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When Saturday Comes No 393 December 2019

Bournemouth’s supporters start to take their seats in the build-up to the game against Norwich City

REGULARS 5 Editorial WSC needs your help – that’s why we’re inviting you to join our new supporters’ club 6 Sidelines Uncertainty at Oldham, Macclesfield and

Southend; time runs out for Daniel Stendel; Panini collect the Premier League; Bury fans regroup; brightening up the streets of Leeds 12 Shot! Nelson host Daisy Hill in a nine-goal thriller at the ground known as Little Wembley 15 Harry Pearson column New rules often get trialed in non-League,

and plenty of ideas have received short shrift 28 Focus on Jorge Leitão , the industrious Portuguese striker who won Walsall’s affection

We fell for the traditions, the chants from the stands, the intensity and the sense of fair play Broadcasting p24

30 World view Su n , s e a a nd s i x- a - s i de i n Gree c e ; Bu l g a r i a ’ s authorities failing to tackle racism scourge 40 Books Game-changing greats of Hungary; a guide to football’s world domination; Jim Holton’s solid stance; the Villan who made enemies

44 Letters I’m fascinated by the referee showing eight r ed c a rd s t o Yeov i l ba l l boy s . . .

46 Season in brief Rising star Jamie Vardy takes Fleetwood

Tow n t o t he Footba l l L e a g ue


The kick-off has to be retaken. A Bournemouth player had strayed into the centre circle. Looking back, I should have enjoyed that more than I did Bournemouth v Norwich City p20

FEATURES 16 Pyramid song Haringey Borough making football on White

Hart Lane affordable; Coventry Sporting’s unsung giantkilling; an all-non-League FA Cup draw catches the imagination in Potters Bar

20 Match of the month A decade since almost falling out of the entire

League, Bournemouth are now part of the top tier’s furniture as they welcome Norwich

24 Use the channels The Saturday afternoon show that got

Scandinavia devoted to English football; pirate panic for broadcasters; a whole new ball game as eSports grows in popularity

33 Highland fling Having the often evocatively-named Junior clubs participate in the Scottish Cup has only added to the competition’s romance

34 Word association How Barry Hines’ backstory inspired his celebrated football scenes; the BS Johnson literary vision that put press box to paper

37 Over land and sea From piles of plastic cups to a return f light between London and East Anglia, football’s huge carbon footprint needs addressing

42 Object lessons A disappointing home defeat is still a memory to be treasured for rare attendees

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