Lower league fans

The idea of football becoming more “authentic” the lower down the leagues you go simultaneously patronises those fans and hinders modernisation

It’s often said that football has gone soft. However Philip Cornwall, in May 2004, believed the history of the game has been one of taming the back line

The steady increase in the number of permitted substitutes has made one of the most exciting parts of the game an ever rarer occurrence

Playing for England at youth level doesn’t always herald a glittering future. In June 2003 we looked at the stuttering careers of Kevin Gallen, Stephen Hughes and Darren Caskey


Summer used to mean a break from football but the notion of the game having a proper off-season is now outdated, as Al Needham explained in August 2013

Juve took their sixth Scudetto in a row, Atalanta were the shining light from the chasing pack and, at the bottom, Crotone pulled off a shock escape

A weekend of big matches at Wembley included plenty of choreographed displays but no place for supporter originality. In WSC 342, August 2015 Jon Spurling explained why


This weekend Celtic and Aberdeen meet in the Scottish Cup final. In an extract from his next book, The Quiet Fan, Ian Plenderleith recalls the 1984 final, a hangover and a right-wing Celtic fan

The tie pitches two former Bundesliga champions against each other for a place in the top flight, with public support firmly behind the underdogs

Many early FA Cup triumphs are footnotes of a bygone age but, as Tom Green explained in WSC 236, Blackburn Olympic’s 1883 win was a turning point for the game