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The Tanner Report : Everton 3 Fulham 0

We have yet to keep  a clean sheet and this is of concern. There are many explanations for this, the most obvious being we have never played the same back four twice. A consistent back four with two central defenders at its axis is the cornerstone of a successful team. We had such with the Roger [...]

September 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The female cause rumbles on

On this organ we sometimes debate the complicated ground occupied by the stark binary issue of whether we’re either (1) out of touch with the 21st Century world and therefore should justifiably be treated as irrelevant simply because of our supposedly ‘old-fashioned’ views and the stage of [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Watford 1

You could see in a first half the away side dominated the difference between the two teams. Watford were totally unchanged in their 6 Premier games, Fulham change their starting eleven every time so we have a back four that has to be introduced to each other. For the second week running we conceded [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Sampdoria 1 Fiorentina 1

It’s tough for the Fiorentinas of this world. We have tradition, in the late fifties we finshed first or runners up 5 seasons running and were the first Italian club to reach a European final against the mighty Real Madrid and the first to win one, the old European Cup Winners Cup v Glasgow [...]

September 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The young German coaches

In one important respect the Bundesliga outperforms the Premier – the production line of highly competent young national coaches. In the Premier all we have is Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche. In the Bundesliga, Julian Negelsmann aged 30 has performed wonders at Hoffenheim, a small club, where he [...]

September 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Leicestershire ( first day)

  Its back to the red ball with Sussex chasing promotion having four more games left .  Leicestershire are in better form than in recent seasons.  Without a test ground, depedent on ECB income , they Derbyshire and Northamptonshire are counties who most find the financial going tough.   [...]

September 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Brighton 2 Fulham 2

Given the number of players who have played for both teams, and the clubs’s mutual ambition to survive in the top flight, a draw was a fitting and satisfactory result though achieved in a strange way. All of the goals conceded came after after crass errors. Two by forwards and one by the usually [...]

September 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

England women qualify for football World Cup

Last night by chance I found myself watching the first half of the women’s international football match broadcast on BBC2 between Wales and England played at the Rodney Parade ground in Newport that was broadcast on BBC2 from 7.00pm onwards. This was a World Cup group match which would [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 4 Burnley 2

So Fulham, after an iffy start to the season, are up and running with our first three points. Played in appalling conditions of driving rain, we produced a sparkling performance in which Andre Schurrle, Jean Michel Seri and Alex Mitrovic vied for man-of the-match. I was most impressed by Andre [...]

August 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressions do count

As I understand it, phrenology is – or was – the scientific (medical) theory which has held sway to differing degrees at various times in history to the effect that the shape or look of someone’s head somehow signifies their personality traits and/or character. Flitting around the [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

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