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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...

Badge of the week ~ FK Srsni Kratonohy

Srsni150riefed with producing an intimidating creature with gangster leanings for this badge, the designer went through several drafts. The first, a horsefly dressed as...

Book review ~ Gus Honeybun by Simon Carter

355 GusHoneybunTowards the end of Simon Carter’s memoir of his 37 years as an Exeter City supporter, the local sports journalist takes great pains to play down his credentials as a superfan. His enthusiasm for football may wane a little in the later chapters...

Scenes from football history, 300 ~ Shipwrecked

355 Scenesby Dave Robinson, from WSC 355

WSC 355 – delayed subscriber copies

Subscriber copies of WSC 355 have been delayed in the mailing process – we are trying to find out what has happened but in the meantime you can access the issue digitally

WSC 355 & 2016-17 Season Guide out now


- England appoint Allardyce: what could go wrong?
- Premier League 2 is here
- The story of replica shirts
- "I was an intern at Crystal Palace"
- Pitfalls of Panini collecting
- Naples' other clubs

WSC Survey ~ have your say on the state of the game

Another major international tournament has been and gone, which means it’s time for you to have your say on the state of the game in the 2016 WSC Survey – and maybe win a WSC T-shirt


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"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
** rich
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
Accidental Partridge rich
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

West Brom in limbo as takeover rumbles on

WestBromLaiPulisGettyFrustration growing at The Hawthorns but there are glimpses of a bright future

Blackburn’s poor start increases Ewood Park gloom

BlackburnNorwichGettyOwen Coyle hasn’t endeared himself to fans, who are protesting against the club’s owners

Extra time made redundant by more TV-friendly formats


The additional 30 minutes is already making way for penalties in some competitions

Ipswich owner’s potential arrest clouds derby build-up

IpswichPortmanRoadBrazilian police issue warrant for Marcus Evans’ arrest over Olympic ticket scam

Saints’ latest reset faces early test at Old Trafford

SouthamptonManUtdGettySouthampton fans once again don’t know what to expect from their team this season

Getting into Europe: 1973 Common Market Match

CommonMarketMatchGettyWhen Britain joined the European Economic Community a celebratory game was held at Wembley, revealing split opinions on the move

Blackburn fans launch petition against owners

BlackburnProtestGettyVenky’s have owned Rovers since November 2010, since which time they have gone from mid-table in the Premier League to bottom of the Championship

Dalian Atkinson dead: shot with Taser by police

AtkinsonGettyFormer Aston Villa striker won Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season competition in 1992-93

There’s always last year ~ Premier League 2015-16

LeicesterOutsideLeicester 17th, Chelsea champions and Watford relegation – what WSC contributors got right and wrong about the previous season

Is it time to scrap international competitions?

WorldCupRioRussiaGettyTournaments such as the World Cup foster jingoism and are exploited by sponsors


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