Fulham Football Club has been around longer than most clubs and they were actually established before the team I support Chelsea, who are located just down the road from them. They were formed in 1879 and are the oldest of London's professional football teams. Even though they are meant to be Chelsea's rivals from down the road, they are probably not considered direct rivals like Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. I have a bit of a soft spot for the team and generally want them to do well as long as it's not against Chelsea! I have done some work with them in the community and have also get tickets to some of their games before.
The club itself has not won any real major honours. Their best run in the FA cup came in 1975 when they reached the final and lost out to West Ham. Their team at the time contained World Cup winning captain and Hammers legend Bobby Moore. Their most famous and celebrated player was Johhny Haynes who played a total of 658 games and scored 158 goals for the club. He was also the first player to be paid £100 a week. He has a stand named after him and there is also a statue of him outside Fulham's ground, Craven Cottage. Other notable names who have played for the club include World Cup winner George Cohen and Sir Bobby Robson.
The club hit a low point in the 1995-96 season when they finished 17th out of 24 teams in the old Division 3. Since then they have risen up the leagues and last season had their highest ever finish in their history as they finished 7th and also qualified for Europe in the process.This was a bit of a suprise as they only escaped relegation the previous season on the last day as they produced a great escape. On the way to their best ever top flight finish they beat teams like Arsenal and Manchester United at home as well as a number of other great results. They are doing relatively well this season as well and find themselves safe in mid table. They have also had some great results this season. Most notably was of course the 3-0 win against Manchester United at home and also the 2-0 win against Liverpool. Recently they have had some injuries which hasn't helped and they went on a run of 5 straight defeats but bounced back with another win recently against Portsmouth and also Burnley.
One of the major reasons for their upturn in fortune has been due to manager Roy Hodgson who seems to have a settled squad and also a pretty solid defence. Hodgson has a wealth of managerial experience behind him and has managed in a number of diffrent countries at a range of clubs including the likes of Inter Milan and Blackburn. His team is well organised and tend to give the opposition a difficult time when they play.
The back four last season was the same pretty much throughout the whole of the season with Australian Mark Schwarzer in goal, Ghanian John Pantsil at Right Back, Norwegian Brede Hangeland and Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes in central defence and Englishman Paul Konchesky at Left Back. Danny Murphy has been the central chracter in midfield and is also the captain. The first choice pairing upfront are English strikers Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson. This season the team has had to deal with a few injuries and it hasn't been as settled but they are still doing well. Andy Johnson has had troubles with injury this season and influential American Clint Dempsey has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. One good signing I believe they made was former Chelsea winger Damien Duff who came from Newcastle. They should still comfortably stay up this season and will probably lurk around in mid table. Their strikers don't score alot of goals but they built their success last season on a mean defence. Bobby Zamora has been in top form this season for them as they look to build on last season's success.
The club is a bit of an old fashioned one and you will know if you have been to or even seen their ground. Craven Cottage is located on the banks of the River Thames and is an old fashioned style stadium where you are quite close to the pitch. It is not very big and capacity is only just over 25,000 which makes it one of the smallest in the Premier League.
Overall Fulham is a very good traditional style football club. I think they will find it hard to become alot bigger than they are currently especially if they don't expand their stadium or move elsewhere. They are probably doing as well as they can at the moment and last season was a great one for them. As long as Roy Hodgson is manager and they can keep top players like Brede Hangeland they should be alright.
Full name Fulham Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cottagers, The Whites, The Lilywhites
Founded 1879 (as Fulham St Andrew's
Church Sunday school)
Ground Craven Cottage, Fulham, London
Chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed
Manager Roy Hodgson
League Premier League
2008-09 Premier League, 7th
After Phil Browns bizarre and somewhat conceited rant on the pitch to his Hull players after they were 4-0 down at home at half time to Sunderland On Boxing Day, Hull have taken just 14 points in 20 games since, after taking 30 points from their first 18 games, including victories at Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham, actually leading the Premier League in October. Phil is a vain chappy, as we saw with his sing song yesterday to celebrate staying up, and likes to get on camera on the touchline wearing a vast array of fashionable clothes to go with his goatee, making sure he looks cool on Match of the Day, the December rant purely self-promotion. So why am I going on about Hull and Phil Brown in the Fulham review? Well because Fulham were in exactly the same position a year ago as Hull were today, just twenty minutes from the drop until Kamera creamed two goals late on to save them on goal difference. Yesterday Fulham claimed their rightful place in Europe in an amazing seventh position, 53 points their final tally, a startling performance that should really earn Roy Hodgeson manager of the season. It's an incredible football story. I'm sure Phil Brown will do better next year on motivational and tactical decisions but if ever a manger was right for keeping a team up at short notice its Roy Hodgeson, Fulham's uncomplicated and lugubrious manager a class act.
