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Up Front with Simon Jordan

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This is Up Front with Simon Jordan, a podcast from William Hill which sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner test the biggest names in sport. Simon will ask the questions most interviewers shy away from and hold his guests opinions up to proper scrutiny. He will investigate how sporting challenge, achievement and experience have influenced athlete’s lives whilst imparting his own forthright views on a range of sports and topics. Expect some twists, robust debates and high-profile sportsmen and women being put under the spotlight in the company of Simon. How will they cope with a forensic examination of their views, career, successes and failures? This is Up Front, brought to you by William Hill. 18+ please gamble responsibly.

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This is Up Front with Simon Jordan, a podcast from William Hill which sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner test the biggest names in sport. Simon will ask the questions most interviewers shy away from and hold his guests opinions up to proper scrutiny. He will investigate how sporting challenge, achievement and experience have influenced athlete’s lives whilst imparting his own forthright views on a range of sports and topics. Expect some twists, robust debates and high-profile sportsmen and women being put under the spotlight in the company of Simon. How will they cope with a forensic examination of their views, career, successes and failures? This is Up Front, brought to you by William Hill. 18+ please gamble responsibly.

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English


Episodes

Les Ferdinand | “They cared more about stopping the Super League than stopping racism!”

2/8/2024
On today’s episode, we are joined by a Premier League great who started off in non-league football and went on to become PFA Player of the Year. Les Ferdinand enjoyed a successful and varied career playing for clubs such as QPR, Tottenham Hotspur as well as being part of the ‘great entertainers’ under Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United. After retirement he returned to West London and took up the role as Director of Football at QPR, becoming the first British black person to hold that position. After stepping down last year ‘Sir Les’ as he is affectionately known joins the show to discuss his unconventional route to superstardom, opening up on his time at Tottenham and Newcastle, his turbulent tenure at QPR and the issues black former players are facing to find jobs in football. Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan. Warning: This episode may contain strong language. 18+ gamble responsibly.

Duration:01:02:15

Leon Edwards | "He used my Dad's death to sell the fight, I couldn't wait to hurt him"

2/1/2024
In this episode, we are joined by our first ever guest from the world of MMA, the welterweight world champion of the world Leon Edwards. One of just 3 UFC champions ever from the UK, Leon has a unique story full of tragedy, resilience and glory. Born in Jamaica before moving to Birmingham, Leon was raised around gang culture, tragically losing his father to gun crime at a young age. MMA would be his salvation, and he now sits on top of the MMA world having not tasted defeat in 9 years. Join us as we discuss the rise of Mixed Martial Arts, Leon’s incredible rise, his battles against Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington and the future of crossover fights. Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan. Warning: This episode may contain strong language and references to violence. Listener discretion advised. Remember, 18+ for gambling responsibly.

Duration:00:58:26

Kell Brook | "I want to fight Chris Eubank Jr, I dislike him more than Amir Khan"

1/25/2024
In this episode, we are joined by Sheffield's own, former welterweight champion of the world Kell Brook. In a long career that featured 40 wins and only 3 losses, Kell fought the very best, never turning down a fight, even when the odds were stacked against him. He won his IBF welterweight championship of the world in historic fashion beating Shawn Porter in his own backyard to put the world on notice. Known for his sharp technical skills, devastating power, and resilience, Kell is best known for his rivalry with Amir Khan and his blockbuster bouts against the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Terence Crawford.Join us as we delve into the highs and lows of Kell Brook's extraordinary career, from career threatening injuries and public substance abuse issues to sitting on top of the sporting world, Kell has had a career that has featured triumphs and battles in equal measure. A career that may in fact not be over yet… Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan. Warning: This episode may contain strong language and references to violence. Viewer discretion advised. Remember, 18+ for gambling responsibly.

Duration:00:59:26

Peter Schmeichel | "I don’t recognise Manchester United anymore, there's no identity!"

