Jack Charlton and assistant Maurice Setters walk out into the cauldron of Windsor park to play against Northern Ireland in 1993. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you being inside a glassed-in press box is no way to watch a sporting event. Echoey, removed and unnatural. But on t(...)

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate Matt Doherty’s goal against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. Would  an All-island league help to draw the two footballing authorities in Ireland closer together in a time of potential political change.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Belfast, 6.30pm, last Saturday: there were Dutch orangemen on the march up Donegall Avenue as GAWA, the green and white army, descended west down Tate(...)

Michael O’Neill: has led Northern Ireland from 102nd in the Fifa world rankings to 34th today. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Michael O’Neill was in a Drumcondra hotel talking about Shamrock Rovers, the 400 Club and Rubin Kazan while, out of the corner of one eye, watching No(...)

Oliver Norwood has retired from international football. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has called Oliver Norwood’s decision to retire from international football “premature” and “a huge mistake”. (...)

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

 Sunderland’s Darron Gibson: in 2015 he  was a mainstream Ireland international and Premier League footballer with Everton. Photograph: Getty Images

His club played on Friday night, but he was not there. His teammates trained all week, but he was not there. A brutal relegation looms, but he has not(...)

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, (...)

Celtic fans unveil a large picture of manager Brendan Rodgers during the Uefa Champions League qualifying play-off first leg against Hapoel Be’er Sheva at Celtic Park in August. Photograph: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Half an hour north of Glasgow the long slope of the Campsie Fells provides a spectacular backdrop to Celtic’s Lennoxtown training base. On Thursday a(...)

Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes leads the warm up at Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. Photograph: PA

Five years ago, Aaron Hughes had had enough. Northern Ireland were going nowhere fast: Nigel Worthington’s team had won one game in 12 months - agains(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during a training session at   Parc des Princes in Paris ahed of the game against Germany. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA

Northern Ireland v Germany, Parc des Princes, 5.0pm (RTÉ2, BBC1) There comes a time on the road for any emerging team or manager when a signpost co(...)

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