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Reflections on a great night

Gareth Southgate has earned the nations’s undying gratitude for the way he has managed and prepared the team. Sometime between supported by loathsome fighting  far right  yobs and a more peaceful fan the England team lost its connection with their support.  Gareth Southgate referred  to being [...]

July 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Francesco Molinari winning the Quicken Loans  on the USPGA  and Alex Noren the Open de France on the Ryder Cup  venue Le National near Paris is good news for the Britain and Europe chances. It was not so bad for me too  as for the second week runningJeremy Chapman bagged a winner in Noren.  In [...]

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Brighton/Fulham celebration

Alan Tanner and myself had promised to host a celebratory lunch with some Brighton supporting pals should Brighton stay up and Fulham go up. Both happened and we were as good as our word. We chose the right day yesterday as there was no World Cup game and we could also add England’s successful if [...]

June 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup update

Much of the build up to England’s game v Belgium was spent on the debate on whether either side would try to win given they were both already promoted from the group and second place offered seemingly the best route to the Final since it avoids France and Brazil. It was one of those surreal [...]

June 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup coverage

As we approach the business end of the competition who is winning the television battle? The BBC always has the advantage of no adverts.They have gone for their stalwarts of Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, the grumpy Mark Lawrenson with more than a nod to the female lobby. ITV are using the excellent [...]

June 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The World Cup so far

It’s too early to make any predictions as winning World Cup teams tend to grow in stature rather than hit the ground running but it’s nonetheless valuable for the Rust to present its customary contrarian view. Pre-tourney there were many fears in the popular press of hooliganism provoking a [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bobby Robson/More Than a Manager: the documentary

A strong case can be made for Bobby Robson being the most successful post-War British manager. He brought a decade of success to Ipswich, he oversaw England’s most successful World Cup campaign in 1990 since 1966 and he managed abroad achieving trophies at Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Sir [...]

June 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sporting ironies

It is indeed ironic with the World Cup and Tour de France looming up that England could be supplying the winner for France’s premier sport and competition and that France has a much better team in football, our national sport. Pargie and I reckon at 13-2 France offers the best value Their [...]

June 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report/ After glow

Fulham fans have never been happier and it takes quite a bit to make us happy or rather to get us out of fatalist mode. Someone said that everybody loves Fulham, they are only a danger to themselves. At various points in the last few months it looked like the ‘same old, same old’ of [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sporting Lunch

Yesterday I had a lunch with three sporting pals, one a sportswriter. The sportswriter observed that the football World Cup Schedule in Qatar in November and December 2022, the coolest months, would require the rearrangement of 13 Premier games if the team is in the Champions League and he could [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

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