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Get with the programme ~ Inverness Thistle v Hibs

InvernessvHibs400Dundee and Inverness Caledonian were the other two participants fighting for the spectacularly named Round Robin Cup, which provided some much-needed pre-season "entertainment" for fans

Badge of the week ~ Naft Maysan SC, Iraq

Naft150ears and years ago, before anyone even thought of filming cats doing ridiculous things, there lived in Persia a mighty hero named Ashwa who roamed...

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wsc342- Euro 2016: Ireland, Scotland & Wales
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- Paul Gascoigne documentary
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- FC United stadium opening
- Amsterdam's other clubs

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

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Warburton’s bright start raises Rangers optimism

icon rangersAfter some solid summer recruitment and a 6-2 hammering of title-rivals Hibernian, the Ibrox club suddently, somehow, look stable and on the up

France overturns reduction in Ligue 1 relegation spots

icon ligue1Plan was to lower relegation to Ligue 2 to two teams but protests from clubs in the second tier have caused a u-turn – though the saga is not over yet

Selling best players nothing new – Villa can recover

icon transfwindowChristian Benteke and Fabian Delph may both be gone but Aston Villa have freed up some money and they can come back, it's just uncertain when

Grimsby Town fans raise £100,000 towards transfers

icon moneysaveThe campaign launched by the Mariners Trust has made five times its original target, meaning manager Paul Hurst has extra money to put towards new players

Sheffield FC launch campaign to return home

icon groundbuyThe world's oldest football club have never had a permanent home in their city but now they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to change that

Newly fan-owned Newport ready for tough challenges

icon japanballNewport County's era of Lottery funding is over and they are going to face some difficult decisions under supporter ownership in the coming season

Keepers to blame if weak penalties are scored

icon goaliesNot all penalty takers should be blamed if they miss – just look at Geoff Hurst v Gordon Banks – and goalies shouldn't be immune from criticism

Russian fans’ reaction to Frimpong racist abuse

icon racismThe Russian Premier League couldn't get through its first weekend without a racist incident, when Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off for responding to abuse

WSC join launch of new Copa Collective

icon nofansCopa90 have brought together bloggers, supporters’ rights groups, magazines and fanzines who see fans and their communities as central to the future of football

Fixture changes threaten German fans’ traditions

icon sundayThe Germany Football League are considering adding additional games on Sunday and Monday, making it more difficult for fans to watch their teams away

Players’ families have no place on the pitch

icon kids2The sight of players' children joining in with trophy presentations suspends the disbelief that football success is the most important thing in their lives

Blackpool fans offer Oystons way out with takeover bid

icon blackpoolawayThe Oyston family are facing diminishing crowds and even more fan revolt at Bloomfield Road next season but now have a route away from the club

Swindon Town extend media ban to all local press

icon interviewHaving barred the Swindon Advertiser at the start of the year, Swindon Town want to control all their PR coverage through a new app called Fanzai next season

Women’s game has come a long way since its ban

icon hopepowellFrom being banned by the FA in the 1920s to the more enlightened 1990s, women's football has made a lot of progress but there is still plenty it can improve on


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