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August 27, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/27/2012

Three games in a week just to keep the boys sharp. And opposition coming from football's broad spectrum. So how will the Whites end the week?

August 24, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/24/2012

Just like watching Brazil...but we're not talking about the team in the yellow shirts. The return of those black shorts meant the kharma and the Whites were back on song at the Cottage.

August 18, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/18/2012

It's been a vibrant sporting summer in London but now the Olympians have left the stage let's celebrate the return of the national game. Time to rekindle our love affair with Fulham FC and reconnect with our ever-growing army of international fans. Are you ready to rumble?

August 13, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/13/2012

Not a wholesale revamp of the Fulham squad, rather an in-house revolution as to how we bring you all that's great about following the mighty Whites

August 11, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/11/2012

One week to go before the curtain rises on another Premier League season. Will Fulham be raising the roof at Craven Cottage? Hopefully not, it's only just been put on.

August 9, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/09/2012

While your correspondent remains wedded to the beach culture that is the South of France in August, and the temperature remains a balmy 30 degrees C. yes, I know the clock is counting down. So here it is, your first update of the NEW season.

May 16, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/16/2012
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Value for money from following Fulham? You bet! Quite some season to reflect upon, running from June right through to last Sunday. Dunno about the players, but I'm done.
May 12, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/12/2012

Where once again we won nothing. Except an enormous amount of respect, praise, positive headlines, stability, new followers, momentum and great memories. I'll take it.




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May 8, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/08/2012
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And if all things must pass, even a pyramid won't last. A lyric from a hugely under-rated act of the 80s for you to work out. Fulham Football Club is a force for change and progress. We should not fear it.
April 30, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/30/2012

Need a manager for the national team? Call Fulham. We've supplied two in the modern era. And indeed three if you go further back to include Sir Bobby Robson.




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April 27, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/27/2012

Something Fulham rarely do. Seeing the two Spanish giants fall at the final hurdle in this week's Champions League semi-finals heats up an old debate

April 24, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/24/2012

A ninth home win of the season came as we called it, the Whites still showing plenty of desire despite the long campaign, yet again putting the jinx on Wigan.

April 21, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/21/2012

The propensity for worry seems genetically stamped into the DNA of Fulham fans. What appeared to be a nailed on home win against Wigan a month ago now appears anything but.

April 17, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/17/2012

Stalin believed in them. Football clubs too often talk about their own 'five year plan.' We hear plenty about them on launch. Rarely any real assessment as to their worth at journey's end.

April 10, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/10/2012

More than a match for the Champions League semi-finalists, only the rub of the green denies Fulham a rare win over our neighbours from the Bridge.

April 8, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/08/2012

Finally Fulham played to their potential on the road, delivering the perfect advert for Jol's total football mantra. Bolton were battered and lucky not to concede more than three

April 4, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/04/2012

Bolton next up before we do battle with the Blues on Easter Monday. Six more points for the Whites or nowt? Fulham at present are quite impossible to predict.

March 30, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/30/2012

An unseasonal burst of early summer adds weight to the sense that Fulham's season can't end quickly enough. The boys still need to find one final effort




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March 25, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/25/2012

Playing at Old Trafford be it early in the season, mid-week, under lights or in the depths of winter usually results in one thing. Three points for the Reds. Can it be any different this year?

March 20, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/20/2012

Fulham were played off the park by Swansea no question. Nothing to quibble about in terms of the result or the new boys overwhelming superiority. But how to explain it?

March 17, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/17/2012

The Villains rained on our parade leaving fans subdued all week. Two potentially winnable and entertaining home games round out March however, first up it's the Swans, then the Canaries

March 14, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/14/2012

Widely hailed as 'Friendly Fulham,' exclusive news of fresh initiatives by the club to benefit the Premier League while cutting overheads and saving supporters money.

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March 10, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/10/2012

A personal look back on a week that offered up no shortage of material to underline football's global capacity to keep us all talking. The game remains the world's great soap opera - and it's for real.

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March 9, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/09/2012

Another week of feel good headlines for Fulham. Rising to the lofty heights of 8th however seems to have afflicted some with altitude sickness in the thin air.

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March 3, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/03/2012

A theatrical nod to Mel Brooks there in the title, but no drama please Sunday for the Whites as Wolves head to town battling the drop.

February 25, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/25/2012

Not quite 'super' enough from their current league position, but nobody's predicting another stroll in the park as Fulham and Rangers play a high stakes game.

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February 21, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/21/2012

Well they all do over the course of 38 matches I guess, but a win on Saturday at QPR would have a stellar effect on Jol's popularity and go a long way to wiping out more than a few awful away days to date.

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February 18, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/18/2012

Living in the digital age. Social media shrinks the global village, boundaries blur, barriers break down and major international events play out before our eyes. Are we any better off for it all?

February 14, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/14/2012

The craggy sage of Govan, Sir Alex Ferguson no less, reminds the media every season after the Reds drop a couple of home points, 'it's a marathon not a sprint.'

February 11, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/11/2012

A week can be a long time in football as in politics. The media quickly lost interest in Fulham after we made all the running on transfer deadline day.

February 10, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/10/2012

The presses hummed, corks popped and tabloid editors beamed after a bumper week for the fourth estate. Forget that tiresome Leveson panel, this was the good old days revisited

February 4, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/04/2012

Taking on the leaders after a turbulent week will be a real test of character. Only one defeat on our last eight trips to Citeh though, just don't mention our away form to date.

February 1, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/01/2012

A singularly underwhelming transfer window ends with a bombshell for the fans. The ramifications demand a real test of faith for the remainder of this turbulent season

January 28, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/28/2012

Inside a week a welter of frustration boils up again with Fulham's elimination from the Cup. Deconstructing this broken model is proving a devilish task for Ray and Martin (above)
January 25, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/25/2012

Last ten league trips to Goodison and Fulham have lost every time. But in FA Cup meetings we remain unbeaten. Let's face it, Friday night in the north-west, anything is possible




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January 24, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/24/2012

That was one Sunday newspaper's headline. Rarely can any team have turned in such a Jekyll and Hyde performance. What are we to make of Jol's Fulham side now?

January 20, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/20/2012

From their lofty league position the Magpies are slight favourites for Saturday's game. Their past record at the Cottage however is poor.

January 19, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/19/2012

The market remains quiet as rumours abound. While Sky's big electric board fizzes away clubs are holding on to their cash and the only man barging up to the counter with a big wad is - of all people - Mark Hughes.

January 14, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/14/2012

Having invoked the spirit of Stephen King in my preview, our worst fears are realised in a performance at Ewood more shocking than anyone dared predict.

This is going to be my shortest blog ever. I do not wish to dwell on Saturday's result, one that will go down in the annals of worst Fulham performances of all time. It will take me well into next week to get over.

January 13, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/13/2012

We have an awayday in East Lancs against a side boasting more drama and misfits than Big Brother. A nailed on three points for the Whites then? Don't bank on it.

January 11, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/11/2012

Top of the week he celebrates five years of Premiership football with Fulham, Clint Dempsey gets the party started with his first ever hat-trick in professional football.

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January 6, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/06/2012
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There must indeed be something magical about Fulham's pursuit of the FA Cup across 100 years or more. Whenever we get it in our sights our dreams just disappear
January 4, 2012
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/04/2012

The Gunners were silenced as fate decided at last it was Fulham's turn to sneak a win at the death. The perfect start to 2012 as we learn much from the holiday fixtures.

