Advertisement
BE PART OF THE TEAM

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 12°C Tuesday 15 June 2021

Sunday 5 April, 2020

George and Me: 'I owe him a great deal and couldn't pay him back over two lifetimes'
# Best Pals
# Best Pals

George and Me: 'I owe him a great deal and couldn't pay him back over two lifetimes'

Apr 5th 2020, 9:45 PM 58,214 Views 14 Comments

Bobby McAlinden first met George Best when they were both fifteen. They became team-mates, business partners and lifelong friends.

Sunday 29 March, 2020

'It was like living in Las Vegas' - the Dubliner, the Bundesliga and clubbing with Pat Kenny in Berlin
# Collector's Item
# Collector's Item

'It was like living in Las Vegas' - the Dubliner, the Bundesliga and clubbing with Pat Kenny in Berlin

Mar 29th 2020, 5:00 AM 32,901 Views 19 Comments

Alan Clarke moved to Germany in the early 1980s after a spell at Leeds United didn’t work out. But that’s only a tiny part of a remarkable story.

Sunday 22 March, 2020

'Long hair, cowboy boots and a full-length fur coat - he looked more like a rock star than a footballer'
# The Man Don't Give A F**k
# The Man Don't Give A F**k

'Long hair, cowboy boots and a full-length fur coat - he looked more like a rock star than a footballer'

Mar 22nd 2020, 10:23 PM 66,843 Views 16 Comments

Drugs, delinquency and an early demise has fuelled the cult of Robin Friday – the greatest player you never saw.

Sunday 8 March, 2020

'Who asks to leave Manchester United? I look back and wonder if I was insane. Did I go mad?'
# Regrets
# Regrets

'Who asks to leave Manchester United? I look back and wonder if I was insane. Did I go mad?'

Mar 8th 2020, 7:15 AM 37,098 Views 3 Comments

Mark Wilson was on the fringes at Old Trafford and left under a cloud. Up until recently, he was still anxious about ever going back.

Sunday 1 March, 2020

Unknown in Ireland, celebrated in France - the forgotten Dubliner who won titles and fought Nazis
# Buried Treasure
# Buried Treasure

Unknown in Ireland, celebrated in France - the forgotten Dubliner who won titles and fought Nazis

Mar 1st 2020, 10:00 AM 28,954 Views 15 Comments

Bernard Williams was living in England and playing amateur football when he rolled the dice and headed for adventure.

Friday 28 February, 2020

After an injury-ravaged few years, a familiar face is back and seeking a rebirth in MLS
# Blast From The Past
# Blast From The Past

After an injury-ravaged few years, a familiar face is back and seeking a rebirth in MLS

Feb 28th 2020, 7:05 AM 10,152 Views 2 Comments

Giuseppe Rossi has had a run of misfortune and he’s hoping a change of scenery will help.

Thursday 27 February, 2020

Decent start for Shane Lowry at Honda Classic as his opening round puts him in the chasing pack
# Solid
# Solid

Decent start for Shane Lowry at Honda Classic as his opening round puts him in the chasing pack

Feb 27th 2020, 11:43 PM 3,955 Views 1 Comment

With a $7m purse on offer, the Offaly native is well-placed after a decent day’s work.

CONFIRMED: Dr Harty Cup final postponed for second time due to pending bad weather
# Havoc
# Havoc

CONFIRMED: Dr Harty Cup final postponed for second time due to pending bad weather

Feb 27th 2020, 8:18 PM 9,520 Views 3 Comments

Storm Jorge is expected to hit on Saturday morning.

Hitting the celebrity circuit, David Beckham remains the biggest show in town as he prepares for latest role
# Becks Appeal
# Becks Appeal

Hitting the celebrity circuit, David Beckham remains the biggest show in town as he prepares for latest role

Feb 27th 2020, 7:46 PM 8,443 Views 3 Comments

This weekend, Inter Miami – Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise – will make a long-awaited debut.

The 42-year-old kidney transplant survivor and the most unlikely sports hero of the year
# Never Too Late
# Never Too Late

The 42-year-old kidney transplant survivor and the most unlikely sports hero of the year

Feb 27th 2020, 5:41 PM 5,736 Views 7 Comments

David Ayres was dramatically called into action last weekend and the uniqueness of the story has propelled him into a celebrity whirlwind.

