Running on Emotion

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Those of us that love sport, live it and breathe it. We feel it. It reaches deep down into our body and soul, and elicits every emotion imaginable: from despair to elation, from vulnerability to anger. Whether we’re playing sport, coaching it, watching it, listening to it, or reading about it, our emotions drive our every response and relentlessly keep us coming back for more.

This is a podcast that explores twelve key emotions with some stellar sporting names, and uncovers just how those feelings affected their careers, both as a motivation, and as a limitation. It is a journey into the emotional psyche of some Britain’s most talented, most successful, most articulate sportsmen and women.


RUNNING ON EMOTION is an Auddy Production – researched, written, produced and hosted by Alastair Eykyn.


Special thanks to all of our guests on the show.

Host: Alastair Eykyn

Series Producer: Andrew Sampson

Sound Editor: Norman Goodman

Album Art: Nicole Stewart

Theme Music: Audio Networks

Running on Emotion – Episode Ten, Stuart Pearce

Stuart has a special place in the hearts of English sports fans. A one-time electrician, playing football for non-league Wealdstone, he rose to prominence under the legendary Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, before spells with Newcastle and Manchester City. Known as “Psycho” for his emotion, his passion and his unforgiving style on the pitch, he won 78 caps for England, and is perhaps best remembered for his contrasting penalties at two major Championships: The overwhelming despair of the now legendary World Cup semi-final of 1990, and the subsequent joy of the shoot-out in England’s exhilarating quarter-final at Euro ’96.

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