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 whining of the spoilt football fan
Luis Suárez divides Liverpool supporters
Gary Lineker fluffs his lines
Remembering Macclesfield's promotions under Sammy McIlroy
Great Britain's Olympian performers in 1908 and 1912
The welcome return of Subbuteo
Are goalkeepers unsafe hands in the dugout?
Spontaneous King Eric speaks of passion and pride

Statistical freak Record collector
"It was when I tweeted that I had just seen my first own goal in 84 matches that I realised I was probably the only person in the world who cared. Statistics have long been presented as a vital accompaniment to sport. But, in the same way that people don’t always discuss their fascination with different types of goal nets, fans don’t often admit hoarding data that is probably worthless. Perhaps it is time to break that taboo. Surely there are other supporters out there lurking with their spreadsheets. What began in the infancy of my fandom with an interest in numbers has over time evolved into an elaborate Microsoft Excel labyrinth of colour coding, penalty ratios and goal average formulae. Every game I have ever attended is there." Buy here to read the full article

Bolton Wanderers 3, Liverpool 1

An unlikely home win

"In August 2001, the Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld brought his career at the club to an early close with a late blunder that sent newly promoted Bolton Wanderers to the top of the table just three games into their current Premier League stint. Establishing themselves in the top division after years of ups and downs, Bolton became a tricky fixture for their distinguished guests. Liverpool collected just five points from their next five visits to the Reebok." Buy here to read the full article

Perón's politics Don't cry for Evita
"Eva "Evita" Perón could never be described as a football fanatic, although as a struggling actress and model in the 1940s, she appeared on Buenos Aires billboards wearing a Boca Juniors shirt for a toothpaste advert. Nonetheless, when Banfield, a small club ten miles south of the capital, faced reigning champions Racing Club in a two-legged title decider at the end of the 1950-51 season, she spotted a golden political opportunity." Buy here to read the full article

Crime and punishment
Reassessing the role of the penalty kick

"When you are caught committing a crime in civilian life, you can usually expect the punishment to fit the offence. If you are found guilty of murder, the chances are your sentence will be much heavier than if you are convicted of illegally downloading music from the internet. But not in football. Commit a foul in the penalty area, any foul besides dangerous play or obstruction, and you will be punished with a penalty kick and the likelihood of a goal conceded. The penalty kick is an iniquitous blight on football, but it is so anchored in the game that its existence is never questioned. Managers rage about losing games or dropping points to "a soft penalty", but do not query the laws that allow such soft decisions in the first place." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Workington fans trek 600 miles in the Conference North
Hard times for Portsmouth and Darlington
Guernsey start as they mean to go on
Reserved judgment on the feeder teams idea
How new owners manage to pass the blame 
A Last Bet hero is honoured by Italy and Fifa
Monaco go from Champions League regulars to Ligue 2 strugglers
Wrexham host Brighton in the FA Cup third round

The recession affects every aspect of society in Greece
Claus Lundekvam on his struggle with depression
Stuart Ripley's legal challenge after winning the Premier League
The gentlemen who offered amateur dramatics well into the 20th century
Focus on Jack Taylor, the Midlands butcher who became a World Cup final referee
Bill Clinton crops up in Colombia; Afghanistan excel in India; Zico feels the heat in Iraq
Modern football is rubbish; a season with Millwall; underdogs bite back; the Old Firm dissected


Availability
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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Tim Bradford

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