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Ciao from Florence

We had a more severe lockdown than you maybe because we Italians are not too good at respecting the law! Messaging  my friends and colleagues on the National Rust, I understand  that at every level English lockdown is a matter of interpretation, usually in favour of the person deciding. As with [...]

May 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

“On the nodder, Kevin …”

For those who follow the round ball game, here’s a link to a first rate piece by Gregg Bakowski upon his favourite ‘wizards of the wing’ that appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Those wishing to challenge his choices – or champion the credentials of [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

A chat across the road

As routines become entrenched I enjoy my daily chats with the gent who runs the independent high street supermarket shop from where I buy both my newspapers and odds and sods of food and drink. Yesterday when I popped over the road to collect my Sunday newspapers including The Sunday Times, he [...]

May 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

England 3 The Cameroons 2 (World Cup 1990)

In their Football Classic series ITV yesterday showed the 1990 World Cup Quarter Final between England and the Cameroons. After winning the World Cup in 1966 on home soil playing every game but one at Wembley, English national football did not fare so well. Indeed they did not even qualify for the [...]

May 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sporting comparisons

A quiz is doing the football rounds of an Earth best ever XI v Mars. It’s bit of fun but behind it is the serious question of comparison of players from different eras. Yesterday I was engaged in a conversation with a fellow Ruster on this very point. Great soccer players from the 60s and 70s [...]

May 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Ten years on

Ten years ago to the month – if not the day – Fulham pulled off one of the greatest feats in the club’s history by reaching the final of the Europa League played at Hamburg against Atletico Madrid. I remember at the start of that epic campaign chatting to manager Roy Hodgson after I [...]

May 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Commentators considered

Eager for some football – any football – I watched two “re-wind” programmes yesterday. The first was on the BBC and featured previous World Cups and the second in the ITV classic series the 1979 Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United. I recently participated in a poll [...]

May 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bill Muddyman RIP

Last night I learned of the passing of a key figure in the boardoom in the last 43 years – Bill Muddyman. In the 1980s Fulham Chairman David Bulstrode and his property company Marler Estates who owned the club sought to merge us with QPR into  Fulham Park  Rangers. Fulham would be very much [...]

May 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coventry 3 Spurs 2 1987 Cup Final

Yesterday afternoon ITV showed extended highlights of the 1987 Cup Final, generally acclaimed as one of the great Cup Finals. Can it be 33 years ago that I attended that Final with my now departed mother? My late father was medical advisor on inoculation and foreign travel to the England team. What [...]

May 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

The greatest sporting teams

The present somewhat sleepy sports desk of the Rust has been stirred to life by an email Alan Tanner received from a group of Irish and American Fulham supporters with their list of the best  sporting sides. The list reflected their provenance with Gaelic football teams and US College teams in [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

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