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WSC 350 ~ 30th anniversary special out now

April issue available online and in stores

wsc350The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or order from the WSC shop.

- Football 1986-2016
- New bald Swiss man at FIFA
- Referees: a national obsession
- How to report on your team
- Burnden Park disaster 70 years on
- Tangled transfers in Argentina

wsc001FREE WSC No 1 reprint inside
The opening manifesto: "Some people are in football because it's what they do best and what they enjoy doing, others are in it to squeeze every last drop of prestige, power and money out of it – and at the moment The Squeezers are having a fine old time of it." Buy here to read WSC No 1

NEW Free access to complete digital archive for subscribers
WSC subscribers now get access to the full digital archive at no extra cost. You can read every WSC in its original layout either online or through the WSC app. It's fully searchable, too.
Find out more about the digital archive here

Treachery with a smile Thirty years of WSC
"When Saturday Comes gave voice to a quizzical tone of protest at a time when the Conservative prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, believed football supporters were a hooligan mob, an 'enemy within', to be singled out for compulsory identity cards. Such is the transformation of the game’s status since that her successor, David Cameron, feels compelled to present as a fan himself, even when he can’t remember which club he says he supports.Buy here to read the full article

350 MOTMSouthend Utd 3 Burton Albion 1
Corrugated joy at Roots Hall
"Two things come immediately to mind when thinking about Roots Hall, Southend. One is that for a decade or so, games were played on Friday nights because a market occupied the club’s car park on Saturdays. Before 3pm kick-offs returned, the market was the subject of at least one item on Saint and Greavsie, from which I recall their reporter passing a stall specialising in crimplene trousers." Buy here to read the full article

Middle grounds Warwickshire non-League
"The past decade has been a turbulent one for Nuneaton’s football club. Between 2007 and 2008 what was Nuneaton Borough went bankrupt, lost their cherished name, their much-loved ground Manor Park and were dumped two tiers down the pyramid from the sixth level, the National League North, for financial irregularities. Yet there has been some cheer in the club’s recent renaissance. Now called Nuneaton Town – their original name up until 1937 – but still known by fans as the Boro, the club fought their way back and in 2014 won promotion to the top level of non-League – only to be relegated back last year." Buy here to read the full article


350 JobsWork life balance Reporting on your team
"On a Tuesday night last October, I realised I was no longer in love with my football club, Swindon Town. As is the case with most break-ups, this was a slow-burner, problems which may never have come to the boil had I chosen to work anywhere but my home town. I was fulfilling my duties and doing what I was paid to do but I got 
too close." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Focus on football photograph of the 1980s
The cost of ticket price protests
Man Utd go to the cinema
AFC Telford fans look for a way out
Photos: Oxford Utd v Accrington Stanley
The resilient Third Division
Kurdistan team get unwanted attention
The first Scottish Cup final to go to penalties
Cold life of a co-commentator
Book reviews ~ Crazy Gang; Bury's triumph; David Farrell; Tim Cahill

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:

1. Subscribe now and also get access to the complete digital archive
2. Buy the latest issue direct from WSC 
3. Sign up for our digital edition and apps for iPhone, iPad and Android
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5. Ask your local newsagent to order it for you

Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Matt Littler

On the subject...

Comment on 12-03-2016 12:00:35 by Crystal Staples #1179766
Barney Ronay's Guardian article on the 30th anniversary:

www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2016/m...ing-football-fringes

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