Spectator sport

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…

Spectator Sport: Winning dirty down under

29 October 2011 2:00 pm

So the All Blacks deserved it, didn’t they? Yes, yes and thrice yes. But after a brilliant World Cup, and…

Sport: Three cheers for the Welsh boy band with the XY factor

15 October 2011 5:00 pm

Well, we’re all Welsh now. Love the country, been there loads of times, adore the Millennium Stadium, in fact I’m…

Spectator Sport

1 October 2011 12:00 am

If the cap fits…

Spectator Sport: The heavyweight champions of tennis

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Roger Alton reviews the week in Sport

Spectator Sport: The game in Spain

3 September 2011 12:00 am

So the blink-and-you-miss-it summer break is over and football is back with an all-consuming vengeance. Despite the new season hardly having had time to clear its throat, it is already spewing headlines like a TV newsbar gone postal. And that is just in England.

Spectator Sport: The unstoppable Cook

20 August 2011 12:00 am

If, as seems universally accepted, eggs is indeed eggs, then the only other certainty in an increasingly troubled world is that Alastair Cook will eviscerate every English batting record, apart possibly from the highest individual score.

Spectator Sport

6 August 2011 12:00 am

Unbeatable cricket

Spectator Sport: Following the captain

23 July 2011 12:00 am

Strange to be writing about sport when outside it feels like Salem, where vengeful witchfinders prowl the highways and byways of the media and political landscape looking for someone or something, anything, to burn; where screeching harpies of press and internet call for the closure of papers they don’t like; and where sanctimonious preachers declaim from their leader columns that the intolerant consensus of the left must rule.

Spectator Sport: The return of women’s tennis

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Well, did you pick out 21-year-old Petra Kvitova for the women’s title at Wimbledon? Me neither, though it shouldn’t have been that hard.