5 Editorial

  • The dedication of Grant Wahl to shine a light on FIFA’s machinations forced them to close ranks

6 Sidelines

  • Coventry’s stadium saga continues; Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup fall-out; the games raising money for foodbanks; safe standing trial success; end of the Paul Scally era at Gillingham

12 Shot!

  • The third round of the FA Vase sees Atherstone Town welcome Stourport Swifts to Sheepy Road

15 Harry Pearson column

Grassroots pitches in winter are not for the faint-hearted

40 Books

A revisit of Manchester United’s ˜°°° treble victory; the real story behind Zaire’s ˜°˛˝ World Cup; celebrating the poetry of great commentators

44 Letters

  • never once in his entire career heard Rob Lee referred to as anything but Rob Lee...

46 Season in brief

How match-fixing controversy changed the destination of Poland’s ˜°°˙ˆ°ˇ I Liga title


16 Studio flat

  • The BBC’s World Cup team try not to stick to football; ITV pundits play fair

20 Qat’s all folks

  • Disinterest in Germany; Wales rejoin the world stage; FIFA’s overbearing hosts; global support for Morocco; the tournament in photos; France pay the penalty; destiny fulfilled for Argentina

“It feels like a proper game today,” says one Bolton Wanderers regular. “There’s a real atmosphere. And there’s a traffic jam”

Bolton Wanderers v Derby County p30

  • Shopping spree The first January window winners
  • Match of the month A big crowd as Bolton host Derby
  • Team spirit: Blackburn An early target; Rovers’ ups and downs

39 Influencer status

  • Pelé’s place among the greats is secure

42 Object lessons Tottenham exercise their right to reply