A lifetime ago…the piece I wrote for The Star when Jack stepped down.

(These words appeared in a special 32-page supplement in The Star – put together by my wife Connie who was Sports Editor – when Jack Charlton resigned in 1996.) Thanks Jack…thanks for that day in June 1988 when I sat in my living room – it was long before the pubs were filled to bursting … Continue reading A lifetime ago…the piece I wrote for The Star when Jack stepped down.

How much time do today’s soccer players spend practising their dives and pretending to be injured?

How much time do professional football players spend practising their diving and feigning injury? I watch a lot of rugby. Eighteen stone men crashing into each other at full speed. Guys and girls in full flight, brought down by a tackle or a hand trip. The occasional bang of an elbow or a shoulder resulting … Continue reading How much time do today’s soccer players spend practising their dives and pretending to be injured?

Big Jack is 85 today. Here’s a story about him from Albania way back in 1993! Jo

It’s Jack Charlton’s 85th birthday today. Great man. And we have history because of my being sent to cover so many of Ireland’s fixtures during his reign as manager. (When I say cover fixtures, I covered the fans, the matches were irrelevant!) Anyway, it was February 1993 and I was sent to Albania on a … Continue reading Big Jack is 85 today. Here’s a story about him from Albania way back in 1993! Jo