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TheTanner Report: Charlton 0 Fulham 0

One of the factors in the Great Debate of attendance versus TV-watching is ease of travel. I watched this bore draw from the comfort of my sofa on the Skysport red button. I certainly would not have wanted to make a 3 hour journey home in the cold from Charlton. As it was, I was in bed by 10. [...]

January 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Aston Villa 1

There is a misconception in football that we fans know much less than players, managers, coaches and pundits. This dull game – if it did nothing else – disproved this. On the bus to the Amex – the least car-friendly stadium in the world – I met a supporter I knew. He [...]

January 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : one nil to the Fulham

Two months ago, you would not ever have thought that Fulham would win 3 matches on the bounce 1-0. Yet last night’s victory achieved precisely that. The difference has been six foot five defender Michael Hector, a loanee from Chelsea, is very much a commanding presence in the back four. Alfie [...]

January 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Hull 0 Fulham 1

This ground out away win was exactly what we or any aspiring promotion side needs. There were few opportunities either way but with the tall Michael Hector at the heart of the Fulham defence we looked more solid and less prone to silly error. We went into the game with Tom Cairney, Harry Arter, [...]

January 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

Youth trumps experience in a scintillating match

In recent weeks I’ve been spending a lot of my time at my father’s place on the south coast, supporting him, his successive residential carers, local council adult car people and sundry others whose jobs (vocations?) touch upon the needs of the elderly. In the nature of these things – as with [...]

January 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

The TannerReport: Fulham 2 Aston Villa 1 ( FA CUP)

There is no doubt that the FA Cup has lost much of its lustre but – aside from its traditions as the oldest football competition – it gives a boost to clubs not competing for honours in the final phase of the season. Clubs like Aston Villa who are in the relegation zone and have a [...]

January 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Reading 2

4 points out of 9 over the festive period is not a productive haul and one the Cottagers may rue with the tough matches scheduled for March/April/May. We now have lost 4 games at home. Scott Parker, diligent as he is, does not seem to produce consistency of result. He has not been helped by an [...]

January 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Chelsea 1

I can picture the scene sometime between July 2018 and 2 weeks ago: a forlorn Ali Jahanbakhsh, bought from AZ Alkmaar for £1.7m, and largely ineffectual. An Iranian, he might be in the Persian restaurant in Hove with his family wondering what he is doing here and what will become of him. [...]

January 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Stoke 0

I watched this game with Bob Tickler’s godson in Craven Cottage itself. I don’t like the word “iconic”, but it’s an accurate description of a pavilion unique in football. It started its life as Anne Boleyn’s hunting lodge in Bishop’s Park, was the place where Lord Lytton wrote [...]

December 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 2 Bournemouth 0

The ‘jury’s out’ on new coach Graham Potter has gone to a thumbs-up. True at this stage last season we were in a better position under Chris Hughton but the football is more attractive now and Potter has given youngsters like Aaron Connolly and Steven Alcate their chance. However it was a [...]

December 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

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