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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2010, 01:36:39 AM »
I am still waiting for my Wellington Boots and Jam Jar I ordered from your Catalogue last month. Despite many phonecalls you seem to be under the impression that your last so called 'introduction' was a success. Let me tell you, the lady in question (and I use the term losely) showed no signs of liking the same ' specialist interests' as I made clear on my form.
Her love of water skiing and swimming was not what I meant when I ticked the box. However as it turns out, I did tick the box, 'likes to watch' and so we both enjoyed my box set of The Fugitive Series 1.

I expected more from your company and will be writing to Watch Dog or other tv consumer progs to complain.

Yours in Anticipation (still)

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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2010, 05:10:21 AM »
I'm just a silly Yank, born and bred in Washington, DC, who played soccer (I know...) for many years but never had the ability to follow a club until high school when MLS began and I became a fan of DC United.  Our little league has come a long way in its 15+ years, and I've worn my colors in Europe multiple times and have been complimented along the way more than I ever realized.  I'm proud of where we've come from and the success we've had over the years and don't accept the idea that we're making repetitive replies that aren't funny!  to third tier status in the world, and I think we're on our way.

All that said, I always followed our American blokes when they played in Europe, especially in the early 2000s when we finally saw the bulk of our national team reside in Euro leagues.  I was a huge McBride fan, despite him playing for one of our MLS rivals for so long, simply because he not only had that American work ethic, but a touch of class that we had yet to see in an American striker.  I followed him, and Boca, to Fulham.  And I've been hooked ever since. 

Anyone can pick a Big 4 team to root for, or a Spurs, or the new kids on the block, Citeh.  I loved Fulham from day 1.  It was a working man's team that had an American attitude to it.  Hard work, structure, and a lack of ego.  And it was always more than the sum of its parts.  I cried when we made the Great Escape, and I cried when goddamn Atletico stabbed us in extra time last year.  And while I am Clint's biggest fan, if he left tomorrow I'd still be rooting for the Whites every week regardless.  Sadly, I've been to London twice in two years, and all 3 Fulham games in my time there have been on the road.  But I will get my chance soon enough to see a proper game at the Cottage.

Personally, I'm 30 with a wife and a 2 year old son.  I have a rabid appreciation and am a strong supporter of my university (the University of Maryland), especially in American football and college basketball.  And I'll be found on the Web at absurd times on the weekend mornings trying to find a Fulham stream...because that's the way it is in my household, and the wife doesn't even question it anymore! 

This board has been a lot of fun and that's just a little bit about myself.

