The Gentleman Ultra

The Gentleman Ultra

We bring nostalgia, history and tales from both within and beyond Calcio’s four white lines. This is Italian Football through our eyes. This is the Gentleman Ultra.

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Richard and Emmet are joined by Serie A commentator David Ferrini to talk about Italian football's forgotten Baggio - Dino Baggio. The former Parma, Juventus and Lazio midfielder lived firmly in the shadow of his more famous namesake, but was one of the finest Italian midfielders of his generation. TGU pays tribute to Dino by dissecting his career, his obscure UEFA cup record, and who in the current Serie A landscape shares similar characteristics to Baggio. Please subscribe and rate the TGU podcast, it would be greatly appreciated!

Nov 3

58 min 55 sec

Richard Hall and Emmet Gates are joined by Doug Bierton, co-founder of the world's biggest classic football shirt website,, to talk shirts. Doug tries to name his top five favourite calcio shirts of all time, whilst reminiscing about the players who wore those majestic pieces of cloth. This is a podcast that could've lasted another hour, or four!

Oct 18

1 hr

Richard Hall and Emmet Gates analyse the opening weekend of the new Serie A season, and discuss how their respective fantasy football teams performed, and who sparkled in game day 1.

Aug 23

39 min 36 sec

As a new Serie A season kicks off, we at TGU have started a new fantasy league in association with Mystery Kits, with the winner netting a mystery calcio shirt at the end of the season. Richard Hall and Luca-Hodges Ramon sit down to discuss which players to buy, and the prospects for the new campaign.  If you'd like to join the TGU league, hit us up on Twitter for the link!

Aug 21

1 hr 12 min

Richard and Luca break down Livorno’s stringent left-wing political ideology. On the backend Cristiano Lucarelli’s fantastic career is overviewed and his background as the hero of the port city.

Aug 10

17 min 33 sec

Richard Hall, Emmet Gates and Luca Hodges-Ramon return to discuss the comeback of Pazza Inter, with the news that Romelu Lukaku could be sold by the club due to their crippling financial situation. The three TGU stalwarts compare the events of 2021 to that of 2010, when Inter squandered their lead over the rest of the Italian game in the aftermath of the treble and the departure of Jose Mourinho. Will things get better for Inter, or substantially worse? Who will be the next to go? Can Richard survive another decade of Inter mediocrity?

Aug 6

1 hr 3 min

Richard Hall and Emmet Gates speak to Parma owner Kyle Krause about his plans for the club, bringing Gigi Buffon back to the Stadio Ennio Tardini, renovating the stadium and the training ground, growing Parma's brand and next season's challenge of playing in Serie B. Apologies for the sound quality issue, there was mistakes made in the recording of the interview, so it's advised that you turn the volume up for this one!

Jul 29

41 min 16 sec

Luca Hodges-Ramon and Emmet Gates are back to inspect Italy's Euro 2020 victory against England at Wembley. We review the final, take a look at where it was won and lost, how Roberto Mancini's side will look ahead of the 2022 World Cup, and whether Giorgio Chiellini will retire from Gli Azzurri or stay for one more tournament. As it's the 15th anniversary of Italy winning the 2006 World Cup, we also reflect on that win, and compare the 2006 side to the current iteration, and whether Italy winning the World Cup that summer was actually detrimental to the country in the long term. Campioni d'Europa!

Jul 15

58 min 45 sec

Richard and Emmet return to preview the final of Euro 2020, which has caused an endless amount of inner turmoil for Richard. Who will he support, England - the team of his homeland - or Italy - the country he idolises - on Sunday? Emmet has no doubts about which side he's backing. We break down where the final could be won and lost, and talk about Roberto Mancini's elegance.  *Apologies for the background noise on this episode. There was house renovations going on and the sound carried!

Jul 10

50 min 15 sec

FINALLY! TGU's next entry in our look back at Italy at the Euros is here, after many delays.  Luca Hodges-Ramon steps in for Richard, as he and Emmet delve deep into Italy's shambolic Euro 2004 campaign. Giovanni Trapattoni was in charge of Gli Azzurri, who somehow hung on to his job following Italy's equally disastrous 2002 World Cup run. This tournament is chiefly remembered for the 'biscotto' between Denmark and Sweden that eliminated Italy, but Il Trap's side were the architects of their own downfall.  Also, Bernardo 'F**king' Corradi??!! Seriously??

