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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

Liverpool… again

One again there was a disturbing outbreak of severe hooliganism at Anfield when on Wednesday night the Real Madrid coach was attacked by a mob of 400 Liverpool fans. A similar incident occurred when Liverpool beat Manchester City, whose coach was attacked, and for which Liverpool was fined [...]

April 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Frank Worthington

It’s ironic that the passing of Frank Worthington coincided with the conscription of his beloved Elvis Presley. Worthington once delayed the start of his season because he visited the home of Elvis in Memphis. Frank Worthington was a great character and entertainer and played in that [...]

March 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

When football meets art theft…

There was an interesting article in the always excellent The Athletic on Pal Enger, a gifted young Norwegian footballer who had a second career as an art  thief. He played for Norway’s leading side Valerenga but shortly after the Winter Olympiad at Lillehammer he stole Edvard Munch’s The [...]

March 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Colin Bell

I was truly saddened to hear of the passing of Colin Bell, one of the greatest players I was privileged to see. The amazing thing about Colin Bell was his strike record of a goal every three games. He was not a midfield striker like Lionel Messi or Roberto Baggio but an immensely hard-working box [...]

January 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Reflections on the weekend’s football.

I have watched 3 games so far with varying degrees of enjoyment. First up was Leeds v West Ham on Friday night. John Pargiter called for my views which actually means he has decided his bet and wants my approval. He felt Marcel Bielsa and his side were overhyped whilst David Moyes, after a [...]

December 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Champions League

We are now in the home strait of the Champions League qualifiers  with two more rounds in December and most of the usual suspects will proceed to the round of 16. England and Spain should have four representatives, respectively Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool  and Chelsea and [...]

November 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Nobby Stiles

As with most who remember the only England team to win anything in our lifetime I was saddened when another of the ’66 boys passed away leaving now Bobby Charlton, George Cohen, Roger Hunt and Geoff Hurst. Henry Winter paid him eloquent tribute in The Times yesterday. However I disagreed with [...]

November 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bayern 1 PSG 0

You can pretty much know in advance that when the pundits talk in advance of a goal fest in a Champions League final it will be a cagey affaire. And so it proved. Only one goal divided the teams. In a game of few opportunities Bayern’s keeper Manuel Neuer – mainly with his right leg – [...]

August 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sevilla 3 Inter Milan 2

It was just as well for BT Sport that this match was a thriller as their pre-match coverage of it was dire. I had hoped, switching on at 7pm, that the issues of the game might be covered. There was an interesting Premiership element as Antonio Conte had managed Chelsea and now Inter with Lukaku, [...]

August 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Is Guardiola finished?

Pep Guardiola epitomises modern managerial cool: elegant, charming , fluent. Unlike some of his peers, he has also introduced tactics that have changed the game – like the goalkeeper who is so comfortable with the ball as to become an auxiliary defender. The stats say otherwise to the image. [...]

August 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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