Behind the Lines, No. 2 is another collection of some of the year’s best sports stories produced by the award-winning team at The42, Ireland’s favourite sports app.
Ryan Bailey excavates his family history to piece together the story of his uncle, Busby Babes star Liam Whelan, on the anniversary of the Ireland midfielder’s death in the Munich Air Disaster.
Murray Kinsella spends an afternoon in Australia with Munster legend John Langford to reminisce on the province’s nascent glory days and a dressing room shared with Claw, Axel and ROG, while Eoin O’Callaghan talks to the players who were humbled by Katie Taylor on the football pitch.
Read the story of the inter-county kitman who almost gambled away his life, and the UFC hopeful living in a caravan in a gym car park as he works his way to Vegas from a life in prison... and much more.
This is longform writing for the sports fan in your life.
Praise for Behind The Lines, No. 2:
‘Fine sportswriting... as compelling as it is often amusing and touching. These are stories that go far beyond sport, and they still resonate long after they have been read.’ Donald McRae, The Guardian
‘A welcome addition to the genre.’Michael Lyster, The Sunday Game
‘More evidence that terrific sports writing is just terrific writing, period... The men and women writing for The42 provide an essential voice that speaks a universal language.’ Glenn Stout, The Best American Sports Writing