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Brighton HAFC 3 Derby 1

I was there at Wembley in 1983 for the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton which ended 2-2 and famous for “And Smith must score …” (our Gordon Smith fluffed his lines and didn’t) and the replay which we lost 4-0. After that both Brighton and the FA Cup went into [...]

February 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The appalling weather is not confined to here as the USPGA in Pebble Beach is, as I write, unfinished though Phil Mickelson holds a three point lead with only a few holes remaining. It’s such a beautiful part of the world with breakers and cliffs alongside the 3 courses but the waves were [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 0 Manchester United 3

Although we had two scoreable chances in the first 10 minutes, the new look Manchester United ran out easy winners. It was the same old, same old defensive lapses, it’s now 58 goals conceded. It’s time to assess Claudio Ranieri and the place to start is his first game against Southampton. He [...]

February 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It was a mixed weekend for me with losses in the Six Nations, Premier and Superbowl redeemed by top seven finishes by Ian Poulter living up to his nickname The Postman (he always delivers) and Matt Kuchar. Above all, it was a superb weekend of sport . It started on Friday with France v Wales. I [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Crystal Palace 2 Fulham 0

This was a game that Fulham had to win – or at very least not lose – to maintain the momentum of the second half recovery against Brighton. Three points would put us within striking distance of the group just above the relegation zone. It was a sterile performance with one shot on goal. [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Off and running

I watched Ireland’s fascinating opening Six Nations clash with England in Dublin – a great game by any yardstick – on television yesterday at a family gathering in the country. As other Rust correspondents have pointed out, rugby union is in a strange place. With elite players 10% bigger [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The delicate art of self-preservation

When last week I read in the media of a World Rugby summit held in the United States at which various ideas were considered to broaden the appeal of the sport around the world, including the old chestnut of expanding the Six Nations tournament and also setting up a 12-Nation around the world [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 4 Brighton 2

At half time on a freezing, wet night Fulham seemed doomed to relegation as supreme goal poacher Glenn Murray put the visitors two ahead. A second half revival which will live long in the memory resulted in an epic 4-2 win. Two goals down, Ranieri changed the system taking Tim Ream off switching to [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Golfing matters

Bryson DeChambeau coasted the Dubai Classic at -25. The world number 5 has earned the reputation as “the mad scientist” with his irons all the same length and dipping his golf balls in Epsom salts to achieve perfect roundness but there is no doubting his golfing acumen. My only [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Upon the eve of a sporting contest – indeed any contest un which life and limb may be at stake – it is not unknown for those directly or indirectly involved to turn to thoughts of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, Scene 3 and the King’s famous speech to his troops on the eve of battle at [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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