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wsc348The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or order from the WSC shop.

- Leicester: the nation's favourites?
- A guide to matchday manners
- The era of football pen pals
- Dressing room dramas
- Van Gaal v Class of 92
- Jimmy Hill remembered

Sabotage tactics Changing room intimidation
"'The sanctity of the dressing room must always remain paramount,' said former Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson. 'It has a certain mystique about it which must never be altered.' Nicholson’s idealistic view hasn’t always been adhered to by football clubs. When a 3-2 defeat in Wolfsburg knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League in November, their players complained that the 'stifling heat' of the away dressing room had hindered their concentration (the hosts insisted the temperature remains constant for all games at the Volkswagen Arena).Buy here to read the full article

348 MOTMLeicester City 0 Manchester City 0
An unexpected title battle
"My neighbour Stuart is a season ticket holder at the King Power Stadium. On the occasions when I bump into him, invariably on a Sunday night in our local, his face is locked in a maniacal grin. 'Unbelievable, just unbelievable,' he will say about his team having continued their remarkable form. Leicester have won 11 and lost only two of their 18 league games so far, having also taken 22 points from their final nine matches of 2014-15" Buy here to read the full article

Written from the heart Football pen pals
"It’s never been easier to talk to people about football. Or, to put it another way, it’s never been harder not to talk to people about football. In fact, there are now so many places to discuss the game that firing off opinions into the void almost seems compulsory. Match of the Day even has an icon in the corner of the screen inviting viewers to 'join the debate'." Buy here to read the full article

348 SeatingNeighbourhood watch Seating etiquette
"It’s a wall of indifference, cemented by contempt for the fact I’m speaking to them at all: a clique of four two rows behind me loudly ask each other trivia questions every half time. During a recent cup game, not on the season ticket, the seats between us were empty. They weren’t 100 per cent sure if David Beckham had played in the Champions League for Milan.Buy here to read the full article

Revolution at amateur level
Inside football's slave trade
Is Germany a fans' utopia?
Foreign aid for Russia
Leeds not united
Boost for community clubs
Carlisle's flood response
FFP make sits mark
Blatter & Platini finally banned
Stafford Rangers host Chasetown
Harry Pearson on fans' fantasies
How Pavel became a Geordie
Returning to Frankfurt after 20 years
Germany's rebooted national team
Focus on Frank Swift and his big hands
Staying to the end of a hammering
Searching for home in north-west London
Slovakia's ground problems
World stars head for Qatar
Book reviews ~ Didier Drogba; fictional foul play; Shankly's village; Bob Latchford

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Photo by Paul Thompson, illustration by Tim Bradford

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