THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Di Canio at Sunderland
West Ham's Olympic move
Qatar's World Cup dilemma
Who supports Everton?
Pointless victories

Founding fathers The FA's forgotten men
"When the Football Association launched a year-long celebration of their 150th anniversary in January, outgoing chairman David Bernstein made cursory mention of the organisation's founders. 'It was on this very site 150 years ago that Ebenezer Cobb Morley and his friends met in what was then the Freemasons' Tavern,' Bernstein said in a speech at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London. He added that the FA's founders had 'changed the world'. However, the names of Morley and his key co-founder Arthur Pember are otherwise conspicuously absent from the celebrations." Buy here to read the full article

315 MOTMNorthampton Town 1 Oxford United 0

Enduring the big freeze
"For Northampton, automatic promotion is in sight. In Northampton, practically nothing is in sight, for the town's been struck by a blizzard as obliterating as it is grimly unseasonal. From here, even the National Lift Tower, the 130-foot concrete shaft in which lifts are tested 
and from which abseilers dangle – Northampton's number one landmark, alas – is vanishing into the haze. It's cold as well. Very, very cold. This might seem a banal observation, but for those of us trudging towards Sixfields it's the single thought that blots out all others, and is so relevant it hurts." Buy here to read the full article

Darkened skies Following Coventry City
"It began in 1995 when my dad bought me a Merlin's Premier League football sticker album and focused my attention on his team, Coventry City. For some reason the bald head of the manager at the time, Phil Neal, sticks in my mind like the image of a slightly creepy Sunday school teacher. The club badge, with its elephant-and-castle symbol and impressive phoenix, appealed to me immensely. Having nearly completed the album that season (collecting mugshots of Cobi Jones and Steve Ogrizovic in the process) I attended my first match at Highfield Road in October 1996: a 1-1 draw against our perennial relegation co-survivors Southampton." Buy here to read the full article

315 PunditsBunker mentality Punditry is a national crisis
"When the British government first started transporting nuclear waste by rail in the 1960s the process was shrouded in secrecy. It was said that telephone lines in remote villages would suddenly go dead as trains passed nearby, the theory being that this would make disasters easier to cover up. Half a century later the country's radioactive junk has yet to find a safe home – in January, Cumbria county council rejected plans for the UK's first deep-storage site near Sellafield. Yet the problem of dealing with hazardous material that has served its useful purpose is not only confined to the atomic industry – as Michael Owen's recent appearances on Match of the Day confirm." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Fleetwood versus Fiorentina
Ground tour boom
Irish League flag protests
When Croatia met Serbia
Australia's surprise success
Cyprus united by football
Loyalty to local clubs
England fans' chants
Fan banners
French football tax
Unfair punishments
Michael Appleton's career path
Dunfermline in trouble
Atrincham v Worcester
Wolves in Moscow
Klinsmann under US pressure
Reviews of Greenhoff!; Magical: A life in football; In Pastures Green; Viva Sabella!

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Photo by Simon Gill, Illustration by Matt Littler

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