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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

Keeping an eye on what’s happening

It’s a funny old world. During the gestation period of this organ, in our wildest imaginings not a man jack among the original editorial team had the slightest idea that in a few short years the Rust would become one of the world’s most popular go-to websites or achieve its current ever-growing [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Last Dance (Netflix series)

Today I can offer a recommended listen for Rusters of a sporting bent. For good or ill when out for my daily exercise expedition – or should I say “one of them” because we’re now allowed as many as we choose? – I habitually listen via a bluetooth earpiece to Radio Five [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pair of sporting stories in the UK newspapers

It’s in the nature of this world that necessity is the mother of invention. One potentially positive aspect of this coronavirus crisis is that the lockdown has prompted a wide range of people to come up with unusual, novel and inventive ways of “doing those things that they always intended to [...]

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sporting comparisons

A quiz is doing the football rounds of an Earth best ever XI v Mars. It’s bit of fun but behind it is the serious question of comparison of players from different eras. Yesterday I was engaged in a conversation with a fellow Ruster on this very point. Great soccer players from the 60s and 70s [...]

May 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

10 best sporting commentators

My colleague who has been sending out sporting lists has produced his latest: the 10 best sporting commentators – widely construed to include writers, presenters and analysts. Before I composed mine I gave some thought to the attributes of such best. I came up with: 1) the ability to bring [...]

May 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

10 most influential sporting figures

I have been participating in a list of the 10 most influential sporting figures. The key words are influential and figure.   The subjects need not necessarily be sports people and must have changed their sport. Thus I listed Bosman and Jimmy Hill, average footballers but game changers, ahead of [...]

April 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

The greatest sporting teams

The present somewhat sleepy sports desk of the Rust has been stirred to life by an email Alan Tanner received from a group of Irish and American Fulham supporters with their list of the best  sporting sides. The list reflected their provenance with Gaelic football teams and US College teams in [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

More variations upon an unfortunate sporting theme

Back in the day – I cannot recall exactly when, it was about 1980 I think – there was a sports magazine produced in London in which an article appeared imagining a future world in which taking performance enhancing drugs had long been legitimised. The sting in the tail was that main character [...]

April 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s tough out there when fundamentals don’t work

The subject of elite women’s sport is a vexed one in which aspiration, political-correctness and straightforward business reality collide with a distinctive but compelling thud. Here on The Rust we take no particular delight in occasionally drawing attention to, or commenting upon, some of [...]

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

What shall we do?

The debate is no longer TV versus attendance but what either party will do in at least 6 weeks barren of sports? The question was considered at a football lunch I attended yesterday. One wag commented “”Think of the positive, Liverpool may never get the title!” It’s possible if the [...]

March 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

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