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|Full name||Fulham Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Cottagers, The Whites|
|Chairman||Image:Flag of Egypt.svg Mohamed Al-Fayed|
|Manager||Image:Flag of Wales (bordered).svg Chris Coleman|
|League||FA Premier League|
|2005-06||Premier League, 12th|
Fulham Football Club (FFC) are a football team based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1879, they celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2004, and they are in the top tier of English football, the FA Premiership. Fulham FC are the oldest professional football team in London (usually considered to have been founded in 1879, although some say 1880).
They spent much time in the Old First Division (Premiership) through the 60s, but are yet to gain any major honours, their only FA Cup final appearance being in 1975. They did win qualification to the UEFA Cup in 2002 by winning the Intertoto Cup, beating Bologna F.C. 1909 5-3 in the final over two legs. In the UEFA Cup, they won through two rounds before being defeated by Hertha Berlin.
They currently play at Craven Cottage, their home since 1896, a riverside ground on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham, having spent two years at Loftus Road while Craven Cottage was undergoing renovations to bring it up to Premier League standards. The club achieved their main aim of avoiding relegation for the 2005-06 season, eventually finishing 12th. 
Fulham Football Club started its existence in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School, founded by worshippers at the C of E church on Star Road, West Kensington, which still stands today. They won the West London Amateur Cup in 1887 and, having shortened the name to its present form in 1888, the West London League in 1893 at the first attempt. The club played in red and white colours more akin to Arsenal in this early era, and only found their current ground, Craven Cottage, in 1896.
|1898-03||Southern League Division 2|
|1903-07||Southern League Division 1|
They gained professional status on December 12 1898, in the same year that they were admitted into the Southern League's 2nd division. In 1902-03 they won promotion from this division, entering the Southern League 1st Division. After turning professional, it was a number of years before Fulham gained admission to the national Football League. They eventually did having won the Southern League Championship twice, in 1905-06 and 1906-07.
Fulham's first ever league game, playing in the 2nd Division's 1907-8 season, saw them losing 1-0 at home to Hull City on September 3rd 1907. The first win came a few days later on September 7th 1907 at Derby County's Baseball Ground, by a score line of 1-0. When they eventually found their feet in the division they impressed, ending up only three points short of promotion in 4th place. A highlight of that first season was an 8-2 away win at Luton Town in an FA Cup game. The club actually managed to reach the semi-finals of that tournament, where they were humbled 6-0 by Newcastle United. This is still a record loss for an FA Cup semi-final game.
A couple of years later the club won the London Challenge Cup in the 1909-10 season. They didn't come any closer to promotion to the First Division for a while, and in fact after only winning 13 out of 42 games in the 1927-28 season they were relegated to the 3rd Division South, which was created in 1920.
After finishing 5th, 7th and 9th (out of 22 teams) in their first three seasons at this lower level, Fulham won the division in the 1931-32 season. In doing this they beat Torquay United 10-2, won 24 out of 42 games and scored 111 goals, thus being promoted back to the Second Division. The next season they missed out on a second consecutive promotion, finishing 3rd behind Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City. A mixed bag of league performances followed, although the club also reached another FA Cup semi-final during the 1935-36 season.
League and cup football were disrupted by the outbreak of World War II in 1939 and a full league programme was only restored for 1946-47. In the 3rd season of what is now considered the modern era of football, Fulham finished top of their division, with a win-loss-draw record of 24-9-9 (identical to that which won them the 3rd Division South 17 years previously). Promotion to the top tier of English football saw the club perform poorly, finishing 17th in their first year and 18th in their second. In only their third season of First Division football, Fulham finished rock bottom of the 22-team league in the 1951-52 season, winning only 8 in 42 games.
It is impossible to talk about Fulham's history without mentioning probably the single most influential character in Fulham's history: Johnny Haynes. 'Mr. Fulham' as later came to been known signed for The Cottagers as a schoolboy in 1950, making his first team debut on Boxing Day 1952. 'The Maestro' played for another 18 years, notching up 657 appearances (along with many other club records too). 'The Perfect 10' is without doubt the greatest player in Fulham history and arguably the best 'one-club man' of all-time. For many a Cottager fan, Mr. Haynes represents all that is 'Fulhamish'. He gained 52 caps for England, (22 as captain) with many being earnt while inspiring Fulham in the Second Division. The Maestro was renowned for his long-balls, with Pele remarking: "He's the best passer of the ball I've ever seen!". Haynes certainly would have continued captaining England up to '66 and beyond if it wasn't for a motorbike incident in Blackpool in 1962. The crash meant Haynes lost much of his sharpness and speed, though he still soldiered on for Fulham. The Stevenage Road Stand was named in his honour after his tragic death in 2005. Though Haynes never won any major awards he still regularly is voted as one of the top 10 players of all time in polls. 
