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The Mavericks

A friend of mine gave me a book called The Original Stan the Man, the autobiography of Stan Bowles. It’s mainly a series of anecdotes about his gambling habits but of interest as he was part of group of mavericks that no longer exist in the game. Their period was the 197os and featured Bowles, [...]

April 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Manchester City 2

Where do Fulham go from here with relegation inevitable? “Go from here” are the operative words as we are going to lose our loanees – Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Chambers, Nordveidt, Markovic, Babel, Vietto – and in all likelihood also Alex Mitrovic and possibly Tom Cairney and Ryan [...]

March 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton reach the FA Cup semi finals

For the first time since 1983 Brighton have reached the FA CUP semi finals. In the year of “Smith must score” and Jimmy Melia’s dancing shoes we beat Manchester City en route to Wembley so the omens are good. Yet in the 88th minute, two goals down to Millwall and the New Den in full voice in [...]

March 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

An epic day of sport

I can scarcely remember a more epic, less predictable, cornucopia of sport than Saturday. On Friday we had a reunion lunch of sports writing colleagues. These can be depressing affairs as one or others drop off the perch and we reminisce on the “good old days “ of creative accounting with [...]

March 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report / Fulham 1 Liverpool 2

Fulham’s run of defeats has extended to eight, and 70 goals conceded and, although performance levels have improved under Scott Parker, probably not enough to convince the powers that be that he should get the gig permanently. We rather feared playing the big boys at home but against Spurs, [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Swindon 3 Arsenal 1 (1969 League Cup Final)

Fifty years ago third division Swindon beat the mighty Arsenal at Wembley in the 1969 League Cup Final. The 40th anniversary reunion (2009) Much was made at the time (and after) about the pitch cutting up after the Horse of the Year show and Arsenal being stricken by flu but, whatever way you look [...]

March 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Leicester 3 Fulham 1

The Khan regime has sacked 6 managers – Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen, Felix Magath, Kit Symons, Slavisa Jokatovic and Claudio Ranieri. Of these six, the last five were appointed by them and only Jokatovic can be judged a success. After each dismissal one hopes for a bounce. Scott Parker is [...]

March 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections on the Champions league

The great Jock Stein once remarked, after his Celtic side had deposited Leeds out of the European Cup in the semi-final, that those outside England do not share the high domestic assessment of English football clubs. I thought of this remark last week when Manchester United were beaten at home by [...]

March 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

Fulham fans were much heartened by this performance. For long periods we took the game to Chelsea though I always felt- as happened – that if we did score Chelsea would speedily do the same. We conceded our normal 2 goals, making it 69 in total. However there were encouraging performances [...]

March 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Huddersfield 0

Brighton are the only league club without a win this year and the natives were getting restless. The first half against bottom side Huddersfield was scrappy with the away side edging it. They lack a 10 goal plus striker so they did not convert dominance into goals. Brighton improved in the second [...]

March 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

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