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Badge of the week ~ Achilles '29, Netherlands

Achilles150The Dutch were very into the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album when it came out and the film caused a sensation. In Rotterdam...

Book review ~ Retired by Alan Gernon

356 RetiredAfter reading the back cover blurb, where this account of footballers’ lives is described as “the ultimate where are they now”, one is prepared for a horrifying catalogue of alcohol and drug addiction, marriage break-ups, disability, bankruptcy...

Review ~ Quiet Leadership by Carlo Ancelotti

356 AncelottiThe authors of this book aspire to something more profound than the score-settling, indiscretions and self-justifications of the typical sports memoir. Instead, they hope to offer the general reader...

Scenes from football history, 301 ~ Lone Ranger

356 Scenesby Dave Robinson, from WSC 356

WSC 356 out now


- Football's links with other sports
- High times at Huddersfield
- World Cup boycott begins
- Dalian Atkinson tribute
- Non-League in Hertfordshire
- YouTube football at Wembley

Book review ~ Forever Young by Oliver Kay

355 ForeverYoung“Attrition rate”: the bland phrase used by a PFA spokesman recently to describe the not so pleasant reality that nearly 80 per cent of those entering professional football as “scholars” will be out of the game by the time they are 21...


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"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
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A bad day out Tom WSC
A ballboy fulfils the dream of millions Tom WSC
A boot ad (we think) WSC
A decisive miscue in the Women’s Under-19 Euro final Tom WSC
A different kind of Santa
A different sort of Football Special Tom WSC
A dull plod of an England song Tom WSC
A Gabby Agbonlahor photo op Tom WSC
A half-decent Christmas gift Tom WSC
A League Two centre-half in the making Tom WSC
A leisurely pitch invasion in Greece Tom WSC
A levitating goal celebration from Venezuela Tom WSC
A little precipitation in Tokyo WSC
A new devil WSC
A new type of football Tom WSC
A particularly pointless red card  
A penalty clinches the Subbuteo world title Tom WSC
A photo of Spiderman watching Nelson FC goes viral Tom WSC
A Preston fan’s “We-hey” stops abruptly Tom WSC
A rather tetchy Gary Lineker WSC
A shoe-in for Toronto FC Tom WSC
A snowy scene in Rotterdam
A Southampton fan's message to Daniel Sturridge Tom WSC
A spectacular goal and a Gary Neville parody Tom WSC
A spectacular volley exhaustively analysed in Welsh Tom WSC
A startling offer from Wembley Tom WSC
A superb corner at Valencia Tom WSC
A thumping foul during Pinecrest v Pine Forest Tom WSC
A touching tribute to Cesc Fabregas  
A tough day for Man Utd's press officer Tom WSC
A tribute to Emile Heskey  
A Twente goal celebration no one will want to steal Tom WSC
A wind-assisted goal at Thurrock v Romford Tom WSC
A Zlatanesque goal for Celta Vigo Tom WSC
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Adam Barrett's "worst miss ever" for Gills Tom WSC
African Champions League stretcher drama Tom WSC
Alan Pardew's premature dance at Wembley Tom WSC
Alan Shearer cuts off Lee Dixon WSC
Alan Shearer goal WSC
Alex Pearce's festive fun WSC
Alex Sabella needs someone to catch him Tom WSC
Alternative 1990-91 Match of the Day intro Tom WSC
Amazing foul exercise in Israel WSC
Amusing free-kick routine rich
An emphatic own goal  
An insane penalty decision in Greece Tom WSC

Swansea have little to gain from hiring Ryan Giggs

GiggsGettyWhile Swans fans trust their chairman, few would support becoming a stepping stone for Giggs’ ultimate return to Manchester United

Book review ~ Di Stéfano by Ian Hawkey

356 DiStefanoShameless clickbaiting though it is to bill “the definitive biography of the greatest footballer that ever lived”, both claims are defensible. Alfredo di Stéfano belongs in the “greatest ever” conversation and Ian Hawkey has put in...

AFC Wimbledon take step towards Plough Lane return

WimbledonSecretary of state Sajid Javid has announced he will not be calling in planning application for the Dons’ new stadium

Happy birthday Totti: the eighth king of Rome

TottiGettyThe Roma stalwart has his critics, and could have won more trophies elsewhere, but his appeal is in his simplicity

Bath City bid for community ownership – and history

bathgettyDespite spending their 127 year existence outside of the Football League, Bath City have a surprisingly large stadium, the ownership of which has provided stability over the years, but also enabled the accumulation of debt

In praise of football's famous trophies

eurocups getty

The cups presented for many modern competitions often lack the appeal of their predecessors

Coventry’s on-pitch woes highlight off-field turmoil

CoventryScarfGettySky Blues without a win in the league, Ricoh Arena rental deal due to expire and category two academy status under threat

Book review ~ Four Lions by Colin Shindler

356 FourLionsAuthor Colin Shindler claims Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker and David Beckham exemplify the England of the day, admitting early on that captains who don’t fit that fag-packet theory weren’t worthy of a section...

Monk in danger from Leeds ‘manager eater’ Cellino

MonkGettyDespite a slow start Monk could probably turn things around at Elland Road if he was given time

Millwall blow as council votes to sell land near Den

Millwall600Areas used by community trust will be sold on to property developers

Antonino Ragusa case shows unfairness of punishments

SassuoloGettyAwarding Sassuolo's points to the losing team also hurts the rest of the clubs in Serie A


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