Editorial ~ Reasons to be cheerful
Diary ~ Newcastle’s Intertoto glory; Ashley’s wedding belle; Liverpool open a reform school; Pelé comes to England
Football Fan Quiz Are you completely crazy about soccer?
Shot! ~ Eve of the season at Layer Road, Colchester
Sidelines ~ Wayne Rooney, in his own words; Dinamo Zagreb play at politics; Martin O’Neill is back; the pitfalls of Friday night football
Steve McClaren ~ What we can expect from the new England manager, and his surprising choice of assistant
MK Dons ~ The Franchise’s needlessly large new stadium; plus St Albans building for the future
Two Referees ~ Why FIFA should reject a proposal to have an extraman in the middle
Reserves ~ The gradual disappearance of second-string football and what it might mean for the game
Shot! Archive ~ Father and son photographers at Villa Park
Match of the Month ~ Derry City knock some former UEFA Cup winners out of this year’s competition
The Middle East ~ Iranian women demand the right to watch football matches; how the game in Lebanon is being affected by the current conflict
Chelsea & Real Madrid ~ The signs that Roman Abramovich is now dictating his club’s transfer policy; a controversial change of regime at Real
Letter From Hungary ~ Where the most popular club, Ferencváros, have been demoted over debts
Reviews ~ Arsenal leave Highbury; an Italian perspective on English football; funny business at FIFA; Pelé’s life story
Season In Brief ~ The Hammers’ Second Division title and the death of two points for a win, in 1980-81
Plus Webwatch, Letters