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The Tanner Report: Preston NE 2 Fulham 1

I  would like Scott Parker to succeed, I really would. He is part of that distinguished tradition of ex-players becoming successful managers – Bill Dodgin Junior, Malcolm MacDonald and Chris Coleman in my supporting years. He has good footballing values and is diligent but humble. He gets on [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Bristol City 2

Fulham did not deserve anything from this game but some poor refereeing deprived us from sharing the spoils. The cardinal selection and tactical error made was to play Josh Onomah, the loanee from Spurs, just behind Alex Mitrovic. To play in that position you have to be slight, quick and with [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Keeping a close eye on things

Back in the mist of times gone by – along with staples such as Boxing News, Ring Magazine and Boxing Monthly – there used to be a classic resolutely non-mainstream ‘underground’ organ devoted to the fight game produced in London called Round One. This far distant I cannot remember where it [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Arsenal 1 Brighton 2

Inevitably this fine win by the Seagulls will be seen in the context of Arsenal’s worst run since 1977. Yet the win was thoroughly deserved: Brighton were the more passionate and adventurous, better in possession and more accurate in their passing and the stats confirm had more possession and [...]

December 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Swansea 1 Fulham 2

This was Fulham’s fourth consecutive win and inevitably attention focusses on Alex Mitrovic who scored both goals, bringing his season total to fourteen. I would however prefer to concentrate on our defence which has conceded two goals in that run. After the opening few games the perceived wisdom [...]

November 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sporting nations that punch beyond their weight

This article appeared in the sports section of the Telegraph on a theme covered by our Rusters whilst in Japan – New Zealand – a sporting behemoth It made me think of other countries that one would not historically link with sporting achievement. Bern Wiseberger This seems to go in [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Clive James RIP

Yesterday my brother gave me a lift from the south coast back to my home. On the way I commented that we should remember the date Wednesday 27th November 2019 because one day in some far off Pub Trivia Quiz it was possible that the question might come up as to which three culturally-significant [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 3 Derby 0

Fulham coasted to victory over Derby who did not manage one shot on target. It was too easy a win to make for a captivating game unlike the derby against QPR last Friday. I went with an old school friend who is the son of TV and film character actor Sam Kydd. His father made nearly 300 films in the [...]

November 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

On the tee with Pargie

For the fourth time out of five thanks to Jeremy Chapman I nabbed a winner in John Rahm. Ram trousered $5 million as he won the Race to Dubai as well as the DP event on the Jumeireh course. Comparisons were inevitably made to Seve Ballesteros and Rahm knew his Spanish golfers, even citing Seve’s [...]

November 25, 2019 // 0 Comments


I’m not a great one for stats but there is one that says it all about this match – Brighton did not manage one shot on goal. For the first half the Seagulls held out redoubtedly in a performance that was more Chris Hughton than Graham Potter. Just as we were applying more pressure at the [...]

November 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

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