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21 November 2014 ~

Malky Mackay left Cardiff following a falling out with the club's owner Vincent Tan, after which it turned out that he had sent and received a variety of offensive text messages. The reported comments made yesterday by his latest employer, Wigan's Dave Whelan, suggests that Mackay in unlikely to have a similar bust-up in his new job.

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Stand150Badge of the week ~ Stand United, Tanzania
When Stand United were formed in 2012, the club’s owners showed they meant business by acquiring the very latest model of team coach on the market. The Silvikrin 425 was the shiniest and fastest team coach in the whole of the country, inviting awe and wonder wherever it travelled. The coach boasted 54 seats upholstered in the team’s livery, a toilet, a courier seat and air-conditioning. As added features for this special one-off purchase, it also included a wet room and a French dancing master.

Unfortunately, the coach, though admired by all, became a bit like Stand United’s Technicolour Dream Coach, in that other teams grew envious and talked about Stand United behind their backs, plotting to deprive them of their glorious form of transport. And indeed one day, as the coach turned into the car park outside the ground of Mtibwa Sugar FC, a mob attacked, pulling the team out of the vehicle and selling them to a Pharoah (as stated on Wikipedia, citation needed). The coach itself is still used as an icon symbolising beauty and pride of possession and speeds of up to 90 mph. Cameron Carter

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from Simon Treanor

“This was definitely the highlight of the international break.”

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Sometimes you just can’t be bothered. Turkey’s goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, who plays for Galatasaray, reacts to barracking from fans of rival clubs by asking to be substituted before the recent Euro qualifier against Kazakstan.

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WSC readers strongly dislike mashed potatoes according to the YouGov profile.

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Glenn Hoddle looks uneasy as Slaven Bilic explains how flares can be brought into grounds.

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Evesham Utd show off their extensive honours – and other assorted football mugs.

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Also in the news this week
Half-time drinks affect scoreline
Tim Lovejoy still exerts an influence, apparently
Mikael Forssell trapped in house by cat

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