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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The Very Basic Facts of Irish History

In this article we shall look at the basic facts of Irish history. The first farmers arrived in Ireland around 4000BC.  Now, how more basic can one get!  But don’t worry, even sticking to the basics, Irish history is a complicated story to retell. The Celts arrived 300BC.  They had a huge influence on Ireland….

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Azerbaijan Land of Flame and Fire

The Republic of Azerbaijan, also spelled Azerbaidzhan is in Eastern Transcaucasian.  It is a transcontinental country, located between Western Asia and Eastern Europe occupying an area that fringes the Southern flanks of the Caucasus Mountains.  It is bordered to the north by Russia, to the east by the Caspian Sea, to the south by Iran,…

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