Fulham in their 1960s heydey went on a prestigious tour of Malaysia with neighbours QPR. They played several exhbition games each against Asian teams as well as each other. Fulham in more modern times have beaten Israel, China and India all 2-0 at the Cottage, leading to the rather audcious claim that Fulham have beaten half of the world (at least in terms of population). Many Fulham fans feel a special bond towards one another that transcends football and generations. Due to Fulham's unique quirks and humour many talk of 'Fulhamish', as almost a nation in a similar vein to that of the 'Red Sox Nation'. Fulham are often referred to (and viewed) as 'the sleepy club by the Thames'.
|1907-28||Football League Div. 2|
|1928-32||Football League Div. 3S|
|1932-49||Football League Div. 2|
|1949-52||Football League Div. 1|
|1952-59||Football League Div. 2|
|1959-68||Football League Div. 1|
|1968-69||Football League Div. 2|
|1969-71||Football League Div. 3|
|1971-80||Football League Div. 2|
|1980-82||Football League Div. 3|
|1982-86||Football League Div. 2|
|1986-94||Football League Div. 3/2|
|1994-97||Football League Div. 3|
|1997-99||Football League Div. 2|
|1999-01||Football League Div. 1|
A few seasons of mediocrity in the 2nd Division followed, but then the club reached the FA Cup semis in 1958 and used this momentum to win promotion back to the 1st Division in the following season, having finished 2nd to Sheffield Wednesday. In the 1959-60 season they achieved 10th position in the 1st Division, which until finishing 9th in the Premiership 2002-03 was their highest ever league position. This accompanied another appearance in the last four of the FA Cup in 1962. By this time the club were regularly playing in front of 45,000 plus crowds at Craven Cottage, despite struggling in the League and suffering relegation in the 1967-68 season having won just 10 out of their 42 games.
However even that was not as catastrophic as the calamity of next season. Winning only 7 in 42, the club were relegated to the 3rd Division. (Note that this is not the same as the 3rd Division South, as the regional 3rd Divisions had been removed with the 1959 creation of the 4th Division).
The 3rd Division hiatus lasted only two seasons though, they were then promoted back to the Second Division as runners-up in 1970-71. This spell also saw Fulham invited to the not particularly prestigious Anglo-Italian Cup, which saw the club draw four out of four games in two appearances in the cup between 1972 and 1974. This started of a period of high-profile signings for the club under Alec Stock in the mid-70s, including Alan Mullery and Bobby Moore. The reward of this was their only ever FA Cup final in 1975, having won their first semi-final in five attempts. The club then lost to West Ham in the final. This gained the club qualification to the Anglo-Scottish Cup, where they made the final, losing to Middlesbrough.
That run in the FA Cup saw the setting of a record which is unlikely to be broken. Fulham played a total of 12 games (including replays) just to get to the final. From Round 3, it should be just 5 (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & Semi Final). In the build up to this, Tony Rees and The Cottagers released a single, "Viva el Fulham" (based on Manolo Escobar's "Y viva España") which is still played (and chanted) at Fulham games. It reached No.46 in the Pop Charts in 1975.
George Best played 47 times for the club in the 1976-77 season and often stated that during his footballing career, he was happiest at Craven Cottage. Rodney Marsh, who having grown up with Fulham in the 60s went on to play 1st Division football and play for England, rejoined the club in the same season, playing only 16 games. This capped one of the most successful eras in Fulhamish history.
The hangover from this meant the club were relegated again after winning only 11 in 42 in the 1979-80 season, which saw Bobby Campbell's sacking to be replaced by Malcolm Macdonald. With a strong squad during his 1980-84 period in charge (with players such as Ray Houghton, Tony Gale, Paul Parker, Gerry Peyton and Ray Lewington), they won promotion again in 1981-82 back to Division 2.
Fulham narrowly missed out on back-to-back promotions, to the First Division losing 1-0 to Derby away on the last day of the 1982-83 season - although the match was abandoned after 88 mins due to a pitch invasion. The side which had shown so much promise was gradually sold off and broken up as the club had debts to pay off, so it was little surprise when the club were relegated again to the Third Division in 1986. The club nearly when out of business in 1987 and the same year saw the break-down of an ill-advised merger attempt with QPR. It was only the intervention of ex-player Jimmy Hill that allowed the club to stay in business as a re-structured 'Fulham FC 1987 Ltd.'
