Northern Ireland

Friday, 08 February 2013

Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bad luck stories abound as the Scots take on Wales in a clash of the misfiring

It’s a universal truth that some people are just plain unlucky. These desperate souls, through no real fault of their own, just get a rough deal in this bad ol’ world and spend their days enduring an avalanche of ungodly misfortune and rudimentary shite. And don’t suffer the misapprehension that t...


Monday, 23 July 2012

Is this the worst football kit ever?

Players and fans are supposed to wear their shirts with pride, but sometimes the tops are so hideous they make you utterly ashamed. Arsenal fans have complained about their Dennis the Menace away kit, Manchester United supporters have hit out over their new tartan home kit and some Liverpool fans a...


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Fantasy Football 2012/13 is here

Do you think you can do a better job than the professor Arsene Wenger? Could you out-muscle Mancini at defending title winners Manchester City? Then this is your chance to prove it! Squarefootballs Fantasy Football is back for another season and we want as many participants as possible. Last season...


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Strange World Of FIFA: England Ranked Fourth In The World

It will come as something of a surprise to most fans who watched Euro 2012 that England came out of the tournament going up in the FIFA world rankings - not bad for two wins in four matches, one of which came against a Ukraine team who lie at 46th in the table. Ranking tables are always an untrustw...


Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Euro 2012 Fantasy Football invitation

Calling all fantasy football fans. Have we got a treat for you. If you think you are a better manager than Englands Roy Hodgson or that you could leave Germanys Joachim Low feeling really down in the dumps then why dont you prove it? Weve set up our own Euro 2012 mini-league with the Sun and youve...


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The top 10 dives in football history

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Chelsea’s Didier Drogba have caused controversy over the past fortnight by diving to win penalties and going down quicker than your average High Street hooker. Ashley Young started it all off by winning a cheap penalty against QPR’s Shaun Derry, when the tough m...


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Beckham, Best, Henry or Cantona: Who were the coolest footballers to ever live?

We would all like to be footballers, right? The money, the women, the cars. Oh, and the playing of football. That’s pretty good. But some are cooler than others. Too cool, even. So cool they make everyone else look like silly, awkward, emasculated chumps. So who were the 10 coolest footballers to e...


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dowie, Keegan, Magilton or Sanchez: Who will be the new Northern Ireland manager?

After a dismal qualifying campaign, Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington did the honourable thing and resigned. Now the search is on for a new manager and there has been no shortage of experienced names throwing their hats into the ring. Former England boss Kevin Keegan is reportedly the latest...


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Can any player, including Messi, be considered 'the greatest'?

Ah, the Champions League. Bringer of drama, stopper of dreamers, platform for Ray Wilkins to say ‘my word’ 50 hundred thousand times. And there are other things that are nearly always discussed, certainly when seeing the two dominant Spanish sides play. The great debate has moved from trying to ...


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Public Enemy No1 - Celtic boss Neil Lennon

The world of football management is tough, but few men have endured Neil Lennons baptism of fire. We are not talking about a home defeat to Hibs or a crippling injury crises. These troubles extend way beyond sporting boundaries. I mean how many managers have to worry about the colour of their car? ...


Wednesday, 07 September 2011

Top 10 bizarre injuries to footballers

Swansea City’s vice-captain Alan Tate is set to miss most of the Swans’ debut season in Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golfing accident. The versatile defender was a passenger in a golf buggy that lost control and Tate will have to watch the majority of the club’s rollercoaster adv...


Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Who's Going To Be At Euro 2012?

The qualifying groups for Euro 2012 are reaching the business end and its becoming a little clearer which players will be in Poland and Ukraine and which ones will be spending extra time on the beach. Places Booked As usual Germany have headed the way in qualification. Aside from a sticky period a...


Sunday, 31 July 2011

Squarefootball's Fantasy football invitation

There is less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2011/12 Premier League season and time is running out for you to enter the Squarefootball fantasy football competition. Last season more than 100 teams competed for the Squarefootball title, which was won by P Oxenby and his team FC Poxo. He...


Sunday, 24 July 2011

What five things would you do before the season starts?

