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WSC 313 out now

 March issue available online and in stores

wsc313 The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

Special: Cost of football
FA's 150th anniversary
Beckham reaches Paris
Can Luton be considered giant killers?
The ethics of leaving a match early

Codes of conduct Switching club
"You don't have to go too far these days to meet someone who's gone through a divorce, or converted from one faith to another, or left their job for a new career in an entirely different profession. Yet you rarely hear of someone announcing they've split from the football team they grew up supporting. The true fan would never entertain such a thought. Admitting that you've left your team to follow another is more shameful than owning up to being a member of the Chris de Burgh fan club, or having the largest collection of pornography in western Europe. Or perhaps both." Buy here to read the full article

313 MOTMSouthampton 0 Everton 0

Looking for the outrage at St Mary's
"They promised us hankies. And not just hankies. They also promised us tearful face-painted children, a spasm of collective rage, possibly even some kind of thousand-fan march: an Adkins Of Hope. Looking back, it seems likely something got lost along the way. Perhaps there was a problem with the procurement and supply of massive amounts of hankies which are, let's face it, not as easy to get hold of as they used to be. It must be said that of all the possible reactions to the sacking of Nigel Adkins, the mass hankie-wave – trailed aggressively on Sky Sports News and presumably a borrowing from the hankie-wavers of Spain – seemed the most unlikely means of expressing the surprise, concern, nausea, frothing excitement and whatever else everybody around here was supposed to be feeling." Buy here to read the full article

Shadow games Uruguay's stone cutters
"It is a damp Saturday morning on the Bay of Montevideo. The weatherbeaten Estadio Olímpico, home of Rampla Juniors FC, is one-third full, with fans sipping their mate in an attempt to warm up on the cold concrete seating. Rampla were regarded as Uruguay's third club after Peñarol and Nacional in the first half of the 20th century, having players in the squads that won the Olympics in 1924 and the World Cups of 1930 and 1950. They were also the first Uruguayan team to win in Britain, beating Portsmouth 3-1 on a European tour in 1956. But unless their fortunes improve they will celebrate their centenary, on January 7, 2014, in the second division – where they were relegated to last season." Buy here to read the full article

313 LastWordToo much information Keeping up with football
"A bit more than a year ago, not long after Sergio Agüero signed for Manchester City, I found myself the object of derision from the commentators on the Guardian's Football Weekly podcast. How could anyone watching British football be surprised at how well Agüero was doing, they wondered, when his talents had been so abundantly displayed in La Liga for years? I had to admit, to my shame, that I had not been following the fortunes of Atlético Madrid closely enough, despite paying a tidy sum for TV channels that screen live Spanish games. It was an increasingly familiar feeling." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Odemwingie's Albion predicament
The money league
Crime-fighting Italian club
Terrible player performances
Chester scale back plans
Gornal Athletic in the FA Vase
Notts County legend Jimmy Sirrel
Phone broadcast rights
Rochdale's League Cup final
Changes at the top in Argentina
Walter Tull stage play
Reviews of The Footballer Who Could Fly; Another Way Of Winning; This Is Our Time and Arsenal: The French Connection

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Photo by Simon Gill, Illustration by Tim Bradford

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