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The treading of a dangerous line

One of the downsides of being a senior citizen – besides straightforward “invisibility” as far as other generations are concerned – is that often one can see “the bleedin’ obvious” when others cannot and yet nobody will believe or take any notice of you when you point out this benefit [...]

August 31, 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

Sport and health

Over the past thirty years the issues associated with the long-term effects of an elite sporting career – particularly those of head injuries – have gradually assumed an increasing importance. It is stating the bleedin’ obvious to record that life itself is potentially dangerous – [...]

August 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thinking the unthinkable

Last week brought media reports of a new study undertaken by Professor Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow which apparently demonstrates that professional footballers who play in defence for ten to fifteen years are five times more likely to suffer dementia that the general population, [...]

August 5, 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

Brian London

I was sad to learn of the death of Brian London. He epitomised the British post-War heavyweight pug – good but was not good enough. He had a powerful dig – as Ingemar Johanson found out – but was slow and ranked second in the popularity stakes to Henry Cooper. He was a bit of [...]

June 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Big Fight

“Back in the day …” as we modern Rusters are wont to say – albeit that the period we’re referencing is so long ago now that even through our rose-tinted spectacles we virtually recall it in black and white – there used to be a London-based boxing magazine that ran a series on [...]

December 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Book review (a curate’s egg)

I bought Robert Colls’ new book This Sporting Life: Sport & Liberty in England, 1760-1960 about three months ago after both reading a review of it in one of the Sunday newspapers and having it recommended to me by a pal because of my general interest in boxing and its forebear – [...]

October 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

A farewell to two notables

At our stage of life – it comes with the territory – brushes with mortality in one form or another attend Rusters all too often but it is fitting that today we salute two Brits whose deaths were announced on Thursday. DAME DIANA RIGG Diana Rigg will remain an iconic figure in British [...]

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

On my way to the bedroom

It is an article of faith on the Rust that, despite my position as boxing correspondent, I am never under an obligation to report on any particular boxing bill or indeed address any issue of the moment relating to the sport. Indeed, if I feel like it, I can either ‘withhold my fire’ in this [...]

August 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

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