AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)

With the Whitecaps off on a bye week, the AFTN crew are gripped by World Cup fever this week, as we look at the current tournament in Russia and celebrate the future one coming to North America in 2026.

We kick things off with big news of the week for Canadian fans and that is the successful bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North American shores. Not Vancouver, but we can still rejoice right?

Plus we talk World Cup memories and hopes, and look through some old Panini sticker albums, with Kendall Waston (Costa Rica), Efrain Juarez (Mexico), Aly Ghazal (Egypt), and Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings (Panama). Plus we can't leave Scotland out, so their 1982 World Cup squad sing their hearts out in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.46: The World Cup is coming to North America in 2026!
24.43: Group A chat
35.08: Aly Ghazal talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
40.40: Group B chat
45.51: Group C chat
51.34: Group D chat
57.54: Group E chat
60.57: Kendall Waston talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
71.24: Wavelength - Scotland 1982 World Cup Squad - We Have A Dream
77.20: Group F chat
83.50: Efrain Juarez talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
98.36: Panama's Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings interviews and Group G chat
105.58: Final World Cup thoughts from the first four days - best goals and games so far
108.14: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Vancouver Whitecaps head into their bye week (call it what it is) unbeaten in six and starting to find some attacking form. The defence is still looking a bit dodgy and they still struggle at times when they have a man advantage, but there's a lot more optimistic feel around the place than it was perhaps a month ago.

We look back at the 'Caps five star win over Orlando on Saturday - the highs, the lows, and how some of the players are shaping up at this near midway point of the season. We also hear postgame comments from both coaches, Orlando's Jason Kreis and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

We have three interviews for you this week. First up, the 'Caps Kiwi keeper Stefan Marinovic talks about his injury, rehab, and when he expects to be back in the starting line-up. Then we catch up with Vancouver's latest homegrown signing, Simon Colyn, as we talk about his first professional contract, the Canadian championship, and more.

We also have more Canadian Premier League chat for you this week as we look at the addition of teams in Winnipeg and Edmonton, and we chat with former Whitecap Marco Carducci about his hopes for the league and playing for his hometown club in Calgary.

All this plus a review of what happened in the MLS Western conference this week, Wavelength, BC Soccerweb headlines, and more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

04.41: Vancouver v Orlando match analysis
23.50: Jason Kreis and Carl Robinson audio
32.33: Whitecaps player chat
47.29: Stefan Marinovic interview
54.06: MLS West Week in Review
63.32: Simon Colyn interview and Canadian Championship and Residency chat
79.51: Canadian Premier League news of the week
88.32: Marco Carducci interview
97.19: Wavelength - Wembley '73 - Brazil v Slough Town '66
102.21: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we've had to release it over two parts. This second episode of the three hour show focuses on the Canadian Premier League and the PDL.

We kick things off with some PDL chat, looking at TSS Rovers great start to the season that's seen them go unbeaten in their last five matches to sit joint top of the standings. We chat with coach Will Cromack after a six point weekend that saw them lift their first piece of silverware.

After that we turn our attention to the Canadian Premier League. It's been a good and a bad week for fans hoping to see teams here in BC. Victoria look set to be in for 2019, but that's the expense of the Fraser Valley bid. We look at what we know about both potential teams journey so far and what lies ahead for both clubs and also the Victoria Highlanders.

But one team that definitely will be there for the start of the CPL in 2019 is Calgary's Cavalry FC. We chat about the ins and outs of the team, and hopes for the league, with current Foothills FC head coach, and soon to be Cavalry FC head coach and GM, Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

All that plus Black Grape feature in this week's Wavelength section, and BC Soccerweb headlines looks at some stories from around the world of football.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.20: Will Cromack interview and TSS Rovers chat
12.16: Canadian Premier League in BC discussion
31.35: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview and Cavalry FC chat
55.08: Wavelength - Black Grape - England's Irie
61.34: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we're having to release it over two parts! Part one of the three hour show is today and focuses on MLS - present and future.

We look back at Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Friday night, analysing the performance, which players stood out, and some of the other talking points coming out of the game. We also hear from both head coaches, the Rapids' Anthony Hudson and the Whitecaps' Carl Robinson.

We take a look at how the action played out in the MLS Western Conference this week, and how it affected the Whitecaps, plus chat about the big league news of the week - the addition of FC Cincinnati in 2019.

