No 218 April 2005
Blyth Spartans (in stripes) finally go out of the 1978 FA Cup in front of 42,000 at St James’ Park, Newcastle
As Good As It Got “Blyth had it all – a great name, an odd strip, a solid history, eccentrics in the dressing room and, for the papers, an easy headline – Blyth Spirit” p34
Players who always blame someone else 6 Diary
Sven draws a blank; Martin Allen takes the plunge; José R falls for the Spanish Jeremy Beadle; José M wins the big one 10 Shot!
The stresses of last month’s battles against relegation, told in pictures 12 Sidelines
North Korea and Japan try to make friends; PSG at war with supporters; UK islands with international ambitions; Grimsby, Swindon and Stockport struggle on 16 Playing for Survival
A Labour spin doctor’s bid to save football at Cambridge and the player’s dad doing the same at Northwich Victoria 18 Foreign Relations
How UEFA’s new bid to promote homegrown players could take football back to law and internationalise national sides; Arsenal’s allforeign squad
Rogue ref p27
22 Glazer Returns...
...but Manchester United fans remain determined that the stay won’t be a long or productive one 27 Scandal in Germany
The disgrace of referee Robert Hoyzer and the chaos his match-fixing “confessions” have left behind. Plus, the allegations hanging over Turkey coach Ersun Yanal 30 Match Of The Month
Hibernian can outclass Dundee – but can they, or anyone in Scotland, seriously challenge the Old Firm?
34 As Good As It Got
The greatest non-League FA Cup run since before the First World War, when Blyth were seconds away from the quarter-finals 38 Book Reviews
Sex, lies and footballers; feet, mouths and commentators; grounds nostalgia; an astonishingly bad biog of Thierry Henry 40 The Strange Case Of...
Rafael Scheidt, John Barnes’s biggest mistake at Celtic, despite the competition 46 A Season In Brief
“Neil” Hislop helps Reading win Division Two, while Fulham slip into the basement
Regulars 29 WSC Subs & T-shirts 36 WSC Books 37 On the Web 42 Letters 45 Classifieds