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When Saturday Comes No 342 August 2015

The curiously lopsided Aviva Stadium hosts Ireland v Scotland

REGULARS 7 Editorial Never in English football’s history have so few teams had a chance of winning a major trophy

8 Sidelines Wales on song; communal Bath; England kids Czech out; non-League theatre; veggie footballers; Torquay lose their lottery ticket

14 Shot! FC United of Manchester welcome Benfica to officially open their brand new home

36 Euro view

Parma’s slide from UEFA Cup winners to bankruptcy and Serie D in two decades

37 World view

One year on from the World Cup and Brazil are struggling to find uses for their stadiums

40 Books FA Cup i n t he 1980 s ; Marco Neg r i ’s blue mood ;

a lower-league story; Terry Dyson – Spurs hero

42 Letters “If you are invading the pitch, have a plan...”

17 Harry Pearson column English players are disproportionately e x pen s i ve a nd i t ’s not dow n t o t he i r t a l ent

24 Focus on Arsenal abandon their famous white sleeves in 1965 and it all goes wrong

For no apparent reason the first face to appear is José Mourinho. “Paul Gascoigne is the special one,” he says obediently Paul Gascoigne film p27

46 Season in brief The start of the end for the maximum wage

FEATURES 18 Summer nights Scotland’s proposal for abandoning a winter season doesn’t add up

19 On the move The close season brings a f lurry of transfers but some don’t work out as well as others

COLORSPORT

20 Banned exhibition The de c l i ne of c r owd ba nner s ; h a l f - a nd -h a l f s c a r ve s a r en’ t a lway s a pa i n i n t he nec k

22 Dam busters

Aja x may r u l e t he Dutch c ap i t a l but t he r e a r e some other historic teams in the city

INPHO

When the Irish media runs out of comments to make about the FAI chief executive, Roy Keane generally fills the vacuum Republic of Ireland v Scotland p28

26 Still with us How the remote town of Workington sustained a League club for 26 seasons

27 It’ll end in tears The latest documentary about Paul Gascoigne doe s n’ t qu i t e h i t i t s ma rk

28 Match of the month Ireland and Scotland battle it out for Euro 2016

qualification at the Aviva stadium

32 Writers’ competition winners A father-son tale; discovering playing the g ame l at e r i n l i f e ; f a r ewel l Gr i f f i n Pa rk

38 Avoiding conflict No matter how experienced you are there is one rule as a ref: don’t create an incident