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- Inside the Olympic Stadium, West Ham's new home
- The birth of goalkeeping gloves in the UK
- Bristol City's rebuilding job
- Mixed memories for mascots
- Elephants taking penalties
- Syria: football in wartime

Book review ~ Bob Latchford: A different road

348 LatchfordPerhaps to its detriment, but in keeping with its subject, Bob Latchford’s thoughtful autobiography shies away from drama and sensationalism and tells the story of a modest boy who became the most expensive player in British football.

Book review ~ Shankly's Village

348 Shankly400With the Scottish football landscape currently ravaged almost beyond repair and Gordon Strachan, our manager telling us that Scott Brown is a talent to be reckoned with, it seems timely to be transported back to the village of Glenbuck

Book review ~ Commitment by Didier Drogba 

348 Drogba400A couple of lines late in Didier Drogba’s autobiography really drive home that this isn’t your average burly striker life story. “On November 2009 I teamed up with Bono to help launch an initiative with Nike on the eve of World Aids Day,” Drogba recalls...

Book review ~ Hand Of God by Philip Kerr

348 HandofGod400Fiction with a sporting setting is notoriously variable in quality. Binary win-lose outcomes reduce the scope for ambiguity and authors may either be poor writers or under-informed. Philip Kerr sidesteps all of these traps with ease…

Badge of the week ~ Deportivo Boyacá Chicó

Chico150The Boyacá Chicó area, in the olden days, was a dangerous place to live, what with bandits and cut-throats and people who could steal your identity just by...

Photo Gallery ~ Stafford Rangers v Chasetown

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Stafford Rangers v Chasetown 1, 26/12/2015, Marston Road, Northern Premier League

Scenes from football history, 294 ~ Shakespeare

348 Scenesby Dave Robinson, from WSC 348

Get with the programme ~ Blackpool v Preston, 1989

BlackpoolvPreston450There is surely a trivia quiz question along the lines of: "How many players have scored the winning goal in a Lancashire derby after coming on as a substitute to replace someone who had already come on as a substitute?"

Miscellaneous

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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 different kind of Santa
A different sort of Football Special Tom WSC
A Gabby Agbonlahor photo op Tom WSC
A half-decent Christmas gift 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 rather tetchy Gary Lineker WSC
A shoe-in for Toronto FC Tom WSC
A snowy scene in Rotterdam
A spectacular volley exhaustively analysed in Welsh Tom WSC
A startling offer from Wembley Tom WSC
A superb corner at Valencia 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
About WSC WSC
Accidental Partridge rich
Adam Barrett's "worst miss ever" for Gills Tom WSC
African Champions League stretcher drama 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
An unusual form of anti-freeze at Bognor Regis Town Tom WSC
Andrea Pirlo succeeds in protecting his post Tom WSC
Ange Postecoglou v Craig Foster Tom WSC
Argentinian warm-up match turns nasty Tom WSC
Arsenal players attempt a new offside trap WSC
Arsenal players back anti-homophobia campaign Tom WSC
Ashley Cole – Man City’s new goal provider Tom WSC
Aston Villa's squad of 1995-96 drinking habits Tom WSC
Australian FA president falls off podium Tom WSC

Liverpool’s ticket victory gives hope to other fans

icon ticketpricesLiverpool fans have forced their club's owners to back down on raising ticket prices, showing that protests such as mass walkouts can be effective

Tony Pulis’s fear of attack frustrates West Brom fans

icon facup2The Baggies' manager's insistence on picking hard-working players over more creative types, but a good Cup run could keep supporters on side for now

Declining Crawley need inspiring new owners

Crawley600Fans disenchanted by poor performances and sceptical of shady benefactors

Shaky Arsenal hold no fear for in-form Bournemouth

icon bournemouth13The Cherries have eased relegation concerns ahead of the Gunners’ visit on Sunday, with Eddie Howe's team adaprting to life in the Premier League

Championship leaders Hull proving tough to love

icon bruceSteve Bruce's Tigers travel to fellow promotion contenders Burnley this weekend but despite their loft position, Hull's fans are not warming to their team

Italy’s smaller clubs suffer in January upheaval

icon transfwindowThe current transfer window means carefully built squads of poorer clubs get ripped apart, short-changing supporters who have bought season tickets

New tool helps fans lobby clubs over ticket prices

icon ticketpricesThe Football Supporters' Federation have launched a new initiative which makes it easy for fans to directly contact Premier League clubs about lowering costs

Defence the focus as Stevenage head to York

icon relegation12League Two relegation strugglers meet at Bootham Crescent today, in a game that promises to be a clash of blunt attacks against woeful defences

Group effort has Birmingham back to best

icon champThe signing of Diego Fabbrini was the first significant outlay since relegation from the Premier League, highlighting the club's turnaround under Gary Rowett

Crowdfunding for Laurie Cunningham biography

icon japanballThe former Leyton Oreint, West Brom and Real Madrid striker was the first black player to wear an England shirt and a leading light of London's 1970s soul scene

Martínez needs history to repeat for restless Everton

icon martinezHoward Kendall’s team were having similar problems with inconsistency and an unhappy crowd until their 1984 League Cup run, which ended in an all-Merseyside final

Blackpool’s on-field improvements irrelevant

icon blackpoolawayBlackpool may be out of the relegation zone but their supporters are focused on removing their owners, having taken the fight to the council


 

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