This guys European CV is really something to read and the fact he can speak five languages fluently means he can not only communicate with his Scandinavian back four but can attract the better Northern European players to West London. Swanky Mediterranean players don't really work out lower down the Premiership and I think that's Hodgesons great strength...picking the right guys. And like Sven he's a man who likes to experience all facets of the game and has gathered lots from football over the years with his foreign adventures, 12 different countries experiencing the Hodgeson management touch. If Hull doesn't want him then a rather pathetic Newcastle and their hopelessly picky fans should scrape together every penny and get this guy on board to get them back in the Premiership. Oh did I laugh when they went down today!
The idyllic Craven Cottage has awarded them the second best home record in the Premiership this season and if they crack it away from home next year they will be pushing for 5th. They may well do that as they only conceded 18 goals away from the Cottage, the third best defence in the Prem. Their home ground is of course part of their endearing charm, it an anachronism in the money mad premiership, Mohammed El Fayed, the 'Phoney Pharaoh' , loving being the big fish in the small pond. The away dressing room is the size of the cupboard under the stairs and leads into a driveway with rubbish bins and garden tools sprawled around. It was an extraordinary thing to see £300 million worth of Manchester United talent shivering near the pitch as they waited for TV to let them enter the pitch on I TVs FA Cup coverage in the winter. And the Cottage really is a cottage and it has a bedroom, a kitchen and a laundry, a really quirky place and a great intimate venue to see great football.
-Hodgesons Managerial CV-
Switzerland national team
United Arab Emirates
Finland National Team
1985-86 Svenska Cup
1986 Allsvenskan (Level 1)
1986 Swedish Champions
1987 Allsvenskan (Level 1)
1988 Allsvenskan (Level 1)
1988 Swedish Champions
1988-89 Svenska Cup
1989 Allsvenskan (Level 1)
1987 Allsvenskan play-off
1989 Allsvenskan play-off
1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
1996 UEFA European Football Championship qualification
1996-97 UEFA Cup
2000-01 Danish Superliga
2001 Danish Super Cup
Where as West Ham is The 'Academy of football', Fulham was the finishing school in the good old days, Allan Mullery and Bobby Moore finishing their careers at the Cottage, Moore facing his old club the Hammers at the 1975 Cup Final. The following year George Best and Rodney Marsh joined up to wow them one last time and Allan Clarke and world cup winner George Cohen also played at the Cottage, as did a 17-year-old Sir Bobby Robson for his debut in 1950, who then returned the favour by managing them at the end of his laying days in 1968. The great Johnny Hayes, of course, was their most revered player.
At the heart of Fulham's success has been their consistent first eleven and their impressive back four, the impregnable Aussie Mark Schwarzer the sensation of the year, top off the entire goalkeeper stats at the age of 36, another extension to his two year deal just secured for Fulham. Paintsil, Konchesky, Hangeland and Hughes have been fantastic in front of him and fantasy football league player's dreams, the big five sharing 17 clean sheets this season and being together for 34 of the 38 league games. That's what secures seventh place, just as Van der Sars 12 straight clean sheets secured the Premiership for Manchester United.
In the midfield it's been steadfast Danny Murphy playing deep and twinkle toes Dempsey that have also impressed, Zoltan Gera the touch of Baltic hair flare all top teams have to put up with these days. It could have gone pair shaped for Hodgeson with the surprise transfer of the excellent Jimmy Bullard to Hull in the January window, but the 70s reject got a bad injury, further hampering Hull City's quest to stay up when they needed the boost as it got too cold for Giovanni, perhaps an old injury Hodgeson thought would flare up one day and so sold him on.
