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WSC 336 out now

wsc336– Football comedy special
– Ultras: Madrid to Clapton
– Spies at the training ground
– The board games boom
– Chelsea's Division Two debut
– Lincolnshire's non-League derby

Badge of the week ~ Saint Pauloise, Réunion

Saint-Pauloise150-1Legend tells that the islands of the Indian Ocean were once full of griffins – you couldn’t move for them, although they weren’t really any trouble...

Get with the programme ~ Barnet v Lincoln, 2000

Barnet v Lincoln 400Joint-top Barnet cruise to victory over Lincoln, which is fortunate because manager John Still "won't settle for being also-rans". In the end, though, it wasn't quite enough

The abandoned Stadion Za Luzankami in Brno

Brno1Once hosted Czech First League's record crowd.

Special offer ~ Played In London by Simon Inglis

Played in London 150WSC readers can get £5 off the new book, which charts the spaces, buildings and sports that have shaped London’s cultural and urban landscape for centuries through original photography

Blades take pride in cup form ahead of Spurs clash

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Nigel Clough has Sheffield United better set up for knockout competitions than the league and Spurs could become their latest victims at Bramall Lane

Enjoy beer local to your club and their opponents

icon beer2Sportingbeer are a new company that pair football teams with breweries from their area and deliver different beers to your doorstep for every Premier League game of the season

Ian Holloway's "quirky" style wears thin at Millwall

icon manager painFans are getting restless at The Den as their poor performances are followed up by poor excuses from the manager, while players are already leaving

Walsall on the brink of ending "Wembley curse"

icon wembley semiAfter 91 years of England's national stadium only four current League clubs haven't played there – on Tuesday night the Saddlers could reduce that number to three

Cantona and Ginola – the contrasts of public speaking

icon interviewIt was a nice surprise to hear a former pro footballer speak eloquently on the difficult topics of immigration and extremism, but then another one ruined it with a PR stunt

New York Red Bulls fans protest against owners

icon redbullmlsThe sacking of popular head coach Mike Petke was a tipping point for many supporters, who have never forgiven their owners for replacing the MetroStars identity

Rejuvenated Cambridge Utd ready for Man Utd visit

icon facup2Crowds are up at the Abbey Stadium and the club are rewarding those who stood by them during difficult times ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester United

Burgess Hill Town: England's top-performers

icon maidstone12Unbeaten in the league so far and playing well in the cups, the Isthmian South club's crowds are on the up and it's down to hard work and dedication rather than money

Fans disillusioned as Inter and AC Milan flounder

icon serieaSerie A is at the halfway stage of the season and both Milan giants are stuck in mid-table, struggling to return to the top as Juventus and Roma extend their superiority

Bright start to AFCON across Equatorial Guinea

icon nofansFears about politics have subsided after a string of exciting opening matches in parts of the secretive host country that are not normally so accessible to journalists

Australia's Asian Cup an example for World Cups

icon australia2022The multicultural and warmly received Asian Cup has shown a glimpse of what an Australian World Cup would have looked like and is an excellent example for future tournaments

Plymouth v Luton: recalling Kinnear's taunts

icon league2bWith both clubs in the League Two play-off positions, this weekend's match brings back memories of their battle for the 2001-02 Division Three title


 

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