Author Archive for Mark Sanderson


Love letters: football commentators on their handwritten notes

John Murray, Ian Danter, Kris Temple and Peter Drury on how they write their notes and why they hold so many memoriesBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday ComesJohn Murray, the football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 live, sits in his office, surrounded b…


Nicklas Bendtner, Martin Keown and the ubiquity of pink football boots

There was a time when pink boots were associated with the Premier League’s show ponies and fancy-dans. Not any moreBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday ComesEvery now and then when I’m at a game, someone will say: “I remember when all 22 players on the …


The beaten finalists who were more memorable than the champions

Roberto Baggio in 1994, Holland in the 1970s and Bayern Munich’s late heartache in 1999 – sometimes losers leave more enduring images than winnersBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday Comes, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAs captain it was my job to go up …


Remembering Adidas Predator boots 20 years later: ‘100% legal, 0% fair’

In 1994 Adidas launched boots that were meant to change the way amateurs kicked a ball. They looked the part on David Beckham’s feet but weren’t quite as effective for the park players Continue reading…