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.
"Many young people feel hopeless. And I don't think I ever felt that."
How often have we heard a manager say that the trouble with his star striker is that “his head is not in the right place”? Fergie frequently observed that today’s players are fragile.
Englishness finds a confident voice in sport, but has little cultural or political voice. Cameron and Miliband should not remain mute.
The real reasons for our economic, social and sporting woes is not unfettered immigration: it's bad management and dishonest politics.
Wenger is so miserable, he's beginning to make W H Auden look positively baby-faced. The manager of the German women’s team seems like she has a lot more to say.
The footballer deserves our compassion. Not cruel psychological abuse.
Sex doesn’t take up that much time, unlike football: you get 90 minutes, a chance to change ends, extra time and then often a penalty shoot-out. Football, it does put in your day.
Replace the word "yid" with any other racist hate term, and you'll see why the argument for keeping Spurs' "yid army" chant doesn't work.
It costs £400 plus VAT, but you do get your name in the programme and on the big screen.
It will take more than one weekend of footballers wearing rainbow laces to really tackle the problem.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote once: ‘There is nothing I hate more than a masculine man.’
Modest, confident and at ease with themselves - the deaths of Welsh rugby icon Cliff Morgan and the Irish poet Seamus Heaney have been a double blow, writes Jonathan Smith.
Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column
The footballer's triumph shows things are different for his generation.
Where once to be called talented or a "natural" was the highest praise, today sportsmen have to pretend success has nothing to do with innate ability - is it time to think again?