THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc327 The new WSC is out now, in all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- The Messi phenomenon
- Fans unite over Hillsborough
- Bayern: a problem for Germany?
- World Cup shirt frenzy in Brazil
- Players must stop not celebrating
- Newport County's revival

A gesture of goodwill Not celebrating
"In the age of the 24-hour talking point, it's inevitable that much of football's ceremonial flim-flam will attract more scrutiny than it warrants – handshakes, goal celebrations, mind games and, of increasing recent prominence, the non-celebration. Players refusing to celebrate after scoring against their old clubs can be interpreted as a gesture of respect and loyalty, but it's increasingly resembling an act of colossal self-regard. 'Look at me everyone, I used to play for them,' it says, in the manner of a travel bore regaling all and sundry with tales of the far-flung destinations they have visited. 'I've got history and a reputation.'" Buy here to read the full article


327 MOTMNewport County 1 Exeter City 1

Welsh club are back, sort of
"I'm not sure who I'm going to see today. Statto.com says Newport County AFC have only played Exeter City once before in the League, while the club programme lists over 100 previous meetings and Wikipedia talks guardedly about a 're-formed' club. There's a lot of talk about 'brand' and 'identity' in football and I have a very clear picture of the Newport County I knew in the 1970s and 1980s." Buy here to read the full article


Late replacement Added-time substitutions
"There are few better things in life than having the freedom to waste your own time, and few more irritating than having someone waste it for you. This is often demonstrated in the last few minutes of a match: time-wasting is fine as long as it's your team with the slender one-goal advantage but infuriating if you're chasing the game. It's odd that we have such opposing and fluctuating views of the same scenario: our own time – and perhaps money – being frittered away before us." Buy here to read the full article


327 BallFaulty return Touching the ball
"Ladywell Stadium, South Ayrshire, is not a stadium. Maybole Juniors FC have a clubhouse and two bus shelter-sized enclosures down one side, three tiny wooden sleepers embedded in the shallow grass bank opposite. Behind that, over a wire mesh fence, is the eponymous Ladywell burn, into which I sliced an attempted volley on June 14, 2008." Buy here to read the full article

 


Plus
Financial Fair Play confusion
Luton and Man City go online
Story of the FA Amateur Cup
How to seem knowledgeable without knowing
When clubs get too self entitled
Focus on the 1982 World Cup
Blackpool fans' protests
Arsenal's youth problem
Stirling's student aim high
Jeff Astle head injury campaign
Bashley paying for their success
Photo feature: Stamford host Marine
Czech's top two in match-fixing argument
Gibraltar coach stuck between rock and hard place
Chinese fans protest at name change
Combating racism in Japan
Reviews: Uwe Rösler, Sol Campbell, Kevin Kilbane, Rabbi Howell

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Photo by Simon Gill, illustration by Adam Doughty

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