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 Luke Ayling of Leeds United scores his side’s first goal at Elland Road. Photograph: Getty Images

Leeds returned to the top of the Championship in style after beating Huddersfield 2-0 at Elland Road. Luke Ayling’s stunning third-minute volley was (...)

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(...)

Northern Ireland’s  Steven Davis blazes a penalty over the bar as Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen looks up during the Euro 2020 qualifier at Windsor park in belfast. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 0 Netherlands 0 Steven Davis missed a first-half penalty as Northern Ireland’s faint hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 (...)

Northern Ireland’s   Paddy McNair  celebrates scoring against the Czech Republic in Prague. Photograph: Getty Images

Czech Republic 2 Northern Ireland 3 Northern Ireland achieved what England could not as they beat the Czech Republic in Prague on Monday but they had(...)

Luton Town’s James Collins (left) celebrates scoring his side’s third goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match against Middlesbrough at Kenilworth Road. Photograph:  Darren Staples/PA Wire

Luton 3 Middlesbrough 3 For lovers of goalmouth action this was a charmingly helter-skelter start to the Championship season. For Graeme Jones and Jo(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Paddy McNair celebrates scoring against Belarus. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Belarus 0 Northern Ireland 1 Paddy McNair’s first international goal saw Northern Ireland snatch a 1-0 win over Belarus and make it four wins out of (...)

Steven Davis celebrates scoring Northern Ireland’s second against Estonia. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty

Northern Ireland 2 Estonia 0 Northern Ireland delivered the victory manager Michael O’Neill had called essential as they saw off Estonia 2-0 in their(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Darren Randolph saves a shot from Northern Ireland’s  Gavin Whyte during the friendly international at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 0 Northern Ireland 0 On the final whistle there was a short sustained burst of booing from those inside Lansdowne Road. It was no(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: “Irish rugby is so strong, producing players of a world level. It’s very difficult to then say ‘here’s a wee lad playing for Crusaders, watch him’.” Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In a quiet corner of an Edinburgh café, Michael O’Neill has a list of names in front of him. It is a short list. It features players born in Ireland w(...)

 Liam Boyce (right) of Burton Albion celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Sunderland  at the  Stadium of Light. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Wolves secured the Championship title with a 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Bolton at the Macron Stadium, on a day when Sunderland were relega(...)

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