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Preview Fulham v Spurs, 11.09.02

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          1    1   0   0     4 - 0   3
Away          1    1   0   0     2 - 0   3
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Total(Prem)   2    2   0   0     6 - 0   6
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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)   2    2   0   0     6 - 0   6
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   46  24  18   4    84 - 49  68
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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

Much of this preview has been given over to statistics because we have not played Fulham on a regular basis over the last 30 years or so. Until fairly recently, Fulham had spent much of their time in the lower echelons of the Football League. It was ironic that Fulham who were the first club to pay a player £100 a week were one of the clubs hardest hit by the fact some clubs have benefited from the fact they helped to shatter the one-time maximum wage. It is also ironic we are now hearing calls for a cap to be applied to footballer's wages!

Fulham have never been a successful club and they have few tangible honours. Their current owner, Al Fayed, plans to change that as his ambition is to make Fulham the Manchester United of the South. Unhappily, this means they have had to quit Craven Cottage to ground share with Queen's Park Rangers. They look unlikely to return to Craven Cottage for the foreseeable future with the NIMBY brigade out in force to frustrate Fulham's plans to redevelop their ground.

However, Fulham have made an indifferent start to the season so they already have a vital need to start to pick up points. Tottenham need the points for different reasons as they need to win to retain their perch at the top of the table. We have a fairly good record when playing Fulham away but we never seem to play well at Loftus Road. Fulham have qualified for the UEFA Cup via the Inter Toto Cup and are set to make their debut in that competition, one which Tottenham have won in 1972 and 1984.

Fulham have had a number of well known players over the years. Johnny Haynes was probably their best known player of his time but Bobby Robson, now managing Newcastle United, has played and managed Fulham in his time. Alan Mullery also played for Fulham before and after his stint at Tottenham. Fulham also supplied George Cohen to the 1966 England World Cup squad.

The funniest incident I can recall between the two clubs occurred in 1967. Fred Callaghan, playing for Fulham, and Terry Venables were old mates and they thought it would be a huge joke to have a pretend punch-up. Unfortunately for them, Harry New was the referee and he never had a sense of humour, promptly dismissing both for violent behaviour! Manager Nicholson subsequently threw the book at Venables. I think Nicholson's disenchantment with Venables began to grow from that incident. It was clear that Venables would never fit in to the Tottenham style of play, though Nicholson persisted for another season.

Looking ahead to the match on Wednesday night, I think we will probably win. The margin of victory will depend on how bothered we are to break sweat. I think we are capable of winning 3-0 at least BUT we will have to watch Saha and Malbranque carefully. We need to put van der Sar under pressure!

COME ON YOU LILYWHITES!!!!!!

Cheers, Brian

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