Category: “Sport

Even table tennis tickets send shiver down spine with London 2012 one year away

Posted on 27 July 2011 | 1:07pm

My £7000 potential outlay led eventually to a couple of tickets for the table tennis early rounds and two sessions of athletic heats. Not exactly what I hoped for, and not nearly as good as the amazing (sponsors’) tickets I had for Athens, when my son and I saw Kelly Holmes win her second Gold, […]

As Yardy takes another break, Boycott shows he is beginning to understand depression is an illness

Posted on 15 June 2011 | 11:06am

Back in March, more in sorrow than in anger, I wrote a blogpost critical of my childhood hero Geoffrey Boycott, who had some some rather insensitive things about Michael Yardy, who had come home from the World Cup. The piece I wrote then is here. It seems Yardy is still having real problems, and having […]

In conversation with the MP who used Parliamentary privilege to out Ryan Giggs

Posted on 28 May 2011 | 10:05am

There is only one show in town today, namely the Champions League Final, so if you will forgive the pre-match laziness, this blogpost consists merely of a cut and paste of the conversation I had with Lib Dem MP John Hemming, edited highlights of which are in The Guardian today. We didn’t actually meet, but […]

FIFA needs the forces of the Arab spring to bring it into the modern world

Posted on 27 May 2011 | 4:05pm

I am slightly losing track of the allegations and counter allegations being made at the top of world football. But they are sufficiently numerous, and sufficiently confusing, that it can only be a matter of days before a gate is attached to Fifa. Fifagate – you read it here first. Maybe. One thing is for […]

Public want more variety and less monoprism than media gives them – a despatch from Fowey

Posted on 18 May 2011 | 1:05pm

To remind you of another Rule One of communications – never confuse media opinion with public opinion. And Rule 1a – always expect better, more interesting and more varied questions from the public. If ever I do a media interview these days there will usually come a point where the journalist shifts in his chair, […]

Great football managers don’t have to be great players – Alan Sugar and I are available

Posted on 16 May 2011 | 1:05pm

The last time I went out to Alan Sugar’s offices in Essex was in 1997, to persuade him to come out publicly for Labour. On the way there, his PR guy Nick Hewer (later to become his sidekick on The Apprentice) made the observation that Sugar didn’t like publicity, and I later made the point […]

Botham’s Ashes film has some great lessons on leadership and team-work

Posted on 11 May 2011 | 11:05am

Someone calling himself James Hacker asked me on twitter this morning if I was more obsessed about politics or sport. It’s a close call. I’m certainly having a sporty week so far. Last night cricket. Shortly heading to the Emirates for a speech. Tonight the Sport Industry Awards, as a member of the judging panel. […]

Another cannibalising coalition policy – axeing the means of delivering their school sport vision

Posted on 23 April 2011 | 6:04am

Another example if I may of this coalition’s tendency toward cannabilibistic policies. Exhibit 1 comes from the Camden New Journal, where I read of the professional demise of a man mamed Mike Jackson, not the singer, nor the General, but a man who has for 27 years worked to promote the sporting activities of children […]

Out of tragedy comes more tragedy – Gareth Crockett RIP

Posted on 14 April 2011 | 4:04pm

Ten days ago I posted this blog about two young men from Northern Ireland setting out on a remarkable challenge to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Jez Davison and Gareth Crockett had lost a close friend, John Erwin, to leukaemia and the Beldon Challenge was their way of trying to raise £10,000 in […]

A day in Barcelona and a lovely BA crew – better than any chill pill

Posted on 1 April 2011 | 7:04am

Despite the OTT tweet activity yesterday, I can assure you I am not on the payroll of the Barcelona Tourist Board (though I would happily be so if it meant more time spent there). Actually, though I say OTT, if anything my tweets extolling the beauty of the airport, the stylishness of the city, the […]