THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc342The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop.

- Euro 2016: Ireland, Scotland & Wales
- Matchday banners
- Paul Gascoigne documentary
- WSC writers' competition winners
- FC United stadium opening
- Amsterdam's other clubs


Public display
Decline of fan banners
"If ever proof were required that the era of the eye-catching FA Cup final banner was long gone, it arrived in May when an Aston Villa supporters’ surfer flag was banned by the FA. The Sex Pistols themed logo ran: “Never Mind The Arsenal, Here’s The Aston Villa.” The giant flag never reached the unfurling stage because it flouted an FA technicality by mentioning Villa’s Cup final opponents by name. It’s a far cry from the 1970s, when along with bleached out Wembley pitches and rosettes the size of frisbees, the sight of homemade banners was a key part of the showpiece event." Buy here to read the full article


342 MOTMRepublic of Ireland 1 Scotland 1

European Championship qualifer
"The lament when the European Championship increased from 16 to 24 teams was that the finals would be littered with sub-standard sides. When the draw was made, both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland looked like contenders, with Poland, for second place in Group D behind world champions Germany, but the Poles’ performances seem to have created a two-way battle for third spot. With Scotland having won 1-0 at Celtic Park in November, Ireland go into this match knowing that only a win will suffice." Buy here to read the full article


Crying shame Paul Gascoigne
"A portentous caption informs us that this is “A film by Jane Preston” – esteemed auteur behind Britain’s Biggest Beauty Queens, Who Got The Bay City Rollers’ Millions? and Being Paul Gascoigne, most recent of the many TV documentaries seeking to bottle the storm. Apparently Gascoigne himself felt it painted too bleak a picture of his middle age, and encouraged the same producer-director to put together a more upbeat sequel. This much-trumpeted feature-length portrait, a rickety assemblage of old clips and newly filmed interviews, is the dispiriting result." Buy here to read the full article


342 WriterLike father like son Writers' competition winner
"Amid the blur of boys in blue and yellow shirts, some in binman orange bibs, the copper hair is easily recognisable. The cacophony of motion is silenced briefly; the boy with the copper hair emerges from the hive of bodies, deftly slipping the ball from his right to his left foot, before placing his shot in to the bottom corner of the goal. The scorer wheels away unsure quite how he has done what he has done only to then hare off down the pitch and throw himself to the ground in celebration. A few of his team-mates pile on." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
The risks of refereeing
Odd summer transfers
In defence of half-and-half scarves
Bath City's community bid
England Under-21s fail in Czech Republic
Non-League theatre at the National
Torquay lose their lottery ticket
Vegetarian footballers
Harry Pearson: English players' illogical expense
Arsenal abandon their famous white sleeves
Parma's slide into Serie D
Brazil's World Cup stadium "legacy"
The start of the end for maximum wage in 1959-60
How Workington sustained a League club
Book reviews ~ FA Cup in the 1980s; Marco Negri's blue mood; a lower-league story; Terry Dyson – Spurs hero

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 from PA Photos, illustration by Adam Doughty

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