Pat Jennings

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The newly unveiled statue of George  Best outside Winsdor Park in Belfast has drawn criticism from fans. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA Wire

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar. Now (...)

The newly unveiled statue of George Best outside Winsdor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A statue has been unveiled of footballing hero George Best in his home town of Belfast. The Manchester United and Northern Ireland star has been immo(...)

Pat Jennings: He [Pochettino] has a great team around him and with the chairman they’ve done an unbelievable job. Hopefully we can push on – win the Champions League, get top four.”  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Pat Jennings is in his Tottenham Hotspur tracksuit. He is walking in from training. It is a Friday morning and he has just had his weekly session with(...)

Josimar (back left) and his Brazil teammates ahead of their 1986 World Cup quater-final against France. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

In the summer of 1964, England took part in the Little World Cup in Brazil. It was a simple four-team league involving Portugal, Argentina and the hos(...)

Peter O’Keeffe and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty are new caps on the Irish team for the Home Internationals. Photograph: Inpho

Home International team Irish Amateur Open Champion Peter O’Keeffe and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty are new caps on the Irish team for the Home Internat(...)

From left: John Murphy, Dave O’Leary, Frank Stapleton and Liam Brady in 1973 as they signed for the Arsenal.

When you’re a kid of Irish parents growing up in England in the 1970s, you learn to accept the fact that you’re a Paddy. Sure, it makes it that bit mo(...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern saves from Mario Gomez during the Euro 2016 Group C match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo: Getty Images

When Michael McGovern returned to the Northern Ireland dressing-room following his one-man Alamo performance against Germany, his colleagues rose as o(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick on goal during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Poland at the Stade  de Nice. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Poland 1 Northern Ireland 0 Michael O’Neill stood rigid in his technical area. The final whistle had just blown and the Northern Ireland manager was (...)

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Paul Howard, writer/creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly Football is the game of the people. It’s played everywhere in the world. I know we get excited ar(...)

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