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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

Farewell but not goodbye

Since yesterday the media has be awash with tributes to David Coleman, one of the all-time great sporting commentators, who has died at the age of 87. Greater authorities than your author today have produced acres of newsprint and many memorable personal reflections upon Coleman’s outstanding [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Fulham’s performance v Manchester City was not all that different to that against Everton the previous week. We were the weaker side in the first half, we clambered back into the game, which was no mean achievement as we were 2 goals down, only for City like Everton to go into over-drive and [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

How to rack up the pressure on the drug cheats

Let me begin by declaring an interest. I am a rabid hard-liner on the use of performing-enhancement drugs in sport, any sport. In my view, anyone who is found to have transgressed the rules in place that are designed to catch drug cheats should – as a matter of principle – be banned from taking [...]

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

The upside of losing

When I rose, as usual, at some ungodly hour this morning there was something missing from my life – the hapless England cricket team was no longer being humiliated in the Perth Ashes test match. Ever since they first arrived in Australia, it has been my practice to having the Sky Sports coverage, [...]

December 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

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