At his first press conference as England head coach, Sam Allardyce referred to his first management job at the helm of Limerick in the League of Ireland. Travelling the country in a mini-bus with Father Joe Young, Allardyce not only led the Shannonsiders to promotion, but he had started out on the road to Wembley and one of the biggest jobs in world football. Cian Manning looks back.
Nike’s EURO 2016 football advert is here and it’s epic. Starring Cristiano Ronaldo, the brilliant twist on movies like the Change Up sees the Portuguese star collide with a ball boy and their abilities are swapped.
Tony Incenzo of talkSPORT Radio was bitten by the non-league football bug at a young age and it started a lifetime of groundhopping across divisions international borders, and even prison walls.
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. The Carlsberg England World Cup advert ahead of last year’s tournament featured Jeff Stelling, Paddy McGuinness, and Ian Wright and perhaps in a nod to their near neighbours also borrowed George Hamilton’s most famous line.
It’s been 20 years since the English anthem was played before a senior football international in Dublin. The question is, have Irish fans grown up in that time?
The history of the England v Ireland fixture is a long and often one sided affair punctuated by rare but glorious victories for the Irish. Ahead of Sunday’s latest installment at the Aviva Stadium, acclaimed football blogger Layth Yousif looks back at past meetings
October, 1974, Dublin. Wavy haired 18-year-old Liam Brady is thrust into the spotlight by player-manager John Giles at a pulsating Dalymount Park and plays his part is one of our finest-ever victories. Brady, Keane, Duff – Martin O’Neill says Jack Grealish is not ready but he wouldn’t be our first teenage star.
A short film exploring the traditional handcrafting methods involved in making Wayne Rooney’s 100th appearance commemorative gold cap for England.
On this day in 1986, Diego Maradona scored two of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. The ‘Hand of God’ at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City was followed by what many still consider to be the greatest goal of all time.
The Football Pools have created a good luck message to the England football team with a little help from a World Cup legend Gordon Banks. He created a piece of Banksy artwork to commemorate ‘That Save’ against Pele in 1970.