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About Rex Mitchell

Rex Mitchell is a Brentford supporter from childhood. This has not prevented him having a distinguished Fleet Street career as a sports reporter and later deputy football editor. A widower, Rex is a bit of a bandit golfer off his official handicap of 20 and is currently chairman of his local bowls club. More Posts

Poor Solskjaer

Whisper it softly but I feel sorry for the under-pressure Manchester United boss. I’m no particular fan of the Reds – and indeed rather enjoy seeing a club big on triumphalism in the past – now in crisis. So why this sudden shift of sympathy? Firstly, it’s one of the least edifying [...]

October 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

More “Sport and Health” …

Referencing once again the Rust’s ongoing review of post-career health for those who play – or participate in – elite sport, overnight I came across a number of media stories reporting that Liverpool football legend Terry McDermott has dementia. He joins an ever-lengthening list [...]

August 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Championship review

It’s no coincidence that the two relegated clubs from the Premier – WBA and Fulham – were promoted the previous season and that Norwich and Watford, who were promoted from the Championship, were themselves relegated. It’s more to do more with money than prowess. So all the more [...]

August 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Final thoughts: the hard facts

At The Rust we are not shy of dealing  in hard facts. Therefore my assessment of the Euros final was that Italy were the better team and the three missed penalties were badly taken and not saved by great feats by Italian keeper Donnarumma. Jack Grealish is a cocky player with a good strike, as [...]

July 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on England 4 Ukraine 0

Let’s not get totally carried away. England played well against a poor side. Three of the four goals came from headers when the scorer was unmarked. Denmark – let alone Spain and especially Italy – are unlikely to concede such  goals. Once again at a crucial stage in the first half [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on England’s victory

I will leave the triumphalism to the Chief Football Writers – most of when had written off England and Gareth Southgate as dull. For me England’s best player so far is Jordan Pickford and the crucial moment was when he came out to narrow the angle for the normally lethal Thomas Muller. I [...]

June 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Euros: the Rust ratings & awards

We are now at the business end of the Euros and its time to assess and award. England have made few friends but qualified without conceding a goal. We have the tie of the next round against Germany though I’m looking forward to Belgium v Portugal too. Here are our awards:- Best team so far: Italy [...]

June 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Euros: thoughts to date

One of the joys of writing for the Rust and reaching the age we have is that you can speak your mind free of fear of castigation on social media and the PC brigade. Frankly – to use a non-PC phrase – I do not give a monkey’s. First up, the Christian Eriksen incident. Guiseppe Wilson [...]

June 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

West London triumphant

I do hope that Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League does not overshadow the return to the top tier by Brentford after 74 years. Manchester United v Brentford was not a fixture that would have surprised my dad Stan in 1946. Peter Gelson Now it’s a reality for his son. After 1947 [...]

May 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Cup Final

The 2021 Cup Final may be remembered for many things but not for the quality of its football. Leicester City won the FA Cup at their fifth attempt and are no longer the only league winners yet to win the Cup. Thomas Tuchel the Chelsea manager has once again failed to win a final. Until  Yuri [...]

May 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

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