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Preview Spurs v Fulham, 30.08.03

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          2    1   1   0     5 - 1   4
Away          2    1   0   1     4 - 3   3
Total(Prem)   4    2   1   1     9 - 4   7
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   11   8   3   0    28 - 13  19
Away(Div 1)   11   6   4   1    17 - 12  16
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   4   6   1    13 - 8   14
Away(Div 2)   11   4   5   2    20 - 16  13
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Total(Prem)   4    2   1   1     9 - 4   7
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Grand Total   48  24  19   5    87 - 53  69

The days of swashbuckling football have gone from Fulham. Those heady days as they climbed out of long obscurity in the lower regions of the Football League have gone to be replaced by nervous brittle football and a desire by their more ambitious players to seek employment elsewhere. This is hardly the fault of their current manager, Chris Coleman. He missed out on the chance of playing at the highest level because he crashed a fast car to put himself out of playing contention.

They are currently homeless,playing their home games in Shepherds Bush. Their grandiose plans for the redevelopment of Craven Cottage have been scaled down, partly due to the opposition from local residents and partly due to the change in the financial world. No longer are bankers prepared to underwrite grandiose stadium schemes - even Arsenal have discovered that with their stadium sited at a dustbin site.

Fulham's better days, prior to the current Premiership spell, were back in the 1950s and 1960s, when they spent most seasons struggling to avoid relegation. They usually scrambled out of the most impossible positions at the last moment or so until one year, they went to the well once to often.

They had a famous player called Johnny Haynes, who came to the fore when Fulham were in the old Second Division. He captained England and one of the players in the England team of that era was one Bobby Robson. In 1962, Johnny Haynes was involved in a car crash which ended his international career. However, he made a full recovery, unlike Chris Coleman, to such an extent, that Spurs tried to sign him in the wake of John White's death in 1964.

Spurs must be feeling confident of beating Fulham in the wake of our goal-less draw at Anfield on Wednesday night. There are signs the team is beginning to gel. Postiga and Zamora look to be a quality strike force once they gel. Not since Archibald and Crooks have we had two strikers who have looked lethal, although we did very briefly have Klinsmann and Sheringham in partnership, I think Spurs are capable of beating Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.


Cheers, Brian

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