THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

From some WSC contributors

icon fantasyThat Russia and Qatar will be stripped of their hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, and that a transparent and democratic bidding process will be re-opened for both competitions by a reformed FIFA. It won’t happen, but we should never stop either hoping for it or agitating for it. Ian Plenderleith

I genuinely bear no malice towards any of the clubs at the lower end of Scotland’s League Two at the moment – in fact I’ve always had a fondness for current basement dwellers Elgin City. However to really cement the fact that we have at last started to build a pyramid system for our senior clubs I really hope that the winners of either the Highland or Lowland League come through the end of season play-offs to take their place and inject some genuine ambition into what has long been a moribund cartel. Archie MacGregor

This is a perennial complaint of mine but I am going to bring it up again. My hope is that Football Focus show goal action from the previous week in a way that I can understand what has happened. For example, let us say that Roberto Soldado has scored (this is perhaps not a good example) the previous weekend and Football Focus are demonstrating this fact. What you will actually see is a two-second ironic retro shot of a footballer playing football, followed by a shuddering camera effect, a jump cut to the next passage of play shot from a different angle and finally another cut to the ball entering the net as seen from the point of view of a grass snake. My hope for 2015 is that they take the young world cinema graduates off the Football Focus job, that’s all. Cameron Carter

Referees of France – can you please, please desist from halting play every time a player goes down “injured”? Guess what – they’re not always injured. They know you’ll stop the game if they hit the deck, so they feign injury to waste time, stop opposition attacks, etc. You know it, they know it and the fans know it – so if we can bring an end to this and never, ever do it again, that would be great. James Eastham

The cracks in FIFA’s edifice widen to the point of collapse and we get reform at the top of the game. Roger Titford

An end to bickering sideshows between the various chiefs who run the Spanish game would be nice. La Liga’s Javier Tebas and Ángel María Villar of the Spanish FA cannot even stand being in the same room at the same time (seriously). Meanwhile Real Madrid’s Florentino Pérez and Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu are often quick to claim offence or victimisation whenever anything goes against their club. The childlike squabbles become laughable when issues such as ultras violence, racism or match fixing need to be dealt with. Dermot Corrigan

That as the Rangers support and SFA get increasingly and belatedly picky about the makeup of the Ibrox boardroom, our ownership continues stumbling towards transparency. Craig Whyte’s reign ended in 2012; Charles Green, booted out in 2013, was a figurehead for consortiums of shysters and while Mike Ashley isn’t allowed to control both Newcastle and Rangers by the end of 2014 he clearly did. His unabashed venality seems almost romantic. Alex Anderson

That the Premier League announce plans to use some of the zillions they are going to pocket from the forthcoming 2016 television deal to set against a reduction in ticket prices. Yes, I’ve been on the sherry. Matthew Barker

That Wigan chairman Dave Whelan sees the error of his ways over the appointment of Malky Mackay as manager. Every interview Whelan has given attempting to explain or justify the move has been toe-curling to read; I suspect as much for those who work for the club as for those who are supporters. On a lighter note, I’d also like to see a change in fortune for Stewarts and Lloyds Corby, bottom of the United Counties League Division One with no points from their opening 22 matches. Surely they will turn the corner soon. Mike Whalley

Luton are currently on the fringes of automatic promotion from League Two. Part of me hopes we go up via the play-offs. We’ve never won a play-off final, and it’d be delightful for Luton fans to be able to give the Football League’s chairman the warm reception his organisation richly deserves. Speaking of the lower divisions, fingers crossed that Greg Dyke’s pathetic League B plan vanishes in the hell of departmental committee meetings; Danny Mills has revealed himself to be quite the odious little chump with his views on airlifting Premier League reserves into a 125-year-old pyramid system. John Earls

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