Jul 6

53 min 11 sec

Richard and Emmet return to discuss Italy's run to the final of Euro 2000. After the failure of not even qualifying for Euro '92, and the disastrous Euro '96 under Arrigo Sacchi, Italy, now coached by Dino Zoff, brought Gli Azzurri to the edge of glory at the turn of the century. Should Italy have won the tournament? How bad was Alessandro Del Piero in the competition? Should Roby Baggio have got a call-up? Was this Francesco Totti's best tournament showing for Italy?  Richard and Emmet break it all down.

May 21

1 hr 8 min

Richard and Emmet return to discuss Italy's foray in England in the Brit-pop tinged summer of 1996. Gli Azzurri actually made it to the competition this time, after the doomed attempt to qualify for Euro '92. Now under the tutelage of Arrigo Sacchi, Italy went into Euro '96 as one of the favourites, and Sacchi had an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Things however didn't pan out like everyone thought, because of, well, Sacchi. Italy were drawn in Group C alongside Germany, Russia and Czech Republic. How did they fare out? Listen and learn of Sacchi's sheer lunacy. Please take the time to subscribe, rate and review the TGU podcast. Your feedback is invaluable to us! Thank you.

May 17

1 hr 1 min

With Euro 2020 (or 2021) on the horizon, TGU will look back at Italy's recent history at European Championships. We start with Gli Azzurri's failure to qualify for Euro '92, the forgotten tournament of the 1990s. Richard and Emmet delve into Italy's doomed campaign, looking at some of the puzzling decisions made by coach Azeglio Vicini, his relentless rotation of players, and the games that well and truly killed Italy's chances of qualifying. They also look at how well Italy would've done had they reached the competition, the last eight-team Euros. This Italy squad remains one of the best teams to never qualify for a Euros, and had only just reached the semi final of Italia '90. So what went wrong? Please take the time to subscribe, rate and review the TGU podcast. Your feedback is invaluable to us! Thank you.

May 12

57 min 32 sec

Luca Hodges-Ramon and Richard Hall dive into the fandom of arguably Italy’s most historic club, Milan. Narrated by Wayne Girard.

May 7

16 min 31 sec

Inter Milan’s alternative club guide written by Richard Hall, narrated by Wayne Girard. Surveying the ultras, the history, the story...

Apr 30

18 min 29 sec

We're back with another episode in our 'Classic Game' series. This time we are travelling back to April 1st 2001, as Carlo Ancelotti's Juventus side welcome Roberto Baggio's Brescia to the Stadio Delle Alpi. This game is of course famous for one of the greatest goals of Baggio's career, as he put a massive dent in Juve's Scudetto hopes. To talk Richard and Emmet through the action is David Ferrini, an Australian commentator for Serie A's world feed. David chats to us about how he got interested in Italian football, and how he made the leap into commentating. Please take the time to subscribe, rate and review the TGU podcast. Your feedback is invaluable to us! Thank you.

Apr 23

56 min 27 sec

As voted for by the TGU fans, Richard and Emmet discuss the top 10 greatest Italian goalkeepers of all time. From Buffon to Zoff, Zenga to Peruzzi, Italy have had a constant source of world class shot-stoppers throughout the decades. Who is No.1?

Apr 9

1 hr 13 min

We're back with another entry in the TGU 'Classic Game' series. This time we skip back to October 1994, as newly promoted Padova take on reigning champions Milan. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates are joined by guest David Amoyal to talk us through the action. David was born and raised in Padova, so this game is close to his heart. We also investigate the impact Alexi Lalas had on Serie A, as the first American to ever play in the Italian top flight. 

Apr 2

40 min 21 sec

In the aftermath of Serie A's disappointing performances in the Champions League Round of 16, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates dissect the biggest problem hurting Italian progress in the competition - the modernising of Italy's ancient stadia. Will the Italian government relax the laws permitting to renovating or building new stadia in the country in the near future? Can Serie A as a league collectively agree on how best to run their competition? Are 20 teams in the league several too many?  Richard and Emmet break all the issues down.

Mar 18

1 hr 1 min

With the announcement this week that Inter and long-time sponsors Pirelli will part ways at the end of the current campaign, TGU decided to rank the best shirts of the 26-year Pirelli era at Inter. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates discuss which shirts became iconic, and which shirts should be entered into a hall of shame. What's your favourite shirt from the Inter-Pirelli parternship? Let us know! Please subscribe, rate and comment on the TGU pod. All feedback is appreciated!

