Talking the Blues Podcast



Talking the Blues podcast features three avid Blues, George Costigan, Andy Costigan and myself. Most weeks we aim to have a look at the previous week’s games and have a bit of fun along the way whilst also bringing many years of life’s experiences as a Blue and elsewhere to our wide ranging discussions about Everton, football and other matters.

We hope you enjoy it, and feedback is very welcome.

All podcasts are available on on Spotify and iTunes and many other podcast platforms.

Talking the Blues podcast, the transfer window, MSP imminent? Dele Alli

Talking the Blues podcast, academy sales & when is the best time to move into Bramley-Moore?

Talking the Blues podcast, a sense of urgency required

Talking the Blues Podcast, the latest on investment and the interim board

Talking the blues, the latest on the Chair position, & an intriguing idea from George

Talking the Blues – the Grandoldteam survey, the latest on the board & director resignations

Talking the Blues Podcast, a review of the squad, who we should keep & who should go

Talking the Blues podcast, Bournemouth (h) & a lot of reflection

Talking the Blues podcast, Wolves (a) & the ramifications of the next week in Everton’s history

Talking the Blues podcast, Manchester City (h), new owners & the need for change post season end

Talking the Blues Podcast, Brighton (a) what a stunning evening!

Talking the Blues Podcast, Leicester (a), Brighton (a), Michael Keane, Usmanov and heroes

Talking the Blues podcast, Newcastle United (h), our fans, Marcel Brands and the “R” word

Talking the Blues podcast, Crystal Palace (a) and two tales of survival?

Talking the Blues podcast, Fulham (h) what should our response be until the season end?

Talking the Blues Podcast, Manchester United (a)

Talking the Blues podcast, Spurs (h) & what it means to be a Blue

Talking the Blues podcast, Spurs (h) preview, the report & accounts

Talking the Blues, Premier League referral of Everton to independent commission

Talking the Blues podcast, Chelsea (a), Ellis Simms, the fans, maintaining pressure

Talking the Blues Podcast, Brentford (h), Dyche, the Echo & the open letter

Talking the Blues podcast, Arsenal (a), look at Forest away and more

Talking the Blues podcast, Aston Villa (h), scoring goals, 5 wins & change

Talking the Blues Podcast, Leeds United (h), fans leading the recovery

Talking the Blues Podcast, Liverpool (A), survival, identity & culture

Talking the Blues Podcast, pre-derby chat, the role of minority investors & Sean Dyche

Talking the Blues podcast, Arsenal (h) the Dyche effect

Talking the Blues podcast, post transfer window, what do we do next?

Talking the Blues podcast, Lampard departure, managerial selection & Dean Dyche

Talking the Blues Podcast, West Ham (a), survival strategies

Talking the Blues podcast, Southampton (h) & so much more

Talking the Blues Podcast, Manchester United (a) FA Cup 3rd Round & the background to the NSNOW campaign

Talking the Blues, Brighton & HA (h), the inquest

Talking the Blues, Manchester City (a), calendars and NSNOW

Talking the Blues – reaping what we have sown

Talking the Blues Podcast – how to prepare for Boxing Day

Talking the Blues Podcast, mulling over changes

Talking the Blues podcast, Rooney, Pele, our competitive position

Talking the Blues podcast, the constant need for money

Talking the Blues, Everton down under, what we do in the rest of the break & fan engagement

Talking the Blues, Bournemouth (x2), the fear bubble & colonic irrigation

Talking the Blues, Leicester City (h) & we need to talk about Frank

Talking the Blues Podcast, Fulham (a) & the Bramley-Moore article

Talking the Blues podcast, great stuff against Palace, but this is the template for the future

Talking the Blues podcast, Tottenham Hotspur (a), expectations, fan reactions, what should our expectations be?

