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"After reading the back cover blurb, where this account of footballers’ lives is described as 'the ultimate where are they now', one is prepared for a horrifying catalogue of alcohol and drug addiction, marriage break-ups, disability, bankruptcy, prison sentences and suicides. Perhaps fortunately, the content doesn’t truly warrant this apocalyptic preview"

http://www.wsc.co.uk/reviews/63-General/13482-retired

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Despite spending their 127 year existence outside of the Football League, Bath City have a surprisingly large stadium, the ownership of which has provided stability over the years, but also enabled the accumulation of debt. No one can recall the last time Bath didn't operate at a loss, and although there is no danger of bankruptcy the current directors are no longer willing to cover the annual losses.

http://www.wsc.co.uk/news/13496-bath-bid-for-community-ownership-and-history
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"With the exception of one aside, in which he speculates with apparently genuine interest on the 'prevailing orthodoxy in HR', Ancelotti’s chapters thankfully focus on the specifics of football"

Quiet Leadership: Winning hearts, minds and matches by Carlo Ancelotti, with Chris Brady and Mike Forde
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The casual observer may be forgiven for assuming that equilibrium has come back to Coventry City after a turbulent few years. The return to the Ricoh Arena in 2014 following exile in Northampton was symbolic of resolution, while an eighth-placed finish last season appeared to indicate that things were back on track. Onwards and upwards? Apparently not.
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Berwick Rangers v East Stirlingshire, Shielfield Park, 2014

Action from the first half at Shielfield Park, during the Scottish League Two fixture between Berwick Rangers and East Stirlingshire (orange shirts) with the maltings storage silos visible in the background

Photo by Colin McPherson

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However flawed Shindler’s premise, it’s argued in an easygoing and readable manner. As well as being an academic, Shindler also produced Lovejoy, and he wears his research lightly, adroitly dropping in facts such as the huge increase from Alf Ramsey’s £7,200 to Revie’s £20,000 England manager wages. The insurmountable problem with Four Lions is simply that it lacks focus
Four Lions: The lives and times of four captains of England by Colin Shindler
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Having got rid of a genius in Louis van Gaal now Manchester United have found themselves with the world's first supergenius football manager… the amazing and wonderful José Mourinho

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Pep Guardiola gives Joe Hart a confidence boost

by Dave Robinson from WSC 356

http://www.wsc.co.uk/cartoons/13488-pep-guardiola-gives-joe-hart-a-confidence-boost
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I miss the Cup-Winners Cup. Not just the tournament discontinued in 1999, but the actual Cup-Winners Cup – the 60cm tall, 14kg, strangely ribbed piece of silverware itself. Smaller than the UEFA and European Cups, more gothic than the former and more ornate than the latter, the Cup-Winners Cup and its hockey puck wooden base was ugly in a cute way, like a pet bulldog.

http://www.wsc.co.uk/features/13494-in-praise-of-football-s-famous-trophies
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Scenes from football history, 301 ~ Lone Ranger
by Dave Robinson
"Tonto was resentful that the Lone Ranger got all the credit for their managerial success."
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WSC 356 in stores today

Clubs and other sports | High times at Huddersfield | World Cup boycott begins | Dalian Atkinson tribute | Non-League in Hertfordshire | YouTube football at Wembley | Bristol City's heyday

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Clubs v the FA in Ireland | Olympic joy for Brazil | Chelsea's local superstar | Relegation in the US? | Transfer window records | Scottish fans Act up | Non League Day 2016 | Blackburn & Torquay in crisis | EFL Trophy revolt | The important symbolism of teeth | Belgium's famous second-tier names

http://www.wsc.co.uk/regulars/13475-wsc-356-out-now
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The Man Behind The Goal brings together the best short stories, many out of print for a while, by the acclaimed football writer Brian Glanville. The subjects include embittered managers raging against their foes, the shady world of the hanger-on, bewildering transfer negotiations in Italy and the coaching theories of eccentric amateurs

http://shop.wsc.co.uk/the-man-behind-the-goal.html
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Introduction
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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