The Squall, Issue Four – Red

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It's been three months since the first issue of The Squall blew into town, and we're delighted to release Issue Four.

In this strangest of summers – familiar rhythms replaced with an uncertain emergence from lockdown and the dying embers of a football season more protracted than Mike Ashley’s overlordship of the Toon – we’ve assembled a reassuringly excellent and eclectic collection of articles.

Our theme this time is ‘Red’.

Emile Avanessian analyses Sergio Ramos and the artistry of reds, Alex Hess traces the Premier League’s history via reds, and Michael Yokhin interviews the unfortunate Rubén de la Red. There’s much more too.

Read Issue Four today for a recommended donation of just £3 – if that’s a stretch then pay what you can afford; conversely, if you can afford more, then every extra penny is welcome.

All donations are a massive contribution towards helping The Squall continue, and thereby providing an extra economic and creative freelance opportunity.

We hope you enjoy this fourth issue, and thanks again for your continued support.

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Read Issue One, Issue Two and Issue Three of The Squall.

Pitch for Issue Six, themed 'Fair'.

Learn more about the birth of The Squall.

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.

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