12 May 2007

The Fulham Connection

Having recently “stolen” our manager, and now signed half our team, NIFG looks back at the impact other (Northern) Irishmen have made at Fulham…

Founded: 1879
Previous Names: Fulham St Andrew’s (Church Sunday School) (1879-1888).
Grounds: 1879, Star Road; c.1883, Eel Brook Common; 1884, Lillie Road; 1885, Putney Lower Common; 1886, Ranelagh House; 1888, Barn Elms, Castelnau; 1889, Purser’s Cross (Roskell’s Field), Parsons Green Lane; 1891, Eel Brook Common; 1891, Half Moon, Putney; 1895, Captain James Field, West Brompton; 1896, Craven Cottage.

League History:
Southern League 1898/99-1906/07; Football League Division Two (II) 1907/08-1927/28; Division Three (South) (III) 1928/29-1931/32; Division Two (II) 1932/33-1948/49; Division One (I) 1949/50-1951/52; Division Two (II) 1952/53-1958/59; Division One (I) 1959/60-1967/68; Division Two (II) 1968/69; Division Three (III) 1969/70-1970/71; Division Two (II) 1971/72-1979/80; Division Three (III) 1980/81-1981/82; Division Two (II) 1982/83-1985/86; Division Three (III) 1986/87-1991/92; Division Two (III) 1992/93-1993/94; Division Three (IV) 1994/95-1996/97; Division Two (III) 1997/98-1998/99; Division One (II) 1999/00-2000/01; FA Premier League (I) 2001/02-date.

Club Honours:
FA Premier League Best Season: 9th (2003/04 – Highest ever placing in English league system).
Football League Division One (II) Champions (1) 2000/01.
Football League Division Two (II) Champions (1) 1948/49, Runners-Up (1) 1958/59.
Football League Division Two (III) Champions (1) 1998/99.
Football League Division Three (III) Runners-Up (2) 1970/71.
Football League Division Three (South) (III) Champions (1) 1931/32.
Football League Division Three (IV) Runners-Up (1) 1996/97.
FA Cup Runners-Up (1) 1974/75.

European Competitions:
UEFA Europa League Runners-Up (1) 2009/10.

UEFA Cup entrants (1) 2002/03.
Intertoto Cup Winners (1) 2002.



Players capped by IFA while with Fulham:

................. FFC ....... League .....Caps
Players......... Career ....App(Sb)/Gl at FFC Total
Best...... G... 1976-1977 .. 42 (0)/ 8 .. 5 . (37)
Brennan... R.A. 1950-1952 .. 73 (0)/13 .. 1 .. (5)
Campbell.. J.P. 1949-1952 .. 64 (0)/ 4 .. 2 .. (2)
Connor.... M.J. .... Pre-League ...... .. 1 .. (3)
Hinton.... E... 1946-1948 .. 82 (0)/ 0 .. 5 .. (7)
Kelly..... H.R. 1949..... .. 25 (0)/ 0 .. 2 .. (4)
McClelland J.T. 1965-1968 .. 51 (0)/ 0 .. 1 .. (6)
Steele.... A... 1927-1929 .. 50 (0)/ 0 .. 2 .. (4)
Taylor.... M.S. 1997-2003 . 185 (2)/ 0 . 29 .. still active

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Other Players to have been capped by the IFA and played for Fulham:

Reid...... G.H. 1923..... ... 2 (0)/ 0 .. 0 .. (2)
Hamill.... R... 1994-1996 .. 24(24)/ 7 .. 0 .. (1)
McCurdy... C... 1977..... ... 1 (0)/ 0 .. 0 .. (1)

Dowie..... I... 1989..... ... 5 (0)/ 1 .. 0 . (59) loan

Gray...... P... 1990..... ... 3 (0)/ 0 .. 0 . (26) loan
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Martin O'Neill attempted to get fit with Fulham prior to 1986 World Cup, but never played a game before retiring due to injury.
"Paddy" Sloan Guested during World War Two.
Jimmy Jones signed for Fulham on his comeback from his broken leg but was unable to play in the Football League due to registration problems.

Jim Dodds, a schoolboy and youth international, played a single game for the club in 1935/36. He also played for Belfast Boy's Model School, Linfield, Gillingham, Glentoran, Worcester City and Kidderminster Harriers.
Brendan Mullan won an Under-23 cap with Fulham.
Rod McAree was capped at Youth level before playing 28 games (scoring 3 goals) for Fulham (1995-1997).

Lawrie Sanchez left his post as Northern Ireland manager to take charge of Fulham in May 2007 after a spell as caretaker-boss.

New signings at Fulham for 2007/08: Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird, Steve Davis and David Healy.

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