Biographies by Hugo Borst and Maarten Meijer get to know Manchester United's new manager.
Scarcely 2 per cent of our top players are privately educated: yet a whopping 7 per cent of the nation’s children go to private schools. So unfair. Something has to be done.
The racist behaviour of a tiny minority of fans should not poison the spirit of a club that has always attracted loyalty from all over the world.
"I am delighted until I see that the paper has spelled my name, at the end of the column, 'Nicholas Zloozman'."
"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."
Self-improvement isn’t about making our best better – but about making our worst less bad.
Eleven hours of the beautiful game on one day: is it enough?
When Morocco withdrew from hosting the African Cup of Nations, citing Ebola fears, Equatorial Guinea stepped in. But at what cost?
I can think of only two players in my lifetime – who played long before the birth of the Prem – who did manage to make real money after their playing days.
It’s not just the money – Ultimate Fighting Championship has appreciated that women aren’t good fighters considering their gender. They’re simply good fighters.
Hunter Davies's "The Fan".
What does it mean to sign a local lad?
In the space of two decades, English football has gone from a localised game rooted in working-class communities to a globalised brand controlled by the markets, excluding many of its loyal fans. But those fans are still there and they are fighting back.
Cheer up, Stevie! Go, Schlupp! And Pearson, don’t come down from the stands.
Many high achievers, across all disciplines, have troubled and complex relationships with people who pushed them. I would like to pretend that psychological bullying never works, but clearly it can.
Hunter Davies on football.
He was, as we say in Australia, just a really good bloke.
As Vinnie Jones embarks on his sixth decade, he reflects on the biggest day of his career, his battle with alcohol and why his wife has to stop him calling Massimo Cellino.
There are tentative signs that Premier League clubs are starting to take fan campaigns against high ticket prices more seriously.
Someone, somewhere in government, is spending a considerable amount of time keeping Wikipedia's entries on Scottish football up-to-date.
In recent days, Fifa seems to have plumbed new depths of almost comic-book villainy.
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.