Up front for Fulham has been their weakness, scoring just 41 goals, Andy Johnson from Everton not quite coming off, Bobby Zamora as awful as ever. But because the squad is so settled there's a lot of dead wood to go this summer, most of those strikers...
No. Position Player
1 GK Mark Schwarzer
2 DF Moritz Volz
3 DF Paul Konchesky
4 DF John Paintsil
5 DF Brede Hangeland (vice-captain)
6 MF Andranik Teymourian
7 MF Giles Barnes (on loan from Derby County)
8 FW Andrew Johnson
9 FW Bobby Zamora
10 FW Erik Nevland
11 MF Zoltán Gera
12 GK David Stockdale
13 MF Danny Murphy (captain)
14 FW Eddie Johnson
15 FW Diomansy Kamara
16 MF Olivier Dacourt (on loan from Internazionale)
17 MF Julian Gray
18 DF Aaron Hughes (vice-captain)
19 GK Pascal Zuberbühler
20 MF Dickson Etuhu
21 DF Elliot Omozusi
22 DF Fredrik Stoor
23 MF Clint Dempsey
24 MF Matthew Saunders
25 MF Simon Davies
27 DF Adrian Leijer
28 MF Robert Milsom
33 DF Toni Kallio
34 DF Chris Baird
37 DF Chris Smalling
38 GK Neil Etheridge
-- DF Joe Anderson
-- FW Hameur Bouazza
-- FW Collins John
DF Adam Watts
-Out on loan-
No. Position Player
26 MF Leon Andreasen (at Hannover 96)
30 MF Wayne Brown (at TPS)
-- FW Seol Ki-Hyeon (at Al-Hilal)
Second Division/First Division (now known as the Championship, the second tier of English football)
Champions 1949, 2001
Third Division (South)/Third Division/Second Division
Champions 1932, 1999
Third Division (a.k.a. fourth tier)
Runners Up - 1975
Anglo-Scottish Cup runners up
Runners Up - 1975
Some facts care/of Wikipedia..
Fulham were due to host Blackburn Rovers today at Craven Cottage, but unfortunately the game had to be called off due to a frozen pitch. When I heard this I though surely not, this is a premier league stadium, they must have under soil heating fitted which will thaw out the playing surface during frosty weather. Well, Fulham did have under soil heating, but apparently it failed meaning referee Rob Styles called the fixture off because the pitch was deemed 'unplayable' merely ninety minutes before the game was due to kick off - what a joke! I feel real sympathy for the rovers fans who made the trip and had to turn around and head back up the motorway upon hearing the news. I'm sure their tickets will be refunded, but they won't get their fuel costs back will they and what about the people who have paid for overnight accomodation in central London, we all know that's not going to be cheap.
You can't put all of the blame on Fulham though, I suppose it is just a very unfortunate situation, but that won't cheer up the rovers fans. I understand that Portsmouth game versus Manchester City was also called off because of a frozen pitch, but I don't think they have under soil heating at Fratton park, although beign a premier league ground you surely have to question why they don't have it installed.
Hopefully, weve seen the last of this cold snap meaning that the fixture list will be lest disrupted in the coming weeks.
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Fulham's rise from the third division has been dramatic. Promoted from division 3 in 1995, they have since made there way up to the Premiership. Not only that they have stayed in the Premiership for 3 season's now. Fulham are preparing for for there 4th season in the Premiership by purchasing players such as Claus Jensen and Papa Bouba Diop. Other signings include Tomasz Radzinski, Andrew Cole and Billy McKinkly. These players were brought out of the money from the sales of Louis Saha and Sean Davis. Depending on there start Fulham could be aiming for a possible European Place this season or relegation contenders. The first 7 or 8 games will be decisive in Fulham's season.
Fulham have a good team that performs well when everyone is pulling their weight. They have a few very good players like Edwin Van Der Saar and Luis Saha who seem to perform well every game. I feel Fulham will consolidate their position in the league this season which would be a good start to their first top flight season in so many years. They have the potential to do well with a great coach/manager and are never in need of some more cash because their chairman is pretty wealthy. Their stadium needs updating to a bigger capacity if they really want some big bucks to spend on players which is apparently being negotiated at the moment. They seem to have good ground staff because their pitch always looks in top condition. Overall out of the three teams that came up to the Premiership Fulham will finish the highest. They may even have a little cup run but will not end up winning anything this season.
