Post by walburghian on Feb 27, 2020 14:00:59 GMT
Preston North End vs Fulham
History - Fulham were formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C., founded by worshipers (mostly adept at cricket) at the Church of England on Star Road, West Kensington (St Andrew's, Fulham Fields). Fulham joined The Football League after the second of their Southern League triumphs in 1907. After a fairly undistinguished spell covering the 1st half of the 20th century, in 1948 Fulham finished top of the Second Division, with a win-loss-draw record of 24–9–9 (identical to that which won them the Third Division South 17 years previously).John Fox Watson made a pioneering transfer to Real Madrid n 1948, becoming one of the first players from the United Kingdom to sign for a high-profile side abroad, 4 years before North End turned down a Transfer of Sir Tom to Palermo.
Possibly the single most influential character in Fulham's history is Johnny Haynes "Mr. Fulham" or "The Maestro," as Haynes later came to be known, signed for The Cottagers as a schoolboy in 1950, making his first team debut on Boxing Day against Southampton at Craven Cottage in the 1951/52 relegation season. Haynes played for another 18 years, notching 657 appearances (along with many other club records too), his last appearance for Fulham coming on 17 January 1970. He is often considered as the greatest player in Fulham history,and never played for another team in Britain. He gained 56 caps for England (22 as captain) with many being earned while playing for Fulham in the Second Division.
However, arguably the most famous player/personality was Sir Jimmy Hill. He began his playing career at Brentford in 1949, and moved to Fulham three years later. As chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, he successfully campaigned for an end to The Football League's maximum wage in 1961. After retiring as a player, he took over as manager of Coventry City, modernising the team's image and guiding them from the Third to the First Division. In 1967, he began a career in football broadcasting, and from 1973 to 1988 was host of the BBC's Match of the Day Other notable players were George Best and Rodney Marsh.
Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the club for £6.25 million in summer 1997 with the promise to achieve Premier League football in 5years. After an argument over team selection, the then Manager Butch Wilkins left the club in May 1998 to hand over the full managerial duties to Kevin Keegan, who helped steer the club to promotion the next season, winning 101 points out of a possible 138. In 1999, Keegan left Fulham to become manager of England and since that time there has been a litany of high profile Managers all failing to win anything significant. They were promoted back to the Premiership in 2018, only to be relegated the following season.
Fulham Football Club is owned by Shahid Khan. Khan completed his purchase of the club from Mohamed Al-Fayed on 12 July 2013 for a reported £150–200 million, which makes TH's investment look quite modest. However, when you examine the amount of money which has been expended at Fulham in failing to achieve even middle-of-the-road status in the Premiership, you realise what a Financial/Organisational and Playing Staff problem it is.
Moving to the game in hand, one name comes to mind – Mitrovic! He scores against us every time he plays, whether ti was for Newcastle or Fulham. Keep him quiet and we may get something from the game. I am not my normal optimistic self for this game – we are losing shape and confidence. Oh for an early goal and “Park the Bus!”
(Thanks to Wikepaedia for history and apologies for no Logos. They drive me mad trying to upload them)