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When Saturday Comes No 377 July/August 2018

Coventry fans about to witness history

REGULARS 5 Editorial As the richest clubs get richer, they leave the rest risking financial armageddon 6 Sidelines Anthem anger in Northern Ireland; North

America wins the race for 2026; Scottish junior leagues growing up; from the streets to the World Cup; curtains raised at Bromley 12 Shot! Whitchurch Alport host C ammell Laird 15 Harry Pearson column There ’s a g ap i ng hole at Ru s s i a 2018 – no referees from anywhere in the UK 24 Focus on Mario Kempes, the Golden Boot winner who scored in just three of his 18 World Cup games

With few exceptions, the majority of Championship clubs did not have the season they were expecting Football League review p26

36 Euro view A f t e r t he f a l l of t he B e r l i n Wal l , Magdebu r g s t r ug g l ed t o ad ap t – but t hey a r e f i n a l l y bac k 37 World view Somalia want to come home but the road is full of dangers, as a new documentary explores 40 Books Italia 90 investigated; Kieron Dyer delves deep;

Coton’s keeper tales; Gerry’s Spurs near-misses 42 Letters Dundee United could be a synonym for idiots…

46 Season in brief Hungary’s traditional Budapest powers slip away a s Debrecen t a ke t he l e ad FEATURES 16 Reds missed Jürgen Klopp has again failed in a major final,

t hough t he r e were e x t enu at i ng c i r c umst a nce s 17 Theo of evolution

Having left Arsenal, Theo Walcott’s status as the wonderkid that never was is cemented 18 On the margins Conifa’s World Football Cup provided a r e f r e sh i ng a l t e r n at i ve t o F I FA’s of f e r i ng 20 Match of the month Fan-run Exeter City come up against a club dominated by boardroom chaos at Wembley

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Coventry’s following is both larger and more exuberant. It is a while since being a Sky Blue was much fun Coventry City v Exeter City p20

26 The year that was While the Championship proved itself an unpredictable division in 2017-18, League One went in the opposite direction and Accrington upse t t he odd s i n L e a g ue Two 30 Outdated traditions Get your programmes while you can – though t hey m i ght not be a s m i s s ed a s many c l a im 33 Just the ticket Stubs are increasingly being phased out in favour of technology, which is a shame 34 Around the World Cup Jules Rimet trophy mystery solved... sort of;

squad disruption at major tournaments 38 Crossing the streams Online services offer clubs a new outlet for their PR, with official documentaries