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ALAN TANNER With Fulham lying bottom below Blackpool, a team that going into the season had only 6 registered players, the description shambles is the one most fans apply. I would like to know the answer to these questions: 1) Why did Shahid Khan buy the club? 2) Why, when he knew so little about [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins 0 Saracens 39 – the scoreline says it all

FACT: The Stoop has a reputation as something of a fortress and a forbidding place for opposition teams to visit. The Harlequins fans pride themselves on the length of the gaps between home losses and, until last night, the current period had been twelve months and counting. REALITY: As regular [...]

September 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

It was forever thus

In the morning papers prior to the Swiss Euro qualifier we read that Roy Hodgson’s job was on the line. There were numerous references to his outburst using industrial language with a little dig that he was supposed to be a man of letters. One article commented  that he would lecture Ashley [...]

September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A horror show at Twickenham

This was not how it was supposed to be. Harlequins began last season with a poor run of results and yesterday at Twickenham Stadium opened their 2014/2015 account with a truly laboured 20-15 victory over an abject London Irish. In stark contrast, the London Double Header game immediately preceding [...]

September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup Watch

The places are all settled now and my guesses proved correct, though hardly unexpected. The Europeans are favourites at 4-6 and certainly look the stronger side. I do regard Tiger Woods as  no loss but Dustin Johnson, for all his problems, is one of the world’s best and will be missed. [...]

September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The US Open

Like many of the National Rust staffers I enjoy a flutter or as I said to Daffers after a liquid girlie lunch ” more tickle, less slap.” For the  US Open tennis I had a conservative stake plan: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic on a  win double and Roger Federer to reach the final. [...]

September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Football and chess

In an article yesterday in the Game section of The Times, Matthew Syed defended footballers from the accusation of being thick and draws a comparison with chess. He says that the same intelligence of pattern recognition – choosing the right option – is common to both. Developing the [...]

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

Fiorentina opened their season with a defeat at the Olimpico to Roma. Hardly a surprise as Roma were one of the form teams last year, finishing second to Juventus with sufficient points to win the scudetto most seasons. We have been relatively passive in the transfer market over the summer, the [...]

August 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner report: the Mo retort

Felix Magath gave a message to Fulham fans on the website. He began by praising us fulsomely probably to soften us up for the lowering of expectation to preserve his job. He stated that in a period of transformation the upper echelons of the championship were likely. Such transformation was [...]

August 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brighton briefing

I continue to be in both a state of awe and excitement in being invited to contribute to the National Rust. Alan Tanner explained to me that the sports editor Tom Hollingworth believes that real fans know much more about their club, and in some cases soccer, than journalists so if I am a bit [...]

August 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

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