Fulham have been promoted twice in three years, which isn't bad really! They're now playing top flight football in the Premiership and are hovering around the mid table position, a place that I think they'll probably stay for the most of the season. Their best player is undoubtedly Louis Saha, a superb striker with amazing ability, pace, shooting skills and that little bit of magic that a stiker needs. Fulham won't finish top half I feel, although 11th or 12th is still a very respectable finishing position. They play with passion, determination and always as a team performance - Louis Boa Morte is another of their top players, same goes for Barry Hayles!! Play at Craven Cottage, Fulham is a team that'll stay in the Premiership for a very long time in my opinion.
Fulham Football Club used to be known more as a poor music hall joke than a football team. They may have had players of the class of Johnny Haynes, Jimmy Hill, Ron Greenwood, Bobby Robson and Allan Clarke, but they were better known for their chairman, comedian Tommy Trinder, than their success on the field. Trinder used to joke that Fulham were up and down more often than a bride's nightie. Times have moved on significantly, however, and these days Fulham are an up and coming Premiership force. Their ambitions are fuelled by the seemingly bottomless wealth of chairman Mohammed Al Fayed, the man behind Harrods, whose view seems to be that if money can't buy a British passport, then it can certainly buy a place at the trough of football's big business. Money has been no object for Al Fayed in hiring the managers and players to inspire the London side's assault on the big time. First it was the charisma and potential of Kevin Keegan who led the charge. Keegan had made Newcastle one of the most attractive sides in the game and challenged Manchester United for glory, although they had collapsed badly under his brittle leadership and he had quit with the job only halfway done amidst accusations of coaching ineptitude. Keegan's rep was sufficient to attract some big players to the Cottagers and his coaching did not have to be closely examined as Al Fayed's money was used to secure promotion to the first division. The lure of England prompted Keegan to move on to a job where he was exposed as being fundamentally flawed, and for a while Al Fayed made do with a compromise, backing Keegan's assistant Paul Bracewell in the promotion challenge, but he quickly upped the ante by securing the undoubted talents of Jean Tigana, a successful French international player who had been in France's exquisite midfield quartet along with Michel Platini when they won the European Championship in 1982. Tigana brought a
style and a flair to the job and captured some wonderful, Premiership class talent and ended the season by walking the first division title with some dazzling football, punctuated by the glowing talents of Luis Saha, and proudly regained the top flight berth they had last held back in the late 60s. Al Fayed's ambitions knew no bounds, however, and cash was splashed aggressively during the close season, with the most high profile arrival being Dutch international keeper, Edwin van der Saar from Juventus, and Steve Marle from French football. Their opening day challenge was in the lion's den of Old Trafford, but Fulham acquitted themselves admirably, twice taking the lead through Saha, before eventually succumbing to the inevitable, going down 3-2. They won a lot of converts to the cause that day with their free flowing football, and have continued in that vein, elegantly passing their way through games. The problem, however, is that they have not turned pretty football into points on enough occasions and their recent defeat at Aston Villa was evidence of that as Villa's robust effectiveness ground out a result against the flashy style of a Fulham team who remained true to their principles throughout. It's far too early to start writing Fulham off as they possess breathtaking talent in abundance, but it is clear that Tigana may have to compromise and add some rigour and steel to all the showy panache if they are to survive, let alone prosper, in the top flight. It is admirable that Fulham continue to play with the style and approach they believe in, but Cloughie's Forest were still being told they were simply too good to go down until the day relegation was confirmed in 1993. Sometimes, one has to go back to go forward and Al Fayed's expressed desire to simply roll through the Premiership may have to be shelved for a while. He doesn't like to hear the words No, however, and Fulham may play their way prettily
all the way back down to division one. Compare Fulham with Bolton. Sam Allardyce knows the value of defensive rearguard action, and even though the Northerners are a lot less fun to watch than Tigana's side, Bolton have probably generated enough insurance against relegation in the form of points in the bag to give Allardyce an easier time of things after Christmas than the Frenchman and the Arab may enjoy. Whatever the outcome, however, Fulham have brought a breath of fresh air to the Premiership with their play and their players. The defenders have all made the point that Tigana's approach has improved them as players, as did Wenger's at Highbury and they look accomplished in possession. It would be a shame if they were to be relegated.
