Category: “Sport

Cameron facing in confusing (not to mention hypocritical) directions. Needs Plan B

Posted on 20 May 2012 | 10:05am

I am confused. David Cameron is arguing for austerity at home. But blaming Angela Merkel for damaging the eurozone through her commitment to … er … austerity. I am also confused … because the Tories who fear a United States of Europe will end civilisation as we know it now appear to be urging a […]

The life changing impact of football – guest blog from organiser of the Street Child World Cup

Posted on 21 April 2012 | 8:04am

By Joe Hewitt “Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I’m in heaven.” Thamires, Brazil. Football is accessible even to those who have the least in this world, providing street children around the globe with fun, hope, companionship and confidence for a brighter future away from […]

Polly Toynbee inspires me to rank Premier League managers as players

Posted on 9 April 2012 | 11:04am

Though she could be a bit of a thorn in our side at times, and prone to absorb lines of attack from critics both to the left and the right of Tony Blair, I have a lot of time for Polly Toynbee, and her fact-laden polemics against the coalition government. Long may her pen continue […]

Give a big welcome to Brazil Street Kids in London next week

Posted on 3 April 2012 | 8:04am

If I can go back to my old life as what the French might call a ‘medicin de rotation,’ I’d like to alert the media to something happening next week, when a group of Brazllian former street children arrive in London. You may remember at the time of the last Soccer World Cup in South […]

Getting something good from a double tragedy – please support the Beldon Challenge

Posted on 13 March 2012 | 9:03pm

I have written on here before about the tragic death of Gareth Crockett, who was killed in Anglessey last year whilst trying to raise £10,000 by cycling more than 500 miles  and running four marathons in eight days, culminating in the London Marathon. He was driven to raise funds in memory of a friend who […]

Another fine mess for Fabio Capello and the FA

Posted on 6 February 2012 | 10:02am

I was sitting right behind Fabio Capello at the Chelsea-Manchester United match yesterday. He never mentioned that he had just dropped a bombshell on Italian TV about the big question that would have kept Shakespeare awake at night were he still alive – ‘JT or not JT.’ In fact beyond a fairly perfunctory hello, when […]

Weird agreements break out on The Big Questions, and with Joey Barton

Posted on 22 January 2012 | 12:01pm

Despite feeling like death warmed up on waking – am on antibiotics for a chest infection and anti-depressants for Le Chien Noir – I enjoyed the BBC Big Questions debate. I know Nicky – no relation – Campbell inspires mixed views, but I think he holds the ring in live, and lively debates, really well. […]

With the right-wing media kicking Ed, ‘Blairite zombie’ conspiracy theories from the left don’t exactly help him

Posted on 11 January 2012 | 11:01am

So as expected, Ed Miliband’s speech got the thumbs down from most of the broadcasters yesterday. The mood around the Labour leader has been a good illustration of how the modern media works, and why the right-wing press continues to have a disproportionate influence on public life. Pretty much since he became leader, and certainly […]

25 reasons why Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager of all time

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 4:11pm

Fiona and I are on the way to Manchester for a dinner to celebrate Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary as Manchester United manager. Partly in response to a few tweets and messages asking why I hadn’t blogged on this milestone, and partly because it will help the journey speed by, I thought I would give you […]

Robert Enke’s story is more important than Rio Ferdindand’s

Posted on 30 September 2011 | 6:09am

While the press revels in the judgement that allows them to carry on with kiss and tell stories about footballers (provided they are England captain it would seem) I would like to focus not on Rio Ferdinand but on Robert Enke. He was the German goalkeeper who killed himself after a long battle with depression, […]