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When Saturday Comes No 336 February 2015

Derby day at Blundell Park

REGULARS 7 Editorial If English players want to be considered world class they need to test themselves abroad

8 Sidelines Clubs pay staff the living wage; Coventry’s

Wasp problem; transfer embargoes in the Championship; Birmingham’s blues and Hayes’ ground woes; Friday night rights

14 Shot! Whitehawk host Eastbourne at an exposed

Enclosed Ground on Boxing Day

Anyone who has watched non-League football will find much that is familiar in the board game world – it’s an amiable carrierbag toting sort of place filled with selfdeprecating jokes Football board games p20

24 Focus on... Watford’s First Division-bound 1982 squad are driven forward by Elton John

36 Euro view

AEKAthens’ stadium controversy; Romania’s champions forget their name

38 World view

No one wants Argentina’s new league format

40 Books Duncan Ferguson divides opinion; FA Cup nostalgia; Gosspel truth; Frank’s Large life

42 Letters “The other pundits might makeGary Neville look good but he’s not perfect...”

46 Season in brief Newcomers Chelsea battle Manchester

United for promotion, behind Bristol City

FEATURES 16 Smoke and mirrors Clapton’s left-wing fans attract unwanted attention; decline of Aberdeen’s trendsetters; Spain crack down on ultra influence; recording the noise of Brescia’s support

20 Imitation game Playing tabletop football with cards and dice;

the rise and f laws of FIFA computer games

PAUL THOMPSON

A successful Lincoln counterattack follows a throw-in which rebounds off the back of a Grimsby player looking the other way while he pulls his socks up Grimsby Town v Lincoln City p26

23 Assisted living Themost misleading stat of all

26 Match of the month Apost-Christmas derby as Lincoln travel to Grimsby in the Conference

30 Training report Watching teams practise used to be so easy;

how clubs keep track of player performance

32 On the fringes Whyfootball sitcoms never work; standups steer clear of the game for good reason; Doncaster’s stage-bound centre-half

39 I was there West Brom’s FA Cup defeat toWoking