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Belfast-based writer, blogger, lawyer. Seeking a change of direction from the stifling office. Blackburn Rovers victim. Football fanatic. Read my other work at balls.ie, backpagefootball.com, theupright.ie, opinionfootball.com, creativityni.org, culturenorthernireland.org, belfasttelegraph.com, irishtimes.com and pulpinterest.com. All views are my own and not necessarily those of any other person or body.
When footage emerged earlier in the week of the Wales squad celebrating England’s ludicrous, though somewhat unsurprising, exit from the European Championships at the hands of Iceland, there was more to the images than age-old Celtic animus. Sure, to...
Once upon a time, Steven Gerrard, that unbending symbol of Scouse excellence, appeared destined to complete his playing career on the adoring Anfield stage. In the world of football, with its flexible loyalty and ruthless sense of expediency, the sight...
These are trying times for Brendan Rodgers. In the wake of Liverpool's loss to a ruthless Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, Rodgers was reminded, once again, of the Premier League's equally unforgiving nature. The Londoners' win on Merseyside lacked, perhaps,...