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The Tanner Report : Fulham 0 Bristol City 2

After this home defeat Stefan Jokatovic might well be following stats guru Craig Kline out of the club. I remember seeing this same type of performance – or lack of it- at the last home game of Mickey Adams’ reign when he was replaced by Ray Wilkins and Kevin Keegan.  Although  Ryan [...]

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Southampton 1

I will remember the game more for the result and journey there than the excitement on the pitch as neither keeper had to save a shot in a dull game. Recently – and not just for reasons of economy – I have preferred to travel ariund  Brighton more by bus than taxi. Brighton’s taxi [...]

October 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Bolton1

Many seasons ago in the grim years of bottom tier football I attended a game with John Mitchell, one of our 1975 FA Cup run heroes, and a personal one of mine. He assessed the team and said “The problem here is that they are not enough players giving a consistent performance. We had [...]

October 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Goal/Michael Donald

What did Dick Nanninga and Jorge Brown achieve which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona did not? Answer: score in a World Cup Final. In this  book, photographer and writer Michael Donald interviews and photographs those alive of the 54 scorers who have done so. It [...]

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

A seminar at the Argentine Embassy

Last night I attended a seminar at the Argentinian Embassy on ‘Football Diplomacy’. The theme was bridge-building through football and on the panel was Ossie Ardiles, one of the first overseas imports who made Britain his home notwithstanding the Falklands conflict. Many years before [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s boiling up

It wasn’t long ago that at a Rust editorial get-together the ‘News and Current Affairs’ contingent entertained the assembled multitude with an amusing line that in recent times they had begun to feel at something of a loose end, this in the sense that these days, given the recent [...]

October 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

West Ham United 0 Brighton 3

The wiseacres say that to stay up Brighton must win the necessary points at home. Our away form – one point, one goal – has been unconvincing but I had a good feeling prior to the West Ham match last night after a large gin and tonic (this column is sponsored by Hendricks and Fevertree) [...]

October 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Champions League- a new English dawn?

The front page of the Telegraph sport section exulted over the results and performances of English clubs in the Champions League last Tuesday night. From the comfort of my sofa I watched most of the televised marches on BT Sport and I cannot share that optimism. One must remember we are in the [...]

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of scoring an own goal

Yesterday a little after lunch, at a loose end and completely by chance, I had Sky News playing on the television in the corner of my room whilst tootling around on the internet on my computer when – out of the blue – anchor presenter Kay Burley suddenly announced that coverage was crossing [...]

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

My Sporting Weekend

Final scores may be dramatic but they are not much help to the sporting flutterer, like me. Everton at evens seems a juicy lay to me. Things are not good in the state of Goodison, they have had the Rooney debacle and rumours are emerging that the team don’t care for the disciplinarian Ronnie [...]

October 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

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