Ciaran Kelly

Email: 121039@live.smuc.ac.uk

20-year-old History and English graduate from Galway, Ireland.

Have written a weekly feature for backpagefootball.com - Ireland's largest independent football website - since May, 2011.

Author of two Ebooks, published by Derby Books, that are available on Amazon: 'Johan Cruyff: The Total Voetballer' and 'José Mourinho: The Special Paradox'. Both Kindles peaked in the Top 40 of Amazon's top 100 Sports Books' chart.

Have also contributed to FourFourTwo, the Southwestlondoner newspaper and cfcuk fanzine, and interviewed Bertie Ahern, Eamon Dunphy and Brian Barwick.

Twitter: Gilton_20

Blog: Backpagefootball

Stories by Ciaran

  • Pitter Patient About Premier League Homosexuality
    The founder of Britain’s first homosexual football club, Aslie Pitter, believes it may take 15 years for a Premier League footballer to come out.
  • Revisited: Bertie Ahern and Saipan
    Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland, recalled the Saipan fiasco in an exclusive interview with the Sports Gazette at his office in Drumcondra, Dublin.
  • Barwick Recalls the Story Behind That Summer
    Brian Barwick described Italia '90 as his favourite sporting tournament of all-time in an exclusive interview with the Sports Gazette at his office in Twickenham.
  • Six To Watch at the 2013 Six Nations
    Each of the Six Nations are likely to see a nationally-renowned name explode onto the European scene. Here is a look at six players who could do just that.
  • Dunphy: I'm No Nationalist
    Eamon Dunphy declared that he never felt anything for the Irish flag in an explosive interview with the Sports Gazette at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.
  • The Top 10 Greatest Football Books
    There may have been influx of self-indulgent, unrevealing footballing auto-biographies in the past ten years, but there have also been some of the greatest football books of all-time. Here is a selection of some of the best.
  • SPOTY Contenders – Bradley Wiggins
    Not since the days of Daley Thompson (1982), Nick Faldo (1989) and Paul Gascoigne (1990) has Great Britain had a sporting personality to do the SPOTY award justice - until now.
  • Adharanand Finn's Run Through Kenya
    Ahead of the announcement of the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year on 26 November, the Sports Gazette will be reviewing each of the seven books named on the shortlist for the award. In this installment, we look at Adharanand Finn's diary of his trip to Kenya to train and learn the secrets of distance running in 'Running With the Kenyans'.
  • Roman Abramovich Eroding Chelsea's Identity
    It was fitting that Roberto Di Matteo was the man who finally led Chelsea to the Champions League trophy.
  • James McClean and Poppygate: An Irishman’s View
    It had to be James McClean.
  • MK Dons/AFC FA Cup Draw Would Be A Disaster
    There was a sense of déjà vu in the air during the FA Cup second-round draw at Wembley this afternoon, as bitter rivals MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon could meet eachother in the next round of the FA Cup.
  • More Than a Comedy: Mike Bassett: England Manager
    When this film was released in 2001, few would have guessed that England international management was going to remain just as chaotic as the the previous decade Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson) embodies.
  • Gaelic Games' 101 at SMUC
    It is rare for a truly national sport to thrive in a foreign environment, but Gaelic Games has done just that at St.Mary’s - remarkably, without even being a varsity sport.
  • Mike Brown Vows to Prove Doubters Wrong
    Mike Brown is eager to seize his opportunity and take the injured Ben Foden's place for England's upcoming Autumn Internationals.
  • The Swansea Blueprint Paved for Neal Ardley
    It was, perhaps, little surprise that Neal Ardley cited Roberto Martinez as his greatest managerial influence.