5:00am Friday 27th November 2015
IF Alan Pardew hadn’t been a football manager, he would have made a pretty good salesman. Not quite ‘selling snow to the eskimos’ standard perhaps, but certainly slick enough to persuade a few pensioners to let him chase up their mis-sold PPI.
7:40am Friday 20th November 2015
MIDDLESBROUGH have played 16 league games so far this season, winning nine, drawing three and losing four. At the same stage of last season, after their opening 16 matches, their record was as follows: won nine, drawn three, lost four. The more things change, the more they appear to be remaining the same.
6:00am Friday 13th November 2015
UNDERSTANDABLY, much of the attention ahead of England’s forthcoming friendly double-header with Spain and France has focused on the potential appearance of Jamie Vardy.
5:00am Friday 6th November 2015
HE will always be the ‘Special One’, but over the course of the next few months, we will discover whether Jose Mourinho deserves to be regarded as one of English football’s all-time greats, comparable with the likes of Bill Shankly, Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson.
5:00am Friday 23rd October 2015
ASK Steve McClaren to select his greatest moment in management, and he will cite the 2004 Carling Cup final in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium that saw him become the first man in Middlesbrough’s history to lift a major trophy. The man in the opposition dug out as Boro beat Bolton Wanderers that day? Sam Allardyce.
5:00am Friday 16th October 2015
ANOTHER season; another press conference to introduce a new Sunderland manager. Like a Jose Mourinho meltdown or Arsenal’s meek surrender in the Champions League, it’s a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ when it comes to preparing for the annual shuffling of the deckchairs at the Stadium of Light.
5:00am Friday 9th October 2015
IT was one of the primary school pupils from Darlington’s Rydal Academy who put it best as he walked away from the ground.
5:00am Friday 2nd October 2015
THERE is a line of thinking around English rugby that suggests the national team is always at its best when it is keeping things simple, relying on power rather than finesse in all areas of the field and attempting to bludgeon its way through the opposition rather than relying on anything more instinctive or off-the-cuff.
4:20pm Thursday 24th September 2015
AS he trudged off the field at the end of Wednesday’s calamitous Capital One Cup defeat to Wolves, Steve McClaren looked up into the Milburn Stand to see a group of furious supporters hurling abuse in his direction. Such is the way of things at Newcastle United, where the head coach is the only public face of a compromised and rotten regime.
5:00am Friday 18th September 2015
IN the six years since the International Rugby Board selected England as the host nation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, thoughts and preparations have been building towards one moment. This evening, at Twickenham, it finally arrives.
5:00am Friday 11th September 2015
Last week’s column, featuring a personal selection of Britain’s top ten sportsmen, caused quite a stir. A number of correspondents requested a similar poll identifying Britain’s top ten sportswomen, so after considerable debate, here is that list
5:00am Friday 4th September 2015
IN the wake of Saturday’s 5,000m final at the World Athletics Championships, BBC commentator Brendan Foster hailed Mo Farah as the greatest British sportsman of all time. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson has compiled his own top ten
5:00am Friday 28th August 2015
WITH the transfer window due to close at 6pm on Tuesday, the North-East’s three biggest clubs have five more days in which to conclude their summer transfer business. Wilson’s World assesses what they have done so far, and what still might happen before the deadline passes
5:00am Friday 21st August 2015
WHEN Mike Ashley broke his silence to reflect on Newcastle’s frantic battle against relegation at the end of last season, he memorably acknowledged the need to “bolt the horse to the cart”. Three months on, and Florian Thauvin’s arrival in a £12m move from Marseille means the Magpies have completed four thoroughbred acquisitions.
5:00am Friday 14th August 2015
THE amount of money a club spends is not a definitive determinant of where they will finish in the league table, but increasingly it can be regarded as a pretty reliable indicator. With that in mind, and even with Fabio Borini and Adnan Januzaj being lined up for loan deals, it is worrying to reflect on Sunderland’s transfer activity since the end of last season.
5:00am Friday 31st July 2015
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson answers ten key questions ahead of the new football season.
5:00am Friday 24th July 2015
PROVING drug taking should be relatively simple provided you’ve got the right test.
5:00am Friday 17th July 2015
SOMETIMES, it seems, greatness is insufficient.
5:08am Friday 10th July 2015
THE entrance to Newcastle’s Benton training ground is guarded by an imposing mechanical barrier, and for the last few months, the presence of such an obvious physical obstacle was apt.
5:00am Friday 19th June 2015
IT always felt as though Steve McClaren’s honeymoon as Newcastle United head coach was likely to be a short one, and Wednesday’s release of the fixtures for the new season has piled even more pressure onto the new boss’ shoulders.
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Chief sports writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Fraser Kicks Off
Chief football writer Paul Fraser keeps an eye on the region’s football scene and considers whether Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough do things right.
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.
Feel Great For Sport
Former Darlington Football Club physiotherapist Paul Gough offers advice on how to stay fit and fresh for longer.
Trevor Oakley, 34, has supported Darlington FC for over 25 years, seeing few highs and many lows. Like all fans, he has his opinions; time will tell whether you agree.