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When Saturday Comes No 442 May 2024

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REGULARS 5 Editorial

There’s no justification for raising ticket prices 6 Sidelines

A fixture backlog has Dunston on tour; pyro controversy in Ireland; Old Firm away fan ban in the SWPL; AFC Wimbledon’s last-minute joy 12 Shot!

Wakefield AFC host Louth Town 15 Harry Pearson column

The secret to eternal youth? Become a assistant referee

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A L A M Y

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I M A G E S

G E T T 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

M AT T L I T T L E R

24 The perfect shot

Billy Whelan’s poignant moment at Old Trafford 30 World view

Porto fans consider a change; MLS get their way with the Open Cup; Rayo Vallecano resistance 38 Books

Al-Fayed’s Cottage industry; analysing Japanese football; the state of play in the women’s game 42 Letters

Kev asked me to throw the ball up for him… 46 Season in brief

Worcester City win the Southern League in 1979

FEATURES 16 Hot under the collar

Nike’s “playful” England shirt design has got all the usual suspects excited 17 Paying the penalty

Despite sitting out this summer in Germany, there’s optimism for Wales 18 Fine print

County and Forest fans join forces; the photo zine curating the game 20 Match of the month

Shrewsbury Town welcome play-off chasing Oxford United to Shropshire

The game begins and so does the drum, which, for lovers of rudimentary percussion, doggedly sustained, is when the fun starts Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United p20

27 Long time coming

Party time at Ochilview as Stenhousemuir secure a first title 28 Professional style

The new fashions of Sunday league 34 Leafy surrounds

The joy of trees in football grounds 36 Seconds out

How some of the laws of the game have been allowed to lapse 40 Object lessons

A tournament trophy won thanks to an inglorious deception

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