Issue Seventeen

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Our hard copies are available in a number of Waterstone's stores in the UK and Ireland (see the Stockists page for full details), and Issue Seventeen will be no different. It should be available in stores from early July.

Issue Seventeen contains our usual blend of the esoteric and enduring. The full contents are below:

This Issue

Jonathan Wilson, Editor's Note

Beyond the Game

Igor Rabiner, The Player of the People - The death of Igor Cherenkov last year prompted an astonishing outpouring of grief from Spartak fans

Philippe Auclair, The Man who Sacked Himself - Gabriel Hanot was a player, a coach, a journalist and a pioneer who remains oddly neglected in France

Brian Oliver, Looking Forward - How the former Chelsea defender John Dempsey left football behind to work in a care home

Shaul Adar, The Complicated Symbol - Bnei Sakhnin's journey to establish themselves as an Arab team in Israel's top flight

James Corbett, Namesakes - Everton have had two Alex Youngs: one's the subject of a Ken Loach film, the other killed his brother


Miguel Delaney, Paul Breitner - How a Bayern Munich defeat paved the way for West Germany's 1974 World Cup triumph


Lefkos Kyriacou, A Patchwork City - Mapping the fan-bases of the major club's in Northern Ireland's capital

Keith Bailie, Requiem for a Stand - A history in seven key moments of the short life of the Kop at Windsor Park

Conor Heffernan, Before the Shopping Centre - How crowd violence brought an end to the existence of Belfast Celtic


Alex Holiga, The Man who Built White Ships - Stanko Poklepovic, the oldest coach in Europe, and the importance of spiral impostations

Simon Curtis, The Whisky Option - Malcolm Allison's time at Sporting was brief but fans remember him fondly

Richard Fitzpatrick, Messi and the Machine - Could playing video games be shaping the present generation of footballers?

George Caulkin, Not at All Costs - Paul Tisdale has not only revolutionised how Exeter City play, but how they think

Charlie Eccleshare, Wrestling with the All-Blacks - How Declan Edge is trying to make New Zealand take football seriously


Alexander Shea, Against Sanitised Football - Can fans fight back against clubs who seek to ignore their history for bland branding?

Paul Brown, The Trials of Baghdad Bob - Can Roberto Martinez restore his reputation after a season of wilful blinkeredness?


David Ashton, The Tackle - John Brodie, the former winger turned detective, returns to hunt down some stolen medals

Greatest Games

Paul Brown, Scotland 3 England 1 - Home International, Hampden Park, Glasgow, 17 April 1937

Eight Bells

Michael Yokhin, Unexpected Relegations - A selection of giants who have unexpectedly lost their place in the top tier

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