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Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts

Venue Vede Vince

Nowadays maximising the revenues of a sports stadium is vital – not just in sport but theatre too. This has attracted bad publicity as the high prices of tickets have been cited at Fulham, Chelsea and popular West End theatrical productions. It’s a slightly skewed argument as the top price [...]

March 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

Saracens 52 Harlequins 7

It comes with the territory that anyone in their eighth decade – as I am – has to contend with “incoming” accusations from friends and family (in jest or otherwise) that they are prone to repeating themselves. I became a guilty party myself once my own father reached a certain age. [...]

March 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

A superb day of TV sport

I can scarcely remember a more exciting day of TV sport. It started with a lunchtime thriller of a quarter-final FA Cup tie contested between Wolves and Coventry which the latter won with 2 goals in extra time. Next up was Italy’s 24-21 victory over Wales in Cardiff. Italy are my team of the Six [...]

March 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the India/England Test series

The critics of Bazball – whatever that might be -are out in force as England lost the series 4-1. In my opinion they could have lost 1-4 with a more cautious approach. I go back to the 2017 tour which ended in similar defeat – which I attended – when two Surrey spinners were [...]

March 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

Six Nations review: England 23 Ireland 22

Well, that was a pleasant surprise! A full-bloodied, dynamic performance by the England matchday squad as they went toe-to-toe with Ireland at RFU Twickenham yesterday on this year’s penultimate Six Nations weekend. These days rugby union is a something of a game in crisis as it struggles to come [...]

March 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

The welcome rise of Ipswich Town

The cliche ‘back where they belong’ is too often bandied about, but no club has a divine right to the top table. However, I am so pleased that Ipswich – promoted from Division One – are now challenging for automatic promotion to the Premiership. They have had a torrid time in [...]

March 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

Mike Procter

Most of us Rust contributors are of an age that we remember those that departed in their prime. Their passing is a salutary reminder that none of us are immortal. So I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Procter aged 77. He was one of the best all rounders I ever saw and he satisfied the [...]

February 22, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Six Nations

There has been an engrossing discussion on the sports pages of The Times between their two main rugby correspondents Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes. Jones argues that fans want wins,  Barnes disagrees, citing entertainment. If Jones is correct why are the RFU ‘ bigging up’ the Twickenham [...]

February 12, 2024 // 0 Comments

Wonderful days of TV sport

A good friend of mine has had painful side effects after a knee procedure but thankfully is a keen sport lover. So he can put his knee up and enjoy some wondrous TV sport, chiefly the Six Nations and the second England v India cricket Test match. Maybe Friday night’s match between France and [...]

February 5, 2024 // 0 Comments

The decline & demise of José Mourinho

Last week José Mourinho was sacked from AS Roma. After his time at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United he moved down a level to Tottenham Hotspur and Roma. Now where? He has not managed PSG nor Barcelona, nor AC Milan, but more likely he will take over the Portuguese national [...]

January 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

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