South African Sportsmanship

I’m in Joburg wondering how the Lions will do on Saturday in the third and final test.                            I caught the Emerging Springboks game in Capetown and witnessed one of the finest conversions ever kicked in the dying moments to give the youngish Springboks a draw. Then I witnessed another killer kick in the Second Test … Read more

Why do some sports people celebrate with anger?

Why do goal scorers run to the crowd shouting and roaring with their faces twisted in anger and aggression? Why don’t they celebrate with maybe a huge roar and a big smile? Where are the smiles gone? I remember in the 70s when players scored they lept in the air, or in George Best’s case, … Read more

Real Madrid Magic BBC 5 Live Interview…

I had a great chat with Eamonn Holmes and was delighted to hear his story about how the  Real Madrid fans gave Liverpool’s  Steve Gerard a standing ovation as he left the field. Liverpool have this tradition too. So too do Munster rugby & Queens Park Rangers FC (see story in the book). Now I’m … Read more

Brian Clough sportsman BBC Nottingham interview…

I mentioned during my BBC Nottingham interview, that local hero Brian Clough and arguably, the most successful football manager in Europe, never allowed any of his players to challenge the referee’s decisions. I was delighted to hear that he used to ask the Nottingham Forest fans to resist using foul language by showing them his … Read more

Opposition Fans Sing Our Song

I went to the wonderful 74,500 seater Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last Saturday to watch the Irish rugby team take on the 6 Nations champions, Wales.  Both sides were going for glory. Before the kick-off I witnessed a fantastic moment of sportsmanship. But before that we had a beautiful rendition of  Bread Of Heaven (with … Read more

The mighty All Blacks march as Snow White’s dwarfs

As rugby is very much on my mind with the 6 Nations in full motion and, Ireland looking for their first Grand Slam since 1948, a magical moment of sportsmanship was revealed only two weeks ago from a  a match that was played over 30 years ago. I was in Cork visiting Marian Ormond the widow of Dennis to whom … Read more

American basketball captain throws easy points out the window

DeKalb, Ill., High School basketball team traveled by bus for two and a half hours and then waited another hour past game time to get their chance to take a big city scalp when they played Milwaukee Madison Senior on a Saturday night in February 2009. The essence of sportsmanship was about to emerge. Hours … Read more