The Fan - Hunter Davies still dares to hope
By Hunter Davies - 10 June 13:00

They took 400 books with them to read while they were away. My wife wants to know the titles. But, a

Lingua franca
By Ernest Hecht - 10 June 13:00

Japanese Rules: why the Japanese needed football and how they got it

Sebastian Moffett <em>Yellow

What's eating Mike Tyson?
By Peter Tatchell - 10 June 13:00

Observations on homophobia

Charlie Whelan says . . .
By Charlie Whelan - 03 June 13:00

Don't believe it - "Beckham flying home"

Should I fly my kilt for England?
By David Clark - 03 June 13:00

Observations on the World Cup

Sidelines - Andrew Martin on the art of yob tennis
By Andrew Martin - 03 June 13:00

The pin-headed kid began booting his ball at the sign, trying to dislodge it

The Fan - Hunter Davies
By Hunter Davies - 03 June 13:00

In the mornings, I use the same bathwater as my wife. So for the World Cup, she will have to sharpen

Mr Smith goes to . . . a ping-pong match
By Stephen Smith - 03 June 13:00

The latest revolution to hit China

Made in Govan
By Robert Winder - 20 May 13:00

The Boss: the many sides of Alex Ferguson

Michael Crick <em>Simon & Schuster, 612pp, £17.99</em>

Mr Smith goes to . . . the races
By Stephen Smith - 20 May 13:00

Damp turf is a sure bet

The Fan - Hunter Davies meets Terry Venables in the lavatory
By Hunter Davies - 13 May 13:00

At dinner, everyone was in their finery, dressed to kill or score. Then there was a boxing match, an

The fan - Hunter Davies celebrates football's Best
By Hunter Davies - 06 May 13:00

George Best's glamorous young wife was amazed to read what I had written about her husband in 1965.

By Peter Wilby - 06 May 13:00

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2002

Edited by Graeme Wright <em>John Wisden, 1,632pp, £35</em>


What is it with Swedes and sex?
By Sean French - 29 April 13:00

Observations - Love triangle

The fan - Hunter Davies
By Hunter Davies - 29 April 13:00

In a normal week, my wife, poor soul, will read five books while I watch five games. Fiction is a se

With Sven and Ulrika, the Mirror had the dream exclusive. But its editor, with his new serious agenda, used the story in a way that looked as though he didn't believe it
By Amanda Platell - 29 April 13:00

When Ulrika Jonsson, via a "close friend", asked her sometime lover (and long-time partner of someone else) Sven-Goran Eriksson "What kind of man are you?", she already had the answer. Ulrika thinks he's "a lying cad", the close friend said, through a national newspaper.

Beckham is bandy-legged - but only from the knees down
By Hunter Davies - 22 April 13:00

I've been wearing a grey armband all week, showing respex for Bex. I am so worried about him. And about my friend Rupert and his wife Sal. All three have been awaiting medical reports, not knowing what was going to happen next.

These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of hand
By Hunter Davies - 15 April 13:00

<em>In memoriam, the Queen Mother</em> - These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of han

I was lunching with the enemy, said my wife. Had I no loyalty?
By Hunter Davies - 08 April 13:00

Arsenal double, that's what I landed last week, a double at Arsenal. I'll start again. For four seasons, I've had half a season ticket, courtesy of an Arsenal friend whose son has been away at college. This season, he returned to live in London and claimed his ticket, his inheritance.

How I nearly got Ken Loach and Richard Littlejohn in the same team
By Hunter Davies - 01 April 13:00

I think I'll give up following football. Or at least give up telling people I follow football. Last week I was so shanned. That's a Carlisle expression, one I've never heard used elsewhere.

Footballers are admired for their excesses, not for good behaviour
By Hunter Davies - 25 March 12:00

I used to have discussions with the Beatles about being role models. There was, and is, a section of society which says that if you are rich and famous, doing a job that millions of others would like to do, then you have a duty to set a good example. This varies from generation to generation.

The theatre of outrage
By Robert Winder - 25 March 12:00

A Season with Verona

Tim Parks <em>Secker & Warburg, 447pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0436275953

In our house, nobody ever talks about the talking points
By Hunter Davies - 18 March 12:00

I spend such a lot of time watching football, often managing seven live games a week on TV, plus going to football in the flesh, and such a lot of time reading about football in the newspapers. I really don't know how I manage to squeeze in other things. Such as living.

ITC Freedom to Flourish: the future of communications
By Staff blogger - 11 March 12:00


My theme tonight is freedom: business freedom and creative freedom. When these come together, things happen: business grows, societies benefit and nations prosper.


The Millennium Stadium buggered my mobile
By Hunter Davies - 04 March 12:00

We set off with such anticipation and excitement just before ten o'clock, Derek's car loaded with enough food and drink and sweets and bickies to keep us going for a week. We managed not to start eating and drinking, oh, till we were well up Highgate West Hill. That's one street away.

Take cover: the English are coming!
By Victoria James - 04 March 12:00

Japan, whose football fans stay behind after matches to clear away litter, lives in terror of the ho

Back to the days of no logo and incredibly short shorts
By Hunter Davies - 25 February 12:00

I've had flu all week, despite having had an anti-flu jab, what a waste that was, and it's been so boring, staying inside being sensible, overdosing on cough mixture, becoming addicted to Lemsip, counting the hours till the next Strepsil.

Poetry or music need youth, but management or medicine don't
By Hunter Davies - 18 February 12:00

In Mustique last month, I had a drink with Felix Dennis at his house, and he said something that has hung around in my mind ever since. We were not talking football, although he does own Man Utd, but talking about magazines, of which he owns many in the UK and the USA.

A big dust-up looms over small-business banking
By Jill Treanor - 22 October 13:00

The Competition Commission reports this week on the "complex monopoly" in banking for smaller compan

An operatic cycle
By Edward Russell-Walling - 22 October 13:00

Banking has had the fat years. Is this the start of the lean? The answer concerns us all. For while it's true that what's good for the nation's economic health is usually good for banks, the same holds in reverse.