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Tuesday 2 February, 2021

'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'
# BTL
# BTL

'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'

Feb 2nd 2021, 8:00 PM 47,364 Views 3 Comments

Anna Krien, author of the award-winning Night Games: Sex, Power, and a Journey to the Dark Heart of Sport, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

Sunday 31 January, 2021

TV departures and clumsy texts along with the rest of the week's best sportswriting
# Stick The Kettle On
# Stick The Kettle On

TV departures and clumsy texts along with the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Jan 31st 2021, 8:30 AM 12,513 Views 3 Comments

Enjoy some of our favourite pieces from the last seven days.

Saturday 30 January, 2021

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight

Jan 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 41,917 Views 24 Comments

Still a week shy of his 20th birthday, one of Irish football’s brightest prospects is attracting significant Premier League interest.

Friday 29 January, 2021

Saint Pat's defender Luke McNally joins League One club on permanent deal
# On The Move
# On The Move

Saint Pat's defender Luke McNally joins League One club on permanent deal

Jan 29th 2021, 1:25 PM 4,839 Views 1 Comment

The 21-year-old has signed for Oxford United.

Thursday 28 January, 2021

As it happened: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool, Premier League
Live Jan 28th 2021, 7:50 PM

As it happened: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool, Premier League

Tuesday 26 January, 2021

'One of the things I find disappointing is Keane hasn’t become the figure in football I thought he would be'
# BTL
# BTL

'One of the things I find disappointing is Keane hasn’t become the figure in football I thought he would be'

Jan 26th 2021, 5:05 PM 55,272 Views 28 Comments

Dion Fanning talks about Roy Keane and a lot more besides in this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

Sunday 24 January, 2021

As it happened: Manchester United vs Liverpool, FA Cup fourth round
Live Jan 24th 2021, 4:05 PM

As it happened: Manchester United vs Liverpool, FA Cup fourth round

Saturday 23 January, 2021

'It’s only a matter of time' - The latest Irish teenager on the verge of a Premier League breakthrough
# One To Watch
# One To Watch

'It’s only a matter of time' - The latest Irish teenager on the verge of a Premier League breakthrough

Jan 23rd 2021, 7:30 AM 18,324 Views 12 Comments

Mipo Odubeko turned down a pro contract at Manchester United to join West Ham, and the decision is already paying off.

Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Molumby shines in Preston win, Keogh makes immediate debut for Huddersfield
# Wrap
# Wrap

Molumby shines in Preston win, Keogh makes immediate debut for Huddersfield

Updated Jan 20th 2021, 9:55 PM 8,506 Views 1 Comment

It was a busy night in England’s second-tier.

O'Gorman hopes new sponsorship can end 'pay to play' culture in Women's National League
# Opportunity
# Opportunity

O'Gorman hopes new sponsorship can end 'pay to play' culture in Women's National League

Jan 20th 2021, 8:05 PM 2,762 Views 0 Comments

The domestic league is amateur, with many players having to cover some of their own costs to represent their clubs.

'You recognised his talent from day one' - Rovers captain Finn backs Inter-bound Zefi for international cap
# One To Watch
# One To Watch

'You recognised his talent from day one' - Rovers captain Finn backs Inter-bound Zefi for international cap

Jan 20th 2021, 5:43 PM 8,489 Views 1 Comment

15-year-old Kevin Zefi is expected to seal a move from Shamrock Rovers to Inter Milan next month.

Tuesday 19 January, 2021

'Nowadays, footballers stop being normal people from the age of 11 or 12'
# BTL
# BTL

'Nowadays, footballers stop being normal people from the age of 11 or 12'

Jan 19th 2021, 3:00 PM 20,135 Views 5 Comments

Author Simon Kuper is our guest on this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

Sunday 17 January, 2021

A history of Liverpool and Manchester United in 10 matches
# The Great Rivalry
# The Great Rivalry

A history of Liverpool and Manchester United in 10 matches

Jan 17th 2021, 7:15 AM 7,687 Views 12 Comments

Ahead of today’s meeting, reflect on each of the clubs’ histories through the prism of some of their most famous clashes.

Friday 15 January, 2021

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Les Quizerables
# Les Quizerables

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

Jan 15th 2021, 5:00 PM 31,181 Views 4 Comments

How closely have you been paying attention to this week’s sporting headlines?

Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Goalkeeper coach Alan Kelly latest to leave Stephen Kenny's backroom staff
# Another Exit
# Another Exit

Goalkeeper coach Alan Kelly latest to leave Stephen Kenny's backroom staff

Jan 12th 2021, 10:53 PM 43,506 Views 35 Comments

Kelly says he has stepped away over concerns about Covid-19.

