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Dennis Turner 1946-2014

Every club has a historian and archivist, but not too many like our Dennis Turner who died suddenly yesterday. Now that Mr Al Fayed has retired and Johnny Haynes passed on, Dennis has a credible claim to be Mr Fulham: he edited, and was a programme contributor, for 34 years; he wrote definitive [...]

January 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The kindness in not rubbing salt in wounds

The well-worn joke is that the overwhelming bulk of Manchester United supporters hail from the south-east – or indeed, anywhere but Manchester. As a case in point, when I go across the road this morning in order to collect my usual from the newsagents, it is inevitable that Bob – the [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

We gave a satisfactory account of ourselves against the league leaders Arsenal yesterday – and a better one than against the bottom club Sunderland last week. The two midfielders Scott Parkeer and Steve Sidwell pressed the Arsenal midfield, but Clint Dempsey is still off the pace. Most [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The gay issue

I was chatting to an ex-footballer I know well on Hitzelberger coming out. We like to disagree, but in this case we did not. We both regarded it as a non-story. Hitzelberger waited till he left the Premiership perhaps to avoid dressing room and crowd banter, unlike Gareth Thomas,  the wicketkeeper [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Our comfortable victory over a poor Norwich side will have caused some selection problems ahead of Arsenal this Saturday. Some of our so-called key players like Berbatov were rested so that he, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey were not too fatigued for the Arsenal game. The problem is that this [...]

January 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Tanner Report

In his programme article the chairman Shahid Khan spoke of how the appointment of Ray Wilkins was welcomed by the Fulham family. This must be a Fulham family I neither know nor understand. Our Fulham family remember a Chelsea legend replacing  a Fulham one in Micky Adams. Wilkins failed to get [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

Pepito Rossi was in the stand last night, watching our 2-0 victory over Chievo in the Cup. The Italian Cup has the status of the Capital Cup. I am sure that overseas players in the Premier League do not understand the traditions of your FA Cup. Rossi will fly out to Colorado to be assessed by the [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sadly, it comes with the territory

The world learned yesterday that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott will miss both the remainder of the season and this summer’s World Cup after suffering a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (‘ACL’) in his left knee during the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 4th January. [...]

January 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

File on Fiorentina

After Gonzalo Rodriguez broke the deadlock against Livorno with a header from a corner in the 65th minute, I thought the game might close out without event. Instead, 3 minutes later, the Livorno defender Rinaudi kicked Pepito Rossi on his right knee, the object of 2 operations. Rossi went to the [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I was not at the F A Cup  game at Norwich so I cannot offer a first hand opinion. My wife, proof-reading my copy, said ” that’s never stopped you.” There were three important features: the return of Clint Dempsey, who my reporters said looked rusty; a great save by David [...]

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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