London’s Mark Gottsche attempts to block Michael Lundy  scoring another point for Galway during their Connacht  quarter-final at Ruislip, London. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 3-17 London 0-7 Careful what you wish for, eh? After spending last summer clawing and scratching to be taken seriously, London were (...)

Jim Gavin receives his Philips Sports Manager of the Year award from Cel O’Reilly (Managing Director Philips Ireland) and Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Sport, at a function in the Shelbourne Hotel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In a reverse of 1995, Dublin football manager Jim Gavin saw off Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald for the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

London manager Paul Coggins is taking positives from their display in the Connacht final – despite the concession of five goals to Mayo. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Mayo

After the past few weeks nothing can faze London football manager Paul Coggins. Anyway, today’s commute over to Dublin is the easiest and most enjoyab(...)

London manager Paul Coggins (left) congratulates Mayo counterpart James Horan after yesterday’s Connacht final in Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Coggins has hardly opened his mouth before the physical and emotional drain of London’s journey to a first Connacht football final becomes perfec(...)

Shane Mulligan at Woolwich Arsenal station. It can take him almost two hours, taking three different trains, to travel across the city to Ruislip to make training in the evening. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Putney Leisure Centre, 5.50amThe 337 bus is late. Why this should be so is a mystery beyond the foggy workings of the mind at such an appalling hour. (...)

 Andy Moran: returns to Mayo’s starting line-up following his recovery from a cruciate injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It really is terribly unfair to think one of these teams are being specially flown in for the occasion, dined and pampered all the way, have the rest (...)

 London’s Philip Butler (right) gets to grips with Leitrim’s Robbie Lowe.

Every London footballer has a story. Lives left behind, new ones built forward. On a certain level, though, they all meld into the same yarn – work or(...)

London’s Seán Kelly and Danny Ryan celebrate at the final whistle of their Connacht semi-final against Leitrim

After more 30 summers of trying, the London footballers had only ever won a single game in Connacht, but next month they’ll contest the final against (...)

Leitrim’s Ciarán Egan misses a late 45 to win his side’s Connacht SFC semi-final against London. Photograph: James Crombie/ Inpho

On a day like this, it’s reasonable to ask the London manager to toss a coin for his emotions. Paul Coggins had just watched his team come within a co(...)