Isn’t it normally New Years Eve when you get a top 100 favourite moments of the year or top 500 best movie credits or some other poor excuse for a programme? Well I thought I would also use it as a poor excuse for an article, but rather than boring you all with a list consisting of 100 or more items...


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Football in 3D - A new risk to average attendances?

The world has evolved and developed a lot since the 1950s with the invention, evolution and development of everything from bladeless fans to electric cars and high definition broadcasts and beyond, but what have the boffins responsible for 3D been doing for 60 years since its inception? 3D today i...


Monday, 11 July 2011

Would you like to write for Squarefootball?

Do you live, breathe and sleep football? Do you have a passion for writing and want your views to be read by a potential audience of millions? Then we at Squarefootball Towers would love to hear from you. Whether you follow Aberdeen or Accrington Stanley, West Ham United or Wolfsburg, we can offer ...


Saturday, 17 July 2010

Squarefootball fantasy football invitation 2010/11

I saw more action and excitement this summer down at the mortuary than I did at the World Cup in South Africa. There was also a better atmosphere between me and my ex-girlfriend than there was inside the grounds, thanks to the constant drone of those awful vuvuzelas. And as for entertainment, I th...


Monday, 30 March 2009

Northern Ireland Back In The Hunt For World Cup 2010

Saturdays excellent victory over Poland put Northern Ireland back in the running for a place at World Cup 2010 and finally dispelled the sense of anti-climax that had hung over the squad in the past year. Players and supporters had to cope with the disappointing end to what had been a terrific camp...


Saturday, 28 March 2009

Saturday Yankee - Home internationals

The five British and Irish international teams are all in action today; with England playing Slovakia in a friendly but Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland all in competitive action trying to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Lets see Group 4 - Wales vs Finland (3pm) With Germ...


Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Why avoid the easy answer to Team GB at the 2012 Olympics?

There are reports that FIFA is to allow a British team to compete at the Olympics without affecting the beaurocratic meetings that the home nations consider so important to belong to. This of course being the real reason that the Scottish FA so vociferously object to an Olympic team. Part of the a...


Friday, 07 September 2007

4792: Crunch Time For Northern Irela

by : Hugh Larkin Nigel Worthington’s side are now facing the two games that could decide whether they qualify for their first Euro Finals. A minimum of 4 points is the requirement from away trips to Latvia and Iceland. The way the fixtures have worked, the Irish came out of the summer to take on a...


Wednesday, 22 August 2007

4755: Northern Ireland- No Slip Ups

by : Hugh Larkin While most of Europe are engaged in friendlies Northern Ireland have a serious encounter on Wednesday night, although it seems strange calling a match up with Liechtenstein a must-win encounter. The Irish side go into this game without Lawrie Sanchez at the helm and so they need t...


Monday, 14 May 2007

4509: Northern Ireland; Sanchez Put

by : Stephen Orford If there was any doubt that club football reigns supreme over the international game, it all but evaporated on Friday (May 11) when Lawrie Sanchez resigned as Northern Ireland manager to take over at Fulham on a full-time basis. The former Wimbledon midfielder has worked relat...


Thursday, 29 March 2007

4333: Northern Ireland: How to quali

by : Hugh Larkin An absolutely stunning victory for Northern Ireland over Sweden at Windsor Park has left Lawrie Sanchez and his team top of Group F and dreaming of their first ever European Championship qualification. There are 6 games left to pull it off. 22nd August 2007; Liechtenstein at Wind...


Wednesday, 28 March 2007

4326: David Healy: The Superstar Fro

by : Hugh Larkin What’s a good scoring record for an international striker? How about 27 goals in 55 caps? That’s a stunning tally and you would expect that player to be in one of Europe’s premier Leagues but David Healy operates for Leeds United in the Championship. Everything about the man born ...


Saturday, 07 October 2006

3731: Denmark v. Northern Ireland: N

by : Hugh Larkin Lawrie Sanchez ‘s squad pulled off another terrific result at the Parken Stadium and if they can beat Latvia on Wednesday, qualification becomes a possibility. Maik Taylor 8/10 A calm, assured performance from one of Sanchez’s real stalwarts. The men in front of him made sure he h...


