A cautionary tale about what happens when you are seriously drugged out and yet forced to play goalkeeper for your professional soccer team.
(Note: George drops an F-bomb in the intro, so skip ahead three minutes if you’re listening with little ones—the rest of the episode is safe.)
One day in 1994, Steve Davies lived the dream of every soccer fan. He was plucked from the crowd by Harry Redknapp, the manager of his favorite team, and sent onto the field for West Ham United. We featured Steve in Howler issue 03, and now you can hear him tell his own story.
We're working on two longer episodes of Howler Radio, so in this short we're playing you two clips from those upcoming shows. In the first, the West Ham fan who was the subject of Jeff Maysh's wonderful story in issue three talks about heckling his way onto the field for his favorite team. In the second soundbite, Frankie Hejduk recalls the time he lined up against Luis Figo, then the current FIFA World Player of the Year, in the 2002 World Cup.
Grant Wahl recalls his first international trip, a research project that took him to Buenos Aires to study sports culture in Argentina. He’ll never forget the friendship he formed with a certain “professional hooligan” who went by Quique the Butcher, and traveling with Quique and his horde to watch Boca Juniors play in Rosario.
If you've been to a Major League Soccer game, you've probably heard this chant—we'll call it YSA for short. In this episode of Howler Radio, we talk to a fan group about how it started. We hear from pro goalkeeper Jon Busch about what it's like to be called an asshole in public. We ask a sports psychologist whether the chant is even, you know, effective. And we have a pretty interesting interview with a league official about how far MLS is willing to go in order to eradicate "You suck, asshole!" from its stadiums.