Some (tentative) reasons to be cheerful in 2022

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Someone sent me a job advert recently for a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College, Oxford. It states: ‘The Queen’s…

The year sport and politics became inseparable

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Sport and politics have always been intertwined, but this was the year they became joined at the hip. Yorkshire racism;…

England’s shameful betrayal of Pakistan

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Any English person with a love of cricket knows life has its ups and downs. But until now we have…

Barça’s golden age and its ruling triumvirate

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Even against our better judgment we tend to imbue our sporting heroes with characteristics they may not possess. This can…

The absurdity of tennis players’ toilet breaks

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Forgive the personal question, but how long does it take you to, you know, go to the gents, ladies, non-binary?…

I took my wife to a Millwall match – and it didn’t go well

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The fighting started just as Caroline turned right on to the Uxbridge Road after emerging from QPR’s stadium on Loftus…

The Olympics have become a celebration of human frailty

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Coronis Embracing one’s vulnerability seems to have replaced the higher, faster, stronger ethos of the Olympics. The very frailty that…

Why Russia’s Olympic punishment backfired

9 August 2021 5:13 pm

The Tokyo Olympics are over and fifth place in the medals table went to the ‘ROC’, the Russian Olympic Committee.…

Should Simone Biles listen to Novak Djokovic?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I’ve always been a Spectator reader, so I’m delighted to be writing a diary about the Olympics from Tokyo. My…

Why do anglers get so hooked?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The other day a friend asked me what a lascar was. Fair enough: it’s not a word you come across…

The hateful Hundred is putting cash before cricket

17 July 2021 9:00 am

This slick new tournament will ruin cricket

Yes, they're deplorable – but those football tweets don't prove Britain is racist

17 July 2021 9:00 am

There are two certainties whenever England’s football team plays; one that is long-established and the other a recent phenomenon. Players…

Do the England team play football, footer, footie – or soccer?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I have never been a soccer mom, described in the Washington Post as ‘the overburdened, middle-income working mother who ferries…

The real sporting star of this summer

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Think of a punishing distance for a bike race. Double it, multiply by ten, throw in two of the world’s…

Why everyone should try streaking

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Streaking is a great British tradition

My problem with the Euros

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m struggling to work up much enthusiasm about England’s progress in the Euros. I know, I know, Tuesday night’s victory…

Staged: a handful of VIP events is no substitute for normality

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Uncertainty is crippling our cultural life

The true cost of theatre closures

3 July 2021 9:00 am

It turns out that if there’s one thing more expensive than making theatre, it’s not making it. Empty buildings haemorrhage…

Thoughts on a foreign clash of the English titans

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Thank heavens the Champions League final is being played in Portugal, now Turkey’s off the menu (sorry). It will certainly…

Why all the outrage over the European Super League?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Anything been happening in football in the past couple of weeks? No? Moving on then… Hang about though. The doomed…

Why did Britain fall out of love with speedway?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

How speedway became Britain’s left-behind sport

The unsavoury truth about American sport

1 May 2021 9:00 am

New York What follows has been covered ad nauseam, but I wonder why people were surprised at the planned breakaway…

What cricket will look like in 50 years

3 April 2021 9:00 am

After the thrills and spills and last-gasp excitements of England’s triple-headed series in India, the attention of the cricket fan…

My plan to kick off life after lockdown

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The last time I went to a football game was on Saturday 7 March last year when my 12-year-old son…

The Richard Freeman affair casts a cloud over British cycling

20 March 2021 9:00 am

For those with neither the time nor inclination to plough through a PhD in the intricacies of the scandals surrounding…