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Editorial People within football have huge influence – it would be nice if they used it for some wider good rather than constantly looking inwards
Sidelines Fans get their marching orders; Qatar Aspire for more; Charlton supporters try to save their bacon; the O’s go Orientearing; Cambridge City’s ground move courts controversy
Shot! Glentoran take on Cliftonville at the imposing Oval in east Belfast, with shipyard cranes looming behind
Harry Pearson column There comes a time in every fan’s life when they must decide whether to un-support their team, though timing is everything
Focus on Terry Venables brings long-awaited success to Barcelona, but things quickly go downhill
Euro view Plenty of background change is afoot at both Milan giants; the Kurdish team making an impact and on the move in Sweden
Books The rise of Bayern; football’s small joys; earning their Spurs; exploring non-League
Letters There are plenty of recycled stadium parts…
Season in brief Black Country rivals Wolves and West Brom battle for the title in 1953-54

Fighting back The appetite for hooligan films doesn’t seem to have disappeared; an “authentic” new book has Germany’s literary crowd in raptures
Finding an audience The Premier League’s bubble has not burst, but Sky’s may have; how niche shows are thriving through the podcast format
Taking a Peak Alfreton’s foreign investment hasn’t changed their outlook; Buxton remain family friendly in their lofty home
Match of the month A local derby of debateable ferocity at Spotland as Rochdale look to leapfrog Bury in the League One play-off places
Cup measurements The actual World Cup may be tiny but size doesn’t matter with trophies, it’s all about the feelings they evoke for players and supporters
Following a trend Illustrator David Squires tells the story of how football went from the “enemy within” to a favourite hobby of the establishment
Moving on When Ron Saunders ended up leaving champions Aston Villa for Birmingham City
Hanging on the telephone Journalists used to phone-in match reports but foxes played havoc with the simple system

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