Joe Wilkinson launches BBC football podcast | Trying to become mates with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford © BBC

Joe Wilkinson launches BBC football podcast

Trying to become mates with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford

Joe Wilkinson is making a new BBC podcast to see if he can become friends with a professional footballer.

Over 20 episodes of My Mate’s A Footballer, the comedian will be chatting to Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford about what it takes to play the game at the highest level.

The BBC says the series – which launches today - ‘will give an alternative insight into the world of football, with Pat answering any question Joe thinks of. Listeners can expect stories from inside the dressing room at a professional football club, as the two hosts get to know each other.

Gillingham fan Wilkinson said he’s always wanted a professional footballer as a mate adding: ‘I’m very excited about taking on the challenge. I can already feel Patrick warming to me.’

Bamford, who has been one of  the hosts of The Official Leeds Utd Podcast,  added: ‘I had my first taste of podcasts during lockdown and I feel like it’s a great way to get closer to football fans and give some insight into what goes on behind closed doors at clubs. 

‘Joe and I have started well, he is well on the way to becoming a good mate - but let's see how things go over the next few months…’

Stevie Middleton, the commissioning executive for BBC Radio 5 Live, added: ‘It's fantastic to have added another footballing podcast to our portfolio.

‘ Not only will audiences be able to hear from top-flight striker Patrick Bamford about what goes on behind the scenes at a football club, but Joe Wilkinson will be asking the questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to, as well as the ones that probably haven’t even crossed your mind. 

‘This series will make you laugh and will pull back the curtain on some of the more mundane realities of being a professional footballer.’

Wilkinson last week published his autobiography, illustrated by fellow comic Henry Paker:

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Published: 16 Nov 2023

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