George Eastham in action for  England in 1966. Photograph: Allsport UK /Allsport

George Eastham needed help. Eastham and his wife had moved into a new club-owned house in Newcastle but the garden was a mess, the grate on the firepl(...)

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(...)

Manchester City last met Juventus in the Europa League group stages five years ago. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There may be no group of death in this season’s Champions League but the one containing last year’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and the Europa Leag(...)

Ian Harte has retired after being released by Bournemouth at the end of last season. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Former Republic of Ireland international Ian Harte has retired via a post on his twitter account. A quite low key exit for one of the finest Irish pla(...)

Brendan Rodgers has shown a remarkable thirst for on-the-hoof rebuilding. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

  It is no more than a handy coincidence but there was an unavoidable resonance about Liverpool’s first post-Balotelli performance at the (...)

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke gets his shot away despite the challenge  of  Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal during the Premier League match  at the Emirates. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 This was Arsenal at their most bewildering. They were startlingly poor for so long Liverpool will have to consider this result a(...)

John Terry: Chelsea’s long-serving captain  struggled at Manchester City last weekend and was substituted  at half-time by manager Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Carl Recine/Livepic/Reuters

1 A test of City’s mettle: Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea was a statement performance. The message was received loud and clear by José (...)

Chelsea manager José Mourinho looks perplexed  during his team’s loss to  Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: EPA/Peter Powell

Manuel Pellegrini insisted Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday was the “least we deserved” despite José Mourinho’s claim that the 3-0(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in action with West Brom’s Craig Gardner. City look a different side when the midfielder is firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

As a declaration of presence, as a reminder of a forceful personality – even as a motto – Yaya Touré’s statement on Monday night following Manchester (...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli is set to remain at the club according to his agent. Photograph: EPA

Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will receive a six-figure loyalty bonus if he is still at the club when the transfer window closes on(...)