Fulham FC

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Fulham FC
Fulham fc.svg
Basic data
Surname Fulham Football Club
Seat London - Fulham , England
founding August 16, 1879
owner Shahid Khan
CEO Alistair Mackintosh
Website fulhamfc.com
First soccer team
Head coach Scott Parker
Venue Craven Cottage
Places 25,700
league Premier League
2019/20   4th place ( EFL Championship )
Fullham FC Entrance - Stevenage Rd
Fullham FC Entrance - Stevenage Rd, SW6 London

The Fulham (officially: Fulham Football Club, in short: FFC ) - also known as The Cottagers, The Whites , or The Lily Whites - is an English football club based in Fulham , a district in the west of London . Founded in 1879, it is the oldest active professional football club in the British capital.

In 1949, Fulham rose to the First Division for the first time and, after the second promotion in 1959, spent a longer period in the first division until 1968. After the following 33 years in the lower professional leagues, Fulham FC played in the top English division from 2001 to 2014 and rose again to the Premier League in 2018 and 2020 .

To date, the club has not won any major national or international title. High points in the club's history were reaching the FA Cup final in 1975, then winning the UI Cup in 2002 , which gave the club its first participation in the UEFA Cup , and in 2010 the first ever participation in the UEFA Europa League European club competition.

The club has played its home games since 1896 in the “ Craven Cottage ” stadium near the banks of the Thames . The training ground is located near the Motspur Park , which is also home to the club's own youth academy. In addition, the women's team Fulham LFC, which was dissolved in the summer of 2006, played the majority of its games here before it was re-established as WFC Fulham in the same year and without any economic or legal connection to Fulham FC. Since 2014 there has been a lower class women's team, called FFC Women , in the club.


Early period (1879–98)

The roots of FC Fulham are of ecclesiastical origin and are closely connected to the missionary organization of Fulham's All Saints Church , which was founded in 1868 . The rapidly growing population in Fulham Fields led to the establishment of a second parish, St. Andrew's Church , in 1874 . Their first vicar, John Henry Cardwell, found physical exercise to be an appropriate field of activity for young people, who mostly lived in poverty, and saw sport as a way to promote Christian values ​​such as community. The only 15-year-old Tom Norman founded the "St Andrew's Cricket and Football Club" in 1879, with cricket clearly having priority at the beginning. The game was played at the Sunday School on Star Road, where Norman's mother was a teacher. At first the games were purely recreational, until the next milestone followed in 1883. With the support of influential churchgoers, including the conservative politician and patron Patrick Murdoch, the adolescents were given access to the "Ranelagh Club". The newcomers trained on the manicured lawns of the exclusive Country Club on Fulham High Street and the position within the community became clear at the beginning of the 1886/87 season when the club was renamed “Fulham St Andrew's Cricket and Football Club”.

The "Saints", as the players were called in the early days, developed into a regional size, won 21 of 22 games in the 1886/87 season and won the first trophy in the club's history with the West London Association Cup. The West London Observer Challenge Cup followed four years later; since January 1889 the club was called "Fulham Football Club". From 1891, Fulham FC shared a new venue with the local Wasps Rugby Club. This had the advantage that the playing field had borders and so entrance fees could be demanded from the spectators, which solidified the financial foundation. For the 1892/93 season the club was a founding member of the newly formed West London League and appeared for the first time in the London Senior Cup and the Middlesex Senior Cup. With 16 victories in 18 games, Fulham FC won the West London League with superiority and in 1894 began the project of building its own professional venue. The choice fell on the former 18th century estate of Lord Craven, which the club expanded into the football ground Craven Cottage in two years . In the same year 1896, the club joined the second division of the London League and tried his luck for the first time in the national FA Cup . With 13 wins in 18 games, the team won the London second division championship and played in the more ambitious Second Division of the Southern League .

Nine seasons in the Southern League (1898-1907)

Fulham FC officially assumed professional club status in the summer of 1898 and spent five years in the second division of the Southern League under the leadership of first chairman J. F. Hitchcock. In 1902 and 1903, the club headed the final table and laid another economic foundation with its registration as a limited liability company . The sporting perspective initially remained unchanged, as Fulham FC each in the decisive "test matches" against Thames Ironworks (1: 5, 1900) Swindon Town (1: 3, 1902) and Brentford (2: 7, 1903) Had missed qualifying for the major league. Since the second division was not very attractive - the team was still playing in the London League Division One from the 1900/01 season onwards - and only consisted of six teams in the 1902/03 season, Hitchcock obtained participation despite the "lack of athletic legitimacy" at the major division of the Southern League.

The club started a society and issued shares worth £ 7,500 to fund new players. A number of prominent London businessmen supported the club during this important development phase, including Henry Norris and John Dean - while Norris later became chairman of Arsenal FC , the Dean family shaped the club for a total of three generations until well into the 1970s. The "Cottagers" were in the first game of the 1903/04 season against Tottenham Hotspur (0-0) only two players from the previous season in the team and the newly formed team finished in 11th place among 18 teams of the Football League -experienced Harry Bradshaw , the influential club management succeeded in another groundbreaking "coup" in April 1904, which was rewarded in 1906 and 1907 with winning the Southern League championship. In addition to the defensive department, which consisted of goalkeeper and captain Jack Fryer , who had already played 173 Football League appearances and three FA Cup finals, the defenders Harry Ross , Harry Thorpe and, most recently, Ted Charlton , the defining feature of this era was , especially the "midfield motor" with Pat Collins , Billy Morrison and Billy Goldie in the half positions. For the creative moments recorded winger Fred Threlfall (left), Albert Soar (right) and Bert Kingaby (right) and of in the middle former Newcastle player Willie Wardrope and later the Scottish international Bobby Hamilton responsible.

In May 1907, Fulham FC asked to join the Football League and the request was accepted with 28 votes with the help of Norris' negotiating skills - despite objections from neighboring Chelsea FC . The club that suffered was Burton United , which had to retire from the Football League Second Division . The Cottagers were thus the fourth London club to participate in the Football League after Woolwich Arsenal , Chelsea FC and Clapton Orient .

The first years in the Football League (1907-24)

Fulham lost the first championship game in the new league association on September 3, 1907 at home to Hull City with 0: 1; four days later followed a 1-0 win at Derby County . From then on, the club established itself in the new league. The team, which is still driven by the midfield trio Collins-Morrison-Goldie, narrowly missed promotion to the first class with fourth place in the table and was only three points behind second-placed Leicester City . In this first season, the club also managed an 8-3 away win in the FA Cup against Luton Town , which is still the club's record for an away game. The team reached the semi-finals in this competition and lost 6-0 to Newcastle United , also a record for a semi-final in the English Cup that is still valid today.

