Robert Collins

Robert Collins is a freelance journalist based in London. Since 2000 he's been Features Editor of Playmusic magazine, edited the musicians' sections of NME and Melody Maker, and has contributed to The Sunday Times, The Toronto Star, thelondonpaper, Ryanair Magazine, Sleaze Nation and many others. He earned his degree in American Studies at the University of Manchester, where he developed his exacting standards for chicken kebabs, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he learnt the finer points of the pick and roll. Robert writes about global sports culture in his column, Sticky Wickets. Before you ask, his favourite sports moment of all time is the Second Test between The British & Irish Lions and South Africa in 1997. He cannot dunk and has never even come close.

The 2008 Stickies

The Thinking Voice of the NFL: A Conversation with Mike Carlson

Change Some Can’t Believe In

Open Season on Zebras

The Life and Death of the English Football Song

Olympic Addiction? Guilty as Charged

Lucha Libre London

Brian Johnston: Tickled with Cricket

The Stars of Track and Screen

A Formula One Fairy Tale

Surviving Le Crunch

A Little Personality Goes a Long Way


The Optimist Died Inside of Me: Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘Narrow Stairs’

Silent Film’s Raymond Griffith Pulled Tricksters Out of Top Hats

The 10 Most Memorable Non-Smash Hit Singles of 1984

30 Years of Slowdive’s ‘Souvlaki’