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Across the board

There are two problems which Dominic Lawson does not overcome in a Radio 4 series in which he interviews five chess lovers whilst playing them. The first is, try as I might, I could not follow the games on the radio 4 website as I listened to the programme. This was because I listened later on [...]

January 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

In a game where result and points were all, I was nonetheless pleased that we stuck to our passing game and traditional footballing values, unlike West Ham. Passing was all the more difficult in gusty conditions and if I had a criticism – was this the early Ray Wilkins influence?- we were [...]

January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Happy New Year from Alan Tanner

I spent most of the last day of 2013, a rotten year for Fulham, fulminating against the appointments. Then I received a call from the school friend who took me to my first game. So we will hook up. My mate reminded me that we are basically a second tier club and our returning to our level. My [...]

January 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

On Ray Wilkins appointment

It’s bad enough appointing a  Chelsea legend, but one that has already flopped at Fulham and who was sacked for failing to deliver as he did at most of his clubs … One more example of a decision totally out of kilter with the fans. We are rapidly reaching the point that, not only will [...]

December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Although I expected us to lose at Hull, I did not think it would be a 6-0 thrashing. To put this in perspective, Crystal Palace went up to the team that has the best home record in Europe (Manchester City) and kept the score down to 1-0. Our goal difference is -22, which could prove crucial. Coach [...]

December 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

In  the car up to Norwich I was taking some gyp that my glass was not half Fulham but three quarters empty. I prefer the word realist, as if you look back over the Tanner reports you will see that the last three results were perfectly predicted.  The Tannic oracle now predicts a loss at Hull and [...]

December 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I am underwhelmed by the appointment of Alan Curbishley. The great managers that win trophies and establish a dynasty – Fergie, Mourinho and Wenger – never tolerate such intrusion and invasion of authority. It creates role confusion and political infighting. It simply does not [...]

December 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sledging: cricket v football

Watching the excellent game between Fulham and Manchester City, I was struck by one incident. The Fulham equaliser was bizarre, when Vincent Kompany somehow deflected his clearance backwards over Joe Hart.  If the object of sledging is to remove your opponent out of his zone of concentration then [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Board game shock

Spotted today on the website of The Independent, a piece on the allegation that one of the rising stars of chess may have been cheating. I suppose that after the advent of chess-playing computers – and now expert chess-playing apps for smart-phones – suspicions relating to top players [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (9) – one step forward, two steps back

In prospect, Saturday’s away match against Bath – against a backdrop in which these two and Leicester Tigers are currently contesting what, next spring, will become the fourth and last play-off spot – was a mouth-watering clash. Both teams like to play rugby and Bath had strung together a [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

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