Sport

It’s not just hooligans – hipsters also love a football shirt

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was young, from about the age of nine to 13, I went through what my parents recall with…

Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who speaks what The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many…

How many people have swum the Channel?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Journey’s end Holidaymakers are being flown home after travel company Thomas Cook failed. The idea might have horrified the company’s…

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…

Why nail-biting sports matches are good for mental health

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Why do we need tie-breaks and photo finishes? If competitors have been nip-and-tuck all the way, why can’t they just…

I admit it: I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was asked on to the BBC Today programme — my old manor — last week to talk about the…

Why croquet beats cricket

29 June 2019 9:00 am

People say cricket is the quintessential English game. Those people are wrong. Cricket may have a longer pedigree, but it’s…

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…

Lusty, roistering Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. Image: BBC / Lookout Point / Jay Brooks

Sunday night on the Beeb was an orgy of virtue-signalling and third-rate sport

25 May 2019 9:00 am

After its new costume drama You Go, Girl! (Sundays) about how amazing, empowered and better-than-men women are, especially if they…

Lance encounters: a plate from The Book of Tournaments, Maximilian’s remarkable encyclopedia of jousting

The joy of jousting

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Emperor Maximilian I liked to say he invented the joust of the exploding shields. When a knight charged and his…

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…

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s star player (Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Imag-es)

I watched Jadon Sancho grow up. That’s why I know he’s Britain’s next footballing megastar

9 March 2019 9:00 am

How much is Jadon Sancho worth? Fifty million? A hundred million? As the speculation mounts, the numbers keep growing. Jadon…

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.…

Pounds of flesh: Takayasu throws Takakeisho to the ground to win the 2018 Kyushu tournament in Fukuoka

The balletic, bum-baring rituals of sumo

12 January 2019 9:00 am

An early morning in late November in the peaceful glades that surround an ancient temple complex. A Shinto priest in…

Charles J. Tebbutt at Littleport, January 1893, unknown photographer

A short history of ice skating

15 December 2018 9:00 am

In landscape terms, the Fens don’t have much going for them. What you can say for them, though, is that…

Famous cricketers of the 1880s include James Lilywhite (far left) and W.G. Grace (centre). Credit: Getty Images

Farewell to cricket as the archetypal English game

10 November 2018 9:00 am

At the beginning of August this year, the England test team played what is supposed to have been the 1,000th…

The great thing about the World Cup is you don’t even have to watch it to enjoy it

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Even though I don’t watch much football I love the World Cup because it’s my passport to total freedom. I…

Twenty20 is making cricket great again

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Blame it on a marketing survey. In 2001, the England and Wales Cricket Board commissioned the biggest piece of market…

Two perfect kicks from Johnny Sexton destroyed England’s rugby’s dream

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Which would you least like to see coming towards you? An Uber driverless car, Ant McPartlin in his black Mini…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

The straight dope

16 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s not easy to get hold of Ángel Hernández, the legendary Mexican chemist who for a decade provided illicit performance-enhancing…

Our big fat problem

7 September 2017 1:00 pm

The good news is that Theresa May has dropped the threat to withdraw universal free school meals. Thank God (and…

Game changers

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Have you been cheering for the excellent Johanna Konta at Wimbledon? Go, Jo! Or should that be Go, Yo? Johanna…

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

Match made in heaven

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Tennis is best played with a wooden racket on a shady lawn somewhere close to Dorking. There is no need…

Jeeves and a Man called The Donald

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The Secret Service said it would investigate Donald J. Trump’s longtime butler over Facebook posts laced with vulgarities and epithets…