Football club West Ham United has launched a new official podcast ahead of the Premier League season, co-hosted by award-winning podcaster and presenter Chris Scull and former professional footballer James Collins.
The show, titled Iron Cast, features Scull and Collins in conversation with a number of big-name guests including professional football players Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, and Divin Mubama in the first episode. It will also bring listeners the latest news about the club and behind-the-scenes stories.
“Every week join me… and legendary centre-back James ‘The Ginger Pele’ Collins for in-depth interviews with first team players as they discuss their journey to the Premier League and their experiences at the London Stadium and beyond,” said Scull. “But that’s not all: we also take a trip down memory lane with nostalgic interviews with the club’s past heroes, so whether you’re a lifelong supporter or just discovering the thrill of the Premier League for the first time, tune in to the official West Ham United podcast.”
The podcast is part of the Sport Social Network, which is home to a number of sports podcasts including popular titles such as Football Social Daily, Autosport F1 & Motorsport, Geraint Thomas Cycling Club, and more. The network recently partnered with US-based sports podcast network Blue Wire and Australian-based broadcasting corporation ARN to expand its global presence.
There are a number of unofficial West Ham podcasts that already exist, including The KUMB.com West Ham Podcast from West Ham fan forum Knees Up Mother Brown, also presented by Scull and journalist James Longman. The podcast, which ran from 2013 to 2020, has won numerous awards including the 2015 Football Blogging Awards and the 2015 Football Supporters Federation Awards for Best Podcast.
Scull is behind a number of other successful podcasts including 90s football show Quickly Kevin; will he score? which he co-hosts alongside comedian Josh Widdicombe and TV editor Michael Marden. Scull also co-hosts the recently-launched history podcast Oh What A Time… with comedians Elis James and Tom Craine.
The Premier League season starts this weekend on 12 August and will run until 19 May 2023. A number of other sports podcasts have launched to coincide with the new season, including Goalhanger’s The Rest is Football, co-hosted by the company’s co-founder and sports broadcaster Gary Lineker and former professional football players and pundits Alan Shearer and Micah Richards. The podcast officially launched 7 August and is currently the number one most popular podcast in the UK charts.