This promising debut in the Football League was followed by a period of sporting stagnation, which was heralded by the fact that successful coach Bradshaw ended his engagement in Fulham at the end of the 1908/09 season. The new sporting director was Phil Kelso , who, like his predecessor, had already worked for Arsenal. In the total of eleven official seasons up to May 1924 - four years during the First World War , only the London Combination was played - the club never finished better than sixth place, reached eight times in the FA Cup at most the second main round and the teams were mostly a mixture of own talents, cheap transfer “bargains” and “old stars”, which have often already passed their zenith. The most prominent players who were signed around and from 1910 included the Egyptian Hussein Hegazi , the first foreigner to join the Cottagers, as well as the successful amateur international Arthur Berry and Bobby Templeton , who, as a winger and in his extroverted personality, resembled the later George Best . The two half-strikers Wattie White and from 1920 Danny Shea , who were active for the club well into the 1920s, became key players; In addition, long-time captain Jimmy Torrance , flank specialist Frank Penn and goalkeeper Arthur Reynolds were long-time favorites and formative in this era.

Among the rare sporting highlights were the 1-0 win in the first league clash against neighbors Chelsea in December 1910, a 3-0 FA Cup win against first division club Liverpool in 1912 and a clear 6-1 against the First division relegated Arsenal in November 1913. In the early 1920s, the commitment of the players Danny Shea, Andy Ducat and the £ 3,000 striker Barney Travers appeared as evidence of increased ambitions; but an incident on the occasion of a game at South Shields FC in March 1922 heralded a lasting setback. In the wake of the 1-0 defeat, allegations of bribery were raised in the direction of Fulham FC, which were specifically directed against striker Travers and ended with a guilty verdict after a three-week investigation. Travers was given a lifelong ban, but not a few thought he was merely a "pawn" and suspected that coach Kelso was the real mastermind. The incident left a long shadow on the club, sport went downhill and after the end of the 1923/24 season and the close relegation, Kelso left the club and finally turned his back on football at the age of only 53.

Changing times and a return to the "old school" (1924–46)

If two coaches had previously served Fulham within 20 years, the length of stay was reduced significantly from 1924. With Andy Ducat, an ex-player of the club also tried his hand at sporting director for the first time, but remained in the league with little in spite of some notable successes in the FA Cup - after victories against three top division clubs in the 1925/26 season, this included reaching the quarter-finals Luck endowed. With the 19th place in the final table, the case in the Third Division South could be averted and the club management let Ducat go in 1926 to install Joe Bradshaw, the son of the former successful coach Harry Bradshaw as his successor. However, fate did not change for the better and two years later Fulham FC had to go into the third division for the first time in its history. The relegation season 1927/28 had some curiosities to offer. In the home games, the club was extremely powerful and only the second division champions Manchester City referred to better statistics. The away performances, however, had a negative record character of historical proportions. The Cottagers lost all of their first 19 league away games (plus the Cup at Southport FC and together with the last two away games of the preseason this meant a series of 22 away defeats for Fulham FC) and despite the 26 goals of the new center forward Sid Elliott sealed a clear 0 : 4 bankruptcy at Blackpool FC on the last matchday, relegation. The club initially stuck to Joe Bradshaw, but when the hoped-for return to the Second Division failed the year after, his time was up. Even Ned Liddle tried in vain afterwards and could in three years with the fifth each, and ninth final ranking seventh never seriously engage in the fight for the top places.

Shortly before the end of the 1930/31 season, the club management had already lost their trust in Liddle and took James McIntyre under contract at the beginning of the following season , who had previously led Southampton FC to the Second Division. McIntyre built a new team that was reinforced only with the Welsh right winger Billy Richards and the center forward Frank "Bonzo" Newton in two positions. Significantly inspired by his role model Herbert Chapman , who built Arsenal into the leading English football club at that time, the newcomer and the club management sparked a new euphoria in the "average third division team", which immediately resulted in winning the championship of the Third Division South in 1932 and resulted in the return to the second class. In addition to Newton, who still holds the season record for Fulham FC with 43 of the total of 111 goals in 39 competitive games, Jim Hammond , the first Fulham player to score more than 100 goals, scored 31 times into the opposing net. Behind it, the axis of Bert Barrett , Len Oliver (both made over 850 games for Fulham FC) and central defender Syd Gibbons gave the team stability. The team also moved on this wave in the 1932/33 season, when Fulham FC almost managed to march straight through to the First Division . 15 games with only one defeat catapulted the club in the spring of 1933 into the ascent region; only one point in the last three games let the hopes die again. At the beginning of the subsequent 1933/34 season, McIntyre Newton went to Reading FC for just £ 650 and replaced the crowd favorite with ex-Arsenal player Jack Lambert , who did not meet the requirements in the following period. This personality was the undoing for successful coach James McIntyre and, according to President Dean, was the main reason for his resignation in February 1934.

With Jimmy Hogan at the beginning of the 1934/35 season again an ex-Fulham player was the new coach, who had made a name for himself on the European continent in the more than 20 years before and did pioneering work there in several countries. In his first English station he introduced a number of new tactics and dietetics; But since the results - despite the return of Bonzo Newton - were only moderate and the innovations met with little approval from some players, the engagement ended before the end of 1934, when Hogan was hospitalized with appendicitis . After an interim phase under Kotrainer Joe Edelston , who had already helped out after McIntyre's dismissal, the engagement of 47-year-old Jack Peart brought back the "desired order" for which Fulham FC had stood until the early 1920s. Peart was a representative of the "old school" and always wore a fine three-piece suit instead of the training clothes. As under Phil Kelso, Fulham FC remained mediocre in the second division in the years with Peart; including the first post-war season in 1946/47, he always shuttled between 7th and 15th place in the final table and, with the exception of the 1935/36 season, defeated a maximum of one opponent in the FA Cup. In the mentioned 1935/36 season, however, Fulham reached the semi-finals in the English Cup for the second time and was defeated 1: 2 to second division rivals Sheffield United , who could be defeated in each of the two league matches. Despite the rare moments of success, the club enjoyed great popularity in the second half of the 1930s. The record number of spectators that is still valid today was noted for the 8th October 1938 with 49,335 visitors in the 2-1 win against Millwall FC and a month later the game at Newcastle United recorded the highest number with the participation of the Cottagers with 64,166 spectators.

