This month
March 2023
# Analysis
Shamrock Rovers need control to keep four-in-a-row hopes alive
Stephen Bradley’s side without a win in their first four games and manner of goals conceded indicative of wider issue.
# decision
Shane Duffy in danger of losing place in Ireland squad for start of Euro qualifiers
International boss Stephen Kenny admits he has “a lot to consider” as a result of the Fulham defender’s lack of action.
# meteoric rise
Easy does it for Evan Ferguson as countdown begins for Kylian Mbappe's arrival
Stephen Kenny says teenager’s “meteoric rise” gives Ireland added potency for Euro 2024 qualifier against France this month.
3 talking points ahead of Ireland's Six Nations showdown with Scotland
The teams clash in Edinburgh on 12 March.
# Ref Justice
'They’re refereeing for the assessor rather than for the game. That’s dangerous'
Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley fears new system in League of Ireland is having a detrimental affect on officials.
# Nothing To See Here
FAI have not agreed kit deal with O'Neill's following shamrock jersey tweet
The sportswear company teased what many believed to be a Republic of Ireland jersey.
# New Boy
Ireland boss Stephen Kenny excited as Celtic star switches allegiances from Scotland
Winger Mikey Johnston is still waiting for the paperwork to be finalised, while John O’Shea’s appointment has been confirmed.
# In form
Five years on from Ireland debut against France, Shamrock Rovers star on the rise again
Graham Burke says he has rediscovered the fitness and sharpness needed to fire the Hoops to glory.
# Boy Wonder
Garnacho's glorious reminder of talent and resilience
Manchester United’s latest teen sensation shines again as Erik ten Hag’s side stay on track for FA Cup glory.
# Flashback
How a 7-0 hammering by Arsenal helped shape Mikel Arteta's early Everton career
Kevin Kilbane and Alan Stubbs recall the impact made by the young Spaniard when he first arrived at Goodison Park in 2005.
Last month
February 2023
# Appointment
Tactically astute with a personal touch - What John O'Shea brings to Ireland
Stephen Kenny’s latest coaching appointment bridges the gap between established players and the emerging crop in the squad.
# Up for the cup
For Man United and Newcastle, there's nothing Mickey Mouse about this League Cup final
Erik ten Hag is striving for something lasting as Newcastle’s form has Eddie Howe fighting for victory to arrest a worrying slide.
# statement
Dundalk owners confirm talks with three parties over possible sale of club
The Oriel Park hierarchy said in an open letter that “discussions include all scenarios of investment, shareholding, and ownership.”
# Dutch Gold
Thrilling victory on a pivotal night for Erik ten Hag's Old Trafford revival
The Manchester United manager showed an ability, and humility, to rectify his own mistakes.
Roscommon rise and Salthill hurling showdown: Allianz League talking points
Another busy weekend of action ahead.
# Changing times
The endgame - Why Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers will soon be thing of the past
Drogs boss Kevin Doherty and PFA Ireland chief Stephen McGuinness explain why a fully professional Premier Division is on horizon.
# archives
Liam Brady at West Ham - Money talk, turning down Celtic, and Dunphy's scorn
Ahead of meeting with Spurs today, The42 digs through archives from Dubliner’s return to London in 1987.
# New Boy
Spotlight on Vladislav Kreida - Estonian international impresses on St Pat's debut
The 23-year-old showed the kind of diligence and quality in the centre of the park that will quickly make him a fans’ favourite at Richmond Park.
# Interview
From fearing for career to player of the year - Shamrock Rovers star's eventful homecoming
Rory Gaffney explains being priced out of Dublin, settling in Galway, and eying more glory with the Hoops in 2023.
# All Square
Redemption and jubilation for St Pat's as they deny Derry City late on
Captain Joe Redmond scores 89th-minute equaliser to deny Candystripes in front of a sold-out Richmond Park.
# enthralling
Marcus Rashford's season of wonder reaches new heights at Nou Camp
The Manchester United striker scored one and created another in an enthralling 2-2 draw with Barcelona.