We round off the show with an in-depth chat with Cincy head coach, and friend of the show, Alan Koch about the expansion, his busy to do list, how he'll go about balancing building his squad with trying to win a USL championship for the rest of the year, and lots more.

Part two of Sunday's show will be out as a podcast on Wednesday morning where we'll talk Canadian Premier League in BC and Alberta, the PDL, bring you interviews with Will Cromack and Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and more. Check back in two days for that.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.40: Vancouver v New England match analysis
16.29: Anthony Hudson and Carl Robinson audio
21.30: Whitecaps chat - changing narratives, defensive play, midfield game management, player analysis
44.20: MLS West Week in Review and NBC's manager rankings
54.26: Alan Koch interview and FC Cincinnati chat

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Vancouver Whitecaps are only two more draws away from equaling the MLS record of six straight games sharing the points. Three more and they set a new record. Come on boys, you can do it. Let's go out there and make some history!

There's every chance they'll inch closer to it on Friday when they travel to the Rocky Mountain state, not for chocolate covered cravings but to take on Colorado Rapids in MLS action.

The Rapids are bad this year. If the Whitecaps can't beat them, do they deserve to even make it to the playoffs? Joe, Nick, and Gideon ponder that question, plus look at the dangers Colorado pose to the Vancouver defence, and the dangers Tim Howard poses to his own one.

Who will win the golden ticket in this week's Whitecaps rotation lottery? Has Kei Kamara put his misses behind him or will we see him drop to the bench this week? And who steps up to fill Kendall Waston's huge shoes in the centre of the 'Caps defence?

All this plus Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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Another week, another draw, another week, another match of individual errors, another week, another game of frustration. Welcome to Vancouver Whitecaps World 2018. Strap yourselves in, it's a bumpy ride.

The 'Caps made it four draws in a row on Saturday at home to New England. Now they just need two more in the next two games to set a league record. Go team! We look back at the points dropped to the Revolution, where it all went wrong, where it all went right, and where do we go from here. Plus we hear from both head coaches, New England's Brad Friedel and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

AFTN writer Chris Corrigan joins us in the studio this week to talk about all that and a lot more. We also take a look at the latest news surrounding the Canadian Premier League and the latest rumours about teams here in BC. Plus how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, TSS Rovers talk, and Pete Green makes his debut in our Wavelength section with a Grimsby Town related tune.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.42: Vancouver v New England match analysis
30.10: Brad Friedel and Carl Robinson audio
36.57: Whitecaps chat - player analysis, defensive errors, how do we replace Waston?
52.53: MLS West Week in Review and NBC's manager rankings
79.25: Canadian Premier League news of the week - HFX Wanderers announced, but what's happening in BC?
88.37: TSS Rovers PDL chat
100.15: Wavelength - Pete Green - The Ballad Of Phil Jevons
106.01: BC Soccerweb headlines

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With his teacup spinning days sadly in the past, Gideon returns to the fold this week to rejoin up with Joe and Nick to look ahead to Vancouver Whitecaps' Saturday afternoon encounter with New England Revolution.

They don't want to change the world, they're just looking at New England, but they have been buoyed by the 'Caps late dramatic draw in Dallas. Will it be four draws on the bounce or can the Whitecaps finally snap out of their disappointing home form and get back to winning ways?

Who poses the danger for New England? Will Teal Bunbury's resurgence continue in the country he turned his back on? And how will the 'Caps line up for this one, another 4-4-2? These are just a few of the many questions they ponder.

All this plus Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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It's a long weekend, so we have an extra long episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for you as we took over the airwaves at CiTR radio for two and a half hours on Sunday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps showed a never say die spirit in Dallas on Saturday afternoon (or should that be Dai with a Welshman in charge?), fighting back from 2-0 down to score a couple of very late goals to earn the unlikeliest of points. We look back over the dramatic afternoon and chat about the main talking points coming out of it. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Dallas' Oscar Pareja and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

We've got two feature interviews for you this episode. First up is Whitecaps' Canadian defender Marcel de Jong, as he joins us to chat about the stability of signing a new contract extension. Then former Whitecap Kekuta Manneh joins us to chat about his move to Mexico, Columbus Crew falling short in their quest for last year's MLS Cup, and what it means to his hometown of Austin to possibly be getting a new MLS team.

