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Thiago Alcântara: he should allow Liverpool better to control games without expending the same levels of energy. Photograph: Matt Dunham/EPA

All great sides are haunted by entropy. Even in their most transcendent moments, it is there in the shadows, hissing its insistent question: “What nex(...)

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(...)

Galway East returned all three sitting TDs - Sean Canney (Ind); Ciaran Cannon (FG) and Anne Rabbitte (FF), but the count was not without drama as the 21-year-old Sinn Féin candidate Louis O’Hara was very close to pulling off a shock win. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

Galway East returned all three sitting TDs - Sean Canney (Ind); Ciaran Cannon (FG) and Anne Rabbitte (FF), but the count was not without drama as the (...)

From Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (2014), a film based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, the only man ever deported from Ireland.

In 1943 the Minister of Pensions received a letter from a German prisoner of war camp franked with a swastika. The letter was from William Coman, a (...)

Louth farmer Jimmy Byrne with Baz Ashmawy

Of all the discussions you’re every likely to imagine Baz Ashmawy having with someone, a careful explanation of theatre-industry lingo might not rank (...)

Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

  Diego Maradona   handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score

High noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final shootout between two arch rivals who hadn’t met in a World Cup for 20 years and h(...)

Ray Wilkins is shown on the big screen at Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea’s game against Tottenham last weekend. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

In the eyes of all who watched him captaining Chelsea at the age of 18, Ray Wilkins was a golden boy of English football. To an instinctive vision of (...)

Everton’s Imre Varadi wheels away in celebration after beating Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence to put Everton 2-0 up in their 1981 FA Cup fourth round tie at Goodison Park. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

My first experience of a Merseyside derby was also my first win over Liverpool – the FA Cup fourth round tie of January 1981 – but it is remembered fo(...)

  Sam Allardyce : “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club.” Photograph: Getty Images

Sam Allardyce has been appointed the new Everton manager just a day after watching from the stands as the team cruised to a 4-0 victory against West H(...)

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