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Here it is! Issue Five of The Squall. Our theme this time is ‘Ground’.

Jonathan Wilson writes on how vacant lots overcame the playing fields, Harry Robinson unpacks the highest derby in the world – in La Paz, Bolivia and Jessy Parker Humphreys explores how the pitch at Stamford Bridge has been protected from the developers. There’s much more including Blackpool, West Brom, Putin and Iceland too.

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We hope you enjoy this fourth issue, and thanks again for your continued support.

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We are very grateful to all of the people who have waived fees and donated to The Squall since we announced the project. Special thanks go to: Nick Ames, Philippe Auclair, John Brewin, James Corbett, Martin da Cruz, Miguel Delaney, Andrew Downie, Ken Early, Emmet Gates, John Harding, Simon Hart, Gary Hartley, Frank Heinen, Neil Jensen, Samindra Kunti, Simon Mills, James Montague, David Owen, MM Owen, Simone Pierotti, Jack Pitt-Brooke, Callum Rice-Coates, Philip Ross, Paul Simpson, Jon Spurling, Seb Stafford-Bloor, Ed Sugden, Jonathan Wilson and Suzy Wrack. And huge thanks to Getty Images, for use of the photos.

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