Paul Gascoigne

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England’s Paul Gascoigne dejected after the  semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup at the Stadio delle Alpi in  Turin. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

Some books stay with you forever. Lines from them take up residence in your brain, rather than just passing through in the gush of everything else you(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner having breakfast in bed after securing the FA Cup the day before. Photo: Varley Picture Agency

Big Jack was unimpressed. “What the fook you doing ’ere?” he said. It was a question, possibly, though in the moment it felt like an accusation. “Eh,(...)

Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane holding the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Trophy in 2000. Photograph: PA

Roy Keane brought the curtain down on his illustrious career on this day 14 years ago, the former Manchester United captain claiming medical advice on(...)

 Marcus Rashford (left) and Tammy Abraham celebrate an England goal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

England 7 Montenegro 0 It was a night when England celebrated their football history and threatened to run up an historic scoreline. As the goals fl(...)

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne (centre left) outside Teesside Crown Court, Middlesbrough, after he was cleared of all charges of sexually assaulting a woman on a train. Photograph: PA

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he kissed on a train. Gascoigne, 52, was accused of(...)

A general view of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the match between Tottenham and Southampton in the  Under 18 Premier League, a test event ahead of the opening of the stadium. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

One word: Wow. Tottenham fans have had to wait for the delivery of their new stadium – goodness knows they have had to wait. The delays have scarred t(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

John Reynolds, Aston Villa, circa 1896, Reynolds is the only player to have  represented both Ireland and England at international level. Photograph:  Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images

There was not a soul around. In a graveyard, that might count as humour and, if so, it was the only dry item in Sheffield’s Burngreave cemetery on Wed(...)

England manager Bobby Robson with Paul Gascoigne and other members of the squad leaving Luton to fly to Italy for the World Cup in 1990. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher praised England’s 1990 World Cup football squad for not diving like other teams, whose players she likened to acting out “the death (...)

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