Thursday, December 28, 2017
Dare we dream of reaching the play-offs and beating Dulwich away? Maybe not yet, but with winnable games to come against Harrow and Tooting we could finish the festive period with 12 points from a possible 12.
There were some sad mutterings before the game about the loss of Sam Blackman who allegedly had got a bit greedy. The good news though is we won't have to listen to the tiresome ginger ninja chants anymore.
Tanners started off playing great football and could easily have gone into the break 2 or 3 up. The gaffer was back in the side adding quality and composure to the midfield whilst Jack was still recovering from a niggle. It was Niall who broke the deadlock with a stunning curling strike from the edge of the box and we shivered off to the bar 1 up.
The 2nd half was hard work and the (the no Police in the) Met Police side equalised with a header from a corner. It looked like we'd have to settle for a draw until Gerry, justifying his adulation at corners, fired a header into the corner of the net in injury time.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
The curse of the newly approved new stadium struck early at a freezing and packed Kingsmeadow. Meanwhile, those who used to own this ground couldn't play because of a frozen pitch at Fetcham Grove.
AFC fought hard in the first half but missed the clinical finishing of Midson. Neil Ardley looked increasingly concerned as the game wore on as Wigan eventually took the lead in the second half. A crazy tackle saw them down to 10 men and then Wigan had as much fun as Steve Smith and scored 3 more.
On to Needham Market on Tuesday for the real Tanners and with the temperatures warming we may actually have to play this one.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Friday, December 08, 2017
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Monday, December 04, 2017
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
There were just 15 lost souls supporting The Tanners compared to 1,500 the previous weekend. At least we were well qualified with a high percentage of our supporters holding a PhD.
A strangely subdued Jack started the game but was a shadow of his usual self, particularly compared to his heroics against Billericay where he played centre forward and centre back. Perhaps he was rightly concerned about picking up a knock or a niggle before the big one.
We started full of vim and vigour for the first 30 minutes and completely forgot that we were nervous about appearing live on TV at Tamplin Towers Theme Park on Thursday. Liam and D'Sean put us two up and we were looking great.
Slowly we started to tire and look leggy. Royston worked their way back into the game just before half time. The 2nd half was a bit of a disaster. Royston equalised then the referee gave us no chance by sending a Royston player off. A goal in injury time meant that for the 3rd time this season we lost to 10 men.
In preparation for our FA Cup Replay, and out of respect to the beloved Glenn Tamplin, I will leave you with Isiah 40;31
But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not be faint
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The plan couldn't really have gone any better. A solitary goal from a penalty with 10 minutes to go courtesy of Jack was just enough to see us through to the next round.
The queue for FA Cup tickets caused more interest than the game along with rumours that Glenn Tamplin had bought up 6,000 tickets and ordered 100 coaches. One of the coaches is being specially adapted to transport Glenn's ego.
A nervous week lies ahead for all Leatherhead supporters. There is one good omen. In 1974 we also played fellow Isthmian opposition in the FA Cup 1st round in the form of Bishops Stortford. The rest is history.........
Friday, October 27, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Surely the players would have been better prepared by recording a handsome victory over Chipstead rather than sitting at home?
If you enjoyed queueing for rides at Disney World, come to Dulwich. Dulwich fans spend their whole time queuing; admission, beer, tea, toilets, traffic lights, 20mph zones, bus lanes, waiting for a play-off win.
We had chances today but they were squandered. However, Dulwich could easily have had 6. There was a bit of belief lacking today. The talismanic Moore sat the game out and was sorely missed. It is assumed he was injured but no official reason was forthcoming.
So a trying week ends on 0-9. Ashford Town will be looking forward to the FA Cup fixture rather more than when the draw was made on Monday.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
After the Lord Mayor's show comes the sh*t cart.
A thunderous display at Ware was followed by a pathetic halfhearted effort at Chipstead. We only have two realistic chances of silverware this season. Correction, we now have one.
We are unlikely to win the FA Cup, and we are unlikely to tamper with Tamplin winning the league, so that leaves the Surrey Senior Cup. We don't normally enter The FA Trophy.
