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Brighton 1 Manchester City 4

Prior to kick-off I wanted to take my godson for breakfast at Brighton Marina. My choice was the Malmaison but a woman with folded arms at the entrance said the hotel was closed. This was not strictly true. It had been taken over completely by Manchester City, its players and staff. God knows what [...]

May 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thrilling spectacles may be the order of the day

Yesterday afternoon at 4.50pm I joined the family in front of the television in order to watch the European Champions Cup Final between the holders Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle (kick-off 5.00pm). The venue – Newcastle United’s iconic football stadium (almost sold out to [...]

May 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Life is what happens to you when you’re busy doing other things

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of my vintage – over 65 – desirous of undertaking a physical fitness campaign [to begin by borrowing a quotation from Jane Austen, but then making it relevant to the 21st Century] will be beset, not only by literal and metaphorical [...]

May 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Vincent Kompany – hurrah

I was so delighted when the 30 yard strike from Vincent Kompany proved to be the winner for his Manchester City against Leicester City and has given them one firm hand on the Premier trophy. I’m not a closet supporter fan of City though I have the fondest memories of the Joe Mercer/Malcolm [...]

May 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sussex sports

Our dear friends at Crystal Palace, by beating Cardiff, kept the Seagulls up as we appeared to be sleepwalking into relegation. Sussex Sharks lost yesterday by 116 runs to 4th place Gloucestershire at the Saffrons Ground, Eastbourne. I went to the match. I like the outer grounds of Sussex, [...]

May 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Weekend (so far) sporting review

Having settled in for a weekend to be spent (well, whaddya know?) largely watching televised sport, there seem to be a number of interesting issues buzzing at the moment and so I thought I’d bring Rusters up to speed with my impressions upon some of them as follows:-   RUGBY UNION With our [...]

May 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the cause of equality

Please pardon me for tapping this out – and if I confess at the outset to being an old-fashioned out of touch dinosaur I’m sure Rusters won’t be surprised – but, as someone who believes that human beings are basically born male or female, I’m quietly content with the outcome of the Court [...]

May 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Was it ever thus?

I am sure I have quoted Jock Stein’s observation after his Celtic disposed of Leeds in the old European Cup that English football overrates itself. Over the years of watching English domestic and international football I have felt this. We are good – especially the media – on [...]

May 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sometimes, perhaps, there’s no real right or wrong

A couple of weeks or so ago on the Rust I referenced the spot of bother that Aussie rugby great Israel Folau had got himself into for repeating his fundamentalist Christian beliefs in public and then being vilified variously by Rugby Australia, former and current players around the world and also [...]

May 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report ; Fulham 1 Cardiff 0

It’s now 3 wins in a row for Scott Parker and the big question is whether he will get the gig permanently next season. It was not the most enthralling game and I was surprised how sterile Cardiff were. The most memorable thing that happened was a superb strike by Ryan Babel from outside the box [...]

April 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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