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December 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/30/2011

Does a point at the Bridge off a Chelsea side in transition signify an upturn for the Jol era at Fulham?

December 23, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/23/2011

United served up a masterclass to inflict Fulham's heaviest home defeat of the Premiership era. The reds first three pointer at the Cottage in four attempts, achieved at a canter, has worrying implications.

December 20, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/20/2011

Back to back home wins this month without conceding in the league have Fulham up to a respectable 11th in the table. While mid-table territory is packed, the strugglers keep losing ground

December 16, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/16/2011

Like many I stumbled numbly away from the ground last Wednesday barely able to believe my eyes. Exit from the Europa League was avoidable, gut-wrenching and acutely unprofessional.

December 13, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/13/2011

No sign yet of a bright star in the East illuminating the wintry sky over Craven Cottage, and you can't rent a donkey for love or money. They all seem to have been snapped up by QPR. But are we about to see the second coming of Bobby Z..?

December 10, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/10/2011

Another miserable awayday for Fulham fans. While defeat on the road is something we have come to accept - it's no less palatable when we so cravenly contribute to our own downfall

December 9, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/09/2011

Westward Ho for the Whites this weekend as we head down the M4 to Wales. Brendan's new boys have made a reasonable start, but the Whites are building some momentum.

Fulham will look to end the week on a high by taking something from our game at the Liberty. Back to back wins would see us continue to climb up through a congested mid-table, but that's something we've yet to achieve this season. Monday's win, if a trifle fortuitous, has given us all a lift, while also creating some breathing space between us and the bottom three. Three more points from Swansea would transform the mood for December's demanding run of games.

December 5, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/05/2011

A real coup for your blogger ahead of the Liverpool game. As public outrage continues over the extent of phone hacking and press intrusion in the UK, a recording of Jol's team talk lands anonymously on my desk.

December 3, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/03/2011
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Was it really such a surprise to be served up another dose of frustration away from home in Holland? The shortcomings are there for all to see, and fans are getting restless
November 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/30/2011

Fulham get their ultra busy December schedule underway with a trip to Holland. The top two clash in Group K, but having already qualified, how motivated will Twente be?

With Liverpool, United and Chelsea all looming in the fixture list, the Whites may be forgiven for downgrading the importance of Thursday night's Europa clash at Twente Enschede. Fulham can probably afford to drop points here but still qualify by beating Odense at the Cottage in our last group game on the 14th. That game incidentally comes ahead of two home fixtures in four days - lowly Bolton and then Fergie's faltering champions - yes, United may be playing catch up to arch rivals Citeh, but any game against the Old Trafford all stars remains daunting.

November 27, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/27/2011

Leading at the Emirates up to the 81st minute we gave the Gunners an almighty scare. Pity it was only a point, but Fulham found a way to stifle the hosts and fully deserved to draw.

November 25, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/25/2011

The bald facts tell you Fulham never win away to Arsenal. Twenty-five attempts down the years, three draws and twenty-two losses. The bookies have Arsenal 9/4 on to maintain the winless streak this weekend.

November 20, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/20/2011

It was underwhelming to say the least. For our sixth away game of a frustrating season the Whites were yet again second best, and this against a very modest Sunderland outfit.


November 18, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/18/2011

Seems like a lifetime ago, but two weeks after battering Spurs and coming away with nowt to show for it, it really is time for Martin Jol's revolution to start building momentum

November 16, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/16/2011

We've asked a guest contributor to cast his eye over the international scene in relation to how some Fulham personalities fared. Peering through the fog for a sight of Clint Dempsey was Washington freelancer and Fulham nut Nathan Savin Scott

November 8, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/08/2011

Our dismal record in London derbies continues with yet another loss to Spurs. But what a gutsy show in making strong and in form opponents look second rate. It bodes well for the future.

November 5, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/05/2011

And how sweet it was. The ground rocked to another famous Europa night under the Craven Cottage lights. Four goals provide the coup de grace in supporting the old maxim, "Cheats never prosper."

November 3, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/03/2011

Far from being just another routine Europa night against opponents we know little about, a certain Oscar Nunez elevates this tie to a whole new level

October 31, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/31/2011

In a radical move BBC bosses, conscious of government pressure to make savings, will enter the fragrance market with a men's cologne promoted by top names from the world of football.

October 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/30/2011

Three points at the DW must not mask a real horror show from the Whites. Schwarzer and the woodwork spare Fulham's blushes against the bottom club.

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A week after tossing aside three points at home to Everton, Fulham contrived to stay out of the bottom three with one of their worst performances in recent memory. The Whites managed their first ever away win at Wigan on a day when over half the first team failed to turn up. How different today's forums would read had Mark not been in superb form, the woodwork not twice come to Fulham's rescue, and Wigan found some composure in front of goal.

October 28, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/28/2011

Ever questioned how much managers earn? See the heckling get under Mick's skin at Wolves, Kean can't walk the streets of Blackburn, and Martin's still searching for the right chemistry at Fulham.

October 22, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/22/2011

On Thursday it was our Moussa for more than an hour of the game in Krakow, victim of a shocking refereeing decision and a shameful piece of playacting. It was all round a night to forget

October 18, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/18/2011

And by some margin. Not seen one Fulham fan complain about the final score at Stoke. But plenty to moan about from yet another underwhelming performance away from home.

October 14, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/14/2011
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The football family reconvenes after the break with appetites sharpened and old rivalries renewed. Britannia here we come to face a side who gave up six points to the Whites last season.
October 12, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/12/2011

Some tasty topics to get your teeth into before we move back into action at the weekend. We salute the brave, the honourable and the downright dastardly

October 10, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/10/2011

Fulham is not like other clubs. And for that we give thanks. But fans have been narked by a flurry of negative stories being aired. Let's peer through the murk.

While we are still basking in the glory of humbling Rangers with a footballing lesson they won't forget, how strange to find the anti-Fulham media more keen to dish dirt than heap praise on Martin's men. In the vanguard, and no stranger to Cottage matters, the 'People's' Dave Kidd. His paper led the way, "Zamora wins power struggle at Fulham as Jol loses player support."

October 9, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/09/2011

The much anticipated move to expand capacity at Craven Cottage hits the headlines. Elsewhere the tabloids would have you believe both Johnson and Zamora will be on their way in January.

Let's face it, the rumour mill keeps us all amused during these international breaks, when genuine stories are thin on the ground. And as I constantly remind people, gossip sells newspapers, but most of it is a mile away from the truth.





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October 6, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/06/2011

Pessimism among financiers and politicians suggest the modern world is on the brink of a 'perfect storm.' The big bubble of Global Capitalism has been pricked by its own hubris

October 3, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/03/2011

It was a rout. The Whites dazzled like the unseasonal sunshine. At the seventh time of asking we break our duck, and picked the perfect game to turn it on.

It was a big weekend in more ways than one. London had never experienced October weather like it with temperatures the highest since records began. Great for our Cajun band on the Saturday as we abandoned the hall hired for my landmark birthday and strummed away by the river to the amusement of the strolling public. Family gifted me my Hammy End ticket right behind the goal, but with more than a few Rangers fans among my guests on Saturday, I avoided too much banter on who might be crowing loudest after our local derby.

October 1, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/01/2011

The neighbours from over the fence are coming by Sunday. We haven't seen them for quite a while. Some Fulham fans wondered if we'd ever see them again.

