THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Clubs' unwise spending
Fans revolt at Blackburn
Hearts on fire in the Scottish Cup final
Saying goodbye to Thursday nights on Channel 5
Aston Villa need a fresh approach after McLeish
The trek south to Wembley for the FA Vase final

Football gods intervene for Roberto Mancini
Enjoying the view of non-League life in Kent
Reviewing 2011-12 in the Football League
Manchester City need to sell some players
History lessons in Cardiff and Shrewsbury
Eusébio's travels through Europe
Remembering Barcelona's George Pattullo

England rejects The nearly men
"It will be no consolation to Harry Redknapp, but he is joining an exclusive club. While Roy Hodgson was being measured up for his England blazer, Redknapp was entering the ranks of the England Managers Who Never Were. Encompassing those who were shortlisted, interviewed or turned the job down, the roll-call of these managers offers an alternate history of English football. Like the list of best prime ministers we never had, it is a national treasury of what ifs. The Denis Healey of English football is, of course, Brian Clough. Peter Swales, the head of the FA's international committee, said Clough gave the best interview in 1977, but Ron Greenwood, the caretaker manager at the time, carried the establishment vote. Clough's decision to inform FA secretary Ted Croker that the new England strip was 'hideous' didn't exactly help his case." Buy here to read the full article

305motmWest Ham United 2, Blackpool 1

The Championship play-off final

"It has been 31 years since West Ham last played at Wembley, which could explain why there is such an abundance of claret and blue at a suburban tube station a full four-and-a-half hours before kick-off. The east London tribe are gathering for what could be one of the most important games in the history of the club." Buy here to read the full article

 


Reading the rights Chasing status
"Reading have just won the Football League for the second time in seven seasons. During that same time the club has also been within a point of European qualification, reached a Championship play-off final and two FA Cup quarter-finals. The club has hosted an England B international and provided players for England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and numerous other full international teams. All of this has come without any financial troubles whatsoever. None of this appears to do the image of the club any favours in the eyes of many commentators and rival fans. You expect insults in the age of internet fan interaction, so it is more the nature of the insults that is of interest: 'plastic', 'soulless', 'tin-pot', 'small-time', 'no history', 'muppet fans'." Buy here to read the full article

 

305lastword Generation game Help the aged fans
"The awful moment came a few weeks ago when I was talking to some children from a local primary school about the joys of being a sportswriter. I was in the middle of reading something out to them that I had written, oh, way back in the mid-1990s, when I realised I was describing something none of these 11-year-olds had any experience of: standing at a top-flight football match. Clearly some explanation was necessary, so I started talking about terracing and, before I knew it, I was telling them how much cheaper football was in those days and saying stuff like "and the PA system wasn't deafening like it is now, and they didn't play so-called music after goals…" At which point I lapsed into silence." Buy here to read the full article


Plus

Linfield deserve more praise in the Irish League
Dartford host Welling in the Conference South final
The final movements of the Serbian Cup
Unhappy returns for relegated Auxerre
The club repairing fan relations in Argentina
US coaching controversy for high school students in the USA
The legacy of Leeds champions in 1992; Spanish football history
Assessing two decades of the Premier League; Irish divisions



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