Friday June 5, 2020

Big Jack’s legacy has turned to dust

Twenty-five years ago, Jack Charlton led the Irish team and its delirious fans to previously unknown heights of success at Italia 90. Now watching the Irish team play is like watching green paint dry. What’s gone wrong?

28th June, 2015

It has been a week of nostalgia. Twenty-five years since, in the immortal words of George Hamilton: “A nation holds its breath.” The penalty, the goal, the crowds in the capital stopping the traffic on O’Connell Street in Dublin that night.

Italia 90 and all that jazz were filling the sports pages last week. Looking back, it was a magical summer, a curious wonderland forever framed now between Roddy Doyleland and...

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