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Football's unsung heroes: What referees are really thinking

by Tim Bradford from WSC 360 ~ out now

http://www.wsc.co.uk/cartoons/13652-football-s-unsung-heroes-what-referees-are-really-thinking
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Here are some of the best images from our photographers – Colin McPherson, Simon Gill and Paul Thompson – during 2016

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You smile bravely and try to put some warmth into the hugs you give your club-mates (note: not “team-mates” for you). But the smile soon cracks, the sobs start and you wake up sweating. For what could be worse, I ask you, than the status of sub? Answer: a very few things
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The Leaning Conference Centre of Luftetari is famous in Albania. People come from miles around to stand next to it, take photographs of each other next to it and visit the Leaning Conference Centre Visitors’ Centre, Museum & Cafe...
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Nottingham Forest just don’t “do” cups these days, while our league position has got worse in each of Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s four-and-a-half years as owner. Meanwhile, the club have endured a series of embarrassments off the field, coupled with a lack of leadership and increasing ill-discipline (seven red cards already this season) on it
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Arsène Wenger's fine football tradition

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Picking the right time to retire isn’t easy for any footballer. Compared with the professionals, at least I can exclude one option – there is no question of going out at the top. But on the other hand, nor is there anyone to take you gently aside and whisper the awful truth, or simply to stop putting your name on the teamsheet
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Inevitably, dormant fans and Johnny-come-latelies are suddenly interested in a team who for the past several seasons either suffered relegation from League Two, or have finished in the bottom half of the fifth tier. These fans are more than welcome – everyone loves a full ground and higher revenues, despite some grumblings about the unfamiliar faces with their suspiciously pristine red-and-white scarves. But how can a team like Lincoln hold on to these fans if or when results take a turn for the worse? 
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From Ashton Gate to Ashton United’s Hurst Cross stadium, WSC photographers went all over the place in 2016 – here are some of their best pictures
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Crewe and the abuse scandal | Comic strip heroes | Can football help refugees? | A new team in Liverpool | Swansea – a story of decline | The game revives in Cuba | Brazilian giants get relegated | Lincoln adjust to success | Dundalk shine in Europe | Selling football shirts: The value of star names & Southampton's kit disasters
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It’s hard to find something bad to say about Claudio Ranieri, but just because something is hard to do doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try. In Hail Claudio! Gabriele Marcotti and fellow journalist Alberto Polverosi do their best to unearth any darker side with “hairdryer” highlights. It soon becomes evident, however, that for every example of “bad cop” there are countless more acts of kindness in the Ranieri backstory to outshine them

http://www.wsc.co.uk/reviews/61-Managers/13642-hail-claudio-the-man-the-manager-the-miracle-by-gabriele-marcotti-and-alberto-polverosi
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Graham Taylor was such a nice man that writing about his abhorrent treatment at the hands of the tabloid press during his time as England manager seems inappropriate. Upon hearing the sad news of his death, I thought about the time my mother wrote to him asking him to select Stephen Pears and Jamie Pollock in his next England squad
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When Saturday Comes is Britain's leading independent football magazine. Launched in 1986, it aims to provide a voice for intelligent football supporters, offering both a serious and humorous view of the sport. WSC has always sought to include contributions from readers as well as a number of football journalists and award-winning authors. In each issue we aim to cover most of the major topics that fans are likely to talk about.

Within two years of its launch, WSC had developed from a bi-monthly, photocopied, hand-stapled production into a monthly magazine with national distribution. WSC also helped to publicise the hundreds of club fanzines that sprang up around this time. It is estimated that such publications were selling a total of more than a million copies each year by 1989.

Our public profile increased off the back of regular media publicity, such as that generated by a trip organised by the magazine to Senegal for the 1992 African Nations Cup, subsequent Nations Cups in Tunisia and South Africa, and the South American championship in Ecuador in 1993. The magazine increased in size to 48 pages and went full colour in early 1995.

During the mid-1990s boom in football publishing, When Saturday Comes established a niche in the then crowded magazine market. WSC has become recognized as a source of informed comment on all aspects of British football, featuring on major current affairs programming and in newspapers in this country and on radio and television around Europe.

Among the many When Saturday Comes books are the first English language histories of football in Spain and Germany and a book of football writing co-produced with Nick Hornby, author of Fever Pitch. A recent book, Up Front, collected together our favourite WSC covers. In addition we have produced and marketed a number of popular T-shirts.

Alongside the printed magazine WSC has an expanding website. Over 20 years' worth of content is being archived online. We also comment daily on football issues and assemble a weekly newsletter which delivers despair and enlightenment to your inbox every Friday. 

But don't just take our word for it – the Guardian and the Independent both wrote features around the magazine's 25th anniversary in March 2011. 

When Saturday Comes – eyes and ears of football, and voice of the fans ~ Guardian
When Saturday Comes: Philosophy football ~ Independent

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