'I got messages from people showing me my wages from the MLS. I don’t really give a b******s'
Jake Mulraney is St Patrick’s Athletic’s exciting new signing and Chris Forrester insists he can help deliver success.
# spirit
'When I see my Ma smiling now, it's the best feeling ever to see her happy'
Shelbourne star Shane Farrell determined to repay Damien Duff’s faith but his role model is closer to home.
# Interview
Love without innocence - Ireland's Ryan Manning tackles football's reality
With a growing property business and a daughter on the way, Swansea’s Galway star explains why game won’t define him.
# partnership
A very Irish love story behind Hull's Premier League ambitions
Music, GAA and childhood sweetheart form bedrock of Sean McLoughlin’s rise under guidance of Liam Rosenior.
# Stepping Stone
Evan Ferguson rise an example of why Ireland U-21 boss has work cut out
Jim Crawford signed a new contract for upcoming Euro 2025 campaign but must deal with squad overhaul.
# fresh start
'No ego, no cutting corners and no excuses' - How Sean Dyche can inspire Everton
Stephen Ward insists his old boss is meticulous, honest and relentless, and he will need to draw on all his experience to avoid relegation.
# Comment
Evan Ferguson mini-drama shines light on Ireland's desire for a saviour
The Brighton teenager has been at the centre of a major injury concern following a dreadful tackle at the weekend.
# Update
Evan Ferguson avoids knee ligament damage but bruised bone keeps Brighton on alert
Hopes now grow that the Brighton teenager will return in time to be available for Ireland’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier.
January 2023
# Comment
Footballers' lives: A relentless storm you must stay in the eye of to survive
After spending last weekend in England speaking to various figures in Irish football, The42 left with a mixture of jealously, sympathy and admiration for the nature of their lives.
# Comment
Is Mahrez primed to inspire City surge with FA Cup magic against Arsenal?
Premier League’s top two meet in a fourth-round clash which could have far deeper ramifications for the season.
# Feature
Footballers’ lives: A glimpse into the struggle, fortune and enduring beauty of the game
The42 spends a weekend in the north-west of England with an array of Irish football people, including Stephen Kenny, John O’Shea and the great hope Nathan Collins.
# Honest
'When you come up against teams like City, it's next level... You can’t be messing around'
Nathan Collins speaks exclusively to The42 after impressive individual display on a disappointing day for Wolves against the Premier League champions.
# Battle
Haaland hat-trick shouldn't take gloss off a stirring Nathan Collins display
Manchester City cruise to win over Wolves as they close gap on Arsenal to two points, while Ireland defender faces relegation battle.
Will Smallbone hits the net for Stoke and impresses in front of Ireland boss
A 4-0 win for the home team today against Reading.
# duo
Rivals for a night: Cullen and Molumby's battle as Burnley take step closer to Premier League
The heart of Ireland’s midfield for Euro 2024 qualifying went head to head on a bitterly cold night in Lancashire.
# issues
Guardiola’s issues paltry compared to battles Conte must overcome
Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur with both managers under microscope for different reasons.
# title race
United return to site of their Ground Zero as Ten Hag's rebuild inspires title talk
Victory over Crystal Palace tonight a must to maintain momentum ahead of Sunday’s trip to leaders Arsenal.
# Talks
Ireland chief scout Stephen Rice in frame for Swindon Town job
The League Two side will hold talks with the 38-year-old as boss Stephen Kenny faces prospect of losing valued staff member.
# Confident
'It will demand almost perfection' - Mikel Arteta ready for Gunners' title charge
Arsenal now have 47 points from their opening 18 games.
# Bond
Ireland’s Odd Couple: An afternoon with Dara O’Shea and Jayson Molumby
The two 23-year-olds are in different stages of life but are the driving force behind West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League promotion push.
# Safe Hands
Challenging times - What is the 2023 outlook for Ireland's goalkeeping trio?
Gavin Bazunu, Caoimhin Kelleher and Mark Travers have all experienced different forms of adversity this season but have the ability to o