Spectator sport

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’

Mud and money

17 January 2007 5:44 pm

Day and night, night and day ...relentlessly the football season slurps on through the January mud

Radio days

10 January 2007 5:13 pm

Ruminating here a couple of weeks ago on those whom the wretched reaper had gaily swiped down last year

Anniversary year

3 January 2007 5:30 pm

If you thought you’d got away with one ruddy World Cup in 2006, then brace yourself

Heaven’s XI

28 December 2006 8:06 am

An old year bites the dust-to-dust and as ever, with it, so does the roll-call of those whose final Christmas was last year’s


13 December 2006 1:11 pm

Ashes to ashes. Oh, England our England! First the football, then the rugby

Dalton’s millions

6 December 2006 2:39 pm

This year’s Sportsbook of the Year is Unforgivable Blackness (Pimlico)

Two-horse race

29 November 2006 2:43 pm

Football’s European Champions’ League awaits the serious new year stuff once a few loose ends are tied on Wednesday.

Testing times

22 November 2006 6:41 pm

Have radio’s pre-dawn choruses from Brisbane already been ruining your days?

Sixty-six and all that

15 November 2006 2:14 pm

A perennial sucker for feature films with sporting references

Eye screams

8 November 2006 2:21 pm

At Shrewsbury School a couple of weeks ago, with nice ceremony, they opened a swish new indoor cricket centre alongside what Neville Cardus once called ‘the most beautiful playing fields in England’.

Close combat

1 November 2006 2:42 pm

Beginning this weekend, we are lumbered with the close combat of international rugby union just about all the way to next October and the World Cup final in Paris.

Brass neck

25 October 2006 6:04 pm

There is much more, of course, to Trautmann’s tale.

Munstrous carnival

18 October 2006 5:13 pm

No end of hot air already surrounds next month’s rugby internationals

Trailer trash

11 October 2006 2:05 pm

Football is intrusive, all right; but mightily persuasive as well.

Hove has it again

4 October 2006 3:11 pm

Football’s overblown autumn overtures have been interesting enough, I suppose

Marshall arts

27 September 2006 2:43 pm

The last telephone call from Michael Marshall was in midsummer

Bogey women

20 September 2006 3:08 pm

Golf’s Ryder Cup is uniquely irresistible