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About Derek Williams

A recently-retired actuary, the long-suffering Derek has been a Quins fan for the best part of three decades. More Posts

Quins-watch … and perhaps new beginnings

And so the rumours were true – Paul Gustard, one of Eddie Jones’ deputies, is to be Quins new head coach. Aged 42, he was a solid Premiership flanker who never played for England but ended his career at Saracens and switched to coaching there, since when he’s been on an upward trajectory. Why [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A non-downfall (and my part in it)

With the Harlequins now dispersed and probably lying on beaches around the world – and I learned overnight that the club have approached the RFU having apparently decided that Paul Gustard (one of Eddie Jones’ chosen coaches) is their preferred choice of new head coach – there were at [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Phew – that’s a relief …

Saturday 5th May 2018: Aviva Premiership, Round 22: Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 17 Exeter Chiefs 41: League points – Harlequins 0 Exeter Chiefs 5 (four for victory, plus 1 four-try bonus point); League positions – Harlequins 10th out of 12 on 36 points, Exeter [...]

May 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hmmnn – what did I tell you?!

It never rains but it pours. After my despondent post yesterday upon Harlequins’ latest abject Premiership defeat, here’s a link to an article by Nik Simon that appeared yesterday upon the website of the – DAILY [...]

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not long now … (thankfully)

Saturday 28th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 21: Worcester Warriors v Harlequins @ Sixways: Result – Worcester Warriors 44 (5 points – 4 for victory, 1 for four-try bonus) Harlequins 13 (0 points): match stats include Worcester Warriors scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half [...]

April 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new nadir reached

Saturday 7th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 19: Harlequins v London Irish at the Stoop, kick off 3.00pm: Result – Harlequins 5 (0 league points) London Irish 35 (5 league points, 4 for for the win and 1 four-try bonus point): League positions – Harlequins 9th of 12 on 36 points, London [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey ho – another wasted prelude to the Boat Race

Saturday 24th March 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 18: Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium: Result – Saracens 24 Harlequins 11: latest league positions – Saracens 2nd on 57 points, Harlequins 9th on 36 points. Despite having just bought tickets to go to the last home match of the season [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

A meeting of minds

Earlier this week I joined an irregular session of dispirited erstwhile and current Quins fans at a local public house to discuss the state of the club. Let nobody beat about the bush – the motives of those attending this informal little brains trust can be confidently be filed under the headings [...]

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not much to write home about

Aviva Premiership, Round 17: Harlequins v Bath at the Stoop, Sunday 4th March 2018: Result – Harlequins 20 points, Bath 5. League positions – Bath 7th on 45 points, Quins 9th on 36 points. I’m not going to tell a lie. I was too busy engaged in personal things that I’d didn’t see this game [...]

March 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dark days

Saturday 24th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 16: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 10 Newcastle Falcons 28: League positions – Newcastle Falcons 4th on 46 points, Harlequins 9th on 32 points. I should estimate that approximately 40% of incoming feedback [...]

February 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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