Talking the Blues podcast, Guardian report on auditor uncertainty, Moshiri representative statement, & Manchester United (h)

Talking the Blues podcast, Southampton (a), future ownership of Everton

Talking the Blues Podcast, Right backs, Independent regulation, disorder & Elevate

Talking the Blues, West Ham (h) Feeling good…

Talking the Blues, football postponed as a mark of respect & the potential for no football until October

Talking the Blues, Liverpool (h), identity emerging and yes VAR

Talking the Blues, Brentford (a) and the remaining days of the transfer window

Talking the Blues, Nottingham Forest (h), what are the realistic solutions for the rest of the season?

Talking the Blues, It’s all up to him, Aston Villa (a)

Talking the Blues, the edge of reality, Chelsea (h), expectations!

Talking the Blues, new beginnings, Dynamo Kyiv (h), transfers, communications

Get up, stand up, Blackpool (a) as the Premier League season beckons

Talking the Blues podcast, two out of three ain’t bad

Talking the Blues, time waits for nobody

Talking the Blues, Confusion

Talking the Blues podcast, Transfers, takeovers, valuations and sponsors

Talking the Blues podcast, Communication, sponsorship & Billy Bingham RIP

Talking the Blues, silence is golden?

Talking the Blues podcast, Summertime…………………….

Talking the Blues, Arsenal (a) Getting back to where we belong & an apology to DCL

And it’s all right now? Talking the Blues Crystal Palace (h)

Brentford (h), at the Crossroads

Talking the Blues podcast, Leicester City (a), FANtastic!, a homage to Blues

Chelsea (h), the fans

Talking the Blues, Liverpool (a), conspiracies, survival or not, the consequences….

Talking the Blues, Clement, Unsworth, survival prospects, Bramley-Moore, an Everton smorgasbord!

Talking the Blues, Manchester United (h), the spirit of the blues!

Talking the Blues, Burnley (a), where do we go from here?

Talking the Blues podcast, West Ham (a), the accounts and laughs

Talking the Blues podcast Crystal Palace (a) FA Cup 6th round. Another one bites the dust

Talking the Blues podcast, Wolves (h) what will it take to guide us to safety?

Talking the Blues podcast, Spurs (a), survival strategies, Moshiri & finances

Talking the Blues Podcast, Manchester City (h), Ukraine, VAR and sanctions

Talking the Blues, Southampton (a) stormy weather continues

Talking the BluesPodcast, Leeds United (h) A perfect Day

Talking the Blues podcast, Brentford (h) a day to savour

Talking the Blues podcast, Give me a little more time

Talking the Blues Podcast: It’s time to go….

Talking the Blues Podcast, Norwich City (a) the final countdown?

Talking the Blues podcast, Hull City (a), Benitez interview, Digne, Graeme Sharp

Talking the Blues podcast, Brighton & Hove Albion (h) Farhad Moshiri do you care as much as the fans do?

Talking the Blues podcast, Boxing Day edition. Respect!

Talking the Blues podcast, Chelsea (a), transfers, ESSG & secret santa

Talking the Blues Podcast, Crystal Palace (a) Time is running out?

Talking the Blues Podcast, Arsenal (h), Brands, the 27 minutes for 27 years campaign and much more

Talking the Blues podcast, Moody Blues, post-match analysis, followed by an appeal to Farhad Moshiri

Talking the Blues Podcast, Brentford (a) Where do we go from here?

Talking the Blues podcast, Manchester City (a), fan led review & the state of the club

Talking the Blues podcast, changes at Finch Farm, Infantino, DCL & environmental blues?

Talking the Blues podcast, Tottenham Hotspur (H) and why are managers treated differently to players?

Talking the Blues, Wolves (a) post-match reaction and much more

Talking the Blues podcast, Walter Smith RIP, Wolves (a), substitutes, rule changes & much more

Talking the Blues podcast, Watford home, club, players, managers or any number of reasons

Talking the Blues, WHU (h) & a heartfelt discussion on Newcastle, the Saudi’s & the Premier League

Talking the Blues podcast, Baines, Rhino & Ferguson, Newcastle United & safe standing

Talking the Blues podcast, Manchester United (a), the Goodison Gang and “the Benitez Redemption”

Talking the Blues Podcast, Norwich (h), Benitez, spending, and heading

Talking the Blues podcast, QPR (a), James Rodriguez & a frank exchange on who & where we are

Talking the Blues, Burnley (h) and an update on Fan Tokens

Talking the Blues Podcast, “the winner takes it all” a look at the closing of the transfer window then the women’s team, how to attract a new audience?

