THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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- David Moyes' Spanish adventure
- A record year for goalscoring
- The jargon of youth coaches
- Sticker wars: Panini v Topps
- Here comes the EFL
- Fan anger in Australia

wsc347suppShot! 2015 The year in pictures
There’s a wry tone in WSC’s photographers’ work which we feature every month. Sometimes the game itself can seem incidental but there are always light and dark moments to be found, especially while football continues to juggle ambition and tradition with such varying degrees of success and failure. This photo special includes previously unseen examples of our photographers’ work from 2015 which loosely fit this theme.

Shooting stars Record goalscorers
"Within the space of 121 days in the 1935-36 season, the Football League’s individual goal scoring record in a single match was broken on no fewer than three occasions. Eighty years later, the records have endured. Arsenal’s Ted Drake is the only footballer to have netted seven in a top-flight match, after his team won 7-1 at Villa Park on December 14." Buy here to read the full article

347 MOTMWigan Athletic 1 Shrewsbury Town 0
The Latics get used to being favourites
"Roadworks mean that the A49 into Wigan is no place for faint hearts, especially on a matchday afternoon. It doesn’t help that the route to the DW Stadium also passes a retail complex, towards which shoppers are rushing to beat the early Christmas rush. Thankfully, it all calms down once I’m past Pizza Hut, the stadium’s cantilevered trusses rising above this consumerist sprawl like a steel sentinel." Buy here to read the full article

Culture clash David Moyes' Spanish adventure
"A week into his new job with Real Sociedad, David Moyes is said to have approached one of the team’s English-speaking players after a training session and asked if he might have a word. Moyes proceeded to express his surprise at the astonishing English level of San Sebastián’s residents. The player asked him to elaborate." Buy here to read the full article


347 CoachingLanguage problem Youth coach jargon
"Most observers of football could probably supply a dissertation length analysis of the effect of Sky TV on the game. To my mind, the most damaging part of this has been the explosion of vacuous opinion and the impact it has had on children’s football. Everybody with the wherewithal for a monthly direct debit now believes they are a football expert." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Why footballers love tattoos
Premier League push in the US
Focus on Bobby Robson's Ipswich in Europe
Uruguay – the big two and the rest
The Man Behind The Goal: Brian Glanville book extract
Hong Kong takes on China
John Terry V Robbie Savage
Wimbledon's Kingstonian problem
Local papers still connect fans and clubs
Bolton, Charlton and Northampton in crisis
Scottish clubs' early European exits
Crystal Palace get US investment
Boreham Wood v Northwich Victoria photo feature
Harry Pearson: strange memories of the greats
Life on Croatia's Adriatic coast
Season in brief: Millwall reach the top flight
Man Utd and Liverpool dominate book publishing
Book reviews ~ Big Sam the man; Jock's Rangers; Gretna start again; Sky Blue thinking

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Photo by Paul Thompson, illustration by Tim Bradford

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