Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

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Liverpool fans leave the stands after 77 minutes during during last week’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in protest against the club’s plan to increase ticket prices. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

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Sir Terry Wogan in the BBC studio in central London during his final breakfast show on Radio 2 on December 18th, 2009. Photograph: BBC Handout/PA

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

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Martin O’Neill: Understands only too well the nature of tribes. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “We have to score more goals  . . . but only one more than the opponent.” Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Composer Matthew Nolan said he  hoped bringing Costard’s movie to a wider audience would help recapture Best as a gifted sportsman rather than a playboy. Photograph: PA

An avant garde film in which the camera lingers on George Best for the duration of a single match at Old Trafford in 1970 has been resurrected by an (...)

Diafra Sakho scored West Ham’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph: Getty

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Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish celebrates his side’s second goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium last April. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP Photo

There is a story that does the rounds among the compact Gaelic football community in Warwickshire of Jack Grealish’s first match for his local club, J(...)