Roger Alton

Roger Alton is aformer editor of the Observer and the Independent. He writes the Spectator Sport column.

Video technology can’t come to football soon enough

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Few sporting events in history have been greeted with such swivel-eyed, table-pounding hysteria as Barcelona’s comeback to overturn a 4-0…

Three cheers for rugby’s Italian loophole

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A friend was at Twickenham on Sunday sitting not far from the Italian coaching top brass, Conor O’Shea and Mike…

The breathtaking brilliance of England rugby’s new golden generation

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Many Clouds: the horse that literally gave his all

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Few things in sport are more thrilling than a great racehorse giving its all. That’s why the death of that…

If you can see top games for free, where will footie’s millions come from?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…

Shoo-in skippers are often a disaster. Joe Root could be another

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Those who occupy them sometimes say that the only two jobs that matter in England are Chief of the Defence…

Ten (rhetorical) questions of sport

10 December 2016 9:00 am

1. Can anyone explain why England wore dark blue, not white, for the autumn international against Argentina, just as they…

The play the World Anti-Doping Agency really needs to see

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The World Anti-Doping Agency has just called on Russia to confront its wrongdoing and generally shape up. Well, good luck…

Jurgen Klopp: the most charismatic man in Britain

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Jurgen or José: compare and contrast (and please write on as many sides of the paper as possible). Is there…

Come on, ref! Allardyce’s penalty was too harsh

29 October 2016 9:00 am

The other day Sam Allardyce was photographed with Sir Alex Ferguson at a Manchester United Champions League match at Old…

The inevitable waning of Wayne Rooney

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As the final chords of the Wagnerian epic that is ‘The Dropping of Wayne Rooney’ fade away, we can leave…

Why Eddie Howe should be the next England manager

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The name of Jozef Venglos won’t mean much to most of us apart from a few Aston Villa completists with…

Are the new All Blacks the greatest rugby side ever?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

British Lions fans of anervous disposition should avoid the telly of a Saturday morning. Live before your very eyes, as…

English cricket clubs are mad to stay away from Zimbabwe

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Make sure you tell everybody about Zimbabwe,’ said the lady at our block of flats in suburban Harare as we…

The Olympics are wonderful. Pity about the rest of the sport

20 August 2016 9:00 am

It seems like a long time ago, but back in the day, when Sir John Major launched the National Lottery,…

Gender-fluid sisters and a hot-wired sword: cheating on an Olympic scale

6 August 2016 9:00 am

With the Olympics almost upon us our thoughts turn inexorably to the art of cheating. And while we should deplore…

Athletics is going to Rio on life support

23 July 2016 9:00 am

What’s going on with athletics? Do you know anything that’s happened in the sport this year? Has a sport ever…

The tricks Fred Perry played to stay one-up at Wimbledon

9 July 2016 9:00 am

What a well-behaved Wimbledon. Apart from a bit of racket-smashing (most of the ladies), low-level swearing (Nick Kyrgios), tantrums (Kyrgios),…

God, Daniel Sturridge and other key England players

25 June 2016 9:00 am

‘I am grateful to the gaffer for the opportunity and to God for letting me score,’ said Daniel Sturridge after…

Andy Murray and the endless pain of being second-best

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The boys at Radio 5, bless ’em, are now including the EU referendum as part of their sports trailers. As…

Cricket needs a top-to-bottom overhaul: here’s how I’d do it

28 May 2016 9:00 am

No place for the faint of heart, Headingley, and certainly not for some sketchy Sri Lankan batsmen at the back…

Revealed: the true and unrepeatable secret of Leicester City’s success

14 May 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago a motivational speaker brought out a smart little book called Legacy: What The All Blacks Can…

Leicester City are the most brutally efficient winners since 1970s Leeds

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s always good to see a great con trick in action. Take Boris Johnson: not really the lovable quick-witted scamp…

Well done Danny, but Jordan will come back

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Well here’s a thing: we’ve just had the first English bloke to win the Masters. Sure, an Englishman has won…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…