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Not just a matter of self-identification

Many of those who contribute to this organ take pride in the Rust‘s long and healthy record of pointing out both the oddities and absurdities of modern 21st Century “woke”, politically-correct, “Let’s invent new groupings of supposedly disadvantaged put-upon minorities [...]

December 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

West Ham 1 Brighton 1

The Seagulls maintained their unbeaten record against the Hammers in their second consecutive draw. They left it rather late – and had only 10 players on the pitch – when Neil Maupay atoned for previous misses by equalising with a spectacular overhead kick. West Ham had taken an early [...]

December 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

Duck into the bouncer, Doug!

In 1993 I was on the beach at Bridgetown Barbados facing a skinny 11 year old with a mean bouncer. At the other end was my friend Wayne Daniel who advised me to “duck into the bouncer”. The young tyro must have heard him as the next ball kept low and struck me amidships. Cue forward 21 [...]

December 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Preston NE 1 Fulham 1

This was our second successive draw and a lacklustre performance. After taking a first half lead when defender Tim Ream converted Jean Michel Seri’s free kick from close in we gradually lost our grip on the game. Preston’s equaliser came after two handballs assisted the ball in to the net but [...]

November 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

THE TANNER REPORT: Fulham 0 Derby County 0

I do not normally begin my report by praising the opposition but in this case it’s warranted. Derby’s response to a 21 point deduction that consigned them to the bottom of the Championship was to take 4 points from Bournemouth and ourselves at the other end of the table. This draw was [...]

November 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

And now for the Six Nations …

With the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn international series now concluded the question now to be addressed is in what state the home nations (and France) have emerged as we enter the two and a half month “fallow period” before the commencement of the 2022 Six Nations tournament. The first [...]

November 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

View from abroad: Fiorentina 4 Milan 3/Clermont Ferrand 1 Nice 2

Once again we saw an exciting spectacular – this time between la Viola and serie a leaders Milan. Fiorentina were at one stage leading 3-0 but Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat trick for the Rossoneri and we were hanging on. Star striker 21 year old Vlahavic has a reputed £80m price tag. There [...]

November 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 4 Barnsley 1

Having had to endure the journey from hell from the coast I deserved this sparkling performance. First class became cattle class as all the seats were taken by disgruntled passengers in a train of few carriages that became standing room only- so much for any social distancing. Clapham Junction, the [...]

November 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

I have been “off the air” these past weeks largely because I have been unsuccessful in my golf wagers. However this weekend I backed the Italian Francesco Laporta (50-1), who finished third in the Dubai championship won by Dane Joachim Hansen, and also had an each way tickle on Carmen Tringale [...]

November 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the autumn internationals

I watched both games yesterday – Ireland beating the All Blacks and England overcoming Australia. The first game was covered on Channel 4. The commentator was Miles Harrison but I missed his normal sidekick Stuart Barnes. The All Blacks were ring-rusty and short of the high standards that one [...]

November 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

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