John Giles

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George Best taking the long walk  to the dressing room at Windsor Park after being sent off in the  game with Scotland in April 1970. Photograph: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

There’s a time and place for everything. Across Ireland, people are tired and battered and a bit weepy because we’re not sure when the government is g(...)

Sir Matt Busby in 1991: ‘I was in awe of him. Amazingly intelligent and cunning. Very hard and charming.’ Photograph: Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images

Eamon Dunphy answers the phone mid-conversation. Things to sort, things to do. Two podcasts to record tomorrow, one in the morning, one in the afterno(...)

Finland celebrate Fredrik Jensen’s winner against Ireland. Photograph: Tomi Hänninen /Inpho

As if our manager and his players hadn’t experienced enough weirdness of late, Helsinki presented them with even more - real, actual people hooting an(...)

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 (...)

Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer will go down as the strangest that Ireland has ever experienced- except for those hallucinogenic few weeks that were Italia 90. Thirty yea(...)

Huge crowds would regularly turn out to watch the seven-a-side tournaments at the Gloucester Diamond with residents watching from the windows. Photograph: North Inner City Folklore Project

There’s a photograph of a woman looking out of her window at a quiet Foley Street below. All around her are boarded up windows. The buildings up and d(...)

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(...)

Often a better ‘watch’ than the Irish team, Dunphy turned half-time analysis into a national institution.

A week spent peering into the unnatural world of sports punditry suggests there must be extinction fears for that TV sub-species known as the lesser-s(...)

Roy Barrett is a stockbroker who eschews the caricature, focused on family rather than excess.

As a footballer, Roy Barrett was a contradiction. Tall and slim, he had the close control that would be expected of a much more compact player, accord(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Burnley  at  Turf Moor. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

“The band,” Premier Sports had revealed last week, “is back together!” And there they were come Tuesday evening, on our telly screens all over again(...)

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