Talking the Blues podcast, Brighton (a), early report on Benitez’ impact, the academy,James, Richarlison, Iwobi and more

Talking the Blues podcast, tennis, creating champions, FIFA World Cups, fan tokens and a look at Burnley (h)

Talking the Blues Podcast, Huddersfield Town (a) and the Richarlison question?

Talking the Blues podcast, post match analysis Leeds United (a) and we salute the entertainer, the great Denis Law

Talking the Blues, Southampton (h), Goodison at its best

Talking the Blues Podcast, Manchester United (a) pre-season, what are our ambitions for the season?

Talking the Blues podcast, the Everton squad, James, transfer updates, funding, Super League and much more

Talking the Blues podcast, Florida Blues, the state of the transfer market & more on the fan led review

Talking the Blues Podcast, Benitez 1st press conference, board changes, the Euro’s final and the Florida Cup

Talking the Blues podcast, the Euros, Benitez 11 days in, Everton DNA and the fan led review survey

Talking the Blues, You’re a fake! Pickford, Benitez, Richarlison, Brands and more

Talking the Blues Podcast, how have Everton & Benitez convinced each other this can work?

Talking the Blues podcast. Where we are with Benitez, what it says about the club & board. The Usmanov link

Talking the Blues Podcast, Is it Rafa? What could possibly be the logic in his appointment and Happy Birthday Peter Reid

Talking the Blues, Christian Eriksen, more on independent regulation & last but not least, the Everton manager position

Talking the Blues, reflections on Carlo’s time at the club & his departure plus more on the fan led review

Talking the Blues special, El Partida Carlo, what does that mean for Everton

Talking the Blues, Manchester City (a) and end of season report

Talking the Blues, Wolves (h) the final countdown

Talking the Blues, Sheffield United (h) Everton suffering from oikophobia

Talking the Blues, West Ham United (a), the summer and what fans need to do to improve the regulation of football

Talking the Blues, Aston Villa (h), Carlo, social media absence and the PL’s continued silence

Talking the Blues Podcast, Arsenal (a), that was the week that was, more on the Super League

Talking the Blues, reflections on Spurs (h) and a detailed look at Marcel Brands

Talking the Blues podcast, preview of Brighton (a) and the need to win

Talking the Blues podcast, Crystal Palace (h) the best of intentions…..

Talking the Blues Podcast, Carlo’s love & family, wage caps, investment in football & Crystal Palace (h)

Talking the Blues podcast, Question Time?

Talking the Blues, Burnley (h), and an analysis and comparison of John Moores and Farhad Moshiri

Talking the Blues, about Carlo, the Southampton & West Brom games, Chelsea (a) Sigurdsson & more

Talking the Blues podcast, the week after the Derby, the stadium and five years of Moshiri

Talking the Blues Podcast, Liverpool (a) The one we’ve always wanted to record!

Talking the Blues podcast, Fulham (h) the reaction and what needs to be done

Talking the Blues podcast, Manchester United (a), Everton mindset and VAR

Talking the Blues podcast, Newcastle United (h), a bit of Leicester City (h), sanctions & the transfer window

Talking the Blues podcast, FA Cup 4th Round Sheffield Wednesday (h)

Talking the Blues Podcast, More questions than answers…..

Talking the Blues Podcast, Rotherham United (h) FA Cup 3rd Round, the forthcoming AGM and how is it some games are postponed and others not?

Talking the Blues Podcast, West Ham United (H), Covid postponements, the January and Summer windows

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Talking the Blues Podcast, Sheffield United (A), changed mindsets and ambitions for the season

Talking the Blues, Arsenal (H), looking forwards to the Carabao Cup and finally 12 months of Ancelotti


Talking the Blues, Chelsea (H), some random thoughts on subs and free kicks, finishing with some observations on the accounts


Talking the Blues Podcast, Burnley (a) and how on earth do we turn the fortunes of our great club around?

