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The Tanner report: Huddersfield 1 Fulham 2

I had the utmost respect for those Fulham diehards on a very wet night – when the match was televised – who made it up to the Smith Stadium and were rewarded by a 2-1 victory. I watched it on the telly. Some of the key incidents I am sure I would have missed had I been there. In the [...]

August 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s sporting weekend

It seeems strange to be just in August with all 4 Majors completed and into Fedex season. You might say business end as $15m awaits the FedEx rankings winner. After yesterday’s tourney at the Liberty National at New Jersey the field narrows to 70 for the BMW at Medinah and the final one is [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

There is a well known tactic usually symptomatic of the classier footballing team: “playing out from the back.” Fulham in the first 30 minutes created their own version of “playing in from the back”. Time after time again the ball was passed laterally between central defenders [...]

August 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Up and down, up and down

Although not part of the Olympic cycle, the summer of 2019 has already provided a positive glut of sporting excellence and entertainment and there is plenty more to come, not least the commencement of the 2019/2020 Premier League season and the Rugby World Cup in Japan. I cannot personally claim to [...]

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Change is always gonna come

Reflecting upon my sports-watching over the weekend, together with reviewing other developments, it occurred to me that we are currently in an era of great and far-reaching changes right across the spectrum of elite sport and – sitting on the sidelines as most of us do – we may as well prepare [...]

August 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Barnsley 1 Fulham 0

Pargie called to say Fulham were joint favourites with Leeds to win the Championship but watch out for Barnsley. Under new manager Daniel Stendel they not only won promotion from League One but were unbeaten at home. Fulham were never at the races and could have lost by more than 1-0. Although [...]

August 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sports-watch update

Spotted overnight on the worldwide media, here are some reports and articles that might be of interest to our sport-loving readers:- TRANSGENDER ATHLETES Such are the complexity and variety of the issues surrounding transgender athletes – I need only reference the competing and/or contradictory [...]

July 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Club/ Jonathan Clegg & Joshua Robinson

The subtitle of this book is “How the Premier League became the richest, most disruptive business in sport” which reflects a work that is more assertive than analytical. You can tell it’s written by journalists – in this case the Washington Post’s as a historian tends more to rely on [...]

July 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport, money and television

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” is (and I’ve just looked this up) an old idiom from either Yorkshire or Lancashire and probably comes from the same stable as “There’s always someone worse off than yerself …”. Be that as it may, I was reminded of it overnight as I saw a report in [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Where logic and theory come to grief

For some time now we on the Rust have been reviewing the status and quality of women’s sport – something we shall continue to do – in the context of both the 21st Century’s obsession with political correctness (and its supplementary accessories, not least equality of opportunity, equal pay, [...]

July 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

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