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Fulham Football Club
Visit the oldest professional football team in London, based in Fulham.
History of Fulham Football Club
Fulham is the oldest of London's first class clubs and its long history began back in 1879 with some Sunday-school boys knocking a ball around on a long-forgotten park pitch.
Fulham's history has, at times, been a genuine "Who's Who" of football folklore and the roll call underpins the underachievement of the Club through the years. England captain Johnny Haynes, spent his entire first class career at Fulham between 1952 and 1970. The original Maestro, Haynes made the unprecedented steps of becoming the first footballer to earn £100 a week.
Fulham has long been renowned for discovering promising young talent that has progressed to win major honours elsewhere. Alan Mullery, Rodney Marsh, and Allan Clarke all came to prominence with Fulham. In addition to being a springboard for many blossoming futures, Fulham has been home to numerous legends in the autumn of their football lives. Mullery returned to Craven Cottage in 1972 and linked up with the legendary Bobby Moore, another of the World Cup-winning XI, to don the black and white. Together, Moore and Mullery guided Fulham through record 11 matches to reach the 1975 FA Cup Final. Despite the FA Cup Final and the star-studded line-ups of the 70s, it is the 60s that are viewed as the sepia-tinted halcyon days in Fulham's post-war history.
The reason is pretty straightforward - between 1959 and 1968 the banks of the Thames were home to top-flight football. By May 1968 Fulham had ridden their luck once too often and the sultry 27 points on the board made relegation unavoidable. Malcolm Macdonald's young Fulham side of the early 80s looked to be the ray of sunshine the Club so desperately craved and were touted by many as the best Fulham team since the 60s.
However, as battles were fought and won in the boardroom, the gradual slide on the pitch continued until Fulham hit the football basement in 1994. In January 1996 the situation hit absolute rock bottom. Home gates were averaging a meagre 4000. Fulham were second from bottom, the Club's lowest ever League position. Fulham lost. For many it was the blackest day in the entire history of the Club. Staring non-league football right in the face, Fulham Football Club in its traditional guise was also staring at the prospect of extinction. But Fulham Football Club was too much a part of the football establishment to slip away into the abyss, and this was at the forefront of former player Micky Adams' mind when he assumed control of team affairs in 1996.
Steering the ailing side out of the danger zone, he secured Fulham's future as a Football League club before embarking on a comeback campaign the following season. Fulham finished 1996/97 in second place in Division Three - the Club's first promotion in 15 years, achieved solely on spirit, hard work and determination.
For more information visit www.fulhamfc.com
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