Around the Bloc
The Supporter's Podcast of the Western Sydney Wanderers. On your podcast feed and Spotify. http://www.aroundthebloc.com.au
Nick and Stephen went live on YouTube to discuss the 2-0 away win (magically) against the Nix and then shredded the squad over the last few matches as well as Robinson. Video stream here: https://youtu.be/cpfLhwNeh68
1 hr 14 min
Well that was a poor performance at home second week in a row where we were lucky to draw. Surgical dissection like analysis from our trio of Nick, Steve and Jaush on what worked (lol), what didn't work (a lot) and what we can do to get some W's on the board (not much).
1 hr 4 min
First round derbies can end in tears or despair, this one ended our misery of 90 mins. But it was great to be back home at ComBank Stadium (money talks) to see our red and black in action.
54 min 48 sec
Season X of WSW and ATB brings us together again via technology as we look towards another opening round Sydney Derby and look through our squad and what we hope to expect.
1 hr 9 min
The team discusses the players and coach as we look back at another disappointing season. Who do we want to keep and who should we let ride off into the sunset? And are we Robbo In or Robbo Out? All this and more on this week's Around the Bloc. Thank you for listening this season, see you soon for our 10th year.
1 hr 26 min
Undefeated derby streak is over, effectively out of the top 6 and living on a prayer, we host the Phoenix from Wellington who actually travelled to and from NZ for the first time in over a year.
58 min 52 sec
Two great results and then this monstrosity against Perth Glory. Great way to get into the mood for the final Sydney derby this Sunday.
1 hr 3 min
Look at this! A 5:0 win for the Wanderers against Western United means we keep our top six chances alive despite Nick claiming the season was over only a couple of weeks ago...
54 min 47 sec
Undefeated since December 2018 in the Sydney derby! Big performance from the team means we still have a chance at making the six - but we have really no room for errors. Riot squad returns, Bobo impersonates Baggio and Shaun Evans needs to know what the "no" hands mean.
1 hr 20 min
We didn't get a Victory. Fold the club.
1 hr 6 min
We really need a win, ay...
18 min 15 sec
Read that title, we drew again this time against Adelaide.
49 min 9 sec
Continuing the trend of neither winning nor losing matches, we had two stalemates against Brisbane and the Central Coast where our play wasn't the best but one player came in to almost save the days. We've got the most goalkeeper saves and defender clearances in the league and we still have no idea what our midfield is doing (P.S. Don't sell Tass).
1 hr 3 min
That was hard to take. A 4:1 loss to a clearly better team when we thought we would have at least put up a fight, but we were in a shell the whole 90 minutes. Brisbane awaits then the old enemy the Mariners a few days later: proper 6-pointer weekend.
51 min 4 sec
A win sure feels good, especially when you've backed up from a win only a few days before that. Many were weary of seeing whether this team could go again and they went there alright - a dominant 3:0 win against Perth Glory. Offsides didn't hinder us as we scored three legal goals and could have been more, but we didn't concede and now we go to Melbourne with confidence.
1 hr 1 min
Nick drops his views on talk of people not wanting Duke back at the Wanderers.
8 min 54 sec
Holy s*** - we're still discussing how that game unfolded and how it ended up the way it did. Tats, Stephen and Nick go through that epic match along with all the drama and banging goals that were or weren't seen. Some say VAR needs to stay, some say go, all we know is that it the right VARking call was made. ATBit live reactions WSWvWEL
1 hr 10 min
Amazing what some tough love can get you. A win away from home, a clean sheet and some confidence boosting performances from some of our slacking players.
1 hr 4 min
Two back to back loses spells warning signs for the Wanderers with the other teams playing catch-up and climbing the ladder. An away trip to Western United this Sunday is crucial for us to stay within the top 6 and regain our confidence.
1 hr 7 min
A slow first half but much better second half only has us come away with a draw after a frantic 2:2 result. Set-piece marking, midfield depth and confidence players all come up in this full team ATB.
