The history of football in Northern Ireland is cross-cut with societal divides defined by religion and politics. Throughout the nation’s turbulent history, the game has been buffeted – at times engulfed – by the waves of passion. It has also provided an arena where reconciliation, as well as rancour, can be displayed. Ben Roberts discusses his wonderfully empathetic book, Gunshots and Goalposts, which offers an accessible history to football in Northern Ireland.
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