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Leopard Creek

If you asked me to name my favourite golf course it would not be the great American ones like Augusta, Pebble Beach nor Sawgrass, nor the Scottish links St Andrews, Carnoustie, Troon nor Muirfield, nor Royal St. George’s,  nor Birkdale, but Leopard Creek in South Africa. Why? It has something [...]

November 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Liverpool 1

The furore over VAR has reached such a fever pitch that it is now the main discussion point  of a match. That Brighton deserved a draw and held arguably the best team in the world is secondary to the intervention of VAR. Managers and players seek any excuse for a below par performance which [...]

November 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Champions League

We are now in the home strait of the Champions League qualifiers  with two more rounds in December and most of the usual suspects will proceed to the round of 16. England and Spain should have four representatives, respectively Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool  and Chelsea and [...]

November 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Everton 3

After 50 years of support of this loveable but eccentric football club you might have thought they could no longer surprise me. So when last week I reported on the worst penalty I had ever seen missed you might have thought that this week I would be not reporting now on a more abject effort. I [...]

November 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Aston Villa 1 Brighton 2

Whena Chris Hughton got the sack 18 months ago, one of the principal reasons for the decision was the dire quality of the football. No one would complain after  yesterday’s compelling game which had just about everything: 3 goals, ding-dong action, a penalty not awarded after VAR in the closing [...]

November 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Pay to view

I was relieved that the Premier league has scrapped Pay to View but not for reasons of morality. Of course the Premier League is awash with money because of their TV deals and can afford to be generous but that was not my beef. I found it impossible to sign up for West Ham v Fulham and was dreading [...]

November 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

The best sport I watched this weekend was by chance the Tri Nation’s rugby international in which Australia beat New Zealand 24-22. I was surprised to see a crowd of over 30,000 in the Brisbane stadium which made me think how much they add to the spectacle. Brisbane has a significant nunber of [...]

November 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: West Ham 1 Fulham 0

The drama came in extra time. It seemed Fulham had held out for a draw when Thomss Soucek scored for West Ham  in extra time though both managers agreed that Haller who knocked the ball down was offside . Then, after consulting with the VAR team and the monitor ref Robert  Jones awarded a penalty [...]

November 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Burnley 0

This was a game that is bound to be shown last on Match of The Day. The highlights can be condensed into 90 seconds. After apparently a bust up in training Matty Ryan in goal and forward Neil Maupay were restored to the team but there were no Solly March, Leandro Trossard, Davy Propper nor Lewis [...]

November 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

A lunch both happy and sad

Yesterday I had lunch with three supporters of  Brighton HAFC whom I know well and see in the 1905 lounge but only once this year. One of them – J – sits in front of me and goes back on the train from the stadium with the other two who owned the pub. J, who invited me for lunch, is a [...]

November 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

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