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The word of Formula One doesn’t really do it for me. No disrespect to the drivers who risk life and limb, or to the engineers constantly pushing the boundaries of motor technology,  but – as the Grand Prix circus caravan progresses around its twenty or so venues every year – the [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rugby – international and club news

Earlier this month, as a staging post on the way to the first round of Six Nations matches over the weekend of 1st and 2nd February, England head coach Stuart Lancaster named a long-form squad of 35 players. It was bigger than normal because of the need to have cover firstly, for [...]

January 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The gay issue

I was chatting to an ex-footballer I know well on Hitzelberger coming out. We like to disagree, but in this case we did not. We both regarded it as a non-story. Hitzelberger waited till he left the Premiership perhaps to avoid dressing room and crowd banter, unlike Gareth Thomas,  the wicketkeeper [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

You can’t always have what you want

Call me old-fashioned, but I hold to the view that there are certain natural, instinctive and inevitable facts of life. It is the case that some people are naturally more talented at specific things than others – and I don’t wish here to get into complications such as the ’10,000 hours’ [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Call me a cynic, but …

Last night, driving home in torrential rain from Oxfordshire where I had been for a ‘catch-up’ meal with my daughter, I listened to a sports programme on Radio Five Live. One of its items was a report upon an anti-drugs disciplinary hearing on 31 year old Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Our comfortable victory over a poor Norwich side will have caused some selection problems ahead of Arsenal this Saturday. Some of our so-called key players like Berbatov were rested so that he, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey were not too fatigued for the Arsenal game. The problem is that this [...]

January 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Tanner Report

In his programme article the chairman Shahid Khan spoke of how the appointment of Ray Wilkins was welcomed by the Fulham family. This must be a Fulham family I neither know nor understand. Our Fulham family remember a Chelsea legend replacing  a Fulham one in Micky Adams. Wilkins failed to get [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (12) – … and it’s ‘Goodnight Vienna’ from us

The Heineken Cup receives its fair share of criticism – one of the reasons that its future remains in doubt even as this season’s group stages approach their finale – but, whenever it comes to town, it provides great entertainment and brings with it a special excitement and glamour. Yesterday [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nothing to get excited about … yet

Yesterday Stuart Lancaster named an initial 35-man England squad for the opening Six Nations match against France in Paris on the first weekend in February. It is deliberately large because of firstly, the number of currently injured players who may (or may not) be fit in time to be in serious [...]

January 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

Pepito Rossi was in the stand last night, watching our 2-0 victory over Chievo in the Cup. The Italian Cup has the status of the Capital Cup. I am sure that overseas players in the Premier League do not understand the traditions of your FA Cup. Rossi will fly out to Colorado to be assessed by the [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

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