Roger Alton

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

Stuart Broad would make a great politician

5 August 2023 9:00 am

And they said Test cricket was in its death throes! This epic, attention-grabbing, emotion-wringing Ashes series ended in the last…

Cricket, tennis and the Women’s World Cup: what a summer

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Great sport needs great rivalries, and that is why anyone with a pulse must celebrate being in the throes of…

If you thought Lord’s was rowdy, get ready for Leeds

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Shouldn’t we all just calm down a bit after Lord’s? Once prime ministers decide to intervene, you know things have…

Why we all need an Ollie Robinson

24 June 2023 9:00 am

It’s a long way from Edgbaston to Karachi, but that’s where my thoughts were turning after Australia’s last-gasp victory in…

Football bosses must carry the can for players’ bad behaviour

10 June 2023 9:00 am

If you couldn’t watch the Europa League final between Sevilla and Roma, then you should count yourself fortunate. It was…

Is Uefa just useless – or is it worse than that?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

It’s not clear how many readers of this journal will be affected, but anyone planning a stag weekend in Prague…

The parallels between Anna Kournikova and Emma Raducanu

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Who can turn lying on a hospital gurney into a photo op? Emma Raducanu can, of course – beaming as…

Harry Kane is many things – but he’s not a leader

29 April 2023 9:00 am

What’s not to love about David de Gea? Manchester United’s goalkeeper might appear to have it all: a humongous salary,…

Football’s growing shame

15 April 2023 9:00 am

It would take a brave man to pick a fight with Roy Keane, and nobody could quarrel with his view…

In praise of Sharron Davies

1 April 2023 9:00 am

It’s been quite a while since we celebrated any of Sharron Davies’s considerable achievements in the pool – well, a…

What’s going wrong with English rugby

18 March 2023 9:00 am

Rejoice, as you don’t normally say after a hammering like the peerless French dished out to England at Twickenham. But…

A Test match for the ages

4 March 2023 9:00 am

Readers of a certain vintage might be familiar with the work of J.A. (Charles) Cuddon, a teacher at Emanuel School…

England rugby must try harder

18 February 2023 9:00 am

The first two rounds of the Six Nations have exploded across the sporting landscape insuperlative – draining displays of skill…

Why England vs Scotland is always one to watch

4 February 2023 9:00 am

If you think the Calcutta Cup is just any old rugby match between England and Scotland, then the latest in…

Is Eddie Jones’s fate written in the stars?

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

Something is happening here, and you do know what it is, don’t you Mr Jones? Stargazers – and even some…

Let’s scrap the January transfer window

7 January 2023 9:00 am

Norwich City are a likeable club, and currently run by a pleasant-seeming bloke called Allan Russell. He used to be…

Wesley Hall represents everything that cricket should be

17 December 2022 9:00 am

Few sights in the history of cricket have been more thrilling – or more terrifying for batsmen – than the…

Eddie Jones must go

3 December 2022 9:00 am

So should he stay or should he go? That’s Eddie ‘I don’t really care what other people think’ Jones, currently…

Rugby’s new golden age

19 November 2022 9:00 am

This column may have been somewhat negative about the future of rugby recently – so how cheering to report a…

The future of sport is in the Middle East

5 November 2022 9:00 am

When the burly honchos of the Rugby League World Cup gushed about taking the game to new heights, no one…

Rugby union needs its own Richard Thompson

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Dear oh dear, as exasperated kings are known to murmur – just look at the state of rugby union. But…

English rugby is in crisis

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the game of rugby, which many of us love so much, is in serious trouble: it will…

Is there any limit to what Erling Haaland can do?

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Don’t bother watching those gazillion-dollar TV prequels to The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Who needs gratuitous…

Drama at Lord’s: Stumped is a treat for cricket fans

10 September 2022 9:00 am

So farewell to cricket’s The Hundred tournament, or what seemed by the end to be beefy South Africans in ‘Butterkist’…

I fancy Emma Raducanu’s chances at Flushing Meadows

27 August 2022 9:00 am

British tennis fans famously only acknowledge the sport exists for a couple of weeks in the middle of summer in…