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:
QPR reach the Premier League
More Mourinho madness
The FA cut off communication with a strict approach to Twitter
A relegation decider in the West Midlands
Fans to lose out in Germany and barriers to black managers in Brazil
Exiting the Conference – From cash-rich Crawley to amateur Altrincham
Plus, 25th Anniversary Special. From fans to customers – the changing matchday experience since 1986

Also in this issue:

International playboys Middlesex brothers make it big in Manila
"While Chelsea wait for Josh McEachran to establish himself (or be sold to Fulham), two of their other youth team graduates are doing rather well. James and Phil Younghusband, brothers from Middlesex, were released by Chelsea in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Now, they've got 50 caps between them, a string of sponsorship deals and – most importantly of all – 200,000 followers on Twitter. The Younghusbands have made it; they've just made it 7,000 miles away, in the Philippines." Buy here to read the full article

Partner in crime The rise and rise of the irritating, and irrepressible, co-commentator
"'I've got to say that to get away with that in such a hostile environment, you've got to count your chickens' – the wisdom of Ray Wilkins, following Peter Crouch's second bookable tackle early in the first leg of Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur. What a sorry state football co-commentary is in." Buy here to read the full article


25th Anniversary Special ~ Watching the game since 1986

Austerity measures
It's a shame that English football has imported American "razzmatazz"
"I was unlucky, I suppose, that both of the first two English football matches I ever saw ended without a goal. But what I remember most about my first trip to Villa Park, on the first Saturday of February, 1984, wasn't the score, the weather, or even the opposition: it was all the empty seats. Aston Villa and Luton Town, two teams in the upper half of the top division, could attract only 18,656 to a 48,000-capacity ground – and from my seat in the Witton Lane Stand the number looked even smaller. Chants and songs from the terraces were rare and fleeting; fans groaned more than they cheered. This was not how I'd expected it to be. Nor was it for my companion, whose introduction to the game had come with Villa in the Third Division, when they were pulling in 45,000 for Chesterfield and 48,000 for Bournemouth. When she turned to me and said it just wasn't the same any more, she didn't need to explain." Buy here to read the full article

Cottage industry
Success at Fulham leaves something missing
"Happiness is such an awkward bastard to pin down, isn't it? We are told that think-tankers, politicians and philosophers spend countless hours of valuable research time pondering why we're not as happy as we were in 1948 when we now have about ten times more food to eat, infinitely more sources of entertainment to occupy us and clothes that are startlingly less beige." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
The Charlton brothers look back; "Silent Stan" settles in; racial rifts split France; parliament asks awkward questions
Swindon surrender
Prospects gamble on first-team action     
Torquay are not for moving
Kerry Dixon at work, rest and play
The new team in Halifax move one stage closer to the Football League
Russia's regionalist rising; Dubai moves into La Liga as wealthy owners target Spanish clubs; Bosnian presidents rile FIFA; Chinese football tries to rebuild
Merson's manual; slumps in Sheffield; north-east hero; leveraging Liverpool
Season in brief Division One 1919-20

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Illustration by Matt Littler, photo by Simon Gill

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