September 27, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/27/2011

I blame a major increase in sunspot activity this year for raising world levels of insanity. And now REM are splitting up.

September 25, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/25/2011

The table still doesn't make for pleasant reading, and the side continues to frustrate going forward. At least our drab point off West Brom sees us out of the bottom three.

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September 23, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/23/2011

With both in the bottom three Fulham at West Brom won't merit the day's banner headlines. But how the two managers need a win to keep the fans off their backs

September 21, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/21/2011

Fringe players from both sides get their chance to impress as the Carling Cup call sees both Fulham and Chelsea facing a derby neither wants right now

September 19, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/19/2011

A vibrant second-half against the 'Millionarios of Manchester' really had the Cottage rocking for the first time this season. Still no wins...but belief is back.

Following a crazy set of results, Saturday night was not pleasant for Whites fans as we looked up from last place in the division. Winless and probably weary from Thursday night, I think a majority of us approached the arrival of Citeh with some trepidation. They'd thumped us 4-1 last November, and had improved the side even further since then, with the Argentine Aguero looking absolutely world class. Remembering what they'd done to Spurs left me hoping we might just escape without too much damage to our goal difference.

September 17, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/17/2011

Hot diggety, and really 'preciate y'asking an' all - but so far, no sirree! Big figure, big reputation, but why do we keep coming up short Martin? And it's set to get worse before it gets better

September 14, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/14/2011

The first of our Europa League group games gives Jol a chance to make changes in a bid to find that winning formula. Twente's a side he should know plenty about.

September 13, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/13/2011

One year ago our new manager had to hit the ground running. This year's appointee had all summer to prepare and Europa League ties to test out his squad. We've more pieces to the jigsaw, but Jol can't get them to fit.

September 10, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/10/2011

It’s Blackburn this Sunday and a great chance to put three points on the board. A fixture I remember fondly from our promotion year in 2000.

September 8, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/08/2011

The international break saw Fabio Capello serve up some home truths to one of the Premier League's biggest names.

Andy Carroll, yet to set the world alight at Liverpool, was warned by the England manager to change his ways if he wanted to remain part of the national squad. The most expensive player in the domestic game, Liverpool having coughed up £35 million last January to lure their man away from Newcastle, Carroll was warned to curb his alcohol intake and take a hard look at his lifestyle.

September 3, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/03/2011

The bottom line is that by the close of the transfer window not one of Fulham’s front line players had left the club, while the business done suggests we’re on the up.

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August 29, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/29/2011

Fulham manager Martin Jol touched down at London Airport on Monday night a frustrated man after failing to pull off a sensational transfer coup.

"We've been very busy for a number of months now behind the scenes. The club doesn't like to reveal its intended targets until any deal is done. I've repeatedly dismissed names being put to me in press conferences - but it's time the fans understand the board and myself are really working overtime to bring in some new faces. But, you know, we are not Ajax Amsterdam, this is not a club like Hamburg even, so we can only do so much," Jol said.

August 26, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/26/2011

Despatches from the Eastern Front were patchy. In truth there wasn’t much to report, and the media had already made their mind up that Fulham were unlikely to make the night’s headlines.

August 25, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/25/2011

Fulham are in the Ukraine but Bob stays home, calling for our manager to prove his worth by sending out a team that does us proud - and puts us through.

August 23, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/23/2011

Fulham suffered their first defeat in nine competitive matches at Wolves. Well beaten, the Whites fire blanks with Bobby absent.

Cher was rumoured to be straight on the phone to our new manager Monday morning. The much-remodelled warbler desperate to learn Jol’s secret of how to turn back time.

August 20, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/20/2011

Our new gaffer goes hunting his first win in the Prem at Wolves. Cruising to victory over Dnipro in the Europa League proved the ideal confidence booster.

August 18, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/18/2011

Martin faces off against the man who replaced him at Spurs, a Fulham legend leaves this world tragically young

August 15, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/15/2011

Honours even at the Cottage after an anti-climactic start to the new campaign.

August 13, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/13/2011
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This is what we live for. Unleash the passion, kiss the badge, pull on the new shirt and prepare for the nine month ride of your life. We are blessed, because we are Fulham!
August 12, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/12/2011

The second part of your unique club survey swings the spotlight on our newcomers, plus the lame, the sick and the strugglers from last season – oh, and Spurs

August 11, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/11/2011

Your cut out and keep guide to the 2011-12 season, light-hearted, patchily researched and totally biased. Any offence is entirely at the whim of the author and probably intentional

August 9, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/09/2011

The boys are back. Tanned, toned, fitter than ever and full of enthusiasm - just like your blogger. Life isn't always black and white, but for the next nine months that's all that matters as we launch into a new season in the history of Fulham FC

July 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/30/2011

Let's hope the hardy crew who invested in a trip to Split took time out to enjoy this magnificent part of the world - as the football was forgettable.

July 22, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/22/2011

My goodness, I'm fretting things seem to be running almost too perfectly. A sizeable crowd see the Whites post four goals without reply in our Europa League 2nd leg return.

July 16, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/16/2011

Another three goal burst from the boys as Jol again fields a very strong side in Belfast. Europa League progress continues ahead of the big guns.

So our Premier League superstars barely get their trunks out from the bottom of the sock draw before they're back to the rigours of pre-season. Or in Fulham's case, immediate match action.

July 7, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/07/2011

Into the land of the Faroes we journey for the routine matter of our return leg with Runavik. The Whites will be winners, but by how many?

June 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 06/30/2011

Runavik journey to London for a preliminary round tie that should prove a walkover for the Whites in the Europa League, regardless of what team we put out.

June 5, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 06/05/2011

What are the real reasons behind Hughes snap decision to quit Fulham? And who are the club lining up as his replacement?

Well done Mark for giving the national press a story with plenty of legs just as the close season kicks in and every player bar those obligated to international duty is lounging by a pool with his mobile off. Four days on and Hughes bolt from the blue is still making headlines.

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June 2, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 06/02/2011

Ten months was enough for Mark Hughes. The man admits he's itching to prove his worth in top flight management, Fulham it seems have served their purpose.

May 26, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/26/2011

Quit bellyaching and break open a bottle. The agony ends as Fulham's return to Europe for the second time in three seasons via the Fair Play league is confirmed.

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May 23, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/23/2011

Ten months ago we began our blog affair dear reader, sharing a common allegiance to Fulham FC and looking to spread the word. My aim from the outset was simply to serve up the most authoritative, lively and readable Premiership blog on the ESPNsoccernet site.

May 21, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/21/2011

Our great club have two points more than we finished up with last season. With the spectre of relegation banished Fulham want to finish with a flourish and secure 7th place.

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May 18, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/18/2011

At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves before actual confirmation comes through, some things for Fulham fans to ponder before a second Europa League campaign.

May 16, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/16/2011

Back to back away wins without conceding, a berth in the Europa League campaign beckoning, and Fulham starting favourites to beat the Arsenal...What's going on?

May 14, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/14/2011

The domestic silverware gets settled in the space of an afternoon. 'Madchester' celebrates on both sides of the city, and well done to them. Now let's see Fulham get down to business.

May 12, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/12/2011

Just two games to go and after being so desperately close to relegation ourselves in 2007 and 2008 Fulham fans can relax and leave the nail biting to others.

