THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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"Last but not least" according to the FA – the legitimisation of Milton Keynes is well underway.
On a cold day by the Thames, Fulham surprise Man Utd. 
A Portsmouth supporter tries to understand the grim future at Fratton Park.
USA v England – now the 2010 draw has brought the countries together, there has been an American resurgence of interest in a famous victory 60 years ago.
John Gregory takes charge in Nazareth and explains his squad needs outside the Church of the Annunciation on Christmas Eve.

Also in this issue:

The Saga of Sven – a chaotic year in Nottingham seen from both sides of the Trent
"When it was announced in the summer that Notts County's Supporters Trust had given their stripy monochrome cow of a club away to Munto Finance in exchange for a fistful of magic beans, the immediate reaction on the south side of the Trent was genuinely positive. If ever any club needed a sugar daddy, it was them. The thought of a proper cross-town rivalry was an exceedingly tempting one. And as a friend of mine said: "So what if they ended up in the Premier League while we fell out of the League? We'd still be patting them on the heads and saying 'Are you in Europe, then? Good on yer, duck' while we were playing Ilkeston Town." Buy here to read the full article

The joy of nets
– why the loss of the unique goal net is a loss to football in general
"Reading fans' accounts of their first visit to a stadium, it seems most are struck by two things: the pure greenness of the pitch (which seems odd given how ungrassy most pitches of two or more decades ago look by comparison with modern football) and the intensity of the noise. I suppose I was taken by both those things when I first experienced football live (Sunderland 1 Southampton 1, Roker Park, October 1982), but what made a bigger impression on me was the net." Buy here to read the full article

 

Familiarity and contempt – the lowdown on a fierce Cheshire derby between the teams of Northwich
"In November, a week prior to Northwich Victoria's home FA Cup second round victory over Charlton, Graham Shuttleworth, enterprising secretary of town rivals Witton Albion, took to Addicks message boards. Albion offered travelling Charlton supporters parking at their ground for £2 on the day, along with opening the social club early to offer them 'comfort break, a drink or something hot to eat', while 'no doubt enjoying the build-up to your game on the large screen'. On a good day, Albion's Wincham Park is a ten minute walk over a canal footpath from Victoria Park. Local rivals mucking in to ensure their neighbour's big day goes off smoothly? The whole community, you may think, coming together and putting rivalries aside? Not quite." Buy here to read the full article

Stuff of Legends – a night with the 1966 World Cup winners
"It's a damp, blustery evening a few weeks before Christmas. There are more than the usual number of middle-aged men about, some furtively clutching carrier bags and cardboard tubes. Many are heading to the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, a large soulless venue with the feel of a school hall circa 1975, where earlier in the week Alice Cooper had been appearing. Tonight is billed as 'An evening with the 1966 England World Cup Squad'. It should read 'or most of them', as two cannot appear and Bobby Charlton presumably prefers not to. The company run by agent Terry Baker ('the only worldwide agents for Pelé's signature') do a steady line in selling signed memorablia in the foyer. One of their clients, Jimmy Greaves, is the evening's compere." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
The Europa League on a cold night in Berlin
Craig Levein; FIFA expulsions; football on Facebook
Pay up for Palace? The case against renewing a season ticket
Early football images from the world's first illustrated newspaper
Crowd control in Serbia; Italian clubs' abrupt collapse; Celta Vigo overstretch themselves
Plans to reward well-behaved hooligans in Argentina
Re-evaluating referees – Changing the habits of a lifetime
The strange case of Charles Itandje, a goalkeeper under a cloud
As good as it got – The Cup-Winners Cup exploits of Borough Utd, the first Welsh winners in Europe
Gazza at Kettering; Peter Shilton's Plymouth; famous cup shocks; a Lisbon lion cub
Season in brief – Premier League, 1994-95

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