Mar 5

55 min 16 sec

On the back of our recent TGU interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates discuss whether the Lazio side of 2000/01 - Eriksson's last at the club - was the greatest side in the history of Italian football never to win a major honour. Lazio had maintained the core of their title-winning side from 1999/00, and broke the world transfer record to sign Hernan Crespo from Parma. Claudio Lopez, Angelo Peruzzi and Dino Baggio also arrived to bolster an almighty squad. Eriksson's acceptance of the England job early into the season changed everything however, and a season that promised so much ended with the club winning no major trophy, and the Sergio Cragnotti empire was beginning to crumble. Do you agree with us? Let us know!

Mar 1

48 min 50 sec

Ahead of the most highly anticipated Derby della Madonnina in years, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates look at some of the players who have worn both the Nerazzurri and Rossoneri shirt down the years.  Some players have excelled for one half of the city over the other, whilst some, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, thrived for both.

Feb 18

53 min 59 sec

Richard Hall is joined by Editor Emmet Gates and TGU regular Sam Brookes for another episode of TGU Calcio Castaways. Sam recalls his favourite goals, game and player from the recent history of Italian football.

Jan 20

44 min 8 sec

December 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark Bosman ruling, which forever changed the dynamics of the modern game. Players could now leave for free once their contracts expired. TGU's Richard Hall and Emmet Gates break down the five best and worst free transfers since the ruling came into effect. Don't agree with our choices? Let us know on our social media channels!

Jan 14

54 min 37 sec

On Wednesday November 25th, the world lost arguably the greatest footballer the game has ever seen. Diego Armando Maradona, a man who lived many lifetimes in one, died aged 60 in his homeland. Many tributes have been done over the weeks since his passing, and we at TGU felt it was only right, given his long association with Napoli, that we also paid our own small tribute to the diminutive genius. Site editor Emmet Gates had recently complied a ‘Six for 60‘ article for the great man’s 60th in October. Emmet and Richard Hall sat down to talk through six of his finest goals for the Partenopei, and his importance to the city of Naples.

Dec 2020

56 min 11 sec

Welcome to the first in a new podcast series for The Gentleman Ultra. TGU will review, inspect and analyse some of the greatest games in Serie A history, and we felt there was no better game to start than this all-time classic between Inter and Sampdoria from May 1991. Sampdoria were on the verge of winning an historic first Scudetto, but had to travel to Giovanni Trapattoni's Inter side with four games remaining. Inter, who were second going into the game, knew a loss what mean the end of their own title aspirations. What transpired over the course of the next 90 minutes is one of the greatest matches of the last 30 years, in any league. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates are joined by special guest Rob Smyth of The Guardian. Rob helps break down the game, and explains why indeed the match stands out as one of the best in Italian football history.

Dec 2020

56 min 49 sec

The Gentleman Ultra founder Richard Hall and site editor Emmet Gates spoke to Jonathan Grade. Jonathan was first runner, and later producer, of the legendary Channel 4 show Gazzetta Football Italia from 1993 to 2002. Jonathan has recently released a book, titled: Golazzo: The Football Italia Years. In our exclusive interview, Jonathan recounts his remarkable time working on the show, interacting with the world’s greatest players, why the show was such a success in the UK, when he thought the show hit its peak, and what led to its eventual downfall at the beginning of the 2000s. If you were a fan of the show (who wasn’t?), then you’ll really enjoy this!

Nov 2020

53 min 43 sec

Luca is an original member of The Gentleman Ultra and currently works as a Football Agent between the UK and Italy. In this episode he is interviewed to discuss his favourite goals, match, and player he would most love to sit down with.

Nov 2020

53 min 9 sec

In the first episode of Storytelling Sagas, Wayne Girard narrates his piece on Daniele De Rossi's heroic yet tumultuous career.

Sep 2020

13 min 4 sec

Richard Hall is the founder and creator of The Gentleman Ultra. In this episode he is interviewed to discuss his favourite goals, match, and player he would most love to sit down with. 

Sep 2020

43 min 9 sec

TGU Calcio Castaways (E05): With Wayne Girard In the latest installment of our series, Richard Hall asked Wayne Girard to choose his favourite goals, games and person to hang out with on a desert island. Wayne is a columnist for A.S. Roma and editor for The Gentleman Ultra.