'Some of the fans went way beyond what was acceptable... Arsène was deeply hurt'
# BTL
# BTL

'Some of the fans went way beyond what was acceptable... Arsène was deeply hurt'

Jan 12th 2021, 8:00 AM 30,565 Views 18 Comments

French journalist Philippe Auclair is the latest guest on Behind the Lines.

Saturday 9 January, 2021

Bohs' precocious teenage striker Evan Ferguson joins Brighton
# Remember The Name
# Remember The Name

Bohs' precocious teenage striker Evan Ferguson joins Brighton

Jan 9th 2021, 7:36 PM 8,235 Views 4 Comments

Ferguson made his senior debut for Bohs at the age of 14.

Robbie Brady assist helps Burnley avoid FA Cup scare, Big Sam's West Brom shocked by Blackpool
# Wrap
# Wrap

Robbie Brady assist helps Burnley avoid FA Cup scare, Big Sam's West Brom shocked by Blackpool

Jan 9th 2021, 6:00 PM 4,172 Views 0 Comments

Elsewhere, Leicester hammered Stoke as Sheffield United finally won a game, albeit against Bristol Rovers.

FAI's handling of 'Videogate' led to Damien Duff's exit from Irish backroom staff
# Shock Departure
# Shock Departure

FAI's handling of 'Videogate' led to Damien Duff's exit from Irish backroom staff

Jan 9th 2021, 4:48 PM 95,849 Views 59 Comments

Duff has made an abrupt exit from the Irish camp, though it’s not thought he has any issue with Stephen Kenny.

McCarthy not damaged by Apoel sacking but he leaves Jack Byrne at a club in turmoil
# No More Mickoscia
# No More Mickoscia

McCarthy not damaged by Apoel sacking but he leaves Jack Byrne at a club in turmoil

Jan 9th 2021, 10:00 AM 40,020 Views 18 Comments

McCarthy’s stint at the Cypriot giants has lasted just nine games, and his reunion with Jack Byrne lasted less than a week.

Friday 8 January, 2021

Damien Duff leaves Stephen Kenny's backroom team
# Shock Exit
# Shock Exit

Damien Duff leaves Stephen Kenny's backroom team

Jan 8th 2021, 9:49 PM 69,459 Views 53 Comments

No reason has been given for Duff’s exit, but it’s yet another blow for Stephen Kenny.

Dundalk complete deal for Latvian international defender
# Arrival
# Arrival

Dundalk complete deal for Latvian international defender

Jan 8th 2021, 9:31 AM 6,039 Views 3 Comments

Raivis Jurkovskis is the latest addition as the Lilywhites overhaul their squad.

Tuesday 5 January, 2021

Jack Byrne makes debut but pressure grows on Mick McCarthy as Apoel lose fourth-straight game
# Losing Start
# Losing Start

Jack Byrne makes debut but pressure grows on Mick McCarthy as Apoel lose fourth-straight game

Updated Jan 5th 2021, 9:35 PM 46,325 Views 32 Comments

The pressure is building on the former Irish boss, with his side just a point clear of the relegation zone.

Irish midfielder Jayson Molumby completes loan move to Championship
# On The Move
# On The Move

Irish midfielder Jayson Molumby completes loan move to Championship

Jan 5th 2021, 9:13 PM 12,135 Views 5 Comments

The Waterford native has joined Preston until the end of the season.

Saturday 2 January, 2021

FAI chief Barrett: Wembley 'Videogate' saga blown out of proportion
# Much Ado About Nothing
# Much Ado About Nothing

FAI chief Barrett: Wembley 'Videogate' saga blown out of proportion

Jan 2nd 2021, 11:00 PM 23,565 Views 23 Comments

He did not deny the scale of the reaction was fuelled by the FAI’s own statement on the issue.

Thursday 31 December, 2020

An A-Z of the Irish football year in 2020
# The Year That Was
# The Year That Was

An A-Z of the Irish football year in 2020

Dec 31st 2020, 7:00 AM 7,658 Views 0 Comments

We run through what has been a fairly desperate 12 months for Irish football, on and off the pitch.

Wednesday 30 December, 2020

TV Wrap of 2020 - The best, worst and WTF moments of the year sport became a television show
# On The Box
# On The Box

TV Wrap of 2020 - The best, worst and WTF moments of the year sport became a television show

Dec 30th 2020, 7:00 AM 14,008 Views 2 Comments

We look back at some of the best and the bizarre moments from a year of TV sport like no other.

Tuesday 29 December, 2020

FAI paying Mike Ashley's Sports Direct €100,000 a month until October 2025
# Legacy
# Legacy

FAI paying Mike Ashley's Sports Direct €100,000 a month until October 2025

Dec 29th 2020, 7:54 PM 143,509 Views 57 Comments

The Association’s dreadful financial position was outlined in an Annual General Meeting today.

