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About Tom Hollingworth

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

Olympic coverage

Like my colleagues on the Rust I find the back drop of empty seats in the stadiums a distinct turn off. In the week of track and field I miss the winning athlete draped in the national flag going over to supporters. I am also less than impressed by the BBC coverage. The BBC has so few sporting [...]

August 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Withdrawal and well being

One of the features of this year’s sport has been the withdrawal from participation by elite sportswomen and sportsmen. Naomi Osaka was followed by Simone Biles and the latest is Ben Stokes. Generally the media attitude is sympathetic. Gone are the days when Frank Bruno was cruelly mocked by the [...]

August 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Can we believe what we see?

This isn’t exactly rocket science, but occasionally every man (or woman) jack of us gets reminded that – for the human race generally – either things are never quite what they seem to be and/or (alternatively) sometimes they can be exactly what each of us want them to be, simply because [...]

July 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

British Lions 22 South Africa 17 – another take.

Although I have a wide brief to cover all sport for The Rust I must admit straightaway that I only follow rugby (union that is) internationally. I prefer the rugby of my youth for two reasons. First modern rugby is about behemoths and those graceful movers I admired – Maso, David Duckham, [...]

July 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Open issues

Today I will be considering some of the issues of the Open. My first might be termed a non-issue, namely the publicity Bryson DeChambeau is generating. At first it was his very public spat with Brooks Koepka. Now it is his criticism of his equipment manufacturer. There is power battle between the [...]

July 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Time and tide waits for no man

Occasionally on the pages of this organ contributors, myself included, address aspects of the passing of time upon sporting careers and particularly the point at which top sportsmen and woman decide to call a halt. In this context the truisms can flow long and hard. Some elite athletes are [...]

July 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Female sports issues (continued)

Sometimes it’s best to stand back and let superior/professional journalists have the floor … At the risk that it may only be a matter of a few hours before The Guardian website “cuts off” access to articles on its website, here’s an excellent piece by Tanya Aldred on [...]

June 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Female sport issues

When it comes to picking the greatest all-round sportswoman in history – a definition that for present purposes requires excellence in at least two different sporting disciplines – there are a select few who come immediately to mind. Perhaps the lady most frequently cited is the legendary [...]

June 22, 2021 // 0 Comments


Here are my random thoughts on the Euros to date: Apart from Holland v Ukraine and last night’s match between Germany and Portugal I have found few games engaging. Some – like Spain 0 Sweden 0 – were a total bore. I have also been less than impressed by the coverage. I would have [...]

June 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

Who cares?

I  have titled this post “ who cares?’ as it will be two words applied in it.   My first target is Clive Tyldesley .   He is a football commentator for whom I have never cared as he is full of verbiage  .   When he delivered  his self obsessed rant after being demoted to ITV’s number [...]

June 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

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