#OTD in 1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17-year-old for United on 14 September […]

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#OTD in 1949 – The Republic of Ireland soccer team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

The first ever defeat for England on their home turf by a non-UK team only made things all the more sweeter. The Ireland side was captained by Manchester United great Johnny Carey – the reigning Player of the Year at the time of this game; he and Roy Keane remain the only Irishmen ever to […]

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#OTD in 1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17-year-old for United on 14 September […]

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#OTD in 1949 – The Republic of Ireland soccer team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

The first ever defeat for England on their home turf by a non-UK team only made things all the more sweeter. The Ireland side was captained by Manchester United great Johnny Carey – the reigning Player of the Year at the time of this game; he and Roy Keane remain the only Irishmen ever to […]

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#OTD in 1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17-year-old for United on 14 September […]

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1949 – The Republic of Ireland football team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

The first ever defeat for England on their home turf by a non-UK team only made things all the more sweeter. The Ireland side was captained by Manchester United great Johnny Carey – the reigning Player of the Year at the time of this game; he and Roy Keane remain the only Irishmen ever to […]

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1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17-year-old for United on 14 September […]

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1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer Irish player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17 year old for United […]

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1971 – The GAA lifts its ban on members playing or attending ‘foreign’ sports such as soccer or rugby.

The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) finally revokes its infamous Rule 27, commonly known as “The Ban.” The rule banned all GAA members from playing or watching in non-Gaelic games. Non-Gaelic included rugby, soccer, hockey and cricket. GAA members who broke Rule 27 were expelled from the GAA. This famously included Irish President and GAA-Patron Dr. […]

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Today in Irish History – 13th February:

1689 – William and Mary – daughter of James II – are proclaimed king and queen jointly. 1820 – Leonard McNally, lawyer and English informer, dies. 1850 – Michael Kelly, fourth Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney is born in Waterford. 1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born. 1864 – Stephen Lucius Gwynn, writer and […]

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