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- Fans protest ticket prices
- Can standing return?
- Broadcasting special: MOTD at 50
- Brazil goes backwards
- Shildon v Crook – FA Cup starts here
- Where are the black managers?

Cost cutting Fan demonstrations
"So, some football fans sat and talked to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore about ticket prices after a few more fans marched in the rain in London on August 14, and Scudamore said the Premier League would 'look at' some issues but that it couldn't tell the clubs what to do. Meanwhile, away tickets for the north London derby are on sale for £64 and they will almost certainly sell out. Wasn't there supposed to be some kind of fan revolution happening?" Buy here to read the full article


332 MOTMShildon 7 Crook Town 0

FA Cup qualifying in the north-east
"Two o'clock on FA Cup extra preliminary round day. On the corner of Primitive Street, Shildon footballers are pulling kitbags out of the backs of Nissan Primeras and Ford Fiestas. They sniff the air and joke about lunch. Eric's chip shop is opposite, doing a busy trade in chip butties (£2, £2.40 'with splash') and deep fried haggis. But these days even non-League players don't fill themselves with batter before a match. Holdalls slung, they stride up the Dean Street, past the football ground's padlocked main gates – plastered with signs banning dogs – and enter through the turnstile, closely followed by a middle-aged man with a value pack of cash and carry toilet rolls balanced on his shoulder." Buy here to read the full article


Casting the net Inventing the goal net
"John Alexander Brodie was one of the most prominent civil engineers to come out of the Victorian era. Based in Liverpool, he helped shape the city and its roads, oversaw the construction of the Queensway Tunnel under the Mersey and was a pioneer in areas as diverse as motoring, prefab housing and refuse compacting. Yet his greatest achievement – by his own reckoning – was the invention, 125 years ago, of the football goal net." Buy here to read the full article


332 LastWordSpread the love UEFA's good idea
"Last year, UEFA achieved the seemingly impossible by coming up with an idea almost as unpopular as FIFA's choice of Qatar as host nation for the 2022 World Cup. They decided the 2020 European Championship finals should be hosted by 13 cities in 13 different countries. Despite the objections, the idea has a lot of merit. There's no real reason why tournaments need to be held in a single nation or two, and the plan solves a lot of common problems for potential hosts. UEFA president Michel Platini has spoken of the 'romance' of spreading the hosting around in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first tournament, held in France in 1960. That's not quite the whole story, however. The idea was first raised when the only serious contender for the 2020 finals, Turkey, appeared ready to drop that bid. This was to appease the International Olympic Committee who disapproved of it while Turkey were also competing to host the Olympics in the same year." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Tribute to James Alexander Gordon
The decline of the commentator
Racism row at the Italian FA
West Brom's 1970s pioneers
Premier League's latest spending spree
Legia Warsaw v UEFA
Lowestoft's long away trips
Bending the knee to Dr Steadman
Fleetwood's Nathan Pond breaks records
Albion Rovers go "pay what you want"
Blurred borders in Berwick photo feature
Focus on Birmingham City's 1961 Fairs Cup success
How Degerfors became Sweden's "second team"
Basel brush aside their challengers
Malaysia's new superpower
Vines are a future money-maker
On-pitch "selfies" go too far
WSC Survey results
Book reviews ~ Scotland 74: A World Cup story, Punk Football: The rise of fan onwership in English football, So Good I Did It Twice by Kevin Sheedy, Football Wizard: The Story of Billy Meredith

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