From refugee camp to Champions League stardom: the inexplicable and inspiring rise of Alphonso Davies
# Compelling
# Compelling

From refugee camp to Champions League stardom: the inexplicable and inspiring rise of Alphonso Davies

Feb 27th 2020, 7:15 AM 7,657 Views 4 Comments

The 19-year-old who dazzled at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday has quite the story to tell.

Sunday 23 February, 2020

Jimmy Conway, the dementia epidemic and how football failed an entire generation of players
# Gone Too Soon
# Gone Too Soon

Jimmy Conway, the dementia epidemic and how football failed an entire generation of players

Feb 23rd 2020, 9:30 PM 25,425 Views 8 Comments

The former Republic of Ireland international spent the final ten years of his life battling the insidious disease.

Sunday 16 February, 2020

'I feel I can enjoy my football a lot more over there' - babies, bereavement and a new chapter in America
# All Change
# All Change

'I feel I can enjoy my football a lot more over there' - babies, bereavement and a new chapter in America

Feb 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 38,400 Views 7 Comments

After a difficult time at Hearts, Jake Mulraney is preparing for a debut Major League Soccer season with Atlanta United.

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Playboys, playgrounds and separating the good from the great: Ross Brawn on the magic of F1
# Fast Lane
# Fast Lane

Playboys, playgrounds and separating the good from the great: Ross Brawn on the magic of F1

Feb 15th 2020, 7:30 AM 6,386 Views 7 Comments

Best-known for an incredibly successful time at Ferrari alongside Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 genius on hangovers and Hamilton.

Saturday 8 February, 2020

Showbiz, Baby! Bertie, Eamon Dunphy and a Celtic Tiger pop culture low-point
# Political Football
# Political Football

Showbiz, Baby! Bertie, Eamon Dunphy and a Celtic Tiger pop culture low-point

Feb 8th 2020, 8:30 AM 5,472 Views 3 Comments

In September 2001, the then-leader of the country appeared as a guest pundit on RTE show The Premiership.

Monday 3 February, 2020

The Limerick man, a Group of Death and chasing big dreams in Asian football
# New Frontiers
# New Frontiers

The Limerick man, a Group of Death and chasing big dreams in Asian football

Feb 3rd 2020, 9:35 PM 18,832 Views 1 Comment

Conor Nestor guided Cambodian club Svay Rieng to a championship at the end of last year. Now attention turns to the AFC Cup.

Sunday 2 February, 2020

Hollywood, the NFL and OJ - the remarkable tale of the Dublin kid who lived the American dream
# La La Land
# La La Land

Hollywood, the NFL and OJ - the remarkable tale of the Dublin kid who lived the American dream

Feb 2nd 2020, 10:00 AM 24,465 Views 7 Comments

Adrian Young was a star with the Philadelphia Eagles but that’s only half of an inexplicable tale.

Sunday 19 January, 2020

'United haven't been this bad for 30 years': why 1990 remains so relevant ahead of Anfield clash
# The Football Men
# The Football Men

'United haven't been this bad for 30 years': why 1990 remains so relevant ahead of Anfield clash

Jan 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,103 Views 7 Comments

The most essential ingredient for a successful football manager is the capacity to dominate – Jurgen Klopp has it in abundance.

Monday 13 January, 2020

'There was the three of us - myself, my pal and Kenny Dalglish - butt naked and singing Otis Redding'
# Goody
# Goody

'There was the three of us - myself, my pal and Kenny Dalglish - butt naked and singing Otis Redding'

Jan 13th 2020, 8:00 PM 41,908 Views 8 Comments

St Mirren boss and Waterford native Jim Goodwin on Celtic, selling Cadbury’s and becoming one of the sharpest young coaching minds in Scottish football.

Friday 3 January, 2020

Ice Warriors: US doctors, The Troubles and a remarkable love affair in 1980s' inner-city Dublin
# Brotherhood
# Brotherhood

Ice Warriors: US doctors, The Troubles and a remarkable love affair in 1980s' inner-city Dublin

Jan 3rd 2020, 8:00 AM 14,188 Views 15 Comments

It was almost four decades ago when some North American medical students arrived in Dolphin’s Barn rink and changed lives forever.

