FULHAM F.C.
Founded: 1879


Also Known As:
FULHAM ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH
SUNDAY SCHOOL (1879-88)
FULHAM (1888-)




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FULHAM F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of FULLHAM FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Fulham were formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C., founded by worshipers at the Church of England on Star Road, West Kensington (St Andrew's, Fulham Fields). Fulham's mother church still stands today with a plaque commemorating the team's foundation. Fulham started playing at their current ground Craven Cottage in 1896, their first game against now defunct rivals Minerva F.C.. Fulham are one of the oldest established clubs in southern England. The club gained professional status on 12 December 1898, in the same year that they were admitted into the Southern League's Second Division. They were the second club from London to turn professional, following Arsenal F.C. (Royal Arsenal 1891). They adopted a red and white kit during the 1900–01 season. In 1902–03 they won promotion from this division, entering the Southern League First Division. The club's first recorded all-white club kit came in 1903, and ever since then the club has been playing in all-white shirts and black shorts, with socks going through various evolutions of black and/or white, but are now normally white-only. The club won the Southern League twice, in 1905–06 and 1906–07.

Fulham joined The Football League after the second of their Southern League triumphs. Fulham finished the season three points short of promotion in fourth place. The club progressed all the way to the semi-final of that season's FA Cup, a run that included an 8–3 away win at Luton Town. In the semi-final they were heavily beaten, 6–0, by Newcastle United. This is still a record loss for an FA Cup semi-final game. Fulham's first season in Division Two turned out to be the highest that the club would finish for twenty-one years, until in 1927–28 when the club were relegated to the 3rd Division South, created in 1920. After finishing 5th, 7th and 9th (out of twenty-two teams) in their first three seasons in the Third Division South, Fulham won the division in the 1931–32 season. In doing so 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. League and cup football were severely disrupted by the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

Promotion to the top tier of English football in 1949-50 season 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 eight of forty-two games. A few seasons of mediocrity in the Second Division followed, but then the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1958 and used this momentum to win promotion back to the First Division in the following season, having finished second to Sheffield Wednesday. The club experienced several close escapes from relegation, none more spectacular than in 1965–66, when the club rooted at the bottom went on an astounding run beating all the top sides with a few games to go.[20] On the morning of 26 February 1966, Fulham had just fifteen points from twenty-nine matches. The last thirteen games saw Fulham win nine and draw two to reach safety. Eventually the club suffered relegation in the 1967–68 season having won just ten out of their forty-two games. However even that was not as catastrophic as the calamity of next season. Winning only seven in forty-two, the club were again relegated to the Third Division.

The aforementioned Third Division hiatus lasted only two seasons before the club was promoted back to the Second Division as runners-up in 1970–71. In 1992 the foundation of the Premier League saw Fulham's division of the time, the Third Division, renamed the Second Division. However the club were relegated from that to the new Third Division after a poor 1993–94 season, seeing the club in the basement of the Football League, with Ian Branfoot appointed as new manager. After an eighth place finish in Branfoot's first season in charge the club hit its lowest ever final league position in the 1995–96 season, finishing 17th out of 24. Branfoot was sacked as manager. Fulham returned to the top division of English football in 2001, and competed in the Premier League for the first time. The club finished the 2001–02 season in thirteenth place. Fulham were the only team to host top-flight football with some standing areas in the twenty-first century, but due to restrictions on standing this was not allowed to continue. Fulham were forced to groundshare with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road during the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons while Craven Cottage was rebuilt as an all-seated stadium.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Fulham F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Cottagers
Year Founded
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1879 (137 years ago)
English County
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Greater London
Current Ground
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Craven Cottage
Ground Location
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London, England
Town of Fulham (London Inner-district)
(London Borough of Hammersmith/Fulham)
Club's Owner
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Shahid Khan
Club Chairman
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Shahid Khan
Current Manager
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Slaviša Jokanovic
Current League
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Championship
Last Season
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Championship, 20th place


HOME COLORS

White & Black
AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


CRAVEN COTTAGE
Stevenage Road, London, SW6-6HH, England

OPENED: ......... October 10, 1896
SURFACE: ........ Grass (Fibrelastic)
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 25,700
RECORD: ......... 49,335 (1938 vs Millwall)
OWNER: ........... Fulham F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Fulham F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 110 x 75 yards (101 x 69 meters)



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