Bill Shankly with Liverpool players after a Charity Shield victory. “Shankly chose to believe football was about more than ‘assets’ and was able to convince a city he was right.” Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images.

Bill Shankly and Mario Balotelli: one a near-mythical figure representing Liverpool as it still likes to see itself, the other as it is. The 33rd anni(...)

Germany’s Jerome Boateng clashes with Steven Naismith of Scotland during the Euro 2016 qualifier between Germany and Scotland in Dortmund. Photograph: Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Three minutes into the second half of last Sunday night’s game in Dortmund, Steven Naismith feinted his way past two German defenders, maintained his (...)

Irish Guards with a wounded man in a trench in Wytschaete, Belgium. Photograph: Fr Browne.

It was just after Christmas 1916 when Fr Frank Browne wrote from the front in Flanders to his Jesuit provincial in Ireland. “On St Stephen’s Day the m(...)

It’s only fitting that Cantillon pays homage to the incredible media slice-and-dice of the story on the dismissal of David Moyes. There’s isn’t a s(...)

 Jordan Henderson  celebrates with hisLiverpool  team-mates after scoring the fourth goal during the  Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0: It is all falling into place for Liverpool. ‘Bre(...)

 October 12th, 1996: (left to right) Arsene Wenger  watches his first game in charge of Arsenal, a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers  at Ewood Park, alongside  assistant manager Pat Rice and physio Gary Lewin. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

Patrice Evra once considered the domination of Alex Ferguson, the success, the longevity, the aura, and then came up with the assessment: “Alex(...)

Tom Finney, who has died aged 91, was perhaps the most complete British footballer of all time, yet he failed to win a single major honour for (...)

John Connolly’s books of the year
  • Books
  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

The most alternately frustrating, moving, boring, thrilling and baffling book of the year was Red or Dead (Faber), David Peace’s exploration of the(...)

It has been suggested that the Irish quarrel about land more often than anyone else in the common law world. As a national pastime it certainly ranks (...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (number 15)    scores against Manchester United during the Premier League game at Anfield. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0: Before kick-off, Anfield rose to acclaim Bill Shankly on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday. Afterwar(...)