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Exciting future for Wales as youngsters excel

Won Victory Shield for first time in 66 years

icon cups26 November ~ These are exciting times for Welsh football. The senior national side have made an unbeaten start in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and the FA of Wales (FAW) last year opened a £5 million, state of the art national football centre in Newport. To cap it all, the Under-16 side recently won the Victory Shield, in which they compete with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, outright for the first time in 66 years. Even more impressively, they won all three games.


On this day in history ~ Division One, 1979

D1 RESULTS 24111424 November ~ Manchester United's scorers in their thrashing of Norwich included Joe Jordan who got two, and Irish defender Kevin Moran who later became the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup final during United's 1-0 win over Everton in 1985. Dave Sexton's team were top for another two weeks then spent the rest of the season in second place – their best league finish for 12 years. Defending champions Liverpool made a relatively slow start, winning only four of their first ten games, but a run of six straight victories in December gave them a comfortable lead.

Arsenal 4-0 Manchester Utd, Division One, 1970-71

22 November ~ Arsenal host Manchester United this evening and both teams will be slightly disappointed with their starts to the season, lying in sixth and seventh respectively. In August 1970 the two clubs met at Highbury early in the season, with a 4-0 win for the home side moving them up to third, while United remained second-bottom. John Radford scored a hat-trick (he achieved his highest goal tally that season, 21) while future Arsenal manager George Graham got the fourth. Arsenal remained unbeaten at home all season as they won the title by one point from Leeds, their first since 1953. United, whose team contained Nobby Stiles, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, finished eighth.

Badge of the week ~ Delhi Dynamos, India

Delhi150a19 November ~ The creators of Delhi Dynamos’ badge have ambitiously produced a three-way optical illusion. Bridge Too Far Design, the company responsible for the image, have a reputation in India for designs that, while ambitious, often fail to communicate meaning in the most direct manner. Read more

Helsinki Olympic Stadium – home to Bubi the owl

Helsinki300The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is the largest ground in Finland, with a capacity of 42,062, and home to their national team.

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1935

D1 RESULTS 16113516 November ~ Runners-up the previous season, Sunderland stayed at the top and took the title, their sixth, by eight points from Derby. Seven of the team at Brentford were Scots. Two of the English players who scored in the 5-1 win, striker Bobby Gurney and inside forward Raich Carter, ended up with 31 goals each out of the team's total of 109. Sunderland's goalkeeper, 22-year-old Jimmy Thorpe, was to die of head injuries sustained in a league match against Chelsea in February 1936.

Photo collection of Russia’s grassroots stadiums

Taken by Sergey Novikov

Russia60015 November ~ Since 2009, Russian photographer Sergey Novikov has been documenting amateur sports in his home country. This has resulted in an extensive photo library of Russian grassroots grounds, each of which displays the “place of the stadium in the urban infrastructure”. In the Tver region stadiums are often surrounded by concrete tower blocks, while Murmansk’s pitches are normally artificial because of its polar location. Throughout the country churches are also situated next to stadiums, with both considered key elements of Russian towns. This example is from Kurganinsk in Krasnodar. You can see more of Sergey’s photos here.

WSC 334 out now

December issue available in shops and online

wsc334 The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- Ticket prices: fact and fiction
- The Battle of Highbury
- Chelsea's lost generation
- Paul Gascoigne at Radcliffe Borough
- Dulwich Hamlet: a model club?
- Premier League looks abroad

Chelsea – the most loved team in the UK?

13 November ~ There are lots of lovely sides, but only one can really claim to be "everyone's second favourite team". By Tim Bradford.

Special offer - Played in London by Simon Inglis

£5 off to WSC readers

pilWSC contributor Simon Inglis has launched the latest book in his Played in Britain series. Played in London charts the spaces, buildings and sports that have shaped London’s cultural and urban landscape for centuries. Beautifully illustrated with original photographs and detailed maps, the book is based on over ten years of in-depth research. There is an extensive chapter on football and even if your team isn’t based in the capital you’ve probably watched them there.

Played in London is priced at £25 but publishers English Heritage are offering the book to WSC readers for just £20 with free p&p (UK only). Telephone 01235 465577 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , quoting reference number 722010025. Offer ends January 31, 2015

Miscellaneous

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Helsinki Olympic Stadium – home to Bubi the owl WSC
"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
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A boot ad (we think) WSC
A different kind of Santa
A Gabby Agbonlahor photo op Tom WSC
A half-decent Christmas gift 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 rather tetchy Gary Lineker WSC
A shoe-in for Toronto FC Tom WSC
A snowy scene in Rotterdam
A startling offer from Wembley Tom WSC
A superb corner at Valencia Tom WSC
A touching tribute to Cesc Fabregas  
A tribute to Emile Heskey  
A Zlatanesque goal for Celta Vigo Tom WSC
About WSC WSC
Accidental Partridge rich
Adam Barrett's "worst miss ever" for Gills 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  
Ange Postecoglou v Craig Foster Tom WSC
Arsenal players attempt a new offside trap WSC
Arsenal players back anti-homophobia campaign Tom WSC
Aston Villa's squad of 1995-96 drinking habits Tom WSC
Availability Doug WSC
Bad penalty in Austria WSC
Battling the breeze WSC
Belgium players get bombastic Tom WSC
Best goal scored this week by a 16-year-old Ecuadorian Tom WSC
Blackburn Venky's ad  
Blackburn's new shirt gets unorthodox publicity Tom WSC
Boca Juniors over-react WSC
Broken subbuteo for sale  
Bundesliga kit launch rich
Burden of being a West Ham fan Tom WSC
Cantona In Reflective Mood  
Carlsberg's idea of fan emotion Tom WSC
Celebrating too soon  
Cesc Fabregas faces tough questions Tom WSC
Cesc Fabregas's overpriced headphones Tom WSC

 

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