Long Reads

Sit back, grab a coffee and have a read of some of our favourite stories from across the world of sport.

These pieces are what took us into the wonderful world of sports journalism, what gets us out of bed each morning and keeps us coming back for more.

Remember the name, Luvo Manyonga

On 13th August 2016 a twenty-five year old from Paarl in the Western Cape of South Africa stood at the end of a runway. A camera to his right and 130 feet of polymetric rubber in front of him. All around him a dark Rio de Janeiro night. The scattered … Continue reading Remember the name, Luvo Manyonga

Immaculuate Edwards topples boxing’s smallest giant.

Moruti Mthalane must be the best boxer you’ve never heard of. A South-African detonator who has fought and beat some of the finest boxers in boxing’s lightest classes. Zolani Tete dismantled in five rounds. John Riel Casimero victim of the same fate just six months later. If Moruti Mthalane was … Continue reading Immaculuate Edwards topples boxing’s smallest giant.

Anguish and euphoria, Manchester showcases athletics at its compelling best.

Sport’s beauty lies in its ability to juxtapose euphoric highs with crushing disappointment. The crossing of that finish line and the realisation that your Olympic dream has arrived. Unbridled joy, indomitable relief, for many the culmination of a lifelong pursuit. For some like Keely Hodgkinson another step in a career … Continue reading Anguish and euphoria, Manchester showcases athletics at its compelling best.

An Andalusian Emirati, Malaga’s time in the spotlight

In the summer of 2010, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani (Sheikh Abdullah to you and me) was in the market for a football club. It was what Sheikh’s did. I’ve tried to do a bit of research on the Qatari ruling family and it’s safe … Continue reading An Andalusian Emirati, Malaga’s time in the spotlight

Misfits & Galacticos, the Santos stars who ruled South America

Om June 22 2011, Santos beat Uruguayan side Peñarol to claim the third Copa Libertadores in the club’s history. An intriguing squad, precocious talent mixed with experienced pros, each of their players would take very different paths. Some to the top of world football, for others it was their final … Continue reading Misfits & Galacticos, the Santos stars who ruled South America

What became of Europe’s underdogs – Parma, 1999 UEFA Cup winners

At the time of writing former UEFA Cup winners Parma lie second bottom of Serie A, heading to relegation to Serie B for the third time since the turn of the century. It may be higher than the 2015/2016 season where a reborn Parma found themselves entering the football pyramid … Continue reading What became of Europe’s underdogs – Parma, 1999 UEFA Cup winners

Father and son world boxing champions

Boxing is full of dynasties. The Mayweathers are perhaps the most high profile with Floyd Mayweather Sr an opponent of Sugar Ray Leonard, his five weight world champion son needing no introduction and Roger Mayweather, uncle and trainer of Jr being a two weight world champion himself. Current light middleweight … Continue reading Father and son world boxing champions

Anthony Yarde – The Rebuild

2020’s been a tough year for all. For Anthony Yarde it could hardly have been tougher. In late March, he lost his father, a high-profile victim in the early grip of the global pandemic, urging people to stay at home to avoid the same fate. Just a matter of days … Continue reading Anthony Yarde – The Rebuild

Keni Harrison

Keni Harrison, a lesson in resilience

In our obsession with medal tables and Olympic titles, it is easy to forget the achievement in just getting to a Games. Being at the Olympics needs to be earned and sometimes being the fastest who ever lived isn’t credit enough. Few will know that more than hurdler Kendra “Keni” … Continue reading Keni Harrison, a lesson in resilience

Reclaiming the narrative, Dillian Whyte stands one win from risking it all again.

Mascalls Lane, Brentwood, Essex. A country mansion, Rolls Royce on the drive and a helipad out back. This was where the deals were made. The home of Matchroom Sport, this was where fighters made their fortune, signing contracts that took them to Madison Square Gardens, Vegas and Wembley. In the … Continue reading Reclaiming the narrative, Dillian Whyte stands one win from risking it all again.

Who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time?

With the news this week of the retirement of marathon supremo Mary Keitany we ask ourselves the perennial question, who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time? Here’s our top five. In deciding the list we’ve taken into account times run (for their era), major marathons won, global … Continue reading Who is the greatest female marathon runner of all time?

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