Talking the Blues, Fulham (a) and a reflection on Covid-19, the return of football fans

Talking the Blues, Bramley-Moore fan survey, the return of fans, Bernie Wright and previewing Fulham

Talking the Blues, Manchester United (h) a disappointing day

Talking the Blues podcast, Newcastle (a) – reflecting on the disappointment of a missed opportunity, Pickford and the media plus Nobby Stiles, RIP

Talking the Blues – Southampton (a), the week that was and how Ancelotti prepares the team for Newcastle

Talking the Blues podcast. Post match reaction to the Derby and a look back at a week that will change football for ever

Talking the Blues podcast, top of the League, who are the custodians of the game, winning mentality and a quiz!

Talking the Blues podcast Brighton (h), Ancelotti’s man management plus football without fans….

Talking the Blues Podcast -the rule of six! The transformational qualities of Ancelotti and the spirit of the Blues

Talking the Blues, West Bromwich Albion (H) match review and a squad within a squad

Talking the Blues – Tottenham Hotspur (a) Ancelotti and his Consigliere take control

Talking the Blues Bem Vinda Allan, Ancelotti in control, Preston NE (h), more chat and finally predictions

Talking the Blues Podcast, Ancelotti’s men, Bramley-Moore, George’s finances and spin bowling

Talking the Blues – Blackpool (a), Sigurdsson, Ancelotti, DBB letter and the quiz!

Talking the Blues where we discuss global audiences, dress codes, re-branding and a commitment to excellence

Talking the Blues – a summer chat featuring redundancies in football, wage caps, how we keep our best players and “the quiz”!

Talking the Blues, players & social media, VAR, Eddie Howe, when will we do business & why are transfer fees “undisclosed”?

Talking the Blues, the end of the season thankfully…. review of the players, Leighton Baines and a look forward…..

Talking the Blues, end of project restart looms, the transfer window & the quiz!!

Talking the Blues, Jackie Charlton RIP, commentators and the Wolves match

Talking the Blues – post Spurs match analysis, not complimentary but worth listening to George re Lamela

Talking the Blues – Spurs preview, how much did the PL pay agents? Richard Masters before the DCMS select committee & the quiz….

Talking the Blues – midweek special, Norwich v Everton, Tom Davies and the usual wide ranging chat

“Hey mate, where’s King’s Drive?”

Talking the Blues Podcast – Close contact, telling the truth, George & Kylie Minogue

Talking the Blues, goalkeepers, project re-start, a quiz and plenty more….

Talking the Blues Podcast – Boots, Hummel, Glazers & their dividends plus a bit of Spring Watch

Talking the Blues podcast – season ticket rebates, the Premier League, custodians? Colin Harvey & the best tackle…..

Talking the Blues podcast – Moise Kean, agents, looking after players, the Bundesliga & the Saudi takeover of Newcastle

Talking the Blues, Right backs, Norman Hunter, the 2009 FA Cup final bench, Puskas and a bit on players wages…..

Talking the Blues podcast; a world of football with much less income?

Talking the Blues podcast, the PFA, furloughing, cricket, football films & Izal

Talking the Blues, the Simpsons, a different football? Neymar and Ally Mcleod

Talking the Blues, Chelsea (a), Alan Green & Harry Catterick

Talking the Blues – Manchester United (h), Ancelotti’s pragmatism, that goal & the paper that can’t be named

Talking the Blues Watford (A), the winter transfer window, gambling & what sets Ancelotti aside as a winner

Talking the Blues – West Ham (a) Newcastle United (h) & the Graeme Sharp appointment

Talking the Blues, Brighton & Hove Albion (h) & the upcoming General Meeting

Talking the Blues – A cathartic look at Liverpool ((a) – FA Cup 3rd Round) and the challenges facing Everton

Talking the Blues, Burnley (h), Newcastle (a), changing fortunes & taking advantage of the opportunities before us

Talking the Blues, Arsenal (h), Ferguson, Ancelotti, Brands, our penalties record & racism in football

Talking the Blues, Manchester United (a), Duncan Ferguson, Kean & the Ancelotti rumours

Talking the Blues, Chelsea (h), Duncan, the candidates & lots more

After one of the most tumultuous weeks in Everton’s most recent history full of the greatest ups & downs Andy & George Costigan get together with me to go through the week and try & look forward.

