19 December ~ Stephen Ireland's future at Aston Villa is uncertain – which is hardly surprising given he arrived at the club when they were between managers. But the fans haven't taken to him and Gerard Houllier appears happy to let him go. Ireland first came to prominence with the bizarre story of his grandmothers, as Pat Daly reported in WSC 249 (November 2007)

“So how did you feel when you found out you were dead?” That’s how the RTE radio host began his interview with Patricia Tallon, whose sudden demise had forced her grandson, Stephen Ireland, to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad on the eve of last month’s match in the Czech Republic. Read the full article

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