What if... England had qualified in '74
By Dominic Sandbrook - 05 November 5:55

It is October 1973, and England are playing Poland at Wembley in a crucial World Cup qualifier. The score is 1-1, and Sir Alf Ramsey's team, once emblematic of the Swinging Sixties, are crashing out of the competition.

Andrei’s cultured foot, and other fairy tales
By Hunter Davies - 29 October 7:51

Gather round, children, and I will tell you some Just So Stories for these confusing times.

Kiss and tell on the Algarve
By Hunter Davies - 22 October 8:48

Horror, shock, Cristiano Ronaldo in porno video scandal. Must be true, as there it was on the front page of my newspaper.

Mugging up for Mastermind
By Mark Watson - 22 October 8:48

I'm a celebrity. You might not realise it yet. You might have me down more as a funnyman of moderate repute.

Steady on, Smoothy Sven
By Hunter Davies - 15 October 8:38

I have seen the future - and it will involve moving a lot of furniture. On 10 October, I watched two live games on the net - England under-21, then England-Ukraine.

Enough to make true Geordies cry
By Hunter Davies - 08 October 6:46

I have made a bid for Newcastle United.

That's the name of the game
By Hunter Davies - 24 September 6:50

I am so pleased by the shape and sound of this season so far. At long last we have three Jacks coming through, establishing themselves in Premiership first teams.

Girls on top
By Hunter Davies - 17 September 6:48

Women are looking good on the pitch.

New season kit
By Hunter Davies - 10 September 8:56

Why I rarely wear a suit

Season’s greetings
By Hunter Davies - 03 September 8:19

And I’d hoped Ray Stubbs had gone back to teaching geography . . .

Green revolution
By Nick Greenslade - 27 August 8:07

First it was neoliberals at home and in America. Then it was their supporters in the media. Now Venezuela's Hugo Chávez has his sights fixed on the real threat to his "Bolivarian Revolution" - golf.

On being a good sport
By Dan Hancox - 06 August 9:11

"Aaaaare you Braintree in disguise?!

England's dream team
By James Cave - 23 July 13:00

Cricket fans rejoice: England are the best team in the world.

In defence of time-wasting . . .
By Staff blogger - 16 July 11:37

Let's not condemn it-done well and shamelessly, it's almost an art form.

The empire strikes back
By Peter Wilby - 02 July 12:18

On the eve of an eagerly awaited Ashes series, Peter Wilby reveals how the forces of globalisation a

Game, set . . . and Scottish flag
By George Eaton - 25 June 11:37

Andy Murray may be wishing he’d never raised his nationality – but the worlds of tennis and politics

A total white-out
By Martin Jacques - 18 June 10:53

In Britain, black people are excluded from decision-making in top-flight football. It will take more

From riches to rags
By Dominic Sullivan - 28 May 14:10

Observations on Romanian rugby

Toon Army goes belly up
By Hunter Davies - 28 May 14:10

Newcastle fans end the season with three awards in the <em>New Statesman's</em> star-studded prizegi

Artists and warriors
By Hunter Davies - 21 May 12:37

With no balance in the team, Arsène let his Gunners fizzle out

Clichés of the titans
By Hunter Davies - 14 May 11:02

Which of the overused football wisdoms are still valid, asks Hunter Davies

Croatian sensation
By Hunter Davies - 07 May 12:22

Hunter Davies leaves Britain behind for a far more civilised football experience

Play the straight bat
By Nicholas Lezard - 07 May 12:22

In Acton, my son’s cricket team thrash the opposition mercilessly. This is riches undreamt of: I kno

Why Rafa is a manager of note
By Hunter Davies - 30 April 13:21

<em>Hunter Davies</em> recognises a kindred spirit in the Liverpool scribbler

Pass the sickbag, Alice
By Peter Wilby - 30 April 13:21

. . . on tax dodgers, deportations, crocked fast bowlers and women drivers

Perfect pitch
By Hunter Davies - 23 April 13:45

Phrases from footie have long seeped into the language, writes <em>Hunter Davies</em>

Everyone’s a winner
By Hunter Davies - 16 April 10:15

It’s not fair that only one Prem team each year gets a prize, writes Hunter Davies

Pile up the politicians
By Peter Wilby - 16 April 10:15

...on profligate MPs, policing and a predictable Premiership

The fan
By Hunter Davies - 09 April 10:18

In footie’s first flush, players wore a riot of colours, like salmon pink and cerise, complete with

Clough and me
By Hunter Davies - 02 April 12:47

Clough ran ahead down the street with all the kids behind him, shouting, ‘‘We are the champions!’’

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