5:00am Friday 13th January 2017
“BRING back Sepp Blatter”. Well, not quite. But it’s safe to say the general reaction to new FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan to revamp the World Cup has not cast him as a radical improvement to his disgraced predecessor.
5:00am Friday 9th December 2016
NOT for the first time, Durham have dug the ECB out of a sizeable hole in the shape of debutant centurion Keaton Jennings. Two months on from the imposition of the most draconian punishments ever seen in county cricket, it would be nice to think the governing body would repay the favour.
1:40pm Thursday 24th November 2016
GIVEN the abundance of impressionable young boys within footballing circles in the 1970s and 80s, it is hardly a surprise that the sport was targeted by the kind of predatory paedophiles that were operating in other areas of British society during the same period.
10:00am Thursday 17th November 2016
IMAGINE what the headlines would have been if Wayne Rooney had refused to have a couple of drinks with the wedding party sharing his hotel on Saturday night, and had rebuffed their repeated requests for a photograph. “England skipper snubs happy couple”. Or perhaps in The Sun, “Roo’s up his own backside?”
9:04am Friday 11th November 2016
IF nothing else, this evening’s World Cup qualifier should at least disprove the notion that England matches do not matter anymore.
5:00am Friday 4th November 2016
WHEN he was manager of England Under-21s, Gareth Southgate spoke passionately about the need for a pathway from the junior set-up to the senior squad.
5:00am Friday 14th October 2016
IF international football was the Premier League, England would be Everton. Half-decent a fair while ago, and boasting a smattering of exciting young players, but a long way short of the very highest level and unlikely to be challenging for a meaningful title any time soon.
5:00am Friday 7th October 2016
THE gait is slower, the gut is a fair bit bigger, but the smile remains unmistakeable. Tino is back in town, and is unashamedly wearing a huge pair of Aviator-style sunglasses even though Newcastle is shrouded in autumnal cloud. Even in a team that will forever be remembered as ‘The Entertainers’, one maverick was always able to stand apart.
5:00am Friday 23rd September 2016
IF the intention of the hackers behind the ‘Fancy Bears’ leak of medical data was to deflect attention away from the Russian drugs scandal, then they have succeeded handsomely.
5:00am Friday 9th September 2016
IT is barely three months since Wes Morgan was hoisting the Premier League trophy above his head, but Leicester City’s success is already feeling more like a blip than a deep-rooted changing of the ways.
5:00am Friday 26th August 2016
DAVID MOYES’ brutally honest assessment of Sunderland’s financial position has resulted in two key questions being asked. Why, at a time when more money is flowing into the Premier League than ever before, is the club unable to compete with the vast majority of its top-flight rivals? And is Sunderland’s owner, Ellis Short, ultimately the one to blame?
5:00am Friday 19th August 2016
THIS has been a truly remarkable Olympic fortnight for Team GB, but while Britain’s rivals attempt to uncover some underhand explanation for the nation’s stunning series of successes in Rio, the truth is that there is no secret formula to what we have been witnessing.
5:00am Friday 29th July 2016
A WEEK tomorrow, the eyes of the sporting world will be trained on Rio as the Games of the 31st Olympiad being. Finally, after one of the most damaging periods in Olympic history, sporting action will eclipse legal wrangling and disciplinary debate as the key topic of conversation.
10:52am Thursday 21st July 2016
COLLECTIVE punishment or individual justice? As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wrestles with the fall-out from the latest revelations relating to state-sponsored drug taking in Russian sport, the key dilemma is whether potentially-clean athletes should be punished for the wrongs that were going on around them.
5:04pm Friday 15th July 2016
HAD Roy Hodgson been dismissed in the immediate aftermath of his first European Championships failure, when England crashed out of Euro 2012 thanks to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy, David Moyes, rather than Sam Allardyce, would almost certainly have figured prominently on the list of potential candidates to replace him.
7:59am Friday 8th July 2016
SAM ALLARDYCE is now the strong 4-1 favourite to be appointed as the next England manager, yet to many people, certainly away from Wearside, talk of him succeeding Roy Hodgson is met with a mixture of incredulity and disgust. In the language of the sports marketing sector, the Sunderland boss is in need of a ‘brand makeover’.
9:22am Thursday 30th June 2016
GARETH SOUTHGATE is the right man for England – he’s just not been considered for the right position. Rather than being touted as England’s next manager, even on an interim basis, the former Middlesbrough boss, who has effectively ruled himself out of the running, should be one of the three men charged with the task of identifying Roy Hodgson’s successor.
10:31am Friday 3rd June 2016
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson with an alternative look at Euro 2016
5:00am Friday 27th May 2016
YOU wait for what seems like an eternity for international sporting action to return to the North-East, and then two high-profile England matches arrive at once. Less like London buses, more like the fleet of 8As that will be ferrying supporters from the cricket at Chester-le-Street to the football at the Stadium of Light in time for kick-off.
6:00am Friday 20th May 2016
With the North-East football season having come to an end last weekend, it’s time for a personal look back at some of the highs and lows of the last 12 months
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.
Darlington captain Kevin Burgess, who joined the club in the summer of 2015, takes a look at the week’s events at the club.
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.