The Premiership Years

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The following piece is the history of FFC in a nutshell, some content
reproduced from the official Premier League website:

Club Heritage

The club was formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School. Fulham were founded by worshippers of the C of E church in Star Road, West Kensington. The church is still in existence today, with a plaque commemorating the team's foundation. The club's name was shortened to its present form in 1888.

Fulham started playing at Craven Cottage in 1896 and gained professional status on 12th December 1898. The club's first recorded all-white kit was worn in 1903 and since then they have played in a white shirt with black shorts.

Fulham's Premier League consolidation is quite an achievement in view of the lowest ebb of the 1990s. The club was relegated to the Third Division in 1994 and two years later finished 17th out of 24 teams.

But the appointment of Micky Adams as manager saw the Cottagers quickly promoted again, and two more subsequent promotions under Kevin Keegan and then Tigana earned Fulham a swift return to the top flight. With just 1,000 season ticket holders and seven full-time staff during the darkest days of the mid-nineties, Fulham's transformation is no mean feat.

Their training ground and Youth Academy can be found near to Motspur Park and was where Chariots of Fire was filmed.

One more fact that might be useful at a pub quiz, Fulham are in fact the oldest professional football club in London.

Premier League History

Jean Tigana had come in as Manager replacing former player Paul Bracewell who had supplanted Karl Heinz Reidle, in 2000. These two having replaced Kevin Keegan as manager in 1999 when he was recruited to run England. 

Under JT’s inspirational leadership Fulham were promoted to the FA Carling Premiership, after leading or being in the top three all season and ending with 101 points. We beat Blackburn Rovers into second place with their 91, wow, if only we could hit two thirds of that total now! FFC won their first 11 games that season, equalling Spurs’ 1960-61 and Newcastle’s 1985-86 Top Divivsion record.

We were back in the top flight for the first time since that awful 1967-68 relegation season. Arsenal were crowned champions with 87 points, Liverpool were second on 80 and Man U third with 77 points.

Steve Marlet signs from Lyon for a club record £11.5m, Jean Tgana also brought Dutch International goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from Juventus for £7m, no prizes for working out who gave the best return on their investment.

Marlet effectively cost Tig’ his job with Fayed accusing Tigana of ridiculous wrong-doings, an accusation proven unsubstantiated in the ensuing court case. Fulham finished in 13th placd on 43 points, 44 points behind winners Arsenal. and 37 points behind runners-up Liverpool (about the last time they’ve been any good).

Jean Tigana was replaced as manager by Chris Coleman. Fulham Favourite Barry Hayles scored his 50th goal for us away at Sunderland in a 3-0 victory. Rufus Brevett made his 200th appearance against Middlesborough at home on Jamuary 23rd, he made his final appearance in the next game away at Manchester City.

We completed the season in 14th place on 48 points, 35 points behind Champions Manchester United, Arsenal finished second with 78 points.

Chris Coleman in his first full season as manager, had to bite the bullet and sell Louis Saha to Manure after they ‘Tapped Up’ our French Favourite, at least the £12.85m would go towards strengthening the squad. The final League position of 9th with 52 points was as high as the Club had ever managed. Arsenal won the title on 90 points beating Chelsea into second place by 11 points.

One-time Fulham player and former Man U and England striker Andrew Cole returned to Fulham. We also gave a debut to the first Pakistani and British-born Asian, Zesh Rehman against Aston Villa at their home ground on October 23 2004. Also, another ‘Fulham Name’ Rosenior joined the club, Liam, son of old favourite Leroy, making his debut against Manchester United at the Cottage on December 13th, we drew 1-1. The final League position of 13th on 44 points was showing our relative worth, life in the Premier League was certainly tough but wouldn’t a bit of glory be welcome? Champions Chelsea accumulated 95 points, Arsenal in second place finished on 83.

Chris Coleman remained Manager, he’d become our longest serving manager since Mohammed Fayed bought the club. On the results front, we lost all but 6 of our away fixtures, drawing 5 and winning just one, at Manchester City 2-1, Collins John and Steed scoring our two goals. This dire record equalled our 1927-28 season of lowest away victories in one season. On a brighter note, our famous, fabulous long-overdue home win against Chelsea, saw Louis Boa Morte scored his 50th goal, hurrah!

We ended up 12th on 48 points, after 6 seasons in the Premier League we’d begun to see a pattern! Manchester United won the title on 89 points, Chelsea game second on 83 points.

Chris Coleman was replaced by Lawrie Sanchez on April 10th 2007 with 5 games remaining. It hadn’t been a glorious campaign  up to that date, Fulham had acquired just 30 points and just been beaten at home the day previously by Manchester City so the writing was still wet on the wall.

As an example of our woes, between December 23rd and January 30 we went through a torrid run of 7 games without a win, drawing 6 on the trot, losing  the other. In the remainder of the season Sanchez hardly wielded the ‘New Manager Wand’, his yield being 4 points from a possible 15, 3 draws and one victory against a Liverpool side fielding second stringers in anticipation of their Cup Final outing.

Our points tally of 39 saw us finish in 16th place, so he accomplished safety and another season in the Premier League. Manchester United were crowned champions with 89 points, Chelsea again runners-up on 83.

  1. These seasons in the highlighted boxes are currently incomplete and the content remains more or less as they appeared in the FFC site, they will be updated as soon. as possible.

  2. 2007/08
    Lawrie Sanchez was replaced by Roy Hodgson

  3. 2008/09
    Hodgson leads Fulham to seventh as they finish in the European places for                 the first time

  4. 2009/10
    Fulham consolidate their place in the league with a finish of 12th. After losing
    the Europa League final 2-1 to Atletico Madrid, Hodgson leaves the club to become Liverpool manager. Mark Hughes takes over as manager in July 2010. 

  5. 2010/11
    Fulham consolidate their place in the league with a finish of 9th, after a slowish start. For the second season running, we lose our manager, this time for unknown reasons.Hughes is quoted as saying that he felt that Fulham lacked ambition, odd that he took the job in the first place then, considering his lack of success in management and that he was well known to be second choice. First choice Martin Jol having been refused permission to talk to Fulham.

  6. 2011/12
    We finally got our man and Martin Jol became ourA crazily early start to our season had the White turning put for their first competitive game of the new season in June for a Europa League outing.