Spectator sport

Club before country

24 October 2007 2:18 pm

Widespread focus of national passions on the conclusion of Lewis Hamilton’s dash for the chequered flag on the Formula One…

Down under and out

17 October 2007 2:48 pm

Frank Keating on why it went south for the southern hemisphere

Big hits

10 October 2007 3:14 pm

Rugby’s World Cup has been surprisingly engaging — hooray for the gallant grandeur of England, France and the other small-fry…

While you were away

3 October 2007 3:41 pm

This corner has already broken its fundamental annual rule not to get worked up about football till the clocks are…

Last rites

26 September 2007 1:47 pm

Even before the last splurge of qualifying group games are played in rugby union’s World Cup, consensus agrees the tournament has already turned into a calamity for the four from the British Isles.

Victorious Plum

19 September 2007 4:17 pm

Spectator readers Alan Magid and Timothy Straker were quick on the draw (Letters, 25 August, 8 September) to champion Mike by P.G. Wodehouse in a matey reproach to Robert Stewart’s assertion in his review of Baseball Haiku (Books, 18 August) that there had never been a significant cricket novel.

Five tournaments that shook the rugby world

5 September 2007 3:25 pm

Twenty teams turn up for rugby union’s World Cup but, realistically, less than half a dozen can ever possibly win it — the heavyweight trio from the southern seas, New Zealand, South Africa or Australia and, from the north, 2007’s hosts France and, in any given year, one of the four from the British Isles.

Do or die

5 September 2007 2:39 pm

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Paris match

29 August 2007 3:33 pm

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Women in white

22 August 2007 3:03 pm

Just about the most warming, sun-beaming day of this monsoon summer was spent in a cuddly western nook of the Malvern Hills at blissful Colwall

Field marshals

15 August 2007 2:42 pm

Spend half an hour or so in front of a television on Saturday when Hampshire are in the field at Lord’s in the one-day county cup final. I guarantee some vivid
and telling olde-tyme captaincy from the Australian Shane Warne.

Sledge betting

8 August 2007 2:44 pm

London on Saturday stages a precise convergence of the sporting seasons.

Snap shots

1 August 2007 4:52 pm

Always keen to buff up its romantic aura, Lord’s this summer inaugurated a ‘tradition’ by nominating a different cricketing notable to toll the umpires’ bell before each day’s play.

On the beach

25 July 2007 4:39 pm

A column’s seasonal staple: what to read on the beach this summer?

The Last Smoke

27 June 2007 5:23 pm

How went our ‘Last Smoke’ dinner on Thursday, hosted by the Spec’s Andrew Neil at London’s swish Four Seasons Hotel?

Radio days

20 June 2007 5:28 pm

BBC radio’s Test Match Special will deservedly be celebrating particularly special champagne moments in a couple of weeks

The bonny Falstaffian

13 June 2007 6:17 pm

Here’s a singular cricket team, well  balanced, hard to beat


6 June 2007 2:14 pm

I was sorry to miss last week’s ghostbusting gig at the Hay-on-Wye festival


30 May 2007 2:09 pm

Is any new sporting arena fit for purpose without a statue to adorn it?

The boy wonder

23 May 2007 6:08 pm

Fasten your ear-muffs for a deafening weekend

Football’s coming home

16 May 2007 4:12 pm

By way of domestic overture, Chelsea play Manchester United this Saturday in the FA Cup final, and it would be fitting if a compelling show marked the return of the ancient fixture to its traditional home.

The old rhythms

9 May 2007 2:03 pm

It seems barmy that the first cricket Test match of the summer begins as early as next Thursday.

Good Arthur Milton

2 May 2007 1:46 pm

In those fresh, expectant springtimes of long ago, the last week of April was the very quintessence of the changeover

Cups runneth over

25 April 2007 6:41 pm

A vibrantly challenging final in Barbados might at least put a smile on the face of cricket’s dismally tedious World Cup

The road to Athens

18 April 2007 2:09 pm

Travel agents are rubbing their hands and, doubtless, Greek policemen are anxiously fondling their truncheons and assessing the overtime rates.