Mark Lawrenson: Episode 158

September 24, 2016

Mark Lawrenson is one of the UK’s most respected football experts. He is best known for his work on the BBC’s Match of the Day and Football Focus. Before his move into punditry, Mark’s career as a footballer saw him become one of the most capped players in his days for Liverpool and Ireland. This week Mark spoke to Jarlath about playing under both of the Charlton brothers where he discovered Bobby’s discomfort with management (15:00) while Jack would schedule training around pints in Gibney’s (23:00). Mark explains why he feels removed from the modern expectations of players (25:00) and why he thinks he would have survived as a player in today’s game (1:01:00). 


Having been on the pitch during the Heysel Stadium disaster, Mark tells the story of how a police chief insisted the players played (44:00). The most bizarre turn of events also ensued that day and Mark discusses how failed attempts to reset a dislocated shoulder resulted in him being smuggled out of hospital the following day (45:00). From explaining why he hates his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport (59:00) to why he is none of the five Mark Lawrensons on Twitter (57:00), this episode is a must-listen for football fans. 


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