Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Tony Cascarino: The Ice Cream Man cometh again

All set for the big one tomorrow? The Super Sunday to beat them all?

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LIAM MACKEY: Referees deserve the appliance of science - and so does football

“I got to the age of 29 and got sent off, because a player kicked me and I kicked him back. I tried to get the referee to rescind the decision. The referee stopped me before I could go any further and said ‘if you think you can do any better, have a go yourself’.”

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland’s own maestro John Giles still getting right to the point

Things were hot and heavy in the Vincente Calderon on Wednesday night and, for a time, threatened to get even hotter and even heavier in the Montrose cauldron, as Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady clashed on the merits, or otherwise, of Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

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LIAM MACKEY: It's squeaky bum time

photo in the papers on Thursday morning, from the previous night’s PSG-Man City game, pretty much sums up where we’re at as football negotiates the fabled run-in.

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LIAM MACKEY: Shane Duffy the good news story amid Ireland health warnings

Injury time – that’s where Irish football finds itself right now.

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LIAM MACKEY: When sorrow is tinged with joy at memory of Dutch master Johan Cruyff

The sad news on Thursday of the death of Johan Cruyff sent me back to David Winner’s Brilliant Orange, a book as unconventional and imaginative as the Dutch football culture which it investigates and celebrates.

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LIAM MACKEY: The highs and lows of professional football

Two products of professional football, Emmanuel Petit and Alan Dunne present a vivid contrast and although Dunne never reached the heights of the Frenchman, he still has much to be grateful for...

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LIAM MACKEY: 'If Leicester can do it...' - The triumph of little over large

Brian Carey likes to tell the story of an encounter a friend of his, a Manchester United supporter, once had with some Grimsby Town fans.

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LIAM MACKEY: New Euro 2016 rules could see referees send players off before the match even starts

Should an Irish player get sent off for fighting in the tunnel at the Stade de France before our Euro 2016 finals kick off against Sweden in June, I can tell you even now who’ll be to blame.

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LIAM MACKEY: An ode to football man Philip Lynott

It might sometimes feel to us greybeards like it’s only yesterday that the boys were back in town and we were all dancing in the moonlight but — however much you roll me over and turn me around — there’s just no getting away from fact that it is now 30 long years since Philip Lynott died.

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LIAM MACKEY: Lionel Messi's penalty was a tale of the unexpected

It’s one of football’s most enduring two-handers. The names change, as do the teams, and the setting can be anywhere from a muddy pitch in a park to the sport’s most imposing cathedrals, but the script remains more or less the same: a buzzing young tyro nutmegs a grizzled old stopper en route to planting the ball in the back of the net.

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LIAM MACKEY: All the pressure's on Man City in riches v rags clash against Leicester

In a Premier League awash with money, Manchester City v Leicester is probably as close to a riches v rags contest as we’ll get.

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