THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

1 July ~ The book reviews from the current issue of WSC are now online. There's the "dark history of the World Cup", Doncaster chairman John Ryan's tales of "life, football and cosmetic surgery" or the madness of Chic Charnley. And, in reviewing Jonathan Wilson's The Anatomy of England, Harry Pearson remembers West Germany's 3-1 win at Wembley in 1972:

"My abiding memory is of Günter Netzer strolling about with the ball at his feet, exuding the leisurely ease of a flâneur trying to find a pleasant spot for a picnic on a warm Sunday afternoon. A primary schoolboy brought up to believe that England were – if not quite superior – then certainly the equal of any nation on the planet, that game left me overwhelmed with a shame born of utter humiliation."

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