1/18/2024
On today’s episode, we are joined by the Manchester United and Danish icon, Peter Schmeichel. Regarded by many as the greatest goalkeeper in Premier League history, Schmeichel was a leader in a dominant Manchester United side, winning the treble in 1999 as well as inspiring his native Denmark to a shock title at the European Championship in 1992. Join us as we delve into Schmeichel's incredible career, from his early days in Denmark to his time under Sir Alex Ferguson. We get the inside scoop on a dressing room filled with explosive characters like Eric Cantona and Roy Keane, whilst Peter gives his opinion on the signing of Andre Onana and the current state his old club find themselves in… Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly.Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive. Competition terms and conditions are available at the following link: https://wh.bet/UpFront100k

Duration:00:58:09

Jesse Marsch | “I didn’t want the Leeds job, I told them to keep Bielsa!”

1/11/2024
On this week’s episode we are joined by a rarity in English football an American in the dugout. Jesse Marsch started his career in the MLS before moving into football’s Red Bull model. After spells in Salzburg and Leipzig, he moved to the Premier League, leading one of the country’s most iconic clubs in Leeds United. Charged with saving the club from relegation after a period of decline under Marcelo Bielsa, his tenure started successfully before ending abruptly 12 months later. Are American managers disrespected in the British game? Why did he he turn down the Southampton job? And did he ultimately deserve to be sacked? No question will be left unanswered in this week’s episode of Up Front. Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive. Competition terms and conditions are available at the following link: https://wh.bet/UpFront100k

Duration:01:05:44

Seb Coe | "If I don’t protect the female category, no woman will ever win a medal again"

1/4/2024
On today’s episode, we are joined by a double Olympic champion who went on to play a pivotal role in bringing the Olympic Games to London in 2012. From athlete to administrator, Sebastian Coe has been one of the key figures in the world of athletics for nearly 45 years. A world record breaker, his career was marked by rivalries with Steve Ovett and Steve Cram which electrified the nation as they went on to dominate the 1980 games in Moscow and the 1984 games in Los Angeles. Now the president of World Athletics, Seb joins the show to provide insight on the key issues facing the Olympic movement. From the banning of Russian and Belarusian athletes to doping prevention, the transgender issue and beyond. Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive. T&C’s: https://wh.bet/UpFront100k

Duration:01:01:42

UP FRONT WRAPPED 2023

12/28/2023
In this special episode of Up Front, we take a look back on the first year of the podcast. Since the first episode was released in April, we have welcomed some of the most compelling and talented people from across the world of sport onto the show. In this end of year special Simon will give you an insight into his favourite moments, anecdotes and arguments of the series so far whilst also giving you insight into what the show is like behind the scenes… With more interesting episodes coming up in the new year, make sure you are subscribed to the channel so you won’t miss a thing.

Duration:00:17:11

Robbie Fowler | "Michael Owen was fast… but I was the better striker in every way”

12/21/2023
On today’s episode, we are joined by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. The epitome of ‘local lad done good’ Robbie Fowler was one of the most naturally gifted goal scorers to grace the Premier League earning him the nickname 'God' among the Anfield faithful. Nobody in Premier League history has scored as many goals as quickly as Fowler. His tally of 64 goals before the age of 21 surpassed the records of football luminaries like Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. After retiring Robbie became a manager and after failing to secure an opportunity on domestic shores, he ventured abroad, leading clubs in Thailand, India, Australia and most recently Saudi Arabia. Join us as we delve into Fowler's exceptional career, as he opens up on his painful split with Liverpool and his rivalry with Michael Owen whilst also giving insight into his departure from Al-Qadsiah in Saudi Arabia… Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:01:26

Chris Eubank Snr | "I’ve always backed Conor Benn, I think he beats them all"

