When Saturday Comes

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When Saturday Comes
When Saturday Comes cover.jpg
September 2008 front cover, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Emmanuel Adebayor and Frank Lampard
EditorAndy Lyons
Staff writersTim 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.
PublisherRichard Guy
First issueMarch 1986
CompanyWhen Saturday Comes Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

When Saturday Comes (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 co-founded the magazine with Mike Ticher.


The magazine started out in 1986 as a bi-monthly, independently published fanzine. However, by 1988 it had developed and come to prominence, being 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.[1]

In the early 1990s the magazine began to take on advertising, and expanded to 48 pages. In 1995, the magazine moved to colour printing.[2]


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 Cris Freddi, Nick Hornby and Simon Kuper.

The WSC website lists 408 writers.[4]


In the 2000s, WSC branched out into book publishing. WSC Books has published 14 books,[1] including Tor!, a history of German football.


  1. ^ a b c About WSC, When Saturday Comes website.
  2. ^ Cheeseman, Doug (July–August 2020). "Focus on Fan culture 1986-1995". When Saturday Comes. No. 400. pp. 24–26.
  3. ^ WSC Issue 271, p. 45.
  4. ^ People, When Saturday Comes website.

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