Tuesday, 30 May 2006

3183: What if there was one Ireland

by : Chris Kilpatrick Eriksson is more cautious: "The first thing I had to check was whether he can handle it and everyone we spoke to said yes. He is a very steady boy. "I don't think Walcott or Arsene Wenger thinks he is going to play seven games of 90 minutes in the World Cup. "If you expect...


Monday, 10 October 2005

2371: Northern Ireland: A win in Aus

by : Chris Sherrard Well was it a case of too much false expectation on Northern Ireland’s players after the England victory? Wales brought them down to earth with a bang on Saturday. Or so it looks on paper if you consider who took away the three points. But in all honesty that was a false scor...


Friday, 09 September 2005

2289: Northern Ireland: Back on the

by : Chris Sherrard So this is what it feels like to exist. For so long Northern Irish football has been reduced to a footnote, an ‘and finally’ line at the end of sparkling tales of how great England are. Northern Ireland’s supporters have lived through the bad times. On and off the pitch it has...


Thursday, 08 September 2005

2287: Northern Ireland vs England: N

by : Antony Melvin One of the most glorious nights at the famous old stadium (how many can there be left in world football that are older?). Northern Ireland were the better team - and the better team won. Maik Taylor 10/10 Great saves from Beckham and Owen. Taylor exuded calm. Chris Baird 7/10...


Saturday, 26 March 2005

1834: England vs Northern Ireland: N

by : Antony Melvin Northern Ireland went to Manchester hoping to stifle England and get a goal on the break. The first half went to plan – but the opening third of the second half saw 4 goals and utter heartbreak. Maik Taylor 9/10 Kept the team in the game until the second half, with a series of...


1825: Northern Ireland: The tricky s

by : Chris Sherrard Northern Ireland’s chances of beating England at Old Trafford on Saturday are about as slim as your average supermodel. But the fact remains: they have still got a chance. And if they are to spring a surprise it is in their forward players that the Irish will be pinning their h...


Wednesday, 23 March 2005

1815: Northern Ireland: Belief and s

by : Chris Sherrard For Northern Irish football there doesn’t come many bigger occasions, certainly in the last number of years, than playing England in front of a packed house at Old Trafford. For so long the Belfast boys have been in the international wilderness with nobody outside of the provin...


Wednesday, 22 December 2004

1442: Home Nations Review 2004: Sanc

by : Alex Wolstenholme Out of the game since being sacked by Wycombe Wanderers, Lawrie Sanchez was a surprise choice as manager of Northern Ireland after Sammy McIlroy’s departure and one that was greeted with scepticism in some quarters with the former Wimbledon player being seen as the cheap opti...


Friday, 08 October 2004

1128: NORTHERN IRELAND: Lawrie’s men

by : Chris Sherrard Northern Ireland take on the only team ranked below them in the group when they face Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday evening. Hopes and expectations are high once more around the province that they could finally win a competitive game of football after such a long wait. The sign...


Monday, 13 September 2004

1037: NORTHERN IRELAND: Superb fight

by : Chris Sherrard The midweek blockbusting battle between Wales and Northern Ireland was a great advert for British football. There were lots of goals, incidents and, best of all, Robbie Savage getting clattered. Although he was a bit hard done by to receive his first ever red card for that, it...


Wednesday, 18 August 2004

977: NORTHERN IRELAND: Back from th

by : Chris Sherrard No, I’m not going to be the one who says it. It will jinx them and they’ll fall away to embarrassed obscurity again. They have had a couple of false starts already. Besides, it might not be true. Oh ok, I will say it: Northern Ireland are back. Not to their best, or anywhere clo...


Monday, 26 January 2004

556: NORTHERN IRELAND: Still crazy,

by : Stephen Orford The appointment of Lawrie Sanchez as Northern Ireland manager came as something of a surprise to many observers in the game. Hot favourite for the post had been Dunfermline assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl, but after much deliberating since the defection of Sammy McIlroy to Stoc...


Wednesday, 07 January 2004

510: NORTHERN IRELAND: Eriksson to

by : John Monaghan Aliadiere is just one of the stars that Wenger appears to be grooming, even if only infrequently. Gael Clichy has been prominent in recent fixtures although his role may largely be as squad player once Ashley Cole returns, while Swiss defender Phillipe Senderos has been likened t...



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