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It’s complicated (as they say) …

Being the Rust’s contributing editor on the sport of pugilism, I cannot not claim for myself the privilege of being a particular fan of football. However, it seems to me that one of the ironies highlighted by the recent “attempted breakaway” ESL debacle at the pinnacle of European [...]

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Roger Alton/fan power

One of my favourite sporting columns is that of Roger Alton, the former editor of The Observer, in The Spectator. The Spectator has long had a sporting contribution from the more cerebral enthusiast whose view counters the popular grain. Below are Roger Alton’s comments  in this week’s [...]

May 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Chelsea 2 Fulham 0

No surprises here. Chelsea maintained their almost invincible record against us at Stamford Bridge. I can remember being in deep cover in a stand when we last won there and that was 1976. Even a few years ago, if a team played a semi-final against Real Madrid, there was a fair bet they would be [...]

May 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sussex CCC and Brighton HAFC

The availability of – and access to – watching county matches on the stream service of their websites has proved a great success particularly in lockdown. Yesterday I enjoyed the key game between Lancashire and Sussex. Due to problems with the Hove pitch the match had to be moved a few [...]

May 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

The ESL – how it was reported

It’s an interesting and in its own way instructive if not informative process to review that reporting of the rise and immediate fall of the ESL. No one broke the story as a scoop and few bothered with the detail when the project emerged. There was a clue as neither Real Madrid nor UEFA seemed [...]

April 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Chelsea 0 Brighton 0

A dull goalless draw permits me to expand on the sudden demise of the European Football League with all 6 clubs from the Premier withdrawing some with abject apologies. Although the football world is priding itself on its unity, the project was always doomed. To have any chance it needed to be [...]

April 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

A win-win for nobody?

Like I suspect many sports fans, over the last few days I’ve been watching developments in football’s European Super League debacle at one remove with something like “rubbernecking” fascination. At one remove because I’m not a particular devotee of football – I’ve never been a [...]

April 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the European Super League

If nothing else the proposed European Super League (ESL) of the major clubs of England, Italy and Spain has done something unique: united the disparate and diverse elements of football in voicing its opposition. The devil, as they say, lies in the detail. I found the best coverage to be in The [...]

April 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Arsenal 1 Fulham 1

To concede a goal late in the 7th minute of extra time is gut-wrenching but, when it costs you the final lifeline of survival, doubly so. Had we won we would have closed the gap on Burnley with a game against them. However a dismal start, and a recent run of poor form and results have really made [...]

April 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

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