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The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

It had been three years since Adolf Hitler had risen to power as chancellor of Germany when the country’s national football team touched down in Baldo(...)

 The Turf pub sign in Burnley  depicts an image of ex-player, Northern Ireland’s James McIlroy, who was instrumental to the club’s league title success in 1960. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Jimmy McIlroy died in August, it was a moment to return to his autobiography, Right Inside Soccer. It was written in 1960 when Burnley had just w(...)

Almost five years on, a league game between Drumcondra and Limerick at Tolka Park in February, 1958. The lights, seen here in the background, would remain in service for more than 25 years. Photograph: Irish Photo Archive.

“Dublin’s first floodlit football match, played at Tolka Park last night, provided spectators with grand entertainment, Drumcondra and St Mirren, the (...)

Harry Gregg makes a save for Manchester United in August 1958. Photograph: Getty

Up there on the northern tip of the island, the hero sits. He looks through a window of the new house they found up an unmarked track off a winding ro(...)

The Mayo senior football team that won the 1951 All-Ireland senior football title against Meath at Croke Park. Pádraig Carney is five in from the right in the front row. Photograph:  The Mayo News

We have walked the desert and wrestled with the mirages. And hope still triumphs. Six and a half decades have passed since 1951, a memory so threadbar(...)

Claudio Ranieri: the manager has been unable to clear heads, reset the dials, engender enough fear and competitive desperation to reboot the machine.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Like all the best fairytales, Leicester City’s title story came to an end on Thursday night with a bracing little touch of cruelty. This is usually t(...)

Everton fans are losing patience with the club’s manager Roberto Martinez especially after the listless display against city rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters.

A performance at Wembley persuaded Bill Kenwright to offer Roberto Martinez the Everton job three years ago. In the absence of a performance that app(...)

Michael O’Flanagan: ushered customers out of the family pub on hearing he had been called up to play for Ireland, cycled to Terenure to collect his boots and then on to Dalymount

Michael O’Flanagan, who has died aged 92, was the surviving member of a family partnership which captivated fans at a time when the amateur ethos in i(...)