Everton goalkeeper in 1984, Neville Southall has recalled that “in the European Cup Winners’ Cup first round we played University College Dublin - a student team basically. Everyone expected a walkover, but they held us to a goalless draw in Ireland and in the last few minutes of the second leg at Goodison had a shot that clipped my bar.”

When asked to select his favourite sporting moment perhaps only a lawyer would choose two games in which his side failed to score a single goal and we(...)

Paul Scholes celebrates a goal for Manchester United against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, at Old Trafford on October 18th, 2000. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Scott McTominay is the latest poster boy of a remarkable Manchester United academy that has produced the Busby Babes, George Best, and the Class of ’9(...)

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United during first-team training. “He’s knocking on the first-team door and his appetite is growing.” Photograph: Getty Images

Europa League Group L: Manchester United v Astana Kick-off: 8pm, Thursday. Venue: Old Trafford. On TV: Live on Virgin Media Sport and BT Sport 2. Ol(...)

Jurgen Klopp,  Liverpool manager: ‘This is impossible. Except you guys are you.’ Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

 Long before the fourth goal went in the other night with the Barcelona defence and myself all momentarily looking elsewhere, the realisation had(...)

Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison is pictured with teenage prodigies Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, brother Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Terry Cooke in 1992. Photo: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Alex Ferguson hailed Eric Harrison as one of the “greatest coaches of our time” after the former youth team boss and mentor to the much-vaunted Class (...)

Celtic fans stand for a minute’s silence in memory of Liam Miller at Parkhead. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

On January 25th 1976, when Paul Ferris was a 10-year-old boy in Lisburn, there was an explosion at the Hibernian Club in the town. The UDA planted the(...)

The last Manchester United players I can still really remember are the likes of Jesper Olsen, Norman Whiteside, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel, who is still playing – I think. Photograph: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

It has been a tough year for me and my ilk: men who detest having to listen to incessant chatter about sport. With the European Championships and t(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill (right) speaks to his assistant Jimmy Nicholl  during a training session at Saint-George-de-Reneins. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

There used to be a nightclub on the top floor of the Europa hotel in Belfast called the Copacabana. It was mentioned 40 miles north of Lyon yesterday (...)

 Wayne Rooney of England: pundits had varying opinions as to his worth as a midfielder.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

It was only Day Seven but already the discombobulation was setting in, like with Dean Saunders when he was trying to preview Bale v England for the BB(...)

Philips Manager of the Year award winners  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill with  Philips MD Cel O’Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Without it being groundbreaking, there’s some symmetry to the O’Neills sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. At the 33rd instalment of(...)

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