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Badge of the week ~ Al Khabourah SC, Oman

Oman150The faint image between the handshake and the football here is a large book. The founders of this club were successful hoteliers and all away teams...

Get with the programme ~ Cardiff v Newcastle

CardiffvNewcastle350Forget Cardiff's European adventures, why can't modern players head the ball as well as their predecessors? Plus, a debutant handyman who likes pop music and get your tyers fitted while you're at the match

Getting shirty ~ Hammarby home, 2001

Hammarby150Aptly, Hammarby’s single League title would come with adverts for Falcon lager emblazoned on their shirts, the default beer of matchgoers from Stockholm's working-class southside

WSC 344 out now

wsc344a- Platini: player to president
- Celebrating the football annual
- Can the FA save grassroots?
- Decline of Sunday Leagues
- When players were "slaves"
- The indoor football experiment

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FA launch largest ever grassroots football survey

icon youthThe FA are asking for contributions from players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers who work in grassroots to get a picture of the state of the game

Walsall fans rewarded for patience in Dean Smith

icon league1bThe Saddlers have added attacking flair to their previous defensive solidity this season and been praised by José Mourinho after a League Cup tie

The inescapable lure of football’s lost terraces

Burnley600The Holte End, Kop, Longside, Shelf, Shed, Kippax, Stretford and more are ripe for sentimentality

Reader offer for The 56 play about Bradford fire

The56 600Piece of verbatim theatre about survivors' stories showing at Battersea Arts Centre, October 1-7

Hitchin may move despite Save Top Field success

icon groundbuyA full public consultation will take place on three options for Hitchin Town's future, one of which includes moving away from the stadium a public campaign saved

Swansea City film wins three Welsh Baftas

icon tvwatchJack To A King is a documentary which charts Swansea City's rise from the brink of non-League to the Premier League, and was reviewed by Huw Richards in WSC 333

Reforming Russia’s long-distance second division

icon tantRussia's 20 second tier clubs play across ten time zones, with the resulting high cost of air travel making it a difficult division in which the teams can survive

One week remaining for photo book Kickstarter

Polish600You can pledge your support to a photo book of football culture

Phil Parkinson revels in stability at Bradford

icon league1climbWhile Bradford are confident in their manager's ability to move them forward, their opponents Peterborough are already nervous about Graham Westley

“New Stoke” must ignore hysteria over results

icon hughesDespite poor results so far this season Stoke City have shown flashes of how good they could be and Mark Hughes has no reason to panic just yet

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1897

D1 RESULTS 250997Sheffield United move towards being the first Yorkshire club to win a title while Liverpool win their first Merseyside derby

Forest’s new approach faces litmus test at Huddersfield

icon forestBeing forced to rein in their spend or bust policy by a transfer embargo may actually give Forest manager Dougie Freedman more time to build a successful team

Moving to rivals improves the player and the derby

icon wmidderbySol Campbell, Paul Ince, Luis Figo and Maurice Johnston – crossing rivalries may make a player hated but the lack of sentimentally can be worth it


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