George Best

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Hans Keller drools over Franz Beckenbauer strolling for Bayern Munich in the 1976 European Cup final against St Etienne. File photograph: Getty Images

Hans Keller was relieved. It was March 1938 and Adolf Hitler had just marched into Vienna. Keller, 18 and Jewish, had reasons to be concerned. But, mo(...)

Tommy Docherty is unveiled as Manchester United manager. Photograph: Getty

Tommy Docherty spent a lifetime breaching convention. From a loft – a “doocot” to Docherty – atop the main stand at Stamford Bridge, he could be found(...)

Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

Cavan fans after the 1997 Ulster final. File photograph: Inpho

Last Sunday night and Monday morning saw Cavan supporters across the land in a most curious position – replying to text messages congratulating them o(...)

United’s Bruno Fernandes  sees a shot saved by Mert Gunok of Istanbul Basaksehir during their Champions League  match  at Old Trafford on November 24th. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Bruno Fernandes’s impact on Manchester United is as great as Cristiano Ronaldo’s was during his six years at the club. F(...)

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba  reacts after handling the ball and conceding a penalty during the  Premier League  match against  West Ham United at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United 1 West Ham United 1 Mason Greenwood’s 17th goal of the season places him alongside George Best, Wayne Rooney and Brian Kidd as Manc(...)

Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane holding the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Trophy in 2000. Photograph: PA

Roy Keane brought the curtain down on his illustrious career on this day 14 years ago, the former Manchester United captain claiming medical advice on(...)

George Best celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal during the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Maybe the price sports writing pays for daily beat writers whose job is volume and speed as much as reflection is that points of difference between va(...)

1/9/2001 World Cup QualifierRepublic of Ireland vs HollandRoy Keane of Ireland tackles Marc Overmars of HollandMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

On St Patrick’s Day there were a lot of greatest Irish XIs named by folk with some unexpected spare time. None, or very few, approached this as a cros(...)

Hannah Craig  during a morning training session close to her home in Portavogie, Co Down. “I’ll keep training but, to be honest with you, every article I read I don’t think the Olympics are going to go ahead.” Photograph: Liam McBurney

In life, not just sport, Hannah Craig embraces a Japanese philosophy that seems particularly apposite for these chaotic times. She often murmurs ‘wab(...)

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