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WSC No 302, April 2012

The loudest home support comes from a pocket of small children. They do not know any chants, but their shrill, endlessly repeated “He-re-ford” cuts through the winter air like the persistent sting of a chapped lip Match of the month Hereford United v Swindon Town p26

The unique ambiance of Edgar Street


5 Editorial The more they feud, the more Manchester

United and Liverpool look the same 6 Sidelines Fashanu family fallout; abandoned trips;

Spurs stay in Tottenham; Dhorasoo’s substitute appearance at the World Cup; national identities; charity cases 12 Shot! Stoke City’s Europa League adventure 14 Lone Rangers How administration will affect the Scottish champions and the other clubs in the SPL 16 History rewritten in Africa After organisational problems, Zambia’s victory redeemed the Cup of Nations 18 Media moguls Sky face competition from

Apple and Google; José Mourinho’s cartoon capers 20 Kings of England Deconstructing Harry

Mourinho’s cartoon capers Kings of England

England take on Aylesbury Utd p32

Redknapp; an Italian perspective on Fabio Capello’s exit 22 Power games The allure of fantasy football;

The allure of fantasy football;

QPR’s barking boardroom

QPR’s barking boardroom

24 Focus on...

US pioneers John Harkes and Tony Meola visit Sheff ield in 1990

26 Match of the month Hereford United fall to a limp defeat at home to Paolo di Canio’s Swindon Town

30 Euro view The language barrier in the Poland squad;

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s f ighting talk

32 England’s openers Bobby Robson’s team visit Aylesbury

United’s new ground before Euro 88

34 Strange case of...

Alexander Hleb, the Belarus winger more suited to Arsenal than Barcelona

36 World view Ronaldinho’s home truths; China’s expensive imports; Asia’s Olympic legacy



40 Books Chris Sutton f inds paradise; how Murphy

40 Chris Sutton f inds paradise; how Murphy and Busby conquered Europe; Ronnie Whelan’s life on the pitch; Brighton’s rock

42 Dear

42 Letters Dear WSC, as much as it pains me to say...

46 Last word Stadiums need standing areas so fans can

46 Stadiums need standing areas so fans can choose to sit down at matches