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Timeline History of the club

By JB
July 4 2008

Timeline History of Fulham Football Club

 

1879 - Club founded as Fulham St Andrews

1888 - Fulham drop St Andrews from the club name

1891 - Move to 1st enclosed ground-Half Moon Pub Land shared with Wasps rugby club

1894 - FFC takes control of Craven Cottage land and start to develop it

1896 - Craven Cottage hosts its first proper Home game Vs Minerva FC, Fulham win 4-0 

1898 - Fulham join Second Division of the Southern League

1898 - Fulham vote and accept professionalism at the club

1903 - Fulham FC become a Limited Company

1903 - Fulham gain promotion to Southern League 1st Division

1904 - Fulham appoint 1st Manager: Harry Bradshaw 

1905 - Stevenage Road Stand Built by Archibald Leitch 

1906 - Fulham win the Southern League

1907 - Fulham win the Southern League again and are promoted to The Football League

1907 - Craven Cottage used for England International against Wales

1908 - Great Britain football team wins Olympic gold, Arthur Berry from Fulham FC plays

1910 - Fulham beat Chelsea in their first ever match 1-0 

1911 - Craven Cottage used for Rugby International

1912 - Fulham make it to quarter finals  of the FA Cup

1914 - Attempt to merge Arsenal and Fulham FC by ex-chairman Henry Norris fails 

1919 - FFC in Final of the Victory Cup (beating Spurs +Arsenal) but lose to Chelsea 3-0 

1920 - John Dean returns as Director. 3 generations of Deans stay in control of the club

1924 - Philip Kelso, Fulham's longest serving Manager of 15 years retires 

1928 - Fulham relegated to Division 3 South

1931 - John McIntyre appointed Manager

1932 - Fulham gain promotion back to Division 2

1936 - Fulham reach FA cup Semi Finals but lose to Sheffield Utd 2-1

1938 - Highest ever home attendance record set at 49,335 against Milwall

1945 - Fulham resume football after World War II

1949 - Fulham Division 2 Champions & promoted to Division 1-First time in the top flight

1952 - After 3 seasons in Top Division, coming 17th,18th and 22nd Fulham are relegated

1952 - Jimmy Hill, future chairman and man behind 'Save Fulham FC' campaign signs 

1952 - Johnny Haynes, Fulham Legend, starts his career with The Cottagers

1956 - FFC win famous victory 4-3 against Newcastle in the FA Cup after going 3 down

1956 - George Cohen MBE, World Cup winner, begins his career with Fulham

1958 - Fulham reach Semi Finals of the FA cup losing 5-3 to Man Utd at a replay 

1959 - Fulham promoted to 1st Division 

1960 - Against all expectations The Whites come 10th in their new season in the Elite

1962 - Another FA cup semi final, another need for a replay, Fulham lose 2-1 to Burnley

1964 - Frank Osborne retires after 43 years involved with the club

1965 - After 50 years as a player and trainer with Fulham, Frank Penn retires

1968 - Fulham relegated to Division 2 after disastrous season under Vic Buckingham

1968 - Bobby Robson returns from managing Vancouver Royals in Canada to Fulham

1969 - Robson sacked by Eric Miller and went on to a great managing career elsewhere 

1969 - Fulham relegated to Division 3 after just one year in second division

1971 - After being pipped at the post to be divisional champions Fulham are promoted

1974 - Bobby Moore, England legend and World Cup winner signs for Fulham for £20k

1975 - After an amazing Cup run, Fulham make the FA Cup  final. 

1975 - In front of 100,000 people the all London FA Cup final is lost to West Ham 2-0

1976 - George Best signs for the club. 

1977 - Ernie Clay in control of the club. After 50 years, Dean family no longer on board

1980 - Fulham demoted to Division 3

1982 - FFC take it to the wire and a draw in the final game ensure promotion to Div 2

1984 - Clay acquired option to buy Craven Cottage ground

1986 - Fulham again are relegated to Division 3 

1986 - Marler Estates buy the Club and ground

1987 - Marler Estates buy QPR and try to merge the 2 clubs into Fulham Park Rangers

1987 - After a great campaign led by Jimmy Hill, he buys the Club from Marler Estates

1992 - The owners of the ground (now Cobra Estates) goes into recievership

1992 - Premier League's first season starts, restructuring the Football League 

1994 - Fulham relegated from Division 3 to 4. (renamed 3 after Premier league created)

1995 - The lowest home attendance (in peacetime) is recorded of 2176 V Rotherham

1996 - Fulham placed 91st out of 94 in English League football, an all time low. 

1996 - Mickey Adams given Managers job and reverses decline. 

1997 - The club given option to buy Craven Cottage ground for £7.5 million

1997 - Coming second in the bottom division ensures promotion to Division 2 

1997 - Mohamed Al Fayed steps in and buys the ground and the club

1999 - The Cottagers are crowned Division 2 Champions. promotion to Division 1 follows

2000 - Jean Tigana takes the helm and inspires a revolution on the pitch 

2001 - After just 2 seasons in Division 1, Fulham become Champions and are promoted

2001 - After 34 years away from top flight English football Fulham are in the Premiership

2002 - Fulham come 13th in their first season in the premiership

2002 - The Cottagers get to the Semi Finals of The FA cup, but lose to Chelsea 1-0

2003 - Redevelopment of Craven Cottage means The Lilliewhites play at Loftus Road

2003 - Chris 'Cookie' Coleman Takes over as Manager of the Club. 

2004 - Cookie guides The Whites to their highest ever finish of 9th in the Premiership

2007 - After a run of disappointing results Chris Coleman is sacked as manager

2007 - Laurie Sanchez oversees a solitary win over Liverpool to keep Fulham up

2008 - Against all the odds Roy Hodgson manages 'The Great Escape' Fulham stay up... 

 

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