Mark Lawrenson

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Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner having breakfast in bed after securing the FA Cup the day before. Photo: Varley Picture Agency

Big Jack was unimpressed. “What the fook you doing ’ere?” he said. It was a question, possibly, though in the moment it felt like an accusation. “Eh,(...)

Jack Charlton with Paul McGrath before the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There are probably close enough to a thousand images that would fill your head when you think back to Jack’s Irish reign, and so many of them popped u(...)

 Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk celebrate scoring against Wolves. Photograph: Getty Images

Wolves 0 Liverpool 2 The presents have come early this year for Liverpool, who can look forward to spending Christmas Day enjoying the view from the (...)

Whether Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane stay or leave won’t change the realities of football in Ireland.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

During his stout defence of Roy Keane this week, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joked that they’d had a quick chat about the latest family(...)

Mark Lawrenson has announced he has been given the all clear after having a cancerous patch of skin removed from his face. Photo: Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Former Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson has revealed how a keen-eyed Football Focus viewer alerted him to a patch of cancerous skin on his face. BBC p(...)

Declan Rice may just have decided he didn’t fancy the Ireland setup. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sometimes you waste time worrying about the wrong things. Back in 2011 Roy Keane gave an interview to Cork’s LifeFM 93.1, in which he sketched out a d(...)

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will make it to the 2018 World Cup after all, alas for us they won’t be bringing their Republic of Ireland squad with the(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Manchester United. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Standing on Dollymount Strand on a gorgeously warm end-of-summer Saturday afternoon I get a text message from a colleague which drains the colour from(...)

Football pundit John Giles on RTE. Screengrab: RTÉ

Football pundit John Giles “represented the best of the game, in its roots, in its performance,” President Michael D Higgins said on Monday. The Pr(...)

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(...)

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