The BOTW Podcast – episode 59

Back once again with that dose of NIHL focussed hockey chat and to chew the hockey fat.

Anthony chats to Bristol Pitbulls’ player/head coach Richie Hargreaves about the Pitbulls’ long time being based on the road, the proposed new rink in Bristol that will see the club return home and more.

There’s also the catch-up of recent results and the big news headlines.

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The BOTW Podcast in association with Victory Hockey UK; the news, action and views from the NIHL and all levels above, below and in between.

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The BOTW Podcast – episode 58

The North has begun, the South is about to join the fun. Hockey is back, people and so is The BOTW Podcast.

Ahead of the new season we chat to Sean Easton. The London Raiders head coach and GB u18s assistant coach has a tough ask on his hands this season. We chat to him about his expectations, his philosophy on coaching and he stitches up one of his own players.

We round up the action from last weekend as well as Anthony’s thoughts on whether Nottingham and Cardiff’s CHL success being good for British hockey is not as black and white as some make it out to be.

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The BOTW Podcast in association with Victory Hockey UK; the news, action and views from the NIHL and all levels above, below and in between.


The BOTW Podcast – episode 57

We had a break because…well, why wouldn’t we after my son was born but it’s the start of a new era for The BOTW Podcast.

The EPIHL is gone, the NIHL becomes our focus. One of the teams most affected by the recent changes was the Nottingham Lions who step into NIHL 1 North. We speak to head coach Matt Bradbury about the Lions’ summer, their chances and future.

We also chat to Mike Newton and Pete Hagan from Victory Hockey UK about hockey in Manchester, the relaunch of VHUK and more details of their partnership with the BOTW Podcast

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The BOTW Podcast in association with Victory Hockey UK; the news, action and views from the NIHL and all levels above, below and in between.


BOTW Podcast and Victory Hockey UK join forces

BOTW Podcast welcomes Victory Hockey UK as title sponsor

The BOTW Podcast is proud to announce that British hockey lifestyle clothing provider, Victory Hockey UK will become the title sponsor of the podcast for the 2017/18 season. The show will become “The BOTW Podcast, in association with Victory Hockey UK” for the duration of this coming British hockey campaign.

I’d had Mike from Victory on the podcast as a guest a while ago where he talked about why he’d gotten into producing clothing for hockey fans. He’d been an interesting guest and we’d kept loose contact from that point onwards” said Anthony Russell, host of The BOTW Podcast.

I’d always been open to having a sponsor for the show but wanted someone or something that shared some of my ethos not just about ice hockey but about how we go about running our respective ships. It’s about being independent and doing things in our own way in our own style. I like to think that Banners On The Wall, whether in its writing guise or via the Podcast has a reputation in British hockey for not just going with the flow but being its own thing. When Mike got in touch about wanting to sponsor the show we had a chat and realised that I’d found that element we could attach to the show that would benefit both parties.”

I’ve listened to the BOTW podcast for some time now and I love the coverage Anthony provides on UK hockey across all leagues.” said Mike Newton from Victory Hockey UK. “Our vision for Victory is to develop a clothing brand with a touch of British pride that can eventually feed back into the sport at grass roots levels. After speaking with my partner Pete, we felt that aligning ourselves with Banners On The Wall would be a great step forward for us. We feel that we share the same core values and ultimately what we both want is to represent and grow the game in this country.”

As part of the agreement, Victory Hockey UK will not just have its branding on the podcast as well as on BannersOnTheWall.wordpress.com but there will be competitions on the show to win Victory Hockey UK gear.

Victory Hockey UK has also agreed to a donation to Parkinson’s UK. “With my dad suffering from early onset Parkinson’s, I also said that I wanted any sponsorship agreement to contribute towards a cause that will make headway on helping sufferers of this disease like my dad whilst edging towards finding a cure. With Victory making a percentage of their profits available to charity anyway, this seemed a good way to seal the deal” said Anthony.

The BOTW Podcast has been bringing fans the news, action and views on the second tier of British hockey as well as all levels above, below and in between since 2014. Born out of popular hockey blog, Banners On The Wall which started in 2011, the podcast has strived to cover news in the old English Premier League and has refocussed onto the newly structured NIHL for 2017/18. The podcast is available on iTunes, RSS and Spreaker. Further details can be found at https://bannersonthewall.wordpress.com/podcast @BannersOTW or Facebook.com/BannersOnTheWall. The brand new podcast logo has been provided again by Zooey Perry of ZP Stitching

Victory Hockey UK is a new hockey lifestyle apparel company started by Mike Newton & Pete Hagan. Both hockey obsessed they have worked in and around the sport as everything from coaches to announcers and even mascots. “The idea is to create a brand that we’d be proud to wear whilst championing the sport in this country and in turn helping to develop it.” You can find out more on their website – www.wearevhuk.com or on social media @WeAreVHUK. Victory Hockey are due to launch on Friday 25th August, sign up to their website to receive updates and a 10% discount on launch day.


The BOTW Podcast – episode 56

So the summer keeps rumbling on and The BOTW Podcast is back for one of its off-season specials.

Tons has been happening in British hockey; we had a structure then it changed as teams withdrew from NIHL 1 South, one of which was the Oxford City Stars. We speak to Stars’ director, James Schall to get the lowdown on why the Stars made their decision as well as other things going on at Oxford.

Then, we figured we’d talk about some hockey that’s actually being played. Michael Smith and Ellie-Marie Watts from Grassroots Sports and the media team of the Newcastle NorthStars in Australia come on to discuss the sport down under and how you can get your hockey fix this summer.

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The BOTW Podcast; the news, action and views from the EPIHL NIHL and all levels above, below and in between.


The BOTW Podcast – episode 55

The 2016/17 season ended and…well, the world apparently exploded.  Since the last podcast we’ve had Doug Clarkson write his open letter to British hockey, the EIHL have gone conference crazy, GB won promotion and now it seems that the EPIHL is well and truly going the way of the dodo as the 7 remaining teams were told to head for the EIHA run “National Ice Hockey League.”

So who better to talk about the NIHL with Anthony than two experts. Carol White, media spokesperson for NIHL 1 North’s Billingham Stars and Pro Hockey News’ NIHL 1 South correspondant and former Streatham and Oxford defenceman, Dave Carr join Anthony so to go over the big issues that the 2nd/3rd/whatever tier of British hockey faces.

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The BOTW Podcast; the news, action and views from the EPIHL and all levels above, below and in between.


The BOTW Podcast – episode 54

Here we are, the final weekend of the season for most of us in British hockey.

We look briefly at the EIHL playoff weekend and the NIHL 1 South all star team before giving you an in depth look at the EPIHL playoff weekend at the Coventry Skydome.  The teams, the records, the keys to the game and more.  Also Anthony throws out his all-star selections.

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The BOTW Podcast; the news, action and views from the EPIHL and all levels above, below and in between.