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The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Wolves 0

Not even the most pessimistic of Fulham fans – of  which there are many-could find much fault in this performance as Fulham beat the league leaders. They might say that Wolves were lacking their best player Neves bought for £15m but you could see they are  a well drilled side with no [...]

February 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dark days

Saturday 24th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 16: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 10 Newcastle Falcons 28: League positions – Newcastle Falcons 4th on 46 points, Harlequins 9th on 32 points. I should estimate that approximately 40% of incoming feedback [...]

February 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Bristol City 1 Fulham 1

Ostensibly a draw at Ashton Gate against fellow play off contenders Bristol City was a point won, not lost, but I was disappointed from the moment the team was announced. Incredibly, no Ryan Fredericks – arguably our most effective player all season – and no Tomas Kalsa to deal with the [...]

February 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

With Braveheart on our lips

Like many Scots, this weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield against the ‘Auld Enemy’ fills me with a mix of over-excited anticipation and just a dash of dread. The irrelevancies of everyday life seem to have paled into insignificance as those of us old enough to do so recall [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

The return of Tiger Woods has attracted much coverage – less so twice Green Jacket Bubba Watson who won Genesis at the Riviera aged 39.  At his best he is one of the most watchable golfers on the planet, a supreme shot-maker in the style  of Seve. In a world of formulaic highly-coached, [...]

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Drugs and sport

Report as appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A salute to a fine boxing double-act

Yesterday, after sending in my blog draft on Saturday night’s Groves/Eubank Junior fight at the Manchester Arena to the Rust editorial team for approval and/or improvement – invariably the latter – I set off to a prospective venue for my daughter’s nuptials in the Midlands [...]

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Aston Villa 0

Even Fulham’s biggest half empty of the glass – even quarter – pessimist must have been satisfied that Fulham, by beating Villa coming into the game on the back of 7 successive wins and 7 points ahead of us in 2nd place, were reined in and tethered. Fulham can now not just be [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A night on the box

I’ve made a number of crass and/or ridiculous decisions in my life. One of the worst was to conclude my otherwise thoroughly enjoyable stag night sitting in what was then the Hammersmith Odeon in the early (UK) hours of 3rd October 1980 watching one of my all-time heroes Muhammad Ali take on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A case of familiarity breeding contempt

Saturday 17th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 15; Leicester Tigers v Harlequins at Welford Road, kick-off 3.00pm; Result – Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 18; Leicester Tigers 5 points (win plus four-try bonus point), Harlequins 0 points; Standings after Round 15 – Leicester Tigers 7th on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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