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So Fulham finally made it to the cream of football, the Premier League with just a little help from Harrods owner Mohammad Al Fayed. Will the Londoners cope with the tough new division, or will they sink in a blaze of failure and disappointment? Early signs suggest they are easily coping with life at the top, yet have been overshadowed by fellow new boys Bolton in the race for the top. It has not however been all bad, Fulham were unlucky to lose to Manchester United 3-2 on the first day of the season, not many teams can say that. They then beat UEFA cup ambitious Sunderland 2-0, but a 3-1 loss in the London (should that be French) derby at the weekend. Certainly with Al Fayed’s millions there is a rather large transfer wallet in the background, but can Fulham realistically challenge for a European spot, or maybe more. The Squad ------------- Defence – Ed van der Saar was one of the biggest transfer moves for Fulham in the summer, arriving from Italian giants Juventus. The current Dutch number one has won over 40 caps, including Euro 2000, 96 and World Cup 98 honours and played in the recent friendly against England. A superb keeper with good relflexes and agility he came through the fabled Ajax youth team, which won the European Cup in 1995. Rufus Brevett was one of Kevin Keegan’s signings while he was at the London club. A good left back who likes to get forward, is a good crosser and comfortable on the ball, but does not neglect his defensive jobs. Chris Coleman suffered a horrific injury during last season, breaking both legs badly in a car accident, the Welsh international is a key member of the defence, strong inspirational, he began his career at Crystal Palace, before joining Fulham from Blackburn. Andy Melville joined from Sunderland two years ago, the solid Welshman is a rock in the centre of Fulham’s defence. Not all girt and power, Melville can again play with the
ball at his feet and has captained the team on occasions Kit Symons is yet another Welshman at the back for Fulham since joining from the blue half of Manchester in 1998. Scored plenty of goals last season as Fulham walked to the division one crown. Alain Goma is the first of many Frenchman at Fulham, but joined later than some, arriving in early 2001 from Newcastle. Played much of his football with Auxrrue in France but is proven with the Geordies he is capable of Premiership action. Jon Harley is another new arrival at the Cottage, making the short journey from Chelsea in the summer. A quick and skilful left back he came through the youth ranks at the bridge but failed to make much of an impact on the foreign legion, so moved across London to find more first team action. His good displays last year caught the eye of many, and was seen as one of the answers to England’s left back problem. Midfield – Steve Finnan is a versatile player that can easily fit into a defensive or midfield role. A full international with the Republic of Ireland the right sided player is a hot talent with good ball skills, and plenty of skill. Lee Clark was forced out of Sunderland, after wearing an inappropriate T-Shirt to Newcastle’s FA cup final in 1998. The mackems loss has been Fulham’s gain as the midfielder has been a key member of the promotion team. A hard worker and good at distributing the ball, Lee runs the midfield well. John Collins has worked with Jean Tigana at French side Monaco, before joining Fulham from Everton last year. A skilful and creative midfielder the Scottish international has played for Celtic and Hibernian before moving south, and has played in several international tournaments for the Scots. Steed Malbranque is still young but the Frenchman comes with plenty of full games and potential under his belt. Played for France at youth level, Steed has not made it on
to the full international scene just yet, but current form shows he is not far away. A very quick and attack minded midfielder he has already shown what he can do, and scored his first goal for the club in the London derby against Arsenal. Sean Davis has come through the youth system at Fulham, and has now worked his way into the England U-21 set up. A good goal scorer, with a good eye for goal from distance the strong and determined player scored the goal that sent Fulham up to the Premiership, and is one of their brightest prospects. Bjarne Goldbaek like Jon Harley made the short trip from rivals Chelsea to join Fulham. The Danish international is one of the older members of the squad, but comes with plenty of experience. A good passer, tough tackling and runs on and off the ball, Bjarne is a great midfielder and is a good member of the team. Eddie Lewis is an American international and combines experience and youth nicely. Rated very highly back in America he is lightening quick with a fair shot on him his is a good player to have in the squad Sylvain Legwinski