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When Saturday Comes No 441 April 2024

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REGULARS 5 Editorial

From points deductions to penalty denials, claims of conspiracy are increasingly rife in the Premier League 6 Sidelines

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Troubled times at Torquay, Rochdale and Blackburn; why Sunday league football is at risk; Nuneaton Borough fans prepare to start again; optimism despite results at Carlisle 12 Shot!

Mold Alexandra take on high-flying Airbus in Cymru North 15 Harry Pearson column

Can we afford not to believe in the power of superstition?

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A L A M Y

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CO L I N M C P H E R S O N

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S T E V E B E E R L I N G

24 The perfect shot

Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday discuss the prospects of play at a snowbound Highbury in 1967 32 World view

Ivory Coast harness home advantage in the Africa Cup of Nations; the Swede who has traded journalism for coaching success at Vasteras 42 Letters

A few voices behind me started singing the circus music that the clowns might come on to… 46 Season in brief

Motherwell are champions of Scotland in a campaign overshadowed by tragedy for Celtic

FEATURES 16 With precedent

Calls are growing for Israel to be suspended from international sport 18 Memory lane

A lifelong love of football still sparks something, despite dementia’s grip 20 Match of the month

Destined for the drop, Rotherham travel to a QPR side aiming to escape 26 Protest movements

Supporter power in Germany; how Hull City started a tennis ball trend

Like most older grounds, Loftus Road echoes club history. But where many built periodically and piecemeal, Queens Park Rangers’ home has a sense of unity QPR v Rotherham United p20

29 Object lessons

St Johnstone’s Monaco adventure compiled in a handy scrapbook 30 Cover versions

The programme design revolution 34 Shire folk

Gloucester City back on dry land; the Swans of Slimbridge are flying high 36 Team spirit: Bolton

A rollercoaster ride over six decades; how Ian Evatt has got fans believing 40 Missed opportunity

Frustrations of a female player

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