12/14/2023
In this episode, we are joined by 2-weight world champion Chris Eubank Snr, a boxing legend whose journey from South London to the ring via New York is etched in boxing folklore. Eubank was known for his eccentricity and unique blend of charisma and showmanship which made him a standout figure in the world of boxing and beyond. During the 1990s, Eubank engaged in two legendary clashes with Nigel Benn that brought Britain to a standstill. Now their sons are set to face off in a clash that has been controversial since the very beginning. Chris joins the show to open up on his legendary battles, his thoughts on the potential clash between Conor Benn and Eubank Jr whilst giving his forthright views on the the current state of boxing in a way that only Chris Eubank can… Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:04:06

Ricky Hatton | “I’d rather be loved in my hometown than rich like Floyd Mayweather Jr"

12/7/2023
On this week's episode, we sit down with one of the most beloved British boxers of all time - Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton. Hatton's journey from a council estate in Hattersley to becoming a two-weight world boxing champion is the stuff of legend. His epic showdowns with boxing giants Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao saw thousands follow him to Las Vegas, leaving a mark on boxing history. But it was his memorable IBF light-welterweight title victory against Kostya Tszyu in Manchester back in 2005 that remains the pinnacle of his career, a night etched in the hearts of an entire nation. Join us for a raw and deeply honest exploration of Hatton's highs and lows, from conquering multiple weight divisions to dealing with personal challenges beyond the ring. Subscribe for future episodes, 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:00:58:27

Michael Owen | “You don't have to be THAT GOOD to be a Premier League player anymore”

11/30/2023
On today’s episode we are joined by one of only four Englishmen to win the Ballon d’Or. Michael Owen was a phenom who burst onto the scene with THAT goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. He went on to score over 150 goals for Liverpool before becoming a ‘Galactico’ at Real Madrid. He returned to England in 2005, joining Newcastle United but his injuries had started to take their toll. He would go on to win a Premier League title at Liverpool’s hated rivals Manchester United before calling time on his career at Stoke City. Giving the inside scoop on his turbulent time at Newcastle United, challenging public perceptions of his character, and offering his thoughts on the current state of the Premier League, Michael joins the show to reflect on his career that featured brilliance and frustration in equal measure. Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:04:11

Derek Chisora | "See this is why Tyson Fury doesn't like you!"

11/23/2023
On this week's episode, we sit down with a true force of nature in the world of boxing - Derek Chisora. From his meteoric rise as a British heavyweight contender, capturing the public's attention with his raw power and fearless attitude, to facing off against some of the sport's biggest names, Chisora has showcased his warrior spirit time and again. His battles against the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Dillian Whyte, and Oleksandr Usyk have earned him a spot in boxing history. The ever-unpredictable Derek has a bone to pick with Simon as he sits down to discuss his career, the 'fairness' of Simon's coverage and the state of the heavyweight division. Subscribe for future episodes and head to http://www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSi... for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:00:13

Rick Parry EFL Chair | “Attendance in League 2 is within the top 10 leagues in Europe”

11/16/2023
On this week's episode Simon sits down with EFL Chair Rick Parry, a visionary in English football. As the top-flight's chief executive, he brokered the largest TV rights deal in history at the time, £700million, and the division prospered. He was also Liverpool's chief executive for 12 years, presiding over that iconic Champions league triumph in Istanbul. Now, in his current role as the chairman of the English Football League, Parry continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of English football. We'll delve into his experiences, insights, and the challenges he's faced along the way. Don't miss this exclusive interview with one of the most influential figures in football. Subscribe now and watch the full video episode on www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: This episode may contain language that some viewers may find offensive.

