THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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- Inside West Ham's Olympic Stadium
- The birth of goalkeeping gloves
- Bristol City's rebuilding job
- Mixed memories for mascots
- Elephants taking penalties
- Syria: football in wartime

Acting like animals Elephant football
"The Lord John Sanger and Sons travelling circus arrived in Preston in June 1899, and set up its tents, grandstands and tightropes on Moor Park, across the road from Deepdale. This was, according to newspaper advertisements, 'The Largest and Grandest Show in the World'. It claimed to have 'more horses, more elephants, more lions, more animals of every description, more freaks, more performers' than any other travelling circus. And its main attraction, 'The Greatest Novelty in the World', was an elephant-versus-man football match.Buy here to read the full article

349 MOTMBristol City 1 Middlesbrough 0
An upset at Ashton Gate
"According to the odds on the day’s Stan James betting coupon this is the most nailed-on away win in the land. Middlesbrough are five points clear at the top, haven’t conceded in nine league matches and are focusing so intensely on promotion that promotion is squirming nervously with all the attention." Buy here to read the full article

Mind the gap Olympic Stadium
"Since 1990, 39 senior football venues have opened in England and Wales. But you don’t need me to remind you that the re-purposing of the Olympic Stadium for West Ham’s use, kicking off next August, is a unique proposition, and not only because of the politics behind it. Other than at the old Wembley, the last time a top-tier match took place in an English stadium with a track was in 1968, at Stamford Bridge. Lower down, Watford got rid of their dog track in 1978, Bristol Rovers left Eastville in 1986, while more recently Brighton spent 12 unhappy seasons at Withdean athletics stadium from 1999 to 2011." Buy here to read the full article


349 MascotsChild exploitation Mascot memories
"'Leading out the Spireites is something dreams are made of' states the Chesterfield website. It is a bold claim. In a competitive world, clubs are duty bound to plant such ideas in children’s heads but it wasn’t a 'once in a lifetime experience' for me." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Northern Ireland's anthem dilemma
Beyond Benfica in Lisbon
TV must top alienating match-goers
Protests at The Valley
Scotland's divisions over league system
Serie A's pinnacle of defensive play
Premier League flexes financial muscle
Loan rates to be put on hold
Truro City finding success is costly
Bishop Auckland v West Auckland Town
Harry Pearson: the art of not moving
Focus on Trevor Francis
The world's oldest active player
South American clubs demand fair pay
Barrow's highs and (mainly) lows
UEFA meddle with Euro 2016 shirts
Book reviews ~ Tony Currie; supporting two clubs; Cristiano Ronaldo; in the dugouts

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Photo by Simon Gill, illustration by Tim Bradford

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