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Sportsview columns April-June 2011

WHAT a shame it would be if the disappointment of England’s World Cup exit were allowed to overshadow their Ashes triumph. Any cricket follower worth their salt would happily forgo glory in the one-day game for the sheer unbridled ecstasy of beating the Australians. All things considered, a quarter-final place was probably as much as … Continue reading

Sportsview columns January-March 2011

THE FA Cup used to be the envy of Europe. Other nations’ cup competitions were never more than brief diversions from the important business of the league but in England the cup had a lustre all its own. It was the oldest club knockout tournament in the world and regularly referred to as the best. … Continue reading

Sportsview columns October-December 2010

SO how will the Commonwealth Games in Delhi be remembered – indeed, will it be remembered at all? The disappointing truth is that it will be remembered in the main because of the massive publicity generated by the chaotic build-up long before the first event got underway. It will go down in history as the … Continue reading

Sportsview columns July-September 2010

WHEN Spain won the European Championships two years ago with a brand of scintillating football that swept aside the challenge of some dour opposition, the football world united in the hope that a new way had been set. The World Cup in South Africa showed all too clearly that it had been a forlorn hope. … Continue reading

Sportsview columns April-June 2010

IT will be a shock of major proportions if Chelsea and Tottenham do not meet in an all-London FA Cup Final on 15th May. All logic insists that holders Chelsea will see off Aston Villa in their semi-final at Wembley tomorrow and Spurs will dispose of Portsmouth at the same venue on Sunday. Since their … Continue reading

Sportsview columns January-March 2010

SCHADENFREUDE: pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. There was masses of it about when Leeds United went into football’s most spectacular tailspin a few years back. From a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, they eventually crash-landed at the bottom of League One, much to the delight of football fans the length … Continue reading

Sportsview columns October-December 2009

MONEY talks. And nowhere does it have more to say for itself than in top-flight sport, where a billionaire’s whim can change the entire landscape in a flash. We’ve grown used to it in football, where the arrival of Roman Abramovich at Chelsea sent a seismic shock through the Premier League. Suddenly London’s serial under-achievers … Continue reading

Sportsview columns July-September 2009

SO Wimbledon ended up as many people had predicted, with the names of Federer and Williams engraved yet again on the honours board. But few could have forecast that it would be Andy Roddick’s name that would have been on so many lips. Although the great Roger Federer has been, quite rightly, engulfed in praise … Continue reading

Sportsview columns April-June 2009

LUTON Town have known their share of good times. They’ve graced cup finals, enjoyed some memorable occasions in the top tier of the English game and employed a star player or two during their 120-year history. But they’d probably swap most of that proud tradition and roll of honour if they could guarantee finishing third … Continue reading

Sportsview columns January-March 2009

THERE’S a law of averages at play in football, which means that, for every Hull City, there’s a Leeds United. It’s one of the game’s great attractions, of course, that clubs can climb from the foothills to the summit based purely on footballing achievements. Hull are the latest example, but there have been plenty who … Continue reading