Category Archives: Sport

The Greatest, RIP

Still numb, still can’t believe he’s gone. Advertisements

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Man of destiny

Hollow laughter rings out in the secondhand bookshop.

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The life of an England footballer, 1966

Definitely another country… Full-back George Cohen does some gardening. From the new book “Boys of ’66: The Unseen Story Behind England’s World Cup Glory”.

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Two tribes

One of my favourite football photos. Sunderland and Newcastle United fans confront each other on derby day at Roker Park, 1980. [Via @TerraceImages]

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The champion & the preacher

In today’s Times, my review [£] of a fascinating account of the moment when sport and politics collided head-on: Thanks to Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith’s enthralling narrative we now have a better understanding of how a complex relationship was born, … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s way with golf

From a highly entertaining  list of anecdotes assembled by Matt Labash: Despite Trump’s allegedly having a 4 handicap and owning scores of golf courses (“the best in the world”), he plays about as straight as a corkscrew. When Alice Cooper was … Continue reading

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Oddities, sporting & cinematic

James Fallows proves he is fallible after all by confessing that he doesn’t like football. One of his readers – an American based in Europe – agrees. He’s being ironic, I think: American football is very “American” in the good … Continue reading

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The best football photograph I’ve seen in a long, long time (and a rare sighting of an old-fashioned V-sign.) John Terry vs West Ham fans, December 2014. Credit: Action Images. HT @jetfury

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Derby day

Manchester City vs Manchester United, Maine Road, 1947. [HT @TerraceImages]

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The football stadium is one of the few really large constructions that turns its wrong side out. The oval bowl excludes the world, reserves its mysteries for initiates. The TV cannot violate it, cannot even begin to catch it. It’s … Continue reading

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