George Best

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Michael Parkinson with his friend, George Best. As a talk show host, Parkinson went on to interview Best more than a dozen times.

Michael Parkinson couldn’t wait to meet George Best. It was 1963, Manchester. Parkinson – who had just joined Granada Television – had heard about a (...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in his first full season in charge at Old Trafford. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the 2019-2020 Premiership season (Sunday August 11th, 4.30pm kickoff) represents a standout (...)

Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If you’ve never been to Portrush, it’s one of those stubbornly 20th-century coastal towns that is entirely self-contained. Big windows and high roofs,(...)

The newly unveiled statue of George  Best outside Winsdor Park in Belfast has drawn criticism from fans. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA Wire

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar. Now (...)

The newly unveiled statue of George Best outside Winsdor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A statue has been unveiled of footballing hero George Best in his home town of Belfast. The Manchester United and Northern Ireland star has been immo(...)

Ruby Walsh with his wife, Gillian, and daughters Isabelle, Elsa and Gemma after he announced his retirement at the 2019 Punchestown Festival in Co Kildare last Wednesday.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

He had so many Walshes surrounding him at Punchestown, Robert Hall was feeling severely outnumbered. “You’re like the Jackson Five,” he said to Ted, K(...)

Pat Jennings: He [Pochettino] has a great team around him and with the chairman they’ve done an unbelievable job. Hopefully we can push on – win the Champions League, get top four.”  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Pat Jennings is in his Tottenham Hotspur tracksuit. He is walking in from training. It is a Friday morning and he has just had his weekly session with(...)

Everton’s Richarlison scoring with an   overhead kick against Manchester United at  Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photograph:  Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

For those with long memories the irony inherent in Richarlison’s marvellous opening goal for Everton against Manchester United was the way his overhea(...)

Niall McGinn celebrates scoring against Estonia at Windsor Park in the Uefa 2020 qualifier. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

Monday afternoon, downtown Belfast: Rinty Monaghan was looking impressive, all 10ft of him, cast in bronze beside St. Anne’s cathedral. They placed th(...)

Hugh McIlvanney, journalist, born  February 2nd, 1934; died January 24th, 2019. File photograph: Francesco Guidicini/Sunday Times/PA Wire

Hugh McIlvanney’s life as a sports journalist resembled one of his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. He was a scrup(...)

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