Roger Alton

A sporting chance

16 April 2014 1:00 pm

The brotherhood of cricket, as we know, transcends race, creed, class and nationality. It can also be a big help…

In defence of the Boat Race

3 April 2014 2:00 pm

It’s Boat Race time again and as soon as the BBC starts its broadcast on Sunday there will be those…

Whisper it, but could England win the next Rugby World Cup?

20 March 2014 3:00 pm

There are many eternal questions. Why do all aircraft, no matter how much your ticket cost, where you’ve come from,…

A Victor for the future

6 March 2014 3:00 pm

Just do it. The people who make trainers have been telling us to ‘Just do it’ for 25 years now.…

Flying boards and killer moustaches

20 February 2014 3:00 pm

You can trust the BBC to behave like a leaf blown by any breeze, but even that spineless leviathan (if…

Death of a team

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Englishmen used to be deported to Australia as a punishment. Now they get sent back to England as an act…

Winter warmers

23 January 2014 3:00 pm

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of…

Sir Viv and me

9 January 2014 3:00 pm

Sir Vivian Richards came to watch me play cricket the other day. That’s the sort of sentence you wait a…

One of the best years on record

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

British sport used to be dead. You only have to look down the list of past winners of the Sports…

England learn their lesson

28 November 2013 3:00 pm

My friend Miles was bowling in a festival of wandering cricket clubs in Oxford the other day. First wicket down…

All change at the top

14 November 2013 3:00 pm

In sport, as in life, you just don’t know where you stand any more. Look at the Premier League: no…

The best of times, the worst of times

31 October 2013 3:00 pm

The comic book Asterix in Switzerland is full of joys, not least the many jokes about Swiss obsessions with tidiness…

Lighting up with King Jack

17 October 2013 2:00 pm

The more you see of Jack Wilshere, the more admirable he becomes. He seems to have taken wholeheartedly to fatherhood,…

Who’s really down under?

3 October 2013 1:00 pm

This weekend is the final round of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship, the best tournament outside the World Cup and…

$10 million nobodies

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

Golf has reached the eye-watering end of the season in the United States. By Sunday night, one man in a…

Teenage dreams

22 August 2013 1:00 pm

Were you still up, as they used to say about Portillo in the 1997 election, for Hedwall? It was well…

Speculation season

8 August 2013 1:00 pm

It’s been a long, hot, soccerless holiday. There has been football about — the women’s European Championship, for example, and…

Can anyone save Aussie cricket?

25 July 2013 1:00 pm

Insomniacs, invalids and cricket obsessives (step forward yours truly) were probably the only people who stumbled on it, but BBC4…

Murray’s mountain

11 July 2013 1:00 pm

There’s nothing we old folk like more than a chat about how poorly all our friends and acquaintances are. This…

Feud, glorious feud

27 June 2013 1:00 pm

Many years ago, when I used to work for the Guardian, Germaine Greer, who was then a columnist for the…