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Published on March 9th, 2016 | by Bill

When Saturday Come turns 30!

Hopefully you’ll have noticed that the big daddy of them all, When Saturday Comes has a new issue out this week. If you haven’t, read this.

Not only is it a particularly special issue, seeing as it’s the 350th edition released by the team, it also marks the 30th anniversary of the switched on football fan’s fanzine of choice.

Imagine. They’ve been slogging away since 1986… It makes our 16 issues in coming up 4 years look like what it is, paltry.

Anyway, to celebrate this remarkable achievement for a print fanzine – When Saturday Comes have made their ENTIRE, I repeat, ENTIRE 350 issues available to access via a digital subscription to the magazine.

This has been made possible by Exact Editions, the same people who provide our rather less impressive digital back catalog!

Here’s the lowdown from When Saturday Comes News Editor, and friend of Stand, Tom Hocking:

“When Saturday Comes, Britain’s largest independent football magazine, has put its entire archive online. Launched to coincide with the magazine’s 350th issue – in shops from March 10 – and 30th birthday, the project with Exact Editions sees subscribers gain free access to every issue of the magazine. From the first, hand-stapled editions, WSC has covered a period of huge change in the national game from an alternative angle.

Founded in 1986 when football was an outcast sport whose followers were demonised by the government and media, WSC has been there through the Hillsborough disaster, the introduction of all-seat stadiums, the foundation of the Premier League, the influx of multi-billionaire owners, mass commercialisation and rising ticket prices, to provide an alternative voice for intelligent supporters in both a serious and humorous way. The new, fully searchable archive showcases how football has evolved over the last 30 turbulent years. 

A product of the fanzine boom of the late 1980s, WSC itself has developed and, during the mid-1990s boom in football publishing, established a niche in the then crowded magazine market. WSC has become recognised as a source of informed comment on all aspects of British football, featuring on major current affairs programming and in newspapers in this country and on radio and television around Europe.

WSC has provided an early outlet for many writers who have gone on to establish themselves elsewhere, notably Harry Pearson, Barney Ronay and David Conn – all of whom will feature in the 350th issue. That special edition will also include a reprint of the first issue at no extra cost as a birthday gift to our readers.”

So, get down the newsagents tomorrow, or get online and start a subscription for WSC via Exact Editions… Errr, and have a look at the Stand deal whilst you’re at it (shameless, absolutely shameless plug).

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