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Fans prepare for a top-of-the-table battle in Leicester

When Saturday Comes No 348 February 2016

REGULARS 5 Editorial Te ch nolog y may s e em l i ke t he a n swer t o r e f e r e e s ’ m i s t a ke s but i t w i l l d amage t he g ame

6 Sidelines Leeds not united; community interest;

Carlisle’s f lood response; FFP cost effective; Blatter and Platini finally forced out

12 Shot! A local derby on Boxing Day as league-leaders

Stafford Rangers take on Chasetown

38 Euro view

Ru s s i a ’s pl a n t o n at u r a l i s e pl aye r s ; S lov a k i a need s t ad iu ms t o match t he i r t e am

40 Books Didier Drogba’s caring side; fictional foul play;

Shankly’s home; unlocking Latchford’s career

42 Letters “I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble but...”

46 Season in brief Ageing world stars head to Qatar for 2003-04

15 Harry Pearson column Fans’ fantasies come in many forms, from magic bobble hats to nude calendars

24 Focus on F r a n k Sw i f t – t he Man C i t y a nd Engl a nd ke ep e r w i t h a f i nge r s pa n of nea r l y a f oot

The class of 92’s self-appointed status as Keepers of the Flame presents another dilemma to the fans Manchester United p16 COLORSPORT

as Keepers of the Flame presents another dilemma p16

COLORSPORT

FEATURES 16 United they Gaal Two-and-a-half years after Alex Ferguson’s retirement Man Utd can’t seem to move on

17 Traffic problems Uncover i ng t he sh ady bu s i ne s s of pl aye r trafficking and false agents

18 Not forgotten J immy H i l l en s u r ed h i s pl ac e i n f ootba l l i s hard to sum up; how Pavel became a Geordie hard to sum up; how Pavel became a Geordie

20 Deutsch marks Re t u r n i ng t o F r a n k f u r t a f t e r t wo de c ade s ;

20 Deutsch marks Re t u r n i ng t o F r a n k f u r t a f t e r t wo de c ade s ;

how Germany rebooted their national team how Germany rebooted their national team

22 Team rotation I nt r oduc i ng r ol l i ng s ubs t o amateu r l e a g ue s

22 Team rotation I nt r oduc i ng r ol l i ng s ubs t o amateu r l e a g ue s

PAUL THOMPSON

There’s a hideous blueand-white Christmas jumper in the window, along with a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Jamie Vardy’s havin’ a party” Leicester City v Manchester City p28

23 Love letters When f ootba l l f a n s needed pen pa l s

27 I was there Staying to the end, no matter what the score

28 Match of the month Leicester City host Manchester City in anunexpectedtitlebattle

32 Go north-west Non-League clubs hunt for London homes

34 Taking a seat Etiquette for season ticket holders

36 Behind closed doors Dressing room intimidation down the years