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Champions League Barcelona 1 PSG 4 (aggregate win 6-4)

I’m on a roll right now. Serious gamblers – unlike me – will often bemoan their bad luck but not see their good fortune, which I certainly enjoyed last night. Barcelona were firm favourites so I was attracted to bet against them. I did so when their winning odds dropped to 5/8  [...]

April 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : West Ham 0 Fulham 2

Fulham achieved their first double of the season – and third away win – at the London Stadium on Sunday. The victory removed all doubts that the team was coasting and thinking more about forthcoming holidays than points. It must nonetheless be inevitable that any team in mid-table like [...]

April 16, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton 0 Arsenal 3

Arsenal swept aide Brighton 3-0 with no difficulty. The tone was set in the opening minute when Gabriel’s free header from a well-flighted free kick went just past the post. Bukayo Saka and Kai Haivetz scorned more chances but Saka converted a penalty to give the Gunners the lead. Two more goals [...]

April 7, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton Bulletin

The announcement of Brighton’s record profit of just over £122m for 2022/23 rather overshadowed a dull goalless draw at Brentford last night. To achieve such a profit whilst maintaining a Top Ten position and tracing a FA Cup semi final and this season competing in the Europa League is no mean [...]

April 4, 2024 // 0 Comments

Great Adventure/Tony Banks

This is an account of the Mohammed al Fayed era, which defined the modern Fulham, by a Fulham-supporting journo. It is diligent with interviews with al Fayed’s Director of Communications, Michael Cole, and most of the key personalities of that rollercoaster ride. It’s neither ‘”warts [...]

April 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

Entertainment or trophies?

I sent a message to an intelligent West Ham friend congratulating him on his club’s season. The Hammers are seventh in the Premier as I write and set fair for their fifth consecutive season in European competition, having won the Conference League last season. He would not have it, retorting that [...]

March 30, 2024 // 0 Comments

Venue Vede Vince

Nowadays maximising the revenues of a sports stadium is vital – not just in sport but theatre too. This has attracted bad publicity as the high prices of tickets have been cited at Fulham, Chelsea and popular West End theatrical productions. It’s a slightly skewed argument as the top price [...]

March 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 3 Spurs 0

Normally when Fulham beat one of the big boys the story is more about the latter’s defeat than the Fulham victory but this time the press were unequivocal in their Fulham praise, as epitomised by the Telegraph line: “Spurs were not just defeated. They were thumped.” From first to last [...]

March 18, 2024 // 0 Comments

A superb day of TV sport

I can scarcely remember a more exciting day of TV sport. It started with a lunchtime thriller of a quarter-final FA Cup tie contested between Wolves and Coventry which the latter won with 2 goals in extra time. Next up was Italy’s 24-21 victory over Wales in Cardiff. Italy are my team of the Six [...]

March 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 AS Roma 0 (Europa League Round of 16)

In the end the deficit of 4 goals was too much though Brighton did have their chances. We play good football in 75% of the pitch but lack bite in the box. They really miss Mitoma, March and – above all their top scorer in this competition – Joao Pedro. In summing up the campaign, it’s [...]

March 15, 2024 // 0 Comments

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