Aug 2020

48 min 57 sec

TGU Calcio Castaways (E04): With Sheridan Bird In the latest instalment of our series, Richard Hall asked Sheridan Bird to choose his favourite goals, games and person to hang out with on a desert island. Sheridan is a journalist and broadcaster in Milan.

Jul 2020

42 min 8 sec

In the latest instalment of the series, Richard Hall asked Adam Summerton to choose two goals, two games and one player to hang out with on a desert island. Adam is a commentator for BT Sport and Prime Video amongst others.

Jun 2020

46 min 43 sec

In the second of the series, Richard Hall asked Andrew Cesare to choose two goals, two games and one player to hang out with on a desert island. Andrew covers Italian football for ESPN.

May 2020

38 min 55 sec

In the first of a new series with a familiar concept, Richard Hall asked @theinsidelefty to choose two goals, one game and one player to watch on a desert island.

May 2020

50 min 12 sec

It's another TGU podcast bitesize special as Richard Hall and Neil Morris look ahead to the Coppa Italia while also looking back at Atalanta's triumph in the 1962/63 edition.  

May 2019

19 min 12 sec

Host Richard Hall is joined by TGU regular Luca Hodges-Ramon as we begin our quest to select a best XI from the 1980s by chatting to Milan-based broadcaster and journalist Sheridan Bird. 

Apr 2019

52 min 14 sec

With the Milan derby upon us, what better time to bring you the first of our TGU podcast bitesize specials. In the black and blue corner, Richard Hall searches for hope amongst the Inter gloom, while in the red and black corner, Luca Hodges-Ramon travels to the San Siro with quiet confidence.

Mar 2019

18 min

TGU's very own veteran performer Richard Hall is joined by young gun Luca Hodges-Ramon to discuss Ramez Nathan's piece on the old-timers who shone in the crepuscular light of their calcio careers. 

Mar 2019

41 min 17 sec

TGU host and founder Richard Hall and editor Neil Morris are joined by special guest Giancarlo Rinaldi to discuss Pirlo's oenological exploits, how the seeds of Football Italia were planted and Fiorentina's current plight.

Dec 2018

51 min 56 sec

TGU host and founder Richard Hall, and editor Luca Hodges-Ramon are joined by special guest Chris Lee to discuss calcio’s early pioneers, Schillaci’s steep trajectory and the burden of expectation placed on emerging talent.

Nov 2018

57 min 11 sec

TGU host and founder Richard Hall, and editor Luca Hodges-Ramon are joined by special guests Adam Digby and Matt Santangelo to discuss indignation on Juventus’ Curva Sud and the upcoming Milan derby.

Oct 2018

1 hr 3 min

To mark the new season, TGU host and founder Richard Hall, and editors Luca Hodges-Ramon and Neil Morris are joined by special guest Nima Tavallaey Roodsari to discuss the coming season and the TGU 90's Serie A Dream Team. Also, Richard enthuses about Diego Fuser while Serie B's ongoing shenanigans prompts some collective head shaking.

Aug 2018

58 min 52 sec

As one star arrives in the north of Italy and another disappears in the south, TGU host and founder Richard Hall, and editors Luca Hodges-Ramon and Neil Morris, discuss the growing divide between the haves and the have nots in Italian football. Also covered are the launch of Golazio bar in London and how fans can watch this season’s calcio action.

Aug 2018

54 min 9 sec

In episode 4, host and TGU founder Richard Hall, editors Luca Hodges-Ramon and Neil Morris, and contributor Wayne Girard look at the events that played out on and off the field in Roma's recent Champions League clash with Liverpool.

May 2018

55 min 6 sec

In episode 3, host and TGU founder Richard Hall, and editors Neil Morris and Emmet Gates look back at the playing and broadcasting career of Ray Wilkins and pick their favourite goals from the Gazzetta/Football Italia era.

Apr 2018

54 min 50 sec

In episode 2, host and TGU founder Richard Hall and editors Luca Hodges-Ramon and Neil Morris chat about players who ventured abroad in the 1950s and 60s, and how to win friends and influence people in Bergamo, before tackling a couple of questions from our followers on Twitter.

Mar 2018

1 hr 3 min

In our first ever episode, host and TGU founder Richard Hall and editors Luca Hodges-Ramon and Neil Morris chat about their most memorable moments from Italia 90, pay tribute to Davide Astori, go on a sticker hunt with Paolo Poggi and discuss the best Italian football kits of the last 50 years.

Mar 2018

51 min 55 sec