We also take a look at the latest news surrounding the Canadian Premier League, in what's been a big week for them. Plus how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, Whitecaps midfielder Jordon Mutch talks television, and The Others make their debut in our Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.49: Dallas v Vancouver match analysis
17.33: Oscar Pareja and Carl Robinson audio
26.15: Whitecaps chat - player analysis, talking points surrounding the team, news of the week
48.17: Marcel De Jong interview and discussion
56.38: Canadian Premier League news of the week - Cavalry FC, Victoria rumours, what's happening in Port City, league details revealed
84.44: Wavelength - The Others - Stan Bowles
89.37: MLS West Week in Review
103.10: Kekuta Manneh interview and discussion
113.58: TSS Rovers and Canadian development chat
120.10: TV OD - Jordon Mutch
125.37: BC Soccerweb headlines

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With Gideon still absent after an unfortunate incident with Daisy Duck, Joe and Nick man the barricades in a way that the Whitecaps defence can only look on at with jealousy.

It's the guys first Review/Preview show of the season and for once they don't just get to look ahead all joyfully at the weekend's action to come. Now they have to suffer the pain of the Sunday crew and pick over a disappointing display by the 'Caps.

Vancouver's 2-2 draw with San Jose Earthquakes is in the spotlight. What went wrong this time, as another two points were dropped at home? More chances wasted, more sloppy defending, more disgruntlement amongst the fanbase. It's not the happiest time in Whitecapsland and the guys try to address as much of that as they can. Plus we hear postgame comments from both head coaches, San Jose's Mikael Stahre and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Can the 'Caps turn things around in a timely manner? Well we won't have to wait too long to find out, with the team heading into the intense afternoon Texan heat to face an in-form, and frankly terrifying prospect, at FC Dallas. Is this a throwaway game? Should the 'Caps just go for a near full rotation and go young? We've seen understrength teams battle for unexpected points this year, or does that only happen against the 'Caps.

If we're quaking in our boots at the prospect of this one, after recent results, is there actually any team in MLS right now that we can look forward to facing? All this and more awaits your earholes in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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What a busy weekend it's been. Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, the Provincial cup finals on Saturday and Sunday, TSS Rovers kick off their PDL season on Monday, then it's more 'Caps and more Rovers. But fret not, we have it all covered for you in our latest episode.

We kick things off with a look back at the Whitecaps 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Late drama and a lot of frustration at the missed chances once again on display. We pick over the bones of the game and the players performances and hear from both head coaches, Houston's Wilmer Cabrera and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Next up is San Jose on Wednesday. The Earthquakes got out of their three game losing streak, and seven game winless streak, at the weekend. Can they make it back to back road wins? We look ahead to the match up, who the key players might be, and what we should expect from the 'Caps, who have three games in nine days.

It's also the season opener for TSS Rovers today. We chat with head coach Colin Elmes about the season ahead and lessons learned from last year, and to one of their newest additions, player/coach, and former TFC man, Nick Soolsma, fresh from winning a Provincial title with BCT Rovers Tigers United.

Plus we take a look at the latest Whitecaps salaries that have come out, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news and other headlines, and Goldie Lookin' Chain return for our Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.10: Vancouver v Houston match analysis
24.10: Wilmer Cabrera and Carl Robinson audio
31.54: Whitecaps player analysis and rankings
55.55: Whitecaps salary discussion
68.40: MLS West Week in Review
78.51: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Tony Pulis
81.46: Vancouver v San Jose Earthquakes preview
98.12: Colin Elmes interview and TSS Rovers chat
107.39: Nick Soolsma interview
110.51: BC Soccerweb headlines - featuring Can PL, World Cup, MLS, and other news

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Finally, we have back to back home games! But be careful what you wish for because that means watching Vancouver Whitecaps live twice in the space of six days. Are you ready for that?

We'll try and help you get ready for the first match on Friday, as we take a look at all things Houston Dynamo in AFTN's latest preview podcast.

They're a team that don't travel well, but are coming off a late 3-2 win over LA Galaxy. Are they hitting form at just the worst time for the 'Caps? Can a shaky Vancouver defence handle the likes of Elis and Quioto? What changes will Carl Robinson make this week? And will anyone be on the end of all those crosses this game?

