Tag: Fulham

Video of the Day: Fulham vs Leeds United, September 1982

The post-dated narrative of it all suggests that there was something inevitable about the relegation of Leeds United in 1982, that it was a symbol of the decline of a club that had, just seven years earlier, been contesting a European Cup final with Bayern Munich. The truth of the matter, however, is that things were complicated than that. Sure enough, the resignation of Don Revie in 1974 and the appointment of Brian Cough to replace him had been a misjudgement on the part of the club and the team would never hit height that Revie’s had until that...

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Video of the Day: Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers, September 1968

It’s September 1968, then, and “Swinging London” may already be starting to like a fading memory. The city has already seen the Grosvenor Square riots in protest at the Vietnam war, and in the first week of October would follow the baton charge on civil rights demonstrators in Derry that would mark the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. While Chelsea FC are starting push themselves as London’s showbusiness club, their geographically closest rivals, Fulham, are in decline. Relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1967/68 season after nine seasons, having conceded almost one hundred...

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Video of the Day: Fulham vs Portsmouth, September 1983

At the start of September 1983, Fulham Football Club was experiencing a little bit of a hangover. Requiring a win to get promoted back into the First Division of the Football League for the first time since 1968, Fulham found themselves involved in the story of the day, when their match was abandoned with two minutes left to play following repeated pitch invasions by Derby supporters whose team needed a win themselves in order to avoid dropping into the Third Division just eight years after being the champions of England. Those last two minutes were never played, and Leicester...

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The Tactics Tank, Episode One: Manchester United vs Fulham

If all you’ve been doing of late has been going to matches every weekend, it may have passed you by that there is now a single, unified way in which we should watch association football which is a bit like looking at an Excel spreadsheet made by somebody that has taken too many magic mushrooms. Never ones to miss out upon the opportunity to leap aboard a passing bandwagon, we sent our tactical guru Pete Brooksbank to Old Trafford to watch yesterday’s match between Manchester United and Fulham. Unfortunately, however, he got drunk on the train, fell asleep, woke up in Carlisle and wrote this, based on what he thinks he read about it all on Twitter, instead. It was in a rare moment of sober clarity during a career curtailed by heavy drinking and excessive drug-taking that the erratic Bolivian coach Luis Revilla once observed: “Sometimes, the only way to win a football match is to not play a match at all.” The words may have been snarled nearly twenty years ago from tobacco-ravaged lungs in the smoggy offices of Nacional Potosi, but they were to prove oddly prophetic, as that was exactly the strategy deployed by Fulham at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon during an ignominious 90 minutes of EPL soccer that will surely rank as perhaps David Moyes’ lowest game as a coach. The statistics tell one story...

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