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The Tanner Report

Although I was asked, as a window man, to set out my views on the transfer window, I thought it best to see whom we got in and, as important, whom we shipped out. We did good business: most of us are as pleased to say goodbye to Berbatov and Taarabt as we are sad that Aaron Hughes has left. Aaron [...]

February 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

Lets start with three statistics. I like statistics as they don’t lie, contrary to what Disraeli says, or rather they do so less so than the average Premier manager. Fulham have now conceded 50 goals in 23 games; we have the worst goal difference in all 4 divisions; Berbatov and Bent have [...]

January 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Tanner Report

Fulham made 11 changes with the trip to Swansea this Tuesday very much in mind. It’s always instructive to see our talented Academy kids and to speculate whether and what grade they will mature. Four started, Tankovic, Plumain, Passley and David. The absence of Anglo Saxon names reflects how [...]

January 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

My team/ Goole Town

People adopt a football team for all sorts of reasons. A few years ago I was on a club med holiday with my then boyfriend. We met a man called Eric, who worked for Marks and Spencers. He said their most popular dish was duck a l’ orange in every store ” from Sidmouth to Goole”. [...]

January 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

The FA Cup does not brimmeth over

Many reasons are given for the decline in status of the FA Cup. Once it was the only televised game; overseas players are unaware of its traditions and their domestic Cup competition is not taken so seriously ; the financial imperative of staying in the Premier and European cup competitions lead to [...]

January 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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