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.
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
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.