James Richard Bullard is an English former footballer, coach and television presenter. He is currently co-hosts of the Saturday morning Sky TV show Soccer AM. He hosts UK television channel Dave's comedy-football Podcast "The Magic Sponge".
Jimmy Bullard’s on-field and latterly on-screen personality is that of an easy-going joker, but that is only a conscious extension of his true self. He is also a brilliant soccer analyst, and as a talented midfielder he was frustrated by English football’s failure to adopt the Continental passing game. Roy Hodgson was the only manager who understood him. He’s glad to see things changing, thanks mainly to the influence of Pep.When he joined West Ham the club was full of crazy personalities, not least Paulo Di Canio and John Moncur. Paulo had such charisma that he changed the culture of the entire club.Oh – and there’s brilliant stuff about Soccer AM, and Jimmy gives us an incredible behind-the-scenes insight into creating magical television.EnjoyGraham.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Thanks to the wonders of modern telecommunications, I caught up with Jimmy Bullard and found a man who had been well prepared for lockdown. Jimmy needs meditative pursuits – fishing, golf and landscape gardening, and his sense of detail was also applied to his fledgling footballing career to pave the way for successful spells with, notably, Wigan, Fulham and Hull.Jimmy used to peel potatoes and paint ceilings for a living. When he was signed from Gravesend & Northfleet by his boyhood heroes West Ham United, it was real Roy of the Rovers stuff.Jimmy adored Zizou, and loved the arthouse movie Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, but when he watched the featured game, Real Madrid versus Villarreal, he was keen-eyed enough to recognise the other genius on the pitch that day, Juan Román Riquelme. He became his new hero.Dear friends, I hope that this superb Big Interview helps relieve your isolation.Enjoy.Graham.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S6 Ep6 - The one and only David Bentley is on The Magic Sponge podcast. Anyone that's not a fan of his, give this a listen and then see what you think. Stories about Arsenal, Spurs, Blackburn, Capello, Savage... Stacky sends in a voice message about... And if that wasn't enough Bullard calls up at the end while he's 'working' with Wayne Bridge. Hell of a last episode.Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett and David BentleyThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
S6 Ep5 - Razor Ruddock joins Roba and Ian, plus Merson is back for another episode full of great stories. Razor seems to attract the interesting characters in a team so it's not a surprise to hear he hung out with Wrighty, Burridge, Sedgely... Gazza. It's amazing to think he played for England! Starring: Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Paul Merson and Neil Razor RuddockThe Magic Sponge is a Dot Dot Dot Production for Dave produced by Joel Porter  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Oct 23rd, 1978
Location
London, England, UK
Episode Count
55
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
1 day, 7 hours