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When Saturday Comes No 370 December 2017

Brighton players and fans celebrate at the London Stadium

REGULARS 5 Editorial The “big six” want to keep even more money for themselves, which can only damage the game in the long term 6 Sidelines USA not OK after World Cup exit; fan campaign offers some food for thought; Justin Fashanu on film; football heading for problems; Walton & Hersham forced out 12 Shot! Covent r y Un i t ed , a c lub s e t up by unhappy

Sky Blues supporters, take on Highgate United in the Birmingham Senior Cup 15 Harry Pearson column Toshack and Keegan, Lee and Summerbee,

MacDougall and Boyer – where have all the partnerships gone?

Dan Ashworth’s retention is mindboggling and tells us the most about the sincerity of the FA leadership Eni Aluko and the FA p16

24 Focus on Bruce Rioch, the industrious midfielder whose career took a long time to take off 38 World view Chile’s greatest ever team go from double Copa

América winners to World Cup failures 42 Books And r e i Kanchel sk i s doe s n’ t qu i t e t e l l a l l ;

First Division memories; north-west tales; R a nge r s golde n boy Bobby B r ow n 44 Letters Here’s a good insult for a player…

46 Season in brief A Sven-Göran Eriksson-inspired Lazio take Serie A by storm

FEATURES 16 Self-preservation society The En i A lu ko c a s e h a s show n up t he FA a s only interested in protecting themselves, rather than reforming their organisation; Nordic women stand up for equal pay 18 Out for the count S cot l a nd h ave f a i l ed a g a i n but not a l l i s a s bad a s i t s e ems ; Wales a r e a l r e ady pl a nn i ng a head 20 Match of the month West Ham’s move to the London Stadium has left their fans feeling far from home, while Brighton are enjoying the Premier League ride

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Bubbles are blown in song, and belched out of pitchside machines, as the teams run out of the tunnel West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion p20

26 Delta waves Pep Guardiola should watch more 1980s football, then he would appreciate Mitre’s ball 28 Brolin thunder Cartoonist David Squires looks at the Swedish s t a r ’s unproduc t i ve s pe l l at L e ed s Un i t ed 30 Identity card Catalonia’s drive towards independence has put Barcelona in an odd position; how multinationalitiesarechanginginternationalteam dynamics; Yorkshire’s own “national” team 36 Team spirit: Hull A tribute to City’s star striker Les Mutrie;

how the Allam family have soured success 40 Mersey beat Prescot Cables’ ties with their community are now the club’s main concern; swimming a g a i n s t t he t i de i s a l l pa r t of Mar i ne l i f e