In 1992 the foundation of the Premiership saw Fulham's division of the time, the 3rd Division, re-named the 2nd Division. (There is a joke amongst football fans that at the end of the 1991-92 season they started to celebrate promotion, before realising all that had happend was that the FA had changed the numbers.) However the club were relegated from that to the new 3rd Division after a poor 1993-94 season, seeing the club in the basement of the Football League. The club hit its historical rock bottom with its performance in the 1995-96 season, finishing 17th out of 24th.
However, in February of 1996 the club appointed then-player Micky Adams as manager, and it was in the summer of that year that his revolution really took off. That signalled the start of the new era of Fulham Football Club.
 Recent history
After the side's relegation, Ian Branfoot was installed as manager. His first season in charge (1994-5) yielded a seventh place finish, which would have given them a place in the play-offs if not for a restructuring of the league. Branfoot's second season (95/96) was a disaster, with the side languishing near the foot of the table and only seeming safe due to Torquay United being hopelessly adrift at bottom position. The situation came to a head when Fulham (by then in 91st place in The Football League) or 23rd in Div 3 played Torquay (92nd or 24th) at their Plainmoor ground on Feb 3rd 1996 and lost 2-1, meaning that they had only won two from their previous twenty league games. Fulham followed the match with three draws which hardly improved the situation, and Branfoot was fired two weeks after the Torquay match (though retained in other capacities for a while afterwards).
Micky Adams was appointed as manager and oversaw an upturn in form that lifted the side out of what little relegation danger was present. The next season he engineered a complete turnaround in form and his side, captained by Simon Morgan finished second, only missing out on first due to the league dropping the old "goal difference" system in favor of a "goals scored" tally. While Fulham's goal difference was one better than that of champions Wigan Athletic, they scored twelve less goals. This was subtly ironic, as the club's then Chairman Jimmy Hill, had successfully argued that goals scored should decide places of teams tied on points while sitting on an FA panel.
 Al-Fayed era
Millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed purchased the club that summer and fired Adams in the aftermath of a poor start. In Adams' place he installed a managerial 'dream team' of Ray Wilkins and Kevin Keegan, pledging that the club would reach the Premiership with five years.
After an argument over team selection, Wilkins left the club in May 1998 to hand over the full managerial duties to Keegan, who steered the club to a spectacular promotion the next season, winning 101 points of a possible 138, captained by Chris Coleman - the first £2million footballer outside the top two divisions of the English league. Keegan then left to become manager of the English national football team, and veteran player Paul Bracewell was put in charge.
Bracewell was sacked in March 2000 as Fulham's promising early season form dwindled away, and Jean Tigana was put in charge, and having signed a number of young stars, including Louis Saha, he guided Fulham to their third promotion in five seasons, again in emphatic style, giving Fulham top flight status for the first time since 1968. During this season club captain and subsequent manager, Chris Coleman, was involved in a car crash which eventually finished his career. Fulham were widely tipped to take the Premiership by storm, with many pundits predicting a challenge for the UEFA cup or even Champions League places. Fulham remain the only team in this millienium to play top-flight football, with some standing areas. Due to restrictions on standings, Fulham decamped to Loftus Road, during the 2002-3 and 2003-4 seasons, but have now safely returned back to The Cottage.
The expected challenge never materialised and a 13th place finish was much lower than had been hoped for. The following season saw Fulham dangerously close to the relegation zone, and chairman Mohammed Al Fayed told Tigana that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. But an awful run of results, culminating in a 4-0 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers led him to be sacked before the season came to an end and relegation was desperately near.
 Coleman takes over
Chris Coleman took charge for five games at the end of the season, earning Fulham 10 points out of a possible 15 and preserving a place in the Premier League for the next season. Coleman was given the manager's job on a permanent basis in the summer of 2003 and kept the club well clear of relegation, guiding them to a club record ninth place finish. Coleman continued to defy the odds in 2004-05 and guided Fulham to a secure 13th place finish, which surprised many pundits who predicted that Coleman's relative inexperience would cost Fulham their Premiership status. The 2005-06 season proved a tougher affair, but safety was once again mathematically assured with three games left of the season and a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic. There were three relative high points in an inconsistent season: a 6-1 rout of West Bromwich Albion, a 1-0 win over rivals and champions Chelsea in the West London derby, and a 2-0 win over current European champions Liverpool FC. Fulham's home form was the best outside the top six, with 12 wins from 18 games, while their away form was the worst in the entire league with one win and four draws from 18 games. A game they were winning away, versus Sunderland, was abandoned after 21 minutes because of a persistent snowfall with the score at 0-1. However, on 29 April 2006, Fulham finally achieved its first away victory of the campaign with a 1-2 win over Manchester City F.C.. Despite the difficulties experienced throughout this season, Fulham achieved a 12th place finish - an improvement on the previous campaign.
