Watching a game on tenterhooks to see if the manager picks his nose.
There is a tendency among the devoutly religious to venerate what to them seems “natural” – or God-given. But the story of religion is one of retreat in the face of science’s relentless advance.
In throwing in your lot as a professional sportsman, you make an implicit deal. The upside feels irresistible; the downside you consign as too improbable to think about.
Hunter Davies’s weekly football column, The Fan.
Ed Smith’s weekly column, Left Field.
Just over a year ago, David Wheeler made it into the Football League, joining Exeter City in League Two, where he still is, a dashing and hard-working right winger. He started reading the NS six months ago.
Ed Smith’s Left Field column.
When the Prem began 20 years ago, and stadiums became all-seaters, with the season tickets costing a fortune, many of the working classes and twentysomething lads were excluded, unable to pay the prices.
Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan.
Nonetheless, if the current proposals to include fan reps on club boards go through, it will be a significant breakthrough for the sport.
A new book by Roger Domeneghetti explores the huge pull that the game has on the mass imagination.
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