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contentsNo 232 June 2006

TONY DAVIS

Obligatory padded animal mascot watches upwardly mobile Orient and Grimsby

Orient v Grimsby “Other teams yomp up and down the divisions with drunken cavalier abandon. But Orient fans look on wistfully as nothing much changes in their landscape” p30

6 Editorial We get an FA as weak and hopeless as the clubs want us to have 8 Diary Middlesbrough’s UEFA Cup euphoria;

West Ham recall the John Lyall years; Pompey’s great escape; Chelsea take the title; no World Cup for Wayne? 12 Shot! Conference clubs win promotion,

face the play-offs or fear relegation 14 Sidelines Shirt sponsors splash the cash; Accrington

Stanley back in the big time; Steaua Bucharest’s European Cup hero; Gabby goes goth and the Beeb launch a Wenger wild-goose chase 18 José Mourinho Just how special is the Chelsea boss considered in his native Portugal? 20 Promoted

Green giantkillers p26

to the Prem Steve Coppell’s Reading sweep all before them; Neil Warnock divides opinion even among Sheffield United fans

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22 Rangers & Swansea UEFA pass the buck on sectarian songs;

Swans players in trouble for Cardiff taunts 24 World Cup Ticket Shortage A global problem caused by FIFA sponsors 26 As Good As It Got Leatherhead Revisited: FA Cup heroes achieve unlikely TV fame in 1974-75 28 Shot Archive Preston legend Tom Finney plays through the spray, in a photograph and in bronze 30 Match of the Month Leyton Orient and Grimsby square up for

League Two’s last promotion place 35 World Cup Headlines The man with the trophy transplant,

animals caught cheating and other stories 36 Letter From... Mexico, where a national hero has been left out of his country’s World Cup squad 38 Reviews Scottish nostalgia for Argentina 78; clever writers help us understand the World Cup; Sir Alf Ramsey; the Italian way of football 46 A Season In Brief Verona’s sole Serie A triumph, in 1984-85

Regulars 34 WSC Books 40 On the Web 41 WSC Subs & T-shirts 42 Letters 45 Classifieds