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When George Hamilton wrote Irish newspaper columns under a fake name...and how it duped Ronnie Whelan
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When George Hamilton wrote Irish newspaper columns under a fake name...and how it duped Ronnie Whelan

Updated Nov 9th 2021, 8:26 AM 32,380 Views 1 Comment

George Hamilton – or Michael Henry as he was known to Sunday Independent readers – is our latest guest on Behind the Lines.

'He personifies the national struggle in so many ways' - How Paul McGrath embodies the Irish story
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'He personifies the national struggle in so many ways' - How Paul McGrath embodies the Irish story

Oct 26th 2021, 7:15 AM 5,767 Views 9 Comments

Donal Ryan is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'It can be tough to keep girls in team sports as you don't get a lot of social capital for it'
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'It can be tough to keep girls in team sports as you don't get a lot of social capital for it'

Updated Oct 14th 2021, 5:07 PM 14,887 Views 5 Comments

Eimear Ryan is our latest guest on Behind the Lines.

'It’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be the next big fight' - The NBA's anti-vaxx problem
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'It’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be the next big fight' - The NBA's anti-vaxx problem

Updated Sep 28th 2021, 8:39 AM 30,193 Views 46 Comments

Dave Zirin discusses the scale of the issue on the latest edition of Behind the Lines.

'The pay-outs could be so bad that it would re-model the game to a point it is almost unrecognisable'
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'The pay-outs could be so bad that it would re-model the game to a point it is almost unrecognisable'

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 12:01 PM 38,225 Views 14 Comments

Brendan Fanning is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'The executive vice-president walked onto the set and said, 'You guys have to kill Rory for saying that'
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'The executive vice-president walked onto the set and said, 'You guys have to kill Rory for saying that'

Updated Aug 17th 2021, 12:00 PM 85,943 Views 2 Comments

Author and journalist John Feinstein talks Rory McIlroy and lots more on this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

'Filled with murders, kidnappings, Bosnian warlords...' - Steve Bruce's bewildering murder-mystery novels
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'Filled with murders, kidnappings, Bosnian warlords...' - Steve Bruce's bewildering murder-mystery novels

Aug 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 13,296 Views 2 Comments

Irish writer Seamas O’Reilly guided us through Steve Bruce’s bizarre literary career on the latest edition of Behind the Lines.

'Many Italians tend to see the referee as corrupt until proven otherwise'
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'Many Italians tend to see the referee as corrupt until proven otherwise'

Jul 20th 2021, 5:00 PM 14,257 Views 1 Comment

Historian and Italian football expert John Foot is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Behind the Lines, Episode 83: John Foot
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Behind the Lines, Episode 83: John Foot

Jul 20th 2021, 1:02 PM 1,029 Views 0 Comments

A free clip of this week’s edition of Behind the Lines, as historian and Italian football expert John Foot delves deep into the culture of Calcio.

'The narrative in 1995 was that it was the victory that united a nation...it did no such thing'
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'The narrative in 1995 was that it was the victory that united a nation...it did no such thing'

Updated Jun 29th 2021, 3:08 PM 17,228 Views 11 Comments

Tom English is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and he discusses the dysfunction that engulfed South African rugby shortly after winning the World Cup in 1995.

'Football was and still remains the biggest expression of working class culture in the United Kingdom'
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'Football was and still remains the biggest expression of working class culture in the United Kingdom'

Jun 22nd 2021, 10:47 AM 4,600 Views 0 Comments

Tony Evans is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'We got the right result - Christian survived. He is one of between five and eight percent who survive'
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'We got the right result - Christian survived. He is one of between five and eight percent who survive'

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 3:16 PM 20,009 Views 12 Comments

Pat Nevin was doing live commentary on the game in which Christian Eriksen collapsed, and he reflected on the experience on this week’s Behind the Lines.

Working with Gazza and teaching Italian to Robbie Keane - James Richardson on the glory years of Football Italia
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Working with Gazza and teaching Italian to Robbie Keane - James Richardson on the glory years of Football Italia

Jun 11th 2021, 10:55 AM 5,122 Views 2 Comments

The legendary host was this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'The only rational thing that you can have with it is a love/hate relationship, and that's what I have'
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'The only rational thing that you can have with it is a love/hate relationship, and that's what I have'

May 25th 2021, 11:51 AM 21,870 Views 1 Comment

South American football expert Tim Vickery is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'Hope and expectation is always the thing that kills an England manager and he’s got to produce this time around'
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'Hope and expectation is always the thing that kills an England manager and he’s got to produce this time around'

May 7th 2021, 8:00 AM 3,966 Views 5 Comments

Michael Calvin talks about the pressures on an England manager on this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

'That may be the next iteration of football style - the complete breakdown of different styles'
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'That may be the next iteration of football style - the complete breakdown of different styles'

