Simon Inglis

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West Ham legend Trevor Brooking looks on from the stands during the club’s Premier League match against  Burnley at London Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It was a fortnight before the UK’s Brexit vote when government minister Michael Gove said that people “had had enough of experts”. It was another half(...)

Supporters walk to the London Stadium ahead of West Ham United’s home match against Watford, which they lost 4-2. As Billy Bonds said this week, whatever the London Stadium is, “it isn’t a football ground”. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ten o’clock, Wednesday night, and those who got away quickly are already in the Bow Bells pub on Bow Road, east London. The TV screen is relaying the (...)

A general view of play as the Texas Rangers played host to the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington earlier this month. Photo: Getty

This column is a sucker for an old stadium. We once strode around an abandoned Tiger Stadium in Detroit, nodding to the ghosts of Cobb and Ruth as a b(...)

1. London has the oldest bicycle shop in the world, Pearsons of Sutton, established as a blacksmiths in 1860, and the second oldest cycle track in the(...)

Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)