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The Tanner Report: DVD season on 2009/10

Whilst many of my Fulham pals watched on Sky Sports Fulham’s EFL games this season, yesterday I went back 10 years in time to celebrate Fulham’s most successful season in which we finished 12th in the Premier and reached our first ever European final. Roy Hodgson proved another inspired [...]

March 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s tough out there when fundamentals don’t work

The subject of elite women’s sport is a vexed one in which aspiration, political-correctness and straightforward business reality collide with a distinctive but compelling thud. Here on The Rust we take no particular delight in occasionally drawing attention to, or commenting upon, some of [...]

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments


The prominence in the sporting calendar of the horse racing meet at Cheltenham is difficult to explain. The weather is invariably bitter, it’s not that easy to access or egress and the iconic Grand National is less than 2 months away. Even the laddishness of male bonding and the notion of Ladies [...]

March 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Bristol City 1 Fulham 1

It was probably a fair reflection that the points were shared but both Bristol City and Fulham could have done with the three. The goal that Fulham conceded was typical of many as the ball should have been cleared. Fulham showed heart and intent especially Tom Cairney who had a magnificent game. He [...]

March 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

As ever, after a winning run with 4 wins at Plumpton and Adam Scott, it was inevitable my luck would turn. I was on Tommy Fleetwood for the Honda on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palm Beach course with its treacherous Bear Trap on holes  16/17/18. Tommy, the highest rated player in the world not to [...]

March 3, 2020 // 0 Comments


It’s bad enough losing to a bottom table side without that team being your hated rivals Crystal Palace. Generally-speaking the Seagulls fans are a cheerful lot, grateful to be at the top table, but when it comes to Palace we display a different and less attractive side. The Amex stadium is [...]

March 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Swansea 0, and social media.

Alex Mitrovic was not having a good game against Swansea. Three chances which he would have normally converted went astray before he muffed a penalty in the 87th minute. Oh well another 3 points lost. Then Abou Kamara in the final minute crossed and there  was Mitro to head home. That is a true [...]

February 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye upon some perennial favourites …

Here’s an update upon the latest media stories on two issues we feature regularly in our Rust sports coverage: CONCUSSION Iconic Wales rugby union player George North is even now undergoing concussion protocols as a result of yet another head injury he sustained in the last round of Six [...]

February 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Refereeing and sportsmanship

I was struck by on aspect of the vibrant Six Nations international between Wales and France, namely the acceptance of a key decision. The Welsh were attacking strongly in the final quarter, pressing back France and a try seemed on the cards. Referee Matthew Carley  had to decide whether an [...]

February 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

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