Roger Alton

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

The fans make British football what it is – stop fleecing them

18 May 2019 9:00 am

It is always possible to tell the difference between a bunch of Manchester City fans and auditions for the latest…

Leeds United is the soap opera which keeps on giving

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Say what you like about Elland Road — and in my experience it is not a place to linger —…

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, master of the seas and model Englishman

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Something very odd happened on the Today programme the other morning. Amid the mountains of bombast that usually fill the…

Have referees just given up?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes you fear for Neil Warnock. The embattled Cardiff manager is 70 and operates at level 11 all the time;…

How Scotland humiliated England in the Six Nations

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Outside the rugby superhighway of the A316, linking Richmond, Rosslyn Park, the Quins and HQ, it’s hard to imagine anyone…

Meet Chris Gayle, the coolest man in sport

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It can’t be a coincidence that two of the coolest sportsmen on the planet are from the same place, Jamaica.…

A jubilant Daniel James celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the fifth round (Getty Images)

We football romantics love the fifth round of the FA cup

23 February 2019 9:00 am

And so we say farewell to the round of 16 in the FA Cup, traditionally a viscerally thrilling process that…

If England play like they did against Ireland, they’ll be formidable at the Rugby World Cup

9 February 2019 9:00 am

At the same time as England’s rugby union players delivered a magnificent hearts-of-oak performance to humble a very good Irish…

When trans sportsmen and women compete, can it ever be a level playing field?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Amid the many splendours of West Side Story is this lyric: ‘My sister wears a moustache, my brother wears a…

If ever a man deserved his gong, it’s Sir Alastair Cook

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Here’s a date for the diary: if you’re in south London on 11 April, head for the Oval. It’s going…

Why the end of 2018 is also the end of a sporting era

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It may be the end of the year but it’s also the end of some major sporting eras. Alastair Cook…

Talksport, cricket’s new radio stars

1 December 2018 9:00 am

‘And I need a wee,’ said the former England fast–bowling legend Darren Gough, as tension built up during the Sri…

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…