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Getting to the nub of it

It will not have escaped sport-loving Rusters that the Easter weekend was loaded to the gills with action across the board – I shall just cite in evidence the fact that the business ends of football’s European Champions and Europa Leagues are in full sway and the English Premiership and [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fabio Fognini wins in Monte Carlo

Last Monday week, when Fabio Fognini was one set down and losing 5-1 to Russian Andrey Reble, I never thought that I was watching the future champion who triumphed over Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the final on Sunday and 11 time winner winner Rafa Nadal in the semis. At 31 he struck a blow for the [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Scott Parker: the case for and against

Fulham ‘s first away win at Bournemouth in a year solidifies the case for Scott Parker’s permanent appointment. Here I draw up the pros and cons: Pros 1) Fulham have had 6 managers over 6 years. Each new appointment might offer initial hope but the reality was upheaval. The case for continuity [...]

April 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

EDITORIAL – The exciting times we live in

It is incontestable that the average punter on the proverbial Clapham omnibus could be forgiven for thinking that the world has lost both its marbles and bearings and has taken a one-way ticket to Hell in a handcart. These days you can go to bed day-dreaming up the whackiest and most unlikely [...]

April 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Great sporting occasions I have slept through

Falling asleep on my comfy sofa for the final quarter of that classic encounter between Manchester City v Spurs reminded me of one of the great personalities I have met in my sporting life Morris Lazar. Morris invariably fell asleep during a boxing bout prompting his autobiography Great Fights I [...]

April 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Those “I was there” moments (sort of)

One of the oddities of life are those occasions when one has a brush, however slight or inconsequential, with an event of great historical importance e.g. whilst watching television. Delving back into the mists of time as I begin typing I can think of two representative examples my personal past [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Cardiff 2

Brighton’s fourth consecutive defeat without scoring has opened up the relegation trap door. Cardiff are now just two points behind. True, the Seagulls have the superior goal difference and a game in hand. However the run in comprises away games at Spurs and Arsenal and a final game at home to [...]

April 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rolex Monte Carlo Masters

Through the good offices and contact book of Bob Tickler I had tickets in a box behind the base line for the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. This is the clay court event won 11 times by the greatest exponent of this surface Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic – a native of Monaco – was [...]

April 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The 2019 Masters

The victory of Tiger Woods would not have pleased the bookies. The blanket media coverage of him and Rory McIlroy generates a lot of popular betting which belies their recent Majors form. Woods though has had a good start to the year. I was on Francesco Molinari. I believe the occasion got to him. [...]

April 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Bournemouth 5

It’s squeaky bum time in Sussex as Brighton were thrashed by neighbours Bournemouth 5-0 in El Coastico. Defeat next Tuesday at home to Cardiff and we could be joining Huddersfield and Fulham. The key to Brighton’s survival has been home form and a reliable defence but neither were apparent [...]

April 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

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