Group Sports Editor
When Health Minister Robin Swann added Northern Ireland to the new quarantine rush job on Saturday night, he will not only have dismayed the many hundreds of local holidaymakers, whose present and future travel plans have been thrown into disarray, but also the hundreds of thousands involved in and dependent on the Spanish tourism industry.
Jack Charlton's incredible achievements as a player and manager have been well documented these past 48 hours. But the record books don't tell the story of the man behind those feats, from World Cup winner, Leeds United stalwart, club manager and ultimately Republic legend.
It was a sight guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of a young reporter... returning to the office to find a yellow post-it note stuck to your keyboard and bearing a two word summons - 'Fone Harry'.
The legend of Harry Gregg, his Manchester United and Northern Ireland career, and, of course, Munich, have been well documented in the multitude of tributes following his overnight passing, after a period of illness, aged 87.
Wilma Erskine, the former general manager of Royal Portrush golf club, and widely recognised as a key figure in securing the hugely successful Open Championship for Northern Ireland last summer, heads a list of 13 local sports people in the Queen's New Year honours list.
If we'd known, 40 years ago this weekend, that the dead heads and agenda-led of 2019 would have been arguing the toss over flags and emblems for the benefit of radio chat show ratings four decades hence, we'd most likely have despaired.
Where have all the great Irish League characters gone? Walking their dogs and grandchildren around their local parks, or enjoying a quiet evening at the bowling club, by the sound of Warren Feeney.
Miracle man Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must surely land the Manchester United manager's job now after masterminding an historic comeback win in the Champions League last 16, beating PSG in Paris 3-1 to go through on away goals after a late and controversial VAR decision intervened to award a penalty.
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