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About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts

Farewell Scott Parker

Opinion was divided amongst Fulham fans over Scott Parker’s three year tenure as Head Coach. Some say it marked 3 relegations in two seasons, others that he achieved promotion from the Championship in his first full season. The pandemic made management more difficult in many ways – fans do [...]

June 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Newcastle 2

I will confine my report to one incident that reflected our season. Fulham were a goal down and playing reasonably well without troubling the Newcastle keeper. After a defensive mix up by the away aside Ivan Cavalero was presented with a  one-on-one chance.  He skied it over the bar. Fulham did [...]

May 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Burnley 2.

So we had the last rites last night at Craven Cottage with Burnley easily disposing of Fulham with 2 goals late in the first half. There were three distinct phases to our season. In the first, it was clear the promoted team was not good enough for the Premier, especially the defence; in the second, [...]

May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Chelsea 2 Fulham 0

No surprises here. Chelsea maintained their almost invincible record against us at Stamford Bridge. I can remember being in deep cover in a stand when we last won there and that was 1976. Even a few years ago, if a team played a semi-final against Real Madrid, there was a fair bet they would be [...]

May 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Arsenal 1 Fulham 1

To concede a goal late in the 7th minute of extra time is gut-wrenching but, when it costs you the final lifeline of survival, doubly so. Had we won we would have closed the gap on Burnley with a game against them. However a dismal start, and a recent run of poor form and results have really made [...]

April 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 0 Wolves 1

It’s looking gloomy now with 6 games left.  Six.  More victories than Fulham have achieved all season. Four more than the two home wins against both over the teams below us WBA and Sheffield United. Fulham did not deserve a win last night. Only a highly debatable chalking off of a goal as [...]

April 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Aston Villa 3 Fulham 1

In a preview of this match in The Racing Post a quote from Michael Corleone in Godfather III was cited: “I thought I was out but I’m right back in …” A few weeks ago Fulham had beaten Everton and Liverpool away and looked likely to overtake Newcastle but now – after successive [...]

April 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Leeds 2

This was a game Fulham had to win but did not and in interview after the defeat Head Coach Scott Parker admitted that was deserved. Leeds are a fit hard working side that pressed Fulham right to the final whistle. We had neither our normal composure nor rock-like defence of recent months. Only [...]

March 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Manchester City 3

Manchester City administered Fulham’s biggest defeat since Scott Parker overhauled the side. No real surprise as before the game City led the Premiership by 14 points and are favourites to win the Champions League. They could afford to leave Kevin De Bruyne, Alex Foden, Riyad  Mahrez, KyleWalker [...]

March 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Liverpool 0 Fulham 1

No doubt about it this victory will long be remembered as one of the great ones. It was as decisive as it was necessary. We are still in the relegation zone but we have momentum, self-belief and a mean defence. There were so many heroes  in a white shirt but I’m going to start with a man in a [...]

March 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

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