The team sheet was a huge disappointment to those supporters who made the effort to travel. Even the player/manager decided neither to play nor manage.
Even more disappointing was the effort put in by the second string team. Their attitude reflected that of the management. If we are competing for the play offs come January this league cup abdication will be justified. If we are mid table and arranging friendless due to the lack of games it will prove to be a lost opportunity.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, September 08, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017
Cray Valley come to the Grove tomorrow to face us in the FA Cup. A competition that we, frankly, have been bloody useless in over the past few years. I sense that the FA Cup this year will be taken a lot more seriously but with us an banana skin is only 90 minutes away.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The game started cagily with a typically niggly spoiling Met Police side looking for a draw or maybe to sneak an odd goal. The weather was dangerously hot by British standards as it was almost 26 degrees celsius. How they manage without drinks breaks in Spain when it is 35 degrees we will never know.
The first half saw very few chances. The biggest concern was a misbehaving yellow motorbike until the usually superb Clohessy had a rush of blood to the head. An off the ball incident noticed by the assistant referee saw him receive a straight red. No one complained much so the decision must have been correct.
Met Police almost tried to launch the occasional attack when we were down to 10 men but it was half hearted. We went into half time on level terms but slightly hot and bothered.
Despite their player advantage, Met Police created few real chances in the 2nd half and it wasn't long before one of their number (who should have been keeping people safe in Notting Hill) was shown a 2nd yellow. Our spirits rose and the boss brought himself on. We started to control the game and we searched for a winner which finally came in the form of the influential Blackman and the lively Chike.
A superb start to the season and a well deserved 2 week rest from league action. Onto the FA Cup where last year a dreadful performance under a hapless Sandman saw us crash out at Hythe.
This year will be different. Mooro stared down Steven Gerrard in the FA Cup not that long ago so surely will not fold against Cray Paper Mills from 2 leagues below. The friendly against Glebe showed we can not afford to be complacent . An A1 sized performance will be required, not A3 or A4.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Our guests ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division so it should be an even match.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
The pre-season fixtures are out. They have some of the usual ones (Corinthian away) and some new grounds to visit (Canterbury, Glebe and Sheppy). Given the new manager, it is a shame we couldn't get AFC Wimbledon down to the Grove and give them a chance to finally beat us…
8th July 15:00- Vs Bromley (River Lane)
11th July 19:45 Vs Woking (River Lane)
13th July 19:45 Vs Sheppey Utd (Away)
15th July 15:00 Vs Corinthian FC (Away)
21st July 19:45 Vs Canterbury (Away)
22nd July 15:00 Vs Glebe (Away)
26th July 19:45 Vs Godalming (Away)
29th July 15:00 Vs Hayes and Yeading (Away)
2nd August 19:45 Vs Basingstoke (Fetcham Grove)
5th August 15:00 Vs Kingstonian (Fetcham Grove)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Chris Boulter, Mu Man and Josh Gallagher represented the Tanners on the field. Off the field the Tanners were well represented by many familiar faces, even an ex manager who had masterminded an embarrassingly easy play off win over Dulwich 6 years earlier.
The first half was dire, but flew by as yet another informal fans' forum developed in the little stand behind the goal. It was similar to the previous three forums in that no one knew any solid facts (or were hiding them behind secret agendas). Words were muttered whilst carefully checking who was around you......leases, car parks, lux, shares, BlueGold, roofs, toilets, etc etc.
Finally, we bored ourselves stupid with these conversations and moved onto discussing the poor quality of the game, and how badly it needed some magic in the form of a Kadell Daniel or a Jerome Frederico.
Casuals had by far the better of the 2nd half but spurned numerous chances, much to the annoyance of the increasingly foul mouthed Casuals supporters who must have been on loan from Chelsea. It was a difficult decision to stay for extra time and witness another 30 minutes of dross. Penalties were a welcome relief. Dorking prevailed and the pitch was swamped by at least two of their celebrating supporters.
That just left the run to the car park to beat the queue of traffic, and thoughts returned back to the mystery announcement due on Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday, or maybe....oh for God's sake!!