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Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2010, 08:42:20 AM »
This feels like deja vu but  :tom:. I'm Colin and I'm an alcoholic. Oh sod it, wrong meeting... I'm an Essex boy, born of Tottenham supporting, Edmontonian parents and Islington born, Tottenham supporting grandparents. We emigrated to the wide brown land in '65 and I started playing football (fairly badly) at 10 years old and considered myself a Spuds fan as a kid. Don't think much of them now but still have a high opinion of Pat Jennings, Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbut, Martin Peters in the early days and Ozzie Ardiles and The Hod later on. I spent 6 months in the UK (near Chichester) as a 20 year old and went to 3 or 4 games at wide tart lane. Clearest memory is being told to hide my scarf after a game against The Spam when walking back to friends home in Walthamstow, and kick off being delayed at the same game as the Spam had infiltrated the home end. Football highlight as a kid growing up in Para Hills (pommy ghetto in Adelaide's northern suburbs) was staying up until 11pm to watch the FA Cup Final at our local "soccer club" but I don't recall going to see FFC v Spam.
I moved back to the mother country in late '94 and was based in Hereford for a while. I went to a few home games and still keep an eye out for The Bulls results as Dad moved back just after me and is now a resident and season ticket holder at HUFC. My football obsession had lapsed a bit prior to my homecoming as I was more in to motor bikes, boozing and chasing women but I still enjoyed watching the beautiful game. After securing a job in London I went to a couple more Spuds games but hated the atmosphere. I was living in Pimlico and went to the dog track for a while, largely due to a promise made to a Blue mate I met on Hayman Island and I'll confess to enjoying watching them for a while, especially Zola and Gullit. Still didn't feel at home though and I discovered The Cottage after moving to a place on Fulham Road in '96. I wish I could remember what the first game was but I know there were about 4,000 there and a huge celebration at full time. I spent the next 6 years going to as many games as shifts allowed and saw my most recent games when I visited in '08. I will return and I will be a proud Fulham supporter until I go to meet my maker.
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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2010, 09:03:11 AM »
Bonjour je m'appelle French Connection Silver Fox et ca fait 33 ans que j'habite en France. Whoops, wrong language.... My first game was Fulham v 'Pool in 1963 when our primary school did a football exchange with a primary school from Liverpool. We played in the morning (thrashed 'em and all went to the Cottage in the afternoon. The score was 0-0 so honour was saved all round and I was hooked on Fulham. I quit being an air traffic controller (ATC) in 1977 and moved to France with my then French girlfriend. We got married a year later, I learnt to speak French and went to a French university and got a degree in IT because I couldn't do ATC (you had to be a French civil servant to work in ATC. Still happily married and living in Lyon. Got 2 grown up kids. My daughter supports Fulham but I messed up my son's education as he support the Arsenal. Basically, when he was 12, the Dreamcast shirt was more inspiring than Pizza Hut.  I still get back to the Cottage for 2-3 games a year and love catching up with friends, many of whom contribute to this forum.
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2010, 09:32:43 AM »
Sorry, sent the wrong post to the wrong site earlier.

Born in Woking and moved to the South Coast when I was 3 and then moved to Alderley Edge Cheshire. a few years after that. My parents were fed up with me moving without telling them so decided we should stay there for a bit. My Dad worked for Unilever all his life and so travelled around. Even lived in Africa before I was born. Anyhoo he was the life long Fulham fan. He knew somebody who had a season ticket to Old Trafford. So he took me to see them smash Fulham. I was hospitalised for some weeks with a mysterious illness after that (no really). The GP (bless him) over prescribed a drug and I finished up worse than I started.

So I thought to my young self. I have been to watch a team that has been the direct result of an illness and they were badly beaten. They seem to be beaten on a regular basis and so naturally they were the team for me. At Secondary School I had Fulham FC written on my bag and etched into desks. My teachers called me  a 'rebel without a cause' (no really) probably because of this. Although I did watch Man Utd  when the season ticket was available I managed to see Fulham at Bolton, Blackburn, Bury, Stockport etc. It wasn't until a home game against Barrow in the old Third Division that I saw Fulham at the Cottage.

Not sure what it was but I just fell in love with the place and the fans. A Jewish chap came up to us outside the ground and offered us tickets with him to watch the Barrow game. My Dad insisted on paying the going rate but can you imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and inviting you to watch a game now. (No we are not Jewish either)

When I began working we moved to the South Coast and I have been trying to watch Fulham at every home and some away even with odd jobs that needed me to work Saturdays and shift work etc. After my Dad stopped going I have managed to convince family and friends to come. A great mate of mine, sadly died of Motor Neurone, travelled with me and despite never being a football fan until he watched Fulham never missed a game for a few seasons.

When Fulham played at Loftus Road I refused to renew my season ticket because of Fulham Park Rangers. Since then money,life and mostly other things have interrupted the flow of me going regularly. However I am proud of driving once from Scotland to Brighton to Fulham in one journey to watch a game. I now enjoy the game through the media of FOF. Fulham have been a constant in my life and I am proud of being a part of this special club.
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2010, 09:49:47 AM »
My name is Martin, I was born 1963 in Holyport Rd, Fulham, about 100yds from The Crabtree for those that know the area. All of my immediate family support fulham, most of my extended family as well, apart from the odd Chelsea fan. My first game was during the 1967 season, I suppose my dad thought I was old enough at the age of 4 to appreciate Fulham FC.
I moved to Tourquay at the age of 17, then back to Hounslow (poo hole), then to Bedfont (another poo hole) and just after the 1990 world cup I moved to Cork City in Ireland where I have been ever since. Both myself and my son are season ticket holders and try to get to as many games as possible, I love the club, love the area, and hope to move back in the future, my wife has also got the Fulham bug, so it will be three season tickets next year !
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2010, 09:57:01 AM »
Hello.

