Soccer AM: A Man City love-in with Paul Dickov & Ricky Hatton

Football journeyman Paul Dickov was the first guest on the show, the current Derby County striker ruled out of the Rams meeting with Leicester on Saturday because he is on loan from the Foxes. Dickov spoke about being managed by former Manchester City teammate Nigel Clough, and Helen then tried to pin the forward down on what’s it like to play alongside Robbie Savage.

Second guest on the show was Manchester City celebrity fan, boxing legend Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton. Hatton spoke about his new job as a boxing promoter and how he’s managed to snap up 25 boxers on his books already, while refusing to rule out a return to the ring in the future. Ricky discussed sparring with his brother, his brand new gym, and finally they chewed over David Haye’s upcoming fight.

Impressionists Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona brought some comedy relief to the show, with Alistair talking about his new book in which he tried to give up football for a year.

Last, Hollywood hot-shot and star of hit American TV series 24 Carlos Bernard, aka Tony Almeida, came on the show to plug the series 7 on DVD.

Sunderland’s Darren Bent and Frazier Campbell faced-off in the Soccer AM Bullseye Challenge, while Derby’s Lee Croft talks about his bad experiences with elevators, about his full-proof plan to avoid death in a falling lift.

In coach kareoke, Sheffield Wednesday duo Mark Beevers and Richard O’Donnell give us their rendition of Sex on Fire on the team bus, while Norwich’s Darel Russell sings for his sister’s X-Factor survival.

In a special treat, radio legends Danny Baker and Danny Kelly gave their thoughts on football including their favourite footballing memories including puking at live games, England beating Holland 4-1 and Steve Hodge’s ownership of Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt.

The usual features returned including Tug of War, Small Talk, Crossbar Challenge, Tubes and Soccerette.