Roger Alton

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

England’s rugby team are embarrassingly sore losers

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Sports events come and go, but good manners, as William of Wykeham might have put it, last for ever. Or…

Seven things we’ve learned from the rugby World Cup

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New Zealanders can teach the world a lot about sportsmanship. Steve Hansen after last Saturday’s All Blacks defeat by England…

The joy of Japanese-style rugby

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Proud son of Wexford he may be, and of doughty farming stock too, but the heart sinks at the prospect…

Why rugby is a perfect match for Japanese culture

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The ITV set for the channel’s thunderingly good coverage of the Rugby World Cup is more Japanese than anything in…

Farewell, Garry Richardson. We’ll miss you

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A day of sporting shocks this Sunday past. As if the news of Tracey Horrobin’s bewitching performance with the ball…

Will Ben Stokes be the greatest cricketer of all time?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Feeling depressed about politics? I hope not. Politicians don’t shape the world: they are the furniture movers, not the furniture…

Bring out the biltong for Labuschagne, an Ashes hero

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Funny, the things cricketers put on their bats. England’s Jos Buttler has ‘Fuck it’ written at the top of his…

Steve Smith during the first Test Match between England and Australia last week (Getty)

Any true English cricket lover has to acknowledge that Steve Smith is a great hero

10 August 2019 9:00 am

During the World Cup (remember that?), Virat Kohli, the very model of a modern major cricketer, appealed to Indian fans…

England players celebrate a wicket as they battle Australia during the Women’s Ashes in Taunton (Getty)

Why women shouldn’t play Test cricket

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The name Cameron Delport might not be immediately familiar, but his exploits last week could mean more for the future…

What the new generation of tennis players could learn from Rocket Rod Laver

13 July 2019 9:00 am

A chum was in Waitrose a year or two back, and was bending down with some difficulty to look at…

Sports journalism in Britain is being attacked by an American predator

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Forty years ago the football transfer market went crazy: the British record was broken four times in 1979, more than…

The timing of Channel 4’s cricket highlights show is an outrage

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Hardly any men can hit a tennis ball on clay better than Dominic Thiem. Unfortunately he ran into one who…

Cricket’s – finally – coming home

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Well, you have come a long way baby. As the whizz-bang hoopla of the cricket World Cup strides into view…

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…