An Ordinary Spectator Returns

An Ordinary Spectator Returns

Watching Sport Again

John Rigg


A third volume bringing together a wide range of sport-related content and commentary.

First edition

  • ISBN 9781800422520
  • Published Jul 2023
  • Paperback
    244 x 170mm (436 pages)


An Ordinary Spectator Returns: Watching Sport Again presents a collection of John Rigg’s wide-ranging sports writing over the last six years.

The book captures the thrill of watching some of the elite participants of the modern era – Kevin De Bruyne, Alastair Cook, Sonny Bill Williams et al. But it’s not all about the star performers. By describing sporting events within their specific communities – baseball in Toronto, shinty in the Scottish Highlands, amateur rugby league in Leeds – the author illustrates sport’s inherent capacity to act as a barometer of the society around it.

An Ordinary Spectator Returns: Watching Sport Again also includes reflective pieces on sports history as well as significant current sport-related issues. This rich combination of contemporary detail and nostalgic digression – the follow-up to An Ordinary Spectator: 50 Years of Watching Sport (2012) and Still An Ordinary Spectator: Five More Years of Watching Sport (2017) – will be of interest to all those who enjoy watching live sport.

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