With Ernest Hiles , Dennis Higgins , Jimmy Tompkins , Jimmy Evans and, last but not least, the striker Ronnie Rooke , Fulham FC under Jack Peart had a new generation of footballers who lost their "prime" to World War II . When the official game operation of the Football League was suspended shortly after the start of the 1939/40 season until 1946, Fulham FC took part in various war championships and cup competitions. The West Londoners didn't win a title there, but the "Wartime Games" featured numerous prominent guest players in the jersey of FC Fulham and a Ronnie Rooke who scored 212 goals in 199 games.

The two first division phases in the 20th century (1946–68)

The Football League resumed its official game operations in the 1946/47 season - the FA Cup had already started the year before and Fulham FC had said goodbye to their first opponent Charlton Athletic in the third main round . After the death of John Dean, his son had taken over the presidency in 1944; of the pre-war team, only seven players were part of the squad and three players were in the regular formation. Important transfers as part of the rebuilding under coach Jack Peart were initially the Northern Irish goalkeeper Ted Hinton , the middle runner Jack Watson and the already 32-year-old Pat Beasley from Arsenal; in addition the center forward Bob Thomas came the following year . A positive sporting development could already be seen in the English Cup, in which the quarter-finals were reached; especially a 1-0 away win in front of over 70,000 spectators at Everton had impressed.

In the 70th year of the club's history, Fulham FC celebrated its greatest success to date in the 1948/49 season with promotion to the top English division. After the third match day, the club had to cope with a stroke of fate with the death of Jack Peart. After a short period of weakness with only one win in six games, club secretary Frank Osborne took over as coach and served the club in a double role . The team recovered quickly and was up to April 1949 with West Bromwich Albion and Southampton FC in a three-way battle for the top ranks and won the second division championship with five wins in a row. Components of the "Rise Elf" were before the new goalkeeper Doug Flack , the full-back Joe Bacuzzi and Walter Freeman and the runners set out Len Quested (right), Jim Taylor (center) and Captain Pat Beasley (left), together on 198 of 210 could refer to possible missions. On the offensive , Jack McDonald and Arthur Stevens, who signed up for 12,000 pounds from Bournemouth in August 1948, supported the centrally positioned Bob Thomas, Arthur Rowley and Bedford Jezzard , with Thomas Rowley, who had been bought by Osborne, impressing with 23 goals. Rowley had been under contract with West Bromwich Albion at the start of the season, where the 2-1 win against Fulham FC gave his later club the only home defeat of the season and then scored 19 goals in 22 games at the Cottagers. The stay in the top English league lasted only three years and ended after a 17th and 18th place in the final table with relegation as bottom of the table. The club had gone into its first First Division season in 1949/50 with the new coach Bill Dodgin , who, apart from three newcomers, had relied on the promotion squad. Although Fulham FC had a good first season and only slipped to 17th place at the end with seven defeats in a row, the low number of goals turned out to be a problem. In addition to Jezzard, Rowley could not confirm the performance a class higher and so only Thomas and (temporarily) Stevens were able to achieve more than ten goals this season. Despite the ambitious transfers in the summer of 1950 - Irish international Bobby Brennan came for £ 20,000 , along with brothers Eddie and Reg Lowe from Aston Villa - the form curve clearly showed a downward trend. The descent even in the troubled 1951/52 season was announced early with zero points from the first four games. Soon McDonald and Brennan asked for a switch clearance and the sale of Len Quested in the fall of 1951 also raised the fans against their own sports management. Although the club lost 16 times with only one hit difference in its 23 bankruptcies, the “red lantern” was logical in the end with only five home wins.

Sculpture of Johnny Haynes in front of Craven Cottage

In the second division, the team found their scoring risk again and shot a total of 428 hits in 210 league encounters in the five years between 1952 and 1957. That the way back to the First Division should be long, demonstrated the first two defeats against Leicester City with a total of twelve goals, of which seven ex-Fulham striker Arthur Rowley shot. Coach Dodgin was dismissed shortly after the unsuccessful attempt at promotion in the fall of 1953, and instead of installing a successor, the club management subordinated the team to their secretary Frank Osborne one more time and left the exercise management to the ex-players Frank Penn , Taffy O'Callaghan and Joe Bacuzzi . It wasn't until February 1956 that Dug Livingstone , a real coach , was hired by the Cottagers again. The key players in the remaining 1950s were initially on the offensive; In addition to Jezzard, who found the opposing goal more often in the Second Division, Bobby Robson and Johnny Haynes were at the beginning of a successful career and from the outside positions Charlie Mitten (left) and Arthur Stevens (right) completed the attack. The defense, on the other hand, was a weak point and conceded 390 goals in the same five-year period, so that the club, with a maximum of eighth place in the final table, was only in the upper midfield. Livingstone made modifications to the team after he took office; only Haynes and Stevens remained from the attack line and other prominent personalities were the obligations of striker Roy Bentley and full-back Jim Langley (later Graham Leggat of FC Aberdeen ) as well as the promotions of Tosh Chamberlain and Roy Dwight from the reserve team. Suddenly, Fulham was unexpectedly among the promotion aspirants in the 1957/58 season, but because of the hardships of making it to the FA Cup semi-finals - there the team was defeated by the " Busby Babes " of Manchester United, which was shaken by the Munich plane disaster - and a total of six league games within 13 days, the team slipped to fifth place. Livingstone then rejected a contract extension and so the team went with the ex-player and previous youth coach Bedford Jezzard in the new season 1958/59. The novice coach achieved great success there straight away. Led by the pivotal point Johnny Haynes, Roy Bentley, who has retired to the central defense, and the young winger Alan Mullery , a duel for the second division championship developed with Sheffield Wednesday , which the "Owls" won in the end, but with a 4th place : A 2 win against Barnsley FC ensured the Jezzord men returned to the top class on April 18, 1959.

The second first division membership phase in the club's history lasted nine years and between 1959 and 1968 was mostly characterized by the struggle to stay in the league, whereby the instant tenth place in the 1959/60 season was and remained the Cottagers' best placement in the 20th century . At that time, Fulham FC was known as the “ Cinderella of English football” with an outdated stadium, which was the last first division to have floodlights until 1962. After the death of Charles Dean in December 1958, Tommy Trinder was succeeded by a comedian who had little business acumen in the increasingly high-paying professional football. So the club insisted on a traditional approach, trusted their own young players and often let top performers go for lucrative offers - especially the sale of Alan Mullery, which Trinder had arranged without informing their own coach, caused considerable displeasure. Two decisions that had lasting damage to the club were the expensive new construction of the "Riverside Stand", which represented a far-reaching financial burden and the sporting obligation of coach Vic Buckingham in January 1965. Buckingham, who had previously worked at Ajax Amsterdam and the " Total Football ”, radically reshaped the club - on and off the pitch. After the dismissal of assistant coach Joe Bacuzzi followed with Jimmy Langley , Maurice Cook , Tosh Chamberlain and later Rodney Marsh , Graham Leggat and Bobby Keetch other former supporters of the club. While they made way for new talent, including Steve Earle , Les Barrett , Jimmy Conway , Fred Callaghan and John Dempsey , the reforms did not bear fruit. The performance of the team, which also suffered from the fact that leading player Johnny Haynes never became "the old man" again after his car accident in August 1962, gradually dropped a total of three season finals within five years in 20th place (after 1962 in the Years 1965 and 1966 ), which nowadays would have resulted in relegation, the club was relegated to the second division - within the last season it had never been better than 19th place in the table. The last rescue attempts had also failed when the executive suite with Buckingham did not renew the expiring contract in January 1968 and the later English national coach Bobby Robson failed to turn things around at his first head coach station.

