THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Including:
Evaluating new England manager Roy Hodgson  
Playing fair with finances in the Football League
Wembley's big build-up is such a let-down
Celebrating Perugia's unbeaten run in 1978-79
Terry Paine's long love affair with Southampton
Analysing Alan Davies' remarks about Hillsborough
Championship Manager is not the same as Championship managing
UEFA's films more impressive than the England sticker book

Goalkeepers are different Role reversal
"José Enrique looked like a man changing a king-sized duvet cover when he struggled into Pepe Reina's goalkeeping shirt during Liverpool's recent match at Newcastle. In these days of mega-squads and generous substitute allowances, an outfield player is rarely required to put on the keeper's gloves. I remember when it was all so different. One of the classic moments in League Cup history was a penalty save by Bobby Moore, who was deputising for the injured West Ham goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson in the 1972 semi-final replay against Stoke. 'He must be 100 to one against,' said commentator Gerald Sinstadt, as the reliable Mike Bernard stepped up to the muddy quagmire of the Old Trafford penalty spot. 'He's saved it!' shrieked the commentator, as Moore watched the ball beaming towards his face and pummelled it back to the Stoke midfielder. Bernard duly dispatched the rebound, while Moore sat down dejectedly in a boggy lagoon." Buy here to read the full article

Torquay United 0, Southend United 0

Promotion contenders meet in Devon

"Torquay is my home town and, for the first time in over 30 years, I am living here again, albeit on a temporary basis. To my delight this is corresponding with Torquay United challenging for promotion. I had thought that might be temporary too but, after 42 games, the challenge is proving durable. Today is important. Both clubs should make the League Two play-offs, but a win for either would hand them the initiative to push for an automatic promotion place." Buy here to read the full article

Norwegians would From Oslo to Accrington
"The Norwegian Fellowship has from its foundation been a fairly unlikely group. Born in Barcelona, nurtured in Oslo and nourished with annual trips to Accrington in Lancashire, as football allegiances go it is one of the less obvious. The roots of the Fellowship can be traced back along a similarly serendipitous route. During a night out in Barcelona in 2003, a group of Norwegians met four women on holiday from Accrington. Following an evening of drinking and dancing, both groups retired to their hotels to sleep off the effects. 'We'd all had a great evening,' explains founder member and Lillestrom fan Glenn Steenberg. 'But the next morning all we could remember was that they were from a place called Accrington. As we were recovering, we discovered Accrington Stanley Football Club.' Upon their return to Oslo, the group decided that Accy, then in the Northern Premier League, deserved a more obvious show of affection." Buy here to read the full article

 

Lost love A half-century of Cup finals
"I knew a wedding invitation was coming, that it would be on a Saturday in May and that the bride and groom were not football folk. So I was quite tense when the stiff envelope finally arrived. Fortunately, for all kinds of reasons they would never understand, they had not decided to marry on May 5, 2012. I would be free to see my 50th consecutive FA Cup final. This was not a mission I could plan on starting again from scratch next year." Buy here to read the full article

 

 

Plus
The scoreboard takes Kettering's chairman to task
Tasting Olympic football at the Ricoh in Coventry
Ross County go up with Adams family values
Wigan are promoted in the Dave Whelan Show
Fleetwood on the brink of League football
Relegation contenders Wolves waste away
Doncaster's experiment fails miserably
Crass comments by TV stars pass as news
Cheating ballboys cause havoc for referees in Brazil

Football League apprentices face the firing squad
The south coast development centre giving second chances
Stepping up with Sweden's north country boys
Turkey's new league tests the patience of the big four
Park Chu-Young's military service to South Korea
Glorifying Guardiola; two decades of the Premier League
Celtic chronicled; the gospel of John Dennis

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