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

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

A case of familiarity breeding contempt

Saturday 17th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 15; Leicester Tigers v Harlequins at Welford Road, kick-off 3.00pm; Result – Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 18; Leicester Tigers 5 points (win plus four-try bonus point), Harlequins 0 points; Standings after Round 15 – Leicester Tigers 7th on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Same old, same old’ fare at the Stoop

Sunday 11th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Rugby – Round 14: Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 1.00pm: Result – Harlequins 22 Wasps 44: New League positions – Wasps 3rd on 44 points, Quins 9th on 32. Wasps team photo (19th Century) It was another in the ongoing fierce [...]

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Next stop decline and fall?

Most Sundays I manage to acquire a copy of an excellent publication for those interested in the sport (The Rugby Paper) – I say that because, when he remembers, my local newsagent holds one back for me. Here’s the text of an article that begins on its front page today – I should [...]

February 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon being bored into submission (a treatise)

Friday 2nd February 2018: Anglo-Welsh Cup Round 4: Northampton Saints v Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens, kick-off 7.45pm: Result – Northampton Saints 36 Harlequins 10: Latest position – Northampton Saints qualify for the knockout stage, Harlequins will now have to rely upon results elsewhere [...]

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another near miss

Saturday 27th January 2018: Anglo-Welsh Cup: Scarlets v Harlequins: Result – Scarlets 7 Harlequins 35; Outcome – Quins progress one step further to a semi-final spot in the competition. Followers of this column know the form – if they wish to learn about the ebbs, flows and any other details [...]

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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