An FA Cup Final and the Arrival of Ernest Clay (1968-85)

When Robson and his team got directly involved in the relegation battle in the Second Division, his engagement ended after just ten months in November 1968. Haynes temporarily took over the role of player-coach, before Bill Dodgin junior became the son of the ex of the same name shortly before Christmas -Trainer was finally appointed as his successor. Dodgin had recently led the Queens Park Rangers to the English top division alongside Alec Stock and won the league cup, but he could no longer prevent the Cottagers from falling directly into the third division. Dodgin started a rebuilding, which Haynes in particular fell victim to in January 1970; new wearer of the jersey with the number 10 and team captain was new signing Barry Lloyd . The direct resurgence failed, but with a young and aggressive team, the club breathed a new spirit again. In the 1970/71 season, Fulham FC led the third division table for a long time and also made it to the quarter-finals in the league cup. In the end, a 3-2 away win at Bradford City ensured the return to the second division, although the third division championship was gambled away with a final 0-1 home defeat against Preston North End at the same opponent. The offensive philosophy became Dodgin's undoing in the 1971/72 second division season. The team had great adjustment difficulties, was able to be strengthened in defense with late purchases, such as goalkeeper Peter Mellor in February 1972, and secured a hard-won relegation with only one point gap. Within a few days, Trinder dismissed last year's promotion coach and hired his "mentor" Alec Stock, who had meanwhile been employed at Luton Town .

In the four years of his tenure, Stock turned Fulham FC into a solid second division midfield team that scored and conceded roughly the same number of goals. The club made headlines with some spectacular transfers, including world champion Bobby Moore and returnees Alan Mullery. With these players, Fulham FC reached the FA Cup final for the first time in its history in 1975, where they lost 2-0 to West Ham United . During this cup round, Fulham set a record for most games in the competition, with twelve games between the third round and the final - including replays - (the "normal" number would have been only six).

The appearance at Wembley Stadium only gave the club a brief feeling of exhilaration, as things went downhill again afterwards. The descent was largely connected with the arrival of Ernest Clay . The (football inexperienced) businessman from Yorkshire was initially a simple member of the board, but in the subsequent ten years pursued the goal of buying the club's property in order to make it usable for real estate transactions. Stock, who foresaw the disastrous development according to his own statements, left the club after a few games in the 1976/77 season. Bobby Campbell , who had recently taken over the cotrainer position in place of Alan Mullery, took over from Stock and began extensive restructuring. Like Buckingham in the 1960s, Campbell overestimated his ambitions. In the team that was on the pitch in August 1978, no one from the Fulham FA Cup final team was represented three years earlier. The new players - including Gordon Davies , Sean O'Driscoll , Roger Brown , Ray Lewington and Kevin Lock - only strengthened the team at the beginning of the 1980s and with the aging George Best and returnees Rodney Marsh , two "big names" only had a short rendezvous given. Added to this was Peter Kitchen , who was transferred from FC Orient in February 1979 for an impressive 150,000 pounds , who was unable to improve the team's poor goal rate. The club had already slipped into the relegation zone under Campbell in the first few months, but then paved the way for relegation above all with a 3-1 win against Chelsea . After two average seasons, the team relegated to the Third Division in 1980 and the feeling prevailed that Campbell had not got the most out of the team, which was equipped with a number of talented players. And so the Liverpool player had to leave after a series of six losses in October 1980.

Signing the 30-year-old ex-player Malcolm Macdonald was an inexpensive solution, but it turned out to be lucrative. Supported by his coaching staff of Roger Thompson and George Armstrong - and later with Ray Harford - Macdonald turned the team back into an eleven, which after some initial difficulties with attacking football attracted attention and returned to the Second Division in 1982. The team, which was basically congruent with the one from Campbell's time, had delivered a final for the third promotion place with Lincoln City on the last day of the game and kept the opponents at a distance with a 1-1 draw. Macdonald also refused to want to consolidate the status in the second division and led his team in the 1983/84 season in the top half of the table. With the direct march through to the First Division, he narrowly failed, for which a 0-1 away defeat in the last encounter against the relegation-fighting Derby County was partly responsible. The game was canceled after just 88 minutes, as spectators had stormed the field and surprisingly, the victory of the "Rams" was retained even after an investigation by the League Association. The events at the baseball ground marked the turning point in Macdonald's tenure, and in February 1984 he was succeeded by his assistant Ray Harford as head coach.

Fulham FC "at the bottom" (1985–97)

From the beginning of the 1985/86 season, the club began to collapse almost completely. Numerous service providers had to be sold in order to pay off the threatening rise in debt. 26 defeats in 42 league games meant a club's own negative record and the bottom of the table with 13 points behind the "saving bank". In addition to trainer Harford, chairman Clay also left the "sinking ship". Two years earlier he had bought the officially church property for £ 900,000 and pretended to use the proceeds from the partial development to pay off the club's debts. However, he has now sold the property to real estate company Marler Estates for approximately £ 9 million, making a profit of £ 5.5 million after deducting his outstanding debt of £ 3.5 million. With David Bulstrode , the chairman of Marler Estates took over the management of Fulham FC and after only nine months his intentions were evident through the additional purchase of the venues for Queens Park Rangers ( Loftus Road ) and Chelsea FC ( Stamford Bridge ). The plan envisaged a merger of Fulham FC with the Queens Park Rangers - one of the new names of the new construct was "Fulham Park Rangers" - with Loftus Road as the new home location and "free hand" for Marler with regard to Craven Cottage. The public protest was great and in the following years succeeded a group around the long-time player, chairman of the game union and television presenter Jimmy Hill , to buy back the club and to secure the continued existence of the club with a restructuring as "Fulham FC 1987 Ltd."; Hill subsequently became the new chairman of Fulham FC. Craven Cottage remained in the ownership of Marler Estates and was transferred to Cabra Estates after their takeover in 1989. Not long after that, the Royal Bank of Scotland appeared as the new landlord, with whom Fulham FC agreed on the principal purchase price of £ 7.5 million - which the club was only able to raise in 1997.