Real name is Marc.

Place of birth was Putney, where I lived for my first 18 years.

Reason for supporting Fulham was because my second eldest brother was an addict, and after persistent nagging he took me to my first match (v. Blackburn) in 1974 and I have been hooked ever since. One of these days I may try and calculate how much I have invested in my love affair!

Went to school at the London Oratory, where most of my mates supported the other team in Fulham, so (please forgive me, fellow FOFers) for a period I was watching both sides. To this day I hate other clubs much more than our neighbours...

The only real gap in following the whites was when I went to Uni in Nottingham in the late 80s, where I went to see the occasional Notts Forest or Notts County match instead.

It runs in the family now too. I took my son to his first game when we played at Loftarse Rd (v. Cheltenham in the FA Cup, 1-0) and he has been accompanying me ever since. He is also passionate about the whites, despite all his mates at Hinchley Wood school supporting one of the so-called big 4. He doesn't give a stuff about peer pressure! I tried it with my daughter (her first match was v. Stoke in the FA Cup, 3-0) but she didn't get the bug.

My eldest brother supports Arsenal, my third eldest brother Munich 1836 or whatever they are called (he lived in Germany for 6 years), and my sister (along with her hubbie) Spurs. My dad was West Brom (to this day I am not sure why). My inlaws are all brummies, mainly on the blue side, but one of my brother in laws is Villa.

Outside of Fulham and work (which takes up far too much of my time) my hobbies are playing football (once a week), playing tennis (once a week), the Kewsick Kurry Klub (founder-member), and loafing about as much as possible.

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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2010, 12:09:24 PM »
Well my name is Ian born in reading in 1967 was placed into care as soon as i was born Apparently i was one to many in the household.However found out later in life that Mum played away whilst married and i was the out come.As luck would have it i was adopted at 18 months by two Fulham locals , mum in Munster rd ,Dad in Mablethorpe rd childhood sweethearts.Dad took me to my first game in the early seventies cant remember a thing only being carried down to the front and nearly losing my head by a wayward shot.Remember fondly the party atmosphere around Fulham during the 75 cup final..At the age of ten i went regular to Fulham.Have been going ever since during the time i got married to a local lass had three boys who all have season tickets so haven't done to bad on that front.One day they will hopefully tell there story on why they are Fulham fans will be interesting to see which one tale will be told.Unlike some of you i've now moved too Battersea with my new partner Jo who is a stokey but has been to Fulham so their is hope, also im the proud Dad to Baby Grace who will follow her brothers to Fulham.
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2010, 12:28:51 PM »
I'm a married with two young kids, 5th generation Californian who rides and races his bike a lot and uses butt butter liberally. Besides my own sporting activities, as a supporter, Fulham is it for me. I was a little distracted with my childhood team the San Francisco Giants the last 6 weeks, but always with an eye on the Cottagers. My Fulham commitment includes occassional 4AM wake-ups to catch matches but usually it kicks off at 7AM every Saturday or Sunday....... and the intrigue of the Prem, Fulham, and it's community has me addicted. The Cottage is in my near future.  :dft010: :drums:
Read WhiteNoises thread about Villa fans view on Fulham away to wet the appetiate a bit, it is trully a great place to be, i'd just been to Arsenal a few weeks before my first game at Fulham in 78/79?? but although the Arse were obviously a much better team, i just feel in love with Fulham, i think the next season i started to go regular (and we got bloody relegated) , begging my nan and Grandad to take me, this will amuse you , we used to sit in the Riverside and my nan used to put a blanket over my legs incase i got cold in the winter, and we always had a flask of coffee and sandwiches, i was proper mollycoddled.

