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Badge of the week ~ Blue Waters FC, Namibia

Blue150This is just too informal isn’t it? “Up the Birds”? There are so many off-the-peg great-sounding Latin mottos to choose from as well – Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, Arte Et Labore...

Scenes from football history, 297 ~ Che Guevara

351 Scenesby Dave Robinson, from WSC 351

Photo gallery ~ Morecambe v Plymouth

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Morecambe 0 Plymouth Argyle 2, 25/03/2016, Globe Arena, League Two. Photos by Colin McPherson

Supporters demand new price cap at matches

351 PiesBy Dave Robinson, from WSC 351

Photo gallery ~ Doncaster Belles v Chelsea Ladies

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Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 Chelsea Ladies 4, 20/03/2016, Keepmoat Stadium, Women’s FA Cup. Photos by Paul Thompson

WSC 351 out now

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- European Super League and football's travelling circus
- Johan Cruyff remembered
- In praise of pennants
- Do managers look younger now?
- The perils of a PA announcer
- Blighted birthday at Forest

Book review ~ The Crazy Gang 

350 CrazyDave Bassett makes it clear that this book has been written in response to those involved in the BT Sport documentary The Crazy Gang, who Bassett feels "had not done their homework on the years before the 1988 Cup final"...

Spain Under-21 own goal

Italy's power waning as production line dries up

icon italyclublossOn April 23, Inter and Udinese took the field with not a single Italian in either starting line-up, which had never happened before in Serie A

Leicester fans adjust to spotlight and new followers

Leicester1New Premier League champions were in League One in 2009

Finish line in sight for prudent Burnley

BurnleyClarets are in a stronger position to compete in the Premier League than previous promotions

Nothing would beat being there for Leicester title win

Leicester600Foxes can secure Premier League at Old Trafford but many of their fans would miss out

Liverpool wary of Villarreal with focus back on football

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After an emotional week on Merseyside following the verdicts of the Hillsborough inquests, Jürgen Klopp is right to be cautious before their Europa League semi-final

Simeone and Guardiola get personal in Europe

icon afcwimbmkdThe contrasting styles of the two managers will become clear tonight when Atlético Madrid host Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg

Hillsborough disaster: a 27-year campaign for justice

LiverpoolHillsboroughMemorial600Inquest jury decide that 96 people unlawfully killed and not caused by fan behaviour

Sunderland’s old friend hope is back for Arsenal clash

Sunderland600Battling with Newcastle for survival only heightens the emotional stakes

Cartoonist David Squires talks about his inspiration

icon mondayIn an interview with Nick Miller on The Set Pieces, David Squires talks about how his career went from Swindon fanzines to weekly Guardian illustrations

Amateur hour: photos of the 97th AFA Senior Cup final

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Photographer David Bauckham went to West Wickham v Old Garchonians

England’s fixture list is quirky compared to Europe

icon shirtstuffIn countries such as Italy and Spain the schedules make more sense but that doesn't mean the English FA's curious approach to compiling the fixtures is a bad thing

Get with the programme ~ England v GDR, 1980

EngvGDR1980Don't expect reams of sophisticated tactical analysis for your 30p programme. A piece pondering England's chances of reaching the final describes tonight's East German opponents as "a strong robust side" and in the event, East Germany were too much for England


 

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