From a sporting point of view, Fulham FC “bobbed” between 1986 and 1990 under coach Ray Lewington in the Third Division. The only highlight during this time was reaching the play-off games in the 1988/89 season, where the team, however, clearly failed in the semifinals with two defeats (0: 1 and 0: 4) at the Bristol Rovers . With the engagement of Alan Hicks as a new coach in the summer of 1990, another series of bad sporting decisions by the club's management began. Hicks, who had worked as co-trainer for Jimmy Hill at Coventry City , had not been active in a leading role in English football for ten years and was overwhelmed from the start. The team barely prevented the crash into the fourth division and after a FA Cup defeat against the lower division FC Hayes in November 1991, the nice, but not respected by his players Hicks was dismissed. With the Scot Don Mackay , the club management made another mistake and did not correct it for a long time. Mackay also struggled with a lack of authority, often let the players play in unfamiliar positions and was considered confused and naive by his "subordinates" with regard to his training work and tactical guidelines. In March 1994 the pain threshold was exceeded; Hill stormed his own cabin when the score was 0: 1 against Leyton Orient at halftime and took over the further care; a day later, Mackay received his discharge papers. The meanwhile retired into the second member Ray Lewington took over the coaching office on an interim basis, but could no longer prevent the low point in the club's history. Fulham FC rose to the fourth-class Third Division, as the lowest English professional league was now called.

The selection of Ian Branfoot as the new coach seemed surprising in view of his unsuccessfulness at Southampton FC . As a "tough dog" he arranged the necessary rebuilding, relied on a number of ex-players from Southampton and led his new team to an average eighth place in the 1994/95 season. This was followed by a sportingly catastrophic course of the 1995/96 season, in which Fulham always stayed close to the bottom of the table and did not have to fear relegation only because Torquay United was left behind in last place. The situation got further out of control when the table penultimate Fulham played away at the Plainmoor Stadium against Torquay and lost there 2-1. Fulham had only won two of the last 20 games and could not improve the situation with three more draws. Two weeks after the Torquay game, Branfoot was sacked - he later came back in another club function - and Fulham finished the season in 17th place in the table. Branfoot's successor Micky Adams reversed the downward trend and the team with team captain Simon Morgan and striker Mick Conroy secured promotion to the third division four game days before the end of the 1996/97 season as runner-up. Off the pitch, the club under Chairman Hill managed to buy back Craven Cottage, but neither Hill nor Adams benefited from these positive events and left the field shortly after the arrival of the new “savior”.

The "Al-Fayed Revolution" (1997-2007)

The following summer, the multimillionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the club, fired Adams after a weak start to the season and replaced him with the acclaimed “Dream Team” of head coach Ray Wilkins and “Chief Operating Officer” Kevin Keegan , with the claim Fulham FC up to the Premier League in the next five years. Expensive investments made the club into a promotion favorite with intense media coverage, but the poorly rehearsed team only reached sixth place in the final table. Although this entitled to participate in the promotion playoffs, but the eleven now supervised by Keegan alone failed there at Grimsby Town . With Keegan, however, Fulham rose to a spectacular high in the 1998/99 season. The team around Chris Coleman , the first 2 million man in the third English division, collected 101 out of a possible 138 points and, despite their attacking basic orientation, remained without conceding 24 times. Keegan's engagement ended with a bitter aftertaste, since he took over the post of England coach after the dismissal of Glenn Hoddle in February 1999. Since the club was striving for continuity, the successor choice fell on the ex-Fulham player and Keegan intimate from Newcastle times Paul Bracewell . In contrast to Keegan, Bracewell played much more defensively. Despite further investments - including the 3 million purchase of Lee Clark and the controversial loaner Stan Collymore - the team spread great boredom, had no chance in the promotion race and scored only once in eight league games in December 1999 and January 2000. Shortly afterwards Bracewell was dismissed and on an interim basis the German world champion from 1990 Karl-Heinz Riedle took up the role of player -coach until the end of the season - his assistant was Roy Evans , his ex-coach from Liverpool times.

The club management announced with great joy that the former French international and European champion from 1984 Jean Tigana could be signed as the successor of Bracewell. Tigana had previously worked successfully at AS Monaco and relied on radical changes in the game philosophy, training work and English eating habits - similar to his compatriot Arsène Wenger , who had caused a similar "positive culture shock" at city rivals Arsenal. Central pillars of the desired fast passing game were John Collins , whom Tigana had already trained in Monaco, as well as Louis Saha and Luís Boa Morte . Together, the “new Fulham FC” set new standards and records in the 2000/01 season. The first eleven games were all won, the most serious competitor, Watford FC, was outclassed 5-0 on Boxing Day and in the end the second division championship was secured with 101 points. Saha immediately contributed 32 hits to the Premier League qualification and the trio with Luís Boa Morte and Barry Hayles was the most accurate Cottagers offensive since the 1931/32 season with a total of 72 goals. In addition to the "bare figures", the experts were particularly impressed by the high quality style of play of the second division team and since a total of 14 national players made up the squad, many experts were already speaking of a not distant participation in the Champions League . The prognosis did not come true. The previously dangerous trio only scored 17 Premier League goals in the 2001/02 season ; the team did much harder against first division defensives and came up with less than one hit on average. The euphoria only germinated in cup competitions. First, the club moved up to the semi-finals in the FA Cup and in the summer of 2002, winning the UI Cup, they made it into the UEFA Cup , where after victories against Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb, the German capital club Hertha BSC in the third round was. However, the highlights were increasingly overshadowed by the everyday league fight for a place in the lower midfield, whereby expensive player transfers had not provided the hoped-for reinforcement - Steve Marlet's 11.5 million pound purchase error in particular turned out to be a heavy burden in the Tigana era . In the 2002/03 season Fulham came threateningly close to the relegation zone and Al-Fayed informed the increasingly listless Tigana that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. After a series of bad results, including a 4-0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers , Tigana was finally sacked before the season ended. Five game days before the end, ex-player Chris Coleman took over the coaching office, got ten of 15 possible points from the remaining games and thus secured the club's continued membership in the Premier League.

