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Keeping a close eye on things

Back in the mist of times gone by – along with staples such as Boxing News, Ring Magazine and Boxing Monthly – there used to be a classic resolutely non-mainstream ‘underground’ organ devoted to the fight game produced in London called Round One. This far distant I cannot remember where it [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

2 1/2 sporting documentaries

Whilst grateful to Neil Rosen for his in-flight recommendation of Lost in Translation I was drawn to that section of movies on the plane titled “sports documentaries” and watched two and a half of those. The first was The Edge – the story behind the Revival of England cricket in 2007 [...]

November 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

They should never come back

We all have our heroes. Back in the mists of time one of mine was Nigel Benn or “the Dark Destroyer”, the British sometime WBO middleweight champion and WBC super-middleweight champion who had a pro career record of 42 win (35 knockouts) in 48 fights. Those successful sports stars who prompt [...]

September 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Morris Keston

I was saddened to learn recently of the passing of Morris Keston, Spurs fan supreme. He is mentioned in not all together flattering terms in one of the best books written on football The Glory Game by Hunter Davies, a fly-on-the-dressing-room-wall account of the Spurs’ season of 1971/2. He is [...]

September 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

They do sometimes come back

Back in the day I was in a group of pals who followed the sport of professional boxing with something like zeal, regularly watched such boxing as appeared on television and sometimes even went to live promotions at the Royal Albert Hall, York Hall and Bethnal Green etc. – we are talking here of [...]

September 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Just saying …

Overnight came there further instances of drugs use in sport, see here: Gotta be slightly careful here because there are protocols and procedures relating to ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples involved (the latter needing to be checked in order to confirm the results of the former, or indeed not) and the [...]

July 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

One that Rusters might have missed

Last weekend’s memorable surfeit of epic world class sport – much of which I missed due to inevitable broadcasting scheduling conflicts and domestic commitments including the hosting of an ill-timed dinner party – will remain long in the memory. After a two-hour drive back from the south [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

And then it was all over

An accompanying cross to bear for a lifelong fight fan like myself is that it’s jolly hard to resist the lure of the chance to watch a major championship bout contest from wherever in the world it is taking place and not least in the early hours of a Sunday morning. Last night I spent over £20 [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Weekend (so far) sporting review

Having settled in for a weekend to be spent (well, whaddya know?) largely watching televised sport, there seem to be a number of interesting issues buzzing at the moment and so I thought I’d bring Rusters up to speed with my impressions upon some of them as follows:-   RUGBY UNION With our [...]

May 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

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