THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop. Including:
The moral majority speaks on the John Terry affair.
Who is football's worst broadcaster?
Liverpool's media fan club.
How a team in New Zealand may be forced to become Australian.
January optimism and a fresh start for Sheffield Wednesday.
A new book discusses claims that match-fixing is widespread around the world.
Stockport County fans take their protests to the Town Hall.


Also in this issue:

Colour schemes A Birmingham supporter assesses the controversial new West Ham owners
"It was the jacket that did it. The spectacularly naff claret-coloured jacket David Sullivan was wearing when he swanned into Upton Park having, as he put it, "defied commercial and financial sense" by buying West Ham United despite their reported £110 million debts. Sullivan's obviously been to the tailors, you see. He used to have an equally naff royal blue jacket when he and his partners in the West Ham deal, David and Ralph Gold, were owners of Birmingham City. It would come out of the back of the wardrobe whenever Sullivan wanted to convince long-suffering Blues fans that he really did have the club's interests at heart or on those rare occasions when the club was within touching distance of being successful." Buy here to read the full article

Bonds of trust
Anger at Man Utd as the financial implications of Glazer control are revealed
"There have been few more important documents in the history of Man Utd than the bond prospectus published last month. The admission that the Glazers have already taken out £22.9 million in loans and fees, and could suck a further £500m out of the club over the next seven years, means there can no longer be any pretence about the motivation for the 2005 takeover. The age of the football asset-stripper is at hand." Buy here to read the full article

 



Africa Cup of Nations 2010
A tournament let down by its organisers
"Remember 1990? Remember Cameroon capping a decade of African development by pushing England to the limit in the World Cup quarter-final? Remember the general assumption that African football was emerging into the mainstream and that African nations would soon be challenging for the tournament on a regular basis? Since then, despite the increasing prevalence of African players at top club sides, more teams from the Asian confederation have reached the last eight than from Africa." Buy here to read the full article

Wrong time, wrong seat Similarities between the Premier League and classical music
"There has been much talk of the progressive gentrification of football as a spectator sport and it would now seem to confer a code of behaviour far more rigid than anything described by Jane Austen. Propriety is everything, and knowing when to applaud is as crucial as knowing which spoon to use with your soup. This must excite the orchestrators of the Premier League, who, since they oversee a competition where the admission prices are often not dissimilar to those charged at international opera houses, probably have ambitions to create the same kind of genteel ambience. It all seems to make sense, since the only other place I can think of where mistimed applause is subject to the same scrutiny is the orchestral concert hall." Buy here to read the full article



Plus

Carlos Tevez taunts
The Wensleydale Creamery League
On holiday with the Redknapps; clubs' growing debts; a new grudge match in the east; 
Torquay Utd look to re-election in 1985
Fickle fans derided
The renaissance of Italy's cup competition; Mouscron expelled from the Belgian League; tunnel trouble in Portugal
A visit to Germany's upwardly mobile club and self-styled "Outlaws of Sherwood Forest"
The strange case of Trevor Benjamin, a 24-club journeyman.
Brazilian football's business expansion
Arsenal anecdotes; the real Steve Coppell; 1970s Leeds; Ralph Milne's career cut short
Season in brief – Dutch Eredivisie 1970-71

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