George Best: where did it all go wrong?

The other night, pretty drunk at the end of the evening, my friend asked if I wanted to go for a “proper” drink. Thank God those days are over for (...)

George Best, tackled: Immortal
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  • July 12, 2014, 01:00

Given all the ink previously devoted to George Best you’d be forgiven for thinking there was little new to be added to the subject, yet Duncan Hamilto(...)

Brendan Behan: The Irish aren’t alone in making a lot of space in our lives for alcohol, but we’re ahead of the pack in embracing it. Men like George Best, Behan, Alex Higgins and Richard Harris make many of us feel proud largely because of their hellraising, not in spite of it. Photograph: Hulton Getty

There was a massive man with a massive reputation in Enniskillen. The story was that, in a single session, he could routinely knock back 20 pints and(...)

 Actor Luke Andrew Feeney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the dawn of time – or at least the dawn of the automobile – teenagers have had a reputation for being a lazy, self-centred bunch with more ho(...)

Defender Jaiyah Saelua prepares for the crunch tie against Tonga at the World Cup qualifiers in Apia, Samoa

In 2001, American Samoa’s attempts to qualify for the Fifa World Cup ended in a 31-0 thrashing at the hands of Australia – the worst defeat ever recor(...)

David Moyes: conceded job is “harder” than he had anticipated. Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There was a moment among the wreckage of Manchester United’s 3-0 trouncing by Liverpool when David Moyes was forced to confron(...)

‘You’ve gone a bit soft’. David Moyes says Wayne Rooney had lost his agression in recent seasons. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

David Moyes told Wayne Rooney he had “gone soft” before the start of this season but the turnaround in the England man’s form since has convinc(...)

Stuart Hogg: will provide Ireland’s defence with a real challenge. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Last May on the Scotstoun pitch in Glasgow former Scotland back, Chris Paterson turned to investigate the screaming noise coming from the far end of t(...)

George Best lining out for Cork Celtic, he joined the club  for a brief period, two years after leaving Manchester United.

It was 75 years ago this week that 2,000 or so curious and excited locals turned out at Sligo station to see former Everton and England striker Dixie (...)

An emotional Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 trophy at the Kongresshalle  in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has banged his head against the brick wall for four years; now the brick wall has given way. Ronaldo was apparently doomed to be for(...)