Fulham in light blue suits against the Bolton Wanderers

Coleman was appointed permanent coach in the summer of 2003 and kept the team in his first full season as a coach with ninth place well beyond the relegation zone. The fact that the team had not had any “real home games” since the summer of 2002 due to extensive renovation work on Craven Cottage in the Loftus Road stadium of their competitor Queens Park Rangers , added even more to this result. And also in the 2004/05 season, after returning home, Coleman refuted the prophecies of many experts who had treated Fulham FC as a relegation candidate due to its lack of coaching experience. The time of the big commitments was over and Coleman, unlike Tigana, increasingly relied on English-speaking players, whereby he often made sure that the player in question had experience in the Premier League during his transfers. It was not until the 2006/07 season that the team, in which there was no player from the Tigana era after the departure of Boa Morte, came threateningly close to the relegation ranks after the last seven games without a win. The club then decided to dismiss Coleman; his successor was initially appointed until the end of the season Lawrie Sanchez , who finally ensured the league with the team two game days before the end with a 1-0 win against Liverpool FC.

Recent history (since 2007)

In May 2007, Fulham's club management committed Sanchez on a permanent basis, who gave up his position as national coach for Northern Ireland . Fulham FC was unable to really convince in the first half of the season, getting just two wins and eight draws from the first 19 games, which meant that they had to start the second half of the season from a relegation zone. Shortly before the end of the series, Sanchez was released on December 21, 2007. Nine days later, the former national coach of Finland and Switzerland , Roy Hodgson , became his heir. Even the change of coach did not initially provide the desired athletic consolidation, but with a "final spurt" the team converted a 4-point deficit after the 33rd match day into relegation. It was the first time that Fulham managed to win three away games in a row in the Premier League.

In the following season, Fulham was far more successful and failed in the FA Cup only in the quarter-finals to Manchester United. In the Premier League, Roy Hodgson's team played consistently throughout the season and was never involved in a relegation battle. After respectable successes such as victories over Arsenal and Manchester United, the Cottagers finished in seventh place at the end of the season, which gave them participation in the third qualifying round of the Europa League . In the two Europa League preliminary rounds, the team prevailed against both Vėtra Vilnius (3: 0, 3: 0) and Amkar Perm (3: 1, 0: 1) and were drawn in Group E, where it went to AS Rome , FC Basel and CSKA Sofia met. FC Fulham survived the group stage with a 3-2 away win over Basel on the last day of the match, qualified for the qualifying matches and surprisingly eliminated the favored Juventus Turin after a win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16 . In the quarter-finals, they defeated VfL Wolfsburg in both games with one goal difference each. In the semi-finals, they met Hamburger SV , against whom the team prevailed with a 0-0 in the first leg and a 2-1 in the second leg, making Fulham the first time in the club's history in the final of an international cup competition. In the final on May 12, 2010 in the Volksparkstadion, the team was defeated by the Spanish first division club Atlético Madrid with 1: 2 after extra time. After the end of the 2009/10 season, Hodgson left Fulham for Liverpool ; the Welshman Mark Hughes succeeded.

Fulham FC started the 2010/11 season mixed. Although they remained unbeaten in the first seven games, it only resulted in one win. After a generally weak first half of the season, Fulham was in 19th place after the 21st match day; after a strong second half of the season he still reached 8th place. In the FA Cup he failed in the round of 16 at home against the Bolton Wanderers. In the UEFA fair play classification , England finished second behind Norway and was thus able to provide an additional team for the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League . This place was awarded to Fulham FC based on the Premier League fair play ranking. This means that it will start the 2011/12 season on June 30, 2011 with the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

On June 2, 2011, manager Mark Hughes used an option in his contract and left Fulham after eleven months. Five days later, on June 7, 2011, the Dutchman Martin Jol signed a two-year contract with an option for a further year. On December 1, 2013, Jol was dismissed for failure and replaced by his previous assistant trainer René Meulensteen . Since the sporting misery continued under Meulensteen, Felix Magath , a German , took over the coaching position for the first time in February 2014 .

After twelve seasons in the Premier League, relegation to the second division was certain after a 4-1 loss to Stoke City on May 3, 2014 .

After Derby County was eliminated 0-1 in the first leg and 2-0 in the second leg at Craven Cottage in the qualifying round of the EFL Championship for the Premier League in the 2017/2018 season, Fulham FC managed 90,000 on May 26, 2018 Spectators at the sold-out Wembley Stadium with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the play-off final after four seasons in the EFL Championship to return to the Premier League.


Fulham FC has a great rivalry with Chelsea FC, which is also based in Fulham, and duels between the two teams are known as the "West London Derby". The supporters of Fulham FC have processed this rivalry in numerous chants, although the two clubs have mostly been in different divisions over the past 40 years. A game on March 19, 2006, when Fulham beat Chelsea for the first time in almost 27 years can be seen as the starting point for the new disputes. In a very competitive match, team captain Luís Boa Morte scored the winning goal when he intercepted a deflected shot from Steed Malbranque . In addition, a possible equalizer by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was denied for handball and William Gallas was sent off after a foul on Heiðar Helguson , which caused a commotion on the field. After the end of the game and the storming of the place by supporters of Fulham FC, fights followed and Chelsea fans ran onto the field. There is further tension among fans of other clubs from west London, the Queens Park Rangers ("QPR", from the nearby district of Shepherd's Bush ) and Brentford FC . For a long time, however, these two clubs were active in lower-class leagues before QPR was promoted to the Premier League in the 2010/11 season.

There are also rivalries with the other clubs in London - including West Ham United , Crystal Palace , Tottenham Hotspur , Charlton Athletic and Arsenal FC . Outside the capital, there are no other significant tensions, although Fulham FC fought some spirited duels with Blackburn Rovers, including the games for the second division championship in the 2000/01 season.


Main entrance
Craven Cottage

In the first 17 years of its existence, Fulham FC had no permanent venue. In at least nine different locations, the teams initially played their home games before the club moved to Craven Cottage in 1896 . The previously neglected field was then rebuilt and equipped with 250 seats. In the 1930s there were plans to increase the capacity to 80,000; however, they were never realized. In the meantime, the Londoners have been playing at Craven Cottage without interruption since 1896, only from 2002 to 2004 they had to move to Loftus Road due to renovation work . The stadium is located directly on the River Thames in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and is accessible via the District Line ( Putney Bridge station ). It offers 25,678 seats and has no more standing room since the renovation in 2004.

