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A chicken comes home to roost

Today I return to the subject of the Women’s football World Cup. There is always the possibility that, if you try to run before you can walk you’ll occasionally trip yourself up and reveal to the world the true state of your product. As happened yesterday – see here for a report upon the game [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Speaking as it is

One of the joys of working and writing for the Rust is you can speak your mind without being hauled into the editor’s office or being mauled on social media. Thus I make no apology for saying that I have not watched one moment of the Women’s Football World Cup. I will not do so until [...]

June 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

ICC World Cup /one week on

It’s been a good first week in the World Cup. There was some criticism of it not being a genuine World Cup with eight competitors but I don’t get that. The best in the world play each other and would Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Holland be any more than cannon fodder? Bangladesh have [...]

June 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity (perhaps?)

Here I must begin with an admission that by personal choice I watched but fifteen minutes of last night’s Liverpool’s historic victory in the European Champions League Final in Madrid before going to bed and that therefore this piece is largely based upon overnight radio reports to which I have [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fans come last

Arsenal’s annual wage bill is £104 million, Chelsea’s £113 million. That’s £2 million a week with Ozil on £350,000 a week, Eden Hazard £220,000. Chelsea planned 10 charter flights at £1,000 per person from Luton – the only way to get to Baku for the Europe Final directly – [...]

May 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Diary of a sports couch potato

Yesterday was a fest of couch sports watching. I started with the ‘Made in Denmark’ – a European tour golf event which Bernd Wiesberger the Austrian slugger won. The European tour is rather like the Championship in football, a secondary tournament which any of 50 can win. The Finn [...]

May 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sporting cornucopia

I settled down at 6.00pm for a plethora of tv sporting choices: the USPGA, the fourth ODI between England and Pakistan and the EFL play-off semi final between Charlton and Doncaster. The US PGA at Beth Page is becoming a procession for Brooks Koepka. This might well please Pargie but I do prefer a [...]

May 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Championship Play-offs

I was not always a fan of the Championship play-offs as a team finishing third has no real advantage over the team in sixth whom they meet in the semi-finals. A few years ago Brighton finished 15 points better than Sheffield Wednesday but still lost to them in the semis. However, I have been won [...]

May 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Greatest Comeback/David Bolchover

This life of Béla Guttman is not just the one of the best sporting biographies I have ever read but general biography too. The subtitle From Genocide to Football Glory says it all. I suspect many will be unfamiliar with name of Bela Guttmann. He is best known for being the manager of the Benfica [...]

May 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Manchester City 4

Prior to kick-off I wanted to take my godson for breakfast at Brighton Marina. My choice was the Malmaison but a woman with folded arms at the entrance said the hotel was closed. This was not strictly true. It had been taken over completely by Manchester City, its players and staff. God knows what [...]

May 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

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