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# btl - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'

Andy Mitten grants an insight into how Alex Ferguson operated on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

'I was called to say, 'We've had a solicitor's letter over your schools rugby match report'

Paul Howard is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and reveals a schools’ rugby story that helped to form Ross O’Carroll Kelly.

# btl - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

'As he lay on a hospital bed with his leg in the cast, the letter arrived from Jack Charlton'

On the latest episode of Behind the Lines, Damian Lawlor tells the extraordinary rise, fall, and rise of Irish footballer Paul McGee.

# btl - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'

Melissa Reddy, author of a new book about Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'

On the latest edition of Behind the Lines, Caitlin Thompson assess the legacy left by Maria Sharapova.

# btl - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'

Daniel Taylor, a veteran of many of Alex Ferguson’s infamous press conferences, is our guest on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'

Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece

ESPN’s Senior Writer is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

'There was tension in the relationship, but the miracle here is they could do it for 20 years'

Jeff Benedict, author of a new book on the New England Patriots, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Dealing with sexism and being told she would 'destroy the American family' - A sportswriter's trailblazing career

US sportswriter Diane K.Shah is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

'If you said to me, 'Is there more doping in football than we think?' I would say yes'

David Walsh is our guest on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'He just can't help himself. If he could, he would have got right back into favour'

David Walsh, chief sportswriter with the Sunday Times, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Saturday 25 July, 2020

'How in God’s name did they get married?' - The cheating athlete and the anti-doping zealot who blew the whistle on Russia

David Walsh talks to The42 about his new book, The Russian Affair.

# btl - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

'I just sat at the back thinking, 'These lads' lives have changed beyond all comprehension'

Kieran McCarthy is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Making us dream while telling Pavarotti to 'Shut the f**k up' - Celebrating Jack Charlton's remarkable life

George Hamilton and Phillip Quinn joined us for a special edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'He didn’t become a fully formed human being until his heavyweight title was stripped away'

Legendary American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte discusses Muhammad Ali on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

'Corporations now want to be on the right side of history. The NFL should not be allowed to participate in that'

Author and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and tells us why the NFL’s recent apology is unacceptable.

# btl - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

'He was almost poetic' - Gary Lineker tells us about Hugh McIlvanney's genius

The Match of the Day presenter celebrates one of sportswriting’s masters in a special edition of the Behind the Lines podcast.

# btl - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'It's important to recognise that men's sport has had investment and privilege that most of women's sport never had'

Anna Kessel is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

'Maybe I suppressed a laugh that it took 30 years for Jordan to say, 'Ok, I was a jerk, but who cares?'

Sam Smith, author of the controversial Jordan Rules, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

'Football matters so deeply in Mayo that it kind of defies belief that they haven't won more'

‘House of Pain’ author Keith Duggan is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

'I told him, 'I'm writing about you on Sunday, and I think you should read it'

Liam Hayes is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and spoke of writing about himself, Sean Boylan, and his Meath team-mates in his playing days.

# btl - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'I ate paper and drank ink to prove how attached we were to print'

Danny Kelly is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'Seaman comes through the mixed zone crying...and one of the journalists starts booing him'

Miguel Delaney is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'I remember saying, 'Oh my God...even on a sinking ship he is doing things like that'

Kerry great Dara Ó Cinnéide is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

'I watched Roy Keane stare down a cloud and make the wind go away'

Jonathan Wilson tells the tale as our latest guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

'There was huge snobbery then to the GAA, even in the broader culture'

Kieran Cunningham is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Thursday 19 March, 2020

'I’m sitting in Bosman’s house on the morning they’ve found in his favour...it makes my career'

Graham Hunter is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

'You don't have to be an asshole to be ambitious' - How to land your dream job...via the NBA draft

Jeff Pearlman was this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

'Your future depends on the decisions you make every day' - How The Ringer became a $200 million success

Bryan Curtis, the site’s Editor-at-Large, is this week’s guest on Behind The Lines.

# btl - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

An alternative Christmas reading list, as picked by guests of our sportswriting podcast

Stick the kettle on and enjoy a few classic pieces.

# btl - Tuesday 5 November, 2019

Episode 9 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Donald McRae - is out now

The award-winning author is this week’s guest.

# btl - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Episode 7 of Behind The Lines - with Jonathan Liew - is out now

The Independent’s superb Chief Sports Writer is our guest this week.

# btl - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Episode 6 of the Behind the Lines podcast - featuring Tommy Conlon - is available now

The author and Sunday Independent columnist is this week’s guest.

# btl - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Episode 5 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Glenn Stout - is available now

The series editor of the iconic Best American Sportswriting anthology joins us on the latest edition of the show.

# btl - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Listen: Episode 2 of Behind The Lines with Rory Smith of The New York Times

Rory shared some great insights and stories from his career – beginning with his days as a showbiz writer in London.