Sheffield United’s John Lundstram celebrates with George Baldockin after scoring against Crystal Palace in their  Premier League game at  Bramall Lane, Sheffield, on August 18th. Photograph:  Reuters/Lee Smith

There was a time when reporters would get overexcited at a game, particularly a feisty derby, and we would whip out the old line that the match had a (...)

The FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, has presented the plans to top-flight clubs. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The English Football Association will seek to cut the number of foreign players permitted in Premier League squads, even if the United Kingdom does no(...)

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is one of a number of players who was not in the mindset to play the opening games of the season due to transfer speculation. Photograph: Getty Images

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has backed plans by the Premier League to shut the transfer window before the start of next season. Club bosses wil(...)

The Football League are hoping to increase the number of homegrown players making the transition from youth to adult football. Photograph: Getty Images

Football League teams will be required to name at least one “club-developed player” in their matchday squads from the 2018-19 season, the EFL has anno(...)

 Jose Fonte: played a big role over seven years in Southampton’s rise from League One to Premier League respectability.  Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

You have to wonder how Jose Fonte felt. As Southampton made their way to Wembley by outstaying Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night, Fonte was at W(...)

There are so many questions that need to be answered in relation to Bob Higgins that it is difficult to know where to start

Two things spring to mind when I think of Bob Higgins and Southampton. The first is that Higgins was an exceptional football coach. The second is that(...)

Former football coach Barry Bennell (62) has served three prison sentences totalling 15 years in England and the United States since 1994. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

The former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14, the British Crown P(...)

 Luke Fitzgerald, Harry Redknapp, Kieran McGeeney and Robbie Fowler at the recent launch of Eir Sport, following the takeover of Setanta by Eir. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Virgin Media is set to drop Eir Sports from its cable TV platform at the end of this month after failing to agree commercial terms on a new wholesale (...)

Northern Ireland’s Conor McLaughlin: “Crewe, then Lewandowski? It’ll be a big difference won’t it? Mad.”

As footnotes go, perhaps only Conor McLaughlin, his family and the Northern Ireland manager of the time, Nigel Worthington, will have jotted down this(...)

Stuart McCloskey and  Ultan Dillane in action  when Connacht hosted Ulster in the Pro12 in December. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 7.35pm (TG4/BBC) The last time Connacht won in Belfast, Seán Lemass had just completed his first year (...)

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