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When Saturday Comes No 440 March 2024

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REGULARS 5 Editorial

The Premier League will continue to resist the EFL’s attempts to narrow the gap between them 6 Sidelines

Turbulence at Edinburgh City; ACL injuries causing pain down the women’s pyramid; the TikTok footballer; tribute to Luigi Riva 12 Shot!

Nantwich Town welcome Witton Albion 15 Harry Pearson column

The dream of seeing a ball burst the goal net

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I M A G E S

G E T T Y

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A L A M Y

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S C P H O T O S

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PA U L T H O M P S O N

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J Ö R N K RÖ G E R

24 The perfect shot

All eyes on Alex Ferguson at the Manor Ground in 1986 32 World view

A lack of action on match-fixing; time up for José Mourinho at Roma; India need to move forwards 40 Books

How mental health affects fans and players; the story of Jack Leslie; revisiting Arsène Wenger’s Double win 42 Letters

Two decades later we still wear our socks… 46 Season in brief

Burton Albion take the Conference title on the final day

FEATURES 16 Time to pretend

Even with the presence of VAR, play-acting seems worse than ever 18 Reverse manoeuvre

His struggle to settle at Manchester United isn’t Jadon Sancho’s fault 19 Live fast, Dai Yongge

Reading fans’ frustration at their owner has seen protests escalate 20 Match of the month

Crawley Town and Salford City aim to move up the League Tw0 table

If all you’d heard about Crawley Town this last couple of years or so was “The Crypto Football Club”, you’d probably be surprised at how normal it all seems Crawley Town v Salford City p20

26 World beaters

Franz Beckenbauer’s ups and downs; remembering Mário Zagallo 28 Table setting

How Jimmy Hill’s three points for a win concept spread around the world 31 Object lessons

A face in the crowd at Blackpool 36 Inside job

Life as a volunteer groundsman; is it the end for turnstile operators? 39 Police state

When players brush with the law

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