7:00am Friday 29th April 2016
YORKSHIRE folk don’t need too much of an excuse to proclaim their county the centre of the universe, but in sporting terms at least, the last few years have given them sufficient ammunition to mount a valid argument.
5:00am Friday 15th April 2016
JUST over a month ago, I remember sitting with a group of Middlesbrough supporters on a bench at Charlton station and picking through the carcass of a club that felt like it was in meltdown.
5:00am Friday 8th April 2016
GENERALLY, when an England team crashes out of a major sporting tournament, we like to have a scapegoat.
5:00am Friday 1st April 2016
ON first examination, it would appear that Gwyneth Paltrow has precious little in common with the North-East’s two biggest football clubs. However, 18 years after the Hollywood actress shot to stardom by appearing in the film of the same name, both Newcastle United and Sunderland are about to have their own ‘Sliding Doors’ moment.
5:00am Friday 25th March 2016
ENGLAND return to action in Germany tomorrow, with the friendly in Berlin’s Olympiastadion marking the start of a five-match run-in to the start of the European Championships in France.
9:14am Thursday 3rd March 2016
THERE are no winners in the sordid fall from grace that sees Adam Johnson awaiting a lengthy custodial sentence following his conviction for serious sexual activity with a child, but amid the rush to apportion blame and guilt, it is worth remembering that there is a very real victim.
5:00am Friday 26th February 2016
WHEN news emerged last week that Wayne Rooney was facing a lengthy injury lay-off that would disrupt his preparations for this summer’s European Championships, it was like the ghost of tournaments past had walked into the room.
7:00am Friday 12th February 2016
WITH the benefit of hindsight, it all looks so obvious now. Sitting in Leicester City’s King Power Stadium last May, watching the Foxes demolish Newcastle United as part of their successful survival bid, I should have sensed I was glimpsing a side on the verge of something special.
7:00am Friday 5th February 2016
The Six Nations Championship begins tomorrow, with all of the participants looking to rebuild after failing to make the last four at last autumn’s World Cup. Who is best placed to progress, and how will the pecking order look come the final round of matches in mid-March?
5:00am Friday 22nd January 2016
ENGLAND’S current Test series with South Africa, which ends with the final Test that begins in Centurion this morning, has been a classic. The cricket has been intensely competitive, the standard of play has been refreshingly high and the momentum has ebbed and flowed throughout the three matches to date.
5:00am Friday 15th January 2016
SOMETIMES, football can really be quite simple. You can talk about tactical niceties and fancy new styles until the cows come home, but they won’t really count for anything unless you can put the ball in the back of the net. Which brings us neatly to Jermain Defoe.
3:00pm Thursday 31st December 2015
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson selects his top ten sporting bets for the next 12 months
4:00pm Thursday 17th December 2015
AND so this Christmas, and what have you done? Well, if you’re a sports writer in the North-East, you’ve probably spent the last 12 months watching some pretty average football matches. It hasn’t all been doom and gloom though, so for the final column of the year, here’s a look back at some personal highlights from 2015
5:00am Friday 11th December 2015
WHO will be the best sportsman or woman performing this Christmas?
10:08am Friday 4th December 2015
YOU don’t have to go back too far to find a time when the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award was a damning indictment of the state of British sport.
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.
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.