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Badge of the week ~ Beijing Enterprises Holdings FC

Beijing150The result of a 2015 name change from Beijing Baxy United FC, this is one of the less stirring, loyalty-inducing club names...

Get with the programme ~ Wrexham v Anderlecht

WrexhamvAnderlecht400Back in the days when the Welsh teams playing in England could qualify for Europe via the Welsh Cup, some of the best teams on the continent often struggled when visiting

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

WSC 338 out now

wsc338- TV deal: Did Sky win again?
- BT Sport's long-term plan
- Investing the money: grassroots and youth
- Taking part in half-time entertainment
- When managers resign
- Paris clubs in PSG's shadow

Free access to WSC digital edition inside stadiums

Digital101Anyone with an iPhone or iPad attending a match between March 9 and April 8 can read the digital edition of WSC for free, including features on the new TV deal (and how to spend the money), strange managerial resignations, Paris clubs in PSG's shadow and taking part in a half-time challenge

WSC writers' competition 2015 launched

wsc writers compThe annual WSC writers' award has returned, open to amateur writers with a £250 prize for the winner

Spain Under-21 own goal

Notts County’s sacking of Shaun Derry is a disgrace

icon nottscountyfansThe appointment of Shaun Derry felt like a new start for Notts County and it would have been preferable to get relegated with him than stay up without him

Scotland’s 46-year wait for a hat-trick hero

icon scotfan2Colin Stein was the last player to score three in a match for Scotland, against Cyprus in 1969, but with Northern Ireland then Gibraltar to play that could finally change

Remarkable rise of Eibar – La Liga’s smallest club

icon bigteamsThe population of the Basque town of Eibar could fit inside the Nou Camp three times but their team are debt free, grounded in their local community and in La Liga

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1991

D1 RESULTS 230391Crystal Palace's highest ever finish

Football Beyond Borders set up youth media platform

icon tv1The group are raising money to launch FBB TV, an initiative that gives young people an opportunity to experience producing football programmes via YouTube

Highland League’s perennial losers have started winning

icon promotionFort William have finished bottom of the Highland League for 14 of the past 18 seasons but this season something strange is happening – they are almost mid-table

Allam’s needless attack on Hull’s name and community

icon japanballHull City's owner has a problem with the local council but in trying to show them he is boss he's damaging supporters and people who rely sporting facilities

Hitchin Town secure their future at historic Top Field

icon groundbuyHitchin Town have signed a new 25-year lease that means their stadium will not be sold off to supermarket developers and they can concentrate on improvements

Phil Rawlins: from Stoke to Orlando and MLS

icon mlsnewThe Florida club’s debut this season is the culmination of a long journey for one man which started at an Auto Windscreen's Shield match at Rochdale's Spotland stadium

Blackpool fan to run as candidate in Election

icon blackpoolawayAndy Higgins will stand as an independent candidate for Blackpool South in the upcoming election, with his campaign focused on putting football first

Crystal Palace ultras under pressure from club and fans

icon nofansThe Fanatics are keeping a low profile at the moment after two of their members were banned but to lose the group entirely would be a shame for the club

FSF protest to make Premier League share TV wealth

icon moneymanThe Football Supporters' Federation will hold a demonstration on Thursday, March 26 calling for fairer distribution of money from top tier

Hull rediscovering strength after change of system

icon bruceHull City's dangerous drop towards relegation has been halted by a return to the 3-5-2 formation that brought Steve Bruce previous success

Dull-witted Effenberg reflects pro-Qatar camp

icon qatar1One of German football's last great arseholes, Stefan Effenberg is also one of the few people publicly defending FIFA's decision to let Qatar host the World Cup


 

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