THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

May issue available in stores and online

wsc339The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- In defence of pitch invasions
- Football & politics: fans demand reform
- Charlton's election campaign
- Short keepers and fat players
- Player trafficking exposed
- Past and present at Glossop

wsc339 supp onlyPLUS
"You had to be there" 
The matchday experience
- In praise of terraces
- Journeys around Europe
- My team's two grounds
- The charm of old Wembley
- Going to your first match
- Non-League: good and bad

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Chewing the fat Scottish players' physiques
"During a February edition of Radio Scotland’s Sportsound Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis answered tweets about his club’s cultured midfielder Alexei Eremenko. One asked if the Russian-born Finland international 'even does any training'. The studio laughed knowingly and – because Eremenko is overweight – admiringly. Scotland has as complex a relationship with fat players as it does with fatty food and drinks. Since Christmas that confusion has deepened." Buy here to read the full article


339 MOTMPeterborough Utd 1 Chesterfield 0

A clash of styles at London Road
"Especially seen at the tail end of winter, the city of Peterborough might well be the most English place in England. Blandly ugly, post-industrial, a mess of orange-brick business parks, rugby pubs, pedestrianised streets of chain stores and ridiculous toytown architecture. The nippy air in open spaces; the infinite greyness of that huge, awful sky." Buy here to read the full article


Valiant souls Charlton's political party
"The English local elections of 1990 were dominated by Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax. In the London Borough of Greenwich, however, the more urgent concern for many was Charlton Athletic’s derelict Valley. The Addicks had been stranded at Selhurst Park since 1985, squeezed out of their home by crumbling terraces, a landlord dispute and Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades’s enthusiasm for groundsharing. On the Charlton side, however, the move had been the initiative of chairman John Fryer.Buy here to read the full article


339 TrafficExploitation game Player trafficking
"There is one thing that an aspiring young player shares with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and even Harry Kane. They know talent alone won’t lift them to the top. They also need connections, judgment to make important decisions and luck. For Matthew Edafe, playing professional football seemed a fantastic way to make money and break his family out of a desperate cycle of poverty.Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Protest vote in Blackpool
Romario: a future president?
When police horses were used at Maine Road
Small goalkeepers reaching great heights
Disabled fans cut off from fellow supporters
Jeff Astle campaign at West Brom
Premier League cash "giveaway"
Fan ownership in Scotland
B teams in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy
A big night Llandudno ~ photo feature
What to do with useless football facts
Dave Mackay – more than a midfield enforcer
More fan deaths in Egypt
Crisis boosts Russian game
Finland's stadium overhaul
Misery for Mainz in Bundesliga 2
Book reviews ~ Replacing Busby; football and the press; Leeds' "super fan"; Yeung gets the Blues

Availability
WSC is the only nationally available independent football magazine in the UK, and you can get it monthly for a very reasonable £3.50. 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 Matt Littler

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