THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc344The new WSC is out now, dispatched on the day of order from the brand new WSC shop.

- Women's football on the up
- Hull City, not Tigers
- Emirates Cup for Arsenal
- Non-League in South Yorkshire
- I play for the Faroe Islands
- The first substitutes

wsc344 previewPLUS
2015-16 Season Guide
Club-by-club guide & prediction tables
- Premier League
- Championship
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- National League round-up

Buy here to read the full season guide

Identification purposes Club nicknames
"The year 2015 has been a difficult one for football club owners hell bent on destroying the heritage of their clubs. In January, after two and a half seasons playing in red with a dragon as their emblem, Cardiff City reverted to their traditional blue shirts and bluebird crest after Vincent Tan’s divisive 'rebranding project' came to an end. More recently, on July 11 Assem Allam’s attempt to relaunch Hull City as Hull Tigers was rejected for a second time by the FA, with the Allam family said to be considering their position at the club as the saga approaches its third year." Buy here to read the full article


343 MOTMArsenal 6 Lyon 0

Emirates Cup provides pre-season entertainment
"Trudging over the Wembleyesque bridge towards the Emirates Stadium which sits just north of King’s Cross like a giant, oppressively benevolent occupying spacecraft, both energising and sucking the life out of the surrounding area, past the slate-grey hutches where stressed young executives can sit out on their balconies and stare down at the rusty railway lines, past the Tony Adams statue which casts him in classic, heroic mould like some long-dead legend of the Herbert Chapman era, I’m struck by the sort of Gallic, cerebral thought which befits the Arsène Wenger era. Not unlike 'Ceci n’est pas une pipe' by the surrealist René Magritte, his famous painting of what is and isn’t a pipe, today, ceci n’est past un football match." Buy here to read the full article


Off the beaten track South Yorkshire non-League
"On the face of it Sandygate Road is a typical non-League ground. Located in the leafy Crosspool area of Sheffield, it is a two-and-a-half mile uphill trek from the city centre and one of the last urban outposts before the Steel City gives way to the wilds of the Peak District. Behind the inconspicuous entrance, you are greeted with a modern brick clubhouse and a smart main stand with 250 blue-and-white seats. Behind one goal is a metal shelter, while the other touchline borders a cricket pitch. It is home to Hallam FC, a Northern Counties East League Division One (step six, five below the National League) club whose crowds rarely reach three figures. Yet this is the oldest surviving football ground in the world, and Hallam are the second-oldest club." Buy here to read the full article


343 PitchSurface tension Playing on the pitch
"May 2009, Victoria Park. It is my first start of the season, and though I make a couple of early saves, my goal-kicks are barely reaching the centre circle. The wind is blowing, and I’m struggling. I ask our right-back to take over deadball kicks, waiting to capitalise once the wind is behind us. The opportunity comes early in the second half when I aim a punt deep into opposition territory. It seems a good enough strike, and sets off on track – the kick climbs high before dropping joyously onto the head of their centre-back, who clears it from his own half. It is the type of hapless hoof which has been seen many times at this ground, but for once it comes from my boot.Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Famous football U-turns
Chile: champions of South America
Palestine making progress
Austria Salzburg – the fans' fightback
Tottenham's new stadium plans
Southampton's prolific youth system
More media bans at Swindon
Bristol Rovers' supermarket problems
Supporters' Summit in Manchester
Europe comes to Bala Town
Harry Pearson: Memories need to be written down
George Best before the glamour
Russia see off Fabio Capello
The remarkable rise of Guam
Remembering John Sitton's infamous rant
Hungary's revolution disrupts the season
Book reviews ~ Liverpool's Treble winners; murder mystery; Danny Higginbotham; teacher training

Availability
WSC is the only nationally available independent football magazine in the UK, and you can get it monthly for a very reasonable £3.95. 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 Simon Gill, illustration by Adam Doughty

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