THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc340The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- Stadium disasters: Bradford & Heysel
- Premier League records don't count
- Desperate days at Newcastle
- Players Blast Press Shock
- The cult of Dukla Prague
- Burnley's non-League escape


Quest for truth
Bradford fire
"Following its serialisation in the Guardian, Martin Fletcher’s account of the worst fire disaster in footballing history has been justly acclaimed as a painstaking, moving and enraging piece of journalism, sensational in its implications about the cause of the fire. He was just 12 years old when he attended the fateful game on May 11, 1985 and describes the opening period of the game as the 'last half hour of his childhood'. He paints a horribly vivid picture of the dark, choking terror as he and others attempted to exit the stadium as the fire beneath the terrace began to rage and billow black smoke." Buy here to read the full article


340 MOTMNewcastle Utd 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Protests at St James' Park
"From the top of the Milburn Stand at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, you can see the North Sea, some nine miles away. Partially that’s because the stand’s so tall, but also because of a lack of comparably tall structures blocking the view. The clincher though is that the ground is built on a small hill. In more than one way, the club dominates the city. Lately the view of the pitch from up there hasn’t been so great. Before the visit of Spurs today, Newcastle have lost five on the trot. They’ve won only nine points from 39 since New Year’s Day under John Carver." Buy here to read the full article


Remembered in song Cult of Dukla Prague
"It’s a chilly spring evening in Prague’s well-to-do Dejvice district and one of European football’s most famous names are taking on Jablonec, currently third in the Czech Republic’s top division, in front of a crowd of just 1,898. Resentment at their links with the old Communist regime is undoubtedly one of the reasons Dukla Prague have the league’s lowest attendances. On the other hand, the legacy gives the club an international profile most similarly sized clubs could only dream of." Buy here to read the full article


340 StatsBroken records Premier League stats
"So, 53 points with three games left and never a hint of last season’s relegation worries. If you’re a Swansea City fan you’ve every reason to be pretty happy with the season now reaching its end. But pardon me if I can’t summon up much acclaim for the 'Premier League record' this is said to represent for the club. Yes, Garry Monk, Ashley Williams and co have done very well this season. But in 1981-82 John Toshack’s team ended their first year in the First Division with 69 points (from 42 games) and sixth place. Proclaiming the current season as an unprecedented high point writes that achievement out of history.Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Offshore ownership: Tax avoiding clubs
Offshore ownership: Deception at Notts County
Enfield's new generation
Politicians – football's phoney fans
Maintaining stats sites
It's time for fans to look forwards
Bournemouth's show everyone Howe
Tranmere in the mire
Part-timers in Scotland
Unfairness of ticket categories
Birmingham Senior Cup struggling
Barrow's promotion party at Lowestoft
Managers love talking about balls
France's rekindled rivalry
Serbia's crumbling stadiums
Division One's first second-tier season
Book reviews ~ Erbstein's revolutionary style, capital crimes, crediting Catterick, Liverpool's mistakes

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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Matt Littler

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