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Although a TV writer and reviewer by trade, Mike Ward has written on sport for titles including FourFourTwo, the Daily Telegraph and Today. He's the author of Gullhanger, a season in the life of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, appears regularly on talkSPORT – as well as numerous other radio stations – and has co-hosted BBC Sussex's football phone-in.

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Why I’m praying for Arsenal to lose for the first time in my life, Football

Why I’m praying for Arsenal to lose for the first time in my life

While I may have initially supported Arsenal, Brighton and Hove Albion is the club that helped me fall back in love with the game. And that’s why I’ll be wanting them to win this weekend.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 1:02 am

Euro 2012: Thank goodness for England’s elimination, Football

Euro 2012: Thank goodness for England’s elimination

What if England had not only fluked their way past Italy but achieved a similar “miracle” in both the semi-final and, gasp, the final? What if England, THIS England, this bunch whose spirit and noble intent cannot mask their woeful technical shortcomings, had somehow actually gone on to win Euro 2012?

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 25 June 2012 at 2:39 pm

Euro 2012: Why goal-line technology will ruin my fun, Football

Euro 2012: Why goal-line technology will ruin my fun

It’s pathetic of me, I know, but as someone with deep-rooted authority issues, I’d miss the chance to rant at useless, jumped-up, self-important, jobsworth match officials.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 22 June 2012 at 3:36 pm

Euro 2012: Has Adrian Chiles struck a blow for honesty?, Football

Euro 2012: Has Adrian Chiles struck a blow for honesty?

Instead of insulting our intelligence, as has been the habit of TV sports presenters for as long as I can remember, by avoiding any reference to a rival channel’s imminent live coverage of another crucial key match, Chiles openly acknowledged that we’d all be switching over to England v Sweden.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 18 June 2012 at 2:18 pm

Euro 2012: A marvellous display of footballers’ silly arm scribble, Football

Euro 2012: A marvellous display of footballers’ silly arm scribble

Just like top footballers in the past used to feel obliged to have bubble perms and booze problems, almost every 21st Century footballer feels the need, it seems, to turn one of his arms into what he no doubt imagines, bless him, is a work of art.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 at 3:20 pm

Euro 2012: When punditry becomes just plain guesswork, Football

Euro 2012: When punditry becomes just plain guesswork

At this level, shouldn’t experienced pundits be coming out with something jolly clever? Something that positively oozes wisdom and insight? Something that the rest of us – who, after all, should be comparative dullards when it comes to football analysis – couldn’t think for ourselves, or wouldn’t have spotted..?

By | Football, Sport | Saturday, 9 June 2012 at 12:46 pm

Mars Bar fans point the way for Hodgson’s England to play, Football

Mars Bar fans point the way for Hodgson’s England to play

I know when a televised football match is becoming crushingly dull, because I find myself paying more attention to the pitch-side adverts – especially since they’ve introduced those deeply distracting electronic hoardings, forever flicking from one ad to the next.

By | Football, Sport | Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 10:09 am

Southgate’s amnesia, Reid’s fuzz and a feeling in Chiles’ waters, Football

Southgate’s amnesia, Reid’s fuzz and a feeling in Chiles’ waters

Early doors, the ITV boys were inevitably harking back to 1981, when Norway beat Ron Greenwood’s England 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier, and digging out that dreary old “Maggie Thatcher, your boys took a hell of a beating” thing.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 28 May 2012 at 4:11 pm

How many Ashes urns would fit inside a Champions League trophy?, Sport

How many Ashes urns would fit inside a Champions League trophy?

OK, here’s a quick question I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves at some point or another: how many times would the Ashes urn fit inside the UEFA Champions League trophy?

By | Sport | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 1:32 pm

Top of the league! If only I could learn to enjoy it more – and why I blame EastEnders, Sport

Top of the league! If only I could learn to enjoy it more – and why I blame EastEnders

One of the nice things about supporting a football club outside the Premier League is you feel you have somewhere to go. In an upward sense, I mean. Glories still to aspire to, many rungs of the ladder still to climb, huge strides still to be, erm, stridden.

By | Sport | Monday, 1 November 2010 at 2:15 pm

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