Five days bunking up with the farting reserve goalie doesn't motivate anyone – even in sunny Dubai.
Ed Smith’s weekly column, Left Field.
Just over a year ago, David Wheeler made it into the Football League, joining Exeter City in League Two, where he still is, a dashing and hard-working right winger. He started reading the NS six months ago.
Ed Smith’s Left Field column.
When the Prem began 20 years ago, and stadiums became all-seaters, with the season tickets costing a fortune, many of the working classes and twentysomething lads were excluded, unable to pay the prices.
Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan.
Nonetheless, if the current proposals to include fan reps on club boards go through, it will be a significant breakthrough for the sport.
A new book by Roger Domeneghetti explores the huge pull that the game has on the mass imagination.
The FA is out to make women’s football the second most popular sport in the UK, displacing men’s cricket and rugby union. Samira Shackle explores the long history of the game, from munitions workers in 1917 to the first salaried national players just a few years ago.
Football supporters will be given the right to appoint and remove up to a quarter of a football club’s board of directors under new proposals from the Labour Party. Fans will also be given the right to buy up to 10 per cent of a club’s shares on offer during a change of ownership. We assess the proposals and get the views of Supporters Direct chief executive Robin Osterley.
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