May 10, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/10/2011

There's not much to say about our drubbing at the hands of a rampant Liverpool. We were outclassed. Still, if your keeper hands the opposition a three goal start...

May 8, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/08/2011

Fulham can go 8th with another home win Monday night over Liverpool. Both sides show a marked improvement in form since Christmas - could be a cracker for the sell out crowd.

May 6, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 05/06/2011

Truly talented people rarely rest on their laurels. It's the old maxim first grinningly expressed by Gary Player on the golf course. "Sure I'm a lucky golfer, and the more I practice the luckier I get."

April 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/30/2011

Calmest man in the Fulham camp at the Stadium of Light was our manager. But as 3-0 away wins for FFC come along as often as Haley's comet, 'scuse me if I make some noise!

April 29, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/29/2011

London is gridlocked, military bands march and all the little children seem to have a flag as church bells ring out across the land. Can this really all be for our 2nd away win of the season coming up at Sunderland?

April 28, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/28/2011

Wow! The scribes had run out of hyperbole by Wednesday praising United's demolition of Schalke, then with everyone fixated on events at the Bernabeu, up stepped Fulham with the performance of the week.

April 27, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/27/2011

This is where we came in...With four weeks of the season left we finally get to play the return of our opening day fixture at Bolton. A win on home soil will cement our Prem status for another year.

April 24, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/24/2011

But when you're playing the bottom club..? Hopes dashed again for an awayday knees up to put us in the party mood...and it wasn't fun to watch.

April 22, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/22/2011

We've been kicking our heels for two weeks watching the relegation candidates battle for scraps. Can we keep the Wolf from the door as we start a run of three games in 8 days?

April 11, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/11/2011

Legendary American illusionist David Copperfield, alerted by Mohammed al-Fayed's 'close relationship' with the late Michael Jackson, seeks Fulham's help to revitalise his career

April 8, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/08/2011

Our sternest test of the season awaits away to the Champions-elect. Nothing will stop the Reds claiming another title, but can the Whites get something from our day at Old Trafford?

April 4, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 04/04/2011

Super Sunday at the Cottage sees Fulham comfortably skin the Tangerines, with Bobby leading from the front. Suddenly we're up to 10th in the table on a day to savour.

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March 23, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/23/2011

For some bizarre reason the latest away loss continues to irritate in a way other inevitable defeats at places like Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs wash over me. Let's exorcise the demons.

March 21, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/21/2011
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We asked for 'fearless' and got 'feeble.' The end of term report is being prepared and lessons it seems are still to be learnt. The latest away loss at Everton was all too predictable.
March 19, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/19/2011

Fulham are set to field the same starting eleven from a fortnight ago at Goodison. That means Bobby remains on the bench. After two weeks off Hughes wants Fulham straight back on their game.

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March 17, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/17/2011

Have we all been suffering withdrawal symptoms? Breathless as the Blackburn action was, I'm gagging to see the boys back in action this weekend. A decent result at Everton is long overdue.

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March 6, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/06/2011

It was attritional, controversial and full of talking points. The boys will certainly have come off knowing they'd been in a real battle. A massive win Saturday, make no mistake.

March 4, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/04/2011

The big man is fit and must surely make his first start since September against muscular Blackburn. News from the north is that nerves are getting to Rovers, they see Saturday as a relegation 6 pointer.

March 1, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 03/01/2011

It seems like only yesterday I was inducted onto this auspicious blog page for the club whose name is engraved on my heart till death's release. Just 10 games now left to determine our fate.

February 25, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/25/2011

The boys have been on the Algarve for a break from winter. Let's hope they return with a considerable upturn in performance levels for the tricky trip to Eastlands.

February 19, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/19/2011

It's what you do with it that makes life interesting. Too many people who've never kicked one are culpable in forgetting what the game is all about.

February 15, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/15/2011

Hardly the passionate encounter we were hoping for with our local rivals. Another clean sheet at the Cottage, a sterling defensive display, but where was the sparkle?

February 12, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/12/2011

Counting down to our biggest game of the season, the local derby Monday against the champions has Whites fans salivating and arriving from all parts to support the boys.

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February 10, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/10/2011

A very special dinner was held last month in the Riverside. Reviewing our two goals at Villa Park from Saturday my thoughts turned back to that evening's guest of honour.

February 6, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/06/2011

Winning home games and nicking draws on the road is all we can ask for cementing our position in the Premiership. Hughes keeps Fulham moving in the right directon at Villa.

February 4, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/04/2011

Both sides briefly sat in the bottom three midwinter. After an injection of fresh blood, both now go chasing a win and mid-table respectabilty. Two sides on the up and a good game in prospect.

Not an easy one to call on current form. Villa were undone last time out at Old Trafford - no disgrace in that. Fulham finally learnt how to 'win ugly' as Danny called it to see off a weakened Newcastle. Again we go to one of our least favourite venues, no wins here in nine attempts since being promoted. 3 draws and 6 defeats is the unenviable record.

February 3, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/03/2011

A somewhat laboured but deserved victory over Newcastle concludes a good month for the Whites. Despite the woes of autumn, our season seems back on track

February 1, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 02/01/2011

While still basking in the euphoria of our devastating display in the Cup, the Fulham squad must now shift focus to maintaining league status, starting with a win over Newcastle



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Back into league action we go with a mid-week match up at home to the Magpies, and another chance to strut our stuff on TV, this time live on Sky. It would be pure Fulhamish to follow up Sunday's rout of Tottenham with a turgid display against one of the promoted sides.

January 30, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/30/2011

It has been a long time coming. The Whites biggest ever win over Spurs sees Fulham breeze into the 5th round of the FA Cup on a day to remember at the Cottage

January 29, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/29/2011

Expectations are high ahead of the 4th round Cup clash with Spurs this Sunday, This will be our 8th attempt to down Tottenham in the FA Cup, we've won none of the previous seven.
January 28, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/28/2011

'King' Kenny gave his honest assessment on the final whistle. "Fulham probably deserved something from the game. They did a good job on us."

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That Anfield hoodoo will have to live on for another year. We're well used to Fulham losing on the road, because let's face it, we do it so often, but defeat in such a manner does hurt.
January 26, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/26/2011
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Is there ever a good time to be going to Anfield? Our record over the decades suggests not. Both sides were struggling badly when the big freeze hit a month ago. Where do we stand now?

January 25, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/25/2011

Surveying the official club web-site on the couch and playing some old vinyl while slipping into slacker mode when 'Reasons to be Cheerful' hit the speakers. Time to lighten up this blog.

January 24, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/24/2011

Deuce at the double leads from the front as vibrant Fulham turn in a commanding performance against Stoke




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It's been a difficult few months following Fulham. Realistically, none of us had any right to expect another memorable season like the last. For a club that's yet to land a single top domestic honour in its 132 year history, those epic encounters in the Europa League last winter might have to last us a lifetime, tales for the retelling to as yet unborn grandchildren.

January 21, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/21/2011

Our second meeting with Stoke inside a month could be spicy. Bairdinho's brace out of the blue left Pulis fuming as we finally nailed that away win. Beware the wounded beast.

January 16, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/16/2011

Wigan jinx remains after our 5th successive draw at the DW Stadium. Hopes of a 2nd away win evaporate, a late effort from Andy Johnson needed to rescue a point.

January 14, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/14/2011

Whenever interviewed over the course of Fulham's progress in Europe last winter the boss always maintained avoiding relegation was the club's paramount aim each season.