joined Fulham from French side Bordeaux in the summer. He has played under Tigana at Monaco he is a good midfielder accurate passer and links well. Can also score some and will be looking to link up with French team-mates. Strikers - Steven Marlet is the clubs record signing at £11.5 million joining just recently. Part of Tigane’s French army Marlet is a full French international. A skilful and entertaining striker he has a proven record with two top French teams, Lyon and Auxerre and will be looking to displace others for a place with the World and European Cup winners France for 2002. Louis Saha was the top scorer in division one last year, and was voted player of the year by Nationwide. One of the most important reasons for Fulham’s rise, Tigana picked Saha from obscurity at French side Metz to become one of the hottest
strikers in England. Skilful, pacey and an eye for goal he is again vital for Fulham to succed at this level Luis Boa Morte was turned from an outcast at Southampton to star in Fulham’s promotion push. Arsene Wenger spotted the Portuguese talent, but failed to make an impact so was pushed down the South coast. Quick and dangerous with the ball at his feet Luis formed a great partnership with Louis Saha, setting up many and scoring a few himself. Barry Hayles joined from Pirates Bristol Rovers three years ago and has never looked back. Started at Stevenage he was a top scorer and attracted Bristol’s attention, where he transferred his scoring records. A very hard worker with tireless runs, he is good at running forward with the ball and defenders hate that. A great signing, but is not getting any younger. The Boss ------------- Jean Tigana has been a revelation since joining Fulham in April 2000. The Frenchman has brought in a whole new way of thinking to the Fulham side, and epitomises the teams style and ambition. He introduced new thinking, such as dieticians, tactics and passing game that players soon adapted too and the whole think clicked. He also has a great knack of getting the most from the squad he has, he turned Luis Boa Morte from a Southampton reject to international, the same with others, Barry Hayles, Chris Coleman and Symons all are playing at the best form of their lives and he picked Saha up from total obscurity. As a player Tigana was regarded as one of the best French players of his time appearing in several top tournaments including a semi-final finish at the 1982 World Cup and winning the 1986 European Championships. He worked his way up from local team Toulon, Lyon Bordeaux and Marseilles. He enjoyed plenty of domestic success and set a record for the transfer fee when moving between Lyon and Bordeaux. Tigana was also a part of Marseilles 1991 loss in the European Cup final, but was not invo
lved a year later when they were striped of the crown, fined and banned from Europe. As a manager he is most famous for working with Manaco, a link that has seen him build the Fulham team around it. John Collins played under him, as did Sylvain Legwinski. He also knew Saha and others and in building the perfect team. At the time in Monaco was a great time as they became one of the top teams in Europe and France. A team including David Trezeguet, Fabien Barthez, Manu Petit, Thierry Henry and more. Under Tigana Monaco reached the semis of the UEFA Cup, the following year they beat Manchester United as they again did well in the Champions League. Renowned for a creative passing and attacking midfield, Tigana liked to attack and also play good football. Certainly expect some entertainment this year with him in charge. The Chairman ------------------- So money never buys you happiness? Maybe not but it sure can buy success and promotion in the world of football, just ask Max Griggs and Mohammed Al Fayed. The Egyptian multi-million air started getting involved over four years ago, when the team first achieved promotion from the third division. He invested plenty of his own money to make Fulham’s financial future safe, also recently splashing out on plenty of new (and expensive) talent. He has also funded the building of a state of the art training facility for the London team, and likes to take an active involvement in club affairs and is often at games, where he gets a warm reception from the Fulham faithful. A new stadium looks set to be on the way also funded by Mr. Fayed, so clearly the bank balance is still pretty good for Jean Tigana. Mohammad Al Fayed is better know for his Harrods department store, a very plush shopping place in the centre of London’s shopping district. He is also well know for something he does not have, namely a British passport. His request was refused when he first applied, amid a bit of an argument, b
