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WSC No 266, April 2009

4 Editorial

Fielding understrength sides 6 News watch

Tony and Big Phil wave goodbye 8 Shot!

Matchday down the Riverside 10 Sidelines

ITV’s ill-timed advert; Everton v the BNP; Darlington’s debts; the beautiful phrase 14 Going Dutch

Russia worries about sharing Hiddink; Mike Straight on loving United 16 Show of support

The Ebbsfleet experiment a year in; Accrington count the cost of success 18 Match of the month

Swansea’s crowdpleasers fail to perform as they are reunited with Watford 22 Friends like these

Schooldays with a future England captain; watching a mate’s son get substituted 24 Shot archive

Life inside Aston Villa through the decades 27 The strange case of...

How Javi Moreno went from Barça’s wishlist to Bolton’s bench 28 Clough country

Forest and Derby’s historic feud; Sheen lights up The Damned United 30 Yorkshire rivals

How Doncaster have stolen a march on the steel city duo in the Championship 32 Euro view

Genoa’s controversial chairman gets results; artificial pitches get the green light in France after a snowy winter 34 Television times

A publican’s fight to show foreign channels; Setanta regroups after losing matches; Bradford’s late postponement 37 World view

Seattle Sounders return to the fold; the undroppable Mexican captain; Iran’s outspoken anchorman 40 Reviews

A fresh history of Man Utd; Graham Roberts proves tough going; Melchester’s early days; Nakamura’s free-kick 42 Letters

Dear WSC, I think you’ll find... 46 Season in brief

Annexed Austria is absorbed into the German league pyramid in 1938-39

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You may assume the Forest-Derby rivalry had calmed down in the wake of Brian Clough’s decline. Not in the slightest Rivals p28

Brian Clough and sons, 1973