"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"
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
PLUS 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
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
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.
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
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.