Spectator sport

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

Ghost-busted

6 June 2007 2:14 pm

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

Statuesque

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.

All change

11 April 2007 6:05 pm

I daresay bonny Barbados and some blazing cricket in its final fortnight might retrieve disenchantment with the 2007 World Cup. But I doubt it.

Championship fever

4 April 2007 1:24 pm

Eight teams, and scarcely 10 points between them for months.

Woolmer in Wisden

28 March 2007 1:35 pm

The appalling crime in Jamaica still has the cricket world in shock

Middle East conflict

21 March 2007 3:08 pm

Once more unto the breach! Harfleur, Dunkirk and all that guff is being desperately evoked by the public prints and broadcasters.

Don’t swot Swanton

14 March 2007 6:36 pm

Cricket’s World Cup will be an interminable slog in every sense

Now there are Six

8 March 2007 7:44 am

Six Nations rugby musters for its last convulsive heaves this weekend and next

Home advantage

28 February 2007 5:54 pm

By next Wednesday evening, uniquely, five British clubs could be in the last eight of the European Champions’ Cup

The road to Wembley?

22 February 2007 8:37 am

The League Cup final is, officially, the last time English clubs play a showpiece event in a ‘foreign’ country. Well, that’s the plan anyway

The battle of Croke Park

15 February 2007 8:33 am

There was generally bonny acclamation as the French rugby team ran out to play Ireland at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium last Sunday

Too little, too late

8 February 2007 7:42 am

Ignore an atoning little flurry at the death, England’s cricket winter has been a ghastly shambles

The big freeze

25 January 2007 7:10 am

Sport, as those of you of a certain age will teeth-chatteringly recall, was most assuredly not ‘weather-free’