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The Tanner Report: Norwich 0 Fulham 2

Fulham had a comfortable enough win over Norwich but the seven point gap to overhaul Cardiff for an automatic place seems too much. Still, we can only win our games and it’s 17 matches since we lost one. Norwich in mid-table had little to play for. They threatened on occasion but their [...]

March 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ball tampering scandal

The ball tampering scandal has been well covered here and elsewhere. I will therefore only add one point. The common denominator in match-fixing and now ball-tampering  is to get a young, malleable patsy to do it. Cameron Bancroft, who had a poor Ashes, was both young and expendable. Herschell [...]

March 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A worthy man remembered – then and now

Sometimes life and historical research combine to throw up seemingly puzzling or even random media attention and/or ‘issues of the moment’. Take the current splash of publicity surrounding the remarkable tale of the splendid Walter Tull – the black or, to be specific, half-black [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Par for the course?

Let’s be honest – cheating in order to gain victory has always been part of life, not just sport – whether it’s insider dealing, doping to either improve or hinder performance, ‘getting away with stuff’ when the match officials aren’t watching or can be [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey ho – another wasted prelude to the Boat Race

Saturday 24th March 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 18: Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium: Result – Saracens 24 Harlequins 11: latest league positions – Saracens 2nd on 57 points, Harlequins 9th on 36 points. Despite having just bought tickets to go to the last home match of the season [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

It may get worse before it gets better

Life is tough in England’s rugby Premiership – I call in evidence the fact that, based upon most recently-published results, just one club made a profit – despite some arguing with not a little justification that the major teams not only operate a cartel via the [...]

March 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Recommended pieces spotted in today’s media

Here’s a list of items on today’s media pages that might be of interest to Rust readers: Here’s an interesting take on probably the biggest internet/politics scandal to break so far this year. Julia Carrie Wong – writing from San Francisco – on the issues arising from [...]

March 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 QPR 2

It was the annual dinner last night at the Hydra Hotel Eastbourne of the Chamois Society, the Federation of British Window Cleaners of which I am regional social secretary and I had to miss out on the trip to Craven Cottage and watch the game broadcast on SKY. Given the cold I was secretly pleased [...]

March 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A meeting of minds

Earlier this week I joined an irregular session of dispirited erstwhile and current Quins fans at a local public house to discuss the state of the club. Let nobody beat about the bush – the motives of those attending this informal little brains trust can be confidently be filed under the headings [...]

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments


It was eerie visiting the Olympic Park on a rainy day as there was almost no one there. It’s now used as a concert venue – Bayern played their  last game there in 2005 and moved to the Allianz Arena. Their fans wanted a noisier atmosphere and to be nearer the pitch The 1972 Olympiad [...]

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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