Thanks Fred. I read those links and it just makes coming to London that much more desirable. My sister is your neighbor now, so I have a place to stay. Frankly, going to a Fulham game is at the top of the list even if I don't see anything else in London. Your experiences as a kid sounds wonderful. Must have been bigger than life to hang out there on a Saturday afternoon watching those larger than life characters at work on the pitch. I have similar memories watching the Giants when I was a small kid.


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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2010, 05:15:28 PM »
My names Jim but some people call me Pav - hence Jimpav.

I was born in Kent, 30 years ago,1980.

My Dad has never been that fanatical about football and my two brothers  supported Everton so being a bit of a black sheep the obvious decison was to support Liverpool (apologies Finn). By support I essentially mean ripping up any Everton posters that my younger brother had drawn (Sorry Bill) and running around on cold Saturday mornings in a Liverpool kit with twenty other kids trying to get a touch on the ball.

I outgrew the aformentioned kit and Liverpol by the age of 9-10, realised that I was crap at playing the game (I kept the bench warm for the cub team) and got quite bored watching it. In hindsight I expect that Sanzchez played a part in this, amazing how much one man can hurt you in a lifetime.

When I was about 12 my brother went to a football match with my sports mad Gran to see a lower division side and got a tour around the ground and met Jimmy Hill. Not being remotely interested in football I hadn't been invited along.

I asked my Mum about this a few years later about the Jimmy Hill incident and she casually mentioned that one of her great uncles used to manage a football team and that my Gran used to go along as a little girl. It turned out that said team was Fulham and that my Grans Uncle (Jack Peart) used to manage the side (amongst others I later discovered).

So that was the day I found Fulham. Nothing changed dramatically but from then onwards if someone asked me what team I supported I said Fulham. Supported was stretching it as my contribution went no further than reading snippets about this strange little divison 3 side that I could pick up from the newspapers. I  had never met anyone that supported Fulham but there was a football mad bloke at school who once taped a match for me when we were on Sky. This was the first time I saw us in action and my first glimpse of the cottage - this was about 95-96 - we lost.

The following season Micky Adams secured us promotion - there was a picture of him in the paper celebrating so I cut this out and stuck it on my bedrom wall - this was dizzy heights in terms of press coverage! Little did I know what was going to happen when Al Fayed came on board and subsequently Keegan our coverage increased massively - I got more and more interested but still didn't know any other Fulham fans.

Fast forward through university and a lot of travelling to early 2003  and my brother (still an Everton supporter) excitedly told me that he had found another Fulham supporter (a mate from his football team) and that he was going to see them play Everton in the cup if I wanted to come along with them. I jumped at the chance and made a pilgramage on a dark, damp, February night to Loftus road. It was a grotty place but the game was exciting and the atmosphere was electric .My abiding memory was this guy reaching across to hug me when we scored and with my poor brother stuck in the middle watching his team lose - happy days!

The next match I went to was 18 months later at the cottage in April 2005. I had signed up for membership and brought my brother a ticket for his birthday.  We met his mate again who took us to the Lion for a few pints and a barbeque in the back garden of the Lion. It was a beautiful spring day with blossom falling from the trees and warm sunshine, this was followed by a convincing win over Everton. I was hooked. I went back a couple of weeks later to see us lose to Newcastle and then later on that year saw us lose to West Brom in the Carling Cup.

That October I bought two tickets to Liverpool, intending to take my best mate (a Liverpool fan to the match). We won the match 2-0 and as an added bonus came out of with another fan. I now had someone to attend matches with so started going monthly.

Five years, two relegation battles and a European final later we're both season ticket holders and have followed Fulham home, away and in Europe. I have introduced loads of friends, family and work mates to the cottage and the Fulham experience. Not all of them have become fans but I'm yet to find one that has not been wowed by the magic that is the Cottage.   