Saturday 26 December, 2020

Irish international Alan Browne strikes late to end Rooney's unbeaten start with Derby
# Matchwinner
# Matchwinner

Irish international Alan Browne strikes late to end Rooney's unbeaten start with Derby

Dec 26th 2020, 5:43 PM 5,186 Views 7 Comments

The Preston skipper was central to all the action in a dramatic 1-0 win.

FAI to present Uefa with range of Aviva capacity scenarios in hope to hold on to Dublin's Euro 2020 games
# Grounds For Concern
# Grounds For Concern

FAI to present Uefa with range of Aviva capacity scenarios in hope to hold on to Dublin's Euro 2020 games

Updated Dec 26th 2020, 11:59 AM 14,917 Views 12 Comments

The governing body are set to make a decision on whether to retain the 12-nation hosting arrangement in March.

Shamrock Rovers condemn 'hateful' racist and sexist abuse of their U17 players
# Unacceptable
# Unacceptable

Shamrock Rovers condemn 'hateful' racist and sexist abuse of their U17 players

Dec 26th 2020, 11:55 AM 5,328 Views 3 Comments

A series of appalling comments appeared beneath a YouTube livestream of the teams’ respective national league finals.

Wednesday 23 December, 2020

'I think we are in a bit of trouble' - Fears for the futures of top Irish talent if Brexit ruling is introduced
# Not Ready
# Not Ready

'I think we are in a bit of trouble' - Fears for the futures of top Irish talent if Brexit ruling is introduced

Dec 23rd 2020, 8:00 AM 29,064 Views 19 Comments

A spin-off of Brexit is the possibility that Irish players must wait another two years before they leave for the UK. Academy Directors warn The42 that Irish football isn’t ready to step up and take over the job.

Tuesday 22 December, 2020

'He was saying, 'I'm a champion so vote for me, I've won 18 Club Championships! And I'm saying, 'You liar!'
# BTL
# BTL

'He was saying, 'I'm a champion so vote for me, I've won 18 Club Championships! And I'm saying, 'You liar!'

Dec 22nd 2020, 8:00 AM 59,043 Views 4 Comments

Legendary American sportswriter Rick Reilly – author of Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump – is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Saturday 19 December, 2020

Irish U21 international Danny Grant leaves Bohs for Huddersfield Town
# Grant Opportunity
# Grant Opportunity

Irish U21 international Danny Grant leaves Bohs for Huddersfield Town

Dec 19th 2020, 7:48 PM 5,109 Views 3 Comments

The PFAI Young Player of the Year has signed a contract running to 2023 with the Championship club.

Friday 18 December, 2020

Jack Byrne scoops top soccer writers' award
# The Byrne Supremacy
# The Byrne Supremacy

Jack Byrne scoops top soccer writers' award

Dec 18th 2020, 2:42 PM 2,179 Views 1 Comment

The award completes an outstanding 2020 for the Rovers’ attacker.

Thursday 17 December, 2020

Shamrock Rovers' Alan Mannus wins prestigious soccer writers' Goalkeeper award
# Top Man
# Top Man

Shamrock Rovers' Alan Mannus wins prestigious soccer writers' Goalkeeper award

Dec 17th 2020, 12:02 PM 3,421 Views 1 Comment

He finished ahead of Sligo’s Ed McGinty and Drogheda’s David Odumoso.

Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Dundalk sign Norwegian striker who scored against them during Europa League campaign
# Familiar Face
# Familiar Face

Dundalk sign Norwegian striker who scored against them during Europa League campaign

Dec 15th 2020, 1:18 PM 7,553 Views 5 Comments

Ole Erik Midtskogen has arrived at Oriel Park from KI of the Faroe Islands.

Friday 11 December, 2020

Dundalk's Flores misses out on Puskas award
# The Best
# The Best

Dundalk's Flores misses out on Puskas award

Updated Dec 11th 2020, 6:19 PM 9,054 Views 5 Comments

Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa did make the shortlist for Coach of the Year.

Duffy's loan deal with Celtic won't be cut short - Brighton boss Potter
# Staying Put
# Staying Put

Duffy's loan deal with Celtic won't be cut short - Brighton boss Potter

Dec 11th 2020, 6:17 PM 8,071 Views 1 Comment

The Irish defender has lost his place in recent weeks amid Celtic’s wretched run of form.

Spurs just the right size club for Mourinho as he rediscovers his mojo
# Talking Point
# Talking Point

Spurs just the right size club for Mourinho as he rediscovers his mojo

Dec 11th 2020, 4:00 PM 6,624 Views 3 Comments

If Manchester United and Real Madrid were too big for him, Jose is finding Spurs to be the perfect fit for a career redemption.