Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez  scores his second  second goal with a free-kick during the  Premier League game against West Brom at  the Emirates Stadium.Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0 It falls to an Arsenal member of staff to walk through the press box at half-time with a sheet of A4 paper bearing the official(...)

Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley (centre) concedes a penalty by fowling Wales’ Simon Church in the area. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

In many respects it was one of those international friendlies that confirmed what most people already suspected. While Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ire(...)

Danny Welbeck is in line for his first start since April in Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth-round game at home to Hull on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters/Livepic

SATURDAY Arsenal v Hull, 12.30pm – Live BT Sport 2 Danny Welbeck could get his first start since April and defender Laurent Koscielny faces a fitne(...)

West Bromwich Albion’s  Darren Fletcher  vies with Peterborough United’s Irish midfielder Chris Forrester during the English FA Cup fourth round replay. Photograph:  Lindsay Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Peterborough United 1 West Bromich Albion 1 (AET; West Brom won 4-3 on penalties) West Bromwich Albion’s desire to ensure the final third of their se(...)

West Brom’s James McClean scores his side’s late equaliser in the Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Second-placed Leicester joined Arsene Wenger’s side on 43 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Tottenham. Centre back Robert Huth headed home from a corner (...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates Divock Origi’s injury-time equaliser in front of West Brom coach Tony Pulis. Photograph:  Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Liverpool 2 West Brom 2 Beating his chest in front of the West Bromwich Albion dug-out, going eyeball-to-eyeball with Tony Pulis and leading his Li(...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty shoots to score their late equaliser past Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group F matchat Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Hungary 1 They may well have heard the noise on the Cave Hill. You can see it now that the Kop at Windsor Park is no more. But its (...)