THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

September issue available online and in stores now

wsc344aThe new WSC is out now, available in all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the brand new WSC shop.

- Platini: from player to president
- Celebrating the football annual
- Can the FA save grassroots?
- Decline of Sunday Leagues
- When players were "slaves"
- The indoor football experiment

 Book of love Football annuals
"You’re bound to have some in a dusty box in the loft, or mouldering in the shed; and you’ll have seen them warping in the sun at a car boot sale, or in the charity shop, sharing shelf space with Jeremy Clarkson books and old Dollar and Lionel Richie LPs – but don’t be so hasty in passing over the discarded football annuals. There are some nuggets to be had within those cheap-looking laminated covers – and I don’t really mean Steve Mackenzie’s 'Focus On' column from the 1983 Shoot! annual, in which he was bold enough to proclaim that Barry Manilow and Johnny Mathis were among his favourite singers, and that a typical post-match routine involved going 'down to the local pub for a drink'." Buy here to read the full article


344 MOTMPort Vale 3 Doncaster Rovers 0

An early season away day to Burslem
"There is no such thing as Port Vale railway station. Actually, there’s no such thing as Port Vale – I’m trying to get to Burslem – and according to  the 'Visit Us' section on the club website, the nearest station is a 25-minute walk from the ground, and the biggest station is a half-hour bus ride. Luckily, the people of the Potteries couldn’t be more accommodating (or suspicious) of the non-local football supporter." Buy here to read the full article


Inside out Indoor football in the early 1900s
"In the winter of 1905, an American entrepreneur launched an eccentric scheme to create Britain’s first indoor football league. The venue was London’s Olympia, the largest indoor arena in the country, its grand hall seating 9,000 spectators under a 115-foot-high barrelled roof. The idea was to recruit an in-house team of famous players and invite the country’s leading clubs to compete against them for a national indoor trophy. The man behind the ambitious enterprise was Kentuckian theatre manager Edwin Cleary, a career-hopping former trainee priest, law student, railroad builder and Shakespearean actor." Buy here to read the full article


344 GrassrootsTaking part Grassroots and the FA
"Last month the FA’s new chief executive Martin Glenn announced that an impressive £260 million was to be invested in grassroots football over the next four years. This figure was further boosted by a government pledge of £40m to support the FA’s City Hub programme, which will increase the number of 3G pitches in 30 cities across the country. All this suggests rosier times ahead for amateur football. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that straightforward with the FA." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
A history of backroom feuds
Everton board under fire
Harry Pearson: pros at school
Banks and Shilton – photo feature
BBC banned by Rangers
Top level arrests in Croatia
Belgium's reorganised leagues
Scotland's history of lesser siblings
Still with us: Durham City
Wycombe 1993 Conference triumph
Sheffield Wednesday ticket price anger
Newport and Blackpool crisis updates
Carlisle's season of many miles
New Brian Clough documentary
The life of reserve goalkeepers
Book reviews ~ Manager expectations; not your average journeyman; Totting up; Costa cutting

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 Paul Thompson, illustration by Adam Doughty

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