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Premier League restraints
Non-League postponements
Not hating your rivals
Africa Cup of Nations
Rebranding Cardiff

All wrapped up Scarf history
"The football scarf is one of the very few elements associated with the game that predates the creation of the Football Association. Yet the first scarves were worn by the players rather than fans, when the earliest recorded matches took place in the 1850s. Those taking part tended to either wear whatever shirt or shorts they had available or even cricketing whites, meaning teams took to the field in coloured caps or scarves as a way of distinguishing the two sides. As the game developed and clubs began to adopt colours in a more formal fashion, their supporters began to do the same – particularly followers of the university and army sides, who displayed their college or regimental colours in the stands." Buy here to read the full article

314 MOTMSwansea City 5 Bradford City 0

Enjoying the League Cup final
"The oddity of this League Cup final was that a club pursuing its first major trophy found itself cast as party-pooper. Swansea would be stomping on the dreams of opponents from three leagues lower and preventing the perfect romantic conclusion. That, however, was also Bradford City's undoing. They might have had a better shot at some jaded member of the Premier League's ruling oligarchy for whom domestic cups are a second-order aspiration, absent-mindedly swept up while focusing on bigger prizes. In Swansea they faced an opponent to whom it mattered every bit as much, equally aware – by virtue of a century without getting closer than a couple of FA Cup semi-finals – that these opportunities come only rarely and must be grasped." Buy here to read the full article

Career prospects Odd job titles
"'It's very difficult to explain when it's not a conventional title, role or post or responsibility,' bumbled Blackburn Rovers' "Global Advisor" Shebby Singh after 6.06 pundit Robbie Savage asked him directly: 'What exactly is your role at the club?' Even after he had insisted that part of his day to day responsibility was 'fighting enemies inside and out', Singh never successfully convinced Radio 5 Live listeners – much less himself – that he had a solid handle on his job specification." Buy here to read the full article

314 LastWordInterview techniques Predicatable post-match questions
"On the first day of any journalism course students are taught the basics of a news story: if the opposite of your story is more interesting than what you plan to report, you don't have a story. Post-match interviewers should remember this. If a Manchester United player goes down in the penalty area and Alex Ferguson is angry at the referee for not awarding a penalty, this isn't a story. This is what you expect to happen. A put-out manager feeling aggrieved at a referee is less interesting than a dog biting a man. If Arsenal concede a dubious free-kick and a goal follows, expect Arsène Wenger to be annoyed. In fact, why not just assume he is annoyed and avoid the topic altogether." Buy here to read the full article

Club TV channels
Importance of highlights
Tax avoidance clamp down
Dixie Dean
Agents under fire
Macclesfield host Gateshead
Flare kills Bolivian teenager
Goal-line technology
"Bubble" away trips
Steve McClaren leaves Twente
Paolo di Canio exits Swindon
Muslim players targeted in Israel
Spanish kick-off time controversy
Hidden identity if Ecuador
Reviews of The Outsider; Bobby Campbell; The Biography Of Tottenham Hotspur; The Winning Touch

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Photo by Paul Thompson, Illustration by Tim Bradford

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