Editorial, diary & sidelines ~ Another blunder by the Sports Minister as a new taskforce sets sail; FIFA making up the rules as they go along; how the best amateur club in the Pyrenees kept Dundee Utd down to single figures; Nwankwo Kanu makes his Inter debut a year late; Paul Ince wants a word
Saving Wales ~ A mad new cup competition is among the delights awaiting Welsh fans now that the local BBC channel have decided they like football
Fancy meeting you ~ Don’t look now but there are two famous footballers over there trying on leather blousons. Too late, they’ve seen us...
Season’s greetings ~ A survey of what 1997-98 holds in store for fans of the 92 English League clubs. Spendthrift chairmen, tannoy announcers aiming for a career in national radio and actors currently interpreting the role of a huge animal in football gear on Saturday afternoons would be best advised to skip this section
Something to build on ~ Our man with the blueprints points the finger at those responsible for the identikit stadia now springing up across the country
Stars and gripes ~ The World Cup qualifying tournament in the CONCACAF region has failed to set pulses racing so far, especially if you’re Canadian.
Hidden gender ~ Women are going to watch football like never before but are the authorities doing enough to encourage interest among football’s fastest growing audience? Plus a case of double standards at the New Den
Plus Letters, Webwatch