Squad of the 2018/19 season

As of February 1, 2019

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 EnglandEngland Marcus Bettinelli May 24, 1992 2012 2021
25th SpainSpain Sergio Rico 0Sep 1 1993 2018 2019
31 SpainSpain Fabri Dec. 31, 1987 2018 2021
04th BelgiumBelgium Denis Odoi May 27, 1988 2016 2019
05 EnglandEngland Calum Chambers Jan. 20, 1995 2018 2019
13 United StatesUnited States Tim Ream 0Oct 5, 1987 2015 2020
20th FranceFrance Maxime Le Marchand Oct 11, 1989 2018 2022
21st NetherlandsNetherlands Timothy Fosu-Mensah 0Jan. 2, 1998 2018 2019
22nd IrelandIreland Cyrus Christie Sep 30 1992 2018 2021
23 EnglandEngland Joe Bryan 17 Sep 1993 2018 2022
26th EnglandEngland Alfie Mawson Jan. 19, 1994 2018 2022
35 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau Marcelo Djaló 0Oct 8, 1993 2017 2020
03 EnglandEngland Ryan Sessegnon May 18, 2000 2016 2020
06th ScotlandScotland Kevin McDonald 0Nov 4, 1988 2016 2020
07th Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo Neeskens Kebano 10 Mar 1992 2016 2019
10 ScotlandScotland Tom Cairney (C)Captain of the crew Jan. 20, 1991 2015 2023
16 NorwayNorway Håvard Nordtveit June 21, 1990 2019 2019
24 Ivory CoastIvory Coast Jean Seri July 19, 1991 2018 2022
29 CameroonCameroon André Zambo Anguissa Nov 16, 1995 2018 2023
36 United StatesUnited States Luca de la Torre May 23, 1998 2017 2020
44 BelgiumBelgium Ibrahima Cissé Feb. 28, 1994 2017 2020
56 EnglandEngland Harvey Elliott 0Apr 4, 2003
09 SerbiaSerbia Aleksandar Mitrovic 16 Sep 1994 2018 2023
11 TogoTogo Floyd Ayité Dec 15, 1988 2016 2019
12 NetherlandsNetherlands Ryan Babel Dec. 19, 1986 2019 2019
14th GermanyGermany André Schürrle 0Nov 6, 1990 2018 2019
19th ArgentinaArgentina Luciano Vietto 0Dec 5, 1993 2018 2019
30th SerbiaSerbia Lazar Marković 02nd Mar 1994 2019 2019

Former players

(Status: end of the 2011/12 season)

The following list shows the ten players with the most competitive appearances and goals in the history of Fulham FC. Relevant competitive games are appearances in the English league, FA Cup, league cup and in European club competitions.

1 EnglandEngland Johnny Haynes 1952-1970 658
2 EnglandEngland Eddie Lowe 1950-1963 511
3 EnglandEngland Les Barrett 1965-1977 491
4th EnglandEngland John Marshall 1982-1997 467
5 EnglandEngland George Cohen 1956-1969 459
= EnglandEngland Frank Penn 1915-1934 459
7th WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Gordon Davies 1978-1991 450
8th EnglandEngland Len Oliver 1924-1935 434
9 EnglandEngland Jim Stennard 1980-1995 430
10 EnglandEngland Les Strong 1971-1983 427
1 WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Gordon Davies 1978-1991 178
2 EnglandEngland Johnny Haynes 1952-1970 158
3 EnglandEngland Bedford Jezzard 1948-1956 154
4th EnglandEngland Jim Hammond 1928-1939 151
5 ScotlandScotland Graham Leggat 1958-1967 134
6th EnglandEngland Arthur Stevens 1943-1959 124
7th EnglandEngland Steve Earle 1963-1973 108
8th EnglandEngland Maurice Cook 1958-1965 97
9 EnglandEngland Les Barrett 1965-1977 90
10 EnglandEngland Frank Newton 1931-1935 81

Coach chronicle

Scott Parker has been Fulham FC's head coach since February 28, 2019
Felix Magath was the first German head coach of the Premier League in 2014
Surname nation From To
Harry Bradshaw EnglandEngland April 1904 April 1909
Phil Kelso Bulkheads August 1909 May 1924
Andy Ducat EnglandEngland May 1924 May 1926
Joe Bradshaw EnglandEngland August 1926 May 1929
Ned Liddell EnglandEngland May 1929 April 1931
Jimmy McIntyre EnglandEngland April 1931 February 1934
Jimmy Hogan EnglandEngland August 1934 February 1935
Jack Peart EnglandEngland May 1935 September 1948
Frank Osborne EnglandEngland September 1948 June 1949
Bill Dodgin Sr. EnglandEngland August 1949 October 1953
Frank Osborne EnglandEngland October 1953 January 1956
Dug Livingstone Bulkheads January 1956 May 1958
Bedford Jezzard EnglandEngland June 1958 December 1964
Vic Buckingham EnglandEngland January 1965 January 1968
Bobby Robson EnglandEngland January 1968 November 1968
Bill Dodgin Junior EnglandEngland December 1968 June 1972
Alec Stock EnglandEngland June 1972 December 1976
Bobby Campbell EnglandEngland December 1976 October 1980
Malcolm Macdonald EnglandEngland November 1980 April 1984
Ray Harford EnglandEngland April 1984 June 1986
Ray Lewington EnglandEngland July 1986 June 1990
Alan Dicks EnglandEngland July 1990 December 1991
Don Mackay EnglandEngland December 1991 March 1994
Ian Branfoot EnglandEngland August 1994 February 1996
Micky Adams EnglandEngland February 1996 September 1997
Ray Wilkins EnglandEngland September 1997 May 1998
Kevin Keegan EnglandEngland May 1998 May 1999
Paul Bracewell EnglandEngland May 1999 March 2000
Jean Tigana Frenchman June 2000 April 2003
Chris Coleman WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg April 2003 April 2007
Lawrie Sanchez Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland April 2007 December 2007
Roy Hodgson EnglandEngland December 2007 July 2010
Mark Hughes WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg July 2010 June 2011
Martin Jol NetherlandsNetherlands June 2011 December 2013
René Meulensteen NetherlandsNetherlands December 2013 February 2014
Felix Magath GermanyGermany February 2014 September 2014
Kit Symons WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg September 2014 November 2015
Slaviša Jokanović SerbiaSerbia December 2015 November 2018
Claudio Ranieri ItalyItaly November 2018 February 2019
Scott Parker EnglandEngland February 2019


UEFA Intertoto Cup (UI Cup): 1

  • 1 × UI Cup winner 2002

Southern Football League :

  • 2 × champions of the Southern Football League: 1905/06, 1906/07

Europa League :

  • 1 × Europa League finalist 2009/10

FA Cup :

  • 1 × FA Cup finalist 1974/75

Women's soccer

The Women's Football Club Fulham (short: WFC Fulham ) was associated with the Fulham FC until 2006 and until then had the official name of Fulham Ladies Football Club . The club, which was dissolved in 2010, has been run independently since the 2006/07 season and played in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, the top division in English women's football , between 2002 and 2007 and 2008 and 2009 . In 2000, the Fulham LFC was the first European women's football club to introduce full profit. This decision was reversed in 2003.


