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Gareth Southgate: “I understand that on this island, we have a desire to protect our values and traditions – as we should – but that shouldn’t come at the expense of introspection and progress.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate was lying on a beach in Greece thinking about Eddie McGoldrick. It was June 1994 and Ray Houghton had just scored against Italy in Ne(...)

Hans Keller drools over Franz Beckenbauer strolling for Bayern Munich in the 1976 European Cup final against St Etienne. File photograph: Getty Images

Hans Keller was relieved. It was March 1938 and Adolf Hitler had just marched into Vienna. Keller, 18 and Jewish, had reasons to be concerned. But, mo(...)

Team-mates Alan Ball, left, and Nobby Stiles celebrate after England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, 30th July 1966. Photograph: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The family of Nobby Stiles have become ambassadors for a new charity launched by the families of former football and rugby players who have been diagn(...)

Pádraig Amond celebrates scoring the winner against Leicester City in 2019. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Reluctant as he seems to say it when so much is going wrong around him, times are good just now for Pádraig Amond, the Newport County striker from Car(...)

The Republic of ireland team that beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park in 1949.

Late one Autumn afternoon in 1949 I hopped on a Number 3 bus in Sandymount, heading towards O’Connell Street. Just coming up to my 20th birthday, I w(...)

For Those I Love (aka David Balfe) holds up a Shelbourne flag during his performance on Later with Jools Holland on BBC on Friday. Photograph: BBC screengrab

It’s not often you see a League of Ireland club represented on the BBC and even less often does it come on Later with Jools Holland. However, that’s w(...)

Britain has tightened restrictions to stem a surge of coronavirus cases, ordering pubs to close early and advising people to go back to working from home to prevent a second national lockdown. File photograph: Getty

Local coronavirus restrictions will come into force in four more parts of England on Saturday amid growing criticism of a nationwide 10pm curfew for b(...)

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph at Republic of Ireland squad training at  Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After one team meeting and a training session, Darren Randolph admits that many of the Irish players are still in the very early stages of getting to (...)

Jack Charlton and assistant Maurice Setters walk out into the cauldron of Windsor park to play against Northern Ireland in 1993. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you being inside a glassed-in press box is no way to watch a sporting event. Echoey, removed and unnatural. But on t(...)

Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner having breakfast in bed after securing the FA Cup the day before. Photo: Varley Picture Agency

Big Jack was unimpressed. “What the fook you doing ’ere?” he said. It was a question, possibly, though in the moment it felt like an accusation. “Eh,(...)

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