History and Hatred On the Pitch Part 3

Memories were certainly burnt deep into the fabrics of the Northern Irish people and it was not surprising that Boxing Day of 1948 saw violence coming to a head once again. This time at Linfield’s Windsor Park Stadium when fans were enraged at Belfast Celtic being given a penalty with Linfield winning 1-0. The pitch…

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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part2

Football was brought to Northern Ireland in 1879.  A number of months later, the Catholic Cliftonville FC was founded and a year later the IFA (the Irish Football Association) was formed. It was not till 1886 that Cliftonville’s rival team, Linfield made their first appearance on the pitch. Incidentally, the founding of Linfield FC by…

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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part 1

History and hatred swamp and stink Northern Irish football. The sport has long been more than a leisure activity. It has been and still is a symbol of religious culture and political allegiance in the province’s divided society. The modern game bears the scars of the distant and near past. In Ireland, both north and…

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Russia vs A Clueless Coachless Spain –

Football.  What is it about this sport that can fill people with more patriotism more passion and more pride than any other sport when it comes to the World Cup?  We see players chasing a ball but we do not see the many journeys that they have made, the sacrifices, the injuries and injections that…

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Spain’s Dramatic Draw Against Morocco

Spain had a tremulous start to the World Cup 2018.  Just a few days before the kick-off, their coach, Julen Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish football federation for signing a contract with Real Madrid. Three matches into the tournament, and the drama hasn’t ceased.  Last night’s match against Morocco was testimony to this.  The…

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