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Union Berlin fans protest Red Bull’s Leipzig control

Supporters stand in silence for 15 minutes

icon redbullmls23 September ~ For the first 15 minutes of Union Berlin's match on Sunday their fans, mostly wearing black, stood in silence. It was a protest at the ownership of their opponents, RB Leipzig, who are run by Red Bull. The Union fans also held up a banner reading "Football culture dies in Leipzig", making the point that clubs should not become marketing tools for companies but instead need "participation, faithfulness, terracing, emotions, pro bono work, financial fair play, tradition, transparency, passion, stories and independence". The Union In Englisch blog has details of the protest, as well as the strategy behind Red Bull's campaign.


Angular floodlights of Faroe Islands' home

Faroe300Torsvollur stadium is the Faroe Islands' 6,040 national stadium in Torshavn. It was built in 1999, replacing the Svangaskaro ground in Toftir. The distinctive angular floodlights were not added until 2011 and were used officially for the first time against Italy in September that year.

WSC 332 out now

October issue available online and in stores

wsc332 The new WSC is out now, dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop

- Fans protest ticket prices
- Can standing return?
- Broadcasting special: MOTD at 50
- Brazil goes backwards
- Shildon v Crook – FA Cup starts here
- Where are the black managers?

It's tough being an Arsenal fan

It's only September and Arsenal fans are already struggling with the ups and downs of modern football – and Danny Welbeck.

On this day in history ~ Division Two, 1974

d2res 210974 30021 September ~ Manchester United topped the table throughout the season with an average crowd of 48,388, nearly 20,000 higher than the next best supported club, Sunderland. Striker Stuart Pearson, signed from Hull in the summer, was their top scorer with 17 goals, ahead of Irish midfielder Gerry Daly who converted five penalties in the first seven games. After their 4-0 defeat of Norwich, Fulham fell out of the promotion race, winning won only one of their next ten games.

A pioneering new goal celebration

But you need a hole for it to work.

Badge of the week ~ Go Ahead Eagles, Netherlands

GoAhead15012 September ~ Apparently one cannot say Holland anymore. It is The Netherlands everywhere these days. No matter. The Go Ahead Eagles are represented by the Go Ahead Eagle, an eagle elevated among his peers through his commitment to working towards The Body Beautiful. Read more

Book review: Born Under A Union Flag

Rangers, Britain & Scottish independence

331 UnionThe editors of Born Under A Union Flag have taken on an ambitious task: to quantify Rangers fans' relationship not only with Scotland but the United Kingdom as a whole. A difficult terrain to map, as historically the club has been considered the team of a union that may be dissolving. That Rangers are in this position as a Unionist team in a country falling out of love with the UK is due to a particular set of circumstances which occurred at the turn of the last century, when a challenger was sought for a successful team of immigrants. The fanbase of this new champion just happened to be drawn from the Catholic-free zone of the Govan shipyards. Read more

Book review: Pirates, Punks 
& Politics

FC St Pauli

331 PiratesIt is often held to be one of the unwritten rules governing the life of a football fan that your allegiance, once chosen, remains unchanged. However many now feel priced out of what used to be an affordable form of popular entertainment, while any sort of supporter activism is seen by the clubs as a threat to the sanitised matchday experience. Only very few such people, however, have taken as radical a course of action as Nick Davidson, the author of the first English-language book about FC St Pauli. Read more

Berwick 5-0 East Stirlingshire ~ extra Shot! photos

11 September ~ Extra photos by Colin McPherson from the Shot! feature of WSC 332, where Berwick Rangers beat East Stirlingshire 5-0 at Shielfield Park in Scottish League Two on August 23, 2014. Berwick lies inside the border of England yet they play in the Scottish leagues, causing an interesting sense of identity for their supporters.

Book review: Falling For Football

The teams that shaped our obsession

331 FallingMy Favourite Year, the 1993 anthology co-published by WSC and edited by Nick Hornby, celebrated like never before the obscure, personal details of how supporters become smitten. Superficially Falling for Football seems little more than an equivalent for the Twitter generation, those for whom Chris Waddle and inflatable bananas represent earliest memories. The bloggers deserve a wider audience, though, and talented writers and editors such as Rob Langham (The Two Unfortunates) and Ian King (Twohundredpercent) have forced complacent broadsheets to up their game. Read more

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