A groundsman looks out across Carlisle United’s flooded Brunton Park pitch earlier this month. The ground plays host to Everton in the FA Cup. Photograph: PA

The FA Cup has been called many things over the decades and of late some of the descriptions have been derogatory. The general feeling that the cup ha(...)

 Ciaran Clark celebrates after  scoring Aston Villa’s opening goal in the   FA Cup third-round replay against Wycombe Wanderers at Villa Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

FA Cup replay round-up: Late goals from Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gana spared Aston Villa’s blushes for a second time as t(...)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/9/2014Donegal vs KerryDonegal’s manager Jim McGuinnessMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

It was near four in the morning when he got back to Glasgow after Celtic’s trip to Norway for their Europa League game with Molde, and then there w(...)

Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward celebrate at the end of Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Like many matters in Northern Ireland, football allegiance is still quite firmly divided into two camps. After last night’s results – the Republic of (...)

Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward and Harry Arter go through their paces at Republic of Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

If losing out to England in the tug-of-war for Jack Grealish was a blow for Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland, then the England squad name(...)

Ireland coach Steve Walford is set to become Bolton’s assistant manager. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that he is hoping to appoint Republic of Ireland coach Steve Walford as his new assistant over the com(...)

Neil Lennon has struggled this season at Bolton Wanderers. The club are bottom of the Championship and the prospects of a revival look bleak, with £160m owed to silent owner Eddie Davies. Photograph: Clint Hughes/Getty Images

‘I take full responsibility,” he said. “I apologise to the supporters,” he said. “Middlesbrough won the 50/50s,” he said. And on he went: “We were off(...)

Striker Nadir Ciftci, who has served four games of a six-game domestic ban, is available. Photograph Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Ronny Deila has put his trust in his Celtic side to overcome Malmo in their crunch Champions League play-off tie. After passing up on two chances to r(...)

Tom Rogic opens the scoring for Celtic in their Scottish Premiership clash against  Partick Thistle at  Firhill. Photograph: Graham Stuart/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Partick 0 Celtic 2 Tom Rogic scored on his first Celtic start for almost two years as Ronny Deila’s team claimed a 2-0 win over Partick at Firhill. Th(...)

Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho

On a wintry Sunday in March, Jim McGuinness found himself back in the old familiar place but looking on from somewhere entirely new. Ballybofey: Tyron(...)