Wooly's post earlier about FFC's formation beat me to the post by minutes. I had in fact been reading a really good book 'The Fulham FC Miscellany' by the venerable Alex White which I am ashamed to say I purchased a while back but have never read. It was stuck in a dusty corner of my FFC library and must have been filed by 'her who files' I think.
I recommend it - it's full of 'shorts' so you can pick up and put down between slurps! (He also implies that 1879 is the more likely year the club was formed).
While posting can I also ask please: When I use the quick reply feature on this board nothing I ever write ever appears. I am logged in and get the 'Hello Mike W' welcome with the fat face (in my case) so I have assumed it was a quick way of responding or commenting. Am I doing something wrong? Obviously, but please enlighten me. Thanks