I realise that technically speaking this counts as ‘General Football’ rather than specifically Saddlers themed; however as its’s something I feel strongly about (& looking how relatively dormant the general one is) I have decided to post here; if anyone is seriously upset by this, they can move this to the other forum.
WSC is, as the slogan on the mast-head says, the only half-decent football magazine out there. It was the first independent football magazine in the UK (having more in common with fanzines, which were popular in the 80s) & is now the last one standing & in serious financial trouble. Without some help it will become an online only entity, and a small but significant part of British football culture will be gone for good.
I have been a reader since 1988, a subscriber for over 25 years. Rather than try to describe what it is, its almost easier to say what it isn’t; it isn’t a glossy, advert filled Premier League fixated affair, with those ‘Whose better; Messi or Ronaldo?’ type puff-pieces.’ Instead all clubs are treated with equal importance, with the experience of fans considered more important than anything else . They have refused to take advertising from gambling companies on principle, which has cost them 10’s of thousands of pounds. WSC’s content is quite unlike that of any magazine. The media blah about the latest Mourhino outrage or “big club in crisis” story is coolly dispatched in an editorial or a review of the month’s press. The magazines casts an eye over football globally, yielding sometimes inspirational, sometimes bizarre stories of the way the game is conducted and administered in other parts of the world, as well as examining in sympathetic detail the struggles of lower league clubs. It 's also frequently very funny too, with a sharp sense of the absurdity of the hype around ‘the richest league in the world’.
And now its struggling & they have directly asked readers to help. A subscription of £33.60 would get 12 magazines for the year (or make an interesting and worthwhile Christmas present for any other footie fans in your life).
A cheaper form of help is also available. The new WSC Supporters club has been specifically set up to try & save the magazine, & contributions start at £1.55 a month. It also contains a very honest explanation of the situation, as well as links to the superb WSC website (which will give you a taste of the magazines content & style).
Either of the above would be a wonderful way to help keep a true football fans view alive for future generations. Also, confession time; I’m a Cheltenham Town fan who has hopped onto a lot of League 2 forums in order to raise awareness.
Thanks for listening/reading, its appreciated, & best of luck for the rest season!