Wathnail Rovers



Brian Buttle, the outspoken Chairman of struggling Yorkshire club Wathnail Rovers hosts this football comedy podcast. Follow the trials and tribulations of this struggling League Two side and hear the views of Brian and his trusty sidekick Colin Crippen on all things Football. From the Premier league to top guest appearances from the likes of Harry Redknapp, Jose Mourinho and David Beckham, you'll find it all at Wathnail.


  • The Italian Manager.

    30/01/2017 Duração: 31min

    Episode 1. With Rovers climbing the League under new ownership and the inspirational leadership of a young Italian manager Luigi Lambrini, what could possibly go wrong?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Election Night

    28/12/2015 Duração: 28min

    Brian is forced to resign his Chairmanship of the football club amid the impending release from a Malaysian jail of club owner Tony Chu Fat. However when one door closes another often opens and the untimely death of the sitting local MP presents Brian with the opportunity of selection as the Conservative party candidate to contest the by-election. Can Brian wrest the Labour stronghold of Wathnail & the Bythers away from his Socialist opponent? Tory central office have written off any chance of taking the seat, but Brian is nothing if not resourceful.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ray Winstone Podcast

    09/11/2015 Duração: 32min

    Wathnail club Chairman Brian Buttle falls foul of a dangerous gangster when his nephew's gambling debts spiral out of control. Will he fight fire with fire? Or will he give way to this vicious gangland hoodlum? As ever faithful sidekick Colin Crippen is on hand with some useful 'advice'. Listen to see if the pair of them can get to grips with a Geezer who might be big screen brooding tough guy Ray Winstone, or might not be!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Divine Help

    19/09/2015 Duração: 12min

    With their beloved Wathnail teetering on the brink of relegation out of the football league, Brian and Colin are forced into ever more desperate efforts to avoid playing in the Conference. The boys pay a visit to Wathnails foremost Spiritualist Medium, Madame Platypus, in the hope that her guidance may help them turn around the clubs fortunes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Roman Heartache

    21/08/2015 Duração: 29min

    Love can strike in the most unlikely of circumstances, and so it was for Wathnail Rovers acting club chairman Brian Buttle when on a recent business trip to the Italian Dolomites. Brian went to Italy with the sole intention of securing the return of former club manager Luigi Lambrini, little did he expect that what he’d actually find was love.....amoure. A chance overnight stay in the Hotel Pirlo situated adjacent to the town piazza is where he met her, Isadora, a woman who was to re-light the flame within him, a flame he’d imagined long extinguished. Brian returned home completely smitten and with a steely determination that he and his new love should start a new life together. However there was one major obstacle to his dream in the formidable shape of Mrs Buttle. A divorce would be messy and ultimately he knew very costly for him, but he had to do something, he couldn’t just let her go. Lambrini Returns! Good cheer for all Wathnail fans, OK so it’s not actually Luigi who is coming back to Rovers as club ma

  • David Beckham visits Wathnail

    23/07/2015 Duração: 13min

    The Beckham’s visit to Wathnail was the biggest thing that has happened to this club since that fateful moment when in the dying minutes of the 1969 season Bobby Slade slipped the ball past Villa goalie John Dunn to secure promotion to the old first division. That was without doubt the happiest moment of my life, but this, this visit from not just one superstar but two, almost, almost, equalled it. What a pleasure to see David and Victoria and their young son Romeo (well not so much the lad if I’m honest). David naturally arrived in the style you’d expect of him, no Premiership Aston rep-mobile Martin for David, no, he roll’s up in a 55 Studebaker convertible, midnight blue with white wall tyres. The both of them, they have that ability to show off wealth with effortless ease, how it should be done (unlike Alan Sugar and his pimp-mobile Rolls, they are like royalty in that respect, never vulgar, always classy. Now the whole town realises full well that they would never have come here apart from the TV...

  • Match Fixing

    14/07/2015 Duração: 26min

    Match fixing A couple of years back Wathnail became embroiled in a spurious match fixing scandal involving a heavy defeat we suffered in a First Round FA cup match. The team had been drawn against non-league opposition and the game became the focus of some large and irregular betting, particularly in the Far East. Alarm bells began to ring when we were hammered 5-0 at home by Ramsbottom United and our own Brian Buttle was summoned to Lancaster Gate to appear before a hastily convened panel. Whilst it was true that it was a heavy and humiliating defeat, we were in fact totally exonerated by the FA. It appears that the Yorkshire posts celebrated investigative journalist Roger Spittle MBE had jumped the gun somewhat and his sources proved far less reliable than he had thought. Wathnail Rovers football club has complete confidence in its Chairman Brian Buttle, a man of integrity and impeccable credentials. We completely and utterly refute any suggestion that our club were ever involved in anything shady and... &

