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WSC No 312, February 2013

The Palace faithful funnel to the ground in the December darkness in a relentless rain which, coupled with the unseasonal warmth of the day, has a distinctly urinal quality about it Match of the month Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town p20

Crystal Palace fans on the Holmesdale Road end watch intently

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5 Editorial Swansea are proving there is another way

6 Sidelines Spending limits; depression; player traff icking; clubs in the community

12 Shot! Leeds host Chelsea in the League Cup

14 Stand and deliver Trials of safe standing are gaining political support; Germany’s authority problems

16 Recon mission How clubs follow scouting trends

17 Snow balls A winter football icon has disappeared

18 Fire fighting Fans don’t always wait for bad results to take a dislike to their managers

20 Match of the month Crystal Palace attempt to get

Match of the month Crystal Palace attempt to get their season back on track their season back on track

Orange balls p17

balls p17

24 Focus on...

Cardiff welcome Real Madrid

Cardiff welcome Real Madrid

27 Hyper active Premier League as a neutral

Premier League as a neutral

28 Conflicts of interest Egypt’s hiatus continues; Israel’s hosting of the European Under-21 Championship

30 Reported speech

Bloggers take on newspapers in Scotland; when Newton Heath took offence

32 Watford gap The Pozzo family’s takeover of the Hornets

34 Fourth Avenue Walthamstow’s 1953 FA Cup exploits

35 Answering back The odd world of player questionnaires

36 World view San Diego’s adopted club; Caribbean Cup problems; Colombia’s volatile hope

40 Strange case of... Wonderkid to kickboxing via Everton,

alcohol, camels, drugs and fast cars

OFFSIDE

42 Books Reading Rafa; Man City’s history;

OFFSIDE 42 BooksReadingRafa; Man City’s history;

football’s nice guy; Newcastle’s boardroom

44 Letters “I’ve just f inished counting the stars and...”

44 Letters “I’ve just f inished counting the stars and...”

46 Last word Clubs should put more effort into kit choices

46 Last word Clubs should put more effort into kit choices

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