winning the Jouissance World Cup, meta-game thinking and video game tickling, Darlington FC's world leading absurdist drama productions, the moribundly simplistic pleasure of Manchester United title triumphs, the shift from mob football to public school football, Beethoven wallpaper and a possible RSPCA investigation into animal cruelty.

  • Episode 6. Stadium Redevelopment: Football, Communities & Housing

    22/08/2013 Duración: 52min

    In this episode we are joined by Mark Panton, who is researching the relationship between big football club's stadium redevelopments and the local communities affected by them. We discuss Tottenham Hotspur's ongoing attempts to build a bigger stadium amidst local protests about housing and facilities, how their plans contrast with Arsenal's earlier development (itself controversial), Liverpool's 'tinning up' of local homes & the issue of 'state aid' in East Manchester and beyond. More deeply, we consider how positive community relations can be a source of pride for a football club beyond the myopic obsession with success on the pitch. Finally, we turn to the flipside of stadia redevelopment - where smaller clubs' grounds are at risk from developers, looking at the example of Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill and a supporters' attempt to have it listed as an Asset of Community Value.

  • Episode 5. Revanchist Football: Policing & Control

    08/08/2013 Duración: 01h05min

    In this episode we are joined by freelance journalist Harry Stopes to discuss changes in the policing of football fans over the last thirty years. We look at policing's role in the wider changes in football and the representation of football fan culture. Furthermore, we consider the links between this and the policing of political protests and even the gentrification of urban spaces.

  • Episode 4: Tactocracy! The Neoliberalism of Football Tactics

    08/08/2013 Duración: 53min

    We look at the current fashion for football tactics amongst fans of the game, arguing that by concentrating relentlessly on this technocratic minutia of a multifaceted sporting culture it ignores the wider social aspects of the game that have been so compromised over the last three decades. Indeed, this cheerleading for efficiency threatens to further accelerate football towards the contradiction of non-competitiveness.

  • Episode 3: What If There Were No Football Counterfactuals?

    11/07/2013 Duración: 54min

    This week we turn to the worlds of lost possibilities by asking a series of counterfactuals about English football. Expect stuff on Manchester United's Glazernomics, Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes, the differences between the Football League and non-league and the elite destruction of the game's collective structure. Guest appearance from the X893 supercomputer.

  • Episode ½: The Ticket Price Protest

    11/07/2013 Duración: 49min

    We attend the recent football ticket price protest outside the Premier League headquarters. Features voxpops with fans and our own thoughts. Can the protest work? Is there scope for a wider political fan movement? And how does English football culture compare to the likes of Germany and, most topically, Istanbul and Brazil?

  • This Is Deep Play, Episode Zero: Against Modern Football?

    10/07/2013 Duración: 54min

    In this near-experimental (rough) pilot episode we discuss the slogan/meme/movement of 'Against Modern Football'. We try to ask what modern football is, look the case against it, describe strategies and consider the place of football within the dynamic processes of history. Everything changes.