Wayne Rooney. Photo: Getty
It’s hard to remember a time when Rooney hasn’t been injured
By Hunter Davies - 15 May 11:47

I hardly slept for weeks during the run-up to the last two World Cups, terrified he wouldn’t make it.

Personal bubble: professional society isolates us by career. Photo: Getty
It’s good to stray from your professional bubble – you might learn something surprising
By Ed Smith - 15 May 10:00

In three recent meetings with people who work in entirely different fields, I felt instantly at home, even though the territory was often unfamiliar to me.

FA chairman Greg Dyke launches the latest report on grassroots football on 8 May at Wembley. Photo: Getty Images
The FA’s report proves that money and power are the fundamental problem with English football
By Martin Cloake - 09 May 15:57

The FA has ignored the concerns of fans and lower league clubs in favour of the interests of the wealthiest soccer interest – once again showing it’s mostly concerned about serving the already-powerful. 

White Hart Lane is going to close for refurbishment. Photo: Getty
The season after next, Spurs will go a-wandering
By Hunter Davies - 07 May 12:06

Where will the fans park then?

Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the quarter final against Paris Saint-Germain, 8 April. Photo: Getty
David Baddiel: I can’t win when even a bain-marie gag lands me in hot water on Twitter
By David Baddiel - 30 April 10:00

The novelist and comedian on anti-Semitism in football, a night out in Pocklington and plans for his 50th.

Usual fare: queues at a pie and mash shop at Upton Park. Photo: Getty
The tasteful food van made me ponder – have football fans gone soft?
By Hunter Davies - 30 April 10:00

Once Wigan scored, though, it was a different story: the affable familes were suddenly full of hate and fury.

David Moyes during a League Cup match with Sunderland. Photo: Getty
David Moyes, Manchester United, and the nightmare dream job
By Phil Hartup - 22 April 16:40

Of all the managers who have been sacked this season in the premier league, David Moyes can have perhaps the fewest complaints.

Seeing red: a plane towing a banner flies over Old Trafford. The former Man United manager was sacked on 22 April. Photo: Getty
“Wrong One – Moyes Out” read the plane’s banner
By Hunter Davies - 22 April 10:59

Football fans have always had a keen sense of the ridiculous. 

Shell skills: a Costa Rican chef cracks eggs for an omelette. Photo: Getty
The trick in life is knowing when to care and when to be careless
By Ed Smith - 17 April 10:00

When I’m making poached eggs, I crack the shells cautiously but this makes me more likely to mess up.

If you're a woman who wants to run a bit, a red setter is an essential accessory. Photo: Getty
How to run (if you're a woman)
By Flora Cramp - 16 April 12:08

According to Runner's World, a woman needs some pink trainers and a dog if she is to stay safe while jogging.

David Beckham. Photo: Getty
The Fan: what happened to David Beckham's silly voice?
By Hunter Davies - 08 April 11:21

For years, his teammates and the whole world mocked his silly, high-pitched voice, suggesting he was a bit simple, making endless jokes about his stupidity. Now, he sounds clear and low and serious.

The statue of Bill Shankly outside Anfield stadium. Photo: Getty
How the Liverpool Supporters’ Union proved it’s possible to change football for the better
By Martin Cloake - 07 April 15:08

The work of the Liverpool Supporters’ Union, known as Spirit of Shankly, is a much-needed good news story in modern football.

Buckingham Palace footmen bring out half-time oranges at the palace’s first football match, October 2013. (Photo: Getty)
The Fan: now Jermain Defoe has left Spurs, can we stop calling him a loyal servant?
By Hunter Davies - 20 March 10:00

When top bankers retire, no one ever says they’ve been great servants to HSBC, but in football romantic notions of service linger on.

