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.
Tyson's early life was characterised by incarceration and petty crime, but he lucked when he fell under the tutelage of boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.
The thing about the north is that, of course, there is no such place. It’s full of different places, just like London or Paris, some parts being looked down on, ignored, feeling chippy, feeling slighted.
Despite football’s efforts to hamper it, the supporter governance movement is thriving.
Pink shirts, a statue of Alfred Wainwright, and absolutely no interviews.
Sachin Tendulkar is reported to have requested 500 tickets for friends and relatives for his final match before retirement.
The commonest myth about leadership is that it’s a skill. It isn’t.
The news that BT has secured exclusive rights to all pan-European club competition has serious long-term implications for the game and for BT.
Normally, once I'm comfortable with people I don't worry too much about ‘passing’– that is, hiding my transsexual past – but I'm not sure how to play this. Are they reading and treating me as male or female?
Disgusting, shouldn’t be allowed, ruining football as we know and love it. So naturally, when invited to be a guest in an executive box, I said brilliant, count me in.
Reporters across the UK are constantly fighting against overbearing clubs and their petty behaviour. As freedom of the press is examined in other spheres, we should remember the sports writers who are trying to balance the need to maintain access with the
It’s the pushy parents screaming at little Liam from the touchline, making him feel clumsy and putting him off his stride, who are partly to blame for the decline of English footie, says Gary Lineker.
Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from cricket, after a career in which he scored 100 international centuries. I often imagined what it would be like to be that good - but looking at the challenges he faced, I'm not sure I'd want to.
The Football Association is 150 years old this month - so, too, is the London Underground. But the similarities don't stop there.
What does it mean to call a tennis player a genius? Ed Smith reflects on his own career and asks - should Roger Federer just give up?
International football could be the purest of competitions, but the dominance of the global club brands, the bloated finals tournament and lack of surprise factor together with distaste for FIFA mean that it's increasingly becoming irrelevant.