Spectator sport

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

Just the one

13 September 2006 3:14 pm

This week they named the men to defend the Ashes

A summer of shame

30 August 2006 4:18 pm

Remember 12 months ago and that heady aura of innocent joy and optimism all around?

High summers

23 August 2006 4:55 pm

It used to be a routine mark for leading county batsmen to score 2,000 first-class runs in a summer

Devonshire cream

16 August 2006 3:46 pm

Why does this cricket team select itself?

A glut of glovemen

9 August 2006 1:17 pm

Football’s got a nerve: the Premiership resumes business next week and is already blaringly full of itself

Running on empty

2 August 2006 6:28 pm

To the casual follower, Formula 1 Grand Prix motor racing has just about vanished from the radar

The very good old days

26 July 2006 6:17 pm

Barbados promises a hectic carnival jump-up this weekend in celebration of Sir Gary Sobers’s 70th birthday

The man Jeeves

19 July 2006 2:40 pm

Ninety years ago this weekend the battle of the Somme had settled into its ghastly inexorability.

The fabled Fred

12 July 2006 2:37 pm

Yorkshire buried their Fred in his beloved Dales last week

Hurrah for history

5 July 2006 1:39 pm

Forget the football, a bizarrely exotic touch of history reverberates around the World Cup final in Berlin