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When Saturday Comes No 383 February 2019

Soaking up the Boxing Day atmosphere outside Burnley’s Turf Moor

REGULARS 5 Editorial Fans are f locking to Football League games for now but dipping midweek crowds are a sign of things to come if broadcasters get their way 6 Sidelines More European expansion; crises at Coventry,

Bury, Chesterfield and Billericay; Jersey sure; Italian Super Cup on tour; Barnsley memories 12 Shot! Hebburn Town are the visitors to Penrith, the

Northern League’s only Cumbrian club 15 Harry Pearson column Enter non-League raffles to support small clubs, but win them at your peril 24 Focus on Roland Nilsson, the Swedish right-back who made a lasting impression in Sheffield

There is no hiding place and when the wretches responsible are winkled out, they are ordinary, miserable trolls Football and racism p16

36 World view Kosovo have built one of Europe’s most exciting teams in just five years; SuperClásico Copa Libertadores leaves a lasting impression 42 Books Brian Clough and Peter Taylor go south;

Manchester C i t y ’s r ap i d de c l i ne ; ch a ng i ng t imes at West Ham; Joh n A r ne R i i s e r un dow n 44 Letters There’s something else that has been bugging me about goal netting…

46 Season in brief St e ve McCla r en a nd Twente upse t t he “ b i g three” in the Eredivisie FEATURES 16 Race against time The racism and toxic language of social media and politicians has reached the terraces; the media must take responsibility for fueling hate; sports journalism needs diverse voices 20 Match of the month Rain and a season gone awry dampen the festive mood at Turf Moor, as Everton arrive looking to bounce back in style 26 Lower lands The unlikely allure of Albion Rovers;

supporters make a difference at Dumbarton; B r e ch i n bac k t o w i nn i ng ways

COLIN MCPHERSON/WSC PHOTOS

The mood in the drizzle at Turf Moor was not one of anger, but resigned sadness at the state of their team Burnley v Everton p20

29 One day Mour All José Mourinho proved at Old Trafford is that he was never the right person for the job 30 Sliding d’Ors Ada Hegerberg is the best player on the planet,

but won’t be at the World Cup out of choice; Luka Modric benefits from a split vote 32 Root rot A popular and profitable indoor arena is about to close, leaving children without pitches; Su nd ay l e a g ue i s dy i ng of f at a n a l a r m i ng r at e 38 Uneven spread Bideford maintain loyal support despite travel;

Tiverton Town weigh up full-time option 40 Freeze frame When the winter of discontent wreaked havoc ac r o s s t he Footba l l L e a g ue c a l end a r

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