Tag: northern ireland

Neil Lennon and the art of survival

FOOTBALL DOESN’T CARE WHERE YOU’VE COME FROM. It doesn’t care how hard you’ve worked, or how much you deserve a break. It’s a brutal business, unsuited to the weak of spirit and brittle…

The modern challenges facing Irish football

How can football in Northern Ireland and the Republic improve? From a lack of players plying their trade at the highest levels of the game, to development issues in youth coaching, Colin…

The sliding history of the League of Ireland

The average attendance at League of Ireland matches in 2014 was just 1,559. In the same year, 120,000 Irish fans travelled to attend Premier League games, accounting for 15 per cent of overseas…

George Best’s beautiful renaissance at Fulham

When George Best played for Second Division Fulham during a short spell in the mid 1970s, he undoubtedly cut a conflicting figure to the slight, jinking winger English fans had known during his…

A Tale of One City: Belfast

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Even though a meeting between the ‘Big Two’ in Northern Ireland was always a hotly-contested affair, this one had even more of an…

Norman Whiteside: world beater at 17, retired by 26

This feature is part of The Fleeting Fraternity NORMAN WHITESIDE never shied away from the big occasion. At 16 he became the youngest player to ever step out for Manchester United, while at…