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When Saturday Comes No 395 February 2020

Night draws in at Croft Park as Blyth Spartans take on Brackley Town

REGULARS 5 Editorial The funding of Wayne Rooney’s return to

English football sets a worrying precedent 6 Sidelines Eintracht fans go undercover; Ron Saunders remembered; match fixing concerns; old and new at Ebbsfleet; Norway’s split loyalties 12 Shot! Blyth Spartans host high-flying Brackley

Town in the National League North 15 Harry Pearson column Woe betide anyone who goes near a lovingly curated tat collection with a roll of bin bags 26 Focus on Martin Peters, the World Cup final scorer who dictated play for West Ham, Tottenham and Norwich

As ever it is the players, staff and fans of the club who are most affected, but least able to influence events Clubs in crisis p16

30 World view A season sidelined as Chile takes to the streets;

Red Bull’s latest attempt to crack Brazil; why Russia’s doping ban won’t hold them back 40 Books Memories of Arsenal’s greatest night; finding truth in football; how Steve Perryman earned his Spurs; Juan Mata stays contemplative

42 Letters Unbeknownst to us, the filbert is another name for the hazelnut...

46 Season in brief Down t o t he w i r e i n L i g ue 1 a s L en s a nd Met z both chase a first championship title

FEATURES 16 Power struggle With an owner conspicuous by his absence,

Macclesfield’s solidarity might not be enough to save them; Charlton fans dispose of their pl ac a rd s a s Rol a nd Duchatelet depa r t s at l a s t 20 Match of the month

Chelsea exchange pleasantries with José Mourinho as they make their first visit to Tot t en h am’s s t at ement of a s t ad ium

24 Points mean prizes

Lionel Messi nips in ahead of Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or; a nomination for Dusan Tadic reflects potential finally fulfilled


The new White Hart Lane ground is an imposing structure substituting spacious curves for the angular compactness of its predecessor Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea p20

28 Goalkeepers are different

Isolated on and off the pitch, there’s a unique bond shared by those who have chosen to forge a career between the sticks

33 Outside influence

Long before full-time club psychologists, a celebrity hypnotist was doing the rounds

36 Bavarian tradition

1860 Munich are back in their spiritual home and at a crossroads; Türkgücü and Unterhaching dream of the second tier

38 Before the off

The rules for a coin toss have changed again, but the pressure on captains doesn’t weigh as heavy as when their call could decide a game

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