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Clever transfers push Bournemouth into play-off chase

Cherries flying high in Championship

icon bournemouth1317 April ~ A run of just one loss in 11 games has seen Bournemouth just two points from a play-off place in the Championship. Despite Neil Warnock suggesting on the Football League Show that the Cherries had run out of steam after their disappointing 1-1 draw away at Yeovil last Saturday, fans are still hopeful that the team will prove him wrong. A bottom-half finish clear of relegation was the target at the season's start but the fantastic form since beating fellow Championship new boys Doncaster 5-0 on March 1 has seen Bournemouth rocket up the table.


On this day in history ~ Division One, 1920

D1 170420 RESULTS17 April ~ Leaders for most of the season, West Brom had clinched their first and to date only title a week before with victory over Bradford Park Avenue. Officially the team didn't have a manager – secretary Fred Everiss was in charge, aided by chairman William Bassett who had played in the Albion side that won the 1888 FA Cup. The champions featured six international players including wing-half and captain Jesse "Peerless" Pennington who won 25 England caps and striker Fred Morris, the league's top scorer with a then-record 37 goals.

World Cup songs ~ Mexico

16 April ~ Several countries have launched official songs for the World Cup. Here's Mexico's. You'll understand why it has more "dislikes" than "likes".

WSC 327 out now

May issue available in stores and online

wsc327 The new WSC is out now, in all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- The Messi phenomenon
- Fans unite over Hillsborough
- Bayern: a problem for Germany?
- World Cup shirt frenzy in Brazil
- Players must stop not celebrating
- Newport County's revival

Book review: It's Not All Black & White

by John McDermott

326 McDerIn many ways John McDermott's book is the archetypal lower-league autobiography. You have contractual wrangles and several relegations shot through with moments of glory, laddish hijinks on pre-season tours of Scandinavia, a touching sense of wonder when the player crosses paths with his contemporaries from the Premier League and transcription from interview tapes with a minimum of editorial effort. Rather than leave for a new club every chapter, though, McDermott spends all of his 21-year, 750-match career with Grimsby Town. Read more

Book review: Forbidden Forward

The Justin Fashanu story

326 FashHow much is there left to say about a man of whom so much has already been said? This biography of Justin Fashanu will certainly not be the last. The sleeve notes of Nick Baker's Forbidden Forward promise more detail than ever before and to identify "those who are to blame for his untimely death". Read more

Book review: How Not To Be A Football Millionaire

by Keith Gillespie

326 GillespieThe advance publicity for, and newspaper serialisation of, Keith Gillespie's autobiography concentrated heavily on his prodigious gambling habit. Given that Gillespie estimates he squandered around £7 million over the course of his career this is understandable, but How Not To Be A Football Millionaire is much more than a tale of beaten dockets. To his credit, Gillespie refuses to wallow in self-pity or to portray himself as a particularly likeable man. Read more

Book review: On The Wing

by Willie Morgan

326 WillieIf the purpose of this book were to rid Willie Morgan of the image of being George Best's doppelganger, it sets about it in a strange fashion. Behind the main picture on the cover, faint background images show Morgan at various stages of his life from babe to footballer but, inexplicably, the only other person amid these images is Best, Morgan's late 1960s and early 1970s fellow winger at Manchester United. On the inside back flap, there is a picture of Morgan in a United strip… along with Best. Read more

Getting shirty ~ Barnet 2005-06

Notable kits of yesteryear

barnet15010 April ~ Barnet began their second spell in the League by topping the table after a month but then failed to win in League Two until Halloween weekend. Their only successes during this spell came in knock-out competitions, including victories over Bristol City and Plymouth that saw Paul Fairclough's side draw Manchester United away in the Carling Cup. The club tried to make the most of the publicity by launching this limited-edition commemorative shirt.

On this day in history ~ Division One, 2000

8 April ~ Charlton paid for 5,000 fans to travel to Forest for what would have been a title celebration had they won and Manchester City lost. The championship was wrapped up two weeks later, although they failed to win any of their last seven games. Charlton's goal at Forest was scored by Andy Hunt who was the division's top scorer with 24, one ahead of Man City's Shaun Goater. Hunt's team-mates included Scott Parker and Chris Powell, recently sacked as Charlton boss.

Scenic surroundings of Werder Bremen's Weserstadion

Werder300The Weserstadion is the 42,500-capacity home of Werder Bremen in Germany. The stadium is situated on the north bank of the Weser River and surrounded by parkland but was turned down as a host venue for the 2006 World Cup.


 

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