George Best in action at Old Trafford during a Division One game against Everton in 1968. Photograph:  Allsport

He could have been 75 on Saturday; he should have been 75 on Saturday. It would have been a big deal, the red and green memories; his ears would have (...)

 Alan McLoughlin in action for  Portsmouth in 1998. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Allsport

It was approaching Christmas 1998 and, when Alan McLoughlin thought about how Portsmouth FC was being run, he was feeling anything but festive. The (...)

Alan  McLoughlin pictured in Malta in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Down a phone line from Toronto, Kevin Kilbane is taking it all in, all of it. The week has become a moment and Kilbane is reflecting on his Preston up(...)

Alan McLoughlin, pictured in 1993, has died aged 54. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin has died at the age of 54. McLoughlin won 42 caps for Ireland and famously scored the goal agai(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the 2002 World Cup after their playoff against Iran in Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

1966 World Cup Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores the only goal of the playoff for the 1966 World Cup (...)

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(...)

2009: Thierry Henry and Richard Dunne. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paris, November 10th, 1965 – Spain 1 Ireland 0 1965: Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores. Photograph: C(...)

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

The Northern Ireland squad during a training session at the newly-developed Windsor Park on Friday ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

In the bookshops of Belfast is a 2016 anthology of new Northern Ireland poetry which possesses the lip-smacking title: The Future Always Makes Me So (...)

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