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When Saturday Comes No 388 July 2019

A merchandise seller finds trade tough ahead of the National League play-off final

REGULARS 5 Editorial The odd seventh-place finish is not a crisis,

no matter what the media lead you to believe 6 Sidelines Brighton’s big gamble; goodbye Colwyn Bay;

Bolton’s woes mount; taking a dive; the finances of pre-season friendlies 12 Shot! King’s Lynn Town travel all the way to

Warrington to battle for a place in the National League North 15 Harry Pearson column Introducing The Big Lad from the Park – the best manager you will ever come across 24 Focus on Lucas Radebe, Leeds’ South African centreback who remains a cult hero

As the start of the season I wouldn’t have wanted a single player from the Norwich or Sheffield United squads at Stoke City Season review p16

38 World view The smallest of French minnows rise to the second tier, headed up by a single family; Ajax’s young stars already being plundered 42 Letters Why do clubs not apply their own rules in all-seat stadiums?

46 Season in brief Torquay get the blues as Chesterfield march to promotion in 1984-85

FEATURES 16 Changing seasons Great management trumps financial muscle in the Championship; League One draws the crowds for a thrilling promotion chase; money worries dominate in League Two 20 Match of the month Salford City and AFC Fylde bring impressive football and very few fans to Wembley in the National League play-off final

26 Withdrawal disagreement All that remains for Manchester City to conquer is the Champions League, though they may not have the chance any time soon

28 Moscow state Torpedo back on the rise with an unruly element; Chertanovo make a name for t hemselve s ; Znamya Tr ud a a ge g r ac e f u l l y


As one of the vendors unsuccessfully trying to sell flags outside Wembley Park station puts it: “I knew it’d be shit today. But I didn’t think it’d be this bad” Salford City v AFC Fylde p20

30 A new hope NewScotlandbossSteve Clarke has said all the right things, now he needs to act on them

31 Object lessons The handwritten notes that contain a treasure trove of statistics and information

32 Still with us: Kidderminster Over 100 years of toil turned sour, leaving the

Carpetmen needing a new direction

34 Age concern The battle to become the oldest League club;

Notts County lose more than their status

40 Team spirit: Exeter City Fa n s f i r s t approac h endea r s c lub t o community; life after Paul Tisdale

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