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Call me a cynic, but …

Last night, driving home in torrential rain from Oxfordshire where I had been for a ‘catch-up’ meal with my daughter, I listened to a sports programme on Radio Five Live. One of its items was a report upon an anti-drugs disciplinary hearing on 31 year old Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the [...]

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

Quins-watch (12) – … and it’s ‘Goodnight Vienna’ from us

The Heineken Cup receives its fair share of criticism – one of the reasons that its future remains in doubt even as this season’s group stages approach their finale – but, whenever it comes to town, it provides great entertainment and brings with it a special excitement and glamour. Yesterday [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nothing to get excited about … yet

Yesterday Stuart Lancaster named an initial 35-man England squad for the opening Six Nations match against France in Paris on the first weekend in February. It is deliberately large because of firstly, the number of currently injured players who may (or may not) be fit in time to be in serious [...]

January 10, 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

Video technology is imperfect but here to stay

The issue of using video and other high-tech gizmos in elite sport – and I don’t have any truck with the reservation ‘if you cannot introduce it comprehensively, you shouldn’t introduce it at all because integrity is affected if different rules apply to different levels of the sport ’ – [...]

January 8, 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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