15 October ~ Former Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison has died. In WSC 262 Harry Pearson reviewed Big Mal – The Hard Life and High Times of Malcolm Allison and found a poignant tale of how a boorish TV persona "gradually eroded a reputation for innovation and brilliance".

I once met Malcolm Allison in a pub in County Durham. The thing that struck me about Big Mal was that he was really quite small. Admittedly he was by that stage an elderly man, but the fact is that in football "bigness" has always been about more than mere physical stature. Read the full article

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