THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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wsc351The new WSC is out now, available to order from the WSC shop.

- European Super League
- Johan Cruyff remembered
- In praise of pennants
- Do managers look younger now?
- The perils of a PA announcer
- Blighted birthday at Forest

Total recall Johan Cruyff
"Johan Cruyff had won the European Cup before I was even born, but I came across his old ideas as a young man, and they still felt like the future. Thinking more and running less! Vision, space, geometry! Frustrated by the English game, I fell in love at once. I already knew that football could be skilful – according to Cruyff it could also be smart, and so could those who played it. Smart, and a bit of a pain in the arse. How could any self-respecting teenager resist?Buy here to read the full article

351 MOTMMorecambe 0 Plymouth Argyle 2
An Easter traffic nightmare for travelling fans
"There’s always been a lot to like about a visit to Morecambe’s Globe Arena. Covered terraces at both ends. The pre-match ritual of draping a club scarf over the statue of Eric Morecambe on the seafront. The best pies in the Football League are sold at half time. And, weather and light permitting, the terrace outside the Midland Hotel’s Rotunda Bar, looking out over Morecambe Bay, is a pleasant place to enjoy a post-match pint." Buy here to read the full article

Serving pennants The friendly memorabilia
"Approaching October’s Rangers v Livingston Scottish Challenge Cup match I felt a fleeting buzz of European competition. From outside you can subconsciously glimpse the ceiling of the Ibrox trophy room, decorated with continental club pennants – including the distinctive chequers of Boavista. Ten years earlier, before an actual Champions League match in Porto, I wangled my way into Boavista’s Estádio do Bessa. The Rangers pennant I’d seen Terry Butcher present before the Glasgow leg of a 1986-87 UEFA Cup match leapt off the trophy room wall in the way your club’s crest always does when surrounded by strangers." Buy here to read the full article


351 SuperLeagueIntergalactic operators European Super League
"We all remember the kid down the park who had the new leather ball. He picked the best players for his team, made all the refereeing decisions and if he didn’t get his way then he’d threaten to leave. Eventually you all got so sick of his whining demands that you told him to bugger off, and played on with the old plastic ball instead. That’s how I feel whenever the European Club Association (ECA), the body representing the interests of the continent’s top clubs, periodically brings up the topic of a European super league.Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Local clubs disrupted in Dublin
New TV deal boost for La Liga
Premier League muscles in on JPT
Sweden's most creative club
Gainsborough Trinity punch above their weight
How the EU referendum impacts football
Northern League wants to remain isolated
Clubs fighting homophobia
The man who scored Southampton's most famous goal
Troubles at Torquay, York and Millwall
Lower-league fans pay the price
Doncaster Belles back in the top flight
Focus on Denis Compton – Arsenal's cricketing winger
Alex McLeish and Martin Jol settle in Egypt
Season in brief: Port Vale win the first Division Four
Book reviews ~ Jürgen Klopp; Secret Footballer; Looking back at 1966; 1930s trivia

Availability
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Photo by Colin McPherson, illustration by Matt Littler

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