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The Tanner Report

Yesterday I met up with the supporter who sits behind me and is my closest Fulham friend. We went to the Cup Final in 1975 together. He was pleased with the appointment of Feliks Magath as the Chairman has shown himself to be decisive in his task of avoiding relegation by dismissing all 3 of the [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barcelona don’t turn me on

I am not a fully paid up member of the Barcelona fan club, any more than I regard Manchester City – as was lauded by my press colleagues a few months ago – as the best team on the planet. That laurel should be placed around the shoulders of Bayern Munich. My wariness about Barcelona is [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

The essential requirement of being a Fulham supporter is a sense of humour. I have laughed at the gallows humour in the shambles of appointing Felix Magath. One of my clients Gerry has been texting me. He first suggested he should take his tracksuit to the next game to see if he can get appointed. [...]

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

It’s hard to fathom the reasoning of replacing head coach Rene Meulensteen with Felix Magath. Probably owner Shahid Khan is so worried that his investment  is going down the Swanee should Fulham get relegated that he looked for a manager with a record of salvation. Magath comes with a hard [...]

February 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Tanner Report

We produced a decent performance but no points and its the latter, not the former, that is going to prove significant. We twice took the lead, but a careless challenge by Reither in the dying minutes resulted in a penalty and no points. We were encouraged that this selection lasts the whole game [...]

February 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

Fiorentina file

Last night Fiorentina reached the final of the Italian Cup after beating Udinese 2-0. We will play the winners of Roma and Napoli. Although your FA cup has declined in status it does have more tradition than ours, which I would compare to the League Cup. It is also seeded. Fiorentina had to [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

This was one of the most bizarre games I have seen in the years I have followed Fulham. Manchester United dominated possession totally but few would begrudge Fulham their draw; Fulham only had 3 chances but should have scored from all of them, not just the two they did; United threw in cross after [...]

February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dennis Turner RIP

Yesterday I went to Rusilip crematorium for the farewell to Dennis Turner. It was a secular service presided over by a humanist and entirely caught the man. A man passionate about his music, he would have been pleased to say goodbye to the planet to the sounds of Joe Cocker and Van Morrison. The [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

When the authorities defy common sense

Most sporting fans would begin from the stance that nothing in football ever surprises us. The English Premier League is a fast-moving, multi-faceted, soap opera that dominates the world of sport like no other and controversies – some inadvertent, some deliberate – continuously come with the [...]

February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

One of my earliest Fulham memories was a fourth round cup tie against Sheffield United in February 1967, almost 46 years ago to the day. The first half was so bad that BBC did not show it on Match of the Day. It ended 1-1 with the Blades winning the replay. In yesterday’s match, the [...]

February 5, 2014 // 3 Comments

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