THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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- TV deal: Did Sky win again?
- BT Sport's long-term plan
- Investing the money: grassroots and youth
- Taking part in half-time entertainment
- When managers resign
- Paris clubs in PSG's shadow

Satellite of love Premier League TV deal
"'Millions wiped off value of satellite broadcaster after Premier League TV rights auction,' said the Daily Telegraph business section on February 12. As the UK stock market touches a 15-year high, newspapers only ever seem to report share prices 'crashing'. Five years ago Sky shares were around half their current £9-plus level. They now stand at a ten-year high. The same applies to BT shares, now worth well in excess of £4." Buy here to read the full article


338 MOTMDagenham & Redbridge 1 Burton Albion 3

Enjoying the sights of far east London
"Sitting on the top deck of the 103 bus as it makes its way from Romford, the thought occurs that there will forever be something of the 1960s about Dagenham. The film, and now musical, Made in Dagenham has brought this down-at-heel part of London’s eastern extremity widespread attention. It tells the story of the 1968 strike by women workers at the local Ford motor plant, which was a crucial step in the fight for gender equality and led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act." Buy here to read the full article


Exit strategy Manager resignations
"It remains a moot point as to whether Harry Redknapp resigned at QPR in January purely due to his longstanding knee problem, or because he was disappointed at chairman Tony Fernandes’s refusal to sanction the signing of new players. The media highlighted one of the chairman’s tweets ('Bought all the players manager asked for in the summer. Our players not mercenaries. Good guys') to support the view that it was the lack of surgery on the squad – rather than on Redknapp’s knee –which prompted him to stand down." Buy here to read the full article


338 HalfAudience interaction Half-time entertainment
"I’d always dreamt of scoring at St Andrew’s. In my imagination it was a last-minute winner of a fraught game under the floodlights against Aston Villa. As it’s looking increasingly unlikely that such an occasion will arise – only partly due to my failure to progress beyond Bromsgrove League Division One level – success in a half-time competition will have to do. I’d been on the pitch once before, years ago, when a stadium tour guide let us stray across the edges, but this was much better. In an otherwise forgettable goalless draw between Birmingham City and Cardiff City on November 8, I was plucked from the Kop to compete in 'Chip and Win'. The attendance that day was 15,950 and, even allowing for those who’d disappeared to the concourse, steeling themselves against the cold with alcohol, there was still a sizeable audience for my sure-footed display of competence." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Bradford City's FA Cup ticket fiasco
Opinion-splitting Harry Redknapp
Kilmarnock's four-way 1965 title fight
Dover Athletic's "Pillock Cup" win
Brentford's new direction
Criticising referees
Safe standing in Wales
St Austell's Cornish dream
Fan card controversy in Denmark
Greenock Morton host Stranraer – photos
How small incidents change matches
Scunthorpe and Kevin Keegan in 1970
Anger in Holland at reserve teams
Crowd trouble at AFCON 2015
League of Ireland's first ever season
Book reviews ~ Ferguson's first Reds; Newcastle's beginnings; Cardiff's European tours; saving Tim Howard

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