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When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book 0

Posted on September 02, 2011 by samh

When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book (2005)

This comprehensive A-Z covers all aspects of the beautiful game, from ‘abandoned matches’ to ‘Wrexham FC’ via celebrity fans, mascots, pitch invasions and the Bosman ruling.

Every club in the English League and the Scottish League has a separate entry, Fifa, Uefa, the PFA and the Football Supporters’ Association are covered, and the murkier areas of football such as boardroom politics and match-fixing are explored and explained with When Saturday Comes’ inimitable mix of humour and intelligence. It’s all the discerning fan needs to be reminded why football is still (against the odds) the people’s game.

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Power, Corruption & Pies – Volume Two: The Best Writing from the Second Decade of WSC 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Power, Corruption & Pies – Volume Two: The Best Writing from the Second Decade of WSC, foreword by Adrian Chiles (2006)

This anthology takes up the story from 1997 to 2006, the second decade of legendary football fanzine When Saturday Comes.

It was an era when the football bandwagon became a juggernaut, apparently with no-one at the wheel. In spite of rampant commercialisation, the game nonetheless retained its appeal, even among those for whom almost every season is a sequence of disappointments.

The second WSC anthology reflects the big issues of the era, from the rise of the Champions League to the disappearance of old football grounds, with trenchant opinions on a range of topics including the heyday of football boardgames, the calamitous decline of the FA Cup and Delia Smith’s unusual half-time announcements. Throughout its existence WSC has provided a platform for innovative football writing. Widely known authors such as David Conn, Dave Hill and long-standing contributor Harry Pearson all feature in this book. Most of all, WSC gives space to the view of those who know football best: the supporters.

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Power, Corruption and Pies: A Decade of the Best Football Writing from When Saturday Comes 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Power, Corruption and Pies: A Decade of the Best Football Writing from When Saturday Comes, edited by Doug Cheeseman, Andy Lyons and Mike Ticher (1997)

If anything was directly responsible for promoting the intelligent side of football literature, it was WSC.

It finally found the high street in 1988, having begun in 1986 as a fanzine only available from specialist outlets. This collection follows on from The First Eleven, which brings together the first 11 issues of WSC. Read more…

The First Eleven, by When Saturday Comes 0

Posted on August 22, 2011 by samh

The First Eleven, first published in 1992

This collection brings together replica editions of the first 11 issues of When Saturday Comes, the groundbreaking football fanzine which started in 1986.

The first issue was limited to only 100 copies available by mail-order only, and, as WSC co-founding editor Mike Ticher points out, it was “put together with all the meticulous production skills of a chimpanzee wearing boxing gloves”. Read more…

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