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CHESS OPENING

Many reading Neil Rosen’s reference to Humphrey Bogart may not know that the Hollywood legend was a most capable chess player who even invented his own opening.  i do not know of any contemporary film stars who play the game but sportsmen Ossie Ardiles and Steve Davis are enthusatic and more [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

FIORENTINA’S SEASON SO FAR

The Italian word ‘casino’ does not mean gambling house, but a brothel ,more commonly chaos as in “che casino ” – what a mess. It is a good a word to describe Fiorentina, a club which is always in some form of confusion. Perhaps it has some something to do with the [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

In the last Fulham programme for the visit of Manchester United we read Brede Hangeland embodies the transformation of the club in recent seasons. It’s that type of Pravdaesque doublespeak that make fanzines popular. Since 2009 when Fulham reached the Europa League Final beating Juventus and [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

QUINS-WATCH (1)

I feel I ought to begin my new column with a disclaimer. I’ve been a committed fan of rugby Premiership club Harlequins F.C. for nearly a quarter of a century. Before that, even at my father’s knee, I was infused with the notion that – of all clubs – the Quins were the glamourous top-drawer [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FOOTBALL: PLAYER LOYALTY

We asked our 2 football correspondents to consider this issue . ALAN TANNER One of the reasons why Fulham are where they are is the lack of commitment to the cause from the likes of Berbatov, Ruiz and Taarabt. Under the blessed Roy Hodgson, the forwards chased down the opposition back four but [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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