England v Republic of Ireland

Has the English Disease been cured?

May 27, 2013
By Kevin Palmer
"I just hope everyone behaves themselves," England legend Gary Lineker said as I interviewed him at a Dublin hotel just a few yards away from what was to become a crime scene less than 24 hours later.

We all knew Ireland's clash with the old enemy in February 1995 was laced with undertones. The headlines in the Dublin newspapers on the day of the game warned of trouble ahead, and the foolish decision to proceed with the playing of God Save the Queen, an anthem the visiting thugs saw as ...

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