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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

Sunday’s sport

Team orders versus individual assertion – that is the story of F1 and this year’s Tour de France. Egan Bernal of the Ineos team could have won on Saturday but he is the domestique to team leader Geraint Thomas. Chris Froome was the same to Bradley Wiggins and Thomas to Froome. Now [...]

July 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wednesday’s sport

To the many benefits that Abbie summarised in favour of TV watching I would add the capacity to watch several sports on one day rather then being committed to the one you attend. Yesterday was a case in point when I watched the conclusion on the reserve day of New Zealand v India, the men ‘s [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Maximising sporting potential

We have all heard of the famous “10,000 hours rule” – the theory that anyone with serious ambition can transform themselves into a competent practitioner of virtually any skill or activity if they apply themselves to it with enough dedication and repetition. The theory is grounded in every [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Where logic and theory come to grief

For some time now we on the Rust have been reviewing the status and quality of women’s sport – something we shall continue to do – in the context of both the 21st Century’s obsession with political correctness (and its supplementary accessories, not least equality of opportunity, equal pay, [...]

July 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

England 1 USA 2

One of our loyal readers referred to me as an “old git” for the position I have taken – and others on the Rust – on women’s football. So I watched the semi-final last night with a calm, objective eye. The control of the ball by both sides showed a high level of technique, the ball [...]

July 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

ICC makes a rick

When you are planning a World Cup you would have thought that you would have engaged a leading local weather expert and above all a contingency plan for rain. It’s a rare British summer that is not affected by rain. So far 4 matches have been abandoned over rain, three without a ball bowled. [...]

June 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A chicken comes home to roost

Today I return to the subject of the Women’s football World Cup. There is always the possibility that, if you try to run before you can walk you’ll occasionally trip yourself up and reveal to the world the true state of your product. As happened yesterday – see here for a report upon the game [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Speaking as it is

One of the joys of working and writing for the Rust is you can speak your mind without being hauled into the editor’s office or being mauled on social media. Thus I make no apology for saying that I have not watched one moment of the Women’s Football World Cup. I will not do so until [...]

June 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

ICC World Cup /one week on

It’s been a good first week in the World Cup. There was some criticism of it not being a genuine World Cup with eight competitors but I don’t get that. The best in the world play each other and would Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Holland be any more than cannon fodder? Bangladesh have [...]

June 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fans come last

Arsenal’s annual wage bill is £104 million, Chelsea’s £113 million. That’s £2 million a week with Ozil on £350,000 a week, Eden Hazard £220,000. Chelsea planned 10 charter flights at £1,000 per person from Luton – the only way to get to Baku for the Europe Final directly – [...]

May 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

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