Roger Alton

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

Klopp’s childlike enthusiasm – and incalculable savviness

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Where were we? Oh yes, Liverpool were running away with the Premier League and a mere three months later have…

Billy the kid, football’s star of the future

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Sadly it looks as though the 2020 Six Nations may have to go down with an asterisk and an explanation…

Is it time to consign VAR to Room 101?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Thankfully, Tyson Fury is as good at boxing as he is terrible at singing. But he really should pick on…

What the Premier League could learn from ski racers

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What we have learned in the past few weeks: 1) Don’t play rugby in a howling gale, even though for…

The Barmy Army showcase the best of English character

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Not everyone likes the Six Nations — a recent well-received book on the state of rugby union described it as…

Sport needs more men like Vincent Kompany

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Anyone still vaguely tempted to subscribe to that lazy and stupid cliché about footballers just being overpaid idiots should have…

Roger Alton’s highlights from a magical year in sport

21 December 2019 9:00 am

We don’t half take a lot for granted. We may look up to the Aussies, kowtow to the Americans and…

Only now are we seeing what an extraordinary figure Bob Willis was

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Maybe it’s just an age thing, but the death of Bob Willis has left me — and, I am sure,…

Why Ben Stokes should win Sports Personality of the Year

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Oh those lazy, hazy, Stokesy days of summer: how long ago they seem now. When England won the cricket World…

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…