53 min 52 sec
6 games undefeated, third in the league and looking good in the second half, we look back at the two games against Macarthur and the Victory.
1 hr 5 min
The team are divided at the return of Mitch Duke. Also discussed is the draw against Newcastle, our luck or knack of conceding penalties and look ahead to the local paddock derby against Macarthur.
1 hr 4 min
An okay showing in the Sydney derby and a win against a rough Mariners means we have 4 points from 6 in our last two matches. Are we seeing a pattern from our lads and is there more to our games so early in the season?
1 hr 3 min
Grit and determination got us three-points away to Newcastle (so did two goals to be fair). Undefeated in our last four matches against Sydney FC, we have a chance to make that five this weekend.
Discussing our not so bad performance against the new Macarthur Bulls where we fought until the end - no bull.
48 min 51 sec
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10 min 9 sec
Just like CJ in GTA: San Andreas says; "ah s***, here we go again". A new season, new manager, new players but same attitudes. What do we make of this team and does it have enough to mount a salad platter or toilet seat challenge?
55 min 18 sec
Turner, Nick, Josh and Stephen return for part two of the WSW season review.
51 min 34 sec
Turner, Nick, Josh and Steve discuss the season that was.
46 min 52 sec
Michael and Nick were joined by Vitali Trubila (defender for FK Slutsk in the Belarusian football league) as they discussed the worldwide spotlight, new fans and support, his footballing career and much more. Thanks to Aleague Memes for organising the interview.
38 min 4 sec
*in Sydney derbies this season What a way to postpone the league with a 1:1 draw in an empty Bankwest Stadium against your bitter rivals broadcast to the world - thrilling! Apart from that, Turner, Josh and Nick are once again using the technology that's been around for over a decade to bring this ATB from our remote locations. This is around the undefeated in Sydney derbies bloc.
47 min 57 sec
Interstate travel - hand sanitiser - Empty stadiums. A-League for how we currently know it is up in the air (unlike Turner's hands') but the show must go on as do the matches behind closed doors. Doing things differently for this one are Nick and Josh discussing the madness and mayhem of City vs WSW and other current topics at hand. This is around the self-isolating bloc.
45 min 23 sec
Must like the team, some ATB members were missing in action, but we still managed to finish the show with a win. A poor performance against Brisbane Roar last Friday brought us all back down to earth from the derby high the week before, albeit some will argue we did it to ourselves. Turner, Tats, Nick and Mina discuss the good with WSW, the bad with the A-League match and look to the next rounds.
58 min 51 sec
Two from two! Derby delight for the second time this season: same score line, same scorer, different location. The Duke of Western Sydney scored the lone goal as we gave Sydney FC their second loss this season. We go through the match, the W-League making the finals play-off for the first time plus some general WSW and A-League news. This is the derby Baumjohann hasn't won a game in yet. This is around the bloc.
1 hr 3 min
Whilst there should have been only scenes of celebrations in the Sydney derby in Kogarah this past Friday as the Wanderers won their first away derby since the 2013-14 season, there were scenes that should not be seen not just in the A-League, but in sports in general and towards the fans none the less. In this special ATB, Tats and Jaush discuss the situation that unfolded between the travelling away fans (notable in the RBB) and the police geared up in riot squad uniform.
52 min 52 sec
After the bore draw against the Jets the previous week understandably spirits may have been down, but Captain Duke and the lads put up a fight to take it to dark horses Adelaide United where we WON 5 goals to 2 in Wanderland. Das amazing'! Turner, Tats and Mina are making sure the show goes on (Turner especially) as they go through the win vs Adelaide, the W-League team and the upcoming reschedule Sydney derby. This is around the bloc...I hope.
51 min 31 sec
As the title states; rise and repeat. A strong start and flailing finish, a popular birthday boy and a big clash for the W-League team. This is around the bloc.
