“Beyond the touchline, there is nothing.” With respect to Jacques Derrida, we disagree.
Beyond the Touchline is a football podcast that’s not actually about football. Every episode, David Hartrick, Seb Patrick and Denis Hurley will look at a different aspect of football culture – the movies, TV, books, comics, games, toys and other paraphernalia and ephemera that tell the stories of the game we love.
On the latest episode of Beyond the Touchline, Seb, Dave and Denis play four-four-f**king-two as we look back at Steve Barron’s 2001 film Mike Bassett: England Manager. Poorly marketed and lukewarmly received, how does the film hold up these days? We explore the veracity of the football world it creates, its satire of an entire generation of English football, the debt it owes to documentaries like The Impossible Job, and just how good we actually find it on a pure comedy level.