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The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Crystal Palace 2

Welcome to the Premier where if you are dominating a game it’s not enough, you need to be clinical in your finishing. Palace were, Fulham weren’t. Much was made of our new back four and keeper, none of whom started at Wembley in May, but since the words “reality check” will be used, the [...]

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rain, rain go away

I finally watched 45 minutes of play at Lords before the heavens opened and I hot-footed back to Hove for the crucial T20 blast game against Kent. I say hot-footed but once again there was a trespasser on the line at East Croydon so the Gatwick non-Express crawled pitiably and then a decision was [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swimming against the tide

The wonderful world of supposed female political-correctness continues to dominate the British media agenda because, of course, that is where some of its most articulate proponents live and work. From this world-weary and cynical observer’s perception – and I do acknowledge the qualification [...]

August 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

(Don’t) play it again, Sam …

Whenever a group of Rust columnists convenes, as you’d expect, we chat mostly about everything and nothing but there always come a point in proceedings – sometimes brief – where the watchwords behind the very purpose of this organ and what we’re trying to do get mentioned if not [...]

July 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The march of sporting equality

If today I begin today’s post by issuing a denial that the Rust is one of the last bastions of bigoted misogyny, terminally opposed to the advancement of equality and/or feminism and political-correctness in any form, then no doubt the social media trollers will once again assault us with a [...]

July 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it me, or is this a sub-standard sporting year?

Pardon for me for saying it, but in recent weeks – and maybe I should be blaming personal reasons or preoccupations for this – I have found myself significantly underwhelmed so far by some of the most iconic sporting events of 2018. I watched little of the FIFA World Cup – just passages [...]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Croatia 2 England 1

In the end the expectations caught up with the team. Gareth Southgate managed the nation’s expectations superbly but social media and the endless renditions of ‘football’s coming home’ placed too much of a burden on those young shoulders. The fears  that the Rust’s correspondents [...]

July 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup reflections

England had little difficulty in disposing of Sweden. As usual The Racing Post was the best informed of the morning articles. They were the first to point out that Sweden were no mugs having qualified  for the World Cup by overcoming Holland and Italy and beating France. Yesterday they informed [...]

July 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup update

It’s been an unpredictable World Cup. Italy and Holland never made it, the countries that dominated in recent years – Brazil, Germany and Spain – all eliminated, no African country in the quarters, no South American country left. Pouring over the entrails I can foresee a France v [...]

July 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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