Duration:00:59:36

Ruud Gullit | “It’s difficult for Ten Hag... Man United are stuck in the nineties”

11/9/2023
Simon is joined by a Dutch footballing icon from the ‘total football’ era. One of only 38 men to have lifted the Ballon d'Or, Ruud Gullit joins the show to discuss his illustrious career, from rejecting Ajax as a young boy all the way through to his infamous spell as manager of Newcastle United. One of the greatest players to ever grace a football pitch, Ruud won multiple European cups during his time at AC Milan whilst also captaining the Netherlands to European Championship glory in 1988. Ruud joins the show to discuss his playing days, his passion for diversity and inclusion within football, whilst also giving his unfiltered thoughts on his dutch counterparts currently plying their trade in the Premier League today. Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:04:22

Eddie Jones | "Saying Australia could win the World Cup was CRAZY"

11/2/2023
Eddie Jones is one of the most recognisable coaches on the international rugby stage. Having coached his native Australia, Japan and of course England, where he won multiple Six Nations titles and reached a World Cup final in 2019. Known for his tough coaching methods, his controversial statements and his unwavering commitment to excellence, Eddie Jones is one of the game’s great characters. He joined the show on Friday 27th October, two days before he announced his resignation from his position as Head Coach of Australia. This hour long conversation gives an insight into his state of mind ahead of that big decision... Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:01:18

Stuart Broad | “I was staring at them singing SAME OLD AUSSIES ALWAYS CHEATING!”

10/26/2023
A World Cup winner with four Ashes victories to his name, Stuart Broad is a modern cricketing icon who always stepped up when the lights were shining brightest. After retiring at the end of this year’s electric Ashes series, Stuart joins the show to reflect on his illustrious career whilst providing insight on the current England cricketing revolution, spearheaded by Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum A winner, a wind-up merchant and a fierce competitor who has never been afraid to speak his mind, ‘Broady’ pulls no punches on this week’s episode of Up Front. Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:02:05

Adam Booth | “I’ve lost faith in boxing, it’s just TOO EASY to dope!”

10/19/2023
On this week's episode, we are joined by one of the UK's most respected boxing trainers - Adam Booth. Famous for guiding David Haye to cruiserweight and heavyweight glory and overseeing Andy Lee's historic WBO middleweight title win, Adam joins Simon to discuss his history in boxing, his run-ins with some of the world's greatest, and the dark side of doping in the sport. Subscribe for future episodes and head to http://www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSi... for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:01:00:43

Carl Frampton | “The rise of YouTuber fights is a REAL concern for boxing”

10/12/2023
For this episode Simon sits down with a boxer who lit up his sport, in divisions that don’t always get the attention they deserve. Rising from the streets of Tigers Bay, Belfast, Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton would go on to become a two weight world champion, brining a noisy and partisan crowd with him no matter the venue. Carl joins the show to discuss his action packed career and his feud with the McGuigans whilst also giving his unique perspective on the current boxing landscape ahead of KSI and Tommy Fury’s showdown. Subscribe for future episodes and head to http://www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSi... for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:00:58:26

Billy Joe Saunders | 'Eubank Jr will NEVER be a World Champion. He can't box!'

10/5/2023
On this week’s show we have a boxer who was borne out of a community, where we are often told that fighting is in the blood. Billy Joe Saunders is a two weight world champion, whose only career defeat came two-and-a-half years ago at the hands of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, in front of the biggest live boxing audience in the USA since Ali vs Spinks. Billy joins the show to announce his comeback, whilst giving us the inside scoop on a career that has featured success and controversy in equal measure. Like his good friend Tyson Fury, Billy is not afraid to speak his mind and he puts the middle and super-middleweight divisions on notice in this week’s episode of Up Front. Subscribe for future episodes and head to http://www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive

Duration:00:59:09

Paolo Di Canio | "I turned down Sir Alex because I'm West Ham through and through"

9/28/2023
In this week’s episode we are joined by a Premier League icon, who was known for his beautiful goals, controversy, fall outs and a fiery Italian passion. Paolo Di Canio started his career at his boyhood team Lazio before plying his trade at a selection of Italian football’s biggest clubs. He went on to achieve legendary status at West Ham United after cementing himself as one of the game’s most volatile yet entertaining talents during his spells at Celtic & Sheffield Wednesday. His management career was more of the same and during this in-depth interview, Paolo and Simon discuss the controversial and sublime moments that punctuated the Italian's career. Subscribe for future episodes and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan for full video episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly. Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

Duration:00:59:42