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The pre-match excitement builds outside the Riverside

When Saturday Comes No 407 March 2021

Contents

REGULARS 5 Editorial Social media firms must add action to their condemnations of player abuse 6 Sidelines When Colin Bell rang the changes at Manchester City; the business of video messages; Super League plans reinforce financial imbalance; Celtic’s Dubai break a trip too far 12 Shot! How Covid-19 has changed the familiar matchday scenes this season 15 Daniel Gray column Hills, big ships and cemeteries – what lies beyond a stand can be distracting

Four or five days a week, Macari can be found running the homeless centre that carries his name Players & charity p16

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24 Focus on Ken Monkou, the Dutch defender who helped plot Saints’ 1990s great escapes 30 World view Fans enjoy the view as the A-League’s new era begins; Dick Advocaat set to retire still keeping high standards 38 Books GDR compliance; the ups and downs of Leeds; Old Trafford’s nearly men 42 Letters I had a dream recently that I scored three goals for Italy in the World Cup... 46 Season in brief The last time a team outside of

Portugal’s Big Three won the title FEATURES 16 Giving back From Lou Macari to Marcus Rashford,

footballers are making a difference in their local communities and beyond 19 County counsel Picking between Nottingham teams as a child of the 1970s was a decision that could have rapidly led to regret

I feel the heat in my face rising and am suddenly gripped by a fear of failing the pre-match temperature check Middlesbrough v Birmingham p26

20 Scouting for goals The eyes of upcoming opposition are among those in the distanced stands 22 Play your cards right Current sanctions for fouls validate an approach that disrupts football’s flow 26 Match of the month Middlesbrough have form in their favour as they host Birmingham City 34 Team spirit: Brighton Albion finally discover their Sussex appeal; the much-missed routines of a matchday at Falmer 40 Object lessons A souvenir pocketed from the crumbling terraces of The Valley

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