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WSC No 302, April 2012
The loudest home support comes from a pocket of small children. They do not know any chants, but their shrill, endlessly repeated “He-re-ford” cuts through the winter air like the persistent sting of a chapped lip Match of the month Hereford United v Swindon Town p26
The unique ambiance of Edgar Street
5 Editorial The more they feud, the more Manchester
United and Liverpool look the same 6 Sidelines Fashanu family fallout; abandoned trips;
Spurs stay in Tottenham; Dhorasoo’s substitute appearance at the World Cup; national identities; charity cases 12 Shot! Stoke City’s Europa League adventure 14 Lone Rangers How administration will affect the Scottish champions and the other clubs in the SPL 16 History rewritten in Africa After organisational problems, Zambia’s victory redeemed the Cup of Nations 18 Media moguls Sky face competition from
Apple and Google; José Mourinho’s cartoon capers 20 Kings of England Deconstructing Harry
Mourinho’s cartoon capers Kings of England
England take on Aylesbury Utd p32
Redknapp; an Italian perspective on Fabio Capello’s exit 22 Power games The allure of fantasy football;
The allure of fantasy football;
QPR’s barking boardroom
QPR’s barking boardroom
24 Focus on...
US pioneers John Harkes and Tony Meola visit Sheff ield in 1990
26 Match of the month Hereford United fall to a limp defeat at home to Paolo di Canio’s Swindon Town
30 Euro view The language barrier in the Poland squad;
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s f ighting talk
32 England’s openers Bobby Robson’s team visit Aylesbury
United’s new ground before Euro 88
34 Strange case of...
Alexander Hleb, the Belarus winger more suited to Arsenal than Barcelona
36 World view Ronaldinho’s home truths; China’s expensive imports; Asia’s Olympic legacy
40 Books Chris Sutton f inds paradise; how Murphy
40 Chris Sutton f inds paradise; how Murphy and Busby conquered Europe; Ronnie Whelan’s life on the pitch; Brighton’s rock
42 Letters Dear WSC, as much as it pains me to say...
46 Last word Stadiums need standing areas so fans can
46 Stadiums need standing areas so fans can choose to sit down at matches