Thomas Bjørn talks about his battles with depression during his career as  a professional golfer in a new book. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

“I think you hide from it,” Thomas Bjørn says quietly of the anguish which has affected him and so many other professional sportsmen and women. Steppi(...)

Chelsea academy graduate Nathaniel Chalobah has been sold on to Watford. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images

While the FAI tries to clamber back out of the hole it dug for itself with the decision to admit St Kevin’s Boys into the under-15 national league (ot(...)

Joey Barton will sign for Burnley on a deal until the end of the season. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

The announcement that Joey Barton is to be re-signed by Burnley in January heralds the beginning of a new chapter in the colourful life of a footballe(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho explains to Juan Mata why he was taking him off in stoppage time after he came on as a substitute in the Community Shield win over Leicester City at Wembley. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images

For 80 minutes, José Mourinho’s Manchester United looked a lot like Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United. They had a lot of possession, very little pene(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

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