Episode 43 – with Emer McCarthy

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Emer McCarthy is an Australian freelance journalist, currently based in London. We talk to Emer about growing up in a Spurs supporting family in Australia, as well as her views on the future of Australian football.


Emer’s meme and GIF game on Twitter is very strong and a frequent resource of hers when it comes to new Tweet material is a show that she’s very passionate about, The Simpsons. For the icebreaker the group name their most underrated Simpsons characters and explain why they should be more cherished.

On Emer Supporting Spurs and her Work for TV:

Emer tells the Mates about how she became a Spurs fan and shares some football related stories from her world travels, as well as outlining the major differences between working in the Australian television industry compared to working in England.

The Three McCarthys:

Emer and Joe compete to guess which McCarthy fact matches up with one of the three footballing McCarthys,’ careers… Mick, James or Benni McCarthy.

Spurs Chat:

Emer weighs in with her opinion for where things have faltered for Mourinho and Spurs so far this season and she also explains what being a Tottenham fan truly means to her.

Australian “Football”:

Emer thinks that despite a lack of major tournament appearances for the Socceroos in recent years that the glory days of Viduka, Cahill and Kewell are on they’re way back due to the undeniable levels of talent in her home country; it’s simply a matter of exposure in her opinion when it comes to channeling the best athletes into Socceroos. Emer is quick to remind the mates the Matildas, Australia’s women’s soccer team, are one of the best in the world. The group also reminisce about a bizarre encounter between John Travolta and the Socceroos from the early 2000s.

Soccer or “Aussie” rules?:

Keitel and Emer must guess if the teams belong to the world of soccer or Australian rules football based solely on the teams’ names.

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