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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(...)

 Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters and manager Jack Charlton after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Former Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters has died aged 83. He served as Jack Charlton’s right-hand man during two World Cups and a European C(...)

Sean Connery as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger in 1964. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It is just two months since Sean Connery, who has died, celebrated his 90th birthday. The appreciations will have given him some sense of how subseque(...)

England goalkeeper Bert Williams after Joe Gaetjens’ first half goal. File photograph: Getty Images

Frank ‘Pee Wee’ Wallace was the ubiquitous postman or mailman to use the American term, on the USA team that beat England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup in(...)

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid in their 2018 European Cup final win in Kiev. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Apologies if you’ve heard this one before, but there are some lines, some passages that just stick. A page in a book often returned to is No 174 of Ma(...)

Michael Thomas scores Arsenal’s second at Anfield in 1989. Photograph: Allsport/Getty

One of the most chilling political terms of the last century was “managed decline.” It was attributed to Geoffrey Howe, the Chancellor in the Conserva(...)

In his 2016 autobiography there’s a typical line from Jack Charlton. He saw someone drinking Coke and said: “What are you drinking that s*** for? Guin(...)

Tony Dunne pictured with George Best and Bobby Charlton at Stamford Bridge in August 1971. Photograph:   Central Press/Getty Images

The Northenden golf club bar in Manchester was doing good business on the afternoon of May 16th, 1999 when silver-haired Tony Dunne walked in. A groan(...)

Former Manchester United defender Tony Dunne has died. Photograph: Getty Images

Republic of Ireland international Tony Dunne, rated as one of the best left backs ever to play in the English league, has died at the age 78. The Dubl(...)

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(...)

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