Spurs merchandise on sale outside White Hart Lane. Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images.
“We are the Yids”: should Spurs fans be prosecuted for using the Y word?
By Martin Cloake - 12 March 11:20

The case against three Tottenham Hotspur fans accused of “a racially aggravated public order offence” undermines the battle against bigotry. Now that the prosecution has been discontinued, the threat to freedom of speech has been resisted – for now.

Blinking like a pit pony: it can be hard to reacclimatise to the British gloom after a spell in the sun
The Fan: the pointlessness of “warm-weather training”
By Hunter Davies - 06 March 10:00

Does sending the boys out to Dubai to kick balls around really achieve anything?

Cardiff City's owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan. Photo: Getty
Are football’s authorities finally going to have to concede on supporter-owned clubs?
By Martin Cloake - 05 March 17:05

A report from a cross-party group of MPs could provide the much-needed impetus to clear away the mess around club ownership structures.

Most fans will want the captain chosen on merit.
Sol Campbell is wrong - for most England fans, race is irrelevant
By Sunder Katwala - 03 March 11:36

When it comes to choosing an England captain, fans are more likely to have a biased opinion based on club colours than skin colour.

Sol Campbell on the pitch. Photo: Getty
Did Sol Campbell really miss out on the England captaincy because he was black?
By Musa Okwonga - 02 March 16:36

Like Kanye West, Sol Campbell has the habit of making headline-hogging statements that allow us to evade wider and more uncomfortable questions – in this case, about institutional racism in football.

The Fan: putting the clap-monitor into action at White Hart Lane
By Hunter Davies - 28 February 17:47

From Thierry Henry to Christian Eriksen, It is fascinating to note which names the fans cheers loudest for.

The introduction of "safe-standing" at Premiership football grounds.
Why it's time for football clubs to reintroduce standing areas
By David Skelton - 21 February 17:49

The introduction of "safe-standing" at Premiership football grounds would allow clubs to reduce ticket prices and prove that clubs are prepared to listen to their fans.

Will to power: Pietersen works his way towards a double century
Kevin Pietersen: the man who fell to earth
By Ed Smith - 20 February 14:19

Kevin Pietersen willed himself to become an Englishman, and is as troubled as he is gifted. But who is he? And will we miss him now that he is banished from the team?

A young Crystal Palace fan enjoys his hot dog before a match
Everyone’s equal in the eyes of the law – unless you are a football fan
By Martin Cloake and Darren White - 17 February 11:33

Are we seeing the emergence of a two-tier legal system in which football fans are treated as a class apart? Martin Cloake and solicitor Darren White examine the evidence and ask whether we should have cause for concern.

Social media and the second Hillsborough inquest
By David Banks - 14 February 12:30

The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.

Passengers on a crowded tube train, 2014. Photo: Getty.
Behold how the wage-slaving grunts welcome the invasion of the rent-a-squaddies
By Will Self - 13 February 17:21

Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.

The Fan: The players that didn’t quite make it
By Hunter Davies - 13 February 12:11

Modern footballers are about as hard to get access to as the Queen. Outsiders, on the other hand, have stories to tell.

Despite his successes, Andy Flower became too dogmatic
By Ed Smith - 11 February 13:08

Though overseeing a period of glory for the English team, Flower became a cowing figure rather than an inspirational one.

At the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian establishment is trying to out-gay the gays
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 February 11:19

Russia has given its Olympic volunteers a rainbow-coloured uniform. This is a country that, as of last year, has criminalised homosexuality and banned its citizens from publically brandishing the Pride flag. What's really going on here?

Remembering “Those Glory Glory Days” – a film that understood what football can mean to people
By Martin Cloake - 31 January 9:14

Julie Welch’s semi-autobiographical 1983 film <em>Those Glory Glory Days</em> is that rarest of things, a film about football that works.

For gay sportsmen, coming out can still be tougher than any opponent
By Ed Smith - 22 January 9:39

Sport is defined for some by its macho (and often homophobic) tone of behaviour, but beneath the adversarial veneer it is one of the ties that bind us together.

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