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WSC 316 out now

June issue available online and in stores

wsc316 The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

Ferguson's final season
TV dictates Cup kick-offs
FIFA corruption
Bayern & Dortmund dominate
When Villa were champions

The fury years Ferguson at St Mirren
"It is well reported that not long after arriving at Old Trafford, Alex Ferguson issued a mission statement for Manchester United: 'To knock Liverpool off their fucking perch.' What's less celebrated is that he had already come extremely close to achieving this in 1977, in circumstances that are unlikely to be repeated. Just short of his 36th birthday, Ferguson was getting noticed for assembling a hugely exciting group of young players at St Mirren. He took them from the depths of Scottish football through to the top division, with trademark flair and attacking football." Buy here to read the full article

316 MOTMBrentford 0 Doncaster Rovers 1

Drama on League One's final day
"West London is the quadrant of the great city that time forgot. Abandoned by the BBC, long gentrified beyond affordability yet fading into suburban irrelevance with every passing year, it looks on mutely from way up river as all the new developments, all the latest painfully hip hotspots erupt in the east. There was probably a reason why Ali G was located in Staines." Buy here to read the full article

Isolated hero Chelsea's overlooked legend
"If Bobby Tambling had a nickname, I've never heard it. Most of the big personalities around Chelsea in the 1960s and early 1970s were identifiable by some kind of tag – Cat, Chopper, Stroller, Ossie, Holly, Hutch, the Sponge. Even timid Peter Houseman, often the crowd scapegoat, was unkindly known as Mary. But in all the biographies and recollections, Tambling is just Tambling. That seems emblematic of his curiously muted status in club history, brought into belated focus this season as Frank Lampard closed in on his goalscoring record." Buy here to read the full article

316 LastWordAnother level Who cares if you've never played the game?
"On the internet Godwin's Law, which states that the longer an online discussion continues, the greater the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler, has been widely adopted. In footballing discussion, I'd like to propose a similar version known as Savage's Law. Namely, the longer a caller to a radio phone-in stays on air, the greater the probability that the pundit will dismiss their argument on the basis that they've never played the game to the highest level. There's a lot of criticism you can direct at fans who call phone-in shows – and more often the producers who let on some of the more deluded types – but a lack of knowledge of how the game works isn't one of them." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Suárez: a liability for Liverpool
Spurs' vocal support
Women's League row
Cardiff's Malaysian impact
QPR's long-term future
Matchday travel blues
French fans fight back
Crowd figures faked?
Glasgow's other clubs
Brighton's Charity Shield win
Spennymoor on the up
Carlisle in a rut
Unpaid interns
AEK Athens face oblivion
Colombian drug ban lifted
Cash crisis in Poland
Reviews of The Wizard; My Premier League Diary; Laws Of The Jungle; Glory In Gothenburg

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