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“Nothing beats the adoration you receive”: What it’s really like to be a football mascot

Representing your club as their mascot makes you part of a community like no other – one well worth the sweaty costume and risk of broken fingers

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Private audience: When Leeds United’s 1972 FA Cup winners made one young fan’s day

A father and son’s brazen stroll into Elland Road paid off, thanks to a friendly kitman and the generosity of Terry Yorath, Jack Charlton and the rest

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Stansted spies and Spandau Ballet – a title win in the pub with Walthamstow’s Rabble

Illustration by Matt Littler

The winning entry in our 2022 writers’ competition looked back on a memorable season for the east London club. Entries are now open for the 2023 competition

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Potato field to world-renowned atmosphere – celebrating Portmouth’s Fratton Park

The Pompey pub club offices and matching clubhouse, with its mock-Tudor frontage, at Fratton Park. Colin McPherson/WSC Photos

For 125 years, opposition players and managers have left the Archibald Leitch-designed south coast stadium with the Pompey Chimes ringing in their ears

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Ron repeat: Tribute to Ronnie Radford, whose goal marks Year Zero for giantkillings

Ronnie Radford celebrates his wonder goal for Hereford against Newcastle as supporters invade the Edgar Street pitch. Alamy

From John Motson’s commentary to a parka-clad pitch invasion, Ronnie Radford’s strike for Hereford against Newcastle will live on as the ultimate FA Cup upset

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