David Gough

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Dungannon captain Pádraig McNulty celebrates with fans after the shoot-out win over Trillick in the Tyrone SFC final at   Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

It was one of the anti-apartheid movement’s most resonant slogans: no normal sport in an abnormal society. How could it proceed when all of the commun(...)

David Gough took charge of the Meath  senior football championship match between Gaeil Colmcille and Dunshaughlin on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was at the time viewed as one of the least hopeful signs of any intercounty activity for the rest of 2020 in the face of Covid-19: David Gough, ref(...)

2019 All-Ireland final referee David Gough has said he does not wish to be considered for match appointments while social distancing is still in place. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some intercounty referees have been expressing concerns about the GAA’s return to play. Donal Smyth, the association’s National Match Officials Manage(...)

Professor Mary Horgan has described the risks involved in the return to play as “very, very low”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

A member of the GAA’s Covid Advisory Group has described the risks involved in the return to play as “very, very low”. Professor Mary Horgan, an expe(...)

 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Bear with me a moment as I start off by digressing a little. It is five years since Bryan Cullen has lifted the Sam Maguire Cup to end the drought and(...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper and David Byrne with Paul Geaney of Kerry in the  All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final replay at Croke Park in September 2019. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donal Smyth, a former Meath All-Ireland goalkeeper, is in his first year as the GAA’s national match officials manager. He told Thursday’s football ru(...)

Referee David Gough with Jonny Cooper of Dublin during the All-Ireland final against Kerry. Cooper was sent off. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland football referee David Gough has questioned to what extent the sending-off of Jonny Cooper in last September’s drawn final was justified b(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the victory over Kerry in he All-Ireland SFC Final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

And so this is 2019. And what have you done? Well, we’ve mostly gone to things, written about them and talked endless hours of guff on the back of th(...)

David Gough: “I can see important decisions being made by referees, which will be shown to be incorrect on TV when they take out their arrow and measuring tape.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland final referee David Gough is pessimistic about the prospects for the newly-introduced advance mark, which comes into force for 2020 having(...)

When Stephen Cluxton came off his line early for the penalty save which denied Paul Geaney a goal in the drawn final, I had it rerun within eight or nine seconds in the commentary position. This type of ‘ref-assist’ doesn’t have to be unacceptably intrusive. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

My late father had a phrase that combined his love and admiration for the GAA with the frustration that it could sometimes cause him. He would sit the(...)

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