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:
The short-sightedness of biased football managers
Eurotrash is welcomed on Channel 5
History mystery surrounds Arsenal's anniversary
Corinthians flex their muscles in Brazil
A DVD howler from David James
An unpaid SPL player takes up painting and decorating
Future stars European trek: the next generation series


The great unwatched
Life before Sky
"If anyone ever produces a DVD tribute to former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, it ought to include clips of his efforts as an emergency goalkeeper against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, 1990. It won’t, though, because no footage exists. Having scored Wednesday’s first in a 2-0 win, Hirst went in goal to replace the injured Kevin Pressman and made impressive saves from Steve Redmond and Colin Hendry. A great day for the striker was also to become a landmark in televised football. More than two decades on, it remains the last English top-flight match not recorded by a single television camera." Buy here to read the full article

Portsmouth 1, Southampton 1

A derby transformed

"On April 29, 1939, as Portsmouth pulled off a surprise 4-1 FA Cup final win over Wolves at Wembley, only 4,000 Southampton fans showed up for a home league game on the same day, preferring to cheer on their neighbours while listening to the radio. When the trophy was brought back to the south coast, it was displayed at Southampton Guildhall and even paraded around The Dell for Saints fans to salute Pompey’s achievements." Buy here to read the full article

Half-time bore That's not entertainment
"Of all the rule changes that FIFA have made over the years in their attempts to brighten up the game, their decision in 1995 to increase the length of half-time to 15 minutes must count as the worst. On the face of it, an extra five minutes might seem neither here nor there, but it has transformed what used to be a brief interlude in proceedings into an event in its own right. You are no longer allowed just to wait for the second half to begin. You are expected, if not obliged, to make your choice between Refreshment and Entertainment." Buy here to read the full article


Reviling referees Give them a leg up
"There are some sections of society that it is difficult to feel sympathy for, even when you know they have been treated harshly. Reality TV stars fall into this category, as do Tory MPs – Edwina Currie is the point of intersection in that particular Venn diagram. Previously, I would have lumped referees into this demographic too. You only need to hear the enthusiasm that greets a referee falling over to grasp their standing among most football fans. But in recent months, my attitude to them has softened. I no longer see them as slightly absurd pantomime villains." Buy here to read the full article


Plus

River Plate adjust to life in the second tier
Remodelled Hyde host Stalybridge Celtic
Premier League bosses face the sack race
White elephant stadiums in Portugal
Focus on Cup Fever in 1960s Manchester
Spanish milk their national team cash cow
Covers and trivia from 300 issues of WSC
Awarding attendance in Asia
Debate over fireworks erupts in Germany
The road from Wigan's tier
Players should play and let managers manage
Strange case of Johan Vonlanthen
Community enterprise in St Mirren
Hayes heading to Yeading
Championship managing for Ipswich
The dig for football remnants in Accrington Stanley's former home
Autobiographies from Dominic Matteo, Norman Uprichard, John Deans and Joe Fagan


Availability
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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Matt Littler

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