Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap

I came across this lovely article by Ethan Armstrong about swapping shirts after an intense battle. He was amazed by the ritual and thought it so special that he wrote about in on his blog. Never may we lose this tradition. I have another question for you:  Why do some players now, when asked to … Read more

Real Madrid Magic BBC 5 Live Interview…

I had a great chat with Eamonn Holmes and was delighted to hear his story about how the  Real Madrid fans gave Liverpool’s  Steve Gerard a standing ovation as he left the field. Liverpool have this tradition too. So too do Munster rugby & Queens Park Rangers FC (see story in the book). Now I’m … Read more

Brian Clough sportsman BBC Nottingham interview…

I mentioned during my BBC Nottingham interview, that local hero Brian Clough and arguably, the most successful football manager in Europe, never allowed any of his players to challenge the referee’s decisions. I was delighted to hear that he used to ask the Nottingham Forest fans to resist using foul language by showing them his … Read more

RTE Radio 1 Sportsmanship Chat with Ryan Tubridy, George Hamilton & Me

I was totally engaged by RTE’s Ryan Tubridy’s warmth and George Hamilton’s lovely sportsmanship stories, and I have to say, delighted by the response from listeners who sent in some new stories about sportsmanship. To listen to the Irish  Radio interview click on the play button (arrow button) below: [audio:rte-radio-1-chat.mp3] Or if you prefer click the link below … Read more

Portuguese Players Shake Englishman’s Hand After He Scores

A BBC Radio interviewer asked the late Cissy Charlton (mother of Bobby and Jack) about the 1966 England v Portugal World Cup semi final (which England won 2-1), she said: “22 good sports men. They played football as you like to see it played. And the crowd was good. They were a really good crowd. The English … Read more