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Across the country any patch of grass could be turned into a makeshift pitch, with games lasting hours – as long as the ball didn’t get lose in the nettles

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Matlock Town 0 Eastwood Town 3, 09/10/2010, Causeway Lane, FA Cup third qualifying round

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The idea that modern footballers misbehave more often than their predecessors is a myth, as Steve Field explained in WSC 170, April 2001

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Video technology has resulted in 18 penalties awarded, seven rescinded, ten red cards and ten disallowed goals but it is also removing emotion from Serie A

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Having failed in an approach for Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes, the Ibrox job has been handed to Graeme Murty until the end of the season but it is only a short-term solution

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No more gambling ads, reform in Spain and Italy, and England playing in the Football League – WSC contributors’ wishes for the year ahead

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A failed World Cup, underdogs having their day and free drinks during VAR decisions – WSC contributors on what they are wishing to see in the coming year

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From Lincoln’s triumphant season to Huddersfield’s heart-warming promotion, via Chelsea’s return to the top and Premier League bullying – WSC contributors’ highs and lows from 2017

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