Saturday 28 December, 2019

'My Irish heritage is something I boast about' - the Dublin-born kicker chasing NFL dreams
# Come On Feel The Illinois
# Come On Feel The Illinois

'My Irish heritage is something I boast about' - the Dublin-born kicker chasing NFL dreams

Dec 28th 2019, 7:00 AM 27,091 Views 5 Comments

James McCourt moved to Florida when he was eight and he’s enjoyed a remarkable season at the University of Illinois.

Friday 27 December, 2019

The 83-year-old ice king - How movie stars, Bolero and 'The Barn' sparked a lifelong love affair
# Blades Of Glory
# Blades Of Glory

The 83-year-old ice king - How movie stars, Bolero and 'The Barn' sparked a lifelong love affair

Dec 27th 2019, 10:00 AM 14,364 Views 3 Comments

Ron Warren has travelled the world to feed his obsession with figure skating.

Wednesday 25 December, 2019

'This is a big job and there are big expectations' - the Irishman chasing World Cup dreams in Africa
# It's Waiting There For You
# It's Waiting There For You

'This is a big job and there are big expectations' - the Irishman chasing World Cup dreams in Africa

Dec 25th 2019, 5:00 PM 27,410 Views 1 Comment

34-year-old Johnny McKinstry was appointed manager of the Uganda national team at the very end of September and has already tasted success.

Friday 13 December, 2019

After giving up football to race motor cars, Andre Villas-Boas is back and working wonders at Marseille
# Unlikely Lad
# Unlikely Lad

After giving up football to race motor cars, Andre Villas-Boas is back and working wonders at Marseille

Dec 13th 2019, 7:45 AM 11,406 Views 3 Comments

At a club that’s endured various setbacks in recent seasons, the Portuguese is proving quietly effective.

Thursday 12 December, 2019

'Minamino strikes me as an ideal signing for Liverpool' - what to expect from Salzburg winger at Anfield
# New Face
# New Face

'Minamino strikes me as an ideal signing for Liverpool' - what to expect from Salzburg winger at Anfield

Dec 12th 2019, 6:29 PM 18,406 Views 25 Comments

The 24-year-old is set to arrive at Anfield in January.

Old dog, new tricks - how Gasperini went from 'sad and depressed' to Italian football's 'magician'
# Comeback
# Comeback

Old dog, new tricks - how Gasperini went from 'sad and depressed' to Italian football's 'magician'

Dec 12th 2019, 5:24 PM 5,457 Views 1 Comment

Atalanta’s Champions League fairytale simplifies the superb work their manager has accomplished in recent seasons.

Sunday 8 December, 2019

'I had a fight with Patrick Vieira and got sent to the reserves': Arsenal, Vauxhall Novas and regrets
# Maccer
# Maccer

'I had a fight with Patrick Vieira and got sent to the reserves': Arsenal, Vauxhall Novas and regrets

Dec 8th 2019, 10:00 AM 38,174 Views 7 Comments

Brian McGovern spent a number of years at Arsenal and seemed on the cusp of a breakthrough under Arsene Wenger before everything changed.

Sunday 1 December, 2019

'I was a broken soul and there were dark times but the memorable moments can't be taken away'
# Turn The Page
# Turn The Page

'I was a broken soul and there were dark times but the memorable moments can't be taken away'

Dec 1st 2019, 10:00 AM 31,154 Views 4 Comments

Andy Turner was once the next big thing at the dawn of the Premier League era but injury changed everything.

Sunday 24 November, 2019

'The power, the strength. I had such admiration. An elite female athlete? I just hadn't seen it before'
# A Different Lifetime
# A Different Lifetime

'The power, the strength. I had such admiration. An elite female athlete? I just hadn't seen it before'

Nov 24th 2019, 8:00 AM 18,292 Views 1 Comment

Claire Scanlan on chasing professional football in the early 90s, the unheralded legends that came before her and settling down in Albany.