Apr 22nd 2021, 5:25 PM 4,617 Views 0 Comments

Michael Cox is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'The tension between pragmatism and aesthetics on the pitch is always happening and I find it really interesting'
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'The tension between pragmatism and aesthetics on the pitch is always happening and I find it really interesting'

Apr 16th 2021, 5:03 PM 3,363 Views 0 Comments

Writer, artist, and one-time Longford Town footballer Adrian Duncan is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'My first time at Twickenham, I was literally shown the kitchen' - Rugby writer Kate Rowan details workplace ordeal
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'My first time at Twickenham, I was literally shown the kitchen' - Rugby writer Kate Rowan details workplace ordeal

Apr 8th 2021, 9:05 AM 6,939 Views 0 Comments

Kate Rowan of the Daily Telegraph is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'Football provokes an emotional reaction in people that's so real we have to respect it'
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'Football provokes an emotional reaction in people that's so real we have to respect it'

Updated Mar 9th 2021, 3:13 PM 8,237 Views 1 Comment

Argentinian writer Marcelo Mora y Araujo is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'You have to take a line' - Stephen Jones on his 'uncompromising' opinions
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'You have to take a line' - Stephen Jones on his 'uncompromising' opinions

Mar 2nd 2021, 8:00 AM 32,819 Views 17 Comments

Stephen Jones, rugby correspondent with The Sunday Times, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery
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'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:00 AM 6,367 Views 0 Comments

Tim Wigmore, author of The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'
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'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 12:00 PM 25,174 Views 2 Comments

John Leonard, author of Dub Sub Confidential, talks Stephen Cluxton and lots more on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'
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'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:00 PM 36,511 Views 27 Comments

American writer and editor Bill Buford, who wrote a book on English football hooliganism called Among The Thugs, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

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

Feb 2nd 2021, 8:00 PM 47,450 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.

'One of the things I find disappointing is Keane hasn’t become the figure in football I thought he would be'
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'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 55,426 Views 27 Comments

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

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

Jan 19th 2021, 3:00 PM 20,255 Views 5 Comments

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

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

Jan 12th 2021, 8:00 AM 30,680 Views 18 Comments

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

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'He was saying, 'I'm a champion so vote for me, I've won 18 Club Championships! And I'm saying, 'You liar!'
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'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 59,110 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.

'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'
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'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'

Dec 8th 2020, 8:19 PM 10,082 Views 7 Comments

Liverpool novelist and critic Anthony Quinn, author of a new book about Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'
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'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 5,918 Views 2 Comments

Cavan writer Paul Fitzpatrick is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'
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'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'

Nov 24th 2020, 8:00 AM 65,513 Views 5 Comments

Andy Mitten grants an insight into how Alex Ferguson operated on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

'I was called to say, 'We've had a solicitor's letter over your schools rugby match report'
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'I was called to say, 'We've had a solicitor's letter over your schools rugby match report'

Updated Nov 17th 2020, 9:01 AM 79,659 Views 16 Comments

Paul Howard is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and reveals a schools’ rugby story that helped to form Ross O’Carroll Kelly.

'As he lay on a hospital bed with his leg in the cast, the letter arrived from Jack Charlton'
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'As he lay on a hospital bed with his leg in the cast, the letter arrived from Jack Charlton'

Updated Nov 10th 2020, 3:13 PM 40,533 Views 7 Comments

On the latest episode of Behind the Lines, Damian Lawlor tells the extraordinary rise, fall, and rise of Irish footballer Paul McGee.

'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'
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'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'

Oct 21st 2020, 11:21 AM 14,746 Views 1 Comment

Melissa Reddy, author of a new book about Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'
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'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'

Oct 14th 2020, 10:31 PM 12,998 Views 5 Comments

On the latest edition of Behind the Lines, Caitlin Thompson assess the legacy left by Maria Sharapova.

'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'
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'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 4:16 PM 64,186 Views 16 Comments

Daniel Taylor, a veteran of many of Alex Ferguson’s infamous press conferences, is our guest on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'
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'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'

Updated Sep 22nd 2020, 8:04 PM 50,861 Views 21 Comments

Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.

Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece
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Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece

Sep 15th 2020, 4:11 PM 37,649 Views 24 Comments

ESPN’s Senior Writer is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

'There was tension in the relationship, but the miracle here is they could do it for 20 years'
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'There was tension in the relationship, but the miracle here is they could do it for 20 years'

Updated Sep 1st 2020, 3:00 PM 31,039 Views 17 Comments

Jeff Benedict, author of a new book on the New England Patriots, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Dealing with sexism and being told she would 'destroy the American family' - A sportswriter's trailblazing career
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Dealing with sexism and being told she would 'destroy the American family' - A sportswriter's trailblazing career

Aug 11th 2020, 7:42 PM 21,322 Views 2 Comments

US sportswriter Diane K.Shah is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

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