The club was founded in 1993 as the successor to the AFC Wimbledon transplanted Friends of Fulham , who had won the FA Women's Cup in 1985 , and began in the Greater London Division. After several promotions, Fulham reached the final of the FA Women's Cup in 2001 for the first time since the re-establishment and for the fourth time overall, defeating local rivals Arsenal LFC with 0: 1. The 2001/02 season was very successful. In addition to promotion to the first division, the West London women won the Cup for the second time since 1985 (2-1 against the Doncaster Belles ) and for the first time the League Cup (7-1 against Birmingham City ). The team scored an amazing 342 goals in all competitions. Having arrived in the first division , the team immediately became champions: the team remained undefeated throughout the league season and also defended their victory in the cup and the league cup. With the team winning the FA Women's Community Shield at the start of the season, the Fulham women won all four of the season's titles. In the summer of 2003, the club won the Community Shield for the second time after another cup victory, the last national success to this day. In the UEFA Women's Cup of the same year, the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals against 1. FFC Frankfurt . In the following years, the club had to bake smaller rolls again and was increasingly in danger of relegation.

On May 16, 2006, the dissolution of Fulham LFC as the women's football division of Fulham FC was announced. This decision was justified with the lack of attention from the media and the low audience figures. Despite all adversity, the club found enough sponsors to continue playing as an independent club under the name WFC Fulham in the FA Women's Premier League . The 2006/07 team was too weak to keep up with the other clubs and was relegated to the underlying FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. The negative highlight was the 14-0 defeat against Arsenal LFC. After the direct resurgence in 2008, the team immediately had to accept relegation in 2009 with just one win. This was followed by the crash into the third division after the 2009/10 season, whereupon WFC Fulham lost the support of its sponsors and disbanded. In 2014, the Fulham FC Foundation, a charity organization of Fulham FC, again established two lower-class women's teams under the name Fulham FC Foundation Ladies. Later these were renamed Fulham FC Women (short: FFC Women).


  • English champions: 1 (2003)
  • English Cup Winner: 3 (1985, 2002, 2003)
  • English cup finalists: 3 (1989, 1990, 2001)
  • English league cup winners: 2 (2002, 2003)
  • English league cup finalist: 1 (2004)
  • FA Women's Community Shield: 2 (2002, 2003)

Statistics and records

Club records

Goals and Points

  • Most championship goals scored in one season - 111 in 42 games, second division season 1931/32
  • Fewest championship goals scored in one season - 36 in 38 games, first division 2001/02 season
  • Most championship goals conceded in one season - 98 in 42 games, first division season 1967/68
  • Fewest championship goals conceded in one season - 32 in the respective second division seasons 1922/23 (42 games in total) and 2000/01 (46 games) as well as in the third division season 1998/99 (46 games)
  • Most championship points scored in one season - 101 in 46 games each of the 2000/01 second division and 1998/99 third division seasons
  • The fewest championship points achieved in one season - 25 in the second division season 1968/69


  • Record victories
  • Record defeats
  • Attendance records
    • Highest attendance at a league home game - 49,335 on October 8, 1938 at Craven Cottage against Millwall FC in the second division season 1938/39
    • Lowest attendance at a league home game - 500 on April 10, 1915 at Craven Cottage against Glossop North End in the second division season 1914/15
  • Most championship wins in one season - 31 in 46 games, 1998/99 third division season
  • Fewest championship wins in one season - 7 in 42 games, second division season 1968/69
  • Most championship defeats in one season - 26 in 42 games, 1985/86 second division season
  • Fewest championship defeats in one season - 5 in 46 games, second division season 2000/01
  • Most draws in one season - 17 in each of the 46 games of the third division seasons 1986/87 and 1992/93 as well as the fourth division season 1995/96
  • Fewest draws in one season - 4 in 42 games, second division season 1956/57

Player records

  • Most competitive appearances - 658 completed by Johnny Haynes between 1952 and 1970
  • Most competitive goals - 178 scored by Gordon Davies between 1978 and 1991
  • Harvey Elliott (* 2003) became the youngest player in Premier League history on May 4, 2019 at the age of 16 years and 30 days .

Rugby league

For the 1980/81 season , Fulham FC formed a rugby league professional team in the rugby football league , called the Fulham Rugby League Club , to generate additional income. After alternating relegations and promotions in the following years and deep red numbers, Fulham FC separated in 1984 from the team, which today continues to participate in the Super League as the Harlequins Rugby League as the only London professional club . The Fulham Rugby League Club played its home games at Craven Cottage .


  • Division 2 champion 1982/83


Individual evidence

  1. "Craven Cottage" ( Memento of the original from August 19, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Fulham FC) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.fulhamfc.com
  2. a b "About Fulham WFC" (Fulham WFC)
  3. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 8-10 .
  4. ^ "England - Southern League Final Tables" (The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation)
  5. a b c d e At this point in time two points were awarded for each win and one point for each draw. The goal quotient is calculated from the quotient of goals scored by oneself (numerator) and the goals scored against (denominator).
  6. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 10-15 .
  7. a b c d e f g "England - Football Statistics Archive - League Records" (The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation)
  8. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 15-19 .
  9. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 19-26 .
  10. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 26-39 .
  11. For the 1976/77 season, the goal difference replaced the goal quotient as the criterion for placing teams with equal points.
  12. From the 1981/82 season onwards, a winning team was awarded three points in a championship game - instead of two points previously.
  13. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 39-44 .
  14. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 45-49 .
  15. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 50-58 .
  16. Bremen runs into Valencia - Juventus out
  17. Wolves fail at Fulham
  18. http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2011/June/HughesAnnouncement.aspx ( Memento from September 18, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  19. http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2011/June/ManagerConfirmed.aspx ( Memento from August 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  20. ^ Trainer sheet - Martin Jol
  21. ^ Rene Meulensteen - trainer sheet
  22. Magath is the new trainer in Fulham. In: Spiegel Online from February 14, 2014 (accessed on February 14, 2014).
  23. https://www.premierleague.com/clubs/34/Fulham/squad
  24. Osborne carried out the coaching office in addition to his function as club secretary.
  25. Osborne was only formally subordinate to the team. The players Frank Penn, Taffy O'Callaghan and Joe Bacuzzi were mostly responsible for the practical training.
  26. FFC Women | Fulham Football Club. Retrieved October 13, 2018 .
  27. a b A conversion of the seasons up to and including the 1980/81 season before the current 3-point rule was not carried out.
  28. ^ Dennis Turner: Fulham - The Complete Record . 2007, p. 474-476 .

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