Saturday 23 November, 2019

'The Irish Scholes' - one of the top prospects in the US on Penn State, King crisps and MLS dreams
# Ginger Prince
# Ginger Prince

'The Irish Scholes' - one of the top prospects in the US on Penn State, King crisps and MLS dreams

Nov 23rd 2019, 9:30 PM 28,764 Views 6 Comments

Dubliner Aaron Molloy has been named Midfielder of the Year and captained his university to the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

Sunday 17 November, 2019

'When you're desperate you'll do anything' - the Irishman on the cusp of history in the US
# Dynasty
# Dynasty

'When you're desperate you'll do anything' - the Irishman on the cusp of history in the US

Nov 17th 2019, 8:00 PM 33,547 Views 3 Comments

Niall McCabe could win a third straight USL championship with Louisville City FC later today.

Jim Donnelly: the greatest Irish football story you've never heard of
# Buried Treasure
# Buried Treasure

Jim Donnelly: the greatest Irish football story you've never heard of

Nov 17th 2019, 8:00 AM 19,427 Views 10 Comments

The Ballina native became one of the most revered and highly-regarded coaches in Europe.

Sunday 3 November, 2019

'It's a bit different to Foynes in west Limerick' - the Irishman taking south-east Asian football by storm
# Have Boots Will Travel
# Have Boots Will Travel

'It's a bit different to Foynes in west Limerick' - the Irishman taking south-east Asian football by storm

Nov 3rd 2019, 8:00 AM 24,106 Views 9 Comments

After a baptism of fire, Conor Nestor has guided Svay Rieng to a championship success and has eyes on a domestic double.

Saturday 2 November, 2019

Broken promises and MLS disappointment but the American dream continues for Paddy Barrett
# Indy Hit
# Indy Hit

Broken promises and MLS disappointment but the American dream continues for Paddy Barrett

Nov 2nd 2019, 9:15 AM 8,332 Views 0 Comments

The former Dundalk man has swapped Cincinnati for Indianapolis and another excellent season could get even better.

Monday 28 October, 2019

'I got lost in many ways' - Marcus O'Sullivan on running for his life, exit strategies and a lingering regret
# The Middle Distance
# The Middle Distance

'I got lost in many ways' - Marcus O'Sullivan on running for his life, exit strategies and a lingering regret

Oct 28th 2019, 10:00 AM 33,899 Views 17 Comments

In a glittering career, the Cork native amassed three World Indoor triumphs and four Olympic appearances before dedicating himself to reaching 100 sub four-minute miles.

Sunday 27 October, 2019

'I just need the ball' - Lavished with praise and awards in the US, Denise O'Sullivan chases more
# Courage
# Courage

'I just need the ball' - Lavished with praise and awards in the US, Denise O'Sullivan chases more

Oct 27th 2019, 3:00 PM 30,984 Views 11 Comments

The Republic of Ireland international plays in her third successive NWSL final later tonight after another superb season.

Saturday 26 October, 2019

Southern Comfort: Tipperary's Richie Ryan on his new life in Texas and preparing for the next chapter
# Lone Star
# Lone Star

Southern Comfort: Tipperary's Richie Ryan on his new life in Texas and preparing for the next chapter

Oct 26th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,536 Views 2 Comments

It’s been quite the adventure for the former Sligo Rovers midfielder since he moved to North America in early 2014.

Sunday 20 October, 2019

'United belongs to those of us who go every bloody week and not to people with big bank balances'
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

'United belongs to those of us who go every bloody week and not to people with big bank balances'

Oct 20th 2019, 10:00 AM 14,300 Views 5 Comments

Thirty years ago, fans weren’t just furious with Alex Ferguson’s team but with the club’s decision-makers too.

Sunday 13 October, 2019

'I just remember the pain of being so completely lost' - How a lifelong wanderer rediscovered his path
# Saved
# Saved

'I just remember the pain of being so completely lost' - How a lifelong wanderer rediscovered his path

Oct 13th 2019, 9:30 PM 37,714 Views 8 Comments

Des McAleenan has travelled the world as a goalkeeping coach but his current role has helped him rebuild both his life and love of the game.

Sunday 6 October, 2019

Diego and Jimmy: trailing the self-destruction and tragic comedy of an extraordinary, wild genius
# Hand Of God
# Hand Of God

Diego and Jimmy: trailing the self-destruction and tragic comedy of an extraordinary, wild genius

Oct 6th 2019, 10:00 AM 21,591 Views 28 Comments

Asif Kapadia’s documentary has been rightly acclaimed but author Jimmy Burns took on the same complex subject in the mid-90s, with similar results.

1 2 3 4 5