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When Saturday Comes No 357 November 2016

Stoke fly the flag at the Bet365 stadium regulars 5 Editorial The FA like to act as the moral arbiters of world f ootba l l but t he S am A l l a rdyce s c a nd a l h a s highlighted just how hypocritical they are

6 Sidelines Spurs take over the national stadium;

Coventry’s crumbling foundations; time to stand and deliver on rail seating; Millwall’s Den of despair; communal Bath

12 Shot! Wales’ Europa League representatives on display as Connah’s Quay Nomads play L l a ndud no at t he Dees i de St ad iu m

14 Harry Pearson column Certain players seem fond of returning to former clubs, while José Mourinho has i nvented h i s ow n e xch a nge r at e

In your imagination a scruffy toe-poked goal after penalty box ping pong can be something worthy of Brazil 1970 Football on the radio p34

24 Focus on Eric Morecambe, who brought sunshine to both Luton and his hometown club

37 Euro view UEFA’s new president takes on the big leagues

40 Books Everton’s peak; Alan Curbishley’s inside track;

A l be r t K i dd br e a k s Hea r t s ; Fox t r ap

42 Letters I’ve been looking through my records and… 46 Season in brief Crystal Palace win the first Third Division FEATURES 16 Split opinion Social media is dividing Arsenal fans more t h a n e ve r i n A r s ène Wenger ’s 20t h yea r

17 Philosophy course Joey Barton’s public persona is divisive but his new book makes for interesting reading

19 Sting in the tail The Sam Allardyce investigation highlights t he g ame’s g r e ed c u l t u r e ; how F r a nce dea l s with agents; the FA’s murky ethics guidance

22 Natural development More girls’ teams in boys’ leagues can only help the women’s game; Spain’s approach to football discourse shows how far ahead they are

PAUL THOMPSON

It has never been quite as difficult to win on a cold windy night in the Potteries as the pundits would have you believe Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion p26

26 Match of the month Tony Pulis takes his West Brom team back to a

Stoke f loundering under Mark Hughes

30 Rotte treatment There’s little rivalry among Rotterdam’s smaller clubs, just a proud sense of history a nd ple nt y of mutua l r e s pe c t

33 Still with us Against the odds Southport just seem to keep going, living a quiet life on the coast

34 Following at a distance Club commentaries are a lifeline for exiles;

radio retains its charm; talking about the game is often more fun than watching it

38 Leagues apart When representative teams from the English a nd S cot t i sh L e a g ue s f ac ed of f a g a i n s t e ac h other in front of huge crowds