Roger Alton

Roger Alton is an executive editor at The Times. He writes the Spectator Sport column.

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

Rugby union vs league – or Barbour-clad southerners vs the whippet brigade

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Leader in the clubhouse for top rugby try by an Englishman in 2018: Oliver Gildart. Oliver who? Oliver Gildart, only…

The terrible injury toll of modern rugby

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Eddie Jones’s sorrows as England’s rugby coach certainly keep coming in big battalions. Now the giant battered No 8 Billy…

Teamwork? It’s not the American way, even in the Ryder cup

6 October 2018 9:00 am

For a nation which gave us a brilliant TV show called Band of Brothers, the Americans find it hard to…

Is there a limit to what the human body can do?

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Has the world gone mad? There’s Beauden Barrett, the world’s best stand-off, and rugby player of the year seemingly by…

So farewell, Alastair Cook: a wonderful cricketer and exemplary sportsman

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I first became aware of Alastair Cook in the Ashes summer of 2005 when he was named the Young Cricketer…

The baby who could transform English cricket

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Alice Cook’s impending third child could turn out to be the perfect delivery for England. Already the expectant father Alastair…

Sport will not survive if it keeps being sold to the highest bidder

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s just too hot and too early to get worked up about football, so the two highlights of the late-summer…

A friendly purr from a fallible Tiger Woods

28 July 2018 9:00 am

So in the end it was a fallible Tiger that won all hearts at the Open, not the glowering, red-shirted…

The true winner of this World Cup? Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most people with any taste, I like the odd vodka, I love Crime and Punishment, I enjoy Turgenev and…

Never mind VAR – this is a fabulous World Cup

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Let’s talk about VAR, why don’t we? We love the World Cup though the football is getting bonkers. The scoring…

As our World Cup hopes grow, let’s not fret about the brilliant Belgians

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a question: name some famous Belgians. Well there’s Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, and Eden Hazard. And if that’s…

Gareth Bale’s megabucks are not a pretty sight

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I must have missed the memo when it became compulsory for major football matches to operate as a marketing opportunity…

Lord’s next week is the place to be

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Good for Ed Smith. The new national selector can’t just rock a fine pair of sunglasses, he can make bold…

English cricket’s new tournament already looks doomed

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Difficult to know quite what to make of The Hundred, which has the feel of being knocked up on the…

I love this Pep-mania, but don’t forget Klopp

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Fittingly, it took a dire performance from a dismal and dreary United against the worst team in the Premier League…

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

Two perfect kicks from Johnny Sexton destroyed England’s rugby’s dream

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Which would you least like to see coming towards you? An Uber driverless car, Ant McPartlin in his black Mini…

Knighting Bradley Wiggins so early was just asking for trouble

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The incomparable Roger Bannister, whose passing marks the end of our links with a vanished age of sporting innocence, could…

Hate the Winter Olympics? Here’s why you’re wrong

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Despite the best efforts of this column (and the BBC), too many Brits regard the Winter Olympics with the same…

This Six Nations could be anyone’s – and it couldn’t be more exciting

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s never easy going to Rome,’ observed Anthony Watson after the traditional mauling of a hard-working but outgunned Italian side…

This Winter Olympics, don’t knock our fearless Fridge Kids

27 January 2018 9:00 am

At this time of the year, well-meaning folk of otherwise sound mind start to get very sniffy about the impending…

More Ashes tours like this and long-form cricket will be in trouble

13 January 2018 9:00 am

So will the sight of poor Joe Root at Sydney, pale as a ghost and barely able to stand, heroically…

Less women’s sport might sometimes be more

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The credit sequence for the tennis flick Battle of the Sexes has this very British warning: ‘Contains occasional scenes of…

Why Ben Stokes should be picked for Perth

9 December 2017 9:00 am

And so to a cloudy, chilly Adelaide, more like London in October than Australia in the early days of high…