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Ice with everything

Encouraged by the proverbial sackful of Twitter and email feedback – not all of it positive – in response to my article upon women and sport, I now feel emboldened to take unto myself the title of National Rust’s unofficial Winter Olympics correspondent, not least since the position [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

Women and sport

In my own sweet way, I regard myself as an enlightened metrosexual gentleman – in this context I would cite the example that I go to the expense of applying shaving cream before scraping my chin, rather than just soap and water as was the habit of my grandfather. And yet we are also children, if [...]

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

Emiliano Grillo

I always find golf analyst Steve Palmer’s column in the Racing Post interesting. The guy is unapologetically a serial gambler and evokes the visceral excitement of it. Last week having correctly predicted George Coetzee would win the South African Open, he was only one shot away from a [...]

February 17, 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

Quins-watch (14): one to forget

Yesterday I went to the Stoop to watch the Harlequins keep their quest for a Premiership top-four finish on track with a nervy 18-14 defeat of Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons. To be honest, it was not a great game. I’m not suggesting Quins have lost their mojo, but they just aren’t playing [...]

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

Still bubbling …

Few things – not even politics – promote opinion and controversy like sport, which is half the reason it’s so central to modern culture and makes for such compelling viewing. Currently two leading sportsmen – one a soccer player, the other a cricketer – who may have departed [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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