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About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts

Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Off and running

I watched Ireland’s fascinating opening Six Nations clash with England in Dublin – a great game by any yardstick – on television yesterday at a family gathering in the country. As other Rust correspondents have pointed out, rugby union is in a strange place. With elite players 10% bigger [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sporting broadcasting standards

A discussion we often have amongst our sporting Rusters is whether we grew up in a golden age of sporting commentators with the likes of Peter O’Sullivan, Bill MacLaren, David Coleman, Brian Johnston and Jonn Arlott, wordsmiths with mellifluous voices who knew their sport. It’s a difficult one [...]

January 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hugh McIlvanney – The Master – RIP

The news came overnight that Hugh McIlvanney had died at the age of 84. Without doubt he ranks among the all-time great sport journalists, not just those produced in the UK but anywhere in the world. Like many others I shall wait for the obituaries that will record, sum up and assess his career [...]

January 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

A salute to the superior gender!

It has become a source of mockery for some to hurl at us but here in the sports department we make no apologies at all for our various campaigns and causes. That said, we also like to think that we retain our sanity and senses of humour and fairness. Take our slightly robust attitude towards the [...]

January 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

A weekly round-up of sorts

The Rust sports department unashamedly reports from time to time upon its pet campaigning topics – this year performance-enhancing drugs (as usual); gender issues; athlete-health/welfare; aspects of sporting ‘business reality; and just corruption generally – and therefore today makes no [...]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Murray should still make a mint

I have a confession to make. Ever since earlier this week – on the eve of the Australian Open – Andy Murray made his not altogether unexpected but nevertheless shock announcement that the chronic hip condition he has been suffering from these past two years had almost certainly brought him [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another Olympics (drugs) record

Spotted overnight on the website of The Guardian, this rather depressing piece by Andy Bull on the real enduring legacy of the ‘wonderful’ 2012 London Olympic Games – THE [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Today’s sporting world

Spotted upon the website of The Guardian today, two items relevant to the Rust’s sporting campaigns for 2019. I give you:   PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS Rusters will be familiar with our stance on this subject, i.e. zero tolerance – first, foremost and last. Here’s a report upon a latest [...]

January 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Just a few sporting things to sort out in 2019 …

And so we welcome Rusters to another new year with a promise to continue our crusades for purity and honesty in all avenues of human life – but particularly in the world of sport. Here are three things that we feel would improve or advance the causes of the following:- Better and corruption-free [...]

January 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

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