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# extract - Thursday 2 July, 2020

From The42 'I walked out of the house to where my van was parked. I put three massive dents in the side of it' Anger

# extract - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

From The42 'I was 20 years old... I thought my talent was all I needed to get by' EXTRACT

'I was 20 years old... I thought my talent was all I needed to get by'

Jenson Button on his early days partying in Formula One.

# extract - Thursday 25 June, 2020

From The42 'It is an Irish success story, one of the greatest to come out of Ireland since the foundation of the State' Legacy

'It is an Irish success story, one of the greatest to come out of Ireland since the foundation of the State'

Read an extract from Alan Conway’s book on Coolmore Stud.

# extract - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

From The42 The rise of the 'water carrier' Underrated

The rise of the 'water carrier'

A profile of Didier Deschamps, who made the defensive midfield role more recognised.

# extract - Thursday 18 June, 2020

From The42 'He used to repeat that footballers should only have sex once a week’ Character

'He used to repeat that footballers should only have sex once a week’

In an extract from ‘The Names Heard Long Ago,’ Jonathan Wilson profiles legendary Benfica coach Béla Guttmann.

# extract - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

From The42 'Hamilton became a symbol of a post-racial Britain without ever being fully embraced by the British public' Star

'Hamilton became a symbol of a post-racial Britain without ever being fully embraced by the British public'

In an extract from ‘No Win Race,’ Derek A. Bardowell analyses the rise of Lewis Hamilton.

# extract - Sunday 14 June, 2020

'Today - agitated. Tomorrow - positive': Writers share their pandemic diaries

We have three extracts from the latest Stinging Fly for you to enjoy.

# extract - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

From The42 'Roy Keane said something on TV about the interview being flat... Lisa took it to heart' EXTRACT

'Roy Keane said something on TV about the interview being flat... Lisa took it to heart'

Michael Carrick recalls Manchester United’s turbulent spell under David Moyes.

# extract - Thursday 4 June, 2020

From The42 'At that moment – that very moment – I knew I needed to get out of professional football' EXTRACT

'At that moment – that very moment – I knew I needed to get out of professional football'

Former Newcastle physio Paul Ferris on suffering through Ruud Gullit’s troubled spell at the club.

# extract - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

From The42 'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old' EXTRACT

'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'

In this extract from his autobiography, former Ireland captain Rory Best looks back on a humbling defeat to England.

# extract - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Extract: The inside story of Steorn, the Celtic Tiger start-up that couldn't

Barry J Whyte has been looking at the intriguing story of Steorn for a new book.

# extract - Thursday 28 May, 2020

From The42 'I wasn’t even on the bench – I’d been bombed out completely' EXTRACT

'I wasn’t even on the bench – I’d been bombed out completely'

Robbie Fowler on the beginning of the end of his first stint at Liverpool.

# extract - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

From The42 Muhammad Ali and the mafia EXTRACT

Muhammad Ali and the mafia

How murder and mayhem were linked to the legendary boxer.

# extract - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

From The42 'We lost because we were so dazzled by the wonder of their kit that we couldn’t possibly concentrate' Looking Back

'We lost because we were so dazzled by the wonder of their kit that we couldn’t possibly concentrate'

In an extract from his book ‘Boy Wonder,’ Dave Hannigan recalls some of his sport-related childhood memories.

# extract - Thursday 14 May, 2020

From The42 'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners' Legacy

'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'

Read this extract from Michael Gillard’s book on the Olympics.

# extract - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

From The42 'The rush home after school to read Ceefax pages 302–312... This was my generation’s internet' Looking Back

'The rush home after school to read Ceefax pages 302–312... This was my generation’s internet'

In an extract from his book, Daniel Geey looks at how football has changed dramatically over the years.

# extract - Thursday 7 May, 2020

From The42 'I raced the entire year with that broken foot, and had no surgery until after the season' EXTRACT

'I raced the entire year with that broken foot, and had no surgery until after the season'

In an extract from his book, Formula One legend Nigel Mansell recalls winning the World Championship.

# extract - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

From The42 'If you didn’t make a conscious decision to go home alone, you probably wouldn’t' Temptation

'If you didn’t make a conscious decision to go home alone, you probably wouldn’t'

In an extract from his award-winning book ‘Recovering,’ Richie Sadlier looks at the lifestyle of young footballers in his era.

# extract - Thursday 30 April, 2020

From The42 'He wanted to do other things with his life for a year or two' EXTRACT

'He wanted to do other things with his life for a year or two'

The end of Bob Paisley’s tenure at Liverpool is recalled.

# extract - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

From The42 'By 2016 foreign owners had bought, or held significant shares in, 15 of the Premier League’s 20 teams' Trend

'By 2016 foreign owners had bought, or held significant shares in, 15 of the Premier League’s 20 teams'

Read an extract from ‘The Billionaires Club’ by James Montague.

# extract - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

From The42 'For him, dark glasses were invented to protect a man from other people’s eyes' Elusive

'For him, dark glasses were invented to protect a man from other people’s eyes'

Read this extract from ‘The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen.’

# extract - Thursday 16 April, 2020

From The42 'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great Decline

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great

An extract from Jonathan Eig’s book reveals the extent of the legend’s suffering following his retirement.

# extract - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

From The42 'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’' EXTRACT

'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'

A look back to when Ireland played hosts to the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2006.

# extract - Thursday 9 April, 2020

From The42 'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions' EXTRACT

'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'

Read this extract from an acclaimed book on the US golf star by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

# extract - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

From The42 'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours' EXTRACT

'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'

Members of the 1994 Irish team recall the the horrific trip to Mount Isa.

# extract - Thursday 2 April, 2020

From The42 'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat' Pain

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'

In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.

# extract - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

From The42 A day in the life of Pep Guardiola EXTRACT

A day in the life of Pep Guardiola

Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam gives an inside account of the early part of manager’s reign with the Etihad outfit.

# extract - Sunday 5 January, 2020

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 4 January, 2020

'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin

Fr Bryan Shortall remembers his childhood in the 1970s – from what he ate to what was on the radio.

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 3 January, 2020

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'

Paulie Malignaggi discusses his relationship with Conor McGregor in this extract from Ewan MacKenna’s new book.

# extract - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

From The42 'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out' Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 28 December, 2019

From The42 Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper EXTRACT

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 27 December, 2019

From The42 '300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

# extract - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

From The42 'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut' EXTRACT

'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'

Donald McRae looks at the early days of the acclaimed Irish boxer and the background from which he came.

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

# extract - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

# extract - Monday 23 December, 2019

From The42 'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’ Anomaly

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’

The former England and Liverpool star reflects on his troubled spell at Stoke City.

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