My Gran is still football mad and I try and call before or after every game. I would love to take her back to the cottage but she would struggle with the steps, cold and distance. There are still family jokes about her having a crush on Jimmy Hill but personally I'm worried that Corked Hat may have been a childhood sweetheart of hers. I've not been able to find out too much about Jack Peart but my parents go and visit his daughter in law a few times a year in Epsom. Her Husband, also Jack, was a sports journalist.

As for me I'm just pleased to be Fulham.

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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2010, 06:11:15 PM »
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds uni grew up in west london, supported fulham since i was 8ish but was never a footy nut until coleman got sacked and since then i've been a fanatic

This is the Rock. I am from Chicago, live in NY. I was not influenced by any club as a kid, and became enamored with Fulham as my friends lived in London and Brian McBride is from my hometown. I was in London often, but then I started coming just for the matches. Then I kept coming. Then, I had to live through 2 seasons of almost watching the club I support almost get relegated. I cried like a baby when we stayed up. Having endured that it was pretty clear I was Fulham for life. So now I can't get to many matches as I just had a kid. His name is "Robert Andrew". Perhaps you can guess where the name comes from.
Still gutted i've not got to meet you Rocky, but then again your ability in the prediction league winds me up. Can you start being crap please? :028:

Yeah I'll post and PM you when I'm over next and we'll sink a pint or 6. Lork I think is a better tipper than I - he's first in the league and has been quite solid for the few years we've been doing this.

fred won't accept my ability in tipping ever since that 'controversial' tipping incident. there was nothing wrong with it ofc but freddy just won't let it lie.

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« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2010, 08:41:56 PM »
Hi my name's Stephen and I'm a Pisces!

Grew up in Tolworth, but now live in Sutton. Went to my first Fulham game in 1976 aged 8 with a friend of the family, who I saw at the game today for the first time in a while. Can't remember the opposition or the score, but my second game was the famous 4-1 win against Hereford with Moore/Marsh/Best.

Been going regularly since then and even managed to get my daughter to come to games (she was also 8 when she first visited The Cottage). Although the novelty wore off and I haven't renewed her season ticket this year, at least she can now shout down all the Chelsea fans at her school who never have, or are ever likely to see a Chelsea game! If nothing else, she will always be a Fulham supporter, just like her Dad!




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« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2010, 08:48:37 PM »
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds uni grew up in west london, supported fulham since i was 8ish but was never a footy nut until coleman got sacked and since then i've been a fanatic

This is the Rock. I am from Chicago, live in NY. I was not influenced by any club as a kid, and became enamored with Fulham as my friends lived in London and Brian McBride is from my hometown. I was in London often, but then I started coming just for the matches. Then I kept coming. Then, I had to live through 2 seasons of almost watching the club I support almost get relegated. I cried like a baby when we stayed up. Having endured that it was pretty clear I was Fulham for life. So now I can't get to many matches as I just had a kid. His name is "Robert Andrew". Perhaps you can guess where the name comes from.
Still gutted i've not got to meet you Rocky, but then again your ability in the prediction league winds me up. Can you start being crap please? :028:

Yeah I'll post and PM you when I'm over next and we'll sink a pint or 6. Lork I think is a better tipper than I - he's first in the league and has been quite solid for the few years we've been doing this.

fred won't accept my ability in tipping ever since that 'controversial' tipping incident. there was nothing wrong with it ofc but freddy just won't let it lie.
Ask Logicalman i was only winding you up, but when you started crying about it , i thought i'd make out i was taking it seriously.But all that leaving the midweek scores untill after todays game is hardly in the spirit of the competion, i'm right up there, dont look at team news, already done the 2nd part of this weeks scores. And damn, my relatives stopped me changing my Blackpool v WBA score  :012:

err, i didn't take it seriously either... tongue was firmly in cheek.

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« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2010, 09:05:37 PM »
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds...
Mr Lork,

I thought they stopped doing maths at leeds in 2001 (or perhaps that was accounting...)  :011:

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« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2010, 09:40:55 PM »
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds...
Mr Lork,

I thought they stopped doing maths at leeds in 2001 (or perhaps that was accounting...)  :011:



haha, if only they had me on board eh?  :54: