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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – The Republic Of Ireland

It’s almost a quarter of a century since the Republic of Ireland made their debut in international tournament football, when a first round exit in the European Championships was ameliorated somewhat by the pleasure of beating England in the group stages. Since then Ireland have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup finals twice, but…

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June 6, 2012

Euro Moments: Ireland

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Ireland, and a player that would go on to become one of British footballs most incisive pundits. Only joking. It’s Andy Townsend, really. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just…

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June 2, 2012

The Luck – And Occasionally Otherwise – Of The Irish

It was what I once erroneously called “the swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune.” The Republic of Ireland’s international football team were ‘done’ by a clear handball from France’s Thierry Henry in the 2010 World Cup play-offs two years ago. And in the last group game of Euro 2012 qualifying, Ireland’s opponents Armenia were ‘done’…

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October 12, 2011

World Cup Tales: Reflections Upon England In Italy, 1990

The concept of England having a high level of expectation at the time of a World Cup finals is a comparatively recent one. As recently as 1990, most adults could remember their two successive failures to qualify for the whole event and, once there, they only seldom lit the tournament up. In 1982, a good…

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June 2, 2010

Trying To Dissect The Thierry Henry Handball

The British media have been gorging on the reflected anger of the Thierry Henry handball saga over the last couple of days or so, but do Irish football supporters need the British media churning up a diplomatic row on the scale of The Bay Of Pigs Crisis over a mistake on the part of a referee?

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November 19, 2009

Sir Bobby Robson – 1933-2009

It has been a very sad day for football on the eve of the new season. We have lost one of us. It is, perhaps, a reflection of the hole in the heart of English football that we should mourn a football man whose greatest single attribute was nothing more or less than a sense…

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July 31, 2009
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