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The travails of a football supporter

Yesterday I had lunch with a Arsenal fanatic and resident of Hove. He was exasperated by the stubbornness of Arsene Wenger. Their young defender Calum Chambers was taken part by the Anderkecht winger resulting in 3 goals conceded. The following game against Swansea a further 2 late goals were [...]

November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

HSBC Champions

I think I can predict Steve Palmer’s column next Sunday. He recommended Martin Kaymer for this event. The back nine of the fourth day was as exciting as that of the European tour event in Shanghai last week. Tim Clark was the leader in the clubhouse at -11 but there was a chasing pack within [...]

November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Albion assessed

It was the same old, same old at Brighton and our league record says it all: three wins, eight draws, 6 defeats. 20 goals conceded is better than Brentford in sixth place, but 17 goals scored the fifth least in the league. Of those 17 goals, only three have been scored by forwards. We laboured [...]

November 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

The England rugby team flattered to deceive yesterday in losing 21-24 to New Zealand, a game I watched on television. It wasn’t a great match by any stretch of the imagination but it demonstrated the essential strengths that allow the All Blacks to dominate world rugby. Don’t get me wrong, they [...]

November 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

and I missed Have I Got News For You for this …

The LV= Cup is an Anglo-Welsh competition which, like the Premiership ‘A’ League, gives non-first team starters, academy players and those coming back from injury the opportunity for some game time. Last Sunday Quins lost to their London nemesis Saracens in the Cup, narrowly enough to dispel [...]

November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dinner for Roger Uttley

Ivan Conway kindly invited me to a dinner as part of the Mike Yardy benefit. His career needs no introduction: 22 games for England, 5 as captain and 4 tests for the British Lions on the 1974 tour to South Africa. From there he went into  coaching, managing the England side of 1997. In later life [...]

November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remembering the fallen

Yesterday I had been invited to a small launch party in the West Stand of the RFU’s Twickenham Stadium to unveil a brand new oil painting by Shane Record, based upon a photograph of the England rugby team that played against France at Stade Colombes in Paris on 13th April 1914. It is intended to [...]

November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

We have yet to record a win under the permanent Kit Symons and for the second time in 4 days had to come back from behind to earn a point, this time against bottom of the table Blackpool. We fell behind in the first minute when our defence failed to deal with a cross and allowed the burly Blackpool [...]

November 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Albion assessed

We notched up our third win of the season beating Wigan 1-0 but it was much of the same. After scoring in the first minute and not through a striker but Craig Gardner we were hanging on by the end and were somewhat fortunate to get all 3 points. I know Hyppia has lost Ulloa, and the injuries to [...]

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stating the obvious

For anyone interested in following corruption and deceit in world sport, this latest piece by Paul Hayward on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a must-read – see here – DAILY [...]

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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