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Badge of the week ~ Gandzasar, Armenia

Gandzasar150For insurance purposes the nominated key-holder for Gandzasar FC was originally a grizzly bear who lived in a nearby cave. The situation wasn't ideal

Get with the programme ~ Stockport v Workington

StockportvWorkington380Two struggling north-west stalwarts of the old Fourth Division met at Edgeley Park in a bid to slap a layer of gloss on what would turn out to be mainly unremarkable campaigns for both clubs. Stockport prevailed, and went on to reach the third round

FIFA's new presidential candidate

346 FIFABy Dave Robinson, from WSC 345

WSC 346 out now

wsc346- Wales back in the big time
- Football & steel in Middlesbrough
- Howard Kendall remembered
- The old-fashioned amateurs
- Advice from Alex Ferguson
- The minnows of Madrid

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On this day in history ~ Premier League, 1992

PL 281192 RESULTSArsenal beat Manchester United but Norwich storm ahead

Football-related arrests drop to lowest level on record

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The 2014-15 season saw just 4.9 arrests per 100,000 spectators but anyone whose arrest is considered football related is treated more harshly

Dover’s team goal belies “agricultural” reputation

icon maidstone12The Whites are third in the table and enjoying their rapid rise up the National League but no one at the club is talking about promotion just yet

Scottish government consult on increasing fan ownership

icon nofansSupporters Direct Scotland, the Scottish FA and the SPFL are all involved in the move to increase supporter involvement in their clubs

George Best’s life and career was one of gifts and faults

icon helmesIt’s ten years since the death of the former Manchester United winger so we look back at "arguably the greatest British player ever"

Jones to Beckham: the evolution of tattooed players

icon weakteamIt’s now almost compulsory for any self-styled “edgy” character to sport body tapestries, but actual football tattoos tend to be for the fans

The pitfalls of switching allegiance to bigger clubs

icon bigteamsOne Grimsby Town fan’s confession about a short-lived affair with Manchester United, and why despite being impressed by Old Trafford, it never felt quite right

Research shows why football is vulnerable to corruption

icon brokenballA report by Transparency International highlights the lack of public information on activities and financial dealings by FAs around the world

First Romani player gets headstone after campaign

icon japanballRabbi Howell, who was born in a gypsy encampment in Dore, was a key part of Sheffield United’s title-winning 1898 team before moving to Liverpool

Concern in Chile with coach’s future unclear

icon fansconfusedThe head of the Chilean Football Federation resigned during their 3-0 defeat in Uruguay, reportedly because of his invovlement in the FBI's FIFA investigation

Hull fans finally recognise David Meyler's value

icon strikerThe midfielder has played an important role for Hull City throughout Steve Bruce's time in charge but has only just got his own song from the fans

Italy’s reputation for goalless draws a distant memory

icon nilnilThe Premier League now has more 0-0 scorelines throughout a season than Serie A, signalling the shifting mentality of Italian domestic football

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1953

D1 RESULTS 141115Wolves close the gap to league-leaders West Brom while Liverpool slide towards relegation

Sweden and Denmark shadows of 1990s heyday

icon bristolhullThe Danish gameplan against Sweden on Saturday will focus on stopping Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but neither team will set Europe alight next summer


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