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After a lifetime in sports journalism, Charles Thursby continues his immersion in the world of sport by providing the National Rust with dispatches from all points of the compass. More Posts

“On the nodder, Kevin …”

For those who follow the round ball game, here’s a link to a first rate piece by Gregg Bakowski upon his favourite ‘wizards of the wing’ that appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Those wishing to challenge his choices – or champion the credentials of [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

The name on the Trophy

With the Rugby World Cup almost upon us – it begins on Friday morning (UK time) – it is currently the ‘Phoney War’ moment during which the media to provides us with a blizzard of copy about every aspect of the country, the culture, the competing teams and indeed every [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

They do sometimes come back

Back in the day I was in a group of pals who followed the sport of professional boxing with something like zeal, regularly watched such boxing as appeared on television and sometimes even went to live promotions at the Royal Albert Hall, York Hall and Bethnal Green etc. – we are talking here of [...]

September 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport, money and television

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” is (and I’ve just looked this up) an old idiom from either Yorkshire or Lancashire and probably comes from the same stable as “There’s always someone worse off than yerself …”. Be that as it may, I was reminded of it overnight as I saw a report in [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Open (Day One – from a distance)

… And so to the first day of the 148th holding of The Open yesterday and a brief note upon my personal experience of it. For reasons which need not concern us here, as background, Rusters need to know that for large parts of the day I was en route by car to and from the South Coast and thus – [...]

July 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity (perhaps?)

Here I must begin with an admission that by personal choice I watched but fifteen minutes of last night’s Liverpool’s historic victory in the European Champions League Final in Madrid before going to bed and that therefore this piece is largely based upon overnight radio reports to which I have [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time …

Occasionally those of us over a certain age hark back to the great sporting times of yesteryear – when men wore mullet or permed haircuts, moustaches and shorts so tight you could tell the wearer’s religion. In footballing terms let us just name-check Nottingham Forest, Derby County and [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

For my sins, last night I watched the 2017 edition of the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year which was broadcast live from the Echo Arena in Liverpool between 6.45pm and 9.00pm on BBC1. I do this every year even though I’m fully aware and accept that it’s no more than a straightforward [...]

December 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Last evening I went to see the relatively current movie Bridget Jones’s Baby with my thirty-something daughter. It’s not normally the kind of film that I’d go to watch and she reported that her mates and cousins have been marvelling either that a father would want to see it all, let alone [...]

October 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Meanwhile, at the back …

With Euro 2016 beginning at the end of the week, here’s a piece on the issues arising from Roy Hodgson’s defensive selections written by Amy Lawrence that appears today on the website of The Guardian and deserves as wide an audience as possible  – see here – THE [...]

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

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