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Getting to the nub of it

It will not have escaped sport-loving Rusters that the Easter weekend was loaded to the gills with action across the board – I shall just cite in evidence the fact that the business ends of football’s European Champions and Europa Leagues are in full sway and the English Premiership and [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Scott Parker: the case for and against

Fulham ‘s first away win at Bournemouth in a year solidifies the case for Scott Parker’s permanent appointment. Here I draw up the pros and cons: Pros 1) Fulham have had 6 managers over 6 years. Each new appointment might offer initial hope but the reality was upheaval. The case for continuity [...]

April 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Great sporting occasions I have slept through

Falling asleep on my comfy sofa for the final quarter of that classic encounter between Manchester City v Spurs reminded me of one of the great personalities I have met in my sporting life Morris Lazar. Morris invariably fell asleep during a boxing bout prompting his autobiography Great Fights I [...]

April 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Cardiff 2

Brighton’s fourth consecutive defeat without scoring has opened up the relegation trap door. Cardiff are now just two points behind. True, the Seagulls have the superior goal difference and a game in hand. However the run in comprises away games at Spurs and Arsenal and a final game at home to [...]

April 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Bournemouth 5

It’s squeaky bum time in Sussex as Brighton were thrashed by neighbours Bournemouth 5-0 in El Coastico. Defeat next Tuesday at home to Cardiff and we could be joining Huddersfield and Fulham. The key to Brighton’s survival has been home form and a reliable defence but neither were apparent [...]

April 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Ajax 1 Juventus 1

Every twenty years or so Ajax Amsterdam produces a wondrous side which is then rapidly decapitated when the big boys come a-buying so there is the briefest of windows to savour their football. I’m old enough to recall the 70s side that won the old European Cup three years in succession beating [...]

April 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Celebrating Olympique Marseille

Yesterday I took an Uber and the driver soon made me aware he was a football fan, as he had an OGC Nice red and black pennant hanging from his rear view mirror. After expressing his surprise at the amount Fulham paid for Nice players le Marchand and Jean Michel Seri, he moved the conversation on to [...]

April 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It’s normally John Pargiter that gets to review the sporting weekend and (bless him) boast about his betting coups, so apologies to him and our readers … Amongst the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Grand National and Boat Race the opening of the cricket county championship passed almost [...]

April 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Manchester City 1

When you go down one goal down after four minutes against Manchester City it’s tough, very tough. However, City had little of their swagger and did not overrun the Seagulls thereafter. Indeed if we had a bit more adventure we might have got back into this semi-final FA Cup tie. Our best [...]

April 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report on the last rites

Relegation duly happened last night at Vicarage Road where Fulham were crushed 4-1 by Watford. Fulham more than held up in a first half which ended on even terms and Zambo Anguissa had his best game yet but once again goals were too easily conceded and the home side ran out easy winners. Now the [...]

April 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

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