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:
Don't just concentrate on the league
Football and the riots
Nottingham laughs at London
Remembering The Dell
Passing on club loyalties to your son, the matchday mascot
The "little World Cup" of 1980 that featured every winner but one
Free football on Facebook

In this issue:

 

Pick and mix The stadium recycling industry
"It was a midweek trip to Northern League side Ryton that sparked my curiosity. With rain threatening in the Tyne Valley, I looked for cover – and the nearest provided made my night. Ryton’s ground contains seven former bus shelters, not quite the same height, complete with different route numbers still stuck on each. In non-League, strict ground-grading rules tend to require more seats and covered standing areas than average attendances. So recycling offers a cheaper way to satisfy the formidable ground grading committees." Buy here to read the full article

Sheffield Wednesday 2, Notts County 1 An inevitable home win
"Leaving the tram at Leppings Lane, it is impossible not to reflect on the fact that Sheffield Wednesday play at a ground which is known worldwide for a game they didn't take part in. That is a shame, for while Notts County fans like myself might scoff at the 'sleeping giant' label the Owls share with Forest among others, the city is full of blue and white stripes on this August day." Buy here to read the full article


Manufactured controversy Football on TV
"We have all received emails that though provoking initial interest, we know to be bad news. We are tuned in enough to realise he is not really a retired Nigerian general, that millions of single women are not actually waiting online specifically for us and that, ultimately, despite the 'scientific proof', it is unlikely to add two inches. In July I received such an email, this time from a 'brand new TV sports channel', and it proved another which promised a lot and delivered only disappointment." Buy here to read the full article

Desert Island Discs Footballers' dubious choices
"In 1982, with DID more than 40 years old, Trevor Brooking became only the third footballer to appear on the show. At first glance it appeared the West Ham man had impeccable taste. Few music aficionados could grumble at the selection of The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher, or How Sweet It Is by Junior Walker and the Allstars, and Brooking was the only football figure to choose the Beatles. But then he went and spoilt everything by picking What Kind of Fool by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb – as his castaway's favourite, no less." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Big Four growing; drinking at your seat; the 12th Stag; Man Utd float away; mysterious transfer fees
Dundee's very close neighbours
Joey Barton's twitter saga
Dealing with the media – being quotable is a vital skill; how the press abuse their access
Match-fixing in Finland; sudden decline for Slavia Prague; Chechen chaos in Neuchâtel
Joe Baker, England's first Scottish cap
Asia's intercontinental battle for the top; white elephants in South Africa
An African football film
From the left wing; a US soccer history; Glanville's Arsenal; feeling sorry for Spurs

Availability
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Photo by Paul Thompson, illustration by Matt Littler

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