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The power and influence of the National Rust, now building upon its daily readership of 1.584 million, continues to confound even our own expectations. Barely 24 hours after my demand that the rugby authorities should investigate Saturday’s savage and unsavoury Premiership clash between [...]

April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Once again Felix Magath baffled us when he switched to a new system of 3-5-1-1 with one of our best players, Lewis, withdrawn more into deeper midfield. It seems to baffle the boys too as, without two fine saves by Stockdale, we could have been trailing 2-0 at half time. Yet it was us that took [...]

April 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

The sacking of Chris Hughton

After the sacking of Chris Hughton there is not one black manager in all four divisions. Another Chris, Chris Powell the popular manager of Charlton, was sacked a few months ago. Robin Scott-Elliot argued in yesterday’s Independent that there should be an affirmative discrimination [...]

April 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

For a natural pessimist I travelled up to Aston Villa on the Chiltern Line in hope. We did play well against Everton and, if we could replicate our form of the first hour, we would surely overcome an inconsistent Villa side who had beaten Chelsea at home and next home game lost to Stoke. They were [...]

April 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

The Tanner Report

Some things do not change in the fifty years I have been supporting Fulham and one is is the picturesque walk through Bishops Park. Yesterday I took an alternative route to Putney Bridge Station to enjoy it. There were three distinct groups : home fans, Everton fans and tourist football fans. [...]

March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

A sad night in Florence

The city has been charged with excitement all week. There is nothing like the anticipation of a visit from Juventus, especially when we have every chance of progressing in the Europe Laegue at their expense. Old scores will be settled. Perhaps there is something in the Florentine DNA, going back to [...]

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Arsene clocks up 1000 games at the Arsenal

Saturday’s game against Chelsea will be Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as le gaffeur of Arsenal. A tribute to this was paid last night on  both Radio 5 and Talksport. Normally I would not listen to such programmes. I admire Wenger, I like his football values and know many Arsenal fan,s [...]

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

There is life in the old embers after an eventful victory versus Newcastle yesterday. In his programme notes Felix Magath spoke of “positivity”. I am not sure if such a word – though often used – actually exists,  but I get his drift. He is big on the attitude of the team, [...]

March 16, 2014 // 2 Comments

Arsenal and Bayern Munich

Arsenal, whilst eliminated, gave a performance against Bayern you might classify as satisfactory or creditable. They suffered from the absence of Szczesny, Wilshere, Ramsay, Walcott and Gibbs who might have narrowed the contest even more. Whereas, though you cannot seen any deficiency in Bayern, [...]

March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

Fiorentina lost 0-1 away to ther hated rivals Juventus on Sunday and now play them this Thursday and the following one in the Europa League. The bitterness goes back to 1982 when the scudetto went to the last game.  Juve were at Catanzaro and awarded a late penalty, whilst Fiorentina were refused [...]

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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