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When Saturday Comes No 397 April 2020

Ipswich Town and Oxford United players warm up before their League One meeting at Portman Road

REGULARS 5 Editorial Acquiring a big-ticket stadium has landed Man

City and West Ham in differing types of trouble 6 Sidelines Non-League clubs try to weather the storms;

Southend get ready for relegation; 30 years of McDiarmid Park; youth games head for big changes; memorabilia survey results 12 Shot! Table-toppers Wealdstone beat the elements for a midweek clash with Chelmsford City 15 Harry Pearson column Use your head and wear a hat at the match 26 Focus on Arjan de Zeeuw, who took time out of his medical studies to star for Barnsley, Wigan and Portsmouth in the Premier League

The Conservatives successfully targeted towns that account for a sizeable chunk of lower-league clubs Governance p16

38 World view TheNetherlandssequestered inMemphis;

Moussa Marega’s walk-off shakes Portugal 40 Books Playing in a prison camp; Emile Heskey’s book of matches; boardroom politics at Burnley; smiling for the camera in Scotland

42 Letters Th i s h i gh l i ght of my l i f e wa s not c ap t u r ed a s the person with the camera was in the loo...

46 Season in brief Magdeburg make their home ground a fortress to win a first national title in 1971-72


Fans queue dutifully for overpriced beer while a local band, performing from a shipping crate, give it the full “How ya doin’ Ipswich?” to an audience of one Ipswich Town v Oxford United p20

FEATURES 16 Corridors of power

Election promises could make lower-league c lub s b i g w i nner s i n Westm i n s t e r ; Socce r e x ’s finance report misses the bigger picture

19 Dictionary corner

The definition of the Y-word now includes Tot t en h am , but t he i s s ue s pl i t s t he f a nba s e

20 Match of the month

Oxford fans experience rail replacement bus purgatory on their way to Ipswich

24 Over the top

Charles Reep, the man who believed in the power of the long ball

25 Nothing to lose

The best way to avoid your club’s defeats

29 Make yourself at home

Some footballers like their adopted surroundings so much they stay for good

30 Rainbow nation

Why No 24 is worn with pride in Brazil; Justin Fashanu’s name goes up in lights

34 Non-League: Dorset

Weymouth develop a new Terras culture; sink or swim for Poole Town’s pitch problems

36 Object lessons

Watford’s unusual commemoration of a League Cup second round second leg victory

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