January 11, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/11/2011

Eleven days in and that sinister cloaked figure of the night, the Transfer Window, stalks the unwary, the innocent and the vulnerable, knife at the ready, but yet to strike in earnest.

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January 9, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/09/2011
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A fine all-round performance ensures there's no Cup shock against plucky Posh. Another home draw sets up a mouth-watering clash with Spurs in Round 4.
January 7, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/07/2011

Having sensed a new mood of optimism at Craven Cottage this week, exclusive news of the Fulham team sheet from February

January 5, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/05/2011

An injury ravaged West Brom are overwhelmed as the Whites soar out of the bottom three after their best win of the season.

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No happy hunting ground Craven Cottage for the boys from the Black Country, and so it proved as Hughes at last found some relief at home and gave us all reason to smile. Fulham came into the game without notching a home win since the end of October, the Baggies had lost four straight and were in freefall.

January 4, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/04/2011
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Our goalscorers from the Feb 2009 win to remind you how that feels

The last of the four holiday fixtures brings us full circle. As with West Ham, beating the Baggies is vital for Fulham's chances of beating the drop.

January 2, 2011
Posted by Phil Mison on 01/02/2011

Fulham's holiday programme sees the boys back at the Cottage for their 4th game in 10 days. Nothing but a win against promoted West Brom will do.

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December 31, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/31/2010

Yes folks, it's that time of year when editors get frivolous and allow the hacks to spin out their highs and lows of 2010. We're no different.

December 29, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/29/2010
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Hughes hails a 'season-defining' moment as Fulham seal their first away win in 27 attempts, with Chris Baird the unlikeliest of heroes at the Britannia.

December 24, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/24/2010

The holiday season is here for the rest of us, but professional footballers face their busiest spell of the season. Train Christmas Day and an early night ahead of the Boxing Day games. Fulham's could not be bigger.

December 15, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/15/2010

Two managers bite the dust in the past 7 days, and neither saw it coming. Board rooms are getting twitchy. Two men who meet on Boxing Day may be next for the axe.

December 11, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/11/2010

The suffering continues down by the Thames as more ground is lost after another fruitless and frustrating performance from Fulham - just four points taken from the last 21.

December 10, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/10/2010

Fulham are paired with Wolves for the worst current run of form in the Prem. There's no magic formula to football, you just have to score more than the opposition




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December 9, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/09/2010

With Christmas around the corner and just two league wins to our credit all season, Saturday's home game with Sunderland could be the tipping point in our campaign. Which way will it go?

December 3, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/03/2010

What a week for football journalists. The media's been close to meltdown, starting with a record round of scoring last week in the Prem, El Clasico, the events of Zurich, now it's Arsenal.

December 2, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 12/02/2010

A combination of adverse weather, Fulham's recent poor run and the Christmas shopping season prompts a remarkable club letter to Arsene Wenger. Read it here.

November 30, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/30/2010

BBC Panorama's over-hyped expose of shady figures and dirty laundry at FIFA HQ has been and gone. It told us nothing we didn't know, but it's timing can only do harm to England's bid

November 29, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/29/2010

That great English tradition, the FA Cup 3rd round arrives in early January. A weekend when supporters of the smaller clubs dream of a big scalp. The Whites this season will be in the sights of Peterborough United

November 28, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/28/2010

By Thursday the football federations of Holland & Belgium, Spain, Portugal, England and Russia will find out if all the air miles, banquets, schmoozing, political manouvering and gifts have paid dividends. Only FIFA is guaranteed to come out smiling.

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November 27, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/27/2010

More points dropped against a modest Birmingham outfit means Fulham complete a miserable month with just three points from a possible 15. A run that leaves us on the brink of the relegation places.

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Posted by Phil Mison on 11/27/2010

They should be giving tickets away for this one. Fulham have £20 million worth of international strikers on the sick list and are winless from the last four. Birmingham yet to win away...

November 22, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/22/2010

This is Ground Control to Major Mark...you nearly made the grade. Ground Control to Major Mark...your system's dead, you've lost your spark...Can you hear me Major Mark?

November 21, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/21/2010
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With only Wigan's wildly negative GD keeping us currently outside the bottom three, it's clear the Whites need to start winning again. Will the moon be blue over Craven Cottage in Sunday's TV game?
November 18, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/18/2010
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Another painful reminder this week at Wembley for England fans that we are indeed well on the path to becoming second grade at international level. A good game for Bobby Z to miss, misery for the 85,000 who turned up.
November 14, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/14/2010
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Is for this absurd inability to find an away win to come to an end pretty damn soon. Any point from away trips is a bonus but no win at Newcastle sees Fulham slip closer to the drop zone.
November 11, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/11/2010

All rather predictable as the Whites return empty handed from their trip to Stamford Bridge, or do we take solace from the fact we ran the Champions close? Cut it any way you like, a loss is a loss.

November 9, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/09/2010


Fulham face their toughest examinaton of the season so far against the Champions from just down the road. But don't expect it to be a neighbourly affair after both sides came up short at the weekend.

November 7, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/07/2010

With your blogmeister gigging over the weekend, for the first time this season we invite a guest contributor from outside the Fulham family to review our 1-1 draw with Villa.

November 5, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/05/2010
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Despite last winter's 2-0 success Villa rarely do well at the Cottage. Saturday's side travels bereft of big names and struggling to raise a strike force, while the Whites are full of confidence.
Posted by Phil Mison on 11/05/2010

Ten games in and 10th in the table. A new management team at the helm, some fresh faces on the pitch, much to debate, and an awful injury to our star man. So what do we think of it so far?

October 31, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/31/2010
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Fulham's ambition to match the elite of the Premiership must be dictated by our ability to generate revenues from money at the gate. Are we ready to go to the next level?
October 30, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/30/2010
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Fulham end Wigan's unbeaten run on the road with their most convincing performance to date under Hughes. The Whites give full value, with two goal Dempsey the hero.

October 29, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/29/2010
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Two back to back defeats have seen us slide into the bottom six. With just one win from nine league games three points off Wigan are imperative to kick start our season.

October 26, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/26/2010

Following two back to back defeats time to lift the mood ahead of the Wigan game. Let our international blog followers know where and how in the world we've made our presence felt.




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October 25, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/25/2010

Your correspondent returned late Sunday from a 5 day assignment on the Cote d'Azur, hence the silence from this site. Fulham wise what did I miss while away? Not much it seems.

October 15, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/15/2010

Anticipation ahead of the derby sell-out v Spurs is sky high with Danny's incendiary remarks still making smoke. Time to let our football do the talking and send Spurs packing with a solid performance.




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October 11, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/11/2010
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Our captain used the 'Leaders in Football' conference last week to publicly fuel the debate on foul play begun on this site some weeks ago. The news wires have been humming ever since. Was Murphy wise to speak up?
October 10, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/10/2010

Recall the clouds of uncertainty that rolled over Craven Cottage last summer when our world class manager announced he was quitting. The fortunes of Fulham and Hodgson's new club have gone in opposite directions since.

October 8, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/08/2010

Just a thought, especially for any of our international fans thinking of travelling into London for the Wigan game at the end of the month. Wanna join me for a fabulous night of Led Zep afterwards?

