Not just a pretty face…

CONGRATULATIONS to ex-Northern Ireland international and Crystal Palace FC manager Iain Dowie. He may well be the ugliest man in the history of football, but he has a way with words – and his famous ‘bouncebackability’ catchphrase is now an official part of the English language. After a campaign by Sky TV’s Soccer AM show, ‘BBA’ has been included in the latest Collins dictionary!

A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.

Living History 1968-74

A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.

Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…

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