He was doing something I’d never seen before in Kentish Town Baths, and I’ve been going for over 40 years.
Instead of playing to win, politicians are seeking not to lose.
In a way, football is democratic - your looks don't matter as much as your ability. So why is such a huge part of loving it hating the players?
Champion of Europe? Not these days. Hunter Davies explains some of the reasons England aren't quite the footballing force they once were.
"The fact that the majority of players in any Premiership game these days are foreign, and so many of them black, does not seem to have had an appreciable effect on the faces in the crowd."
Where have all the Scottish managers gone? This week, Hunter Davies seeks an intern to count them.
If this kind of performance is what you get after six months of dedicated planning, then less planning sounds good to me.
"Wenger sat there silently, on the verge of a seizure."
This looks set to be a minimalist budget - but not all is as it seems, and opposition Ed Balls would do well to veer away from it sooner rather than later.
The conflict between instict and reason has left me having a small domestic disagreement in my head.
Football, where the dirty cockney and the whippet handler live on.
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.