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Bobby Robson/More Than a Manager: the documentary

A strong case can be made for Bobby Robson being the most successful post-War British manager. He brought a decade of success to Ipswich, he oversaw England’s most successful World Cup campaign in 1990 since 1966 and he managed abroad achieving trophies at Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Sir [...]

June 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sporting ironies

It is indeed ironic with the World Cup and Tour de France looming up that England could be supplying the winner for France’s premier sport and competition and that France has a much better team in football, our national sport. Pargie and I reckon at 13-2 France offers the best value Their [...]

June 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report/ After glow

Fulham fans have never been happier and it takes quite a bit to make us happy or rather to get us out of fatalist mode. Someone said that everybody loves Fulham, they are only a danger to themselves. At various points in the last few months it looked like the ‘same old, same old’ of [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sporting Lunch

Yesterday I had a lunch with three sporting pals, one a sportswriter. The sportswriter observed that the football World Cup Schedule in Qatar in November and December 2022, the coolest months, would require the rearrangement of 13 Premier games if the team is in the Champions League and he could [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1

So in one month, in one competition we won a play-off game against Derby and we won a major final. 43 years ago I went to Wembley to see Fulham lose to West Ham due to two goalkeeping errors. 7 years ago I travelled to Hamburg and this time Athletico Madrid – with the likes of Aguerro and de [...]

May 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where sport (and life) is going

As the world moves on, so does the appliance of scientific advance – and not least to sport. I’ve touched upon this subject previously in the context of the ways throughout history in which sports stars have sought to gain a competitive advantage because, of course, ever since human beings [...]

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The facts of sporting life

On the subject of female sport and the general (absurd) drive to ‘increase diversity/equality’ by pretending that all women’s sport is at least as important as men’s and should therefore be given equal billing, radio/television coverage and indeed money … Here’s [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Overdue return of a football icon

Of course, when you consider it in the round – it all makes sense. With the mega-money sloshing around in the Premiership – and to a degree fans of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal et al. not caring a jot whether their first team is filled with [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ticket office travails

The Fulham ticket office was for years manned by Sandra whom everybody knew, loved and trusted. Whenever there was a big game and tickets were an issue it was a case of “Get onto Sandra”. She was the type to be chosen as employee of the year as she knew her business and was more than helpful in [...]

May 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Derby 0

It’s been a long and bumpy journey. At various points on it we doubted whether we would get to the end of it, not least last Friday when we lost the first leg and the talk was ceaseless of Fulham’s play-off jinx. However we are going to Wembley for the first time in 43 years for one of the [...]

May 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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