Michael Walker

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 Brian Clough and Bill Shankly  lead out their teams at Wembley Stadium for the Charity Shield match between champions Leeds United and FA Cup winners Liverpool in 1974. Photograph: by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke By Ronald Reng Originally planned as an autobiography, with Enke – who was expected to be Germany’s goa(...)

Craig Williams rides Vow and Declare to win the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

The international raiders were no match for homegrown stayer Vow And Declare, who flew the flag for Australia to win the €5 million Melbourne Cup over(...)

Michael Walker in the Grand Masonic Lodge of Ireland on Molesworth Street in Dublin.

In the parlance of freemasonry, Michael Walker, who has died aged 83, “served” no fewer than five grand masters of the order in Ireland as the grand s(...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

 Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson has been in impressive form. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

1) Coventry and Robins deserve plaudits Amid all the hoopla over the departing Mark Hughes, it is right to take a moment to praise Coventry City. The(...)

Patrick O’Connell (centre) managed Real Betis to their sole league title but his success received little coverage in Ireland and the UK

An exhibition and a film are to be launched over the next few months on the life and times of Dubliner Patrick O’Connell, the former Manchester United(...)

Darren Randolph on his move from West Ham: “When you’re told one thing and something else happens, it becomes clear you’ve to look after yourself.”   Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/ Reuters

Darren Randolph is sitting in the northern sunshine laughing at himself. Thursday is a scorcher on Teesside and we are outside overlooking the exquisi(...)

Michael O’Neill: has overseen a transformation in Northern Ireland’s fortunes since he took over at the helm. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Group C: Northern Ireland v Norway, Windsor Park, Sunday, 7.45pm (Live Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm) On the weekend of January 21st and 22nd Liverpool, (...)

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus McCarthy commends team-mate James McCarthy during the victory over Italy at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Wednesday. photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

It’s always the quiet ones. When the camera closed in on Séamus Coleman’s face in the tunnel in Lille on Wednesday night, it wasn’t hard to read in t(...)

Adrian Doherty (extreme right, front row) lines out for Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 1990. Photograph: Getty Images

The timing is uncanny. In the same month as José Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford will almost certainly force Ryan Giggs to leave his boyhood club,(...)

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