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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

Swimming against the tide

Someone else will have to determine whether true Rusters are old-fashioned, out of touch, fuddy-duddies who want the world to stop spinning so that they can get off, or whether from time to time we have rational and worthy points to make about the way the world is developing. However, if being [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sporting ironies

It is indeed ironic with the World Cup and Tour de France looming up that England could be supplying the winner for France’s premier sport and competition and that France has a much better team in football, our national sport. Pargie and I reckon at 13-2 France offers the best value Their [...]

June 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Salute to a female tennis icon

In the modern era where proactive political-correctness reigns and we’re all forced to view/listen to – and agree with – ‘equal’ coverage of female sport, worry ourselves silly about the fact there’s no woman in the world’s top 100 earners and generally [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of flogging a dead horse

I think I write for the many who contribute to this organ when I begin my post today by stressing that our antipathy to performance-enhancing drug-taking among sportsmen and sportswomen is semi-absolute – by which I mean that one must always allow for the scintilla of of a possibility that [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sporting Lunch

Yesterday I had a lunch with three sporting pals, one a sportswriter. The sportswriter observed that the football World Cup Schedule in Qatar in November and December 2022, the coolest months, would require the rearrangement of 13 Premier games if the team is in the Champions League and he could [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well done Chris (possibly)

Yesterday Chris Froome completed a memorable feat by becoming only the seventh cyclist in history to win the Giro d’Italia (the first ‘Brit’ to do so) , the Tour de France (4 wins) and the La Vuelta trio and only the third – after Eddie Merckx (1973) and Bernard Hinault [...]

May 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where sport (and life) is going

As the world moves on, so does the appliance of scientific advance – and not least to sport. I’ve touched upon this subject previously in the context of the ways throughout history in which sports stars have sought to gain a competitive advantage because, of course, ever since human beings [...]

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Overdue return of a football icon

Of course, when you consider it in the round – it all makes sense. With the mega-money sloshing around in the Premiership – and to a degree fans of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal et al. not caring a jot whether their first team is filled with [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Royal Wedding and Cup Final … ignored

Ivan Conway invited me to Sussex v Hampshire, an ODI Royal London game which meant I missed the Royal Wedding and Cup Final. I felt no sense of loss. My only interest in the Royal Wedding was that I doubt 20 years ago a prince could have married an African American divorcee. We heard much of the [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The sale of Wembley

An awful lot of tosh has been written about the possibility sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan. You would have thought  we were losing  a national art treasure. Prejudice has got in the way of facts. The reality is that the FA is the only national football body that owns its own stadium and this only [...]

May 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

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