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When Saturday Comes No 360 February 2017

Aston Villa fans enjoy their Sunday afternoon in west London regulars 5 Editorial When we are looking to the government for help, you know something is wrong at the FA

6 Sidelines Ballon awe; Hull and Hartlepool in crisis;

minor ailments; Liverpool’s purple haze; mat t e r of f ac t

12 Shot! H i ghgate Un i t ed s pend Box i ng Day at

Alvechurch’s picturesque Lye Meadow

15 Harry Pearson column Non-League ground improvements might be a fertile source of material for Jasper Carrott

24 Focus on

Tommy Lawton, England’s star striker who s pent h i s be s t yea r s i n t he lowe r l e a g ue s

Now it is alleged the club was not always a safe place, and fans’ pride in it has been severely dented Crewe Alexandra p18

35 Euro view Dundalk impressed in Europe, completing a remarkable turnaround in fortunes

36 World view Cuba f i n a l l y a l low t he i r pl aye r s t o move abroad; Internacional’s terrible season

40 Books Claudio Ranieri’s good deeds; pride of the

Lionesses; caught in a Webb; London centric

42 Letters Speaking of matchday superstitions...

46 Season in brief Sam Allardyce’s Notts County storm to the

Division Three title as Doncaster plummet FEATURES 16 Swans dive Swansea’s American owners are under fire a s t he c lub ente r a new e r a of i n s t ab i l i t y

17 Sincil been gone Lincoln fans are coming to terms with being good , a nd a l s o h av i ng people t o s i t nex t t o

18 Crewe cuts It’s emotional pinball for fans at Gresty Road with Crewe embroiled in the sex-abuse scandal

20 Match of the month Two t e ams w i t h ve r y d i f f e r ent a im s i n t he

Championship meet at Loftus Road

SIMON GILL

It is one of those afternoons on which the ball appears perpetually 18 inches off the ground and never under control QPR v Aston Villa p20

26 Kit bag The FA’s long-term contract with Nike shows the direction in which shirt deals are going; bad design can taint a club’s best moments

28 Seeking refuge Footba l l h a s a po s i t i ve r ole t o pl ay i n t he acceptance of migrants; Yaser Kasim’s journey from the streets of Baghdad to Swindon Town

32 Hit the north Harrogate Town’s on-pitch success is being matched by good community work off it; Whitby Town forge their own coastal path

34 I was there How a run-of-the-mill second-tier game turned into the perfect matchday experience

38 Graphics card Shape-changing aliens take football comics to new l e ve l s ; Roy R ac e ’s endu r i ng appea l