THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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With Mauricio Pochettino complaining about Rochdale's pitch, it's worth looking back at when most playing surfaces were a mess – as Mike Whalley explained in WSC 362, April 2017

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If you did not get a chance to play football when you were young, taking it up later in life can give a new dimension to the game – as SJ Chonara explained in WSC 342, August 2015

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After their rapid rise and even quicker fall Kenilworth Road is a happy place again, with owners who have a strong long-term vision

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Involving the top teams from across the UK and Republic of Ireland, the Texaco Cup started well before dying out – as Jim Heath explained in WSC 173, July 2001

 

Mark E Smith, frontman of The Fall, has died aged 60. He was a long-term reader of WSC and left a legacy which included some contributions to the magazine over the years. In WSC 157, March 2000, Mark discussed his football experiences, which included encounters with a goalkeeping plumber and a controversial match against the Icicle Works

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In the game's early days matches were mostly watched by curious observers but, as crowds increased, clubs started to provide their followers with a sense of belonging

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In WSC 237, November 2006, Simon Inglis traced the life of the first half-decent football magazine and the player and broadcaster who brought it into existence

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Progress has been made on making games more affordable for families but an important age group is falling through the cracks of modern football

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Ryan Giggs is the new Wales manager but, while he was a hero at his club, he never had the same relationship with his national team – as Scott Johnson explained in WSC 328, June 2014

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Across the country any patch of grass could be turned into a makeshift pitch, with games lasting hours – as long as the ball didn’t get lose in the nettles