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Brighton HAFC 2 AEKAthens 3

Brighton’s first-ever European game in the Europa League last night was in every sense a damp squib as they lost and the heavens opened. Surprisingly Roberto de Zerbi rested Lewis Dunk and Evan Ferguson. Dunk was particularly missed as the untried combo of Van der Hecke and Igor did not look [...]

September 22, 2023 // 0 Comments

Answered prayers/Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton is rightly acclaimed as one of our best – if not the best – sports biographer. It’s not a literary field crammed with talent. Most ghosted sports biographies are dull with some revelation for the serialisation in a newspaper. Duncan Hamilton writes on major but [...]

September 19, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Luton O

When in the season you play a team is key. Luton are just promoted, lost their first three games and – angered that Garth Crooks in midweek predicted their relegation by Xmas – brought many and raucous supporters. Fulham are regarded as soft, the sort of game from which you might come [...]

September 17, 2023 // 0 Comments

Brighton 3 Newcastle Utd 1 … and Sussex CCC

Brighton got back on track after the surprise 3-1 home defeat by West Ham and look to have the next £100m star in young Irishman Evan Ferguson who scored a hat trick. Ferguson is a burly striker in the style of Erling Haaland with a nice touch and eye for goal. He was acquired from Eire’s [...]

September 4, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Mohamed al Fayed and Manchester City 5 Fulham 1

When I posted in the week I was very much in two minds as to whether to comment on a move from Joao Pahlinha to Bayern Munich. There was much coverage that it would take place, with the Portuguese midfield colossus even going to Munich for a medical, but terms could not be agreed by the time of the [...]

September 3, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: a good week

This week Fulham earned a highly creditable point at the Emirates over high-flying Arsenal and on Tuesday deposited Spurs out of the Caribou Cup. After losing at home to Brentford there was some trepidation over the next two Premiership fixtures – namely Arsenal and Manchester City away. [...]

September 1, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Arsenal 2 Fulham 2

I clean the windows of a successful Fulham-supporting economist who, like many of that ilk, does like his projections and predictions. However football is not an exact science. After Brentford beat (and beat up) Fulham last week few gave us any chance at the Emirates against high-flying Arsenal. [...]

August 27, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Drawing a line in the sand

The Alex Mitrovic saga is now thankfully over with the Serb hitman taking Saudi lucre. He has served Fulham well but you feel he has served himself better. One of the reasons for the popularity of the Lionesses is they seem devoid of the greed of the modern day male footballer. One of the [...]

August 21, 2023 // 0 Comments

A curate’s egg of Brighton sport

Brighton HA FC opened their account with a thumping 4-1 victory over new boys Luton.  The Seagulls sit proudly on top of the Premiership.  Probably not for long as it’s the opening weekend. When I composed my post on their prospects, Moises Caicedo to Liverpool looked a done deal but Alan [...]

August 14, 2023 // 0 Comments

Football Prospects

We asked out football correspondents to provide their informed views on their clubs and prospects.   BRENTFORD Before I discuss Brentford it’s worth mentioning what we learned in the pre-season. Arsenal equalised in the 101st minute of the Community Shield match, confirming that extra time [...]

August 12, 2023 // 0 Comments

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