Gideon is away dressing up as a Disney Princess for this episode, raising the average age of the team to not quite DC United levels, but getting up there. So that leaves Joe and Nick to chat about all of the above and much more, including World Cup jerseys, answering a barrage of listeners questions, and playing our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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May 7th, 2018 by aftn at 8:37 pm

Remember when Vancouver Whitecaps were being lauded for their excellent road record? That seems so long ago now. Saturday's 1-0 loss in Minnesota was the third straight away defeat for the 'Caps. This one against an already undermanned team that played 40 minutes of the second half with ten men. Definitely a Cinco de Mayo to forget.

We look back at the high and lows from the match, talk line-ups and formations, bring you our latest player rankings, and hear from both head coaches, Minnesota's Adrian Heath and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Where now for the Whitecaps? Did the RSL win last week just paper over the cracks or should we just be content that the team is currently sitting in third spot?

We also see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news and other headlines, play another round of Do You Know Who I Am? and Half Man Half Biscuit return for our Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.14: Minnesota v Vancouver match analysis
23.47: Adrian Heath and Carl Robinson audio
33.28: Was the RSL win last week just papering over cracks?
38.45: Whitecaps player analysis
49.01: Do You Know Who I Am?
53.07: MLS West Week in Review
67.12: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - Mathematically Safe
72.44: BC Soccerweb headlines - featuring Can PL, World Cup, PDL, and other news

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It wasn't pretty at times but Vancouver Whitecaps got back to winning ways last weekend against Real Salt Lake. Can they keep it going back on the road, and make it two straight wins as they head into Minnesota to take on the United Loons?

Joe, Nick, and Gideon are back to look ahead to that Minnesota match and what to make of a United team that's had a very up and down season so far. How big a threat will Darwin Quintero be to the 'Caps defence and do they have any other one with all their injury woes? On Vancouver's side, who keeps their spot after last week's win and which players that missed out will come back into the mix?

We look at all that, plus a lot more, and bring you, not one, but two, "Do You Know Who I Am?" segments, our prediction game, and preview TSS Rovers second PDL season.

Have a listen!

Apr 30th, 2018 by aftn at 9:08 pm

The questions everyone wanted answered after last week's hammering in Kansas City was how would Vancouver Whitecaps' players react and what kind of mood would the fans be in. After a week building up to it, we got some answers at BC Place on Friday night.

The Whitecaps got the job done against Real Salt Lake and came away with all three points, but it wasn't a performance for the ages against a pretty poor looking visiting side. Still, three points are three points and it ended the 'Caps three game losing streak. Steve, Zach, and Chris pick over the bones of it all. Is it a turning point or was it just papering over the cracks?

We also hear from both head coaches, discuss the dissenting voices amongst the media and fanbase leading up to the match, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news, and Culture Vulture has a song about Roy of the Rovers in our Wavelength section.
Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.20: Whitecaps v RSL match analysis
30.48: Mike Petke and Carl Robinson audio
36.45: Fines Lines - Dissenting voices against Robbo and the FO in the fanbase and media
51.17: Whitecaps v RSL player analysis
72.46: Latest Canadian Premier League news
79.30: MLS West Week in Review
90.12: Wavelength - Culture Vulture - Roy Of The Rovers Rap
94.57: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Apr 25th, 2018 by aftn at 11:43 pm

Friday's match against Real Salt Lake isn't so much a must win for Vancouver Whitecaps, as a must not lose. A defeat would certainly pile pressure on beleaguered coach Carl Robinson, but it's not likely going to be the tipping point. This is very much an avoid defeat at all costs encounter, as the 'Caps try to put an end to their three game losing streak.

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back to look ahead to Friday's match at BC Place. Were lessons learned from the 2-1 loss in Utah just three weeks ago? RSL are winless on the road, what kind of team and threat can we expect from them here in Vancouver? With the importance of this match, and with some players missing through suspension and injury for the 'Caps, does Carl Robinson blow up the team and try something different, or does he have to persevere with his regular base and hope they can turn things around?

We look at all that, plus a lot more, and bring you another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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Apr 23rd, 2018 by aftn at 2:43 pm

If last week was a bad weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps, this one was far worse. Not only did they lose 6-0 in Kansas City, seven of their Western rivals picked up three points and they fell out of the promotion places when you look at points per game. Clearly not the response sought or expected after the failings in the last two matches.

