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 work of the Liverpool Supporters’ Union, known as Spirit of Shankly, is a much-needed good news story in modern football.
Back in the press box again.
When top bankers retire, no one ever says they’ve been great servants to HSBC, but in football romantic notions of service linger on.
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.
Does sending the boys out to Dubai to kick balls around really achieve anything?
A report from a cross-party group of MPs could provide the much-needed impetus to clear away the mess around club ownership structures.
When it comes to choosing an England captain, fans are more likely to have a biased opinion based on club colours than skin colour.
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.
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 would allow clubs to reduce ticket prices and prove that clubs are prepared to listen to their fans.
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?
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.
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.
Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.
Modern footballers are about as hard to get access to as the Queen. Outsiders, on the other hand, have stories to tell.
Though overseeing a period of glory for the English team, Flower became a cowing figure rather than an inspirational one.
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?
Julie Welch’s semi-autobiographical 1983 film <em>Those Glory Glory Days</em> is that rarest of things, a film about football that works.
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.
Only five per cent of sports media coverage features women. Wonder why?
It's enough to test the most passionate fan’s devotion.
Come on, Cameron, get your togs on!
Dynasties, after all, can wind up frighteningly quickly, with or without hubris at the top.
Ten years after Phil Thornton's insightful cult book <em>Casuals</em>, Martin Cloake discusses with him how the state of football's counter-culture has changed.
The ball that cricketing legend Sir Garry Sobers smashed for six sixes in one over at St Helen's in 1968 was sold at Christie's in 2006 - only, it turned out to be the wrong ball.
In the old days, goal celebrations were gentlemanly affairs – and what's wrong with showing a bit of skin?
From shipyard socialism to the pioneer spirit of the American dream, the evolution of Alex Ferguson’s political thought.
By snubbing the Sochi Games himself and picking tennis star and lesbian icon Billie Jean King to represent him, Barack Obama is effectively waving a rainbow flag in Putin's face. Three cheers for the “we’re here, we’re queer”-ness of the US Olympic delega
Progress on their participation is being made – but not quickly enough.