THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Fans don't got to Brentford's stadium for prestige, they go for the local character and, recently, the brilliant entertainment

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It's hard to maintain dignity every time your team lose, with either loud or quiet moods impossible to shake off for adults who should know better

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In the early 1990s an unassuming defender was transformed into the hottest forward in England, firing his team to two cup finals before a bittersweet ending

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Many children have a natural obsession with the game and Football Beyond Borders are having huge success in channelling that enthusiasm into improving young people’s education

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Eighty-eight years on, people are still confused about which football was used in the first ever World Cup final after an argument erupted between Argentina and Uruguay

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England is not the only country to have phrases relating to the game, and many across the planet have fascinating origins

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From managers avoiding promotion to dodgy referees, supporters love making up exotic reasons for why their team have lost

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The age at which children are signed by professional clubs is getting younger, but the consequences for those stuck in the world go far beyond disappointment at not making the first team

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Even VAR could not stop Juve making it seven titles in a row, while many clubs with distinguished pasts seem happy just to survive in the top division

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From tales of £1 transfers to the difficulties of ambitions, friendships and rivalries, Hardcastle’s writing remains unfussy and heart-warming, as Marcus Davies explained in WSC 288, February 2011