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Enjoying chess

Yesterday I had lunch with a good friend of mine who is, amongst other talents, an enthusiastic amateur chess player of senior club level. We discussed our different styles. Chess, like boxing, is the game of the supreme individulist. There are no team members, no clubs, balls, horses, or cars. [...]

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The kindness in not rubbing salt in wounds

The well-worn joke is that the overwhelming bulk of Manchester United supporters hail from the south-east – or indeed, anywhere but Manchester. As a case in point, when I go across the road this morning in order to collect my usual from the newsagents, it is inevitable that Bob – the [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

We gave a satisfactory account of ourselves against the league leaders Arsenal yesterday – and a better one than against the bottom club Sunderland last week. The two midfielders Scott Parkeer and Steve Sidwell pressed the Arsenal midfield, but Clint Dempsey is still off the pace. Most [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time waits for no man

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

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