The 1978 First Division Champions and League Cup winners Nottingham Forest line up with their trophies, together with members of the local police constabulary who were placed in charge of the cups by Forest Manager Brian Clough (front row, far left). Photo: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

We all know the possible narrative at this stage – Leicester City hold onto their six point lead at the top of the Premier League table over the next (...)

Real Madrid’s new French coach Zinedine Zidane. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for Rafa Benítez this week: as if receiving the most unceremoniously crude axe imaginable fro(...)

Ambrose Fogarty enjoyed a near 20-year reign as Athlone Town manager. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international Ambrose ‘Amby’ Fogarty has died at the age of 82. A statement from the FAI confirmed that Fogarty passed awa(...)

José Mourinho survived 227 days since his team secured the Premier League trophy in May – his third title at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

In the end the news hardly came as a surprise. After all, sacking the manager is what jittery clubs do when they find themselves teetering on the bri(...)

Members of the Nottingham Forest team from 1977 to 1979 pose with their two European Cups ahead of the premiere of I Believe in Miracles. Photo: Getty Images

They say it’s often better to give gifts at Christmas than to receive them. While that’s a nice sentiment, there is nothing quite as stressful as a l(...)

Matt Berry(left) and Arthur Mathews, writers of Toast on Toast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hamm on Toast . . . Toast on Bacon . . . Toast of London . . . Steven Toast is the comedy creation that keeps on giving – just help yourself to any b(...)

Brian Clough: “We’ve done it as I assume everybody wants to do their job: nicely, honourably and well.”   (AP Photo/PA)

In the delicious recent documentary I Believe in Miracles, there’ s a clip of Brian Clough being asked how he and Peter Taylor had achieved one of the(...)

Robbie Keane under pressure from three Georgian players during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The realisation that he was going to be substituted at half-time must have been up there among the most unpleasant moments of Robbie Keane’s 142-cap I(...)

Fionn Bracken from Douglas in Cork got great  Leaving Certificate results but admitted his first career choice would be to emulate his hero, soccer manager  Brian Clough (above, during his tenure with Nottingham Forest). File photograph:  Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Self-confessed football fanatic Fionn Bracken from Douglas in Cork acquired an enviable 615 points in the Leaving Certificate on Wednesday, but admitt(...)

Brazil legend Sócrates confronts Alain Giresse in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Guadalaraja, Mexico, which France won in a penalty shoutout. Photograph: AFP/Getty

In the tunnel in Guadalajara, Sócrates stopped. One of the giants of Brazilian football turned around. He wanted to shake the hand of someone a few(...)