THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Man City's empire
Footballers who love golf
New era for Crewe
Stockport on the slide
Mental pressure on players
Scotland: football and the Union

Teeing off Footballers and golf
"When told that new signing Alan Hansen was also a demon golfer, Liverpool boss Bob Paisley was distinctly unimpressed. Paisley may have had the cardigan but he had no time for golf. Alan Kennedy, who joined Liverpool a year later, said Paisley's loathing of the game was so great that, when training finished at 1pm, he'd rather his players were 'shagging and drinking' than heading to the golf course. Paisley's rather curious objection was that golf made players walk miles and put them at risk of pulling muscles when they swung the club. As was the Liverpool way, the distrust had been passed down by previous Reds boss Bill Shankly, whose dislike of archaic etiquette, captain's parking spaces and other golf club nonsense wasn't exactly surprising." Buy here to read the full article


325 MOTMCrewe Alexandra 1 Leyton Orient 2

Crewe's academy comes unstuck
"Signs of success are hard to avoid at Gresty Road, whether you are queuing in the ticket office or buying a pint in the Alexandra Suite while watching BT Sport's early afternoon Premier League match. Walls everywhere are plastered with photos from the Wembley trophy successes of May 2012 and April 2013. But there will be no such mementos for this year. No one knew it at the time, but Crewe's 2-0 home win against Walsall on the last day of 2012-13 season marked the end of one of the sweetest periods in the club's history." Buy here to read the full article


Transitional demand Why should fans be patient?
"We keep being told in solemn tones that this is a 'season of transition' for Manchester United. Chelsea are apparently experiencing this too and Arsenal were, but no longer appear to be. No one's quite made their mind up about Liverpool. This is a recent phenomenon, and one that we can blame partly on American sports. In the US, particularly in baseball and the NFL, with their draft systems and smaller windows for transfer activity, the transitional period is an accepted principle. It can be spun out for a while too – teams' chances for an upcoming campaign are frequently written off with the promise that the big comeback will be made in a year or two." Buy here to read the full article


325 rivalsNeutral territory Living between rivals
"I'm in the confectionary aisle at Co-op in Locks Heath, a south-coast suburb in Hampshire. A man in a Portsmouth home shirt walks towards another in a Southampton baseball cap. Neither appears to notice what the other is wearing. Either they are too preoccupied with the food they're putting into their shopping baskets, or the rivalry between the two clubs isn't something to cause a stir; not here, anyway. Maybe these two rival supporters would have acted differently if they were at St Mary's or Fratton Park during a derby game, but it's 2.30 on a Sunday afternoon and replenishing the biscuit tin looks like more of a priority than squaring up to one another 
in the supermarket." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
Man Utd's defining youth team
How the handle the Tyne-Wear derby
Fabien Barthez revs up for new career
Ian Redford's battle with depression
Ballon d'Or: was Ribéry robbed?
Brazil's World Cup stadium race
English clubs in Welsh Cup
Belgian takeover for Chalton
Kosovo – the new national team
It's nice to see a boring top manager
Elite's cash pile still rising
Gay supporters take pride
Jérôme Champagne's FIFA bid
Bolton, Birmingham and Hereford in crisis
Secondary ticket sellling
Harry Pearson on confidence-boosting managers
Photo feature: A wet night in Belper
Focus on: 1938 World Cup in France
Italian club tenants in ground their fans built
Peru's new wave challenge establishment
Reviews: The Anatomy Of Liverpool, Paradise Road, Pass And Move, Mad Man

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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Matt Littler

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