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Brede adieu

The decision to terminate the services of Fulham club skipper Brede Hangeland has not gone down well with either Brede or the fans. It’s a sad reflection of where our club is now that someone who served the club for five years, was one of our best-ever defenders and club captain, should get [...]

June 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ray Lewington

There was an excellent interview in the Telegraph yesterday by Henry Winter of Ray Lewington. What a career he has had. It detailed his years as player and manager at Fulham, where times were so hard that his wife Ann had to wash the team kit. He is now the respected number two to Roy Hodgson. [...]

June 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Getting a grip

Whilst I could not claim that it is a particular interest of mine, I find I have no shortage of opinions upon football matters. [That fact is one of life’s little oddities, isn’t it? As a general rule, the more you know about a subject, the harder it is to reach an absolute truth upon it.] [...]

June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Italy file

Italy are in good shape going into the World Cup and worth a bet. We may not be as well-rated as Spain and Germany but we have many attributes. The first is our manager Cesare Prandelli, one of the best around. He managed successfully Fiorentina, never an easy  job, before becoming coach of the [...]

May 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

London derbies

I was disappointed that QPR won their play-off final and Leyton Orient lost theirs to deprive us of two entertaining derbies. The odd thing about QPR and Fulham is there is rarely parity between the fortunes of the two clubs. Thus in 1968-70 we had 2 relegations and QPR 2 promotions. In the last [...]

May 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Two finals

Football, as the cliché goes, is a funny old game. Both finals were characterised by very late goals. Atletico Madrid seemed to have consummated an unbelievable season by winning the league and Champions League, only for Real Madrid to equalise. Their manager Diego Simeone must have been thinking [...]

May 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson passed away a few years ago and is much mourned and missed by the Fulham faithful. In many ways he resembled all that the club represented with his eccentricity, intelligence, whimsical books about the club and his steadfast support. He never pretended to be otherwise than a public [...]

May 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Meeting a legend

Yesterday I attended a football symposium at the Argentine embassy. It was moderated by Jimmy Burns, who wrote a biography of Diego Maradona, and attended by panelists journalist Jim White, Victor Morales, the doyen of football commentating in the Argentine, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa and Angelo [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Cup Final

On the National Rust we know the editor will only publish two offerings a day and, if you write on a conventional topic covered in the media, you have little chance. I was initally going to defend Richard Scudamore – who has done so much to take the Premier global – in the face of [...]

May 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner End of Term Report

There was a good article on www.hammyend.com which went beyond highlighting the appalling errors made this season to consider a faulty management structure. The great thing about Mohammed al Fayed was not just his love of the club and its supporters, but that he had a vision, not necessarily the [...]

May 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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