Since the first season of Broadway to Brazil, the Corinthian-Casuals have continued punching above their weight. Surviving in the Isthmian Premier League, the club went on to win silverware in Budapest in 2019 at the Egri Erbstein Tournament.
But like everyone else at this level, they have been left frustrated by lockdowns and league cancellations over the last year and a half. Yet the club still serves as a beacon to its local community, and was even able to squeeze a bit of FA Cup drama into ‘The Season That Wasn’t’.
Recorded on the eve of the 2021/22 season, the opening episode of Series 2 of Broadway to Brazil sees Dom and Jarek joined by seasoned sports writer Tony Banks. They reflect on last year’s Covid-effected campaign, which was ultimately cut short by lockdown but also featured a great deal of excitement crammed into a breathless couple of months.
We hear from Club Secretary, Hanna Newton, who discusses how the club played an important community role in the challenging early months of the pandemic; captain Danny Bracken, who provides a player perspective of living without football; club volunteer Lucy Symons, who talks about her path to becoming the PA announcer at the Casuals; and FA Cup hero Ben Cheklit, whose wondergoal against Dulwich Hamlet marked the most iconic moment of the Casuals’ aborted 2020/21 campaign.
Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss.
Editing: Jarek Zaba
Audio engineering: Brent Davies
Title music: John Forrest
Artwork: Matt Alabaster
Website: Chris Kelly