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When Saturday Comes
Editor Andy Lyons
Staff writers Tim Bradford, Lance Bellers, Dan Brennan, Cameron Carter, Phillip Cornwall, Tom Davies, Al Needham, Harry Pearson, Ian Plenderleith, Dave Robinson, Barney Ronay, David Stubbs, Mike Ticher, Roger Titford, Josh Widdicombe.
Categories Football (soccer)
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 20,151
Publisher Richard Guy
First issue March 1986
Company When Saturday Comes Ltd
Country  United Kingdom
Language English

When Saturday Comes (usually known as WSC) is a monthly magazine about football, first published in London in 1986. "It aims to provide a voice for intelligent football supporters, offering both a serious and humorous view of the sport, covering all the topics that fans are likely to talk about, whether serious or trivial."[1] WSC is still edited by Andy Lyons, who originally founded the magazine along with Mike Ticher.



The magazine started out in 1986 as a bi-monthly, independently-published fanzine. However, by 1988 it had developed into a professional outfit, available in newsagents nationwide.

The following year its profile was raised again by its coverage of the Albania vs. England World Cup qualifying match, and its circulation reached 20,000.[2].

In the early-1990s the magazine began to take on advertising, and increased to 48 pages.


While the magazine now employs professional writers (the September 2009 issue credited 15 journalists as being "regular contributors" [3] it still commissions articles by fans. A number of guest writers have also written for the magazine, including Nick Hornby and Simon Kuper.

The WSC website lists 408 writers[4].

Regular Features

  • Private Eye-esque cover - Genuine photos of players or managers, with topical, humorous but fictional speech bubbles superimposed. For example, the September 2009 cover featured the headline "HIGH HOPES FOR THE NEW SEASON", with a photo of Jermain Defoe 'saying' "Sixth place would be nice". [5]
  • Editorial - an introductory article written by the editor on a topical subject.
  • Screen test - An old football video is the subject of this article, in which the journalist often highlights the way in which football (and, often, video technology) has changed since the video was made.
  • Sharp End - clubs in financial or managerial crisis are discussed.
  • Shot! - A photo feature.
  • Shot! Archive
  • Mike Straight - a talkSPORT parody, in which a "talkBALLS" DJ discusses football.
  • Match of the Month - A two-page article on a notable match from the previous month.
  • The Strange Case of... - an article investigating the demise into obscurity of a once-notable footballer.
  • EURO view - a series of articles on European football stories.
  • WORLD view - a series of articles on football in the wider world.
  • Book reviews
  • Letters
  • Season in brief - a season from the past is analysed, in sections including "Went on to greater things", "disappearing from view", "Same place today" etc.


In the 2000s, WSC branched out into book publishing. WSC Books has so far published 14 books [6], including Tor!, a history of German football.


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