An Ordinary Spectator Returns: Watching Sport Again
Author: Dr John Rigg (Trinity 1974)
Publisher: SilverWood Books
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, including 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.
The book 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.