Gary Mackay

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 Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals in the victory over Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/Pool/Getty Images

Hands up: how many of you thought Patrik Schick’s shot was heading for the Shetland Islands? Same here. Just the 49.7 metres from goal, if the fella d(...)

Hristo Stoitchkov: regarded as Bulgaria’s greatest ever player, the striker’s six goles won him the  Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup and he also became the only Bulgarian to be named  European Footballer of the Year.

At first glance the Nations League clash between Ireland and Bulgaria seems like the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. Tw(...)

Jack Charlton acknowledges cheers from the crowd at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jack Charlton was not first-choice for Ireland manager, or even second, as everyone knows. He benefitted from one of our great national traditions: th(...)

Paul McGrath celebrates his goal with Liam Brady, Mark Lawrenson and Ray Houghton during the European Championship qualifier at Lansdowne Road on October 14th 1987. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the era of the “what if...” novel, it may be only a matter of time before somebody revisits Jack Charlton’s time as Republic of Ireland manager an(...)

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar at Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gibraltar 0 Republic of Ireland 4 His name may not have the same sort of familiar ring to it as Gary Mackay’s and this time around there is still a g(...)

Scotland’s Archie Gemmill scores against the Netherlands in 1978. Coming in a 3-2 win for the Scots, it was one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Scots were once so proud as to be picky about the way in which they qualified for major championships, a fact that makes the last 16 years of stay(...)