ut I will say no more. Undoubtedly Fulham would not be a Premiership force without him, nowhere near as good and more likely a second or third division side. Foreigners in England? ------------------------------ He has also brought with him plenty of his fellow countrymen to join him. They may all be quality players, but will they hamper the youth system at Fulham? It all brings back to the large debate of foreigners in England, but Sean Davies has made it through and is now regarded as one of the hottest young midfield prospects around. It is a grey area, undoubtedly Saha and Malbranque are quality and if the youngsters are still coming through it is fine, but they are taking up first team places that could go to young British players. The argument will clearly go on for some time, and no clear answer is in sight. Prospects for this year --------------------------- Overall I was more than a bit dubious when Fulham first entered the Premiership. They had won the first division at walking speed, but as many clubs have found there is often a large gap between the two divisions. They had also not been very active in the transfer market until recently. With a side cobbled together from reflects and past players such as Coleman, Goldbaek, Hayles, Symons, Brevett, Collins and Melville to name a few they could have found the Premiership a struggle and found lacking. It may have been good enough to get them out of the first division, but I doubted if they could succeed at the very top. Indeed I believed that the other two newly promoted sides, Blackburn and Bolton were much better equipped than the Londoners. Bolton have proved me right, but Blackburn have been inconsistent and never brilliant, but it was Fulham’s early performances that have really made me eat my words. To come away from Old Trafford with disappointment not to win is fantastic and they have continued to put in some great performances. When the c
heckbook for new players did come out it was clear that Al Fayed and Tigana were not afraid to spend big, and had an eye for quality and bargains. The Dutch keeper Ed van der Saar will be a big player (in more ways than one, he is over 6ft 5) and is one of the best in the business. Malbranqe looks to be a quality passer and attaching midfielder, Saha has showed his is in his true home and Jon Harley is a potential England player. All in all Fulham look set to take the Premiership by storm. They are well equipped to bring in bug money players, but it is clear they are not going to waste £40 million like some clubs. There is good sense there, and with a quality squad and a good manager, maybe it is not too soon to be going for a UEFA Cup spot, and from there who knows, World Domination?
Last season, Fulham won the Division 1 title by a lot of points and many people said that they would have a good season in the premiership. This season is the first time Fulham have been in the premiership. Fulham have made quite a few excellent signings this summer and they have shown that they want to compete at the top. Some of their signings include Edwin Van Der Sar, Sylvain Legwinski and their latest signing is Steve Marlet, from Lyon, for 11.5 million pounds. Fulham want to win things and they have proven that they want to by signing these quality players. I reckon that their best players would have to be their 3 signings that I have just mentioned, plus Louis Saha and Andy Melville. I really admire Saha and I think that he can score a lot of goals this season and help Fulham do well. Fulham’s manager is one of the best in the premiership as he has got a lot of experience and he has worked with quite a lot of quality players. Jean Tigana used to be the manager of France, and he is someone who will want to make his team one of the best, which is why he is trying to sign quality players. Overall, I think that Fulham will have a good season and that they will finish around 9th.
Last season, Fulham won the Division 1 title by a lot of points and many people said that they would have a good season in the premiership. This season is the first time Fulham have been in the premiership. Fulham have made quite a few excellent signings this summer and they have shown that they want to compete at the top. Some of their signings include Edwin Van Der Sar, Sylvain Legwinski and their latest signing is Steve Marlet, from Lyon, for 11.5 million pounds. Fulham want to win things and they have proven that they want to by signing these quality players. I reckon that their best players would have to be their 3 signings that I have just mentioned, plus Louis Saha and Andy Melville. I really admire Saha and I think that he can score a lot of goals this season and help Fulham do well. Fulham’s manager is one of the best in the premiership as he has got a lot of experience and he has worked with quite a lot of quality players. Jean Tigana used to be the manager of France, and he is someone who will want to make his team one of the best, which is why he is trying to sign quality players. Overall, I think that Fulham will have a good season and that they will finish around 10th.
