We're going on hiatus

Dear listener,

Since 2012 I have produced this show with the goal of helping to promote the game in this country and support the growing online community of passionate A-League fans. As a fan myself, that has always been the perspective I have taken with the show while also trying to bring a professional approach. 

But times change and people change. I think I've grown a lot as a person over the last three years (and if you listen to that very first episode, as a host and presenter too). This was not an easy decision to come to and it's something I've been thinking about for some time now. 

As of today The A-League Show will be going on hiatus, indefinitely. At this point in time I cannot say whether it will or won't return, but please know that this is not a reflection on my passion for the Australian game. I still want this league to succeed and thrive and I will remain an active member of this amazing football community.

For now, the website, the podcast feed and all social media will remain online until I come to a final decision. Why am I leaving the door slightly open? Well, because of that very passion that still drives my love for the game. This show has been a real outlet for me to talk about the football issues I truly care about so I'm not ready to abandon that just yet. But don't expect any new episodes for the foreseeable future. 

Whether you've been with the show from the very beginning or just found us this season, I'd like to thank you for listening. As any podcaster will tell you, your support and feedback means everything. I'd also like to thank every guest that has appeared on the show. Everyone of you has been incredibly humble and generous with your time and the show would not have been the same without your knowledge and passion. 

Producing this podcast has given me a lot of great opportunities. I've met some amazing people, including media, players and fans and it's also allowed me to grow personally and professionally. For this I am truly grateful. 

I'm not disappearing from the podcast scene though. As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, I have a brand new show coming very soon so keep an eye out for that. 

Until then, it's been a pleasure. Thank you. 

James Parkinson.


81: Champions Again

Welcome to this weeks A-League Show. James kicks things off with the latest news, including the long running CBA negotiations finally coming to a resolution.

James is then joined by Ed Wyatt from SEN Radio to review Melbourne Victory's FFA Cup win and Matchday 5 in the A-League.

We also address the main talking points of the week, including ticket pricing and Wellington's membership record in response to the #SaveTheNix campaign. Plus, a look ahead to Matchday 6, this weeks fantasy update and listener feedback. 

80: Up for the Cup

Welcome to this weeks A-League Show. James kicks things off with the news headlines, including the latest injury update.

James is then joined by Paul Williams to review Matchday 4 and preview this weekends action, including league fixtures and Saturday’s FFA Cup Final. 

The news of Optus securing Premier League broadcast rights is also discussed, in terms of what it might mean for the A-League. We also address ongoing fan issues and concerning statements from NSW Police. Plus, fantasy football and listener feedback.

79: #SaveTheNix

Welcome to this weeks A-League Show and a concerning week it’s been with the future of Wellington Phoenix now under serious threat.

James is joined by Vinnie Venezuela from the Four Diego's to talk through the Phoenix situation and FFA’s proposed replacement of a third club in Sydney. We also review the action from Matchday 3, including the Sydney Derby and look ahead to this weekends games. Plus, your Tweets and a fantasy league update.

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77: Debut Goals

Welcome to this weeks A-League Show. James kicks things off with the latest news including an injury update and Brazilian legend, Roberto Carlos' agent pushing his coaching credentials for the A-League. 

James is then joined by Radio Sport NZ commentator, Jason Pine to review the opening weekend of the new season before looking ahead to Matchday 2 and the FFA Cup Semi Finals. Plus, listener feedback and this weeks fantasy league update.