We pick over carcass of that loss in KC and there's a lot to ponder. Where did it all go wrong and where does the team go from here? Team selection, tactics, poor discipline, horrible defending, and Robbo's postgame comments. We talk about all those things and a lot more.

Plus we have a chat with LAFC assistant coach Marc Dos Santos, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, find out if the Cap killer Johnny Russell fancies a chocolate digestive, play Do You Know Who I Am? and Half Man Half Biscuit are back in our Wavelength section.

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Vancouver Whitecaps are back on the road again, so at least there's perhaps some hope of getting something out of this week's match! After two straight defeats can Carl Robinson find a band of sunshine for his squad in KC?

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast. They'll look at the threat posed by Sporting Kansas City, what changes the Whitecaps might be looking to make, and how they see the game playing out. With Kei Kamara out for three weeks, how will Anthony Blondell fare up front? Can this help unleash the Yordy Reyna we knew and loved last season? And just what midfielders will we see this week? We discuss all this and a lot more.

We have a special guest this week as Michael sits down for a chat with Sporting KC forward, and fellow Scot, Johnny Russell (at 09.15 mark) to talk about his move to MLS, settling in at KC, his growth as a player from his early days in Scottish football, this weekend's match, and more.

Plus another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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Sick of teams from LA yet? I know we are.

LAFC came to BC Place on Friday night and fairly easily picked apart an uninspiring and disappointing Kamaraless Vancouver Whitecaps. We do some picking ourselves, as we pick over the bones of the 2-0 loss, ponder where it all went wrong, how it can be improved, can we cope without Kei, where's the creativity, and where do some players fit into this team.

Plus we sit down for a chat with Russell Teibert and talk with Jordan Harvey about his homecoming.

We'll also look at the weekend's action amongst the MLS Western Conference teams and Flyscreen feature in this week's Wavelength section with a song about Panini stickers and Willie Johnston.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.45: Whitecaps v LAFC match analysis
28.40: Bob Bradley and Carl Robinson audio
36.15: Techera's tackle and Felipe's flop
42.15: Trying to solve some Whitecaps woes - home blanks, lack of creativity, fitting players in, rankings, polls, mailbag
80.55: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
86.23: Quick look ahead to Kansas City
89.10: Quickfire MLS West Week in Review and CCL chat
95.58: Jordan Harvey interview and discussion
103.32: BC Soccerweb headlines
114.06: Wavelength - Flyscreen - Your Phil Neal for my WIllie Johnston

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It's Jordan Harvey night at BC Place on Friday! The former Whitecap returns to the place he has tattooed on himself but it will be many happy returns or a homecoming to forget? The Whitecaps are coming home themselves after a mixed couple of games on the road, hoping it won't be a case of Friday night frights under the Friday night lights.

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast. They'll look at the threat posed by LAFC, what changes the Whitecaps might be looking to make, and how they see the game playing out. What will have the biggest impact - LA's potent attack or their goal shipping defence? And how might VAR screw the 'Caps over this week?

Plus another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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Death, taxes, the Whitecaps getting screwed by VAR, and being unable to break down a poor team. That's what feels inevitable in life right now.

The 'Caps headed to RSL and it wasn't so much a case of the result being taken with a pinch of salt, but the Salty ones pinching a result. We pick over the bones of a poor outing in Utah, have a look at what went wrong in the 2-1 loss, and look at the individual performances of some of the 'Caps players and Robbo.

We'll also look at the weekend's action amongst the MLS Western Conference teams, bring you a Flash Five about footballing brothers, talk Fish and Chips with Gordon Forrest, chat Panini stickers, introduce our new Swap Shop segment, and Halftime Oranges feature in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

05.11: RSL v Whitecaps Match In Review
28.12: Mike Petke audio and discussion on his thoughts on the 'Caps
34.07: RSL v Whitecaps player and Robbo discussion
46.28: MLS West Week In Review
66.06: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Panini
71.01: Panini Stickers
74.57: Swap Shop
79.16: Flash Five - Footballing Brothers
87.44: Fish and Chips with Gordon Forrest
91.44: BC Soccerweb headlines

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