Bantams Banter is an award winning satirical look at being a football fan. Dom & Tom take you through the trials and tribulations of supporting league one football club, Bradford City! Recorded live on matchdays, this isn’t commentary, it’s passion, heart, support, hurt, elation, laughter and pride…and a bit of a sit-com.
• 2.5 million downloads and counting.
• Recently reaching #1 in the iTunes Sports Podcast Chart
• Also reaching #2 in the main iTunes Podcasts Chart – Above the likes of Ricky Gervais and Frank Skinner
• Featured on iTunes homepage
• Average of 37,624 downloads per episode
• Featured on Sky Sports, BBC TV and Radio as well as many international stations.
• 1st ever independent podcast to record a show at Wembley under licence of the Football League
• Amassed over 100,000 viral video hits – 2x music videos, 1 promo video for Capital One.
• BBC 606 ‘Fans of the Year – 2012-13′ Award Winners
• Winners of the ‘Football Podcast Of The Year’ Award at the 2013 FBAs.
One half of Bantams Banter, Tom, is a gentle giant with a pretty blunt whit. He’s had 18 years watching City and 10 years moaning about how bad they have become! Listeners have portrayed Tom as ‘enthusiastic’, ‘the monkey’ and ‘profuse’? (Tom only knows what two of these words mean but he’s willing to go with it!) He has a penchant for Johnny Cash, all things 1970’s and food in general. He drives a 1976 bright orange campervan and has had facial hair since the age of 14…
Tom has worked for the Sports Team at BBC Radio Leeds and also puts in a shift at the National Media Museum in his spare time. Tom’s Dad attends most games with the gents and as a point of reference is the spitting image of Jasper Carrot. (For those of you too young to know who Jasper Carrot is, google images should give you an idea).
Tom’s favourite City players past and present are Dean Furman, Dave Syers, McGod, Juanjo Carricondo, Mills/Blake and Marco Sas/Nigel Pepper. He takes a size large t-shirt at H&M but a size medium at GAP. Randomly Tom also runs his own business, where he supplies Chiropody Products?!
Dom, (or Ol’ Dommy Boy as he likes to be addressed) whiles away many an hour listening to Sinatra, wearing cardigans and smoking cigars. Listeners have described Dom as ‘vainglorious,’ ‘eccentric,’ ‘implacable’ and ‘twat’, but according to him none of those do him any justice!
Born in a stable in Nazareth…ooops wrong miracle worker. Bradford born and bred Dom didn’t even like football until the day his Uncle dragged him to Valley Parade for the first time at the age of 7. He stepped into the Kop, placed his cushion on the cold metal bars, looked up and saw the floodlit green, green grass and his life was changed forever!
Dom spent his spectacled youth pretending he was Nigel Pepper or Des Hamilton (at a push) running around the garden falling over his own feet, his love for the Bantams growing by the day. Years went by when this boy didn’t do too much, then one day he saw his beloved Bradford City were about to go into admin for the second time, ‘I want to help’ he whimpered. So he did, running to York and raising £5,000 in the process, giving it to the club he’d already pumped all of his pocket money into. From this generous donation came a job at City. Upon receiving the job Dom went home, cried with joy for a day, and then got on with it, working for nothing for 6 months…mug!
Then as the clock of life struck 18 Dom went full time, a paid job at the club he’d loved and lived for so long. ‘Get the fuck in sunshine!’. He worked his way through various roles at the club including traveling with the squad on away days which blew his simple mind.
Disaster. The club was hitting financial ruin again after a poor first season in league 2. Dom was gone, no longer could the club afford him. The BBC (Derm Tanner) called and gave Dom the chance to be in radio…the start of the rest of Dom’s life. After a while at the BBC Sky then called to tell Dom a job was available and like the rash decision making idiot he is, he took the job and went on to commentate on fricking greyhound racing! This didn’t go so well and after 6 months he was let go…damn.
Loads more stuff happened here… wife, step-kids, baby, job at a crap radio station, football coach extraordinaire, The Tom & Dom show, and then… Bantams Banter! The rest, as they say, is bloody boring! Get off this page and get listening to the podcasts, you toerags!