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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

More thoughts on Sussex sport and the Hundred

Yesterday I had intended to go to Hove Cricket Ground to see the Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires in the Royal London 50 over match. Except for a window in the afternoon there was no play and the game ended “no result’, Sussex’s sixth such ending in all competitions. It was little consolation [...]

July 31, 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

It will get worse before it gets better

IS IT FOOTBALL, OR ACTUALLY A SECTION OF THE BRITISH POPULATION, THAT IS THE PROBLEM? Sitting my editorial suite in Rust Towers was an interesting experience once J.S. Bird’s strident post yesterday on the aftermath of 2020/2021 Euros tournament had “hit the airwaves”. It would be [...]

July 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Par for the course, I’m afraid

Today, courtesy of the pages of The Rust, I present to the world my uncompromising and woke-free sixpenny-worth on the troubling subject of the background, the circumstances and, of course, the crowd control and innumerable other events and incidents surrounding the staging of 2020/2021 Euros Final [...]

July 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Final thoughts: the hard facts

At The Rust we are not shy of dealing  in hard facts. Therefore my assessment of the Euros final was that Italy were the better team and the three missed penalties were badly taken and not saved by great feats by Italian keeper Donnarumma. Jack Grealish is a cocky player with a good strike, as [...]

July 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

A ball of considerable confusion

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that – in what (nobody needs reminding) has been something of a strange a disconcerting world these past eighteen months – the “crazy” factor has recently gone up several notches in the UK as both world sport – not least football, [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

The final : an Italian view

There  has always been a respect from Italians for f English football.  The word mister is often used to describe the Italian manager , the Juventus jersey of black and white stripes came from England ‘s oldest football club Notts. County and clubs Milan and Genoa have British not Italian [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on England 4 Ukraine 0

Let’s not get totally carried away. England played well against a poor side. Three of the four goals came from headers when the scorer was unmarked. Denmark – let alone Spain and especially Italy – are unlikely to concede such  goals. Once again at a crucial stage in the first half [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Funny how things can change, isn’t it?

Not being a football fanatic – and having declared myself a Euros 2020/2021-free zone for the duration – I had a hard time of it this morning upon rising at my usual unearthly hour and perusing the UK national newspaper websites in order to catch up with what has been happening in the world. [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

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