THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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What's wrong with Youth coaching?
BT Sport's challenge to Sky
Decline of English keepers
Press ban at Newcastle
Fans in charge: Dons v Pompey
Player power in Brazil

Craft materials The Football Man reissue
"'The trouble with most football prose,' suggests Arthur Hopcraft towards the end of The Football Man, 'is that it is deliberately aimed downwards with a flourish, the assumption being that the distraught, swearing fan on the terraces is exactly the same mindless creature when he coughs over his newspaper in the bleak of the morning tea break.' That was written in 1968. If for today's football reader eloquence remains in short supply, still less modern sports writing has the warmth and feeling of The Football Man, which remains among the best and most beautiful books about the game." Buy here to read the full article


323 MOTMAFC Wimbledon 4 Portsmouth 0

Fan-run clubs clash
"You might have thought that the coming together of AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth was a meeting of kindred souls and minds, full of the spirit of resurrection. So it's surprising, then, to hear a Portsmouth-supporting voice outside declaring itself 'not sure' about the concept of supporter ownership. 'How are we going to get back in the Premier League with this?' What's wrong with them? Aren't they just grateful to still have a club to support?" Buy here to read the full article


Keeping up appearances English goalkeepers
"When Costel Pantilimon took up his place for Manchester City's 7-0 thrashing of Norwich at the start of November he not only ended Joe Hart's run of 123 consecutive league appearances, but also played a part in a dark weekend for English goalkeeping. Of the 20 goalkeepers who lined up for Premier League clubs that weekend, only two, including his unfortunate opposite number John Ruddy, were English." Buy here to read the full article


323 YouthParental misguidances Youth development
"In 2008 the FA released their Respect Campaign in response to behavioural problems on and off the pitch. It aimed to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game could take place and in which coaches could concentrate on developing youngsters. I've been involved in my son's football for almost ten years now; it's sad to say that I've witnessed numerous instances of overzealous parents spoiling what should be a pleasant experience. The FA claim that the campaign has had positive results, but my experiences suggest there's still much to be done." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
Lev Yashin: revolutionary goalie
Beyond Fergie's book controversy
Harry Pearson on fandamentalists
As good as it got: Meadowbank Thistle
Club v country
Players and their cars
Should we feel sorry for sacked managers?
Stourbridge v Biggleswade Town photo special
Focus on Chester striker Gary Talbot
New Zealand's four-year rest
Kiev's second-biggest club disappear
Chris Coleman's Wales pressure
Poole Town's speedway competition
World Cup kit changes
Referee bosses shouldn't apologise
Reviews: Sven – My story, Love Affairs & Marriage – Howard Kendall, The Gaffer – Neil Warnock, King And Country – Denis Law

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