We talk briefly about the events at Anfield then analyse the events thereafter including an incredible performance by Duncan Ferguson who surpassed every expectation of him.

Talking the Blues, Leicester (A), Silva, Brands comments & favourite Derby match

We talk in detail about Marcel Brands comments on Friday and what that possibly means for Silva’s future. We discuss whether or not Brands’ comments represent some form of leadership that has been oh so absent from Everton for such a long period of time.

Finally we talk about our favourite derby matches including Blues willing on Rush to score in an Anfield derby!

Talking the Blues, Norwich (H) Silva, the board, the DoF, Lukaku & more

We dissect the disastrous weekend, talk about Silva, the board and the club and try and come up with explanations. As ever objective with a touch of humour

Talking the Blues, the women’s derby, Gylfi’s penalties, Inverness Caledonian Thistle plus football & alcohol

This week’s podcast looks at the Everton Women’s team win at Anfield, discusses Glyfi’s penalty record, a match report from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and talks about the sensitive issue of alcohol and football

Talking the Blues; Southampton (a),the academy, DOF, leadership & other stuff

After a much needed win over Southampton we have a review of the game, then we turn our attention to the academy, the role of the DOF and the opportunities for youngsters to come through.

Andy uses the NFL show to demonstrate the importance of leadership and we talk about marketing briefly…..

Talking the Blues; Spurs (H), VAR, why do we start so “flat” & the board’s Whatsapp group…….

Andy Costigan and George Costigan pick over the bones of one of the most horrific Goodison matches in living memory.

We try to analyse what is going wrong with VAR and what needs to be done to fix it quickly (assuming the Premier League don’t withdraw it). We talk about the motivation of the players and we discuss the conversations that must be going on at board and majority shareholder levels.

Talking the Blues – reaction to West Ham (H), how we became Blues, heading & Bill Kenwright

A much happier set of supporters after a vastly improved display against West Ham United at Goodison. We talk about “freedom and being able to express themselves”.

We also have a trip down memory lane talking about how we became Blues. Nat Lofthouse gets a mention. We look at the latest findings on the potential dangers of heading a ball and finish with a discussion about Bill Kenwright.

Lots of forthright opinions and a few laughs along the way – thanks as ever for taking the time to listen to us, comments most welcome.

Talking the Blues – looking for solutions

It’s a couple of days after results conspired horribly against the Blues, albeit we should never forget ultimately we are responsible for our performances and position in the Premier League.

In this podcast Andy, George and myself look at solutions, name our favoured formation and the players who should fill each position.

In addition we look at the role of Brands, is he responsible for any decisions taken regards Silva, in terms of timings and replacements?

Finally, in the absence of Everton playing next week we each chose a complete game from any time in Everton’s history that we’d sit down and watch over the weekend.

Talking the Blues – where do we go from here? (Manchester City home reaction)

The league table seldom lies.

After a third successive League defeat, Andy, George and Paul try to put their finger on why exactly we as a club are not performing to the levels to be expected. Why are so many players out of form? Alongside tactics and formation, something has to change and change quickly……

Talking the Blues – our early season form

I got together with Andy Costigan to discuss our season so far, so enjoy a gentle reflection on the early part of the season and a discussion on VAR.

Talking the Blues – podcast, post Watford (h) game 2

First home game of the season, amazing pre-match atmosphere, very good first 30 minutes, a struggle thereafter…. I get together with Andy & George to mull over Saturday but more importantly look ahead.  How do we get to 70 points? As ever feedback most welcome.