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Fiorentina file: Fiorentina 0 Juventus 2

Last night was the big one, the visit of Juve. The hatred goes back to 1982 when both teams were mano and mano going for the title. Juve were awarded a penalty at Catanzaro converted by Liam Brady but Fiorentina were refused one at roughly the same time at Cagliari. “Better second than a [...]

February 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Seagulls see goals

Whilst Manchester City with their 13 point lead are turning the Premier race into a procession there is much excitement in the lower half where 7 points separate 10 teams. Two of them Brighton and West Ham met at the Amex and the Seagulls emerged as clear winners 3-1. Unified under a pragmatic [...]

February 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Something not quite right?

This short post is merely an unimportant observation upon the controversy surrounding Phil Neville’s recent appointment as the manager of the England women’s football team. The furore has been over two issues: firstly, whether or not his ‘celebrity’ as a former [...]

January 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Barnsley 1 Fulham 3

Fulham are now in the play-off positions but we seasoned Cottage watchers whose glass is half empty still have concerns. True we have on our last 3 games but victory against Middlesbrough was undeserved and in the other two – versus Ipswich and Barnsley – Fulham were trailing until a [...]

January 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Chelsea 4

When Pargie called in the morning asking me whether he should lay Chelsea at 8-11 I advised not. Ok, they are not in good form of late and went into the match without Morata, Pedro, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Cahill and Courtois but these big Premier sides have deep squads and pockets. It was Willan and [...]

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 6 Burton 0

I was going to title this “What do I know?” as when the line up was announced and I saw Cairney and Kamara were on the bench I feared another repeat of the dreary 1-1 draw of last season. Instead in a terrific  team performance we defeated Burton 6-0. The injury list has lessened (only [...]

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

How the other half manage

In an age where Liverpool buy a defender Virgil van Dyck for £75m having sold Coutinho for £162m, it was refreshing yesterday to have a coffee with Darren Freeman manager of Lewes on top of the Bostik South League. A big gate there at their quaintly-named ground the Dripping Pan is 800 and the [...]

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

When my fancy and joint tourney leader Branden Grace co-led with Chris Paisley after 3 rounds began the final round of the BMW at Erkulaheni South Africa with birdie and eagle, I had every confidence he would blow away journeyman Paisley. On the 6th he bogeyed after failing to clear a bunker giving [...]

January 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time …

Occasionally those of us over a certain age hark back to the great sporting times of yesteryear – when men wore mullet or permed haircuts, moustaches and shorts so tight you could tell the wearer’s religion. In footballing terms let us just name-check Nottingham Forest, Derby County and [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report/ Fulham 4 Ipswich 1

Older fans will recall Boxing Day 1963 when Fulham laid waste 10-1 to Ipswich and lost 2-4  four days later. Graham Leggat scored a hat trick in 4 minutes. No such free scoring yesterday but we did manage 4 goals in 7 minutes. In fact we dominated play from the start but, for the umpteenth time, [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

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