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Birmingham fans left to unravel club’s mess alone

Local media and authorities offering little support

icon sadfan31 October ~ Any week that starts with an 8-0 humiliation isn’t perhaps the best way to prepare for a match against one of our most disliked neighbours, or an ideal starting point for new manager Gary Rowett. Birmingham City are famously dysfunctional, but despite years of being held in contempt by the club’s owners, Blues fans have found the events of the last seven days embarrassing, degrading and confusing in equal measure.


José Callejón's spectacular miss for Napoli

30 October ~ Miss happened while playing against Atalanta

Badge of the week ~ KF Gostivar, Macedonia

Gostivar15030 October ~ The summerhouse played an important part in 19th and 20th century Macedonian culture. The most famous fictional detective from Macedonia, Bogdan Adrijan Illianovic Petkov (known simply to his wife, friends and colleagues as Bogdan Adrijan Illianovic) begins his first case as a detective when he encounters a body in a summerhouse. Petkov’s special idiosyncrasy is a partiality for urinating outdoors, hence he is the first at a house party to find the victim. Read more

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1991

D1 RESULTS 26109126 October ~ Leeds United's defeat of Oldham, through an own goal by Brian Kilcline, put them top of Division One for the first time since their last League title in 1973-74. They then swapped places with Manchester United a few times until April when their rivals lost three games in a row. The last of these, a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in the penultimate fixture, was decisive. Leeds' 3-2 win at Sheffield United on the same day made them the last Division One champions as the Premier League launched the following season.

Sepp Blatter's ideas to save football

20 October ~ You can never write off FIFA president Sepp Blatter – he is a man with great ideas. By Tim Bradford.

WSC 333 out now

November issue available online and in stores

wsc333 The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- New approach at Aston Villa
- Scotland: independence and football
- Third party ownership debate
- Threat of technology
- When players wear glasses
- In praise of the FA Vase

Newcastle Utd 5-4 Leicester City, Division Two, 1990

17 October ~ Newcastle Utd will be hoping to get their first win of the Premier League season this weekend when they host Leicester City at St James’ Park. In 1989-90 the two teams were in the second tier, with Leicester mid-table but newly relegated Newcastle, managed by Jim Smith and fielding the prolific strike partnership of Micky Quinn and Mark McGhee, pushing for an immediate return to Division One. In a thrilling game Newcastle missed a penalty as the visitors, featuring Gary McAllister and Kevin Campbell, took a 4-2 lead. Eventually the home team won out, with McGhee completing the comeback with a neat turn and shot. Newcastle went on to finish third, losing out in the play-offs to Sunderland. When the two teams next met, at Filbert Street the following season, the scoreline was again 5-4 but to Leicester.

Special offer - Played in London by Simon Inglis

£5 off to WSC readers

pilWSC contributor Simon Inglis has launched the latest book in his Played in Britain series. Played in London charts the spaces, buildings and sports that have shaped London’s cultural and urban landscape for centuries. Beautifully illustrated with original photographs and detailed maps, the book is based on over ten years of in-depth research. There is an extensive chapter on football and even if your team isn’t based in the capital you’ve probably watched them there.

Played in London is priced at £25 but publishers English Heritage are offering the book to WSC readers for just £20 with free p&p (UK only). Telephone 01235 465577 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , quoting reference number 722010025. Offer ends January 31, 2015

South Melbourne's picturesque Lakeside home

Melbourne300Lakeside Stadium is the 12,000-capacity home of South Melbourne, who play in the top level of the Victorian league system, one step below the A-League. The ground was built on the old site of the Lake Oval, which was used for Australian rules football. However, in 1995 South Melbourne were forced out of their old Middle Park ground because of the construction of the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit, and Lakeside was built as their new home. In 2008 the ground underwent another major redevelopment to accommodate an athletics track and make it the centre of the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Book review: Football Wizard

The story of 
Billy Meredith

332 Wizard

If you had to choose one player to encapsulate the Edwardian football world, you would be hard pressed to do better than Billy Meredith. In an extraordinary career, which ended in 1924 FA Cup semi-final defeat at the age of 49, the celebrated Welsh winger was central to many of the era's key moments. He scored the winner for Manchester City in the 1904 FA Cup final, then won the League with Manchester United in 1908 and 1911, and claimed another Cup winner's medal in 1909. He was with United when Old Trafford opened in 1910, and back with City when they moved to Maine Road in 1923. Read more

Book review: So Good I Did It Twice

by Kevin Sheedy

332 Sheedy

Paul McGrath and Tony Cascarino's autobiographies are renowned as two of the most caustic and revealing footballing books in recent times. Their former Republic of Ireland international team-mate Kevin Sheedy has written his life story now but anyone expecting soul searching in the same vein as Back From The Brink or Full Time is likely to be disappointed. Sheedy's story is told in a fashion that could most politely be described as "breezy". From a youngster at Hereford to a bit-part player at Liverpool before becoming a key part in the all-conquering Everton side of the mid-1980s – then rounding off his playing career at Newcastle United and Blackpool – it's all dealt with in the same cheery, almost 
matter-of-fact fashion. Read more

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