October 7, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/07/2010
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OK, I have borrowed from an old BA advertising slogan for my strap line and I might be exaggerating things a touch, but to our international members, we salute you!
October 4, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 10/04/2010
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We all know there are lies, damn lies and statistics, but no regular Fulham follower needs convincing since joining the Prem referees have been doing us down. When's it going to stop?
September 29, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/29/2010

Players have been falling over themselves to tell us how happy they are with life at Fulham. Among those making all the right noises are those on the fringe. Will we see Hughes give youth a chance?

September 25, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/25/2010

A game we never looked likely scoring in, let alone winning, gives Mark Hughes some serious issues to confront. Toothless Fulham's early season promise is fading as fast as the summer.

September 24, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/24/2010
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Back to basics for the Whites on Saturday. Can we return to winning ways against struggling Everton? Despite the bruises from that midweek trip to Stoke, in the league we remain unbeaten.

Posted by Phil Mison on 09/24/2010

A turbulent week for Fulham fans has seen the ugly side of football dominate headlines and social forums. Flair appears under real threat from the cloggers. Are we powerless to prevent it?

September 20, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/20/2010

Starting with a tricky Carling Cup trip to Stoke Tuesday then Everton next up in the League at the Cottage. Will Fulham still hold their unbeaten tag 7 days from now, and is Mark closer to knowing his ideal starting XI?

September 19, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/19/2010

The Blackburn boss has been shooting his mouth off, in the process inviting widespread mockery. Sending out teams with a pre-meditated strategy to deliberately foul goalkeepers also does him no credit.

September 17, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/17/2010

The winless away streak on the road now stands at 20 with Rovers at home a tough nut to crack. Only one league win over Blackburn in eight and £20 million quids worth of strike talent sidelined. A real act of faith for those travelling to Ewood.

September 16, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/16/2010

That two week break from league duty already seems light years away. With the spotlight firmly back on domestic action, Fulham these days are rarely out of the headlines.

September 14, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/14/2010

Your correspondent journeyed to Basle last week in support of England, where a Swiss colleague alerted me to the following from a local medical journal. The ramifications of this being adopted by football would be phenomenal. Full story below.

September 10, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/10/2010

After the international break Fulham go hunting their first maximum of the season against Mick McCarthy's Wolves at Craven Cottage. Mark Hughes has to make changes after the two points dropped at Blackpool, and is Bobby fit?

September 1, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 09/01/2010

The transfer window for European clubs has closed. Enough kinetic energy to launch a medium-sized space probe being generated by the media industry in the past six weeks, with Sky Sports in the role of Mission Control. Time to examine some facts and kill the rumours.

August 27, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/27/2010

Fulham have the privilege this weekend to be the visiting team for Blackpool's first ever fixture in the Premier League. Much more than just another football match, the occasion marks a fairy tale rise to the top flight for the Tangerines, while the travelling Fulham army will reflect on what might have been.

August 25, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/25/2010

If you need to understand football's passion that makes it the global game, creating more drama in 24 hours than a lifetime of Ian Fleming, examine the ramifications from two Premiership games within 24 hours this week. Fulham's pulsating draw with United and Liverpool's surrender to City.

Posted by Phil Mison on 08/25/2010

With one week left in the transfer window to do business, Mark Hughes brings big Algerian defender Rafik Halliche to the Cottage, but rumours are mounting he may be on the brink of losing his international left-back...to Roy Hodgson's Liverpool.

August 21, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/21/2010

Seems our American followers are galvanised into rushing to the defence of Team USA star Clint Dempsey whenever anyone posts reservations about his value to FFC.

Posted by Phil Mison on 08/21/2010

The press enjoyed a field day this week doing what they love most, expressing outraged indignation and high dudgeon on behalf of the nation's morals. Two disturbingly overlapping stories within 24 hours gave true football fans much to ponder.

August 18, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/18/2010

Making no secret of the fact that he was hungry for signings to give the club more options, Mark Hughes has secured the services of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele on a three year deal. Hughes told us he was thankful to have got his man. "It is important we add to the squad to compete at a consistently high level this season."

Posted by Phil Mison on 08/18/2010

No surprise to see that our opening home game of the season against Manchester United is sold out. 27,500 will be packed inside the Cottage generating a fantastic atmosphere as we go hunting a third straight home win over the Reds.

August 15, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/15/2010

After the big build up a rather flat opener at the Reebok in a game that reverted to type. Still, it's the first point towards the magic figure of 40 that normally guarantees safety. What lessons do we draw from matchday one?

August 12, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/12/2010

I prefer to leave score forecasting and tipping rounds to other Fulham forums, predictions have a horrible way of coming back to bite you. However, let me just say I am as optimistic about the new season as any since we were elevated to the Premiership.

August 8, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/08/2010

Now whoever thought we'd actually be singing that refrain without a trace of irony two seasons ago? Congratulations Zamo on a remarkable transformation and reward for sheer dogged determination.

Posted by Phil Mison on 08/08/2010

You knew it was a slow week when the official press call for Hughes appointment as Fulham boss warranted three full pages across most tabloids. An opportunity chairman Mohammed al-Fayed was quick to play up for the press corps gathered at a sun-kissed Craven Cottage last Tuesday

August 2, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/02/2010

Monday saw Mark Hughes get down to work with his new side at Motspur Park. With 12 days to the big kick-off we analyse what Hughes has inherited from his predecessor.

August 1, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 08/01/2010

With prices for the best seat in the house edging up towards the £1,000 mark, and even the cheaper areas in the ground enough to make any father with a family think twice, how close is football at Fulham to pricing itself out of the market?

July 30, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/30/2010

Our new manager has to hit the ground running after the farrago of sealing a successor to Roy. Get set for more wild speculation and some inspired guesswork from the media as Fulham transfer talk goes into overdrive.

July 29, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/29/2010

So Sparky has the nod, back at the helm of a Premiership club after being shipped out of Eastlands last December. With his impressive record in management and outstanding playing career, it needed a big man to fill Hodgson's shoes. Hughes looks the best equipped of those on offer to do it.

July 27, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/27/2010

The ground that is, rather than our footballing principles. With average home attendances one of the more modest in the Premiership at just under 24,000, how long can Fulham continue stretching the budgets of their business model to stay competitve in the Prem?

July 22, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/22/2010

As already flagged nobody was going to come out of the Amsterdam stand off looking great. Fulham are a week closer to the new season without a big name manager to build on Hodgson's legacy, with the next party to be courted knowing they are very much second choice. Do we have a plan B?

July 21, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/21/2010

While our Chief Executive continues to arm wrestle the Ajax board for the services of Martin Jol, it's no surprise to learn that money is the main bone of contention. None of the three parties can now emerge from this unseemly situation unscathed, as we take an overview of football's fragile finances.

Posted by Phil Mison on 07/21/2010

Taking that final lap of honour at the Hamburg Arena last May seems likely to have been Mark Schwarzer's farewell to the Fulham fans. Sources close to the club tell me Mark's move across town to the Emirates has been a 'done deal' since early July, before Schwarzer jetted off to Australia for a break post World Cup.

July 19, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/19/2010

Martin Jol is Fulham's choice to take the club on to the next level. Following Roy Hodgson's move to Liverpool at the end of June, Dutchman Jol's appointment sees Fulham going continental for the first time since Jean Tigana took the Whites up to the Premier League a decade ago.

July 18, 2010
Posted by Phil Mison on 07/18/2010

After a decade in the top flight and the most memorable achievement in the club's long history, pushing Atletico Madrid to the limit last May, the question for all Fulham fans now has to be, where do we go from here? The appointment of Roy's successor is imminent, summer transfer activity has been quiet. Are we really London's 'smallest' Prem club, mid-table safety the limit of our ambition?

