Then Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson introduces new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli of Italy at the Riverside Stadium in July 1996. Photograph: Allsport.

Despite the fee Liverpool received for Luis Saurez, they may struggle to reach heights of last season

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Thurles the perfect venue as four counties vie for two coveted semi-final places

Tipperary’s Barry Grogan celebrates with manager Peter Creedon after the victory over Laois at O’Moore Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Peter Creedon says a quarter-final would represent major progress for his young side

Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan celebrates with selector Paul Beary at the final whistle of their Munster semi-final triumph over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Few would have expected last year’s Munster champions to shine but they face Wexford on an upward curve

The Limerick management will be hoping the likes of Kevin Downes  will help to   take  the scoring burden off  Shane Dowling, right, in tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Treaty County look poised to emerge victorious from tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final in Semple Stadium

 Sligo manager Pat Flanagan: well aware Cork are the overwhelming favourites in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC Qualifier, but ready to meet the challenge. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Pat Flanagan knows side are up against it but side have a sense of purpose

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh evades the challenge of Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and Colin Walshe duringt the Ulster SFC final. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Pressye/Inpho

Comparisons inevitable as Ryan brings the same enthusiasm and energy to proceedings as his brother Mark

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye, Colm McFadden and David Walsh celebrate winning the Anglo-Celt Cup. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal boss hails hard-earned Ulster triumph over Monaghan as ‘our best victory’

At the pre-match parade in Clones, pace is everything; the slow-march and jubilant notes of the brass band somehow elevate the anticipation to boiling point. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Its days are numbered unless the GAA issues a reprieve – I’m all for the whales. But let’s save Clones too

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