June issue available online and in stores
The new WSC is out now, in all good newsagents or available to order from the WSC shop.
- Hillsborough inquest
- Leicester's title triumph
- Do team talks work?
- The wrecking of Aston Villa
- "I was Ronin the Raven"
- Nayim from the halfway line
Euro 2016 Team Guide & Wallchart!
Every team covered:
What are the expectations?
Is the coach popular?
Who makes for a good interviewee?
Are there any players with unusual hobbies?
Who is their TV equivalent of Robbie Savage?
Will there be many fans travelling?
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Universal truth Hillsborough
"Growing up on Merseyside and supporting Liverpool, the Hillsborough disaster has been a fairly constant background presence throughout my lifetime. I didn’t directly experience news of the event at the time – I was six, and only really began to get interested in football over the year that followed – but it wasn’t too long before I started to learn about what had happened. A memorial stands in my home town of Crosby to the 18 victims who came from the borough of Sefton, and I distinctly remember reading a first-anniversary tribute in, of all places, Roy of the Rovers, that managed to do a surprisingly sensitive job of conveying the event and its aftermath to its largely pre-teen audience. During those early years, however, I was given no sense whatsoever that the narrative surrounding the event was in any way controversial." Buy here to read the full article
Eastleigh 0 Tranmere Rovers 1
A clash of old northern League club and aspirant southerners
"This is my National League debut. The division has become an odd melange of gnarled ex-League clubs, typically northern, and aspirant outfits ascending the pyramid, often southern. Today’s encounter illustrates the point very well. It’s also Tranmere Rovers’ debut season at this level and only Eastleigh’s second." Buy here to read the full article
Under no illusions Leicester City
"This morning it seems as if the entire city of Leicester has had a huge microphone stuck under its chin and been asked to say how it was feeling. Local radio reporters have been outside the King Power stadium since dawn and will be there until 10am. Some of the testimony has been particularly moving. A man dropped by to say that he’d been brought to Leicester by his parents at the age of two; only now, at the age of over 50, did he feel he belonged. A euphoric young man, who I think said he’d been born in Kurdistan, announced 'The whole world knows Leicester now, innit?'." Buy here to read the full article
Talking a good game Team talks
"A typical half-time team talk. We even have the sliced oranges. It is a tight game (at this level, they’re either nip and tuck or a tedious thrashing) and a senior player is articulating the reasons we are one goal down. It mainly comes down, apparently, to our opponents wanting it more. 'It' is a mysterious pronoun in football. In some contexts it is obvious: 'Clear it!' is referring to the football, terrifyingly close to our penalty area. 'Sod it' usually pertains to the game of football as a whole" Buy here to read the full article
Brazil coup halts reform
China's blueprint for football
Vienna's lower-league derby of love
Leyton Orient's ownership woes
Moore than a legend
Wolves in the money
Carlisle United's missing billions
Referees have a Friend in need
Bacup v Holker in the south Pennines
Teams' best players are never on the pitch
Jock Stein – the Rangers fan who led Celtic
Schalke and Bayern battle for the Bundesliga
Book reviews ~ Euro 96; Robbie Savage; Eibar; 1966 World Cup
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Photo by Simon Gill, illustration by Adam Doughty