April 29, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 04/29/2010

Fulham is in the Europa League final. Let me write that again, Fulham is in the Europa League final!!! It took a gritty second half comeback for the Whites to claim victory and head back to Hamburg for the final on May 12th, but our beloved Cottagers have made it through to the final in what is has to be the most historic run in Fulham's long history.

April 8, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 04/08/2010

Back in December when Fulham faced a must win in Switzerland against FC Basel to keep their Europa League hopes alive, I never once thought this club would be in a realistic position come April to play in the final of this very competition. But after Thursday's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg (3-1 on aggregate), the Cottagers are into the semifinals where another German opponent, Hamburg, is the lone club remaining between the Cottagers and a date in the Europa League final.

March 29, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 03/29/2010

After Fulham's historic come from behind win over Juventus 11 days ago that put the Cottagers into the final eight of the Europa League, things have not gone well for the Cottagers. Roy Hodgson's crew sandwiched Premier League losses to Manchester City and Hull City around a disappointing FA Cup quarterfinal loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane during the midweek. Despite the recent setbacks, all eyes are on Thursday when Fulham takes on Wolfsburg in the Europa League quarterfinals at Craven Cottage.

March 18, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 03/18/2010

Do you believe in miracles? After Thursday, I think I do. Down 3-1 heading to Craven Cottage for the second leg, Fulham needed a miracle to defeat mighty Juventus in the Final 16 of the Europa League. The Cottagers delivered a miracle performance in defeating Juve 4-1 to win the two-legged tie 5-4 on aggregate.

March 15, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 03/15/2010

It was a rough week for Fulham Football Club. After knocking out defending Europa League champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the previous round, the Cottagers were rewarded with a trip to Turin to take on perennial powerhouse Juventus in the final 16 of the competition. On top of that, the Whites had to travel to Manchester to take on defending league champions Manchester United. As most of you all know, the week did not go as planned. Juventus pasted the Cottagers 3-1 and Manchester United walked all over the Whites en route to a 3-0 win on Sunday.

February 22, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 02/22/2010

Bobby Zamora did it again! His free kick late into second half stoppage time past the outstretched arms of Birmingham City keeper Joe Hart and into the back of the net gave victory and three points to Fulham in a tough mid table battle against the Blues. The win puts the Cottagers in 9th position in the table and keeps the positive momentum going into Thursday's all important second and final leg in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League.

February 18, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 02/18/2010

Just three weeks ago I was concerned about Fulham's lacklustre form in the league. The Cottagers had injuries mounting and were winless in January and only defeated some lower league minnow in the FA Cup.

However, things have turned around in a hurry as Roy Hodgson's side have returned to form in time to stay in the top ten of the Premier League, advance to the final eight of the FA Cup and on Thursday, the Whites defeated defending UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Europa League tie at Craven Cottage.

February 10, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 02/10/2010

Fulham Football Club looked to be in crisis mode at the end of January. Not only did the Cottagers lose four straight league matches, but they were also dealing with an assortment of injuries that would test the team's depth during one of the busiest and most important times of the year. Little was expected of Roy Hodgson's club entering February and perhaps that is how he likes it as Fulham has responded well with two wins and a draw in their last three matches. The most recent, a 3-0 drubbing of Burnley at Craven Cottage put the Cottagers back into 9th place on 34 points.

January 18, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 01/18/2010

It's hard to believe that Fulham has not won a league match since December 19th when the Cottagers manhandled Manchester United 3-0 at Craven Cottage. Since that glorious day, things have gone downhill in a hurry as losses and injuries have mounted up for Roy Hodgson's side that leaves the club at a crossroads in terms of where the season will head from here. Will the team rebound and improve or will the losses and downward trend continue for the foreseeable future?

January 6, 2010
Posted by Tom Wille on 01/06/2010

It is never a good thing when a club loses a match in the Premier League. It is an even worse thing when a club not only loses a match, but also suffers a relatively serious injury to one of its in form players.

Unfortunately for Fulham, the latter is what took place on Tuesday at the Britannia Stadium as the Cottagers fell 3-2 to Stoke City and lost in form striker Bobby Zamora for an unknown period of time with what is suspected to be a separated shoulder.

December 28, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 12/28/2009

The slate of fixtures for the 2009 calendar came to an end on Monday at Stamford Bridge for Fulham as the Cottagers dropped a tough 2-1 decision to leaders Chelsea. Despite taking the lead in the 4th minute through Zoltan Gera, the Chelsea attack was relentless and in the space of three second half minutes, Chelsea snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and left Fulham supporters wondering what happened to their 1-0 lead. Despite the loss and the Boxing Day draw with Spurs, it is an understatement to say that 2009 has been a great year for the Cottagers.


December 20, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 12/20/2009

I can't lie to you me fellow Fulham supporters, it has been nearly eight hours since our beloved Cottagers hammered defending champions Manchester United 3-0 and I am still struggling to find the words to adequately describe my feelings of jubiliation and excitement regarding not just today's win, but also the win over Basle in the Europa League and the current state of this wonderful club.

December 16, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 12/16/2009

Bobby Zamora has been often criticized for his lack of finishing in front of the net during his time at Fulham. While sometimes warranted, Zamora has persevered and not let the criticism get the best of him. On Wednesday, faced with a win or go home match in Switzerland against FC Basel, Zamora delivered on the goods scoring two first half goals en route to a nerve racking 3-2 win for the Cottagers. The win puts Fulham into Friday's draw with 31 other teams for the first round of the knockout phase of the competition.


December 8, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 12/08/2009

We are less than one month away from the opening of the transfer window. With Fulham in 8th place in the Premier League and one win away from qualifying for the knockout stage of the Europa League, nobody will argue that it has been a successful campaign thus far for the Cottagers. But with injuries to Andy Johnson, Diomansy Kamara and Danny Murphy throughout the last few months, it has become clear that Fulham needs to find some reinforcements for the second half of the season.

November 28, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 11/28/2009

In earlier entries on this blog I had posted how the month of November was going to be a pivotal one for Fulham. With matches against Wigan, Birmingham City, Bolton and Blackburn in league play the time was now for the Cottagers to make their move into the top ten. While the loss to Birmingham City was disappointing last weekend, Fulham showed their mettle this week with a home win over Blackburn and a draw at the Cottage against Bolton on Saturday.

November 9, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 11/09/2009

Sunday at Wigan marked the fifth time in six matches that Fulham has had to play on the road following a midweek Europa League contest. The Cottagers battled hard at the DW Stadium and earned a 1-1 draw which moves them up to a respectable 11th in the Premier League table. The bigger issue though is why the Premier League schedule makers have made the Cottagers travel almost every weekend following a European match. It does not make sense and really makes you wonder if the Premier League is hoping Fulham fails at either the Europa League or even the Premier League.

October 31, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 10/31/2009

In the previous four matches against Liverpool, Fulham had scored a whopping zero goals against the Reds. On Saturday, they tripled the total and added to Liverpool's early season misery with a stunning 3-1 win over Rafa Benitez and his Merseysiders.

