Spectator sport

All hail the Heineken Cup

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Ah, what joys, the first weekend of the mighty Heineken Cup. How many sporting events are so closely identified with…

Team work

6 October 2012 9:00 am

That seems to be that then, the final episode of the best sporting year since, well, 1977 at least. That…

All this – and golf too!

22 September 2012 9:00 am

Right now it feels like being eight years old again, having just had the best Christmas Day ever, with the…

Kevin Pietersen needs a Graeme Smith

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Having reached the summit of the Test cricket rankings by thoroughly outplaying England in three matches that flew largely under…

The great Games

11 August 2012 6:00 am

The other day, I was listening to Radio 5 from Crystal Palace, where there had been a Diamond League athletics…

Among the centurions

28 July 2012 6:00 am

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, as Joni Mitchell used to whiffle way back when. And on…

The beauty of the Tour de France

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Amid the weeping in SW19 last weekend, Andy Murray essayed what was a clunky if well-meaning compliment to his opponent’s…

Let’s blame the Premier League

30 June 2012 6:00 am

One of my main preoccupations during Sunday night’s football was the size of Roy Hodgson’s watch. An immense timepiece, it…

Kevin’s choice

16 June 2012 6:00 am

One Test series down, one to go. It’s been fun to have the West Indies here this soggy summer. They…

Gold standard

2 June 2012 5:00 pm

Heavens, we do like a moan. Sure the traffic will be hell; the commercialism mind-numbing; the Zil lanes a pain;…

Why I’m cheering for Bayern

19 May 2012 1:00 pm

Like modules at the Leveson inquiry, gut-wrenchingly exciting weekends of sport are coming along thick and fast now. But forget…

Spectator Sport: Unsung heroes

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

Well, that went well. The selection of the England football manager has been carried out with enough pomp, secrecy and…

Spectator Sport: National mourning

21 April 2012 2:00 pm

You don’t want to sound too swivel-eyed about this, but didn’t poor doomed Synchronised look cursed from the get-go in…

Spectator Sport: Ethical football

7 April 2012 1:00 pm

Funny business, footballers and morality. One moment they’re all taking part in mawkish self-congratulatory breast-beating, first over Gary Speed, now…

Spectator Sport: Top hole

24 March 2012 2:00 pm

Rory McIlroy used to be the world’s best golfer. He bagged the No. 1 ranking by winning the Honda Classic…

Spectator Sport: Heroic failures

10 March 2012 1:00 pm

Good old Pearcey, I say. England’s excitable stand-in manager refreshingly ruled himself out of the full-time job after his back-of-a-fag-packet…

Spectator Sport: Glove story

25 February 2012 1:00 pm

My foul-mouthed friend Claudine had it about right after seeing Michael ‘full-­frontal’ Fassbender’s latest sex-and-angst gloomathon, Shame. ‘I didn’t know…

Spectator Sport: Missing out at Murrayfield

11 February 2012 1:00 pm

You’ve got to hand it to Princess Anne. She’s been loyally pitching up for Scotland’s rugby matches through thick and…

Spectator Sport: While no one was watching…

28 January 2012 12:00 pm

By chance I was in Abu Dhabi as England’s first Test against Pakistan was getting under way just up the…

Spectator Sport: Coach party

14 January 2012 12:00 pm

Nobody ever seemed to have a good word to say for Ivan Lendl, though I personally enjoyed his general cool…

Spectator Sport: Sporting lives

31 December 2011 11:00 am

Sadly, no blistering new memoir this year from Max Mosley — A Study In Scarlet: the History of the Whip…

Spectator Sport: All must have prizes

17 December 2011 10:00 pm

What a year for a world in turmoil: crisis, riots, revolution and economic catastrophe. And that’s just Manchester City. Meanwhile,…

Spectator Sport: The legendary Socrates

10 December 2011 1:00 pm

The great footballer Pat Nevin, as fluent, funny and intelligent an ex-player as you are likely to find, tells a…

Spectator Sport: Coming of age

26 November 2011 1:00 pm

Bracing times for those of us who are part of the winter fuel allowance generation — FAGs, as we like…

Spectator Sport: Stars and asterisks

12 November 2011 2:30 pm

Parental advisory: what follows contains asterisks that some may find upsetting. It is clear that Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’s former…