THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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- Refugee crisis: UK & Germany response
- Transfer system under threat
- Matchday doctors & divot stompers
- Northern Ireland on the brink
- Revolutionary teams in Italy
- Manchester: a football hotbed

Welcoming committee Refugee crisis
"'It won’t happen in England' was the familiar refrain as fans watched their German counterparts raise terrace banners, organise collections, offer free tickets to new arrivals and act as a public forum for discussion throughout 2015. When Kingstonian fans hauled up a silver sheet at home to Dulwich Hamlet in August with the words 'Refugees Welcome' spelled out using badly assembled gaffer tape, it was one of the first public statements at a domestic football ground that refugees are indeed welcome, at Kingsmeadow in Kingston (long home to communities of Sri Lankan Tamils, Afghan Sikhs and Koreans), and indeed in the UK and Europe.Buy here to read the full article

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The shadow of the past over Scottish football
"'Was it Kenny Dalglish? Steve Archibald? Maybe Alan Brazil.' The veterans of Easter Road’s press lounge are pondering a trivia question prompted by Steven Naismith’s just-completed hat-trick for Everton against Chelsea. Who was the last Scottish player to score three goals in one game in the English top flight? It’s telling that we reach so far back into football history to search for the answer." Buy here to read the full article


Satellite states Non-League in Greater Manchester
"If the abstract notion of 'football hotbeds' were measured by senior clubs per capita, Greater Manchester could rank as England’s most feverish heartland. In addition to its seven professional teams, the metropolitan county has nearly 30 members at the top six levels of the non-League pyramid. To put this in context, Merseyside has roughly a third of this number playing at the same level. On Greater Manchester’s eastern side lies the borough of Tameside which, during the industrial revolution, became a textile manufacturing centre. Ashton-under-Lyne in particular became an important mill town served by numerous canals and railways. Much of the town’s architectural heritage remains, although the most notable intrusion on the skyline is Ikea, whose blue and yellow edifices feel incongruous when set against Ashton’s Victorian landscape." Buy here to read the full article


345 DoctorWork experience Matchday doctor
"Like all organisers of events where crowds gather, football clubs must arrange for first aid provision for their spectators. Following recommendations in the Taylor Report, specific levels of medical cover are required at sporting events, including numbers of paramedics, first aiders and doctors depending upon crowd size. Although the bigger clubs may employ a team of doctors for crowd cover, this is not the case at smaller clubs such as Partick Thistle, where I work on Saturdays. Those clubs often rely upon volunteers to fill many matchday roles." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Platini's third UEFA club competition
How the offside law changed football
I was there ~ Crawley at Old Trafford
The life of a divot stomper
Exposing FIFA's dirty work
Focus on Stanley Matthews at home
Harry Pearson on Julio Arca and dedication
England's six-a-side adventure
Chelsea's stars get comfortable at Walsall
Northampton's ground trouble
Swedish turf wars
Hungary scan fans' veins
The end of Rosenborg's Norway dominance
Brazil's broadcast crisis
Can Indian football flourish?
Book reviews ~ Ferguson's successors; Geordie Entertainers; secret tactics; Liverpool's super sub

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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Philippe Fenner

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