Monday, 5 October 2015

My Droogies, We Deserved A Point.

Of course, we picked-up two points on the Saturday against the RED Hockey stablemates in Bracknell but, as James Neil says this week, it would have been nice to have a point from the home clash against the Bison. It wasn't a thriller of a game, it must be said. Both sides looked exhausted from their Saturday night clashes.

There were individuals with exceptional fitness on each side who were driving the show and neither team let their heads go down and the result was probably about right, if it had to be done in regulation. But it would have been nice.

Anyway, that's enough of that. In this week's show, we enjoy a little autumn sunshine outside the rink at the start of the show and we are all treated to the unfortunate notion of Jim Piper's holiday-wear.

We continue our guide to speaking the language of my fathers, Welsh. This week, we learn how to ask, "What?". Very useful. And it sounds a bit like a German trying dialogue from A Clockwork Orange. See, that explains the episode title.

Now it's time to test a theory. I don't think that anybody reads this. If you have read this, post this to Twitter (without tagging @pnxpodcast): I read the secret message. #DontTellTheBudgie If I get more than 5, I'll...erm... well, I don't know what I will do. Something though. Probably.

 Have a listen to this week's show, right here.

Monday, 28 September 2015

This Is Why Dw I'n Cefnogi Phoenix!

That's why I support the Phoenix.  Injuries a-go-go but we have a coach who can call upon talent and create something impressive with what he has available.

In a week that saw Mark Thomas added to the injuries list and real worries forming about whether the podcast team would end-up having to ice for the Phoenix, there came a little luck mid-week. Jan Platil was released by Hull Pirates as they looked to make space for a new forward and Phoenix snapped him up as injury cover.  There was a little consternation from the Faithful as he wasn't announced via the Club's media prior to him hitting the ice. Of course, behind the scenes Phoenix would have had to fight against the clock to get him registered and ready to ice and so, one may think, the top priority was to get him ready to ice before announcing him. Then, getting a press-release together (on a weekend) and getting it out there might have been a push.  Everyone has a view on it. The main thing is that the club was able to pick him up and plug the other gaps caused by early injury woes.

Probably the revelation of the weekend was Paul Davies.  He played in NIHL2 Deeside Dragons last season and he made a big impression on the Phoenix (and the Steeldogs) on Sunday night.

Big props to local lads, Ryan Jones and Ross Kennedy for having stepped-up and helped keep the pressure on the opposition.

This week's show, which you can listen to right here, includes coverage from the away game in Swindon (featuring Scuttsy, Jim, Stuart and others) as well as the home game against the pups.

We hope you enjoy the new format. We are trying new things. Let us know what you think. @pnxpodcast

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Call the heddlu!

Listen right here to the story of the game Phoenix stole from the Flames.

A lot of pundits were suggesting that Phoenix would walk away from this injury-bedevilled weekend zero points and, after a bit of physical punishment in Basingstoke on the Saturday, it really looked likely that we'd have to that up.

But then, when the Flames misjudged their assault on Deeside's new residents, Phoenix landed the #2 spot on the EPIHL table.

Phoenix put in the most solid of team performances on the ice tonight. A team with that level of bond at such an early stage can go on to do great things. Tonight was, we hope, a sign of how Phoenix is the little team that shook its fist at the rest of the league.

To round things up, Mark Woodcock caught-up with the lovely Nico Aaltonen after the game.

Tonight's podcast was powered by donuts.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Four-point Weekend - Who'd have thunk it?

Have a listen to this week's show right here.

A new season starts and Phoenix come out on top against MKL and against Hull Pirates.

We thought we'd take the show indoors this week in order to soak up the atmosphere so the show's a little longer and a little different this week.

Words of wisdom this week from Ben Wood, Mark Woodcock, Paul Woodcock, Jim Piper and yours truly.

Please send all complaints to

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Teething Troubles

Take a listen right here.

A great trip to Telford saw the Phoenix kick some kitty backside as the hosts were tired and suffering from injury woes.  Nevertheless, the Phoenix were not gifted the result and they pulled off the sort of teamwork that saw Tigers fans cry that the sky was falling.

But then, on Sunday night in Deeside, it was some of the Phoenix fans who were doing their best Chicken-licken impressions as a lacklustre performance on home ice combined with a smarting Tigers bench resulted in a bit of a trouncing.

We caught up with Gareth O'Flaherty after the game to talk it through and to look ahead to the first weekend of the league.

We also took our second Welsh lesson and discovered that those cheeky PTV lot have being trying to steal our Welsh feature!  I know, right?  Shocking!

Anyway, wounds from this weekend will heal and Hull and MK will be facing a team that has learned a lot from the pre-season.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Diolch, Kitties!

That's the first night at the new gaff done then!

Hear the show right here.

Swindon Wildcats did their best to stop the Phoenix as they made it clear whose house it was but they just about managed to claw back two goals in the final period as a dominating Phoenix with an almost magical Stephen Fone in net took them to school.

In addition to the action on the ice, the Podcast found its new location. It's no car park but we can still see the car park from there.

Take a listen and don't forget to pay attention to your first Welsh lesson of the season.

Have fun and see you there next week!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Croeso i'r Podlediad Manchester Phoenix!

Indeed to goodness, listener bach! 

Fun fact: the above may mean "Welcome to the Manchester Phoenix Podcast" in North Wales but, in South Wales, it means "Welcome to Hat Tomorrow Manchester Phoenix"

So that's good to get out of the way.
We're celebrating our temporary stay in The Land Of My Fathers throughout series 9 of the Official Show.

We are going to be keeping up with the Jonesessses by being far more serious and far less silly in this series. Obviously.

But don't worry; we'll still be bringing you all the usual suspects talking all of the usual nonsense about the oldest established Manchester ice hockey team and we will try to learn a few things about our host rink and host town along the way.

We thought that we would start the series off with a little look back at the Shirt Launch event and so we dispatched Stuart to point the microphone at people.

You can have a listen to what went on and how people were feeling as they looked forward to this weekend's pre-season action.