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Preview Spurs v Fulham, 15.12.01

Fulham's League Record so far this season is as follows:-


Man Utd   3 2   Fulham
Fulham	  2 0   Sunderland
Fulham	  0 0	Derby 
Charlton  1 1	Fulham
Fulham	  1 3	Arsenal
Leicester 0 0	Fulham
Fulham	  1 1	Chelsea
A. Villa  2 0   Fulham
Fulham	  1 1	Ipswich Town
Fulham	  2 1	Southampton
West Ham  0 2	Fulham
Fulham	  3 1	Newcastle Utd
Bolton    0 0	Fulham
Fulham	  0 0	Leeds Utd
Fulham	  2 0	Everton
Liverpool 0 0	Fulham

League Record (as at 12.12.01)

Pos.         P  W  D  L  F  A  GD PTS

9  Fulham   16  5  8  3 17 13  4  23

Fulham have done nothing spectacular this season, but as expected, they have seemingly established themselves in the top strata of the football establishment. One wonders how they will manage once their generous benefactor's funds are not available! The Cottagers have won just once on their travels, at West ham, and have only scored two goals in their last four league games. No doubt they will be after revenge for their League Cup defeat at our hands only two weeks ago, and many people will have seen their ability to defend at Anfield last night. Boa Morte is fast, but has lacked the final touch recently, whilst Barry Hayles is in good form. Saha had a very good start to the season, but he too has struggled to find goal latterly. Look out for fans' favourite Steed Malbranque in the midfield, and the sound of "Steeeeeeed!" in the style of Spurs' "Shoooooooooot!", when he is on the ball. Fulham lie only one point behind us, and will need no prompting as far as motivation is concerned. A good game is in prospect, and I predict a 2-1 win for Spurs.

Here is Brian Judson's preview of the game

Our previous results against Fulham have been as follows:


Season     Divín     Home    Away
1908-09      2       1-0     3-2
1919-20      2       4-0     4-1
1932-33      2       0-0     2-2
1935-36      2       2-2     2-1
1936-37      2       1-1     3-3
1937-38      2       1-1     1-3
1938-39      2       1-0     0-1
1946-47      2       1-1     1-1
1947-48      2       0-2     2-0
1948-49      2       1-1     1-1
1950-51      1       2-1     1-0
1951-52      1       1-0     2-1
1959-60      1       1-1     1-1
1960-61      1       5-1     0-0
1961-62      1       4-2     1-1
1962-63      1       1-1     2-0
1963-64      1       1-0     1-1
1964-65      1       3-0     1-4
1965-66      1       4-3     2-0
1966-67      1       4-2     4-3
1967-68      1       2-2     2-1
1977-78      2       1-0     1-1

Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          0    0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Away          0    0   0   0     0 - 0   0
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Total(Prem)   0    0   0   0     0 - 0   0
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   11   8   3   0    28 - 13  19
Away(Div 1)   11   6   4   1    17 - 12  16
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Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   4   6   1    13 - 8   14
Away(Div 2)   11   4   5   2    20 - 16  13
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Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Total(Prem)    0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Grand Total   44  22  18   4    78 - 49  62
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We have also played Fulham in the FA and Football League Cups. The details are:

FA Cup   Rd   H/A  Result  Scorers

08-09    2     H    1-0    R Steel
83-84    3     A    0-0
         3R    H    2-0    Roberts, Archibald
97-98    3     H    3-1    Clemence, Calderwood, 
			   Taylor og
FL Cup
81-82    4     H    1-0    Hazard
99-00    4     A    1-3    Iversen
01-02    4     A    2-1    Rebrov, S Davies

As will be seen from the tabulated statistics above, we have not played Fulham in the League since both clubs were in the old Division 2 in season 1977-78. My memories of that season are a blur as I can only recall with clarity, the opening game of the season (against Sheffield United), the 9-0 thrashing of Bristol Rovers and the afternoon spent chewing my nails when we played the goal-less draw against Southampton at the Dell.

I remember some of the matches we played against Fulham in the 1960s. I first saw Spurs play Fulham in season 1961-62. We won 4-2, thanks to two goals by the late great John White, the craggy mountain called Dave Mackay and the world's first astronaut, Cliff Jones.

The following season, we played them on Easter Saturday. We had been thrashed by Liverpool the previous day at Anfield, 5-2. Unsurprisingly, we drew 1-1 against Fulham, who were without Johnny Haynes, as he had been injured in a car crash earlier in the season. Greaves scored our goal.

In October 1963, the home game with Fulham was notable for the last game Danny Blanchflower played before his own supporters. The match was won by Greaves, of course. The following week, we crashed 4-1 at Manchester United and Blanchflower promptly retired.

I saw both games against Fulham in season 1964-65. The home game was a fine 3-0 win in which Maurice Norman, Jimmy Greaves and Frank Saul scored. Fulham looked a poor side that day. The return game saw us crash 4-1 at Craven Cottage in a very poor match. Greaves, inevitably, scored for us, this being one of 29 goals he scored for us that season.

In 1965-66, we completed the double over Fulham. We won 2-0 at Fulham with Mackay and Clayton scoring. There was never any doubt about the outcome of the game. The return game saw Spurs win 4-3, all seven goals coming before half-time. Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead, Fulham were level by 3.30pm and Cliff Jones headed the winner just before half-time. Cliff Jones scored a hat-trick that day, flinging himself into dangerous situations and colliding with the goal-post at one point. Unlike today's pampered stars, Cliff got up, spat some broken teeth out of his mouth and jogged back to the middle to re-start the game.

The following season Spurs won 4-3 at Fulham.Robertson, Greaves, Gilzean and Venables all scored in a game that was a romp. We were looking good at the time and the following week a win at Manchester City actually took us to the top of the table. The return game, in February 1967, came at a time we had slipped off the pace. We won 4-2 at Craven Cottage, with Cliff Jones scoring twice, Greaves and Gilzean completing the scoring.

After many years of flirting with relegation, Fulham were finally relegated at the end of season 1967-68. We played them over the Christmas holidays, drawing 2-2 at Tottenham. Cliff Jones scored twice that afternoon. But it was the game at Craven Cottage that stuck out in my mind most. Fulham were dreadful and already looking certainties to going down. It was a raw afternoon with a wind coming straight from the Russian steppes off the Thames. It was difficult to keep warm on the terracing but goals by Robertson and Jones kept us warm through dancing on the terraces. I think we all knew that afternoon that it would be a very long time before we would be playing Fulham again. None of us foresaw Spurs being relegated only 10 seasons later, though ........

So how will we fare on Saturday? I don't think Fulham have done as well as they ought to have done in the top flight. Last season saw them play some pretty impressive football. I expected Fulham to make a big impact on the Premier League but they haven't done so. We have already beaten them once at Craven Cottage this season. We should be able to repeat that victory, but the goals will probably come very late in the game ......

COME ON YOU SPURS!

Cheers, Brian

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