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Athletico Mince – 12 Days of Podmas

It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.

Like many, the pandemic has left me working from home. I don’t want to be dismissive of something so awful, but there’s no denying there’s a lot to be said about working from home, right? I mean, I don’t even get out of bed till 9am these days, not now my morning routine consists of putting my slippers on and shuffling to the office, or the living room as we call it in the evenings.

But I do kind of miss that commute. Partly because I retain a slightly weird and probably quite literally unhealthy fascination with the Tube, but also because that commute was my little private time – that little moment twice a day where it was just me, in my own little space, headphones on, podcast playing and nothing to think about until I got to the office. I do miss that. I don’t necessarily miss the strange looks I’d get from fellow passengers whenever I’d start a random laughing fit whilst listening to Athletico Mince.

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So that’s disclaimer number one out of the way – listening to this may cause laughter in public. Disclaimer two is that it’s a podcast ostensibly about football, a subject that I, personally, could literally not care less about. That doesn’t stop this podcast being hilarious, however.

Maybe there are a couple more disclaimers here I should bring up. Disclaimer three – there’s a lot of swearing. This is one for headphones. Disclaimer four – it’s presented by Andy Dawson and Bob Mortimer. Yes, the Bob Mortimer from Vic & Bob fame, so if you don’t like their humour, this is never going to be for you.

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And yes, it’s about football. It’s about bitter former England manager Roy Hodgson and his obsession with fantasy tabletop war game “Wrorwammah”; it’s about the hapless Peter Beardsley and his hen-pecked life keeping making poachies for his wife. You’ll hear from recent QPR boss Steve McClaren and pet snake, Casper.

And there’s the regular ‘Crime Files’ segment, where quick-tempered Nonsense potter, Neil Hunt, deals with constant grievances from the cream of English football’s crop. It’s only really when Andy tells of his latest run-in with former Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that we briefly escape the shadow of England’s favourite sport.

Mostly though, it’s about two mates messing around, putting on stupid voices, going off script and constantly trying to make each other laugh. What’s not to love about that?

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