From the beginning of the 2006-2007 Fulham will introduce electronic swipe cards, as used by other clubs such as Manchester City, in place of paper tickets for season ticket holders and other fans who have regularly bought tickets over the last few seasons. Away fans and less regular attendees to the Cottage will continue to use paper tickets.
Famous Fulham fans include Hugh Grant, Georgie Thompson, Keith Allen, Lily Allen, Pope John Paul II, David Hasselhoff and Daniel Radcliffe. The members of the New York City punk rock band, The Rapture, are also fans of Fulham. <ref>http://www.timeout.com/london/music/features/2276.html</ref>. Fulham are popular in the media for being somewhat of a 'joke' team, having been referenced in (to name but a few) The Italian Job, Two Ronnies and Citizen Smith. Due to Fulham's proximity to the BBC Headquarters at White City, Craven Cottage often doubles for other football stadia, having appeared in sketches such as Tony Hancock's Half Hour. Fulham has an extensive fanbase across the world, especially Australia, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia and the USA. Fulham's only current fanzine is TOOFIF.
 Current management
|Assistant Manager:||Steve Kean|
|Goalkeeping Coach:||Dave Beasant|
|Assistant Coach:||Billy McKinlay|
|Assistant Coach:||Ray Lewington|
|International Representative:||Craig Brown|
|First Team Physio:||Jason Palmer (Australian)|
|Fulham Academy Director:||John Murtough|
Chelsea F.C. are another Premiership football team, also based in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; this creates a clear rivalry between the two clubs (known as the 'SW6 Derby'). While Fulham fans have incorporated this rivalry into several of their football chants, it is generally not reciprocated by Chelsea fans since the two clubs have spent most of the last 40 years in different divisions, which has seen the rivalry decline in importance. Fulham have rivalries with other West London clubs QPR (based in nearby Shepherds Bush) are considered the bigger rivals by most Fulham fans, and Brentford, although these rivalries have not been exercised for several years due to these two teams being in different divisions to Fulham.
Fulham also have rivalries with other London clubs including West Ham United F.C., Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic, and Arsenal, all of which have been regularly contested during recent seasons. There are no teams outside of London which would necessarily be considered rivals for Fulham, although Blackburn Rovers and Fulham have contested some high-tempered games, and the two were involved in a 1st Division title race during the 2000-01 season.
On 19 March 2006 Fulham recorded their first victory over Chelsea in nearly 27 years, with a goal from Luís Boa Morte. In a very heated and controversial game, Didier Drogba had a goal disallowed for a hand ball, despite the assistant referee's view being possibly obscured, and Chelsea's William Gallas was sent off for a late challenge on Heidar Helguson, which led to a melee between the 2 sets of players. A pitch invasion by both sets of fans following the final whistle led to some skirmishes and arrests and resulted in an FA probe. Given the result and the controversies surrounding the game, it is thought this may re-ignite the West London Derby between the two clubs for the future.
Fulham have had 29 full-time managers in their history. All but one have been British (but not necessarily English), the exception being Frenchman Jean Tigana. The only man to manage the club over two different periods is Frank Osborne, during 1948-49 and 1953-56. The dates given here are for their stretches as club manager, numerous people have played at the club (e.g. Bracewell) or been employed by the club before or after actually being first-team manager (e.g. Keegan).
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Harry Bradshaw||1904||1909|
|Image:Flag of Scotland.svg Phil Kelso||1909||1924|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Andy Ducat||1924||1926|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Jimmy Hogan||1934||1935|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bill Dodgin, Sr.||1949||1953|
|Image:Flag of Scotland.svg Doug Livingstone||1956||1958|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bedford Jezzard||1958||1964|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Vic Buckingham||1965||1968|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bobby Robson||1968||1968|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bill Dodgin, Jr.||1969||1972|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Alec Stock||1972||1976|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Bobby Campbell||1976||1980|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Malcolm MacDonald||1980||1984|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Ray Harford||1984||1986|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Ray Lewington||1986||1990|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Alan Dicks||1990||1991|
|Image:Flag of Scotland.svg Don Mackay||1991||1994|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Ian Branfoot*||1994||1996|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Micky Adams||1996||1997|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Ray Wilkins||1997||1998|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Kevin Keegan**||1998||1999|
|Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Paul Bracewell***||1999||2000|
|Image:Flag of France.svg Jean Tigana||2000||2003|
|Image:Flag of Wales (bordered).svg Chris Coleman||2003|
- *Ian Branfoot continued to be employed by the club after his dismissal as manager.
