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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

In sport as in life?

Sport is without doubt the most exasperating, mind-expanding, joyous, life-enhancing and wonderful pastime ever gifted to the human race. One might venture to suggest that it makes the world go around. However, as we reach the end of a year in which the extraordinary new US President seems [...]

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Marginal gains and morality – and an error

Today I would like to draw the attention of Rust readers to an article on the use of TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) in professional cycling – the perhaps most notorious example being that involving a package containing ‘nobody knows what’ that was sent for the use of Sir [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Coaching and ‘positions of responsibility’

We’ve touched briefly upon this subject previously, which has come to prominence partly because of the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein ‘sexual abuse of power’ (#Metoo) scandal that has been rocking the world of entertainment and subsequently many others as well – sport [...]

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

An exceptional athlete can challenge sporting perceptions

As the Ashes series cranks up Down Under, a comment today upon the exceptional innings of 213 not out by Australia’s Ellyse Perry in the recent women’s Ashes series Test match (the series comprising a series of ODIs, T20 games and a single Test match – taken together, decided by [...]

November 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess sport has got itself into

Here’s the latest development in elite gymnastics, yet another Olympic sport at which the British administrative authorities seems to have got themselves in a major pickle – see here for the relevant Martha Kelner article, as appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Major [...]

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Farewell to a Canadian sporting giant

About a decade ago, on the back of a golfing tour of Ireland in 2004, I went off to Canada to see some relatives and pals for ten days. My hosts in Toronto took me one day to the Rogers Center, home of the Blue Jays the city’s baseball team that plays in the American League, Eastern Division. [...]

November 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s sporting headlines

For the benefit of Rust readers everywhere, here are two sports stories from today’s media that caught my eye:   FORMULA ONE After the departure of Bernie Ecclestone and the purchase by Liberty Media of the Formula One juggernaut, there were always going to be changes – some might say [...]

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Goal/Michael Donald

What did Dick Nanninga and Jorge Brown achieve which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona did not? Answer: score in a World Cup Final. In this  book, photographer and writer Michael Donald interviews and photographs those alive of the 54 scorers who have done so. It [...]

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s boiling up

It wasn’t long ago that at a Rust editorial get-together the ‘News and Current Affairs’ contingent entertained the assembled multitude with an amusing line that in recent times they had begun to feel at something of a loose end, this in the sense that these days, given the recent [...]

October 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

No answers – and maybe more questions

It is a fact that in sport – as with everything – life simply goes on, sometimes even as one is looking the other way amidst the dross of supposed ‘news’ stories and careful placements. Rust readers won’t need reminding that British cycling has been suffering this past [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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