Fulham Football Club’s rise to the Premiership has been astonishing not to say the least. They were first known as Fulham St. Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C. in 1879. They progressed to win the West London Amateur Cup in 1887 and the Championship of the West London League in 1892-93. The club slimmed its name down to Fulham in 1888. The club turned professional in 1898 and won the Southern League in 1902 and 1903. In 1907 Fulham were elected to the Second Division. The clubs nickname is “The Cottagers” and the primary team colours are black and white. The clubs ground is called “Craven Cottage” Plans are underway to build a new larger stadium. In 1997 Mr Mohamed Al Fayed the Egyptian born millionaire, purchased the club. The Harrods owner's fortune has helped managers Kevin Keegan, Paul Bracewell and now Jean Tigana to build the side that walked away with the First Division title last season. The side has risen from the Third Division to the Premiership is under five years and this truly is a remarkable achievement. No doubt the primary reason for this achievement has been the availability of a seemingly never ending supply of money, available at the managers disposal, to purchase key players. The club has also invested heavily in their youth policy and their training facilities at Motspur Park. This seems to be one of their main priorities and they are “investing for the future”. Mr Fayed appears to have taken Fulham to his heart and has treated it as more than “just another business interest of his”. A direct quote from Fayed - "We want to become one of Europe's biggest and best clubs - right up there with Manchester United and Barcelona. With God's will, the guidance of Jean Tigana and the skill of the players, there is no reason why that cannot happen." In Jean Tigana they have a manager
who can surely make this happen. The Frenchman, who was appointed as manager in July 2000, has introduced new training ideas and rigorous training ethics. His tactical ability is very impressive and his shrewdness, in the choice of players that he has signed, has been exemplified. With Fayed’s millions, Tigana’s brilliance and the team of players that they have at present, Fulham’s honeymoon into the Premiership will surely be one that they will maintain for a long time to come. I tip them for a top 10 finish this season and most likely a place in the UEFA Cup.
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Fulham's journey to the Premiership has been remarkable and their introduction to the league will bring a refreshing change to the top flight in English football. Unlike others who have followed before them, Fulham have the money and potential to make a big impression in the Premiership and under the shrewd guidance of Frenchman Jean Tigana and bankrolled by Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, the club has the potential to be future champions of England, an opportunity an increasingly small number of clubs have. Fulham's journey from the old Division Four to the Premiership has been nothing short of remarkable. Al Fayed's millions had something to do with it of course. But money doesn't guarentee success in football these days, so you can never underestimate Fulham's journey to the top. Al Fayed picked up the club when they were still languishing in the pits of English football and he showed he wasn't afraid to splash the cash, bringing in managers of the calibre of Kevin Keegan. Players were bought and sold as they moved up the divisions as Fulham remained careful not to pay huge money too quickly. Their first season in Divison One was one of stability, but it was an important one as it prepared Fulham fully for the Premiership. Last year's league championship was won at a stoll as French hitman Louis Saha scored goals for fun. The singing of experienced midfielder John Collins was a vital one as Tigana showed he is no mug in the transfer market. The potential for Fulham in the Premiership is enormous. They have continued to splash the cash, having captured Dutch International goalkeeper Edwin Van der Saar in the summer from Juventus, as well as £3.5 million rated Chelsea youngster Jon Harley, a clear sign of their intent. With a move to a new £60 million stadium on the cards, the future is bright for the London club and one thing that's guraenteed is that Al Fayed will continue to pour cash
into the club. Things are moving forward swiftly both on and off the pitch and only a fool would bet against the Premiership trophy one day resting at the new Craven Cottage.
Fulham would be Fulham wouldn't they because no one else would be them, if they were I would almost certainly throw up in your handbag excuse me madam you smell like vomit oh yes that was my fault. STOP CHANGING THE SUBJECT. Because unlike you I am not a fan of eagle haead Muhammed Ali Fayed because he stinks of bicarbonate of soda so when I tell you to shut up I mean Fulham are going to finish in seventh place. As Chris Coleman once said about his beloved club. ''Fulham is club for happy people to eat and love and share meaningul relationships. If you are not down wit dat, i got 2 words for ya...................................Tut Tut I am going to let you say what you want to say SAHA SAHA SAAAAAAHAAAAAA he is a great player but Louise Boa Mortification is the best I have never eaten you smell like I fell retard. When wil you learn that FULHAM are not related to the mumble mumble rumble KIL ROY who is a screw pit in BBC shit hole. I am never, ever going to say FULHAM. Because FULHAM is wikid and they will finished in the greatest escape you will never see batman. I am so sure of my self that if you touch this - TOUCH THIS - I will personally throw a egg at your face and say MWHAHAHAHAHA stop spamming you gay hippo. THanks for reading It was beautiful.