- **Kevin Keegan was employed by the club as Chief Operating Officer during his predecessor's reign.
- ***When Paul Bracewell was fired half way through the 1999-2000 season, there was a temporary period of Fulham being managed by their striker Karlheinz Riedle and his old boss at Liverpool Roy Evans. Riedle actually injured a lung in the season's penultimate game - his last for the club.
Between the years 1879 and when Fulham had a ground to call their own in 1896, they played at a number of stadiums, only some of which were recorded and this should not be regarded as a full or complete list. Some of the early grounds listed below are likely to have been park/parkland which has now been developed on. Even when the club purchased Craven Cottage and the surrounding land in 1894, they had to wait two years before they could play a game there.
- 1879-1883 - Star Road, West Kensington
- 1883-1884 - Eel Brook Common, Fulham
- 1884-1885 - Lillie Rec, Fulham
- 1885-1886 - Putney Lower Common, Putney
- 1886-1888 - Ranelagh House, Fulham
- 1888-1889 - Barn Elms Playing Fields, Barnes
- 1889-1891 - Parsons Green, Fulham
- 1891-1895 - Half Moon, Putney
- 1895-1896 - Captain James Field, West Brompton
- 1896-2002 - Craven Cottage, Fulham
- 2002-2004 - Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush (groundshare with Queens Park Rangers during Craven Cottage renovation)
- since 2004 - Craven Cottage (read the Craven Cottage article for future prospects of the ground.)
Fulham Football Club have never won a major trophy, however, they have a reasonably long list of achievements. In the list below, all trophies and leagues are referred to by the names they held at the time, which due to commercial and practical reasons have changed over time. For more information see articles in individual leagues from here.
- 1906 & 1907 - Southern League Champions
- 1907 - Admission to The Football League as Southern League Champions
- 1908 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists
- 1932 - Division Three South Champions
- 1936 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists
- 1949 - Division Two Champions
- 1958 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists
- 1959 - Promotion from Division Two
- 1962 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists
- 1970 - Promotion from Division Three
- 1975 - FA Cup Finalists
- 1975 - Anglo-Scottish Cup Finalists
- 1982 - Promotion from Division Three
- 1997 - Promotion from Division Three
- 1999 - Division Two Champions
- 2001 - Division One Champions
- 2002 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists
- 2002 - Intertoto Cup Winners
 Club records and statistics
 All-time results record
Correct for the start of the 2004-05 Season
- Won = 37.5% (Roughly equal to winning 3 in every 8 games)
- Drawn = 24.8% (2 in 8)
- Lost = 37.6% (3 in 8)
- Goals scored per Game = 1.48
- Goals conceded per Game = 1.45
- Points per Game = 1.44
 Performance in the top division
Fulham have spent 17 seasons in the national top flight, finishing in these positions:
- 9th - Once (2004)
- 10th - Once
- 12th - Once(2006)
- 13th - Twice(2005)
- 14th - Once
- 15th - Once
- 16th - Once
- 17th - Twice
- 18th - Twice
- 20th - Three Times
- 22nd - Twice
- Correct for start of 2006-2007 season.
There are five Fulham players who have been in the club's starting line-up more than 450 times, all of whom have since retired from football.
|Les Barrett||:||487 + 4 as substitute|
- Correct for start of 2006-2007 season.
 Current players
The two players with the most appearances still at the club as of August 2006 are:
|Luís Boa Morte||:||227|
There are seven men to have scored more than one hundred goals for the club, all of whom have since retired from football:
 Current players
The three most prolific scorers still at the club for the 2006-2007 season are:
Luís Boa Morte : 54
Brian McBride : 23
Collins John : 19
 Average league attendances
- 1997/98: 9,004
- 1998/99: 11,387
- 1999/00: 13,092
- 2000/01: 14,985
- 2001/02: 19,389
- 2002/03: 16,707 (at Loftus Road)
- 2003/04: 16,342 (at Loftus Road)
- 2004/05: 19,838
- 2005/06: 20,654
- 2006/07: 21,723 (after 8 games)
 Current squad
 Players out on loan
For recent transfers see 2006-07 in English football
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