THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

March issue available online and in stores

wsc337 The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- What's going on at Everton
- Why should fans get refunds?
- FC United in the community
- Match reporting: pigeons to smartphones
- The man who revived Arsenal
- Black boots face extinction

United in opposition FC United of Manchester
"It’s nearly ten years since a group of Manchester United supporters formed a new, fan-owned club in the aftermath of the Glazer takeover at Old Trafford. FC United of Manchester’s anniversary in June this year will see the club into their new home, Broadhurst Park, a purpose-built community stadium complex in Moston, north Manchester. In other ways, too, the club appear to be in good health." Buy here to read the full article


337 MOTMEverton 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

Penalty problems and Hollywood superstars
"Do you remember where you were when Deidre died? That’s what people will ask in years to come, and almost 35,000 people will be able to say they were watching a goalless draw at Goodison Park when the news began to filter through of the sad passing of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride. Monday night games always have a strange feel to them, tacked onto the end of the weekend like a guilty afterthought." Buy here to read the full article


Money for nothing Fan refunds
"One of my best away days watching football was at Kidderminster Harriers about eight years ago. The day had everything you could possible need: a road trip with friends, a welcoming and cheap pub near the ground, and Kidderminster’s legendary cottage pie that was well worth the £4 Harriers charge. The fact that my team Exeter City lost 4-0 with barely a shot on target in what was probably one of their worst performances of the season was irrelevant. It was, as so many of my Saturdays have been, a brilliant day out sullied by 90 minutes of football." Buy here to read the full article


337 ReportingWords worth Early sports journalists
"'I started reporting soccer in a very humble way,' recalls BJ (Bill) Evans in his 1946 book How to Become a Sporting Journalist. As an apprentice at the Western Daily Mercury in the early 1900s, Evans was sent out to cover minor league matches on a bicycle with two carrier pigeons in a basket. At the end of each half, he would fold up his written report, attach it to one of the pigeons and release it into the sky. 'The bird wheeled over the ground,' he wrote, 'often cheered by the two or three hundred spectators, and then made his way to the pigeon loft of the Mercury.'" Buy here to read the full article

Plus
How to win at Spot The Ball
Barnsley's fun-raising zine
Germany's fan projects tackle hooliganism
Brighton's player turned social worker
Australia's Asian triumph
Derby v Nottingham Forest photo special
Focus on Millwall's serial giantkillers of 1937
Taking on Sepp Blatter
In the pits with Ashington AFC
Pitchside advertising has become too intrusive
Proud times for LGBT groups
Magazines aimed at players and club insiders
When Jimmy Glass made a name for himself
Hartlepool lose heart
Remembering the only MP footballer
Tickets show their resale value
Toronto struggle to get Altidore in the door
Standard Liege's banner controversy
Crimean clubs stuck in limbo
Book reviews ~ Louis van Gaal; Jimmy Case; Jim Baxter; physio's life

Availability
WSC is the only nationally available independent football magazine in the UK, and you can get it monthly for a very reasonable £3.25. You should be able to find a copy in your local newsagent, otherwise outlets that stock WSC include WH Smith, mainline train stations plus selected Tescos. If you're having trouble finding the magazine, you could do one of the following:

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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Adam Doughty

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