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When Saturday Comes No 406 February 2021

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The shutters are down for Cowdenbeath supporters at Central Park

REGULARS 5 Editorial Amid rising Covid-19 cases, finishing the season on time seems unlikely 6 Sidelines Film tells Newcastle fans’ stories;

contrasting takeover fortunes at Grimsby and Wigan; remembering Tommy Docherty; Ballon d’Or becomes a Dream Team 12 Shot! Congleton Town host Coventry

United in the FA Vase third round 15 Harry Pearson column A foreign sports paper is a holiday joy that should be cherished

A transformative educator, shaping, nudging, guiding and preparing the ground for what would follow Gérard Houllier p34

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24 Focus on Paul Cooper, Ipswich’s penalty hero who never got the England call 38 World view Support swells for Gerson in Brazil;

Peter Lim under pressure at Valencia; Paolo Rossi’s national hero status 42 Letters All he had was one item, actually a trolley full of them – Ferrero Rocher... 46 Season in brief Small Heath finish top of a new division but miss out on promotion FEATURES 16 Turnstile clickers New rules to get used to as Oxford City welcome fans back; social distancing in the confines of Kenilworth Road 18 Wednesday weak The problems at Hillsborough go far beyond Tony Pulis’s 45 days in charge 20 Team spirit: Lincoln Chasing promotion to the second tier is new territory for most Imps; five years that have revitalised Sincil Bank

In this melancholy fan-free Scottish season, surprising fragments of the regular matchday carnival unfold Cowdenbeath v Brechin p28

26 Big headed Meet the Corinthian figure fans whose collections need a room of their own 28 Match of the month Cowdenbeath and Brechin battle it out to avoid being bottom at Christmas 34 Houllier than thou His ability to nurture players made

Gérard Houllier treasured in France 35 Tangerine dream Jim McLean’s one-of-a-kind leadership took Dundee United to new heights 36 Yorkshire teams A spirit of togetherness at Guiseley;

Farsley Celtic defend their Citadel

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