THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Barcelona: Neymar scandal
What players do next
Art of the matchday poster
Politics & football in Ukraine
David Beckham's new club
Barnsley & Millwall – relegation rivals

Art attack Matchday posters
"English football is admired across the world. Even the lower divisions have fans overseas – on a recent trip to New York, a bar close to my hotel advertised they were opening early to show 'the big game' between Wolves Wanderers (sic) and Swindon Town. But while professional clubs' PR men talk about 'global audiences' and 'official partnership agreements' some non-League clubs are looking to the past to generate interest. My club, Lewes FC, play in Isthmian Premier Division. Brighton & Hove Albion fans come to the car parks next to our ground on a Saturday afternoon before heading to the station for the five-minute journey to the Amex at Falmer. Like many clubs in similar situations, we've tried changing our kick-off times to accommodate people from the area but the vast majority either don't know or don't care about our 3pm kick-offs. So, from the 2010-11 season, we resurrected the matchday poster." Buy here to read the full article


326 BarnsleyBarnsley 1 Millwall 0

Championship relegation battle
"The town of Barnsley, legend has it one of Robin Hood's stopping off points as he wended his way to Sherwood, harbours notable secrets. Did you know that it was the home town of the 1980s heavy metal band Saxon? Or that Arctic Monkeys studied music at its college? Or that top London chatshow host Michael Parkinson was born and raised there, a fact he hardly ever chooses to mention, for shame? Although South Yorkshire is regarded as a vast northern swathe of hell-forsaken glumness, the reality is a mixture of the bleak and the beautiful." Buy here to read the full article


Animal behaviour Goal celebrations
"When goals were more frequent, celebrations were not such a notable part of the game. Today the post-goal press photo and the corner flag pile-up on live TV coverage are dominant images in football. While the hair-ruffle and the handshake went out of fashion generations ago, the spectacular Lomana LuaLua-style somersaults are also something of the past. To give a crude measure of the shift, 60 per cent of the Guardian's football photos on February 10, 2014 showed a post-goal scene while the Times and the Sun were a little more restrained at 33 per cent each. Skimming a handful of magazines and papers from a generation ago the comparable figure was less than five per cent. From the media perspective it is easy photography – an encapsulation of triumph or disaster. But it creates a feedback loop in which players become ever more calculating participants." Buy here to read the full article


326 careersCareer change What players do next
"I saw a lot of Jake Findlay as a kid. You could tell it was the Aston Villa goalkeeper because he had his name printed on the side of his car. But rather than being supplied by his club, this was a different kind of company motor. Findlay had recently retired from football and cars sporting L-plates and the 'Jake Findlay School of Motoring' logo would often turn into our quiet street to practise manoeuvres. We'd look up from our game of 'three-and-in', perhaps hoping that the man himself might spring athletically from the car dressed in full kit and volunteer for a spell in nets. Of course, he never did – and rightly so, it would have been very unprofessional in the middle of a three-point turn." Buy here to read the full article


Plus
What's going on at Newcastle?
Leeds takeover controversy
Greenpeace's Champions League protests
Harry Pearson on "genuine supporters"
Tom Finney
Third-party owners
Non-League postponements
East Fife's crowdfunding
Photo feature: Tow Law Town v Heating Stannington
Focus on: Chile's much-maligned 1962 World Cup
Old faces saving Latvia's game
Argentina's TV rights arguments
Decline of official club magazines
Villa fanzine goes digital
When Costa Rica shocked Scotland
Following the "worst team in the world"
Footballers' LinkedIn profiles
Changing you international team
Reviews: How Not To Be A Football Millionaire, On The Wing, Forbidden Forward, It's Not All Black & White

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Photo by Simon Gill, illustration by Matt Littler

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