  • Football Comedy Podcast

    09/05/2015 Duração: 13min

    Every football club has a bogey team, a side that for no explicable reason you just cannot seem to beat. Sometimes the Hoodoo will continue on for year after year, the hill getting steeper and steeper each time you face them until eventually it feels more like a mountain. For Wathnail Rovers it has always been the infamous Rochdale curse. Rochdale could have put out their reserve team, youth team or even their ‘legends’ team and still win. In fact Rovers had never beaten them, in 75 prior meetings, Rochdale winning over sixty of the games and drawing the rest. Faced with a crucially important league game at Spotlands a couple of years back, Chairman Brian Buttle decided on a drastic measure to try and break the jinx and enlisted the help of a local celebrated medium/healer Madame Platypus. No one really knows what it was she conjured up that day, but the Rovers side that took to the pitch showed such steely determination and purpose to finally bury the curse for good. Are there really such things as... &

  • The Big Match

    11/04/2015 Duração: 16min

    Wathnail Rovers are in the deep shit. Facing a crucial home league game against bottom club Hartlepool United, caretaker manager Colin Crippen is desperate for a result. With ‘Pool’ coming into form in recent weeks and Rovers sliding alarmingly, the match is all set to be a crucial ‘six pointer. The clubs big signing former premier league star Alphonso DeFabian is struggling with his fitness and doubtful for the game. Sensing that the team are going to need a huge performance from their talisman, club chairman Brian Buttle hatches an elaborate plot to fool the player into lining up for the game. Can Wathnail grab the all important three points? Will Alphonso last the full 90 minutes? And more importantly just how will this infamously bad tempered enigma of a man react when he finds out that he has in fact been duped? Find out the answers below, listen to The Big Match.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Greatest Team Talk

    03/03/2015 Duração: 13min

    With Rovers trailing Plymouth Argyle 3-0 at half time it was left to interim Manager Colin Crippen to inspire a team lacking confidence and direction. What followed was in the opinion of Talksports Dennis Collymore probably the greatest half time team talk ever. The rest is now history, destined for the annals as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. Wathnail Rovers won the game 7-3, a Charlie Toucan second half hat-trick being the highlight. Collymore afterwards describing that second half display as footballing poetry, he was left waxing lyrical on Colin Crippens motivational skills. The pundit is now tipping the new Wathnail boss for greater things including a likely move to a high profile side come the close season.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cats Funeral

    01/02/2015 Duração: 10min

    The Cats Funeral took place last Wednesday at Wathnail Parish Church, he passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short illness. Patrick Kapengwe will be sadly missed in the town and I want to thank all of you for your messages of condolences and all of your tributes left outside the ground expressing your deep sorrow at the sad news. However knowing Patrick as I did I am certain he would have been absolutely thrilled at the turnout on Wednesday, the big names from the game who attended astonished even me, and I am not easily astonished. We had ex-managers, fellow goalkeepers, big name players and at least a couple of what I’d term true superstars of the game, men who if they were still playing now would be almost priceless. Patrick was cremated as per his wishes and I also read a short eulogy at the end of the service, afterwards most of the congregation met up at the Flag and Staff for the wake. All very respectful, even Les Sparxx of the Sunshine Coach Company and our own Darren Throttle laid off... &#

  • Footie Fetish

    12/01/2015 Duração: 07min

    There is no more passionate game on this planet than football, you can see it in the blind faith of die-hard supporters week in and week out in the stands and terraces up and down this land. However at what point does following your team become more than just support, when does it actually become a dangerous obsession? The boys at Wathnail received a cry of help from a Gillingham woman regarding her husband’s unusual and twisted hero worship of a certain member of his beloved Manchester United's playing staff. Now of course there is no way of knowing how widespread this deviant practice is but it is almost certain that the England captain would not be the only top player ‘honoured’ in this way by their devoted fans. Our suggestion is that if you too are indulging in similar practices over your side’s centre forward then maybe you should seek the advice of a marriage councillor or sex therapist. If however on the other hand you’re wife or partner is happy to indulge you then we’d advise the shorter rubber... &

  • Transfer target

    04/01/2015 Duração: 11min

    Brian and Colin are engaged in tense negotiations to bring ex-premiership star Alphonso DeFabian to Wathnail Park. If they can pursued the former Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Bristol City, Watford, Plymouth Argyle and Hamilton Academicals midfielder to join the club, it would undoubtedly be Wathnails biggest ever signing. Even though there is no fee involved nothing can be taken for granted. Transfer target Alphonso DeFabian has gained a reputation down the years of being extremely difficult to work with, a man who possesses one of the biggest ego’s in British football. Listen below to see how the boys fared in their attempt to capture the signature of this flawed superstar..  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Soccer Club Mascots

    07/11/2014 Duração: 10min

    Soccer Club Mascots, the growth in this kind of ‘twee’ commercialism comes originally from the USA whereby because of the long periods of inactivity during an American football game some other forms of entertainment were incorporated, hence PomPom girls and it is no coincidence that mascots arrived en masse at the same time as the formation of the Premier league and introduction of pay per view TV. They’re part of the shift away from football as a working class, working man's game in favour of the more affluent middle classes, part of the changing the nature of the game to a mass family appeal. Without the middle classes willing to pay ever higher ticket prices and viewing packages clubs could not afford players from all around the World, their transfer fees, their wages. Now as you well know, I am no socialist, I’m staunch Conservative (I know which side my bread is buttered on). However, I’m Conservative to the point of being a traditionalist, I don’t wish to see distractions to a game, I preferred a...