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:
What's wrong with sports reporting?
Verona upset the Italian establishment
Clubs remain at the mercy of their mad owners
Saluting a Spurs hero
A pioneering but dubious non-League TV deal
Football in France's territories
The strange case of John Jensen, Arsenal's 1990s icon


Also in this issue:

Identity crisis How easy it was to be mistaken for a virtual Andy Townsend
"As Andy Gray took his final 'boo' last month and emptied his desk of his telestrators and On The Buses DVDs, another much less prominent Andy also saw his media presence terminated. As Gray was exiting Sky Sports, Twitter was suspending the account of @AndyDTownsend, the satirical feed which had inadvertently found itself involved in the sexism scandals, having been mistaken by the Independent journalist Andy Herbert for the actual Andy Townsend." Buy here to read the full article

Marquee signing It's unfair to blame David Beckham for the media frenzy around him
"On Beckham's first day at Spurs Lodge, Sky Sports News had a camera trained so closely on him that you could almost smell the crumbs in his beard... If we expect that of a channel whose breaking news ticker has tested the elasticity of the name to its very limits, the papers are kidding themselves thinking that they're any better." Buy here to read the full article


Losing the legacy Getting rid of harmful British influence in the US
"A panel of US football journalists arrived at the national coaching convention in Baltimore at the start of this year for a general discussion about media coverage in the States. In the time allowed, however, there was only one topic that interested the few dozen present – the importation of British television commentators, and how it reflects on the state of the US game. When the Colorado Rapids edged FC Dallas 2-1 last November to win the Major League Soccer Cup final, it wasn't just the poor play, the dearth of atmosphere and the freezing temperatures for a 9pm Sunday kick-off in Toronto that enraged fans. Many were baffled too that broadcaster ESPN had insisted on flying in Ian Darke and Steve McManaman to cover the final game of the US domestic season." Buy here to read the full article

Middlesbrough 1, Preston 1 A grim season for both sides at the bottom of the Championship
"The blokes behind me in the North Stand at the Riverside stadium are the sort of grizzle-gizzarded, gravel-voiced 40-something gang whose belligerent community spirit was once summarised by a friend of mine as: 'Let me buy you a pint, or I'll kick your teeth in.' Nick Hornby observed that a football crowd is 'always teetering on the edge of rage'. That was in north London. This is Teesside. These people stopped teetering long ago." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
Gray and Keys are roundly disdained
An awkward anniversary; suggestions for standing; Kevin Muscat's terrible timing; the growing power of football agents 
Only one game matters to the money men in Scotland; plus a Cup grudge match is postponed 15 times and a manager swaps sides 
Why selected teams benefiting from loan players tilts the playing field
Financial woes in Russia
Blackpool beat Liverpool at Bloomfield Road
A Bohemian existence – wage worries in the League of Ireland 
Early warnings in Qatar; plus a star striker survives
George Best hits Hibs; Malaga on the mind; truthful Trundle; Derby County crash out
Division One 2000-01

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