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When Saturday Comes No 409 May 2021


Sutton players warm up before their game against Stockport

REGULARS 5 Editorial FIFA will be banking on Qatar protests not going beyond T-shirts 6 Sidelines New WSL TV deal must be used to boost the whole pyramid; the power of Peter Lorimer; cross-European club friendships; West Yorkshire’s inspirational young coach 12 Shot! Food and drink in and around grounds, from Bovril to burgers 15 Harry Pearson column Frank Worthington will live on both in our memories and our imagination

The reorientation of European competition to suit the interests of superclubs never misses a beat Champions League p16


24 Focus on Howard Kendall, Everton’s titlewinner on the pitch and in the dugout 31 World view Racism incidents flare up in the Czech

Republic; China focusing on longterm goals; Denmark’s Ghana link 38 Books Retirement reflections from Andrew Cole; Paddy Kenny raises an eyebrow; the teams who came up short 42 Letters After Hugh Grant had landed in a heap we awaited his reaction... 46 Season in brief AC Milan keep goals at a premium as champions of Serie A in

FEATURES 16 Population growth Champions League reform sets a risky precedent; Bundesliga brinkmanship 19 Speak volumes The FA must do justice to the bravery of child sexual abuse survivors

Come kick-off, what dominates in these abnormal playing circumstances is the onstage chatter on the pitch Sutton United v Stockport p20

20 Match of the month Unexpected National League leaders

Sutton United welcome Stockport 27 Object lessons A portrait of Clyde’s last year at the top 28 Risk factors Football Index users’ sense of betrayal after overnight crash; gambling ads normalise a toxic hold on the game 34 There from the start Cambridge Rules shared globally;

Sheffield FC’s homecoming plans 40 Reverse trend Sixty years ago the FA were data pioneers – and then they stopped

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