The Squall – Issue One Out Now

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The idea of The Squall is to help out freelance writers during the Covid-19 crisis. For it to survive and thrive, we are asking readers to pay what they can and we suggest a minimum donation of £3. You can pay into The Squall's bank account (sort code 40-05-17 and account number 71515942) or via PayPal at paypal.me/thesquall. Thank you in advance for helping out.

The first issue of The Squall is out now and is on the subject of right-backs!

You can access the PDF here.

To access the mobi version, click here.

To access the epub version, click here.

There are 12 different pieces in our first issue, including: Brazilian right-backs, from Djalma Santos to Dani Alves, the development of the position over the last few decades, a David Squires cartoon, and Lucy Bronze's emergence as the best right-back in women's football.

We had well over a hundred pitches for the first issue, while several Blizzard writers waived their fees and plenty of people have donated to the cause. Thanks to all of you – freelancers and generous contributors alike – for getting The Squall off the ground. To learn more about the birth of The Squall, click here.

Don't worry though, it won't be long until we release our next Squall, the subject of which is Battles. While the deadline for our second issue has passed, you can submit pitches to thesquall@trinorth.co.uk for our third issue – based on sliding doors (moments when football/history could have slipped in a different direction if only X hadn't bumped into Y, a goal hadn't been disallowed for a tight offside, Z hadn't slipped when clean through....).

If your pitch does not make it into an issue of The Squall, fear not, as it may be we can use some further down the line in The Blizzard. The deadline for our September issue of The Blizzard is July 10.

We are very grateful to all of the people who have waived fees and donated to The Squall since we announced the project. Special thanks go to: Nick Ames, Philippe Auclair, John Brewin, James Corbett, Martin da Cruz, Miguel Delaney, Andrew Downie, Ken Early, Emmet Gates, John Harding, Simon Hart, Gary Hartley, Frank Heinen, Neil Jensen, Samindra Kunti, Simon Mills, James Montague, David Owen, MM Owen, Simone Pierotti, Jack Pitt-Brooke, Callum Rice-Coates, Philip Ross, Paul Simpson, Jon Spurling, Seb Stafford-Bloor, Ed Sugden, Jonathan Wilson and Suzy Wrack. And huge thanks to Getty Images, for use of the photos.

The idea of The Squall is to help out freelance writers during the Covid-19 crisis. For it to survive and thrive, we are asking readers to pay what they can and we suggest a minimum donation of £3. You can pay into The Squall's bank account (sort code 40-05-17 and account number 71515942) or via PayPal at paypal.me/thesquall. Thank you in advance for helping out.

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