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Brighton HAFC 3 Derby 1

I was there at Wembley in 1983 for the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton which ended 2-2 and famous for “And Smith must score …” (our Gordon Smith fluffed his lines and didn’t) and the replay which we lost 4-0. After that both Brighton and the FA Cup went into [...]

February 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The appalling weather is not confined to here as the USPGA in Pebble Beach is, as I write, unfinished though Phil Mickelson holds a three point lead with only a few holes remaining. It’s such a beautiful part of the world with breakers and cliffs alongside the 3 courses but the waves were [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 0 Manchester United 3

Although we had two scoreable chances in the first 10 minutes, the new look Manchester United ran out easy winners. It was the same old, same old defensive lapses, it’s now 58 goals conceded. It’s time to assess Claudio Ranieri and the place to start is his first game against Southampton. He [...]

February 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It was a mixed weekend for me with losses in the Six Nations, Premier and Superbowl redeemed by top seven finishes by Ian Poulter living up to his nickname The Postman (he always delivers) and Matt Kuchar. Above all, it was a superb weekend of sport . It started on Friday with France v Wales. I [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Crystal Palace 2 Fulham 0

This was a game that Fulham had to win – or at very least not lose – to maintain the momentum of the second half recovery against Brighton. Three points would put us within striking distance of the group just above the relegation zone. It was a sterile performance with one shot on goal. [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 4 Brighton 2

At half time on a freezing, wet night Fulham seemed doomed to relegation as supreme goal poacher Glenn Murray put the visitors two ahead. A second half revival which will live long in the memory resulted in an epic 4-2 win. Two goals down, Ranieri changed the system taking Tim Ream off switching to [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hugh McIlvanney – The Master – RIP

The news came overnight that Hugh McIlvanney had died at the age of 84. Without doubt he ranks among the all-time great sport journalists, not just those produced in the UK but anywhere in the world. Like many others I shall wait for the obituaries that will record, sum up and assess his career [...]

January 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Spurs 2

Fulham’s defeat to a Spurs goal in the 94th minute was gut-wrenching and makes the task of avoiding relegation decidedly arduous. Before the game I analysed the fixtures. At home we entertain Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea so we will be looking for points against [...]

January 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

This whole Liverpool thing

I was delighted that Manchester City beat Liverpool. My first email was a clip of Jurgen Klopp extolling the glories of Liverpool. “It’s not a club, it’s a family. we don’t have chants but anthems”.  And so it went on. There was no mention of Heysel, nor of Bob Paisley who won [...]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Arsenal 4 Fulham 1

Although Arsenal ran out easy winners, we had two chances to score before Arsenal did – both falling to Ryan Sessegnon who muffed them even though they fell on his more reliable left foot. Arsenal scored first with the now familiar sight of the opposition scorer having as much time and space [...]

January 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

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