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A sign of our times

Someone commented to me a fortnight or so ago that the Rust is losing both its edge and relevance. “How so?” I asked. The unabashed response that latterly it had been progressively developing into a one-eyed reactionary organ, no doubt because our contributors are uniformly ancient and [...]

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 3 Manchester Utd 2

It proved an excellent week for Sussex sport with 3 wins for the Sussex Sharks and consummated by Brighton HAFC’s first win in the Premier and second over Manchester Utd. It was a thoroughly deserved victory and one for team spirit over expensive but fragile egos. Jose Mourinho rails publicly [...]

August 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Spurs 3 Fulham 1

You can rest assured that if a player has to break a duck – in Harry Kane’s case scoring in August – he will do so against Fulham. All week long I read and re-read the dreary statistic of his August drought and feared for us. By the time the England skipper broke his duck to make [...]

August 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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