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Badge of the week ~ Beijing Enterprises Holdings FC

Beijing150The result of a 2015 name change from Beijing Baxy United FC, this is one of the less stirring, loyalty-inducing club names...

Get with the programme ~ Wrexham v Anderlecht

WrexhamvAnderlecht400Back in the days when the Welsh teams playing in England could qualify for Europe via the Welsh Cup, some of the best teams on the continent often struggled when visiting

Special offer ~ save £2 on Rock 'n' Roll Soccer

RockRoll101WSC readers can save £2 on contributor Ian Plenderleith's book about the rise and fall of the North American Soccer League, from the stars to the experimental rules you can find out how the game sold itself to a continent and then crashed back down to earth

WSC 338 out now

wsc338- TV deal: Did Sky win again?
- BT Sport's long-term plan
- Investing the money: grassroots and youth
- Taking part in half-time entertainment
- When managers resign
- Paris clubs in PSG's shadow

Free access to WSC digital edition inside stadiums

Digital101Anyone with an iPhone or iPad attending a match between March 9 and April 8 can read the digital edition of WSC for free, including features on the new TV deal (and how to spend the money), strange managerial resignations, Paris clubs in PSG's shadow and taking part in a half-time challenge

WSC writers' competition 2015 launched

wsc writers compThe annual WSC writers' award has returned, open to amateur writers with a £250 prize for the winner


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"David Beckham" endorses industrial equipment  
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A ballboy fulfils the dream of millions Tom WSC
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 tough day for Man Utd's press officer Tom WSC
A tribute to Emile Heskey  
A Zlatanesque goal for Celta Vigo Tom 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  
An insane penalty decision in Greece 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
Aston Villa's squad of 1995-96 drinking habits Tom WSC
Availability Doug WSC
Bad penalty in Austria WSC
Battling the breeze WSC
Belgian keeper needs to work on his ball control Tom 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
Brad Jones takes a nap at Selhurst Park Tom WSC
Broken subbuteo for sale  
Bundesliga kit launch rich
Burden of being a West Ham fan Tom WSC

England v Italy in 1934 – the “Battle of Highbury”

icon englandflagWhen newly crowned world champions Italy visitied Highbury to play England in 1934 the brutal game that followed was about so much more than just football

Club name changes create a conundrum for supporters

icon fanvoiceshefFrom Hull City to Oxford United to Manchester United, West Ham and Birmingham – switching team names is common but the reasons behind it are varied

Wembley features in new range of nostalgic prints

Wem300Also includes Maine Road, Roker Park and Highbury

Scottish parliament back fan ownership plans

icon japanballThe proposals from Green MSP Alison Johnstone would give supporters' trusts first refusal if their club came up for sale and the "right to buy" shares at any time

North Ferriby face tough FA Trophy task v Wrexham

icon cupsThe competition has been dominated by Conference National clubs over recent years and Wrexham will be desperate to save their poor season with a Wembley win

Notts County’s sacking of Shaun Derry is a disgrace

icon nottscountyfansThe appointment of Shaun Derry felt like a new start for Notts County and it would have been preferable to get relegated with him than stay up without him

Scotland’s 46-year wait for a hat-trick hero

icon scotfan2Colin Stein was the last player to score three in a match for Scotland, against Cyprus in 1969, but with Northern Ireland then Gibraltar to play that could finally change

Remarkable rise of Eibar – La Liga’s smallest club

icon bigteamsThe population of the Basque town of Eibar could fit inside the Nou Camp three times but their team are debt free, grounded in their local community and in La Liga

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1991

D1 RESULTS 230391Crystal Palace's highest ever finish

Football Beyond Borders set up youth media platform

icon tv1The group are raising money to launch FBB TV, an initiative that gives young people an opportunity to experience producing football programmes via YouTube

Highland League’s perennial losers have started winning

icon promotionFort William have finished bottom of the Highland League for 14 of the past 18 seasons but this season something strange is happening – they are almost mid-table

Allam’s needless attack on Hull’s name and community

icon japanballHull City's owner has a problem with the local council but in trying to show them he is boss he's damaging supporters and people who rely sporting facilities

Hitchin Town secure their future at historic Top Field

icon groundbuyHitchin Town have signed a new 25-year lease that means their stadium will not be sold off to supermarket developers and they can concentrate on improvements

Phil Rawlins: from Stoke to Orlando and MLS

icon mlsnewThe Florida club’s debut this season is the culmination of a long journey for one man which started at an Auto Windscreen's Shield match at Rochdale's Spotland stadium


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