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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

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

Give me strength!

The newspapers today are full of the news that the BBC has received over 300 complaints about their commentators’ performance at the Women’s Slopestyle Final at the Sochi Olympic Games, during which Jenny Jones became Great Britain’s first-ever medallist on snow at a Winter Olympics. [...]

February 11, 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

Quins-watch (13) …

[The Stoop, Sunday 9th February: Harlequins 11 London Wasps 10] … and I wished I hadn’t bothered! Yesterday I had committed to attending a lunch in honour of a Canadian cousin’s offspring and his fiancée who had flown in from Moscow at short notice, this whilst erroneously believing that [...]

February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

You won’t catch me doing that!

Yesterday I made a personal breakthrough of a kind. Being a television sports addict – and faced with a Saturday schedule including Liverpool v Arsenal at lunchtime, followed by two Six Nations matches fascinating in prospect – I had made a deliberate strategic decision to avoid all coverage of [...]

February 9, 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

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