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When Saturday Comes No 353 July 2016

Barnsley and Millwall get the play-off pyrotechnic treatment

REGULARS 5 Editorial Away from José Mourinho’s latest exercise in antagonism, this time at Old Trafford, Wimbledon show football’s positive side

6 Sidelines Unofficial world cup’s uncertain territory;

non-League Wembley double; breaking the Laws; Tyne tears; off the cuffs at Met Police

12 Shot! North Ferriby United play AFC Fylde in the shadows of the Humber Bridge for a place in the National League

15 Harry Pearson column It takes a player of considerable genius to be able to twist and turn around the modern press the way Joey Barton has managed to do

Welsh referee Clive Thomas described the second half as “the most difficult half of a match that I have ever refereed in my career” Euro 76 p31

24 Focus on Allan Clarke’s transformation from spindly striker to confident England international

26 Euro view

Rostov nearly “do a Leicester” in Russia; it’s time Iceland’s women got some recognition

36 World view

India’s latest glamorous creation is damaging theirtraditionalleague

40 Books Hillsborough memories; Euro 96 nostalgia;

Engl a nd ’s g lob a l i n f lue nce ; Chuck r oa s t

43 Letters “The best pies I’ve ever tasted at a ground are...”

46 Season in brief When the US imported teams from around the world to create their own league

FEATURES 16 Structural integrity Many of the reasons behind the League’s proposed reorganisation are sound, but the clubs won’t vote for it; non-League teams are being cut off from the professional game

18 On the fringe It was a mixed end to the season for Edinburgh c lub s – a s H i be r n i a n’s j oy t u r ned t o sh ame, City continued to climb Scotland’s pyramid

SIMON GILL

A chunky compere type urges us to “make some noise”, because without that instruction fans would presumably have sat in silence Barnsley v Millwall p20

20 Match of the month Barnsley complete their turnaround at

Wembley, much t o Mi l lwa l l ’s a nnoya nce

28 Southern climbs Whitehawk fans wonder if success is worth it;

Eastbourne’s complex web of local rivalries

30 Euro lottery Politics blew Spain’s chance at the first Euros;

40 years ago Antonin Panenka’s penalty rounded off a thrilling tournament

32 Writers’ competition Th i s yea r ’s w i nner de s c r i be s a l i f e t ime of refereeing; sons don’t always follow their fathers; Northampton’s confusing triumph

38 Travelling man How a World Cup at home kickstarted England supporters’ desire to follow their team abroad