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Peter Brackley

I was so upset to learn of the passing of Peter Brackley aged 67 last night. You would not call him old school as a commentator – he commented on Channel 4’s innovatory Football Italia – but he belonged to a previous non Premier league era. Always a Brighton fanatic he contributed an [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Arsenal 5

Fulham have now conceded 21 goals, 8 in the last 2 games, 7 in the second half of them. Once again new personnel and a new system of 3-5-2 which left a huge gap for Arsenal to exploit on our right. This was pretty much obvious but it took some time for the head coach Slavisa Jokanovic to do any [...]

October 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 West Ham 0

West Ham are not the first team you think of as relegation candidates but nonetheless one which Brighton would seek to beat at home which we narrowly did. After playing Manchester City and Spurs we now have an easier run with only Chelsea of the big boys at home on December 15th. Brighton scored in [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Weekend sporting impressions

With personal commitments over the weekend preventing me from prolonged periods in front of the television, I was unable to wallow in sport quite as much as originally intended and so was reduced to keeping touch with such events as I did via snatches of TV/radio broadcasts together with the [...]

October 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Everton 3 Fulham 0

We have yet to keep  a clean sheet and this is of concern. There are many explanations for this, the most obvious being we have never played the same back four twice. A consistent back four with two central defenders at its axis is the cornerstone of a successful team. We had such with the Roger [...]

September 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The female cause rumbles on

On this organ we sometimes debate the complicated ground occupied by the stark binary issue of whether we’re either (1) out of touch with the 21st Century world and therefore should justifiably be treated as irrelevant simply because of our supposedly ‘old-fashioned’ views and the stage of [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Watford 1

You could see in a first half the away side dominated the difference between the two teams. Watford were totally unchanged in their 6 Premier games, Fulham change their starting eleven every time so we have a back four that has to be introduced to each other. For the second week running we conceded [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Sampdoria 1 Fiorentina 1

It’s tough for the Fiorentinas of this world. We have tradition, in the late fifties we finshed first or runners up 5 seasons running and were the first Italian club to reach a European final against the mighty Real Madrid and the first to win one, the old European Cup Winners Cup v Glasgow [...]

September 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The young German coaches

In one important respect the Bundesliga outperforms the Premier – the production line of highly competent young national coaches. In the Premier all we have is Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche. In the Bundesliga, Julian Negelsmann aged 30 has performed wonders at Hoffenheim, a small club, where he [...]

September 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Leicestershire ( first day)

  Its back to the red ball with Sussex chasing promotion having four more games left .  Leicestershire are in better form than in recent seasons.  Without a test ground, depedent on ECB income , they Derbyshire and Northamptonshire are counties who most find the financial going tough.   [...]

September 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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