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Offline Matt10

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #345 on: August 05, 2017, 02:29:24 AM »
Hi all!

I'm a longtime fan of Fulham, but it wasn't until last year that I "declared" it. You see I've always followed players, and never really liked any particular club. Being from the United States, seeing the likes of McBride join Fulham, it was not hard to enjoy watching his progress. Then Bocanegra, and finally, and probably a cliche', but Clint Dempsey. Truth is I was a Dempsey fan since his Furman days. I messaged him on myspace when he joined New England Revs and he messaged me back: "If you don't grind, you don't shine..." can't make that up.

Anyway, after Deuce left, and now only being able to follow my own home team (Sporting KC, MLS), I really wanted to focus on a club to follow. A club I truly loved. I had to follow my gut, and that led me to Fulham. Truth be told, last year, I had no idea who the players were. It didn't take long though and now I know each of them, and how they play. I know Chris Martin was a lazy putz and Tom Cairney is a legend. I still get mad at David Button for trying to kick the ball down the pitch instead of boot it out of bounds when we played at Newcastle, and I find myself screaming obscentities, quickly followed by praises, at Sone Aluko.

Fulham is my club, the club I love, my beloved. FulhamFCTV made this all happen for me last year. I would pay any amount to watch this club. Maybe someday I'll be able to visit Craven Cottage as it's my on my bucket list.

Thanks for this site. This community. COYW!

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #346 on: August 06, 2017, 03:08:06 AM »
Welcome Matt10.  It's always good to see another Yank on the board.  Like you I have love that Fulham have given so many Americans a chance at European Football. 

I'm in Atlanta and follow ATL United.  Great atmosphere going to their games, almost always sold out.  It's still not the same though as watching Fulham at the Cottage. 

Hope to see you on the board posting as often as possible. 

Cheers,

Love4FFC


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Anyone can blend into the crowd.  How will you standout when it counts?

Offline FulhamKC

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #347 on: August 29, 2017, 04:05:45 AM »
I can't remember the details of my first Fulham game. I moved to London in July 1990 and at some point met a group of fellow American soccer lovers. We made it our mission to attend all games at all of London's division 1-4 grounds (I made it to all but Barnet). I remember that we stood in the Hammersmith end and that it was so empty you could have rolled a bowling ball lengthwise down the stand and not hit anyone. I also remember being amazed at how narrow the turnstile booths were (and still are!). As ashamed as I am of it now, I chose to follow QPR for the two years I lived in London (I could get to Loftus Road from where I lived without changing buses and they were in the 1st division).

After returning to the US in 1992 I got to move back to London in December 1998 midway through the season. I got to paying attention to FFC through the papers as we did so well to get promoted to the second tier. For the start of the 1999-2000 season I decided to go to the opening game against Man City to see what it was all about. I took the train from Richmond to Putney and walked through Bishops Park on a magnificently beautiful Saturday afternoon. The game was sold out so I had to buy a ticket from a tout. I couldn't believe how cool the Stevenage Road stand looked for the street. I don't remember the score (or even if we won) but I was totally captivated by the ground and the crowd (especially when they chanted "you fat b*st*rd" at the City player sent off as he walked all the way from the Hammersmith end to the Cottage). I was sold and bought two season tickets for the rest of the year.

That was the Paul Bracewell team that finished 9th. My most memorable game that year was the FA Cup defeat of Tottenham when we chanted "Horsefield for England!" I loved watching Finnan, Pesch, Horse, the Dead Snake and the rest of the boys. My daughter loved Sir Craven (she was 4). It was a great season.

Unfortunately I had to return to the States before the next year's promotion campaign but I followed the club as best I could that year and for all the years since then. It always surprises my soccer friends here in the US that my team is Fulham and not one of the big teams. But we all know why that is, don't we.

COYWs!


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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #348 on: September 30, 2017, 08:42:51 AM »
First match circa 1957/8
First match remembered Fulham 6 Sheffield Wednesday 2, I watched the game from the touchline at the Hammersmith End. Johnny Haynes undoubtedly favourite player by a mile.
I missed the opening 2 games of 1975 season, but have been at every home league match since, except three, 1-0 QPR (daughters wedding), 1-0 Leeds United (famiiy meal), 5-0 Huddersfield Town(won a cruise with Fred Olsen) last season.