October 26, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 10/26/2009

Fifteen minutes into the second half on Sunday at the City of the Manchester Stadium things did not look good for Fulham. Down 2-0 and facing an uphill battle against the Premier League rich boys Manchester City, the Cottagers showed the fight and determination they have so often displayed throughout Roy Hodgson's nearly two year tenure at the helm as Fulham pulled back two goals to earn a point in a 2-2 draw.

October 19, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 10/19/2009

After a week off for international duty, the spotlight of Monday Night Football was on Fulham and Hull City at Craven Cottage. Fortunately for Cottager fans it was Hull City that looked rusty as the Cottagers scored on either side of halftime and cruised to a 2-0 win.

October 5, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 10/05/2009

A draw on the road in the Premier League is usually seen as a positive result for most sides. While I was happy with Fulham's 2-2 draw on Sunday at Upton Park against West Ham United, it did sting a bit seeing the Hammers even things up late in stoppage time to grab a share of the points in this London derby.

September 28, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 09/28/2009

Fulham is in 17th place after Saturday's tough 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Truth be told, I feel Fulham deserved at least a share of the points as the Cottagers were in control for large chunks of the match. But credit to Arsenal for holding on and getting the win in a tough place like Craven Cottage.

September 21, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 09/21/2009

Wolves? We lost to freakin' Wolves on Sunday. That is what was going through my head Sunday as I watched the events unfold in the East Midlands. That my friend is not a good thing. After fielding a team of reserves mid-week in the Europa League against CSKA Sofia, the regulars were back in action and looked as though they were going through the motions at Molineaux as the hosts picked apart of dysfunctional Cottager team en route to an easy 2-1 win for Wolves.

September 17, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 09/17/2009

Having looked at the line-up that Roy Hodgson fielded in Fulham's Europa League group stage debut against CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, I wondered to myself whether the Cottagers were taking this competition seriously. Only keeper David Stockdale and John Paintsil remained in the line-up from Sunday's 2-1 win over Everton. Instead, the likes of 19-year-old central defender Chris Smalling and Stephen Kelly were in the starting line-up in Bulgaria.

While the Cottagers did draw the match 1-1, the bigger question I have is whether the line-up fielded by Roy Hodgson is the type of line-up we will see throughout each of the remaining group stage matches?

August 24, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 08/24/2009

Fulham's glorious start to the 2009-2010 season came to a halt on Sunday when neighbors Chelsea dominated the Cottagers en route to a 2-0 win. While the loss did come to the team many people are picking to win the Premier League title, the manner in which Fulham played leads us all to clearly see that the level of play between the top four clubs and the rest of the league is vastly different.

August 20, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 08/20/2009

Over the course of the last six or seven years, being a Fulham supporter has meant you have taken your fair share of losses and tough times along the way. From the numerous end of season relegation battles to the lack of signings to woeful managerial decisions, it was very difficult to remain positive about the state of FFC. However, after last seasons's club best 7th place finish and the wonderful start in league play and the Europa League, my mindset and attitude toward the club has changed.

August 18, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 08/18/2009

Fulham added another piece to its' puzzle on Tuesday with the signing of left winger Damien Duff from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

August 17, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 08/17/2009

Over the course of the eight seasons Fulham has been in the Premier League there has been one constant problem, winning on the road. During last season's club best 7th place finish, the Cottagers won only three times on its travels. On Saturday, Fulham went against the trends of years past and opened up the season with a nice 1-0 road win at Fratton Park to give the club the kind of start in league play and on the road we were all hoping for.

August 13, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 08/13/2009

The 2009-2010 Premier League season begins in earnest on Saturday in what should turn out to be a very entertaining and competitive season in arguably the best club league in the world. It is hard to believe that just three months ago we as Fulham supporters were completing the magical 2008-2009 season that vaulted us in the Europa League.

Unfortunately, last season is over. This season will bring about new challenges and question for Roy Hodgson and his squad.

July 28, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 07/28/2009

Peter Crouch has decided against a move to Fulham and instead will team up with old friends Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe at Tottenham it was announced on Tuesday. While it would have been nice to get Crouch on the books at Craven Cottage it was not to be.

July 11, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 07/11/2009

Any hope of signing Brazilian striker Jo to a deal at Fulham is dead. Everton renewed its' loan for the 22-year old on Friday ending speculation that he might be on his way to Craven Cottage.

July 6, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 07/06/2009

It seems like just yesterday the 2008-2009 Premier League campaign finished up, but Fulham are already back in pre-season training down under in Australia. In fact, the Cottagers first friendly will be played on Wednesday against Australian side Gold Coast United. It will be the first of three friendlies the club plays down in Australia. The other two friendlies are against Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory.

June 19, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 06/19/2009

We are not even one month past the successful conclusion to the 2008-2009 Fulham season and speculation is starting to ramp up about who might come and who might go for the Cottagers during the always busy summer transfer period.

May 26, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 05/26/2009

There is not much to say other than the fact that it has been a magical season for Fulham and it culminated with qualification into next seasons' Europa League!! Enough said.

May 16, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 05/16/2009

Manchester City and West Ham can kiss their European aspirations goodbye after each team lost on Saturday. However, Fulham and Tottenham made it a two-horse race for the final Europa League spot as each team came out victorious on Saturday with one match remaining in the 2008-2009 Premier League season.

May 11, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 05/11/2009

Remember Diomansy Kamara? The Senegalese international has missed most of the 2008-2009 season after rupturing ligaments in his knee over the summer and has bided his time on the bench the last few weeks since getting match fit. His patience paid off as Kamara scored a brace and earned a penalty which lead to Fulham's third in an important 3-1 romp over Aston Villa on Saturday at Craven Cottage to push Fulham into seventh place with only two matches remaining in the season.

April 27, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 04/27/2009

Fulham are in 7th place my fellow Cottager supporters. The Whites have four matches to play and they control their own destiny in terms of playing European football next season. The Cottagers reached 7th position in the table on Saturday when they defeated Stoke City 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

February 17, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 02/17/2009

In what did not come as much of a surprise to me, Fulham drew 1-1 with Swansea in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Saturday which sets up a replay in one week's time to be played at Craven Cottage. What did surprise me was the way in which Swansea dominated the proceedings for much if not all of the match in Wales.

While Fulham did get on the scoreboard first, it was Swansea that seemed to create the better scoring chances and in addition they were the ones controlling possession and taking charge of the match. It should be noted that Swansea are flying high at the present time having gone now sixteen matches unbeaten in all competitions. Fulham will need to put together a solid performance in the replay if they want to advance to the final eight of the world's oldest knockout competition.

Unfortunately, if the Cottagers do advance, reigning Premier League champions Manchester United await. It would mean the Cottagers see the champions of Europe all too often over the course of the next month as Fulham travel to Old Trafford this Wednesday for a match that is being played now because of fixture congestion surrounding Manchester United's involvement in the World Club Cup competition in December.

February 2, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 02/02/2009

After losing consecutive league matches to West Ham and Sunderland, Fulham bounced back with an important 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Saturday at Craven Cottage. The win was not only good for the three points the Cottagers earned, but also pushed them back into the top ten and gave the club some needed league momentum heading into the last few months of the season.

January 16, 2009
Posted by Tom Wille on 01/16/2009

2008 was a good year for Fulham Football Club. After being all but counted out last April, the Cottagers "great escape" culminated with a 1-0 win over Portsmouth on the final day of the season that enable Roy Hodgson and Fulham fans everywhere to rejoice at the fact that the Cottagers would be playing Premier League football again next season.