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About Rex Mitchell

Rex Mitchell is a Brentford supporter from childhood. This has not prevented him having a distinguished Fleet Street career as a sports reporter and later deputy football editor. A widower, Rex is a bit of a bandit golfer off his official handicap of 20 and in currently chairman of his local bowls club. More Posts

World Cup early review

I have not had the chance as yet for a proper conflab with Pargie but I know he is big on France for value as in his view they combine top league experience with the likes of Koscielny, Lloris, Giroud, Schmeidelin, Cabaye, Pogba and Payet, Veraine of Real Madrid and Griezmann of Atletico allied to [...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

A seminar at the Argentine Embassy

Last night I attended a seminar at the Argentinian Embassy on ‘Football Diplomacy’. The theme was bridge-building through football and on the panel was Ossie Ardiles, one of the first overseas imports who made Britain his home notwithstanding the Falklands conflict. Many years before [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Champions League- a new English dawn?

The front page of the Telegraph sport section exulted over the results and performances of English clubs in the Champions League last Tuesday night. From the comfort of my sofa I watched most of the televised marches on BT Sport and I cannot share that optimism. One must remember we are in the [...]

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

International break

Most fans I speak to are concerned and irritated that the momentum of a  new season is twice interrupted by international breaks. Time was that for England these were competitive fixtures, one recalls a heroic 0-0 draw in Rome to achieve automatic qualification to the 1998 World Cup, but these [...]

October 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Mixer/Michael Cox

This book is fully titled The Mixer: The Story of Premier League tactics from Route One to False Nines which in one sense sums it up but in another does not give justice to the engagingly anecdotal style with which the writer approaches the topic as this far from being a dry flipboard account of [...]

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Championship Review

In many ways the Championship is more interesting than the Premier and one of those ways is the manager. There are only five British managers in the Premier – Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes, Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Chris Hughton – and their expectation aspiration and ambition are for their [...]

August 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Cup Final

I have written before as have many sportswriters on the sad decline of the FA Cup. Continental footballers grace our game but they do not “get” the cachet of the FA Cup as their major Cup competition domestically does not have similar prestige; there is now so much live football; the [...]

May 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Premier and Championship

Sky will not get the rousing finale of the season going from ground to ground with breathless coverage but rather a damp squib. The only issue to resolve is fourth place and surely Liverpool can get 3 points at home to Middlesbrough to achieve that . Not that the season is without interest . We [...]

May 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Natural/ Ron Raisin

A Natural by Ron Raisin is hardly a typical book on football. It features life in the lower reaches of the League and a gay young footballer, Tom Pearman, who was a precocious talent as a kid but descended down the leagues. From the footballing perspective I found it interesting but Melanie Gay, on [...]

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Arsene of the Arsenal?

I have no particular allegiance to the Arsenal though I have several friends who are fanatics. I have viewed the final reign of Arsenal Wenger with interest but indignation too. Some time ago wiseacres were saying that he had the right to determine when he would go. This is plainly nonsense and [...]

March 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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