1 hr 8 min
JP took charge of his first match as head coach for a very long time and it proved to be a success with the Wanderers winning 3:1 away to the Central Coast Mariners with new signing Simon Richard Cox scoring on debut. Turner and Nick took the drive up and saw the boys take the points while Josh and Tats looked on via the TV but all gave their input into what they liked, didn't like and what they expect coming up in the Sydney derby. This is around the Cox bloc.
1 hr 12 min
Chris Phillips -chief sports reporter for the Southend Echo and 'I've Got Blues For You' podcast - joins Turner and Nick in a chat about Simon Cox, the situation that led him to Western Sydney, what Simon offers with his football, what he will bring to the pitch and gives us an insight into the lower leagues of English football. Follow Chris on Twitter
21 min 43 sec
The inevitable came through on Monday morning after a frustrating and performance void of any spark or optimism. Markus Babbel's run as Wanderers manager is over after a near year and a half and it hasn't been the best. Turner, Josh and Nick are joined by the man-in-demand Stephen to discuss Babbel's dismissal, what went wrong, look at the squads performance and what is needed to lift this club back to the top. We've taken into account the time the VAR calls have needed and included that total, so this episode is an extra thirty minutes for your listening pleasure. This is a Babbel-less (and Tatiyana-less) around the bloc.
1 hr 34 min
Nick is here with a solo pod giving you the rundown of what has happened in the last 24 hours (not even) in the world of Wanderers. Alex Meier seems to be gone and Simon Cox seems to be due in from Swindon Town as we look to make a move on in the league to hit that top 6 or top 4 position. Babbel is still under pressure so who knows if Cox's inclusion will help him or not but the squad is looking healthier so we may see some familiar faces against Perth this weekend.
21 min 23 sec
For those that have been with us all season know that we've been critical of players and manager at times but this one seems to be the real go to for that conversation. A recap of the W-League loss, the Y-League win, the loss in windy Wellington and of course the Babbel in or Babbel out debate. This is around the bloc.
1 hr 17 min
Happy new year to everyone (except Robbie Fowler, so says Michael Turner). We have two men's matches to cover plus the Wanderwomen kicking a** in the W-League with another win. More controversy - more segways - more of us. This is around the bloc 2020.
1 hr 7 min
No, we're not going to rag on Markus, quite the contrary. However some in the football world in the A-League have been bashing him figuratively over the last few weeks. The Wanderwomen thrash Sydney FC by five (Sydney is red and black after all thus far), and sit close on the ladder to leaders City and quick rising star Mina joins us again for a look at the W-League. The rest of the crew are back for our airing of grievances and discuss some talking points. This is a merry around the bloc.
1 hr 9 min
Nothing to talk about this week except for the youth, W-League and the greatest A-League flops of the decade. This is around the flop...bloc.
1 hr 5 min
Fine margins. That's the story of our last two matches and the game against the 'Nix was no different. Plenty of effort with no reward in the first half to another suspect call agains the Wanderers in the second and the other ex-man doing the damage. Turner, Josh and Nick discuss the negatives in the loss but also the positives along with the big positive of the Wanderwomen leading the W-League. This is around the bloc.
1 hr 1 min
Newcastle away is a fun away trip, but when you don't get a result the drive home sucks. What doesn't suck at the moment is the Wanderwomen who won their third straight match in the W-league. Is Muscat waiting in the wings? Will Ange be king of Japan? Does Turner overreact? This is around the bloc
1 hr 1 min
A last minute Macca winner, controversial calls, end to end action and Michael Turner in way out of his depth. This is around the bloc.
Byes are boring when your teams not playing on the weekend. Never the less, the W-League kicked off and the Wanderwomen started their season with a last-minute win against Adelaide. We have a special guest joining us to discuss the W-League plus we find out who the Vuck aren't fond of on their team, which player can't remember Alex Baumjohann and our preview of City's visit to Bankwest this coming Friday night. This is around the bloc (we think)...
It was us against the new old boys and they came out on top by their two goals to our one. Turner, Tats, Nick and Josh (Jaush) discuss not the game itself but certain elements of where we went wrong and where we go from here. This is around the bloc.