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Eddie picks his squad

Yesterday England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones named his 36-man squad for the Northern Hemisphere autumn series of matches at Twickenham Stadium. For weeks now better journo scribes than me have been filling acres of website & newspapers column-space with speculation, analysis and reports [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The history and joys of Irish rugby in a broader context

Last night I watched my recording of recent BT Sport-transmitted Shoulder To Shoulder, a excellent and thought-provoking documentary made/presented by Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll on the strange not to say unique place that the sport of rugby union occupies in the relationship between Eire [...]

October 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Peter Brackley

I was so upset to learn of the passing of Peter Brackley aged 67 last night. You would not call him old school as a commentator – he commented on Channel 4’s innovatory Football Italia – but he belonged to a previous non Premier league era. Always a Brighton fanatic he contributed an [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so complicated as folk

To begin today, first a necessary disclaimer paragraph or two. Women and men – never mind anyone technically (physically or mentally) somewhere in between – are simultaneously both very similar and very different. I’d suggest that logic and scientific research tells us this, though no [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Arsenal 5

Fulham have now conceded 21 goals, 8 in the last 2 games, 7 in the second half of them. Once again new personnel and a new system of 3-5-2 which left a huge gap for Arsenal to exploit on our right. This was pretty much obvious but it took some time for the head coach Slavisa Jokanovic to do any [...]

October 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon a desperate night in Las Vegas

In the early hours of Sunday morning – well, about 0520am to be specific – I tuned into BT Sport’s live coverage of the UFC (mixed martial arts) lightweight world title bout in Las Vegas between the unbeaten incumbent Khabib Nurmagomedov and brash ‘baddest man on the planet’ Colin [...]

October 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Any more like this and I might get my mojo back

Saturday 6th November 2018: Gallagher Premiership Round 6: Harlequins v Saracens at The Stoop, kick-off 7.30pm: Result – Harlequins 20 Saracens 25: League points – Harlequins 1 losing bonus point, Saracens 4 points for the victory: new League Table positions – Saracens 2nd (6 wins from 6 [...]

October 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 West Ham 0

West Ham are not the first team you think of as relegation candidates but nonetheless one which Brighton would seek to beat at home which we narrowly did. After playing Manchester City and Spurs we now have an easier run with only Chelsea of the big boys at home on December 15th. Brighton scored in [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things and people are just beyond the Pale

As has been my wont for over thirty years – along with others of a similar bent – I played in an informal annual golf tournament yesterday. The participants are an eclectic bunch. Some have been pals for all this time, some are friends of regulars picked up at some point along the way and [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup review

It was a great result for Europe and for me but why did the USA do so badly? Preparation, selection and performance were all faulty. It is significant that the American with most wins (4) Justin Thomas was the only one to play the course at the French Open. I recall at the time wondering why Tiger [...]

October 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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